The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis affirms and values the participation of LGBTQ persons in every aspect of church life, including ordained ministry. The sacrament of marriage is offered equally to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Diocesan employment practices forbid discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
A centerpiece of the LGBTQ ministry in our diocese is our participation in Pride Month with groups gathering to march in the Indianapolis Pride March and to staff a booth for the diocese at related Pride events. The Diocese of Indianapolis parade marchers, declaring “God’s Love for All People,” were recognized with the award for Best Walking Group by Circle City Pride in 2017. This ministry of presence brings the good news to many who would not otherwise feel welcomed by the church and creates pathways for inclusion that reach beyond LGBTQ issues to the heart of faith and worship.
The mission of the diocese is to journey in faith as Christians first, and to enjoy worship, work and fellowship as equals.lgbtq events
Step off is at 10am. The route will be the old route, from prior years. Marshaling will take place near College and Mass Ave. The parade will flow down Mass Ave as it has in the past. If you and your church are interested in marching please come. We will know more about our specific meeting location and ending location soon. Please email Rev. Erin Hougland if you plan to attend and if you have any questions. More details to come.
We are in need of volunteers to fill 1-2 hour time slots from 11am to 7pm at our booth. Anyone who is able and willing to stand at our Diocesan booth and talk about how God has nothing but love for all people, and talk about how awesome and welcoming the Episcopal Church is, can fill a time slot. This year we promise to have fun at the booth with some interesting give-a-ways for folks who come by.
We are also in need of Priests! If you are a Priest and you are excited about Evangelism, sign up for a time slot at the festival booth. We would like to have a priest fill each time slot, dressed in clericals and stole, to be available for blessings and prayer for those who come by our booth. This promises to be a fun and spirit-filled way to offer God’s love to others and show the community of Indianapolis what we have to offer spiritually.
If you are able to volunteer, please email the Rev. Erin Hougland.