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Diocesan Book Study Focuses on Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Starting today, Bishop Jennifer will lead a diocesan book study of Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. “It’s a story that I identified with immediately,” says Bishop Jennifer in her video introduction. “What does it mean to leave your home circumstances and return to find that things are not […]

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From Bishop Jennifer: A New Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Ones, As a diocese, a state and a country, we are entering an intense new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. As many of you know, the coronavirus has reached into my own family, and I know it has touched the lives of people across our diocese. Harrison and I are both grateful for the […]

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Bishop Jennifer’s 2020 Convention Sermon

Bishop Jennifer gave this sermon to the 183rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on November 7, 2020. Read the full text below: Good afternoon Saints! Things are a little different since we last gathered for the Convention of the Diocese of Indianapolis. My last words to you as we neared the end […]

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Online Convention Passes Pair of Antiracism Resolutions

In its first ever online meeting, Diocesan Convention passed two antiracism resolutions, approved a $3.5 million budget and revised its constitution to enfranchise an eight-member youth delegation. The convention also passed numerous canonical changes to make diocesan structures more efficient and responsive, and made Project Home Indy, which works with teen mothers and their children, […]

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Global Mission Commission Launches Urgent Fundraising Appeal

Bishop Jennifer in 2019 with students at St. Andres in Mithon, Haiti, where the diocese supports a school. The Global Mission Commission has launched an urgent fundraising effort on behalf of our companions in the Diocese of Haiti and the Diocese of Brasilia, which have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now through November […]

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In Memoriam: Pedro Henrique Correia Andrade

Pedro Andrade with his wife, Jessica Rosa, and their sons, Agata and Henrique Dear ones, I am sorry to share the news that Pedro Henrique Correia Andrade, son of our dear friend Bishop Maurício Andrade of the Anglican Diocese of Brasília, died unexpectedly today after a long illness. Pedro was a leader in the church in Brazil, […]

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Light a Candle, Pray for the Nation, Vote

Yard signs that encourage people to “light a candle, pray for the nation, vote” will be available at the diocesan confirmation service on October 17. You can also download the image to make your own signs or social media posts in English and Spanish: Diocese of Indianapolis Light A Candle, Pray for the Nation, Vote […]

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Diocese of Indianapolis Awarded $1 Million Lilly Grant

The Episcopal Dioceses of Indianapolis has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant by Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving Congregations Initiative to establish a joint program with the Diocese of Northern Indiana titled “Maximizing Church Building Assets in Advancement of Mission and Ministry.” The grant will fund a project designed to help congregations become more integral […]

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Revised Diocesan Reopening Guidelines (October 5)

Bishop Jennifer today released revised guidelines for diocesan churches. “As we pass the six-month mark of the pandemic, I marvel at the myriad ways you have found to worship both online and in person, and to gather in responsible ways. As our understanding of COVID-19 grows, I continue in our commitment to evolve our guidelines for […]

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2020 Convention to Be Held Online on November 7

The 183rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will be held on Saturday, November 7 as a virtual gathering. Find complete convention information, including pre-convention neighborhood meetings, on this page.

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Proposed 2021 Budget Released

The 2021 budget was always going to bring big change to the Diocese of Indianapolis’s budget. After Bishop Jennifer announced last year that the diocese was moving toward a new way of distributing aid to congregations, the Rev. C. Davies Reed, chair of the Budget Formation Committee, called for budget requests from across the diocese […]

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Hate Will Never Have the Final Word: A Message from Bishop Jennifer

Beloved, On the evening of July Fourth, I followed Twitter in disbelief and horror as video of an attempted lynching in Bloomington began to emerge. As many of us now know, Vauhxx Rush Booker, a local activist and community organizer, was attacked by a group of white men at Lake Monroe while on an outing […]

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Manna From Seven Feeding Ministry Expands to Meet Needs During a Pandemic

 Susan Seitz and John Salamone Just before Governor Holcomb issued a stay-at-home order in late March, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Terre Haute finished replacing the windows in a large basement room next to an alley. That long-planned upgrade has turned out to be a linchpin of the congregation’s mission during the pandemic. The new […]

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Revised Diocesan Reopening Guidelines (July 1)

Bishop Jennifer today released revised guidelines for diocesan churches. “I am grateful for your leadership and collaboration as you have engaged in the task of developing regathering plans, as well as for your thoughtful feedback on implementation of the second version of the diocesan guidelines issued June 3rd,” the bishop wrote in a letter accompanying the […]

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“Every Church Can Do Something”: Bishop Jennifer Speaks to Sacred Places Magazine

