May 3, 2023

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Sacred Ground Brings Transformation

Until Bill Hughes of St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute participated in Sacred Ground for the first time, he had never learned about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. “I had what I thought was an excellent public school education, and went on to earn multiple degrees, and I had never heard or read anything about the destruction that took place that day,” Hughes said.

Hughes is one of more than 169 people across the Diocese of Indianapolis who have participated in Sacred Ground, a faith-based series of conversations originally designed to help white people talk with other white people about race and racism. Canon Mariann Scott, Canon for the Circle at Christ Church Cathedral, and the Rev. Deacon Cathy Scott began facilitating Sacred Ground as an online offering in September of 2020.

“We decided to lead in order to foster a deeper awareness of racial issues and reconciliation in the Diocese,” Canon Mariann Scott shared. “We wanted to also facilitate the creation of other Sacred Ground groups in our participants’ own parishes as a way of starting a groundswell of the program. We have led seven rounds to date.”

Read the full article.

Spring Confirmation 2023

Sunday was a glorious celebration of confirmations, reaffirmations, and receptions at St. Paul's, Indianapolis. On Monday, May 1, Bishop Jennifer began her sabbatical leave. She will return on September 7. Please see the article below for more information.

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St. Paul's, Indy to Host Diocesan Convention

Clergy, delegates, alternates, and all who are interested in taking part: Bishop Jennifer is glad to announce that the 186th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will be held at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, November 10-11, 2023.

Hotel reservations are available at a reduced event rate at the Drury Plaza Hotel. Link for reservations coming soon. Please contact Kim Christopher with questions.


IndyDio Communications Office Hours

May 17

Take advantage of the new IndyDio Communications Office Hours! This is a quarterly zoom offering where our communications staff can give quick advice, sound boarding, or lead you to new resources.

Our first one is on May 17th from 1:00 p.m.-2:40 p.m. Appointments are 20 minutes each and provide a quick check-in on a designated project. Just fill out this form to book your spot and where you'll provide more details about the project you'd like to discuss.

Register for Pride Parade and Festival June 10

The Indy Pride Festival is set for Saturday, June 10. 

Schedule of events:

  • 9 a.m. Prayer Service at Chatham Commons Park
  • 10 a.m. Parade
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Diocesan Booth 

Volunteers are needed to march in the parade, staff the diocesan booth at the festival, or both. Registration is required to march in the parade or volunteer for a booth shift.

Participation in the parade is free of charge. Tickets are required for the festival but are not on sale yet. Volunteers who sign up for a one-hour shift at the IndyDio booth at the festival will receive a free ticket.

Participants are encouraged to increase our visibility by wearing their IndyDio Pride t-shirts. We have new shirts (including youth sizes!) or shirts from last year available to order for home delivery. The order deadline is May 16 so they can arrive in time to wear for the Indy Pride Parade.

Please contact Brendan O'Sullivan-Hale with questions.

Notice. Give. Make. Bless.

What if your personal spiritual practice of gratitude could impact thousands of people in life-giving ways? United Thank Offering (UTO) is a way to practice gratitude and change the world. Notice the good things that happen each day. Give thanks to God for your blessings. Make an offering for each blessing. Your blessing becomes a blessing for others.

UTO offers an ingathering kit with all the supplies you need for just $10.00!

Order kits at this link. Contact [email protected] with questions.


From the Bishop: Sabbatical Information

Dear Ones,

During the time of sabbatical and the vacation that follows (May 1 to September 6) I will remain the ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese. Bishops Douglas Sparks of Northern Indiana and Deon Johnson of Missouri will be available to handle any disciplinary or pastoral needs that should arise.

Read the full text of Bishop Jennifer's letter at this link.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

May 7: St. Paul’s, Indianapolis | The Rev. Dr. John Denson, The Rev. Barbara Kempf, The Rev. Jeffrey Bower, The Rev. Patrick Burke

May 14:  St. John’s, Washington | The Rev. Dennis Latta

In May, pray for the work of the Standing Committee of the Diocese

See the Cycle of Prayer.

Prayer for Youth Ministry

Gracious and loving God, you created all people in your image. Grant that youth in the Diocese of Indianapolis may grow to know your love so deeply, that by it they are transformed. Grant courage and wisdom to those who work to create and support ministries through which these youth may encounter you. All this we ask through your son, our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.


St. Paul Episcopal Church, Indianapolis is looking for a full-time Church Sexton that is hardworking, trustworthy, and a knowledgeable person. Your core function is to proactively maintain clean and welcoming facilities, interact with congregation members, visitors, vendors and staff in a professional and courteous manner, help with events and secure the building! St. Paul’s celebrates inclusion and diversity; Full-time, $20-$30/hour with benefits. Please apply here.

Click here to find employment opportunities in the Diocese of Indianapolis.

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