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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.

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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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