WEDNESDAY MAILBAG FOR JUNE 28, 2017

DIOCESAN OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED JULY 3RD AND 4TH
The office will be closed Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday July 4th.
In case of emergency, contact Sally Cassidy at 317-616-8685.

MINISTERIAL EXCELLENCE FUND
Stipendiary clergy may continue to apply for grants to reduce financial stress due to family emergencies or other extenuating financial circumstances. An important part of the grant-making process is working with a certified financial advisor to help develop a household budget. This is made possible through a generous gift from Lilly Endowment Inc. For more information go to www.pathwaystovitality.org or contact Program Director Melissa Hickman or call her at 317-752-5259.

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION GRANTS
The Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation is accepting applications for grants that focus on local faith-based projects for mitigating climate change and safeguarding the integrity of Creation.
This marks the next cycle of grantmaking by the Episcopal Church Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation, enabled by Resolution A030,   Create Task Force On Climate Change, approved at General Convention 2015 and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.
Recommendations will be made for grants up to $10,000.
Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here. Click here for the complete announcement.
The deadline for applications is August 20.

NEW WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUTH MINISTRIES!
We are excited to launch several new ways to connect with diocesan youth ministry events and resources! The youth ministry section of the website has been re-configured to include pages of event information and youth ministry resources. We have added “Now We Gather,” a new youth ministry blog. We also have a new Facebook page  and an Instagram account. Please follow us!

PREPARING FOR THE EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT
The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held July 10-14 in Edmond, OK. The Diocese of Indianapolis will be sending a delegation to this triennial gathering of youth from across the Episcopal Church. We will spend the week in worship, learning, and service with approximately 1,300 other participants.
This year’s theme is “Path to Peace.” Over the next few weeks, we will post reflections and thoughts about our upcoming trip and the event theme. You can find all of these on “Now We Gather.”
We ask that you join us in praying for our delegation. Pray for the young people attending the event and their adult chaperones. Join us in praying the following Collect, written specifically for this year’s EYE:
Almighty Lord, peace maker of the world. We pray that you lead us down the path to peace as we yearn for peace in every form. We open our hearts to you as you reveal our calling through this mission. May there be love and acceptance in our hearts. May we also root ourselves in your vine and make our branches your path. As your roots strengthen all. In the name of the Holy Trinity. Amen.

2018 UPDATED BUDGET DRAFT
At this link you will find the second draft of the 2018 budget with several changes. Now it is in balance!
We now enter the next phase when appeals may be sent to the Executive Council Commission Chairs for consideration during July and August. The final budget formation meeting will be in early September.
Please send questions or comments to the chair, The Rev’d C. Davies Reed.

  1. RICHARD’S SCHOOL IS SEEKING A DIVINITY TEACHER
    They are seeking a part-time Divinity (Religion) teacher for the 2017-2018 academic school year.This part-time position could be clergy but that is not mandatory. It includes teaching Divinity to students in Grade 5, 6 and 7. Here is the job description.

NATIVITY, INDIANAPOLIS, PRESENTS SOUL REPAIR: HEALING MORAL INJURY AFTER WAR
The Rev. Dr. Rita N. Brock has written a marvelous book entitled Soul Repair: Healing Moral Injury after War (Boson:  Beacon Press).
Dr. Brock will enlighten us on a major cause of returning veterans’ suicides on Sunday, July 9, 5 p.m.  A reception and book signing will follow.  CTS seminary bookstore will have the book available at a discount.
Moral Injury is distinct from PTSD and the treatment is entirely different—a fact the military is just now beginning to realize.  The term “Moral Injury” arose from an insightful book by Dr. Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist whose career has been working with Vietnam vets. His book Achilles In Vietnam, compares fighters in The Iliad with our own wounded warriors. Here is the flyer.

WAKING UP WHITE BOOK STUDY OFFERED
Trinity, Indianapolis and Tabernacle Presbyterian churches are hosting a six- week book study series on the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings starting July 26. Register here. Here is the study series flyer.

