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FEBRUARY 4, 2022

New Vestry Members and Diocesan Convention Delegates

Congratulations to Liliana Guzman, Andrea Hunley and Steve Whaley on being elected to the CCC Vestry for 2022-24. Each year, Cathedral members elect three new representatives, each for a three-year term, for a total of nine members on the Vestry, the Cathedral’s governing board that is responsible for overseeing the property and finances of the parish.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Conner McNeely and Perry Mihalakos for also standing for election. We truly appreciate their continuing leadership in our parish.

The Vestry generally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, and meetings are open to all Cathedral members. The new Senior Warden, who is appointed by the rector, and the new junior warden, who is elected by the other Vestry members, will be announced following the Vestry’s February meeting. We thank Tim Culbertson and Andrea Hunley for their gracious and faithful leadership in 2021 as Senior Warden and Junior Warden, respectively.

The election also resulted in approval of the slate of candidates to represent CCC at the Diocesan Convention in November 2022: Jeffry Guerrero Barboza, Elaine Klemesrud, Ewan McDuffee, Brent Luebcke (alternate 1), and Milicent Wright (alternate 2).

We thank all of you for your patience and flexibility as we navigated through Covid-related delays impacting absentee ballots.


Guest Preacher This Sunday


We’ll welcome The Rev. Dr. Tim Shapiro to the Christ Church Cathedral pulpit this Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. Dr. Shapiro is the Executive Director of the Center for Congregations, an Indianapolis-based resource for communities of faith that offers consulting, grants, and connectivity to resources for growth and flourishing. An ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA, Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

2022 State of the Cathedral

Thank you to everyone who joined us in-person and online for our Annual Parish Meeting during which Dean Gray provided our 2022 State of the Cathedral and revealed the Cathedral’s 2022-25 strategic plan with five areas of focus: serving as a convener and connector for our city and diocese, providing radical hospitality, manifesting the deep beauty of God, spirituality formed in community, and living our faith in action. These missional pillars were developed based on more than 100 conversations with parishioners, neighbors, churches, nonprofit organizations and other potential partners in ministry.

In addition, Dean Lesesne announced that the Vestry has approved a new vision statement and a new mission based on these pillars of mission.

Vision statement: Christ Church Cathedral is a spiritual hub of transformation for our city and diocese, following Jesus Christ in practicing radical hospitality, working for justice, and proclaiming God’s peace, reconciliation and love.

Mission: Glorify God. Serve our neighbors. Transform our city.



Choral Evensong & Organ Recital


Starting this month, 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 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.


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.

The Holy Eucharist of Absalom Jones


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. The service will also feature music from Rodnie Bryant and the Christian Community Mass Choir.

This service will be livestreamed at


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!


Christopher Pitts Trio: Perspectives on the Piano


Art & Soul 2021 Featured Artist and Gritty Vibes 2021 Top 30 Black Creative to watch, Pianist Christopher Pitts, brings his trio to Christ Church Cathedral. Known for his energetic performances and willingness to take chances this Atlanta transplant has planted deep musical roots in Indianapolis as co-founder of First Fridays at McGowan Hall, keyboardist/composer for Clint Breeze and The Groove and frequent guest artist in Sean Imboden Large Ensemble.

Christopher and his Trio explore the rich repertoire of the piano through their own interpretive lens. From European art music to Blues and modern Black American Music/Jazz, they seek to find our human connections through music. Join us on our journey to a modern sound through a study of our history.

This concert may be enjoyed in-person or via livestream.


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.


SAVE THE DATE: Demand Treatment Over Incarceration


Join Faith in Indiana in demanding that the Indianapolis city council and Mayor Joe Hogsett fund a mobile crisis response team staffed by social work professionals who are dispatched to respond to mental health crises and substance abuse 911 calls. This team would divert people from jail towards treatment and resources and allow IMPD to focus on preventing violent crime. Other cities across the country have implemented these teams, and Indianapolis is long overdue to launch this initiative.


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