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Sharing 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.


Your Gifts at Work in Bor, South Sudan


   

Overview

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.
 
UPDATE: The Pins are in. 

Now is the time to finalize your plans and strategies around

  • how many pins your parish may want
  • who you may want to partner with in your community
  • and how you can best get them out there
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.
 

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HOLY CURRENCIES: Six Blessings for Missional and Sustainable Ministries

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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 who are wrestling with Sustainability even begin thinking about focusing on Mission?  Eric Law will explore these questions in Holy Currencies:  Six Blessings for Missional and Sustainable Ministries.

At this one day event, we diocesan leaders  begin developing a common language to evaluate our life and look to the future as a household.  We will learn how to develop each of the currencies and assist our communities to value each currency as well as explore using the Cycle of Blessings as an analytical and discernment tool and as an incubator of new ministries.

Holy Currencies is featured at two events. You can register for either through the diocesan registration site.  Registration 

Diocesan Leadership Day* — Your presence is requested!
Saturday, April 26, 2014**
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: St. Paul’s, Indianapolis
 
Clergy Conference
Monday, April 28 - 30, 2014
12 noon - 12 noon
Location: Waycross Conference Center

*This one day event is designed specifically for all major stakeholders of the diocese including:  Executive Council, Standing Committee, COM, Deacons, all Women's Groups, Re-Imagining Task Force, and Diocesan Staff. Others interested may register as space permits.  This day will introduce concepts and materials being introduced to the clergy at the annual Clergy Conference and 2014 Diocesan Convention.

** A block of rooms has been reserved at LaQuinta Inn, Indianapolis for those traveling the farthest.   Congregational Development Grants are available to assist.  Please contact Kim Smith at smith(at)indydio.org for room information.

Rev. Eric H.F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute which offers resources and training for intercultural competency, congregational development and stewardship. 

 


27 Community Service Agencies Throughout the Diocese Receive Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN) Grants


 EFHN Logo27 agencies dedicated to serving those in need of the most basic human servicessuch 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.   

Diocesan Convention 2013

Dio Crest Transparent BG (PNG)The 176th Diocesan Convention

Held October 24-26, 2013
Indianapolis, IN
 
  
News from and related to the Convention

Diocese of Indianapolis Holds 176th Convention October 24-26

 
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.
 
 
 

Budget


Budget Documents






 Bishop Waynick


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! 

Our Mission Is Transformation

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


Confirmation 2014


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Schedule  

Deanery: Host Parish Date Time Candidates meet with
Bishop Cate 
Time of Liturgy
Northwest: 
St. Andrew’s, Greencastle 
Wed April 23   5 p.m. 6 p.m.
Southwest:
St. John's, Mt. Vernon*
Sun June 22* 4 p.m.* 5 p.m.*
Southeast:
St. Paul's, New Albany
Sat May 10 10 a.m. 11 a.m.
Northeast:
St. Luke's, Shelbyville
Sat May 17 10 a.m. 11 a.m.
North Central:
Holy Family, Fishers
Sat May 17 4 p.m. 5 p.m.
South Central/All Diocesan:
Christ Church Cathedral  
Thurs May 29 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Mid Central:
Trinity, Indianapolis
Sat May 31 10 a.m. 11 a.m.

*Updated 4/10/2014

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General Convention 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


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


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.

Finishing Touches Made to Mithon School in Haiti


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Thanks to your prayers and gifts Mithon School in Haiti is nearing completion, with only a few finishing touches remaining!
 
 

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


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  • St. Paul’s Indianapolis recently gave a grant to the Diocese of Bor to assist with final work needed at Ping Ping secondary school. We hope this gift will allow the school to open soon.
  • Please pray for the Diocese of Bor in the wake of recent attacks in Jonglei State. Maar, in the Diocese of Twic East which borders the Diocese of Bor, recently came under attack by a well-organized and heavily armed rebel group, believed to be led by a man named David YauYau. Five clergy were among those killed in an attack on October 20.
  • The commission has launched the Food for Thought program to support students at St. Andrew’s school in Bor Town. One of the many challenges facing the school is the fact that students are dismissed for lunch each day at noon. Many live so far away, or have no prospects for food at all, that they simply leave at noon and miss half of the school day. The Diocese of Bor has asked us to provide support for meals for 60 students, so that they can stay and complete their studies. The cost is $1/day, or $270/year. We are asking individuals and congregations to consider a three-year commitment to this program.
 
