Diocesan Executive Council voted at its March meeting to provide $30,000 in matching funds to jump-start construction at Waycross on the Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping. The gift was offered in honor of Bishop Waynick’s 20 years of ministry and in recognition of her retirement next month. The center will provide 300 square feet of professional space for its growing youth formation, camping, and leadership team. It will be constructed in currently vacant space between the conference center Cherry Wing and Conference Room B. It will have its own entrance, allowing for work that does not interfere with other users of the conference center.

Executive Council hopes the remainder of the some $55,000 estimated for construction can be raised by May 15. To make a gift, go to the Diocesan Make a Gift page and designate your gift for the Bishop Waynick Waycross Project. You can also send a check to the diocesan office at 1100 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis IN 46208.

In addition to acknowledging Bishop Waynick’s last meeting with Executive Council, the council heard from Bishop-elect the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows on a planned initiative for a series of listening sessions around the diocese. A series of ten sessions are expected to begin in June, with the help of a professional consultant, and designed to elicit “deep listening” around the hopes, dreams, and challenges in our diocese. More details on the sessions will be announced soon.

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