Greetings from the Search Committee for the Eleventh Bishop of Indianapolis!
As we prepare to write our profile that will contain the hopes, dreams, skills, and qualifications of our next Bishop, we want your ideas, feedback, opinions, and thoughts about the future of our Diocese and our next Bishop.
We'll be gathering your feedback in two ways:
- The Diocesan Survey, which is now ready for you to complete by clicking on the attached links (in English or Spanish). We invite every adult and teen in our Diocesan community (congregations, campus ministries, and cooperating ministries) to complete a survey no later than October 31.
The Search Committee for the Eleventh Bishop of Indianapolis
The National Episcopal Church Women’s Board has invited all Women in the diocese to join them on Sunday October 25th at Waycross. Come for Eucharist, lunch, and discussion. The board would like to hear your thoughts, activities, dreams, and needs from them. Lunch will be paid for by the ECW Bd. We do need RSVP for lunch. Use the contact information in the official invitation.
AN INVITATION FROM THE NATIONAL ECW
“We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord”
The new National Episcopal Church Women Board, which was installed at the 48th ECW Triennial Meeting this past summer at General Convention, will hold its first meeting October 22nd-27th. The meeting will take place at our own Waycross Camp and Conference Center, and women in the Diocese of Indianapolis (as well as other parts of Province V) have been invited to visit with the Board starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 25th.
Here’s the schedule: (All activities will take place in the conference center building)
10:30: Meet and greet
11:00: Service of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
1:00 p.m.: Sharing / Q&A
2:00 p.m.: Departure
Now’s the time to get to know our national leadership team, to learn about what they’re planning for the next three years, and to share what’s happening in The Episcopal Church in Indiana.
So that proper arrangements can be made, the Board needs to know how many people to expect. Please let Janet Higbie know by October 19th if you’ll be joining her and the National ECW atWaycross. Janet’s contact information:
/ (317) 847-0657.
In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day on October 12 and Native American Month in November, The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Office of Indigenous Ministries and the Office of Lifelong Formation in partnership with Forward Movement present a new resource “In The Spirit of the Circle.” In the Spirit of the Circle is a Christian formation resource created by Native American and Indigenous members of The Episcopal Church intended for people of all cultures seeking a wider vision of the Christian faith.
In the Spirit of the Circle speaks with uniquely Native American and Indigenous voices, yet it addresses the hopes, concerns, and commitments of all Christians. This resource represents a Native response to a church-wide need—to provide in-depth, quality Christian formation that is culturally aware and authentic. This resource speaks in the theological tradition of the people, is accessible to Native communities, and inspires a deep, more profound sense of pride among Native American and Indigenous Christians everywhere. At the same time, this resource is available to the entire Church, regardless of tribal or ethnic identity.
In the Spirit of the Circle can be used in a variety of ways:
- As the formation program on Sunday morning
- As part of the Liturgy of the Word in the celebration of Holy Eucharist
- As a focus for discussion in youth groups and confirmation classes
- As program material for retreats and convocations, or any time the community gathers to worship and learn
Different congregations and communities have different needs, so the posters are designed to be flexible (workbooks are also available). The posters can be used as a single lesson, as a smaller set of lessons on a particular topic, arranged by liturgical season, or as a yearlong program of thirty classes.
The posters, with their beautiful art, may also be suitable for framing or hanging in a classroom or gathering space. Our deep hope and earnest prayer is that this resource will inspire all people and congregations to learn more about Native American and Indigenous sacred stories and to continue to create and develop community and connection.
Christian formation is a lifelong journey to Christ, with Christ and in Christ. These resources will help develop deeper relationships with each other and with Jesus. This is a gift to all of God’s children, in Jesus’ name.
Welcome to the Holy Women, Holy Men blog! We invite you to read about this commemoration, use the collect and lessons in prayer, whether individually or in corporate worship, and then tell us what you think. For more information about this project, click here.