The Summer 2020 issue of Sacred Places Magazine, a publication of Partners for Sacred Places, features an interview with Bishop Jennifer. Partners president Bob Jaeger spoke to Bishop Jennifer about her “love and ministry and the church, and her enduring interest in historic preservation, and how these two passions intersect and reinforce each other.” Read […]

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Getting Ready for PPP Loan Forgiveness

Many churches and affiliated institutions of the Diocese of Indianapolis applied for and received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program established by the CARES Act. The loans can be forgiven in whole or in part, provided the funds were used for eligible purposes, including payroll and related expenses, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities, and that […]

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From Bishop Jennifer: A reflection of personal experience, hope and challenge for the church on dismantling white supremacy and racism

On Monday, Bishop Jennifer gave this reflection on a Zoom meeting with bishops and canons from across the Episcopal Church: Ibram X. Kendi recently wrote in The Atlantic: “From the beginning, racist Americans have been perfectly content with turning nightmares into dreams, and dreams into nightmares; perfectly content with the law of racial killing and […]

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Revised Diocesan Reopening Guidelines

Bishop Jennifer today released revised guidelines for diocesan churches. “As anticipated, our understanding of COVID-19, the risks to our congregations in gathering, and the availability of reliable data have quickly evolved,” the bishop wrote in a letter accompanying the guidelines. “The revision incorporates this evolution and helps to clarify my expectations in the regathering plans.” Highlights […]

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Bringing God’s Peace and Transformation to a Wounded World: A Statement from Bishop Jennifer

There are moments these days—long, agonizing moments—when it seems like what St. Paul called the powers and principalities may overcome the saints of God and take us under. Yet my hope is founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the many, many examples of bold witness offered by so many of brave and humble […]

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Searching for a Pastor Amidst a Pandemic

Turns out that a global pandemic is not the best time for parishes to look for a new priest. “The normal search process would have been to interview a number of candidates at a distance, then narrow the field,” says Susan Williams, who co-chairs the search committee at Trinity Church in Bloomington with Jim Skomp. […]

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Revised 2020 Budget Offers Financial Relief to Congregations

At its regular meeting on May 9, the diocese’s Executive Council approved a revision to the 2020 diocesan budget designed to ease pandemic-related financial strain on congregations. The revisions, which are highlighted in the new budget document, free up approximately $455,000 for congregational financial relief, said Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, canon to the ordinary for administration and […]

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Diocesan Reopening Plan: A Message from Bishop Jennifer

Dear Ones: I am so grateful for your leadership in the trying months that we have been out of our church buildings. I often refer to our congregations, scattered about central and southern Indiana as aid stations of hope and healing, and that description and mission has never been more true than it is now. […]

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A Letter from the Episcopal Bishops in Indiana (in English y español)

Dear People of God in the State of Indiana, As you may have heard, Governor Holcomb this afternoon sketched out a five-phase roadmap that he hopes will return our state to pre-pandemic levels of openness and activity by July 4. Under this plan, communities of faith can return to worship in their buildings beginning on […]

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Take What You Need: Food Pantries and the Pandemic

“we are both out of work and have little money for food” A note left at the Little Free Pantry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Martinsville In 2016, parishioners at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Martinsville, built a tiny wooden pantry in a lighted alcove just outside the front door, and hung out a sign […]

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A Conversation with Bishop Jennifer

  On the afternoon of April 5, Bishop Jennifer held an online conversation with the people of the diocese to answer questions and provide updates on mission and ministry during the pandemic. Watch the video at the link above or on YouTube.

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Holy Week and Easter Worship

A group of congregations from around the diocese will host online worship during Holy Week according to the schedule below: Holy Monday-Holy Wednesday These services will be broadcast on the IndyDio Virtual Abbey Facebook page. To see the broadcasts, visit the page and follow it. Morning Prayer in English at 8:00 a.m. Eastern/7:00 a.m. Central Morning Prayer in Spanish at […]

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Financial Relief for Congregations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues, congregations can seek financial relief from the federal government, the Church Pension Fund and the bishop’s office. Here are details about each form of relief currently available: This page is being updated as new information becomes available. Last update 4/23/2020 8:59AM Added links to Department of […]

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We Are Not Our Buildings: A Message from Bishop Jennifer

Bishop Jennifer speaks to the people of the diocese from her home, where she is observing Indiana’s stay-at-home order. “We have never been more the church than we are are right now,” she says. “The people of God called in this place to be beacons of Christ…to the world. And we can do that no […]

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Closing Church Buildings: A Message from Bishop Jennifer