 

Cooperating Ministries

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Dayspring Center

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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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Miles of Pennies

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United Thank Offering (UTO)

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Sacred Art Show
St. Paul's in New Albany presents a series on Sacred Art for its inaugural 2013-2014 Season. The first show in the series is Sunday, September 15 from 2:30 - 5:00 pm. The topic is "Art as Thelogical Discussion" and features the vestments and paraments from Fr. Tom Honderich. Fr. Honderich will have his work on display and share with us his thoughts on art, liturgy and worship. There will be a wine and cheese reception. The next show in the Sacred Art Series, "Emmanuel: God is With Us", is an ope…- Read More or Comment -
Episcopal House of Bishops Offers a Word to the Church
Episcopal House of Bishops Offers a Word to the Church
[March 12, 2013] The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, meeting in retreat in Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC, offers a Word to the Church.- Read More or Comment -
Bible Challenge Gathering Held at All Saints, Indianapolis
Bible Challenge Gathering Held at All Saints, Indianapolis
Over 50 participants from several diocesan parishes joined Bishop Cate for a Saturday, February 16, session on the Bible Challenge—how we read it, how to use it, and how the Bible Challenge invites us to enter into a thoughtful and intentional exploration of the scriptures over the next year. - Read More or Comment -
The Acts 8 Moment - Packing for the Wilderness Road
The Acts 8 Moment - Packing for the Wilderness Road
The Acts 8 Moment, launched over the summer at General Convention, is an informal group of lay and clergy Episcopalians across the country praying and acting for the renewal of the Episcopal Church. We take our inspiration from the eighth chapter of the Book of Acts, when the early church was expelled from Jerusalem. This proved to be a turning point---for the better---in the growth of the church- Read More or Comment -

Diocesan Events

Event Date/Time
Confirmation: Northwest Deanery April 23, 2014
2014 Confirmations Schedule   Deanery: Host Parish Date Time Candidates meet with Bishop Cate  Time of Liturgy Northwest: St. Andrew’s, Greencastle  Wed April 23   5 p.m. 6 p.m. …
Diocesan Leadership Day - Holy Currencies April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
St. Paul's, Indianapolis
Spring Clergy Conference April 28, 2014 to April 30, 2014
Confirmation: Southeast Deanery May 10, 2014
Pathways to Vitality: Wrap up Event May 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Confirmation:Northeast Deanery May 17, 2014
Confirmation: North Central Deanery May 17, 2014
LEV Training May 24, 2014, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
St. Timothy's
Confirmation: South Central Deanery/All Diocesan May 29, 2014
Confirmation: Mid Central Deanery May 31, 2014
TENS Conference, June 6-7, Atlanta, GA June 6, 2014 to June 7, 2014
2014 Commission on Ministry Information Day June 7, 2014, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
2014 Commission on Ministry Information Day Saturday, June 7, 2014, St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch provided). Do you have questions about the process of becoming a priest or deacon? See the COM page for …
Executive Council Meeting - June June 21, 2014, 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Confirmation: Southwest Deanery June 22, 2014
2014 Confirmations Schedule   Deanery: Host Parish Date Time Candidates meet with Bishop Cate  Time of Liturgy Northwest: St. Andrew’s, Greencastle  Wed April 23   5 p.m. 6 p.m. …
Deacons and Deacons in Formation Retreat July 3, 2014, 6:22 AM to 6:23 AM
Episcopal Youth Event July 9, 2014 to July 16, 2014
LEV Training August 23, 2014, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
St. Paul's, Indianapolis
Fall Ember Day September 11, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Executive Council Meeting - September September 13, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Commission on Ministry - Fall Gathering October 2, 2014 to October 4, 2014
Diocesan Convention 2014 October 23, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Executive Council Meeting - November November 7, 2014, 5:00 PM to November 8, 2014, 3:30 PM
Advent Ember Day December 11, 2014

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