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

October 26-28, Jeffersonville and New Albany





Almost time!  Here are some things you need to bring and know.

  1. When you arrive at your hotel on Thursday, October 26, please consider joining us for Convention Fall Warm-Up, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Endris Lodge at Lapping Park in Clarksville, prior to traveling to St. Paul’s New Albany for worship.  We’ll share a casual, woodsy, campfire-type supper (think hot dogs, veggie dogs, and s’mores) and have some fun.  Potluck welcome.  Help us plan by letting us know if you can stop by.  Details and R.S.V.P. here.
  2. One folder of convention papers will be available per table.  If you don’t plan to use your computer or phone to access convention documents, you may wish to print out and bring hard copies from home.
  3. Please bring any supplies you can offer for the homeless and poorly housed in southern Indiana. Go here for a list.  We’ll be gathering the supplies and making some visits during the noon hour of convention on Friday.
  4. Bring a bell/s and offer the first names of those impacted by the opioid crisis.  Consider who from your parish delegation should be updated on opioid addiction and resources and trained in administering Narcan.  Training and distribution of a supply of Narcan for parishes will be offered during the noon hour on Friday. Plan to join us at 5 p.m. prior to Eucharist outside of St. Paul’s Jeffersonville as we ring bells and offer prayers for those in Indiana who have lost their lives from opioid-related causes.
  5. There are still some openings for anyone who would like to make a pastoral visit on a barge out on the Ohio River with chaplains from Ministry on the River. Details HERE. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity.
  6. The Friday and Saturday convention business sessions will be live streamed at www.indydio.org  You can also join in the conversation and stay with the action via our Facebook page, Facebook group, Twitter, and Instagram.
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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This is the final schedule for Convention.  ...
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WELCOME TO SOUTHERN INDIANA! GPS ADDRESSES AND BASIC VENUE INFO FOR GETTING AROUND THE 180TH CONVENTION OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF INDIANAPOLIS Note: A booklet with tourism information and additional map helps related to this community is available in the convention registration area and at the host hotels. HOTELS AND ...
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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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Preconvention Nominations are now closed.  If you plan to be nominated from the floor, please bring your bio information and a photo ...
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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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Join Us at Diocesan Convention! All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to be a part of the youth presence at Diocesan Convention, October 26-28, 2017. This year's Convention will take place in Jeffersonville and New Albany. Youth participation in Convention includes: exploring the exhibit hall, sitting in on business ...
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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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Shootings in Las Vegas

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.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.

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


On Tuesday, October 3 at 9 a. m. Pacific time, churches across the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada tolled their bells in mourning for the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas. Congregations across the country tolled their own bells in solidarity at the same time: 9 am Pacific/10 am Mountain/11 am Central/Noon Eastern. The bells were rung 59 times, matching the number of dead reported at that time including the perpetrator of the violence.

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows rang the bells at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis as did other parishes in the diocese such as St. John’s, Lafayette, where the tolling of the bells was followed by the Great Litany and Noontime Eucharist in the Chapel of the Resurrection. Other Episcopal parishes and congregations of other denominations joined in the memorial bell tolling both in Indiana and across the nation.

Video about the observance was broadcast locally in Indianapolis and Nationally on NBC Nightly News and other outlets as well.   


On Saturday, November 4, Bishop Jennifer will participate in the 10th annual running of the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon to raise money on behalf of Episcopal Relief and Development.  Everyone is invited to participate!  

  • You may join in by running/walking in the race (the course is especially good for walkers — no running required — there are also options for a 5k and full marathon).
  • You may also sponsor the team by going to the fundraising page and making a financial donation.
  • You may pray-pray for the welfare of the world, for the people who will receive assistance through ERD, and for the runners and organizers.

Questions?  Contact the Rev. Hilary Cooke at hilary@stjohns-laf.org

ERD Responds to Disaster

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California to provide emergency support for those impacted by deadly wildfires in California. The assistance includes food and other critical supplies, housing and the storage of belongings. Read more on the ERD website.

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season has emerged as one of the most destructive in recent history, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria causing major damage from Texas to Florida, Georgia and throughout the Caribbean. Stay updated with the most recent developments on ERD and its social media.  Read more on the ERD website.

