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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.

 


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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.

SOLD OUT: 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 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.

Diocesan Youth Will Practice “GracEconomics” at Diocesan Convention

The youth in the diocese will conduct a Book Sale at the Convention with a "Holy Currencies" twist this year. Read the article for more information.

Supporting Muncie Area Ministries: Items You Can Bring to Diocesan Convention

Here are some items needed in support of Muncie-area ministries. Collection bins will be available at Diocesan Convention for anything you can bring in support of these community ministries. Thanks for whatever you can offer.

Transportation and Lunch Options at Diocesan Convention

As you make your plans for Diocesan Convention next week, we are pleased to offer some transportation and Friday lunch options. Although there is plenty of free parking near the convention center, we are also offering the option of free shuttle service between the convention hotels.

Parking Information for Muncie

A map with information on available parking for Grace Church, Muncie. Includes the shuttle schedule for Thursday 10/23 as well.

Files 



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.   

What follows here are some reflections on the situation, and my counsel for our clergy and parishes.

First, it is important to remember that legality does not equal a mandate; clergy have always used pastoral judgment in agreeing to prepare any couple for marriage in the Church, or to decline to do so. Even our own members cannot demand that clergy perform a marriage rite with them.  So the legal possibility of marriage – for any couple – has never been a guarantee of involvement on the part of this Church.

Second, though The Episcopal Church has a provisional rite for the blessing of same gender couples, to be used only with the permission of a Bishop Diocesan, it is abundantly clear that the Church remains divided on the issue.  Not all clergy are able, in good conscience, to make use of this rite, even if their bishops do grant permission.

Third, a priest and the parish s/he serves and leads may be in very different places regarding same gender marriage, and these differences need to be taken seriously.

In the past, I have permitted the blessing of same gender unions in parishes meeting several criteria:  

  1. the parish must have studied and come to considerable consensus that such blessings are desirable – and would not prove divisive to the parish,

  2. the couple must be known in the parish (as we would hope any couple seeking marriage in the Church to be),

  3. the couple must have at least as much, if not more, pre- counseling as a heterosexual couple,

  4. I wanted to review the liturgy the couple proposed to use. General Convention approved a provisional liturgy for use with the permission of Bishops Diocesan, and that is the liturgy which is now used in the Diocese of Indianapolis.

In those counties which issue marriage licenses to same gender couples these guidelines remain in place.

I would expect that clergy whose personal consciences will not permit them to officiate at same gender weddings will arrange for such couples who attend their parishes to be helped by clergy colleagues who are willing to preside.

All members who have been legally married must be acknowledged as married in any parish of this diocese.

I further urge any of our parishes which have not yet provided a study of the issue for their members to arrange to do so during the coming year.  Whether or not there are any same gender couples in the congregation, whether or not a priest feels able to preside, same gender marriage is now a legal reality, and the Church as a whole can benefit from reflection on the meaning of marriage, how the provisional rite meets the needs of same gender couples (or not) and what is at stake when decisions about same gender celebrations are made.  

As the Body of Christ we must make room for those who disagree with us, and with humility concede that the Church cannot afford to claim perfection of understanding and practice in any age. We are obliged to reflect continually on what is happening around us, and whether or not the Spirit of God is calling us to embrace new ways or to hold fast to old ones.  We must have the generosity of spirit to travel together with good cheer and holy hope, remembering that, as William Temple so aptly put it, “When we choose wisely God reigns, and when we choose foolishly, God reigns!”   


Bishop Cate Attends House of Bishops Meeting in Taiwan


The pictures below are from Bishop Cate's trip to the Republic of China (Taiwan) where she is attending a meeting of the House of Bishops. From left to right, the pctures are (click to see larger): 

An immense arrangement of live orchids.  Our Presiding Bishop with President Mah of the Republic of China (Taiwan)  Some of the youth from Taiwan (ROC) who attended EYE this past July.

CELEBRATIONS, CONFERENCES, RETREATS, & EVENTS


Mandated Anti-Racism Training Offered


ANTI-RACISM: FROM THEOLOGICAL ROOTS TOWARD AWARENESS & ACTION

This workshop will afford all diocesan staff, clergy and elected or appointed lay leaders the opportunity to take substantive steps toward the fulfillment of our General Convention's requirement that they "...take anti-racism training and receive certification of such training...." 

Leaders will explore anti-racism from a sound theological base, moving toward establishing common definitions and examining racism as well as its resistance in a number of historical and practical contexts. 

Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m.—4 p.m., Register at the Diocesan Registration Site.

WE'VE MOVED ANTI-RACISM TRAINING

The Anti-Racism training for November 1 has grown so large that we had to change the venue.  It has been moved to the Wyndham Indianapolis-West (the old Adams Mark) 2544 Executive Drive, Indianapolis, IN  46241 in the Hall of Champions 3 Ballroom.  It will begin at the same time, 10 a.m.