About this commemoration
Vida Dutton Scudder was born on December 15, 1861, the child of Congregationalist missionaries in India. In the 1870s, Vida and her mother were conﬁrmed in the Episcopal Church by Bishop Phillips Brooks. After studying English literature at Smith College and Oxford University, Scudder began teaching at Wellesley College. Her love of scholarship was matched by her social conscience and deep spirituality. As a young woman, Scudder founded the College Settlements Association, joined the Society of Christian Socialists, and began her lifelong association with the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross in 1889, a community living in the world and devoted to intercessory prayer.
Read more: Vida Dutton Scudder
Paraclete Press, the publisher of all of my books (except for the famous Algebra 1 Printed Test Bank and Instructor’s Resource Guide I wrote in 2005 for Addison-Wesley ), has just released three coloring books. I was lucky enough to see them before they went to press and to blurb them.
Here is what I wrote for the introductory page of each:
“Sometimes coloring is just coloring. To put crayons to paper and create a rainbow of marks and swaths is relaxing, playful, and maybe even artistically satisfying. But sometimes coloring is more. To put colored crayons, markers, or pencils to paper is to create a pathway to the numinous. Coloring invites the body and the senses into an experience of inner stillness. While the hand moves, the mind and the body slow down. The heart and the ears open carving a space for a time of rich silence and an opportunity for God to speak.”
I have mistakenly assumed that everyone can or likes to doodle. “If my ‘C-minus-in-Art’ self can doodle, then anyone can,” I thought. This might be true, but not everyone wantsto doodle. Coloring books allow people to express themselves visually and colorfully without dealing with the “I can’t draw” or even “I can’t doodle” voice.
The three new coloring books are a special addition to the coloring book market. I like the size, the format, the simple but beautiful designs, the spiritual content and the layout. There is space for my notes or thoughts. I can even add some of my own doodles if I want.
Read more: BOOK ALERT: Bless & Destress
Our next meeting will be held at Church of the Nativity in Indianapolis. All women in the Diocese of Indianapolis and their friends are welcome to attend for all or part of this meeting.
We chose Nativity because our April meeting was in Lafayette, August meeting in Terre Haute, the Fall Retreat was at Waycross. It made sense to come back to Indy.
Secondly, this past summer, Rev. Mary Slenski, Transition Rector, at Nativity, had offered, to me, that if we ever wanted to have a meeting at Nativity we were more than welcome. And at that time she reminded me that the Labyrinth is a wonderful place to spend time, either the outdoor or indoor labyrinth. John Ridder is a member at Nativity and creates the Labyrinths.
I thought we could use the Labyrinth for our spiritual program time. Hopefully it will be a dry day! If not, we will use the labyrinth inside.
9:30 Arrival time to set up
12:00 – 3:00 Meeting
Church of the Nativity
7300 Lantern Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46256
Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Lantern Rd and E 82nd St (317) 849-3656
Church of the Nativity
Location map: http://www.nativity-indy.org/contact/
Co-Chairperson, Episcopal Women’s Ministries / ECW
Diocese of Indianapolis
From Days of Deepening Friendship....
It can take awhile—sometimes many years—for a person to sort out all that she’s been taught, told, and in some cases manipulated to believe and value. Many people of faith must work through a period of rediscovering and redefining their faith, and quite a few of us, after a long process of interior sorting and pitching, reestablish ourselves in the faith that formed us. Only now it is faith we have examined, owned, dusted off, and refreshed.
Read more: How do I Identify the Work that Matters
From our Friends at The High Calling:
O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart;
Jesus comes to us with a dynamism that impacts every aspect of life. He won’t force his way into your life, but neither he nor you will be content until he has the whole of who you are.
My dad was trying to board a canoe. It’s a tricky maneuver from a dock because a canoe can be slippery and tipsy. Very deliberately he began to transfer his weight from the dock to the canoe. A gap opened. His leg muscles tightened, but his legs widened anyway, like a pair of scissors. The moment of wholehearted commitment to either the dock or the boat came—and went. You can picture the soggy outcome.
Read more: Psalm 15
Here's a wonderful suggestion by Vinita Hampton Wright from her blog, Days of Deepening Friendship. It's something we can all do!
I loved this column by Praying in Color author, Sybil Macbeth. Enjoy during a fall hike!
