WEDNESDAY MAILBOX FOR JUNE 2017

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.

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!

REMINDER:  NEXT UP IS SOUTHWEST REGION LAITY—THIS SUNDAY, 1 P.M. CDST AT ST. PAUL’S EVANSVILLE.  REGISTER NOW, USING THE LINK BELOW!
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.

NOMADS ARE COMING
St. Paul’s, Indianapolis’ new Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts along with IndyFringe is co-sponsoring a concert by the Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) featuring artists and music from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. One night only—Sunday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis 46202. This performance is an expression of support and gratitude toward the rich melting pot that is the United States, which enabled this band to come to life.  All proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.

DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

June 25 – Proper 7

St. George’s, West Terre Haute

Mr. Chuck Stafford, Senior Warden

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)

  • June 24
    LEV training@Trinity, Bloomington, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • June 25
    SW region lay listening session @ St. Paul’s, Evansville, 1 p.m., CDST
  • July 10-14
    EYE @ Edmond, OK
  • July 15
    LEV training @ Nativity, Indianapolis, 12-3 p.m.
  • August 27
    Spouses of clergy listening session @ St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
  • September 1
    Priests listening session @ Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Youth listening session @ Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
  • September 9
    Lay leadership listening session @ Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
  • September 7
    North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session @ Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
  • September 29-October 1
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross
  • October 5
    Last day to make convention hotel reservations
  • October
    Deacons listening session @ Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
  • October 15
    SE region listening session @ St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
  • October 26-28
    Diocesan Convention @Jeffersonville and New Albany
  • November 17-19
    Youth Fall Conference @ Waycross

2018

  • July 5-13
    General Convention @ Austin, TX
  • September 28-30
    Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

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