Dear Ones, Late yesterday, we learned that Governor Holcomb has issued a stay-at-home order that goes into effect tonight and is set to expire late on April 6. I am writing this morning to share with you some ways that our diocese will be responding to this new effort to flatten the curve of the […]

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Resources for Parishes During the Pandemic

The Episcopal Church Foundation has posted a helpful list of resources to assist in all aspects of parish life during the pandemic:  https://www.ecfvp.org/blogs/3763/covid-19-resources-2   Worship Parish leaders can offer online worship from home using Zoom or another platform such as Facebook Live: https://indydio.org/offering-online-worship-a-simple-guide/ If you choose Zoom, members of your parish can dial in using […]

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness: A Message from Bishop Jennifer

Bishop Jennifer commends the people of the diocese of finding new ways to care for their congregations and communities through service, prayer, worship and connection. She will host a fireside chat on Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m. EDT on IndyDio Virtual Abbey Facebook.

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Suspension of In-Person Worship Extended

Bishop Jennifer announced today that in-person worship will be suspended and diocesan events will be canceled or postponed until further notice. Her announcement follows Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s March 17 request that in-person public worship, including Holy Week and Easter services, be suspended. “As public health guidelines about slowing the spread of COVID-19 have changed, it has […]

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Bishop Jennifer Remembers Bishop Barbara Harris

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, the first black woman to serve as diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church, has released this statement about the death of Bishop Barbara Harris: I have no experience of the Episcopal Church without Bishop Barbara Harris. The year she became the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion—1988—I had just […]

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In-Person Worship Suspended Effective March 16

Dear Ones, I did not anticipate, when you called me as your bishop, that I would find myself urging members of the diocese not to come to church on Sunday. But thanks to the COVID-19 epidemic, that is where things stand. In this letter, I want to update you on several significant changes in our […]

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Diocesan Events Cancelled Until Mid-April

Bishop Jennifer has written to clergy to say that, out of an abundance of caution and desire to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, all diocesan events scheduled to take place in the next month have been postponed or cancelled. This includes the clergy conference planned for March 16-18, which has been postponed, and the Blessing of Oils and Renewal […]

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Offering Online Worship: A Simple Guide

During this time as we respond to the spread of COVID-19, parishes may wish to provide live streams of their services so that those who must stay home feel included. Some churches may at some point not be able to gather in person at all, and may want to offer online worship only. Below are […]

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Guidance for Feeding Ministries in Light of COVID-19

During this time when vulnerable people may be even more vulnerable due to job loss or hours being cut, it is important that the church continue to offer compassionate service in a way that keeps people safe. If it is your judgment that you cannot deliver services safely and must close for a time, know […]

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COVID-19 Guidelines and Resources

Update March 18, 2020: Bishop Jennifer announced today that in-person worship will be suspended and diocesan events will be canceled or postponed until further notice. Her announcement follows Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s March 17 request that in-person public worship, including Holy Week and Easter services, be suspended. “As public health guidelines about slowing the spread […]

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Something is Not Right: Bishop Jennifer’s Lenten Message

  As we take the journey toward Eastertide, Bishop Jennifer asks us to reflect on the ways that we are not living God’s dream and how we can redirect our lives and hearts toward God in Christ.

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2021 Budget Requests Due by March 1

The Budget Formation Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis has invited members of the diocese to submit budget requests for potential inclusion in the 2021 budget. Submit a budget request online by March 1. “We want to encourage the creation of new projects that enable us to live out our mission in new ways,” Budget Formation […]

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Executive Council, Clergy Preview College for Congregational Development

Bishop Jennifer and the Rev. Alissa Newton, program director for the College for Congregational Development in the Diocese of Olympia, at Waycross in December Registration is filling up fast for the Diocese of Indianapolis’s inaugural week-long intensive College for Congregational Development (CCD) training. The training, which will take place July 12-18 at Waycross, is designed […]

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“A Time Full of Possibility”: Transition Officer Jennifer Phelps

On Monday, Jennifer Phelps began her new role as transition officer for the Diocese of Indianapolis. A lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience, Phelps previously filled this position as a part-time consultant in 2018. In her new position, she will work with congregations searching for new clergy and priests and individuals discerning their next […]

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The Mood of Christmas: A Message from Bishop Jennifer

Dear Ones, My Christmas preparations this year have included a slow read of Howard Thurman’s “The Mood of Christmas.” Published 46 years ago, this little book of reflections and poems speaks so much to the mood of our times. I’ve been equally slow in decking the halls, even as I’ve been inspired by the beautiful […]

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We Are Advent People: A Message from Bishop Jennifer

