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177th DIOCESAN CONVENTION


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Date: October 23-25, 2014

Location: Horizon Convention Center, Muncie IN

Host: Grace Church, Muncie

The theme this year will be "Holy Currencies." Watch this space for information about the convention as it is available.

 


Call to Convention

Information on: Delegate Attendance, Deanery Meetings, Convention Dinner, Hotel & Reservation Information, Shuttle Service

Call for Proposed Changes to the Canons or Constitution

Submission of any proposed changes to the current Constitution or Canons are due by August 23rd.

Call for Resolutions

Call for Resolutions and Download Link

Proposed Resolutions & Amendments

A list of the Proposed Resolutions and Amendments to the Canons or Constitution with links to the text for reading/downloading..

Call for Reports to Convention by Committee/Commissions

Information on how to submit a committee report for the Convention.Reports to Convention by Committee/Commissions

Program, Committee, and Task Force Reports

A list of reports submitted for the 177th Convention with links for downloading.

Convention Host Dinner - Oct 2014 - Grace Church Parish

Pre-Convention Deanery Meetings

Information about the Pre-Convention Deanery Meetings along with a list of specific dates..

2015 Budget - Convention Version

Information about and links to the 2015 Budget Proposed Budget, Apportionments, and Presentation.

Submit a Nomination

Online Form and Download link for Nominations for 2014

Nominees

Nominees will be posted here as their nominations are received.

Convention Schedule

The Preliminary Schedule for the convention with registration links.

Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention

Information on registration, activities, and schedule for youth at this year's diocesan convention.

Files 


Youth

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Look forward to:

  • Plenary sessions led by youth and adults
  • Waycross music. Bring your instrument and join the musicians.
  • Workshops include community service at Mother's Cupboard, cooking, crafts, theme-related topics and more!
  • GIANT ICE CREAM SUNDAE!
  • Choice Times: Active and relaxing activities. Study Hall will be a choice!
  • Talent Show: Plan an act, practice your "piece" and cheer on your friends!
  • Holy Eucharist and Healing on Saturday Night.

OUTREACH PROJECT—MOTHER'S CUPBOARD
Please bring at least 4 cans/boxes of food. Most needed items will be announced in your confirmation letter.



SHARE THE LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN

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Overview


What You Can Do


PRAY, continuing and strengthening both your personal and parish commitment to offering prayer support for our brothers and sisters in our partner Diocese of Bor and beyond.

LEARN AND SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE, using educational resources such as stories, photos, videos, and bulletin inserts from the Episcopal Church via this link:http://www.episcopalchurch.org/notice/presiding-bishop-calls-prayer-south-sudan-and-sudan And, here in our diocese www.sharinglovewithsouthsudan.org

You can help call greater attention to this crisis via social media with #southsudan #sharinglovewithsouthsudan #pintheworld #indyepiscopal #episcopalIN

GIVE, offering support in the face of unprecedented needs for food, water, medicine, and mosquito netting. You can continue to support our diocesan effort with our partner Diocese of Bor by making online gifts or obtaining heart-shaped pins to sell at www.sharinglovewithsouthsudan.org  OR sending checks to the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis at 1100 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis IN 46208.

You can also support South Sudan via your gifts to Episcopal Relief and Development at www.er-d.org

ADVOCATE, offering letters and calls of support for South Sudan to your Congressional representatives and the White House.  You can find a link to addresses and phone numbers at www.sharinglovewithsouthsudan.org.

Bishop Waynick's Update Video

Update Video from Bishop Waynick

Presiding Bishop Calls for Prayer

PRESIDING BISHOP ANNOUNCES CALL FOR PRAYER AND SOLIDARITY WITH SOUTH SUDAN CHURCHES

The Most Reverend Katherine Jefferts Schori, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate, has joined with ecumenical leaders to announce a Call for Prayer and Solidarity with churches in South Sudan and Sudan. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Should we give through Episcopal Relief and Development or the diocese?

The choice is yours.  As of now, the diocese is wiring money directly to Bishop Ruben and the Diocese of Bor for the immediate emergency needs of food, water, and medicine.  Episcopal Relief and Development is focusing on a wider area associated with the conflict and longer-term rebuilding efforts.
 
The pin promotion will continue at least until Diocesan Convention.

How can we request more heart pins?
Go to www.sharinglovewithsouthsudan.org and click on the link at the bottom of the page.
 
