This fall, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Mishawaka, Ind.) is hosting an adult education series that will focus on "Becoming Beloved Community," an initiative for education about racial reconciliation that is offered by the wider Episcopal Church. The series will be coordinated by the Rev. Susan Haynes along with help from Canon Adrien Niyongabo, Diocesan Missioner for Community Engagement. These gatherings will be on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. in the Undercroft of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and will last until approximately 8:30. We will offer a varied curriculum of lecture, reading, films and discussion. The first meeting is on Wednesday, September 11. In preparation for these gatherings, we are asking participants to purchase and read White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. This book can be found at Amazon.
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Reflections from EDNIN participants
Presenters from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana
Diocese of Northern Indiana
Evangelism Through Communications
Do-able Social Media Evangelism Projects to Share your Faith Stories and Build Community
Cn. Christopher A. Hillak, Missioner for Digital Communications
Gethsemane Episcopal Church (Marion)
Racial Reconciliation in a Small Indiana Town
Rev. Cn. Dr. James Warnock, Rector
Rev. Mindy Hancock
Holy Family Episcopal Church (Angola)
Enriching Worship with Music Ensembles
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (Fort Wayne)
OIW: How Becoming a More Open, Inviting, and Welcoming Faith Community Can Change the Way We Evaluate Success Within Membership Development
St. David of Wales Episcopal Church (Elkhart)
The Parable of the Garden: How Stewardship of Creation is an Act of Evangelism
Rev. Joshua D. Nelson, Priest-in-Charge
St. Margaret’s House (South Bend)
Creating Community, Changing Lives: How St. Margaret’s House Created a Ministry of Hospitality for Women and Children in Poverty
Kathy Schneider, Executive Director
Mary Fran Brandenberger, Associate Executive Director
Tanika Harris, Director of Guest Services
Participants from EDNIN that did not facilitate presentations
Cathedral of Saint James (South Bend) - The Very Rev. Brian Grantz, Tamisyn Grantz, Rev. Tina Velthuizen, Dana Sparks
Holy Trinity (South Bend) - The Rev. Cn. Dr. Terri Bays
Saint Michael and All Angels (South Bend) - Rev. Matthew Cowden, Michael Griffith
The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana has entered the second phase of its involvement in Baptized for Life, a discipleship initiative of Virginia Theological Seminary, funded by the Lilly endowment. The goal of Baptized for Life is to empower churches to help people live lives of meaning and purpose. The focus is Christian Formation that focuses, not just on Sunday morning, but on Monday through Saturday. Three parishes in Northern Indiana have been selected to participate: St. Paul’s, Mishawaka, St. Thomas/Santo Tomás, Plymouth; and Gethsemane, Marion.
The first phase of the program involved participating in a spiritual life inventory, sponsored by Renewal Works of Forward Movement. Every parishioner was encouraged to participate in the online survey, and the results were provided to a team of people in each parish that had been formed specifically for this effort. Each team is chaired by a lay person and clergy are advisory. During this phase, the team received feedback from the survey which helped them to identify strengths and growing edges in the parish’s spiritual formation program.
Armed with this information, members of each parish’s team travelled to the Claggett Retreat Center near Baltimore, MD to prepare for work in the second phase of the initiative. The teams gathered with other teams from the 22 parishes and six other dioceses in the country who are participating for a week of retreat and learning.
Now, the teams are moving into the second phase, which is to discern a project which will help them implement changes in their program that will enable parishioners to deepen their spiritual lives. Questions that each team is encouraged to ask as part of their discernment include:
Where is your Baptized for Life Mission Field?
Who in that mission field is desperate for Good News?
What are the unique gifts of your church and how will you use them to meet this desperate need?
Each team has received a Request for Proposal from Virginia Theological Seminary, which will help them to apply for grant monies that are available for this initiative from the Lilly endowment. Proposals are funded up to $25,000, with the first installment being made as early as this December. Applications are due in October. Ministry projects will begin in 2020.
Submitted by the Rev. Susan B. Haynes
Congratulations to the Right Reverend Megan M. Traquair, who was consecrated as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California on June 29, 2019. Following her ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Bishop Megan spent a year in LA and then joined us in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana for the next nine years--first as a part-time assistant at St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church in Bristol (1993-1995) and then as rector of Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Marion (1995-2002). In addition to her roles in these faith communities, Bishop Megan served the diocese as Dean of the Wabash Deanery, trainer for our Safeguarding program, and on the Episcopate Search Committee for the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana. The Right Reverend Edward S. Little II, the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, participated in the consecration of Bishop Megan.