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COME TO THE RIVER!

You’re Joyfully Welcome to the 180th Diocesan Convention (and Family Reunion!)

October 26-28, Jeffersonville and New Albany

There’s a can’t-miss event October 26-28 you’ll want to get on your schedule. Come to the River!, the 180th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, promises to add fun, action, learning, and discussion opportunities to the annual business of convention.

Think dance party.  Or, how about going on a real-life pastoral visit in the middle of the Ohio River?  Discovering a gazillion ideas to rev up your ministry… high-energy visioning about the future… or making a real impact around issues of homelessness, the Hoosier opioid crisis, and with pets of low-income families.  Learning about Indiana river history and the horseback journeys of Bishop Jackson Kemper as he settled Episcopal churches right here in Indiana and throughout the Midwest.  Whether you’re a delegate, alternate, parishioner, or family member—trust us.  This will be worth a trip.

Convention Links
CALL TO CONVENTION, JUNE 2017  Pursuant to Article IV Section 2 of the Constitution of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, notice is hereby given that the 180th annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will be held at Kye's Event Center, 500 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville, IN 47130, on October 26 ...
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Here is the preliminary schedule. Updates and links will be added as information becomes available ...
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Q: Do I need to register to attend convention? A: No. By virtue of your name already being submitted from your parish as a delegate, you are already registered. Simply proceed to reserving accommodations and meal options. If you are not a delegate and plan to attend, you also don't ...
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Read about and prayerfully consider if you could offer your gifts and skills for election to one of the several positions Diocesan Convention will be voting upon. (We need you!) ...
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Now, everyone can afford to join in the fun and learning at Diocesan Convention! Want to bring your family or other parishioners to Diocesan Convention but hotel costs are prohibitive? Here's a great opportunity! ...
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Information on the two facilities that are the "official" hotels for Diocesan Convention ...
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All of our communities are struggling with the opioid crisis these days and our parishes and leaders are often on the front line. During Friday mission project time, we urge one or more persons from your parish to join us for a critical time of basic information, discussion, and ...
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Diocesan Convention participants will be gathering and leading friends, families, and organizations from throughout the southern Indiana community to pray and ring bells in remembrance of those who have died of opioid abuse in the midst of this ever-growing crisis. Help us call major attention to this epidemic, offer all-in ...
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When Diocesan Convention meets in Jeffersonville and New Albany in October, winter preparations for that community's homeless population will be in high gear. Please help us prepare and deliver Hygiene Kits for the homeless served by Exit 0, Haven House, and the Coalition for the Homeless ...
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Your exciting opportunity to go out on the Ohio River in a small boat, board a towboat barge, and make a real-life pastoral visit to river workers served by Ministry on the River ...
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We have received these Nominations to be voted upon at the Diocesan Convention in October.  ...
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We have received these Reports to the Diocesan Convention in October.  ...
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Thursday, October 26, Open 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Everyone welcome (even if you're not a delegate, we want to see you!) as we enjoy some food and fun, meet new people, and renew friendships! Join us at the rustic Endris Lodge at Clarksville's Lapping Park, halfway between Jeffersonville and Clarksville. RSVP ...
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There will be three Congregational Vitality Workshops available at this year's diocesan convention from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon at Kye's. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to explore new ways to vitalize your parish and ministry. Registration for the workshops is required. ...
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A proposal to change the number of persons elected to Diocesan Commission on Ministry (COM) each year has been submitted.  ...
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The attached document has been submitted as a proposed amendment to the current diocesan constitution. It more clearly defines what constitute a quorum of clergy in the election of a new Bishop, a Bishop Coadjutor, or a Suffragan Bishop ...
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Combining Diocesan Convention with a Mini-Vacation in southern Indiana---Some Fun Possibilities Welcome to "my" southern Indiana! It sometimes amazes me, as I travel around the diocese, just how few people have been to the southcentral part of the Hoosier state. With Diocesan Convention in Jeffersonville and New Albany this year, ...
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Five Things to Do Right Now for Convention

1. Make your travel plans and encourage your family and parish friends to make plans to join you (ah… road trip!). Remember—Diocesan Convention isn’t just for delegates. It is an action, learning, and fun family reunion for all of us. Consider, too, coming early or staying a bit longer to enjoy some of the great things southern Indiana and metro Louisville KY have to offer.

2. Follow the links to reserve space at a hotel or the donations-only St. Mary’s Center. There is no registration for the convention. Just reservation-making for where you want to stay.

3. Likewise, follow the links to reserve and make arrangements to pay for Friday, October 27, for lunch and dinner and also give us a heads-up if you can come by and enjoy the Thursday, October 26, convention warm-up event (so we’ll have an idea about how much food to get).

4. Read about and prayerfully consider if you could offer your gifts and skills for election to one of the several positions Diocesan Convention will be voting upon. (We need you!)

5. Set your mind on convention mission! Appoint someone (or two) to represent your parish at a noontime Friday training session around Indiana’s opioid epidemic, where you will also learn to administer Naloxone to those who are experiencing a life-threatening overdose crisis. (Each parish will be given a supply of Naloxone to take back and administer in their own community.) Also, review the online list and consider what you and your parish can collect and bring to supply kits for southern Indiana’s homeless population. And, consider signing up to make a journey onto a barge in the Ohio River with Ministry on the River for a real-life pastoral visit.

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Statement from Bishops United Against Gun Violence Following the Las Vegas Shooting

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 70 Episcopal Church bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, released this statement today.

Just a week before she became bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows gave a short, challenging sermon on the role of the church in fighting racism, poverty and gun violence at the Unholy Trinity conference.