What is the best way to give? 
Our giving site is www.sharinglovewithsouthsudan.org  You can donate here via PayPal.  PayPal allows you to link with multiple credit or debit card accounts.  You can also mail a check to Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis,1100 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.  Mark your contribution for Sharing Love with South Sudan.   
 
Is there anything we can do right now in addition to giving money? 
Yes—pray for the people of Bor, the repose of the souls of the dead, and the strength of those who are being present to the survivors.
 


NEWS

Holy Currencies


 Diocesan Leaders Begin Commitment to "Holy Currencies"


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 Lay and clergy leaders from throughout the diocese recently participated in training to launch "Holy Currencies," a new and exciting way of developing sustainable missional ministries and using readily-available assets to move from scarcity to gift. 

Eric H. F Law, an Episcopal priest and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute in Institute in Los Angeles, led the training and will continue to work with the diocese and parishes in a multi-year commitment to Holy Currencies. This year's diocesan convention will also focus on Holy Currencies and its implementation.  To learn more about it now, read about and/or order Eric Law's book at www.chalicepress.com.   

From the Bishop

Bishop Cate WaynickOur 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, & EVENTS



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CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION
Cordially Invites You To A
CPE “COME & SEE” EVENING

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
5:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
IU Health Methodist Hospital
Mary Hanson Carey Memorial Chapel

Located on the main floor at the heart of the hospital across from the cafeteria!

The evening will include:

  • One-to-one personal overview of CPE at IU Health
  • Meeting current students in our programs
  • Connecting to Our Purpose: improving the health of our patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service.
  • Connecting to Your Purpose: how CPE will enliven your spiritual journey, increase your effectiveness in ministry, and help to develop you into a more well-rounded care giver
  • Answering any questions you have

FREE PARKING is available at Garage #1, Main Entrance to the Hospital off of Interstate 65 and 21st St. Exit – We will meet at the Main Chapel in Methodist Hospital.

RSVP at 317/944-7415 or lvaughn1(at)iuhealth.org 
(On day of event 317/437-2734)


Diocesan Events

Pre-Convention Mid-Central Deanery Meeting & Dinner - Sep 25, 2014

September 25, 2014, 6:15 PM to 8:00 PM
September 25th, 6:15-8:00pm.Light meal served at 6:15-7:00pmMeeting 7:00-8:00pmSt. John's, Speedway

Episcopal Women's Ministries Fall Retreat - Sep 26, 2014

September 26, 2014, 8:00 AM to September 28, 2014, 12:00 PM

Pre-Convention South Central Deanery Council Dinner & Meeting - Sep 30, 2014

September 30, 2014, 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  6:00 p.m., Tuesday September 30, 2014 Christ Church Cathedral125 Monument Circle Indianapolis IN 46204. Like last year, we will begin with dinner and hopefully start by 6:30...…

Pre-Convention Northeast Deanery Council - Sep 30, 2014

September 30, 2014, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Pre-Convention North Central Deanery Meeting - Sep 30, 2014

September 30, 2014, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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Pre-Convention Southwest Deanery Meeting - Oct 7, 2014

October 7, 2014, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Southwest Deanery – October 7, 2014, starting at 6 pm (CDST), hosted by St. John’s, Mt. Vernon

LEV Training - Oct 18, 2014

October 18, 2014, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
St. Stephen's, Terre Haute

Civil Discourse in America - Oct 22, 2014

October 22, 2014, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

GC 2015


Advancing to General Convention 2015: “Greening and Screening”


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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/

 


 PARTNERS IN MINISTRY



The Diocese of Indianapolis has partnered with others---locally, nationally, and internationally. By working with them towards shared goals we have extended our ministry and our outreach. Our partnerships allow us to have a greater and wider impact than we would be able to on our own.


Brazil, South Sudan, and Haiti  


The Diocese of Indianapolis shares in a three-way covenant relationship with the Diocese of Brasilia in Brazil and the Diocese of Bor in South Sudan.  We also participate in the Haiti Partnership program and help support St. Andre’s parish and school in Mithon, Haiti. 

Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Haiti Partnership


Haiti




Bishop Waynick and Diocesan Delegation Visits
Haiti for Mithon School Dedication



It was a long time in planning and donations came from nearly every corner of the diocese and beyond. But, the Mithon School was officially dedicated in the Diocese of Haiti, along with a well dedicated in honor of the late Rev. Andrew Klatte, diocesan deacon who had originally worked on the project. The beautiful school is serving children from a large area and has been designed to withstand significant earthquakes. 10559698_10153288584949298_3941301980604252271_n.jpg

Bishop Cate and other members of the Diocese of Indianapolis with
Pere Andre and other members of the school staff.