Youth

Youth Fall Conference at Waycross for 6th to 12th Graders


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Friday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. to
Sunday, November 23, 12:30 p.m.

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.

Diocesan Events

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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/


SHARE THE LOVE WITH SOUTH SUDAN
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.


Update - October 13, 2014


Bor - MapBishop Cate has just forwarded some important information on South Sudan. Please continue to pray for the Diocese of Bor and all of South Sudan and give as you can. Thanks to your generosity, we have already been able to send nearly $50,000 to assist the Diocese of Bor but the extent of the projected famine numbers is staggering. To make an online donation or order more of the heart-shaped Sharing Love With South Sudan pins go to www.sharinglovewithsouthsudan.org

From the Bishop—

Friends, 
This rather full report will provide important information about the situation in South Sudan.

Please remember to include Bor (Ruben) and Brasilia (Mauricio) in the prayers of the people every Sunday. Our convention committed us to this discipline and ministry.

In addition to the agencies listed at the end of this report we also can work through Episcopal Relief and Development and AFRECS .. The need is immense! If you need more heart shaped pins let us know....
If you want to send funds it will be most efficient to send them through the diocesan office---we have a way to get them directly to Bor....

Thanks so much .....+Cate

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Subject: Joint Release from South Sudan: Aid agencies warn of famine next year as upsurge in fighting imminent; number of hungry expected to increase by 1 million

South Sudan: Aid agencies warn of famine next year as upsurge in fighting imminent

Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by 1 million in first three months of 2015

(Oxford, UK) A group of leading aid agencies warned today that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worse food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.

The agencies fear that efforts this year to prevent the crisis from deteriorating will falter as rival sides are regrouping ready to resume violence once the rainy seasons ends this month. The number of people facing dangerous levels of hunger is expected to increase by 1 million between January and March next year.

In a report launched today, “From Crisis to Catastrophe”, the aid agencies called for neighbouring governments and the wider international community to redouble diplomatic efforts to put real pressure on the parties to the conflict to end the fighting, including an arms embargo. They said so far the international community’s ‘softly-softly’ approach to the peace talks has failed to secure a meaningful cease-fire.

They also added that there needs to be an increase in both the quantity and quality of the aid effort.

Tariq Reibl head of Oxfam programme in South Sudan said: “If famine comes to South Sudan it will come through the barrel of a gun. This is a man-made crisis not one caused by the vagaries of the weather and though humanitarian aid is vital it cannot fix a political problem. The international community is much better at saving lives than it is at helping solve the political problems that put lives in peril. Nine months of the softly-softly approach to peace negotiations has failed. If the international community really wants to avert a famine then it has to make bold diplomatic efforts to bring both sides to end the fighting.”

The aid agencies said that a mixture of significant aid, a lull in the fighting due to the wet season and the ability of the South Sudanese to cope with hardship, has managed to stave off a famine for the moment. However they warned that now that the wet season is over, an upsurge in fighting is likely, setting back any gains made in the last few months and potentially pushing areas into famine by March 2015.

Since the current round of conflict began in South Sudan in December 2013, the country has been pushed to the brink of disaster. However the international aid effort has saved thousands of lives, much of it generously funded by the US, the UK and the EU who have given 60 per cent of the total funding. The UN Mission in South Sudan has opened its compounds to around 100,000 civilians, saving them from ethnic violence, and peace negotiations led by South Sudan’s neighbours have come close to brokering a deal.

Looking back over 2014, Aimee Ansari head of CARE in South Sudan said:

“South Sudan only just missed falling into famine this year. Partly this was due to the aid effort but much of it is due to the strength, resilience and generosity of the South Sudanese people themselves.

“But they are now at the end of their tether. You can only sell all your livestock once. Eating seeds meant for planning keeps the gnawing hunger away for the moment, but it is mortgaging the future to meet the desperate needs of the present. The people of South Sudan did what they could to survive this year – but that means they will be vulnerable next year. They need to see an end to the fighting so normal life can resume.”

Many of the 1.4 million people displaced from their homes are facing an uncertain future. The fighting has disrupted markets and pushed up food prices. Fishermen have been barred from rivers, cattle herders have had their cattle stolen, or been forced to sell them off cheaply. The expected upsurge in fighting once the rains have ended in October will tip many over the edge.

The aid agencies called for donor governments to fully support the UN’s appeals for humanitarian work in South Sudan and the refugee crisis in neighbouring countries. They also said that the quality of aid needs to be improved. It needs to be delivered where people are rather than where it is easier to reach. And it needs to build on the way people cope with the crisis and to enable them to face any future crisis better prepared.

The aid agencies also called on all the government of South Sudan, the opposition and other armed groups to immediately stop fighting and work towards a long-term, sustainable peace deal. All their forces need to stop attacks against civilians, end the use of child soldiers and allow humanitarian workers safe access to people needing their help.

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.
 
 


 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.

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

Diocese of Brasilia

 

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. 

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

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…
 
 


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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)

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…

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