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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 this week 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.
Bishop Cate and other members of the Diocese of Indianapolis with
Pere Andre and other members of the school staff.
The Offertory Procession from the service yesterday at St Andre.
The children's choir singing at the dedication.
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.
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The Episcopal Church Welcomes ALL!
[back] ...and all means ALL! Proudly Sharing God's Love. The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis & The Episcopal Churches of Central and Southern Indiana
T-Shirt orders are being accepted now through August 15, 2014.
Cost is $15 per shirt. Shirts will be available for pick-up at your specified home parish beginning September 7. If you need a t-shirt order shipped elsewhere, an additional shipping charge of $4 per t-shirt will apply.
Proceeds from this sale benefit food, water, medicine and mosquito netting for the Diocese of Bor in South Sudan.
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.
Convention Related Pages
Information on: Delegate Attendance, Deanery Meetings, Convention Dinner, Hotel & Reservation Information, Shuttle Service
Submission of any proposed changes to the current Constitution or Canons are due by August 23rd.
Call for Resolutions and Download Link
Information about and links to the 2015 Budget Draft Proposal.
Online Form and Download link for Nominations for 2014
Nominees will be posted here as their nominations are received.
- 177th Diocesan Convention - Host Dinner Registration Form
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In the midst of an extraordinary human needs crisis, we're mobilizing to provide food, water, and medicine to the people in our partner Diocese of Bor in South Sudan. Your help is needed! Find out more.
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
Presiding Bishop Calls for Prayer
PRESIDING BISHOP ANNOUNCES CALL FOR PRAYER AND SOLIDARITY WITH SOUTH SUDAN CHURCHES
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.
Bishop Waynick at Christ Church Philadelphia, sitting in the Bishop White chair. Bishop White was the first Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
The EFHN Grant Application for agencies requesting financial support for 2015 and the accompanying cover letter are now available for download.
Application Deadline: July 25, 2014
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.
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
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.
CELEBRATIONS, CONFERENCES, RETREATS, & EVENTS
Diocesan Youth Having Great Time at Episcopal Youth Event (EYE)
|LEV Training Aug 2014 - St. Paul's, Indianapolis||August 23, 2014, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM|
|Fall Ember Day - Sep 2014||September 8, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM|
|Executive Council Meeting - Sep 2014||September 13, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM|
|Episcopal Women's Ministeries Fall 2014 Retreat||September 26, 2014, 8:00 AM to September 28, 2014, 12:00 PM|
|Pre-Convention Southeast Deanery Council Meeting - Sep 2014||September 28, 2014, 2:00 PM to September 7, 2014, 4:00 PM|
|Pre-Convention South Central Deanery Council Dinner & Meeting - Sep 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...…|
|Commission on Ministry - Fall 2014 Gathering||October 2, 2014 to October 4, 2014|
|LEV Training||October 18, 2014, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM|
|St. Stephen's, Terre Haute|
|Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good||October 22, 2014, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM|
|Diocesan Convention 2014||October 23, 2014 to October 25, 2014|
|Convention Host Dinner - Oct 2014 - Grace Church Parish||October 23, 2014, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM|
|Executive Council Meeting - Nov 2014||November 7, 2014, 5:00 PM to November 8, 2014, 3:30 PM|
|Youth Fall Conference - Nov 2014||November 21, 2014 to November 23, 2014|
|Advent Ember Day - Dec 2014||December 11, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM|
|Trinity Institute||January 22, 2015 to January 24, 2015|
|St. Paul's Indianapolis, plus other sites in the diocese.|
|Vestry College - Feb 2015||February 20, 2015 to February 21, 2015|
|Vestry College is being held at Waycross|
|Lenten Ember Day Gathering - Feb 2015||February 26, 2015|
|Diocesan Youth Spring Retreat 2015||March 6, 2015 to March 8, 2015|
|Spring Clergy Conference||April 13, 2015 to April 15, 2015|
|Spiritual Practices Beyond Worship with Christopher Martin; Waycross; Dean's meeting 1–3 p.m. last day|
|Fall Ember Day Gathering - Sep 2015||September 17, 2015|
|Steps to Wellness with Medical Trust/CREDO Staff; Interchurch Center; Dean's meeting following|
|Advent Ember Day - Dec 2015||December 10, 2015|
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
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.
Thanks to your prayers and gifts Mithon School in Haiti is completed and will soon be dedicated!
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
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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