A Pastoral Letter to the Clergy and People of the Diocese of Indianapolis

Bishop Cate WaynickDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

You know by now that the Indiana State Assembly has passed a measure called The Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This bill purports to protect persons and businesses from government reprisal if their decisions to treat groups of people differently (in the provision of services and goods, for example) stem from what they claim to be religious beliefs – even if those beliefs are not part of the formally professed teaching of any established religious group.

Proponents of the bill say it is not about discrimination. Discrimination, in its truest sense, is about drawing distinctions. To discriminate is to make considered decisions, and is not in itself either morally or ethically good or bad. But when decisions are being made about who will be entitled to what, and on what basis, the potential for discrimination to become a relational weapon in a culture and society is tremendous. None of us has to think hard to come up with examples in our own history as a nation.

The language of the bill does not identify any specific group of people – either as needing protection for their beliefs, or as possible targets in decisions to withhold services or goods. What this means is that there is no legal boundary placed on who may decide to discriminate, or who may be discriminated against, so long as the 'decider' claims to be acting out of religious conviction. The possibilities for mischief are tremendous!

Though the group most likely to be singled out in our thoughts is the LGBT community, it is clearly possible for many others to be told they are unacceptable to receive whatever services or goods a person or company has on offer. Consider the possibility that only Christians will be served in some places, only Jews in others, while no Muslims, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, or Druids can purchase merchandise in some stores, and only Latinos will be included here, only Blacks excluded see the point. This legislation gives the appearance of tolerating and protecting overt bigotry in any form so long as it is dressed up as personal religious fervor.

That this is terrible for business is already being made exquisitely plain. That it is an embarrassment to 'Hoosier Hospitality' is undeniable. It is also an affront to faithful people across the religious landscape. Provision of a legal way for some among us to choose to treat others with disdain and contempt is the worst possible use of the rule of law.

For Episcopalians, whose lives are ordered in the Gospel of Christ and the promises of our Baptismal Covenant, it is unthinkable. We are enjoined to love God with heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love others as Christ loves us. We promise, every time we reaffirm our baptismal vows, to "seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves." We promise to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."

The God we worship became Incarnate, and waded into the unfaithful realities of human life. We follow a Master who associated with sinful, unacceptable people, both Jew and Gentile, all the while challenging as hypocritical the religious leaders who held themselves aloof from the general populace.

As I write this letter to you we are approaching Holy Week and Easter – seasons of deep reflection and joyous celebration in which we rehearse the saving acts of God throughout human history and in the death and Resurrection of Jesus. We claim for ourselves the transforming, reconciling love of God in Christ; not as treasures to be hoarded, but as gifts to be shared with the whole world in the name of the Lord we serve and worship.

Please join me in prayer for all those who have experienced demeaning behaviors, and those who have chosen to treat them so badly. Both in our individual and our common lives, may we become faithful advocates for justice, and reconciling examples of the indiscriminate love of God.


+Catherine M. Waynick
Bishop of Indianapolis
March 26, 2015

Click here to download.


CALL TO CONVENTION with Preliminary Schedule for Part I

Pursuant to Article IV Section 2 of the Constitution of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, notice is hereby given that:

Part 1 of the 178th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese will be held at The Bloomington Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington,  IN  47403, on April 25, 2015 beginning at 10:00 a.m. This one day convention will focus on the Bishop’s Address, introduction of the 2016 budget and educational workshops.

Part 2 of the 178th Convention will be October 23-24, 2015 and will be held at the Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Dr. Indianapolis, IN  46241, and hosted by St. John’s, Speedway.  At this convention, we will focus on canonical business, elections and continue time for educational workshops.

If you are a delegate for either part of convention and are unable to attend convention, it is your responsibility to notify this office of the change.

As specified in Canon 9, Section 3 and 4, each Deanery Council will meet prior to Convention. This meeting is to include all clergy, wardens, delegates and alternates.  General Convention Deputies will be available at these meetings to discuss Convention protocol. Please underscore the importance of the Deanery meetings.  They are the venue for:

  • Discussion of the 2016 program and budget, as presented by the Executive Council
  • Introduction of nominees for diocesan offices
  • Proposed resolutions and changes to the Constitution and Canons
  • Other business that the Dean may include for discussion or action.

Convention dinner is scheduled for Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.  Reservations are required and must be received no later than September 30th.  Forms will be available on the website or you may call Kim Smith at (317)926-5454 or (800)669-5786.

St. John’s Church is hosting a light lunch on Friday October 23th. Reservations will be made by contacting the diocesan office. Further details to come.

Rooms at the Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel have been blocked for our Convention for the negotiated rate of $109.00 plus applicable tax.  Parking and internet are complimentary.

Reservations must be made with the hotel directly by calling 317-248-2481.  Please tell the hotel you are making reservations in the room block for the Episcopal Diocese Convention and note that the last day to make hotel reservations is September 23, 2015.   There will be a link posted to our website soon to make reservations online.

Download Call to Convention

A preliminary schedule for Part I has been set. To download it, please click here.

Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis to Explore Economic Challenges Facing Clergy, with a Lilly Endowment Inc. Planning Grant

GrantsI am delighted to announce that the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis has been selected by Lilly Endowment Inc., to receive a $50,000.00 planning grant as part of its National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

Lilly Endowment has long been engaged in the significant work of addressing challenges to the effectiveness of clergy and the health of congregations. Through comprehensive research with numerous denominations and church communities in Indiana over a period of several years, the Endowment has concluded that a significant challenge for clergy is the stress caused by financial debt, and the reluctance of clergy and congregations to have honest, meaningful conversations about financial issues.

The planning grant will enable us to discover how financial challenges may affect our clergy, their families, and the congregations they lead and serve. Most importantly, the grant will provide us with the necessary resources and opportunities to initiate authentic and creative conversations regarding finances.

The work already done by the Endowment has provided evidence that information and dialogue can be powerful tools for creating positive change in our congregations regarding finances, and for increasing the overall wellbeing of clergy families and the diocesan household.

The planning process will provide data which will help us develop appropriate programming to address our particular needs. We will then be eligible to submit an Implementation Grant Request to Lilly Endowment in August, for the funding which would make possible the implementation of envisioned programs.

Guiding this planning process will be a committee of clergy (active and retired), spouses/partners, lay leaders, and Diocesan staff.

All clergy and spouses will be asked to participate in a confidential on-line survey during April, and several facilitated conversations will be held during our Spring Convention Day in Bloomington on Saturday, April 25. 

Helping us with this exciting and important work will be Melissa Hickman of Hickman Consulting LLC as the project manager, and Karen Gentleman of Gentleman McCarty Consulting LLC as market research consultant. 

Questions, feedback and suggestions may be directed to Melissa directly at (317) 752-5259 or at melissa.e.hickman@gmail .com

Thank you for your prayers—and your cooperation—as we embark on this journey of discovery!

+Catherine M. Waynick
Bishop of Indianapolis

Blessing of the Oils and Reaffirmation of Ordination Vows

blessing of oils.PNG



Bishop's Ash Wednesday Reflection on a Holy Lent

Bishop Cate Waynick

Dear Friends,

I am currently reading  My Promised Land  by Ari Shavit, in preparation for a journey to Israel with Rabbi Dennis Sasso in late April.  It is an account of the history of modern Israel—the vision of those who knew Jews must have a place of their own if they were to survive at all in the world, and the terrible cost that has been paid in the realization of that vision.  Those who sought safety and peace for themselves became hardened to the suffering of those who were in their path, in their way, whose presence was an obstacle to be removed by the systematic erasure of Palestine and its peoples.

Continue Reading...

Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Reparation of Racism: Building the Beloved Community

Multiculttural painting

The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, the Diocesan Anti-Racism Committee, St. Philip's, Indianapolis, All Saints, Indianapolis; Christ Church Cathedral, St. Paul's, Indianapolis; and Trinity, Indianapolis are offering a presentation on racism Wednesday, March 25, 6 p.m. at the Madame Walker Theatre in Indianapolis.

St. Philip's, Indianapolis, a historically black parish and around the corner from the Madame Walker Theatre, will be hosting a light meal at 5 p.m. before the event.

The Right Rev. Robert Wright, the first African American Episcopal bishop in Georgia, will be speaking on "Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Reparation of Racism: Building the Beloved Community."

In January 2015, Bishop Wright was recognized as one of Georgia's leaders, along with Senators and business leaders, for taking stands on multiple issues including gun control and support of same sex marriage. He has also been calling on his Diocese in Atlanta, and beyond, to speak truthfully about the issues of racial injustice.

All in the diocese are invited and encouraged to attend. No reservations or tickets are necessary.

New Resource for Personal Reflection: Daily Prayer for All Seasons

Daily Prayer for All Seasons is now available for free download on the website of The Episcopal Church here.

Developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and authorized by the 77th General Convention in 2012 (Resolution A055), the prayers in Daily Prayer for All Seasons are presented according to liturgical season beginning with Advent and progressing through Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. In addition, two sections are offered for Ordinary Time: Creation and Rest.

In each, all prayers are grouped according to eight particular themes: praise, discernment, wisdom, perseverance and renewal, love, forgiveness, trust, and watch.

Congratulations to Our Newest Diocesan Deacons 

The Rev.'s Steven Balke Jr., Mary Bargiel, Whitney Smith, and Nancy Woodworth-Hill.


Welcome, the Rev. Gray Lesense, Vicar of a Developing Congregation in Brownsburg, Indiana



Click here to contact him: brownsburggray(at)




Bishop Waynick Delivers Homily at Ecumenical Christian Unity Celebration in Indianapolis

See all the photos from the service below (Photos by Sean Gallagher/The Criterion)

Daily Office Support Website


The Episcopal Daily Office online, a church wide ministry offered right here in Indiana, by our very own Josh Thomas , has reached a remarkable over 1.5 million hits and needs your support as it expands technology and continues to grow! Visit our giving site to learn more and make a gift. Thanks for your support!