THE RESTORATION PROJECT: BASICS WORKSHOP ADULT EDUCATION TO FORM MATURE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship. The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at  All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.
At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples. During our time together, we’ll share:

  • how and why to do this work
  • why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
  • the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes
  • time adapting the curricula to fit your church
  • big picture information about The Restoration Project

Interested? Read more information in this flyer or contact Suzanne Wille or 317-635-2538. Please register no later than August 8.

EPISCOPAL WOMEN’S MINISTRY FALL RETREAT
Our Fall Retreat with Bishop Jennifer is just around the corner! This retreat takes place the weekend of 29 September at Waycross.
The retreat is an opportunity for relaxing and refreshing self, worshipping and breaking bread together, developing and renewing friendships, learning, and sharing God’s love for us.  Put this retreat on your calendar and ask your friends to join us.
Many women in your parish are not in the EWM database so we need your help in publicizing this opportunity. Please make copies of this flyer available around your church and put it in your newsletter.
The deadline for Early Bird Registration is August 26.

EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED (EFHN) 2018 GRANT APPLICATIONS
Now available on our web site  where you will find an application for new outreach agencies in your deanery that may wish to apply for 2018 funding by the Episcopal Fund for Human Need. This information was sent to all outreach agencies currently receiving funding in 2017.


DIOCESAN CONVENTION EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING!
Much more will be posted soon about “Come to the River!,” the 180th Diocesan Convention, but plan now to come for what promises to be an incredible time of talking together, visioning about our hopes and dreams, worshiping and praying together, and just having fun! Jeffersonville and New Albany are vital, interesting, and visionary river communities with great, active parishes in the southern part of our diocese.  St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville, is offering strong leadership in building community partnerships to address the opiate epidemic in their county’s midst.  St. Paul’s, New Albany, has an emerging new focus on immigration and innovative ministries such as “Holy Hikes,” combining hiking and worship experiences. Both parishes are leaders in their community arts scene, offering such community assets as concerts, theatrical presentations, readers theatre events, art exhibitions, and fine arts and crafts festivals.And, both are increasingly known as “foodie” towns! (Plan to come early or stay later and ask for recommendations!) Watch for more information as the excitement unfolds!

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS: SIGN UP FOR YOURS NOW!
The listening sessions all across the diocese are a hot item as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes, dreams, and the challenges we see for our diocese.  Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them. Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group. Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with this purpose:

  • Provide opportunity to deepen relationship between Bishop Jennifer and members from around the diocese
  • Dialogue about diocesan strengths and challenges as described in the diocesan profile
  • Further define what members of the diocese need from their Bishop and the Bishop’s staff

Each session includes prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts.  A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at diocesan convention in October.
Review a selection of dates and locations and register for one here.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WANTED FOR AN EPISCOPAL-FOUNDED ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION
The Board of Directors of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL) announces the search for our next Executive Director. We seek a director who will lead H-IPL as we continue to lead Indiana faith communities in responding to the global climate crisis and to expand our role in advocacy and as climate leaders in the state. The search committee is open to candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds, including faith backgrounds and job experience. While H-IPL is a statewide organization, the Executive Director must be able to spend significant time in Indianapolis. This is a half-time, salaried position. If you are interested you may review a full ED job profile on our website at hoosieripl.org. To apply, please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of references and send to hiplsearch@gmail.com. All applications due July 5.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

July 2 – Proper 8

St. Andrew’s, Greencastle

The Reverend Dr. John Rumple

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

July 10-14
EYE at Edmond, OK

July 15
LEV training at St. John’s, Speedway, 12-3 p.m.

August 27
Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST

September 13
Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST

September 9
Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST

September 9
Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST

September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST

September 29-October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

October 5
Last day to make erend

October 7
Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST

October 15
SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST

October 26-28
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany

November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

July 5­-13
General Convention @ Austin, TX

September 28-30: Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross

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