October 4, 2023

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The Rev. Canon Kristin Uffelman White Elected Bishop of Southern Ohio

The Rev. Canon Kristin Uffelman White was elected Tenth Bishop of Southern Ohio. Canon Kristin, now Bishop-elect Kristin, has faithfully served our Diocese as Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development and Leadership since 2018.

While we will miss Bishop-elect Kristin’s daily presence in our diocese, we are incredibly excited for the work she will do supporting and leading our siblings in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Pending consents of the wider church, Bishop-elect Kristin will be ordained and consecrated February 17, 2024.

Annual Benefits Enrollment 2024 – New Dental Plans Available

Live Video Presentation - October 18

Annual enrollment for individuals eligible to participate in diocesan employee benefits plans begins on October 25 and concludes on November 15. This is your opportunity to change insurance plans, add beneficiaries, or participate in benefits plans for the first time, without having to demonstrate a qualifying event. For most employees, the process will be online. Instructions will be mailed to you by the Episcopal Church Medical Trust approximately one week before enrollment begins, in a pale green envelope.

Current participants in the Cigna dental offerings must participate in annual enrollment to maintain dental coverage. That’s because the Cigna plans have been replaced with plans from Delta Dental. Please click here to read more.

If you are not currently covered by diocesan plans, or if your employment date was on or after August 1, 2023, online annual enrollment will not be available to you. Please contact Kim Christopher for assistance. More information can be found on the Compensation & Benefits page of the diocesan website. There will be a live video presentation on Wednesday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. Central. The presentation will be recorded.

New Video for Leadership Coaching Project through Province V

Still trying to figure out if Leadership Coaching is right for you, or for your committee, to achieve your ‘hard to reach,’ ‘taking too long,’ or ‘need to stay on track’ goal? Having trouble finding the right words to explain how coaching can help?

Check out this new 2 minute video!

Grow in Gratitude This Fall

United Thank Offering (UTO) has developed a 30-day gratitude journey for everyone to travel this year. This adventure in developing gratitude is written for families, individuals, and groups of all sizes who want to step back from the prevailing culture of rushing from holiday to holiday and experience the joy and well-being that is part of a life of gratitude. Take some time this month to try living into gratitude, and see how it changes you and your loved ones.

Please click here to download the UTO free gratitude resources.


2023 Diocesan Convention

Early Bird Deadline: October 8

The 186th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Indianapolis on November 10-11, 2023. 

If you are only interested in attending Cole Arthur Riley’s workshop at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, you can register for free by selecting the ‘Speaker Cole Arthur Riley Only’ registration option.

Read more on our Diocesan Convention Webpage.


If you receive an error during registration, please make sure that you are not logged into realm with your churches realm or if you do not receive a confirmation email (even if your screen says you have registered) please reach out to Erinna VanDever.

Sacred Places | The Children's Museum

Now through November 11

Take your family on a globe-hopping adventure in our newest exhibit, Sacred Places, where you will explore sites that are sacred to communities around the world. By showcasing some of the world’s most sacred places, this experience will foster curiosity and understanding of religious traditions. Families will learn about locations where people go to experience illumination, acts of faith, or spiritual fulfillment. The sacred places include:

  • Patan Durbar Square, Nepal (Hinduism)
  • Wat Arun Temple, Thailand (Buddhism)
  • Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island (traditional spiritual practices)
  • Christian Church Mosaic Art, Madaba, Jordan (Christianity)
  • The Great Mosque, also known as the mud mosque, Djenné, Mali (Islam)
  • Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, Curaçao (Judaism)

Save on admission through October 8th with promo code: SACRED23 ($15.50 for adults and $13.50 for youth).

Province V 2023 Campus Minister Fall Retreat

October 17-19

Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, WI

Cost: $50 covers registration and housing at the monastery


This annual retreat is held to support professional Campus Ministers. If you minister to campuses, either through a stand-alone campus ministry or a parish, you are invited to this event. It is a great opportunity to network and build relationships with others working in campus ministries.


Please click here for more information and to register.

