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27 Community Service Agencies Throughout the Diocese Receive Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN) Grants
27 agencies dedicated to serving those in need of the most basic human services—such as food, shelter, clothing, medications, and transportation—have received 2014 grants from the diocesan Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN).
The grants totaled $30,150, which reflected a continued gradual increase over the past four years. The EFHN grants were made possible through gifts from parishes, groups, and individuals over the past year, as well as supplemented by the diocesan budget.
A grants committee composed of clergy and laity invited grant applications, studied the submitted requests, and made recommendations to the diocesan Executive Council. For a list of the 2014 grants, a breakdown by deanery, and a four-year comparison history of EFHN grants, click here.
Relief and Recovery Fund— November 17 Indiana Tornado Outbreak
A record outbreak of tornadoes has impacted our diocese once again, striking communities from the southwest and central parts of the state to areas around Indianapolis and northwest to Lebanon and beyond. Neighbors in the Diocese of Northern Indiana were also impacted, particularly in the community of Kokomo. Your gifts will help in the recovery of these communities.
The Episcopal Youth Event 2014
- July 9-16 (including 3 days of mission)
- Villanova University, near Philadelphia, PA
- Cost per participant will be $550
Our Diocese will be bringing a group of high school students and adult mentors. Participants will be chosen through an application process.
For more information and to apply:
Applications are due into the Diocesan office by December 12, 2013
ChurchNext - Online Christian Formation
Our Diocese is embarking on a wonderful new journey in Christian Formation: We're opening our own online school!
This means we'll be able to take courses together on a variety of topics including scripture, liturgy, and many other areas of personal and spiritual growth.
Courses are taught by experts and allow us to learn what we want, when we want, and at our own pace. We'll be able to learn anywhere there's an Internet connection on a PC, laptop, or tablet.
Our school will allow us to take courses by ourselves, in small groups, or even as a congregation. And there's a discussion room in each class, with access to a moderator, so we don't have to go it alone.
If your church is already participating, and you would like to learn more or sign up for our online school, please contact your local church office.
If your church has yet to enroll with the Diocese and you are hoping to participate or need more information, please contact The Rev. Anne Thornberg at .
Welcome to Online Christian Learning!
Parishes that have already signed up for this opportunity:
St. David's, Bean Blossom
St. John's, Bedford
St. Christopher's, Carmel
St. Paul's, Columbus
St. Augustine's, Danville
St. Paul's, Evansville
Holy Family, Fishers
St. Andrew's, Greencastle
All Saints, Indianapolis
Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
St. Alban's, Indianapolis
St. Matthew's, Indianapolis
St. Paul's, Indianapolis
St. Timothy's, Indianapolis
St. Paul's, Jeffersonville
St. Paul's, New Albany
St. Mark's, Plainfield
St. John's, Speedway
St. Stephen's, Terre Haute
Good Shepherd, West Lafayette
Diocesan Convention 2013
The 176th Diocesan Convention
Held October 24-26, 2013
News from and related to the Convention
With no resolutions and only second reading of a minor canonical change related to the definition of quorum, the 176th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis focused on learning opportunities and visioning.
Approved Budget Documents
Bishops In Brasilia
Bishop Waynick gathers with our partner bishops from the Diocese of Brasilia and Diocese of Bor (South Sudan) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the consecration of Bishop Maurcio Andrade as Bishop of Brasilia. Joined by Bishop Ruben from Bor and many other guests, this is a joyous celebration!
The Bishop Cordially Invites You . . .
The Bishop Cordially Invites You to Save the Date
HOLY CURRENCIES: Six Blessings for Missional and Sustainable Ministries
Saturday, April 26, 2014. Missional and Sustainable are two common buzz words when churches look at their future. But how does a church become Missional and Sustainable? And how do churches that are wrestling with Sustainability even begin thinking about focusing on Mission? This important gather is for anyone in a leadership position in the parish or diocese. Details will come.
Our Mission Is Transformation
Our Mission is Transformation
A Reflection From Bishop Waynick
July 26, 2013
Sts. Anna and Joachim
I am frequently asked what the Church must do to survive in a world which is increasingly indifferent to organized religion. It is a question grounded in the reality that we live in a post-Christian time; the United States is no longer a predominantly religious nation, and the majority of adults are not affiliated with a religious community of any kind. It’s an understandable question, but it is the wrong question.
Read the Bishop's complete Reflection here.
Celebrations, Conferences, & Retreats
You're Invited . . .
You're Invited . . .
From time to time invitations and announcements are sent out to the diocesan household for such celebrations and events as clergy installations or parish events. Below is a list of the current ones to view or download. If there is nothing listed, then there are currently no such invitations on file.
Do you need to have one added here? Then please email it to .
General Convention 2015
Advancing to General Convention 2015: “Greening and Screening”
Note: The following is the first in an ongoing seriesdesigned to inform, educate and prepare for General Convention 2015.
Plans are well underway for the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in 2015, and the triennial event won’t be business as usual.
The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will be held June 25 – July 3, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah).
The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention, explained, “General Convention 2015 will not be ‘business as usual’ for the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, and not just because the Church will be selecting a Presiding Bishop and considering what a ‘re-imagined’ Church might be. It will also be the gathering of a Church dedicated to continuing to reducing its carbon footprint, while using innovative software and technology to streamline its legislative work and improve on its efficiencies.”
Barlowe noted that Salt Lake City has long been known for its conservation efforts, in part because of its location but also as a result of recent development and growth. As such, General Convention Manager Lori Ionnitiu plans to combine local efforts with continuing work towards the “greenest convention ever”.
“There are so many wonderful initiatives occurring in Salt Lake City,” Ionnitiu noted. “Last May, the Salt Palace Convention Center completed one of the largest rooftop solar installations in the country which offsets about 17% of the annual electrical needs. In addition to established plans at the Center for waste reduction, recycling and diversion, water quality and consumption, and air quality, Salt Lake County has a ‘One Million Tree Program’ in place to assist in offsetting the carbon footprint of travelers.”
A “Convention of Screens”
The Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements and the General Convention Office are focusing on efforts to make GC 2015 as paperless as possible, and to reduce reliance on paper copies and improve legislative efficiencies.
The Rev. David Michaud, Diocese of Easton and advisor in the revision of legislative software and systems, calls GC 2015 a “convention of screens”. To that end, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and video monitors will be the primary media of legislative materials, and for the first time, there will be no large, dedicated print shop. This “convention of screens” will be made possible by a robust Wi-Fi system, which will be available for the first time on the floors of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops.
Preparing for GC 2015
Barlowe terms these efforts “the greening and screening” of General Convention, and says this “represents but two aspects of the adaptive changes that will make GC 2015 different from previous conventions.”
In the months leading up to GC 2015, communications, training and an Episcopal MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) are in the works to prepare the church for General Convention.
Deputies, bishops, volunteers, vendors, visitors, and all those planning to attend GC 2015 are encouraged to take their part in reducing the carbon footprint. Ideas and suggestions will be part of the pre-convention information and education.
GC 2015 registration: Bishops and Deputies $495 per person. For more information, contact Ionnitiu, 212-716-6048
The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org
General Convention: http://www.generalconvention.org/
Diocese of Utah: http://www.episcopal-ut.org/
Salt Palace: http://www.visitsaltlake.com/salt-palace-convention-center/