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Good Word 1/28/2022

JANUARY 28, 2022

See you at the Annual Parish Meeting this Sunday!

This Sunday we hope you’ll join us for our Annual Parish Meeting where we will look back not just on the last year, but our  ten-month discernment journey, which began last May. During this time, we asked ourselves and our neighbors and our city and our diocese: “What is God calling Christ Church Cathedral to be and to do?” “How can we show up for and be present with our neighborhood and our city and our diocese in a way that is transformational and joyful and that echoes the ministry of Jesus Christ to bring good news to the poor, to let the oppressed go free?”

The answers we received were enlivening. And we can’t wait to share with you all that is in store for CCC as we take on our new 5-year strategy together.

—The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min.

Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday

SUNDAY, JAN. 30, AT 11:30AM

All members are invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting, where we will elect new Vestry members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention that will take place in Nov. 2022. In this morning’s sermon Dean Gray Lesesne will present his “state of the Cathedral” address, including information about our new ministry plan, based on values and goals shared with by our members and our neighbors.

Candidates for Vestry: Liliana Guzman, Andrea Hunley, Conner McNeely, Perry Mihalakos, Steve Whaley

Candidates for Diocesan Convention: Jeffry Guerrero, Elaine Klemesrud, Ewan McDuffee, Brent Luebcke (alternate 1), Milicent Wright (alternate 2)



Celebrate Episcopal Black History


Join the Union of Black Episcopalians, the Diocese of Indianapolis, and CCC as we honor the contributions and leadership of the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained to the priesthood, in 1802, by the Episcopal Church. The Rev. Andrea Arsene, Curate at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette, will preach.


Implicit Bias and Microaggression Workshop


The diocese will host “Implicit Bias & Microaggressions: Faithful Reflection and Discernment of Next Steps” via Zoom. The three-hour workshop will explore ways to name personal biases, recognize microaggressions, and teach tools to help create intentionally inclusive environments. Registration is required.

The workshop will be led by CCC Junior Warden Andrea Hunley. Since 2012, she has served as principal of a public elementary school in downtown Indianapolis.


Black History Month: “The Lunch Date”

SUNDAY, FEB. 6, AT 11:30AM

The Racial Justice Team invites you to this Sunday Forum where we will show the short film, “The Lunch Date” and have an open discussion on stereotypes and prejudices. “The Lunch Date” is a study of perceptions that won the 1991 Oscar for Best Short Film. It offers an opportunity to discuss fear and difference, race, social class and status, and the power of unexamined privilege.

Grappling With Our Past: A History of CCC With Old Churches Indy

SUNDAY, FEB. 13, AT 11:30AM

Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest Episcopal church in Indianapolis, dating back to the summer of 1837. In those 185 years, the congregation has witnessed countless changes to its immediate neighborhood and to the greater community. Join Lee Little, historiographer of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, at the Sunday Forum in the Parish Hall for a discussion of how Christ Church has impacted and reacted to the life of Indianapolis. Much of the conversation will focus on the role of the congregation at pivotal points in city history, particularly during the political and social upheaval of the Civil War in the 1860s and the suburbanization of Indianapolis in the decades following World War Two. We hope you can join us!


Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Last fall we encouraged you to log in to Realm, CCC’s new online portal where members can connect all week long, and update your profile for a chance to win some fabulous prizes! Now you have a second chance! Update your profile by Sunday, Jan. 30, to be eligible to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards.

Eligible profiles must include:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Individual photo
  • Skills
  • Interest

Congratulations to Adam McFetridge, who won four tickets to Newfields’ Winterlights; Jennifer Manterfield, who won two Pacers tickets; and Andrea Hunley, Reyn Libed, Steve Whaley and Donna Worth, who each won a $25 Visa gift card in December.

If you need any assistance or have any questions about Realm, contact Lauren Good at or at 317-636-4577, ext. 113.


Bring Your Faith Questions to Catechumenate


Do you have questions about God, faith, the church or spirituality? These questions are never in the way of our spiritual growth and life, even if they are critical—asking questions is how we grow. Catechumenate means teaching by questions. Your questions aren’t just welcome, they are the curriculum. You will be with others asking similar questions.

For some, Catechumenate leads to a new faith commitment, such as baptism or confirmation. Others use the opportunity to learn more about Christ Church Cathedral and become a member of our community. Regardless, we are not asking for a commitment—anyone can participate.

Join Dean Gray Lesesne Mondays at 6 p.m. to explore your faith in a friendly, supportive group.


Choral Evensong & Organ Recital


Beginning in February, CCC will offer Choral Evensong on the first Sunday of the month along with short recitals by guest instrumentalists. CCC is thrilled to welcome back Katie Gunn, a former Cathedral chorister and current organ student at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, to inaugurate this series. Katie will play works by J.S. Bach and Louis Vierne, and Evensong will feature music by C.V. Stanford, Peter Nardone, and Philip Moore.

While studying at St. Olaf, Katie is a the organist at All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield, Minnesota. She was previously the organist at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. In 2021, Katie was was awarded second prize in the 2021 Twin Cities Chapter of the AGO/RCYO Competition, and she has been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.

Bi-Monthly Blood Drive at CCC


Christ Church Cathedral has partnered with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to offer a blood drive every other month on the second Tuesday of the month. Their Bloodmobile will be parked outside the Cathedral, conveniently located on the circle.

We invite all of our neighbors in the area to take advantage of this opportunity to make a profound difference in a person’s life.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. A photo ID and proof of birth date are required for Versiti’s records.


Seeking Canon for Spiritual Formation

Are you passionate about empowering the people of God to become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who walk in the Way of Love? Do you have gifts to help strengthen and nurture and lead the people of God into more faithful practices of offering radical hospitality, working for justice, and proclaiming God’s peace, reconciliation and love? Are you seeking to be a part of a diverse, fun staff team and congregation that truly enjoys collaboration and is joyful in all we do?

We’re seeking a Canon for Spiritual Formation who will empower us to entirely reimagine formation and Christian Education in ways that are intergenerational, intercultural, bilingual, dynamic, experiential, and not necessarily experienced in a traditional classroom setting, including digital ministry.


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