Most Gracious Lord, by whose direction this time Is appointed for renewing The memory of your infinite mercy to all people In the incarnation of your only Son, Grant that we may live this holy time in the spirit of thanksgiving, And every day raise up our hearts to you in grateful acknowledgement Of what […]

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Diocesan Staff Changes: From Bishop Jennifer

Dear ones, As we approach the end of 2019, I want to let you know about some transitions on my staff that will take place at the end of this year and the beginning of 2020. First, I am glad to announce that Jennifer Phelps has accepted the position of transition officer. Jen, who filled […]

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“This is Our Moment”: Diocesan Convention 2019

Keynote speaker the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas and Bishop Jennifer “As we prepare to leave this convention, know that Jesus has come near,” Bishop Jennifer said in closing her convention sermon. “This is our moment. Beloved, let us not fear the future. As we go forth from this place at least a half shade […]

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Bishop Jennifer’s Convention Sermon

Bishop Jennifer gave this sermon to the 182nd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on November 16, 2019. Read the full text below: Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, […]

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The Work Our Soul Must Do: Kelly Brown Douglas Convention Keynote

The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, gave the keynote address at the Diocese of Indianapolis’s convention on November 15, 2019.

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Good Samaritan to Host Civil Rights Pilgrimage in March

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama photo: Jim Naughton Good Samaritan, Brownsburg will host a civil rights pilgrimage to Memphis, Tennessee, and Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham, Alabama, March 21-24. The trip, which will be led by Lara Dreyer, Deb Samples and Erin Tanner of Good Samaritan and the congregation’s vicar, the […]

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Waycross Receives Roanridge Trust Grant

At its spring meeting, the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church announced that Waycross Camp and Conference Center was among the organizations awarded grants from the Church’s Roanridge Trust. Offered annually, Roanridge Trust Grants support creative models of leadership development, training, and ministries in small towns and rural communities across The Episcopal Church. Waycross was awarded $15,000 to increase […]

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Global Missions Commission Issues Challenge Grant for Brasilia Project

The campaign to support a new sports and community center in the Diocese of Brasilia is nearing its goal of $50,000, says the Rev. Jeffrey Bower, chair of the Global Missions Commission. The offering at the diocesan convention Eucharist on November 16 will support the effort, which as of October 29 lacks just $5,000. To […]

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Burning the Mortgage Note at St. Stephen’s New Harmony

On a Sunday morning in mid-July, Bishop Jennifer gathered with members of St. Stephen’s in New Harmony for an unusual liturgy:  the burning of a mortgage note. “Sweat was pouring down our faces and we were singing ‘Ode to Joy,’ remembers St. Stephen’s rector the Rev. Dr. Beth Macke. “It was a lovely liturgy.” The […]

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Cooke Returns to Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Purdue

This week, the Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke became the new chaplain at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, the Episcopal Church campus ministry at Purdue University. One of her top priorities is dismantling common campus misconceptions about Christianity. “I’m really excited to be present on Purdue’s campus because we live in a community that is […]

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“The next step in community involvement”: culinary entrepreneurship program launches at St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis

  The Rev. Frank Impicciche insists that he decided to back the new mission initiative at St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, before he knew it would mean fresh scones at coffee hour. Now that a culinary entrepreneurship program is underway and he’s had the chance to taste test four new flavors, including cheddar, bacon and jalapeño and […]

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Making a Bold Witness for Migrants: A Letter from Bishop Jennifer

from “Images from the Border: Here and There”  at the Indiana Interchurch Center Dear Ones, For the past two months, each time I enter the Indiana Interchurch Center, I pass stuffed animals, backpacks, plastic water jugs wrapped in clothing, books of prayer, and children’s shoes. These are artifacts gathered from the Sonoran Desert, on the border […]

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Pilgrimage to Brasilia in July; Donations Sought for Community Center

(l-r) Sandra Andrade, Bishop Mauricio Andrade, Bishop Jennifer and Global Mission Commission Chair Jeffrey Bower in 2017 At the beginning of July, Bishop Jennifer and 14 members of the diocese will travel to visit the people of the Diocese of Brasilia in Brazil, where the Diocese of Indianapolis first established a companion relationship in 2009. In conjunction with the […]

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Responsible Stewardship in the 2020 Budget: A Letter from Bishop Jennifer

Dear Ones, As I begin my third year as your bishop, I rejoice that we are fulfilling our mission to be beacons of Jesus Christ offering generous welcome across central and southern Indiana. Thanks to your faithful ministry, we are doing the work that we promised God and one another to do. Among the things […]