Our church has a weekly, summer hiking group. Every Wednesday morning six to fifteen hikers meet at a designated trailhead with appropriate clothing, trekking poles, and a sense of adventure. For the first five minutes on the trail I am enthusiastic, then I start to mind-mutter. “How long does this trail go straight uphill?” “When are we stopping for lunch?” “What’s for dinner in eight hours?” “I’m the youngest person here and the worst hiker.” It’s almost as if the imposter-syndrome demon shows up to spoil my hike and tell me I am a big fake.
A couple of things bring my mind back to the trail and the glory of the day. One is the community of hikers. Our trek is about exploring and enjoying the grandeur of God’s creation together. It is not about who can make it to the top first or who has the best skills.There is solidarity and a mini pep rally feel about the group. Some of us move ahead or lag behind but often in changing and supportive small groups. In these groups I have wonderful conversations with people I hardly know. We touch on the basics like “Where are you from and who are your people?” but we also tackle subjects like capital punishment, aging, healthcare, addiction, and Church. As we hike, there is a lovely ebb and flow between conversation and silence.
Read more: 5 Word Prayer
Spiritual teacher, writer, rabbi, and poet, Rami Shapiro has taught thousands of people in workshops across North America for a quarter century. His books have sold in the hundreds of thousands. But before he did any of those things he was writing poems, psalms, and prayers that were anthologized in the Jewish siddurim of several different denominations. He did most of this work while he was a pulpit rabbi in Florida. Still today, every week at services, Jews in the Reform and Reconstructionist movements read Rami's verse in their prayer books. Now, those spiritual teachings have been gathered into one volume, incorporating all of Rami's poetic work over the course of his long and varied career. The result is startling—as if we've discovered a new spiritual teacher of great importance, all in verse.
"Rami Shapiro just kills me. First he kills me with laughter, and then he kills me with tears. He kills my fearful, separate, small "s" self with his humor and honesty and humility. Then he invites me into a larger belonging in the big "S" Self of all-embracing Love."
—Gordon Peerman, author Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering
"Rami Shapiro is one of the best Jewish spiritual writers. Lush. Profound."
—Lawrence Kushner, Emanu-El Scholar at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco and author of Kabbalah: A Love Story
"When I read these poems, my heart flutters, seeing the footprints that my Beloved has left for me to follow."
—Krishna Das, Hindu Kirtan composer
"The soul of this Zen Rabbi poet soars. Rami’s creative fidelity to the Source is expressed in ways which infuse joy and enlightenment into the reader’s experiences of life. Find your essential self in this Accidental Grace."
—Sr. Rosemarie Greco, dw, Wisdom House Conference Center, Litchfield, CT
Enjoy again, the thoughts of Vinita Hampton Wright, from her blog, The Days of Deepening Friendship. Her 3d question is the key!
We have been conditioned to feel guilty whenever we are not “productive.”
Stillness, even for the purpose of rest or prayer, can feel like wasted time to someone who lives in a world that values wealth, competition, high productivity, full schedules, and general self-importance. If we stare off into space for half an hour—and fail even to take notes on the thoughts that come to mind—that’s half an hour lost. The writer must always be recording and reflecting; the executive must always be strategizing. There’s no such thing as being “off” in such a culture. When we are stranded in traffic, we panic if there’s no device by which we can check the news, return calls, answer e-mail, or download a song or television show while we wait.
And if we do schedule a day away for retreat, we are tempted to load up the day with books to read, spiritual exercises to try, and journals to fill. Even in a retreat context we struggle to get still and do absolutely nothing.
Read more: It's hard to be Still
"Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less"
If you are a working person and are fortunate enough to have this Labor Day weekend off, you will probably enjoy the experience of doing less this three day weekend. No doubt it is wonderful to do less over a long weekend, but the author of a new book says that real joy and real productivity is found by learning to do less on a daily, long-term basis.
Greg McKeown, the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less has written a thoughtful book for busy people. The following questions from a promotional web page for this book, reveal the audience this book is written for.
Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?
Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?
Are you often busy but not productive?
Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people's agendas?
Read more: Book ALERT: Essentialism