EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT (EYE) UPDATE
On Monday, July 10, seven youth and three adults from our diocese will be traveling to EYE at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. They will participate in plenary sessions, workshops, day trips, and other activities centered around the theme “Path to Peace.” Please keep these young people and their chaperones in your prayers during the event, July 10-14.
Follow their adventures on the diocesan youth ministry blog and our diocesan youth ministry Facebook page. You can also watch the livestream of the Eucharists and plenary sessions.   Live streams are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, July 11; 10:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, July 13th; and 8:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 13.

CONVENTION DRAWETH NIGH
Here is the link to the latest update for diocesan convention delegates and alternate delegates. Please check the list for your own church’s accuracy and send confirmation of the information and/or corrections to oaks@indydio.org with a cc to Kim Christopher.

MINISTERIAL EXCELLENCE FUND
Stipendiary clergy may continue to apply for grants to reduce financial stress due to family emergencies or other extenuating financial circumstances. An important part of the grant-making process is working with a certified financial adviser to help develop a household budget. This is made possible through a generous gift from Lilly Endowment Inc. For more information go to www.pathwaystovitality.org or contact Program Director Melissa Hickman or call her at 317-752-5259.

2018 UPDATED BUDGET DRAFT
At this link you will find the second draft of the 2018 budget with several changes. Now it is in balance!
We now enter the next phase when appeals may be sent to the Executive Council Commission Chairs for consideration during July and August.  The final budget formation meeting will be in early September.
Please send questions or comments to the chair, The Rev’d C. Davies Reed.
NATIVITY, INDIANAPOLIS, PRESENTS SOUL REPAIR: HEALING MORAL INJURY AFTER WAR
The Rev. Dr. Rita N. Brock has written a marvelous book entitled Soul Repair: Healing Moral Injury after War (Boson:  Beacon Press).
Dr. Brock will enlighten us on a major cause of returning veterans’ suicides on Sunday, July 9, 5 p.m.  A reception and book signing will follow.  The Christian Theological Seminary bookstore will have the book available at a discount.
Moral Injury is distinct from PTSD and the treatment is entirely different—a fact the military is just now beginning to realize.  The term “Moral Injury” arose from an insightful book by Dr. Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist whose career has been working with Vietnam vets. His book Achilles In Vietnam, compares fighters in The Iliad with our own wounded warriors.  Here is the flyer.
WAKING UP WHITE BOOK STUDY OFFERED

Trinity, Indianapolis and Tabernacle Presbyterian churches are hosting a six- week book study series on the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings starting July 26. Register here. Here is the study series flyer.

THE RESTORATION PROJECT: BASICS WORKSHOP ADULT EDUCATION TO FORM MATURE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS
The Rev. Suzanne Wille, Rector of All Saints, Indianapolis and member of the The Restoration Project (TRP) leadership team, will again offer a workshop on teaching The Basics Classes: Basic Anglicanism, Basic Bible, Basic Christianity, and Basic Discipleship. The classes will be August 22nd through the 24th at  All Saints, Indianapolis. Cost: $130.
At churches throughout the country, the Basics Classes have been used to form inquirers, new Christians, and the lifelong faithful who are looking for “more.” Basics Classes can stand alone for adult formation or be part of the larger TRP approach and have been used in parishes to help move churches from acting as service providers to creating communities of active disciples.
During our time together, we’ll share:
  • how and why to do this work
  • why there are no gimmicks, only the slow work of long-term commitment
  • the core curriculum for the UPDATED Basics classes
  • time adapting the curricula to fit your church
  • big picture information about The Restoration Project
Interested? Read more information in this flyer or contact Suzanne Wille or 317-635-2538. Please register no later than August 8.
EPISCOPAL WOMEN’S MINISTRY FALL RETREAT
Our Fall Retreat with Bishop Jennifer is just around the corner!  This retreat takes place the weekend of September 29 at Waycross.
The retreat is an opportunity for relaxing and refreshing self, worshiping and breaking bread together, developing and renewing friendships, learning, and sharing God’s love for us.  Put this retreat on your calendar and ask your friends to join us.
Many women in your parish are not in the EWM database so we need your help in publicizing this opportunity.  Please make copies of this flyer available around your church and put it in your newsletter.
The deadline for Early Bird Registration is August 26.
EPISCOPAL FUND FOR HUMAN NEED (EFHN) 2018 GRANT APPLICATIONS
Now available on our web site you will find an application for new outreach agencies in your deanery that may wish to apply for 2018 funding by the Episcopal Fund for Human Need.  This information was also sent to all outreach agencies currently receiving funding in 2017.

BISHOP JENNIFER’S LISTENING SESSIONS: SIGN UP FOR YOURS NOW!
The listening sessions all across the diocese are vitally important as Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes, dreams, and the challenges we see for our diocese.  Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them.   Sessions for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners and youth have specific dates just for their group.  Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with this purpose:

  • Provide opportunity to deepen relationship between Bishop Jennifer and members from around the diocese
  • Dialogue about diocesan strengths and challenges as described in the diocesan profile
  • Further define what members of the diocese need from their Bishop and the Bishop’s staff
Each session includes prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts.  A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at diocesan convention in October.
Review a selection of dates and locations and register for one here.
DIOCESAN CYCLE OF PRAYER

July 9 – Proper 9
St. Paul’s New Albany
The Rev. Richard Kautz

FUTURE DIOCESAN EVENTS (New information in red.)
July 10-14
EYE at Edmond, OK
July 15
LEV training at St. John’s, Speedway, 12-3 p.m. (Original location was Nativity, Indianapolis)
August 27
Spouses of clergy listening session at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 1 p.m. EDST
September 13
Priests listening session at Interchurch Center, 10 a.m., EDST
September 9
Youth listening session at Waycross, 1:30 p.m., EDST
September 9
Lay leadership listening session at Waycross, 10 a.m., EDST
September 7
North, South and Mid Central regions lay listening session at Trinity, Indianapolis, 6 p.m., EDST
September 29-October 1
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross
October 5
Last day to make convention hotel reservations
October 7:
Deacons listening session at Waycross, 9 a.m., EDST
October 15
SE region listening session at St. Paul’s, New Albany, 1 p.m., EDST
October 26-28
Diocesan Convention at Jeffersonville and New Albany

November 17-19
Youth Fall Conference at Waycross

2018

July 5-13
General Conventionat@ Austin, TX
September 28-30
Episcopal Women’s Ministries fall retreat at Waycross


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