October 2, 2017

We share in the grief and horror of people across our country and, indeed, around the world in the wake of last night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. We have spoken with our Bishops United Against Gun Violence colleague and brother in Christ, Bishop Dan Edwards of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, and we have offered him and the people of Nevada our prayers and promises of assistance. We stand in solidarity with the diocese and the people of Nevada as they cope with this massacre.

It has become clichéd at moments such as these to offer thoughts and prayers. But as Christians, we must reflect upon the mass killings that unfold with such regularity in our country. And we must pray: for the victims, for their loved ones, for all who attended to the victims in the immediacy of the shooting, for the first responders who do so much to mitigate the awful effects of these shootings, and for the medical personnel who will labor for many days to save the wounded. We must also enter into the sorrow of
those who are most deeply affected by our country’s cripplingly frequent outbursts of lethal gun violence. We must look into our own hearts and examine the ways in which we are culpable or complicit in the gun violence that surrounds us every day.

And then, having looked, we must act. As Christians, we are called to engage in the debates that shape how Americans live and die, especially when they die due to violence or neglect. Yet a probing conversation on issues of gun violence continues to elude us as a nation, and this failure is cause for repentance and for shame. It is entirely reasonable in the wake of mass killings perpetrated by murderers with assault weapons to ask lawmakers to remove such weapons from civilian hands. It is imperative to ask why,
as early as this very week, Congress is likely to pass a bill making it easier to buy silencers, a piece of equipment that make it more difficult for law enforcement officials to detect gunfire as shootings are unfolding.

Even as we hold our lawmakers accountable, though, we must acknowledge that a comprehensive solution to gun violence, whether it comes in the form of mass shootings, street violence, domestic violence or suicide, will not simply be a matter of changing laws, but of changing lives. Our country is feasting on anger that fuels rage, alienation and loneliness. From the White House to the halls of Congress to our own towns and perhaps at our own tables, we nurse grudges and resentments rather than cultivating the respect, concern and affection that each of us owes to the other. The leaders who should be speaking to us of reconciliation and the justice that must precede it too often instead stoke flames of division and mistrust. We must, as a nation, embrace prayerful resistance before our worse impulses consume us.

We join with the people of God in fervent prayer that our country will honor those murdered and wounded in Las Vegas by joining in acts of repentance, healing, and public conversation about the gun violence that has ripped us apart, yet again.

On Tuesday, October 3 at 9 a. m. Pacific time, churches across the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada will toll their bells in mourning for the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas. Bishops United Against Gun Violence invites congregations across the country to toll their own bells in solidarity at the same time: 9 am Pacific/10 am Mountain/11 am Central/Noon Eastern. The number of times the bells are rung will be based on the number of dead as reported at that time including the perpetrator of the violence. Watch for updates on the Episcopalians Against Gun Violence Facebook page.

A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, page 833

Visit the Bishops against Gun Violence web page for this statement and a pdf link to download.

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Your gift provides our partners on the ground with critical supplies, such as food and water to communities devastated by Hurricane Irma and other storms. You’ll also help us empower communities to not only prepare for emergencies but assist with the long-term efforts needed to rebuild and heal. www.episcopalrelief.org

Bishop Curry

 

Presiding Bishop The Right Reverend Michael Curry

“It may be that we cannot solve everything, and we cannot do everything. But we can do something, no matter what.”

Bishop Curry reflects on current events. 
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Prayer for those affected by hurricanes Harvey & Irma
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Bishop Curry on Hurricane Harvey
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FEATURED NEWS
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2017 Youth Fall Conference
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United Thank Offering 2018 Young Adult Grants
Do you have a new project or ministry you would like to implement in your parish or community? Encourage a young adult in your congregation to apply for one of the 2018 Young Adult Grants from the United Thank Offering (UTO)! UTO has just announced ...
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EYE 2017 
Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth The Diocese of Indianapolis had great representation at the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event, July 10-14 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Seven youth, two adult chaperones and Bishop Jennifer attended this triennial ...
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FEATURED & UPCOMING EVENTS
Thu 26

Diocesan Convention Youth Presence

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - October 28 @ 12:30 pm
Nov 02

Fall All Diocesan Confirmation Service

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nov 03

Executive Council Meeting

November 3 - November 4
Nov 11

LEV Training 11/11/17

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nov 17

2017 Youth Fall Conference

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - November 19 @ 12:30 pm
Apr 19

COM – 2018 Spring Retreat at Waycross

April 19, 2018 - April 21, 2018
Jul 05

GENERAL CONVENTION (Austin, Texas)

July 5, 2018 - July 13, 2018
Sep 28

Episicopal Women’s Ministries Fall Retreat

September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Thu 18

COM – 2018 Fall Retreat at Waycross

October 18, 2018 - October 20, 2018
PARISH & OTHER MILESTONES

Parish and diocesan milestones should be celebrated and remembered. Here are some of the more recent ones that have been celebrated since 2016. Do you have an important milestone coming up in your parish? Share it here

Waycross Celebrates 60 Years of Service
Waycross celebrated its 60th birthday Sunday, September 3. There was a special Waycross picnic with games, and camp activities for all ages. Many folks joined together for an afternoon of fellowship and celebration!    See the photo album on Facebook ...
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Come Celebrate!
The Church of the Nativity is celebrating its 60 year anniversary!  Please plan to join on November 4, 2017, at 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm. We are having a silent auction and stay tuned for additional activities. Church of the Nativity 7300 N. Lantern Road Indianapolis, IN 46256 Tel: 317 849 3656 www.nativity-indy.org ...
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179 Years and Still Going
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St. Peter's, Lebanon,  just turned 60 and harvested the first honey from their apiary ...
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Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, just celebrated Launch Day as our newest church. See more on Facebook. #thechurchthatserves ...
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ALCOHOL POLICY .

The policy on alcohol use related to diocesan and parish events was established by the Diocesan Executive Council in January 2017.  View the policy here.