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Presenting the 2020 Draft Budget: A Letter from Treasurer Laurel Cornell

Dear Friends in Christ, We present the proposed Budget for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis for the year 2020. This proposal was created by the 2020 Budget Formation Committee, C. Davies Reed (Chair), Laurel L. Cornell (Treasurer), Lara Dreyer, Steve Fales, Max Nottingham, and Greg Staab. It was discussed by the Executive Council at their […]

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The Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown Elected Bishop of Vermont

Dear ones, I am delighted to report that, earlier this afternoon, the Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown was elected 11th Bishop of Vermont on the first ballot. I have known Bishop-elect Shannon for more than a decade, and it has been a joy to be in ministry with her during her time at Christ Church Cathedral; […]

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A Billboard Builds a Church in Brownsburg

by Kathleen Moore A billboard on westbound I-74 connected Deb Samples to a loving church community at the time she needed it most. Featuring photos of diverse individuals and families along with the simple message “love your neighbor,” the sign directs viewers to the website churchthatserves.org. Those who follow the link will find the Good […]

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A Sign of Another Way to Do This Life: An Easter Message from Bishop Jennifer

Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed!  Happy Easter, beloved. We have come through the long days of Lent and now find ourselves rejoicing with praise and thanksgiving for what God has done and continues to do in our midst.  At Easter, we celebrate the great mystery that God in the person of Jesus […]

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Three Parishes Picked for Pathways Program

The Pathways to Vitality program, a three-year program funded by the Lilly Endowment, has named the three congregations that will participate in its next three-year learning cohort. After an orientation in June, St. John’s, Crawfordsville; St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis; and St. Peter’s, Lebanon, will participate in a year-long leadership development program designed to strengthen lay leadership, […]

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Bishop Jennifer’s Remarks at Interfaith Moment of Action for Hate Crimes Legislation

This morning, Bishop Jennifer joined with faith leaders at the Statehouse for an interfaith moment of action to pray for and demand full, just and inclusive anti-bias crime legislation in Indiana. Her remarks are below: Good morning, Like many of you, I come from a tradition that offers prayers of lamentation in the wake of […]

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Bishop Jennifer’s Statement on Lambeth 2020

Dear ones, Last week, I gathered with my fellow bishops from across the church at Kanuga for a week of reflection, immersion in the Way of Love with Presiding Bishop Curry, and discussion about the issues facing the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. It was a prayerful and productive time, and I am grateful […]

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Pathways Priest

Title: Pathways to Vitality Initiative — Pathways Priest Classification: Full Time Reports To: Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development Target Start Date: June 1, 2019 To apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, updated OTM profile by May 7 to Canon Kristin White, Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development and Leadership. The Pathways to Vitality Initiative in the Diocese of […]

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Diocesan Convention Delegates and Clergy: Join us for Neighborhood Gatherings this Spring

At our Diocesan Convention in 2018, IndyDio voted in favor of a resolution to experiment with a new way of governance by gathering lay delegates and clergy by region, or “neighborhood.” With the goals of helping delegates and clergy to know each other better, developing the role of convention delegate, and broadening participation in ideas […]

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From Bishop Jennifer: One Book One Diocese Lenten Study

Dear Ones, Some of you may know that in the wake of the killing of young black boys like Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice, I pulled my name from consideration in bishop search processes believing it impossible for me to raise my own young black son and serve the church in this way.  That is, […]

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Budget Formation Committee Calls for Program Proposals

March 18 deadline for new ministry ideas Since she became bishop in 2017, Bishop Jennifer has urged the people of the diocese to commit both to a new mission and new ways of achieving it. “At our last diocesan convention, I invited you to dream dreams worthy of the reign of God,” she said in […]

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Prayers of the People for Racial Reconciliation (Created by Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music Subcommittee on Racial Reconciliation)

Let us pray for the Church and for the world. God of love, we pray for your church: For N., our Presiding Bishop; N. (and N), our bishop(s); for all lay and ordained ministers; and for all who seek you in the community of the faithful. Equip us with compassion and love, to carry out […]

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One Book One Diocese: Lenten Reflection Questions

Below are discussion and reflection questions to guide our “One Book One Diocese” Lenten study of Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Week 1 | America’s Exceptionalism (Prologue – Ch 1) In the prologue, Douglas describes the story of Trayvon Martin as the “catalyst” for writing this book. How did you […]

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On Building a Community of Practice

by Canon Kristin White Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and […]