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California to provide emergency support for those impacted by deadly wildfires in California. The assistance includes food and other critical supplies, housing and the storage of belongings. Read more on the ERD website.

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.”

Featured News & Updates

You Are Invited!
By the Grace of God and with the Consent of the People. The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis, will ordain Alissa Goudswaard Anderson to the order of Priests on November 16, 2017 ...
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LEV Training 11/11/17
Eucharistic Visitors training offered in November. Everyone attending must have (and read!) "Eucharistic Visitors" by Beth Wickenberg Ely. It is available online from Church Publishing. Participants are to bring their completed application form (signed by their rector/priest-in-charge and senior warden) to the training and they ...
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Lunches and Lessons in Mithon, Haiti Needs You
Can you spare just $99 to help make the Lunches and Lessons program in Mithon, Haiti, continue? Your Global Missions Commission is seeking 303 gifts of $99 each to help make this critical program possible for Mithon, Haiti’s children during the year to come ...
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A Letter from the New Canon to the Ordinary for Administration & Evangelism
Dear friends, More than three months after Bishop Jennifer made the announcement I was coming on board, I am very excited to finally join diocesan staff as Canon to the Ordinary for Administration & Evangelism. However, I am a bit uncertain how best to introduce ...
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Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, Canon to the Ordinary for Administration & Evangelism
As Canon to the Ordinary for Administration and Evangelism, Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale oversees the business and finance operations of the diocese, ensuring that the diocese has the controls and reporting necessary to ensure financial strength and operational efficiency. He also supports clergy and lay leaders in ...
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A Word to the Church from The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops Gathered in Fairbanks, Alaska, September 21-26, 2017
September 27, 2017 The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska (Diocese of Alaska) approved and presented the following Word to the Church. A Word to the Church from The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops Gathered in Fairbanks, Alaska, September 21-26, 2017 The ...
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Executive Council Meets and Approves Budget for Consideration by 180th Diocesan Convention
In its final meeting prior to the 180th Diocesan Convention, diocesan Executive Council met at Waycross and approved a 2018 budget for consideration by the convention October 26-28. The council-approved budget will begin undergoing additional review at deanery meetings starting this week.  The approved budget is ...
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Application process now open for Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants
The application process is now open for the Constable Fund Grants for the 2017-2018 cycle.   The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2015. The Rev ...
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2017 Youth Fall Conference
Fall Conference will be November 17-19 at Waycross. This gathering of Diocesan youth is designed for young people currently in grades 6-12 and their adult chaperones. The theme for this year's Fall Conference is Faith in a Global Family. Participants will hear from different leaders ...
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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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Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies on DACA: We stand with the Dreamers and will do all that we can to support them
September 5, 2017 Today our hearts are with those known as the Dreamers—those young women and men who were brought to this country as children, who were raised here and whose primary cultural and country identity is American. We believe that these young people ...
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An Update on Natasha Porter and Her Family
Could we all use a little lift to start our week? Well, here it is. Ten years ago, indydio came together to go out on faith and raise around 100 K in cash and in-kind donations and labor to completely build and furnish a home ...
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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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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.


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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Peace Episcopal Church, Rockport, has moved. Their new address is 223 County Road 350W, Rockport IN 47635. All other information remains the same. If you plan to visit, they advise you rely upon MapQuest for now. Some GPS systems, including Garmin, seem to be leading visitors astray. (We're working on helping resolve that issue now!) ...
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179 Years and Still Going
St. Paul's, Richmond, is celebrating 179 years of ministry ...
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Giving thanks for the history of ordained women in The Episcopal Church and in our diocese on the 40 year anniversary this month ...
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St. Paul's, Jeffersonville, just celebrated their 180th with a liturgy and reception ...
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St. Matthew's, Indianapolis, is celebrating their Centennial with a new Vision Statement and some great t-shirts ...
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St. Peter's, Lebanon,  just turned 60 and harvested the first honey from their apiary ...
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St. Paul's, Indianapolis, just turned 150 with a Gala and celebration weekend. See more pictures on Facebook ...
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Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, just celebrated Launch Day as our newest church. See more on Facebook. #thechurchthatserves ...
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