Bishop Waynick Has Papal Audience

The Bishop, attending a meeting of the Anglican Centre in Rome, is pictured here at an audience with Pope Francis.

Pope Francis and Bishop Cate

See the full story here. . .

Music and Mission: The Dayspring Choirs Project

513m759HYeL._SL500_AA280_.jpgPurchase CD's or Digital Downloads and Help Dayspring Center

Featuring music by the choirs of Holy Family, FishersNativity, IndianapolisSt. Francis, Zionsville; and Trinity, Indianapolis.

All proceeds from sales of this celebration of music and mission will be used to provide emergency care, essentials, and support services to Indianapolis-area homeless families and children at Dayspring Center.

Click here for a preview and purchasing information. Not interested in the CD, but want to make a gift to support Dayspring's mission? You can do that through this link as well.

177th Diocesan Convention Emphasizes “Holy Currencies”


The 177th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis was held October 23-25 at the Horizon Center in Muncie, hosted by Grace Episcopal Church, Muncie.

For a full report on the proceedings, please click here.

A Message from Bishop Waynick on Same Gender Marriage in Indiana

The recent decision of the Supreme Court, not to review the rulings of lower courts on the legality of same gender marriages, has altered our reality in the State of Indiana. Same gender marriages are now legal in our State. Some among us are elated, believing this should have happened long ago. Others are dismayed and angry, believing that marriage is diminished in some way by this change. Others are simply bewildered and not quite sure how they feel about it.  No matter what a person feels about this change, it has happened – it is part of the reality of life in the world around us. . . .   

Click here to read the full text.


Diocesan Events

Loading More Events...

GC 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:
General Convention:
Diocese of Utah:
Salt Palace:


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.

share-video_screen_clip_1.PNGIn 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: And, here in our diocese

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  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

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


Global Partnerships

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. 

Diocese of Bor

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 for our most current news and updates on the situation there and what we are doing about it.

The Diocese of Haiti

Work on the new St. Andre's school in Mithon was completed in 2014 and members of the Diocese of Indianapolis attended the dedication this summer. 

Alleluia, The New School in Mithon Haiti Has Been Built!


On July 22nd, ten members of the Diocese of Indianapolis (including three Trinity, Bloomington members: Ruth Witten, Randy Keko and Matthew Cole) traveled to Haiti to participate in the dedication of the new school in Mithon, Haiti. This school was built with funds provided by the Diocese of Indianapolis.

Click here to read the complete story. 


 A new web site has been launched for the support of the Lunches and Lessons ministry project for St. Andre's School in Mithon, Haiti. The site features information, photos, and videos about this much neededd program and how we can support it. Go to for more information on this ministry and giving opportunity.


Diocese of Brasilia

Cooperating Ministries

Alternatives Incorporated

Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in November 1978, is a residential facility servin…

Dayspring Center

Dayspring Center lovingly meets the basic needs of homeless families seeking assistance and connects them with opportunities to …

Donate to Cooperating Ministries

Click here to Donate to Cooperating Ministries

Exodus Refugee

Exodus Refugee Immigration works with refugees — worldwide victims of persecution, injustice and war — to establish self-suffici…

John P. Craine House

Craine House is an alternative sentencing program for non-violent female offenders and their pre-school age children. This facil…

St. Richard's School

The mission of St. Richard's School, an independent Episcopal day school, is to educate children Grades Pre-Kindergarten through…

The Damien Center

The Damien Center was established in 1987 to respond to the growing AIDS crisis in Indianapolis. Initially staffed entirely by v…

The Julian Center

The Julian Center is a nonprofit agency providing counseling, safe shelter, and education for survivors of domestic violence, se…

Other Partners

Center for Congregations

Center for Congregations

The Center for Congregations strengthens Indiana congregations by helping them find and use the best resources to address their …

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

Waycross Camp & Conference Center

Waycross is a year round center, hosting residential & day conferences, meetings, and events for both adults and youth with uniq…

 MORE . . .

Sharing Our Currencies Protocol

Sharing our Currencies Protocol

Holy_Currencies_Logo No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.  Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
The Diocese of Indianapolis is rich with many currencies of Gracious Leadership that can be shared…if others only knew they were available!
We are putting together a Sharing our Currencies Catalog of workshops and courses available by people like you and we would like your participation.  Simply click on this link and use the form to share your currency of Gracious Leadership!
The Sharing our Currencies Catalog can be found by clicking here It is available to all.  Sharing your currency of Gracious Leadership is just one way of sharing in networked creative leadership in the Diocese of Indianapolis. 

Disaster Response logoEmergencies: Getting Your Parish Ready

Download this guide from FEMA
Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

Episcopal Relief & Development


Episcopal Relief & Development helps those struck by disaster both in the U.S. and around the world.

Website - Press Releases - Donate Now

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

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States, …

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)

The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis maintains a special commitment to ministries of health and wholeness. National Episcopal …

United Thank Offering (UTO)

The United Thank Offering (UTO) provides a way for you to give thanks for your daily blessings with a simple spiritual disciplin…

Connect With Us