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Ash Wednesday Services

On Ash Wednesday, which is observed on March 6 of this year, congregations across the diocese will hold services and distribute ashes: Chapel of the Good Shepherd, West Lafayette, will hold services of Holy Communion with imposition of ashes at 12:20 p.m. and 6 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral will hold services at:7 a.m. Holy Eucharist, […]

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Sermon on the Feast of Absalom Jones

Bishop Jennifer preached this sermon on February 9, 2019, at the Diocese of New York’s Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Good morning Saints! I want to bring you greetings, hope and peace from your kin in the Diocese of Indianapolis, the Episcopal Church in Central and Southern Indiana. […]

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Building Friendships in Haiti: Reflecting on the Global Missions Commission Pilgrimage

Earlier this month, Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and eight members of the Diocese of Indianapolis Global Missions Commission made a pilgrimage to the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. During their trip, the pilgrims visited the Université Episcopale d’Haïti and its nursing college, the Eglise Episcopal Seminaries Theologic in Port Au Prince, St. Croix Hospital, and many schools […]

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Waycross Focuses on Hospitality, Prepares to Welcome Presiding Bishop

Since David Ramsey arrived at Waycross Camp and Conference Center last June, he’s overseen a list of renovations and repairs that would be daunting even to HGTV stars. But to Ramsey, the work on the 400-acre site in Brown County is just the beginning of realizing a larger vision. “The work we’re doing now is […]

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Parishes Collaborate to Collect 20,700 Pairs of Socks

During Advent, two Indianapolis-area parishes — All Saints and Holy Family, Fishers — worked together to collect 20,700 pairs of socks for people experiencing homelessness. The socks were gathered and blessed in the sanctuary of All Saints and transported to Wheeler Mission, which will distribute them to shelters throughout the city. “All Saints, along with Holy […]

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Faithful Innovation Initiative Begins in February

Beginning this winter, congregations in the Diocese of Indianapolis can participate in the Faithful Innovation Initiative, a new program designed to help parishes and other faith communities explore God’s call by innovating and building relationships with their neighbors. “We’re asking new questions like, ‘How do we be the church in such changing times? What does it […]

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Believing in Resurrection at St. John’s Speedway

Becky Douglas and Wendy Curto of St. John’s, Speedway, with the Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown at diocesan convention What happened to St. John’s, Speedway, can happen to almost any small congregation. A few major pledgers die, or move away, or go into nursing care, all in the same year.  Suddenly there is a hole in […]

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Diocesan Convention: Retooling Our Assumptions About Church

Things are happening in the Diocese of Indianapolis, and in her address to the diocesan convention on November 17 in Bloomington, Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows had her list at the ready. Evangelism with Integrity workshops field-tested at St. Francis in the Fields, Zionsville. Billboards in Brownsburg. Twenty-four-hour prayer spaces at Nativity, Indianapolis, St. Peter’s, Lebanon, and […]

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Bishop Jennifer’s Convention Address

The greatest thing we can do is help someone know that they are loved and are capable of loving.  You may recognize those words spoken by the Rev. Fred Rogers, Presbyterian minister and creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Perhaps you have seen the movie released earlier this year, “Won’t you be My Neighbor?” […]

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Diocesan Convention Livestream

Watch the 181st Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of Indianapolis online on Friday morning, Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning. Download the final convention schedule. Friday, November 16, 10 am-noon Eastern: Opening business session Watch the livestream on YouTube. Friday, November 16, 1:15-3:30 pm Eastern: Convention business session and plenary presentation with the Rev. Dwight Zscheile […]

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Waycross Accountant/Bookkeeper Job Posting

Accountant/Bookkeeper (full-time) Waycross Camp and Conference Center, Brown County, Indiana Waycross is a year-round 501c3 camp, conference, and retreat center in beautiful Brown County Indiana, affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Waycross is looking for an experienced bookkeeper to join the management team and report to the Executive Director; Full-time, 40 hours per week. […]

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Diocesan Convention to Consider Reordering Deaneries

Meeting in Bloomington on November 16-17, diocesan convention will consider a resolution that would temporarily permit Executive Council to change the composition of the deaneries “in order to allow experimentation with developing regional structures to advance God’s call for this diocese.” Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows said the resolution is informed by sentiments she heard expressed frequently […]

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Pathways to Vitality: Three Congregations Complete Pilot Program

Jesus, who told the parable of the talents, was not shy about discussing money, but church people often are.  The diocese is working to change that through Pathways to Vitality, a financial literacy initiative funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. Three parishes—All Saints, Indianapolis, Good Samaritan, Brownsburg and St. Timothy’s, Indianapolis—recently celebrated the completion of the […]

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Family and Children Programming at the 2018 Diocesan Convention

