Letter from Bishop Doug

Regarding Reunification Discernment

Dear Sisters, Brothers, Siblings in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana,

Grace and peace be with you in Jesus, the Light for all people!

After more than a year since initial conversations with members of the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council, Diocesan Missioners and with Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, I want to share with all of you via a press release and a video, news about the forming a discernment group for the purpose of exploring the possibility of reunification into one diocese and Episcopal presence in the State of Indiana.

Bishop Jennifer and I have been committed to working together since we began ministry as bishops in 2016 and 2017 respectively.  It seems right at this time, to move the conversation and discernment into a public space, inviting others into the work of discernment, to imagine what the Holy Spirit may be calling us to do as we continue to engage God’s Mission throughout the state of Indiana.

Please uphold this initiative in your prayer and know that as the discernment group is formed, Bishop Jennifer and I, along with our Missioners and Canons are committed to keeping you informed along the way.

Every blessing,



The Rt. Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Sparks

VIII Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana

Read the full press release.

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