Daughters of the King Annual Assembly

October 21

Join the Daughters of the King for their Annual Assembly on October 21 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at St James, New Castle, IN. This year's theme is Ponder Anew what the Almighty can do.

The cost is $15.00 (includes coffee, Breakfast snacks, and lunch) Send your check to Ann Durkos, Treasurer, 8104 Crest Hill Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46256-2022, by October 11. Registrations will be accepted at the door.

Zoom attendance is possible if you cannot be there in person. Please send requests to Karen D. Sullivan, Diocesan President.

St. Richard's Episcopal School Open House

November 2

Come tour St. Richard's Episcopal School (SRES) on Thursday, November 2nd at 8:30-10:30 a.m. EDT, and meet teachers, parents, and students at this informative event. Learn about the Dragon Difference for students Age 3 thru Grade 8.

Please click here to register.

Making Room at the Table: The Story of the Philadelphia Eleven

November 3

Watch The Philadelphia Eleven, a compelling new documentary film about the first women to become Episcopal priests. Join a panel discussion with the filmmaker, two of the Eleven, and some of Indy’s trailblazing female religious leaders.

Sponsored by Trinity, Indy; St Paul's, Richmond; Christ Church Cathedral, Indy; and the Diocese of Indianapolis. This event is part of the Spirit & Place Festival and will be held at The Toby at Newfields.

Please click here to register.

Registration Now Open for The Forma Annual Conference

January 22-25, 2024

Forma, a ministry of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary, is the professional network for Christian formation leaders in the Episcopal Church. The Annual Forma Conference offers an intentional time of networking, learning, and inspiration. This year’s conference, January 22-25, 2024, will offer multiple ways to participate: individually through Zoom, joining a Local Conference Gathering, or traveling to Camp Allen or Kanuga for a Conference Center Retreat.

Please click here to register.

Youth Ministry

We have created blurbs for upcoming youth events that you can easily put in your bulletin or newsletter to help spread the word to your youth.

Diocesan Youth Ministry Vision Summit | October 27, 4-8 p.m. EST | St. Christopher's Carmel | We are relaunching Diocesan Youth Ministry for the first time since 2019, and we'd love your voice as we build it! Diocesan Youth Ministry has traditionally consisted of diocesan youth retreats, youth leadership programs, and parish support. We are eager to build a youth ministry program designed by teenagers for teenagers. To sign up, go to https://indydio.org/youth/ or email Heather Kenison, Diocesan Youth Director heather@indydio.org

Diocesan Youth Gathering | November 11, 9-5 p.m. EST | St. Paul's Indianapolis | We are holding a gathering for youth at Diocesan Convention, open to grades 6-12 throughout the diocese. This free gathering will have activities that include fun games, activities, a mental health first aid workshop, and puppy play. This is one of the first opportunities youth have to connect with other youth throughout the diocese as we relaunch Diocesan Youth Ministry. Parents do not need to attend Convention for youth to participate. To sign up, go to https://indydio.org/diocesan-convention/ or email Heather Kenison, Diocesan Youth Director heather@indydio.org

You can also click on each event name to download flyers:

Diocesan Youth Ministry Vision Summit and Diocesan Youth Gathering.


2023 Diocesan Convention Submission Links

Click below to make submissions for:


Reports to Convention

More information is available on the diocesan convention webpage

Important Dates:

  • October 8: Last day for early bird $75 registration rate
  • October 9-31: Online registration available for $100
  • October 27: Hotel room block closes
  • October 31: Last day for online registration (Onsite registration available after this date for $25)
  • October 31: NominationsReports to Convention due
  • November 1: Delegation changes due to Erinna VanDever
  • November 4 at 10:00 a.m. EDT: Hearings (held on Zoom)

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

October 8: St. Luke’s, Shelbyville | Ms. Sherrie Wood, Senior Warden

October 15: St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute | The Rev. Andrew Downs, The Rev. Deby Veach

In October pray for our Vestries and Bishop Committees

See the Cycle of Prayer.


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

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