This year your diocesan staff and planning team want to make convention a fun learning experience and time for fellowship for all Episcopalians and all ages! Check out what is being planned so you can register to join the fun. If you cannot make it to the entire convention, and only for part of the […]

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Freedom Center Visit Makes an Impact

When Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows visited Trinity Church in Lawrenceburg last November, the Rev. Mary Taflinger, Trinity’s rector, asked her if she’d had a chance to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in nearby Cincinnati. When the bishop said she hadn’t, but would like to, Taflinger invited her to visit the museum with her parish, […]

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Gobsmacked by God’s Presence: The Rev. Canon Kristin White

The Rev. Canon Kristin Uffelman White may have arrived in Indianapolis directly from the North Shore of Chicago, but her path to ministry began in the small Oregon towns of her childhood that gave her a heart for rural mission and ministry. White, who began work Monday as the bishop’s canon to the ordinary for […]

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Nominations for Elections at the 2018 Diocesan Convention

On November 16, the 181st Convention of the Diocese of Indianapolis will elect people to the leadership positions listed below. To stand for election to these positions, nominees must fill out the nomination form online and attach a photograph. All nominations must be submitted by November 1. (Changed from September 17) Standing Committee The Standing Committee […]

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Kristin White Appointed Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development and Leadership

Dear ones, In May, I wrote to you to share my thinking about the ways my staff and I can best foster congregational vitality and support innovative ministry in our communities. To advance that work, I announced that I was opening a search for a canon to the ordinary for congregational development and leadership. Today I […]

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Now Go!: Bishop Jennifer’s General Convention Sermon

Sermon Preached at the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church 12 July 2018 The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows Bishop, Diocese of Indianapolis Good evening Saints!  It is an honor to stand in this place and bring a word as we begin to close out our time at this 79th General Convention.  We are at […]

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Bishop Jennifer’s General Convention Wrap-Up

On the final day of the 79th General Convention, Bishop Jennifer reflected on the convention’s legislative work and other highlights. “Before we make the trek back, I want to let you know about some of the big pieces of legislation we have moved through,” she says.

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Transform Our Lament and Heartbreak Into Hope

Bishop Jennifer offered the closing prayer at the Bishops United Against Gun Violence witness at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church on July 8: Gracious God, lover of souls, we stand before you in our pain and grief for those who have died by gun violence. We remember the dead whose names we know […]

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Carrying a Lantern Through Dark Spaces: Indiana Women’s Prison Ministry

Every week of the year, thanks to the Rev. Kate Wilson and a team of volunteers, the Diocese of Indianapolis ministers to prisoners in the Indiana Women’s Prison. “One of our baptismal promises is to work toward reconciliation, and people in prison really need to reconcile themselves, others and God,” says Wilson, who coordinates volunteer […]

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Budget Formation Task Force: Changes in the Draft Budget for 2019

Dear Colleagues in Christ, In the June 20 diocesan newsletter you will have seen an article entitled, “Aligning Budget with Mission: 2019 Proposed Budget Released.” That article included a link to the Draft 2019 Diocesan Budget. This letter is from the Budget Formation Task Force and goes into greater detail about the changes in this […]

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Aligning Budget with Mission

The budget formation committee of Executive Council has released a preliminary draft of the 2019 budget. The budget, which will be finalized over the summer and voted on at diocesan convention in November, is published in draft form each spring to allow for input from members of the diocese. This year’s budget draft represents the […]

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Called to “Wade in the Water”: A Letter from Bishop Jennifer

Wade in the water, wade in the water children Wade in the water. God’s gonna trouble the water I can’t even count how many times I’ve joyfully sung this spiritual while processing to the font to baptize someone into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The lyrics came to mind again last week when […]

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What’s Going on Behind the Scenes

In this week’s video message, Bishop Jennifer talks about “getting down deep to get to know all of you and to understand more deeply how we as bishop’s staff can serve and support you as we work toward vitality and being faithful in our mission.” In the video, Bishop Jennifer mentions following her on Facebook […]

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Bishop Jennifer Supports Family Facing Deportation

Last week, Bishop Jennifer joined Faith in Indiana at a press conference supporting Erika Fierro, a local church musician who has been told by ICE to prepare to be deported and separated from her two young children. “We are living in a country where the actions of those in power do not match our values,” […]

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David Ramsey to Become Waycross Executive Director

Dear fellow friends of Waycross, We are delighted to announce that the Waycross Board of Directors has voted unanimously to appoint David Ramsey as the next executive director of Waycross Camp and Conference Center. David comes to us after four years as the executive director of DuBose, a year-round camp, conference and retreat center near Sewanee, […]

