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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?” It […]

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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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Associate for Transitions and Congregational Development Job Posting

TITLE:  Associate for Transitions and Congregational Development REPORTS TO:  Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development and Leadership POSTING DATE:  November 2, 2018 CLOSING DATE:  December 19, 2018 SUMMARY:  The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis seeks an experienced lay or ordained leader to support congregations, clergy, and lay leaders through transitions in clergy leadership. The successful […]

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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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