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Attendees filled the school grounds.

For more photos and video from the dedication, the building of the school, and previous mission trips, see the album on Facebook

When Haiti was devastated by earthquake damage on January 12. 2010, we developed a special partner relationship to assist in rebuilding their churches and schools. St. Andre School in Mithon is one of the projects the Diocese of Indianapolis undertook in partnership with the parish there. For more information about the partnership with Haiti, click here.

The New Cafeteria for St. Andre School in Mithon, Haiti. 


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Thanks to your prayers and gifts Mithon School in Haiti is completed and will soon be dedicated!
 
 

Background

Students at St. Andre’s in Mithon will soon attend school in a new school building, thanks to support from the Diocese of Indianapolis. In March 2013, the Executive Council of the Diocese of Indianapolis voted to use up to $340,000 of our $500,000 pledge to Haiti to build a school for the residents of Mithon. The school currently has 130 students in preschool through 6th grade. The new building is being built to withstand earthquake and heavy winds. 

The school currently meets in a transitional school structure built with funds from the Diocese of Indianapolis in 2012. Once the new school is built, the community will continue to use the original building as a church and community gathering space. $21,500 of our $500,000 pledge to Haiti was used for this purpose. 

Diocese of Brasillia


Brasilia


Same Updates November 2013

  • The commission has launched the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program to support the SAME program of the Diocese of Brasilia.
  • SAME is an after-school program offered by the Diocese of Brasilia at several places in the diocese. Each SAME site is located in a low-income area.
  • SAME provides a healthy meal, tutoring, and supervised activities for public school children. Public school meets only half day in Brazil. Without SAME, many of these children would have no supervision or care for half of the day.
  • Support for this program is $25/month for nine months of the year, or $225/year. The commission is asking individuals and congregations to consider at three-year commitment to this program.  

 

Strategic Plan for the Diocese of Brasilia and Congregations

The Diocese of Brasilia is organizing its ministries and congregations for mission in a strategic way.

In 2012, each parish and mission worked with a consultant from the diocese to develop a strategic plan around three goals:

  • Continuing education for the congregation - Many are starting Sunday School programs or offering more training for adults.
  • Self-sufficiency  -  The Diocese developed a Bible study around stewardship for all of the congregations to study together. Congregations are being asked to support more of their clergy salaries, and Bishop Andrade introduced the Bishop’s Appeal, a fund raiser for a particular mission project in the diocese. 

  • Social justice and human rights - Each congregation determined goals for bearing witness to God’s mission in the world.

Now in 2013, congregations and consultants meet together regularly to review goals and grow in mission together. 


Anniversary of Bishop Andrade’s Consecration

Bishop Andrade celebrated the 10th anniversary of his consecration this August. Bishop Waynick and a small group from the Diocese of Indianapolis was present for the celebration. For pictures of the celebration and other aspects of the visit, see Bishops in Brasilia above.

After this year, Bishop Andrade plans to step down from serving as Primate of Brazil and focus his ministry on the Diocese of Brasilia. Continue to pray in thanksgiving for his ministry and for the ministry of Anglicans in all of Brazil.

Diocese of Bor


Bor, South Sudan


We continue to raise financial support and offer up prayers for the people of the Diocese of Bor, in South Sudan. See the top of the home page and SharingLoveWithSouthSudan.org for our most current news and updates on the situation there and what we are doing about it.

 
 

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John P. Craine

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St. Richard's School

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The Damien Center

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The Julian Center

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Center for Congregations

Center for Congregations

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The Diocese of Haiti

When Haiti was devastated by earthquake damage on January 12. 2010, we developed a special partner relationship to assist them i…
Waycross Camp & Conference Center

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Episcopal Relief & Development

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You can help as well. Visit their site to see how.

Helping Others

EFHN - Episcopal Fund for Human Need

The Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN) is a diocesan-wide ministry that provides an emergency safety net for those in central …

Episcopal Relief & Development

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Miles of Pennies

he Miles of Pennies Fund was established in 1988 on the 100th anniversary of The Church Periodical Club. The Miles of Pennies Fu…

National Episcopal Health Ministries (NEHM)

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