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IU Canterbury House Delegation Heads to Puerto Rico

Visiting Graduate Student Invites Fellow Episcopalians This morning, six members of the Episcopal campus ministry at Indiana University flew with the Rev. Dr. Linda Johnson, university chaplain, to Puerto Rico. For the next week, the group will work at rehabilitation sites, visit ministries of the Diocese of Puerto Rico and learn from leaders who have […]

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Bishop Jennifer on the Royal Wedding Sermon

On Monday, Bishop Jennifer talked with Religion News Service about Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the Royal Wedding on Saturday. “As presiding bishop, Curry has been an international figure for some time,” said Baskerville-Burrows. She doesn’t see the headlines, the impression by Kenan Thompson over the weekend on ‘Saturday Night Live’ or ‘a few thousand more Twitter followers‘ changing him. Instead, she […]

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Sign Up for July 2018 Haiti Pilgrimage

From July 25-30, members of the diocese’s Global Missions Commission will lead a pilgrimage to visit partners in Haiti, including St. Andres in Mithon, where the Diocese of Indianapolis built a school in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, St. Vincent’s Center in Port-au-Prince, and St. Croix Hospital in Leogane. An organizational meeting for the pilgrimage […]

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Erinna VanDever Joins Diocesan Staff

Erinna VanDever, who has worked in the diocesan office on a temporary basis since January, officially joined the bishop’s staff on May 15. In addition to serving as receptionist, VanDever will manage the diocesan database and handle event registration. She can be reached via email. She holds a B.A. in French from Marian University in Indianapolis and […]

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Investing in Mission Strategy and Congregational Vitality

We have just marked the first anniversary of my ministry as your bishop, and for me, marking that date was an opportunity for great thanksgiving. To be a servant leader as your bishop is my deep joy and privilege, and I am so grateful for how far we have already come together.

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Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network

The Episcopal Public Policy Network is a grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to “strive for justice and peace” through the active ministry of public policy advocacy. The network is part of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations in Washington D.C. Join the Episcopal Public Policy […]

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Episcopal Asset Map Helps Congregations Explore Mission

The Episcopal Asset Map, a joint project of The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development, highlights ministries of congregations across the church. Deacon Fatima Yakubu-Madus, missioner for community engagement, can help congregations explore ministries opportunities and develop mission profiles as they fill out their pages on the asset map. To learn more about the asset map and how congregations can […]

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Youth Steering Committee Seeks Members

Youth Steering Committee Seeks Members The diocesan Youth Steering Committee (YSC), a group of high school students and adults that helps plan and support the diocesan youth ministry program, is seeking new members. Both students who will be in ninth through twelfth grades during the 2018-2019 school year and adults are eligible to apply. Most […]

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Something Worth Sharing: Evangelism Reclaimed

“It is so nice to know that, as a diocese, we are building a nucleus of diocesan leaders who are invested in this work of evangelism,” says the Rev. Julia Whitworth, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, who attended the conference. “That’s powerful.  We have good news in this diocese – and part of that is our awesome new bishop — and I’m pleased that we’re taking that seriously.”

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Episcopalians March for Our Lives

On Saturday, March 24, Episcopalians across the diocese joined marches against gun violence organized by youth in the wake of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Clergy Arrested in Act of Faithful Civil Disobedience

This morning, in an act of faithful civil disobedience, three clergy from the Diocese of Indianapolis were arrested as part of a Faith in Indiana protest at the offices of Senators Joe Donnelley and Todd Young.

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New Union of Black Episcopalians Forming

“The Union has played a critical role in telling the story of how the African diaspora has shaped the Episcopal Church from its very beginning,” said Baskerville-Burrows, who served on the UBE board as a seminary representative in the late 1990s and has twice been co-dean of the group’s national conference. “As our diocese participates in the work of racial healing and increasing our diversity, the formation of a UBE chapter is good news for all of us.”

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Diocese of Indianapolis Awarded Episcopal Church Evangelism Grant

The Rev. Whitney Rice, associate rector of St. Francis In-the-Fields in Zionsville, is a 35-year-old cradle Episcopalian, and not once in her life has she ever heard anyone say, “Wow. Those Episcopalians are really great at evangelism.”

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Bishop Jennifer’s Convention Address

It is a wondrous and joyous thing to me that I have the privilege to stand before you as your bishop. The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis—the Episcopal Church in Central and Southern Indiana—blows me away each and every day. This is a diocese of faithful, loving, committed, growing, and engaged Christians. The great joy of […]

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