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Christmas Worship Opportunities in the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis


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Christmas Eve in the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis is a beautiful and joyous time of celebration.  Our 46 parishes cordially invite you to share in the sights and sounds of this holy night and throughout all of Christmastide. 

Find a parish near you. . .

Some special invitations from our parishes...


Daily Office Online Nears Its 2015 Funding Goal 


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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! This ministry is nearing its financial goal for 2015. 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

The first picture  to come out of the Papal audience featured the members of the Anglican Centre group who attended the audience.

Bishop Cate Meets the Pope.




The photo includes, from left to right:
  • The Right Rev. Stephen Platten, former Bishop of Wakefield – now working in the Diocese of London. He is the President of the Board of Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome.
  • The Right. Rev. Andrew Reginald St. John, Rector, Church of the Transfiguration, NYC, member of the board of the American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome.
  • The Right Rev. Catherine (Cate) Waynick, Bishop of Indianapolis, member of the Board of Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome and of the Board of the American Friends....
  • The Most Rev. Sir David Moxon, Archbishop emeritus of New Zealand, Executive Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, and Co-chair (Anglican) of ARCIC
  • The Anglican Archbishop of Rwanda….who was not part of their group…

Bishop Cate said, "We were all presented to His Holiness, and I introduced myself, telling him my name and that I am Bishop of Indianapolis, and that I bring him greetings from our members and from Archbishop Joseph Tobin.

He responded by saying, 'Please tell your people, pray for me, and tell Tobin, ‘Greetings!.'

We agreed to pray for each other, he gave me a small box with a medallion in it, and that was that! His face showed no surprise or astonishment to be presented with a bishop who is a woman. He was kind and gracious—as we have all come to expect and know him to be. His message that day dealt with the vocation all Christians have, by virtue of our baptisms, to live the vocation of striving for holiness by loving and serving others. A message we can all embrace!"

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Music and Mission: The Dayspring Choirs Project


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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”


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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 Challenge to Change


Learn more about the work of Craine House, one of our Cooperating Ministries.


United Thank Offering Grant Proposal Information Now Online


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Proposals must be sent to Sally Cassidy no later than January 8, 2015.

Click here for more information.

 


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.


CELEBRATIONS, CONFERENCES, RETREATS, & 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.

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!


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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. 


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 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 LunchesAndLessons.org for more information on this ministry and giving opportunity.

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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…
 
 


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Sharing Our Currencies Protocol


Sharing our Currencies Protocol


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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

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Episcopal Relief & Development

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

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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

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…

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