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Good Word 5/6/2022

MAY 6, 2022

We Are Miracle Workers, Too…

This Sunday, we will hear the miraculous account of Peter’s healing and raising of Tabitha from the dead, found in the Book of Acts. Raj Nadella, a New Testament professor at Columbia Seminary in Atlanta, reminds us that this New Testament miracle parallels Jesus’ raising of Jairus’ daughter in Luke 8:40-56. He writes: “In both accounts, the deceased comes back to life after being ordered to get up. It is as if Peter, who was present when Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead, replicates a similar miracle at Joppa.“

As a young person, I was always fascinated by this New Testament healing. I secretly wondered and hoped: if Peter had power to raise the dead, perhaps I did, too? I remember feeling disappointed whenever the Presbyterian pastor of my childhood emphasized the commonly held theology in the Reformed tradition of cessationism: the teaching that extraordinary spiritual gifts such as tongues, prophecies, and healings ceased with the close of the apostolic age.

Having grown older and (somewhat) wiser, I’m now able to see how this New Testament story applies to us through the lens of metaphor. Luke shares this miraculous healing in Acts with us to not only inform us, but also to inspire us. We, too, can follow in the path of Peter and offer healing and wholeness to a broken world. We too, can (metaphorically) raise the dead. We too, have the power to do the miraculous. Like Peter, we, too have power to bring about new life from that which the world has written off. Unlike the pastor of my youth, I believe that miracles are truly possible…the unhoused can be housed and given a new lease on life. Our immigrant neighbors can be welcomed and celebrated rather than legislated against or ignored. Our old systems of oppression and racism can be transformed into new pathways of empowerment and a celebration of diversity.

Miracles start with a conviction that something in this world can be different. Will you join me in believing that we, too, are miracle workers? Together, we can Glorify God, Serve our Neighbors, and Transform our City in ways we never thought possible.

—The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min

CCC Canon for Spiritual Formation

We are so pleased to announce that The Rev. Greg Baker has answered the call to be our Canon for Spiritual Formation!

The Rev. Greg Baker comes to us from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he has served as Curate. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, where he studied political science and theology, and Yale Divinity School, where he attended seminary. Prior to seminary, Greg served in the Episcopal Service Corps program based in Boston, working at a mobile health clinic dedicated to providing free health services to underserved communities. He is thrilled to be joining the staff at Christ Church Cathedral, and is excited to join in the work of connecting faith to everyday life as we seek and serve Christ together.

Greg also has a passion for food, photography, and soccer – he still plays when he can – and enjoys spending down time with his dog Watts.

He has already begun plans to relocate to Indianapolis and will begin his work with us at the beginning of July.

First Sunday Fiesta


The first Sunday of each month, after our 1 p.m. service offered in Spanish, we gather together for fellowship and delicious food. Be with us and experience the warm generosity of our community, and if you are able, bring a dish to share!

CCC Concerts | Alchemy Viols Presents “In Song and Verse”


Taking its name from the medieval roots of modern chemistry, Alchymy Viols brings together some of the world’s great viol players to collaborate with other ensembles. Joining with the choirs of choristers and adults, this concert presents some of the most distinctive music of the English Church, verse anthems, the way it was meant to be heard, accompanied by Viols, not organ!

The Greatest Spectacle in Ministry:CCC Ministry Fair May 22!

SUNDAY, MAY 22, AT 11:30AM

It’s race month in Indy and there’s no better time to get revved up to learn more about the many ministry opportunities available at CCC! Be with us between services and learn about each ministry team’s goals and needs. Crew members from each team will be available at their booths so that you can ask questions and explore what opportunities are a good spiritual fit for you.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to make CCC stop during Indy Dio Visitation!


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be with us for the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost! This service will be bilingual, and we are excited to share with him the vibrant warmth and rhythms of our Ministerio Hispano and First Sunday of the Month Fiesta tradition!

Registration is not required but encouraged for visitors of CCC.

We are honored to be a part of the Presiding Bishop’s visitation weekend as he joins Bishop Jennifer in various spaces within the Diocese of Indianapolis on June 4-5. A full listing of the Presiding Bishop’s schedule can be found here. If you would like to volunteer during the Presiding Bishop’s visit, please email Kim Christopher at


Trip to Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Holocaust Museum in Cincinnati


CCC will take a day trip to Cincinnati to explore the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Through permanent and traveling exhibits, the NURFC shares the stories of Freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring us all. After lunch together at a local restaurant, we tour the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center. The cost for this trip is $20 and includes transportation in an ADA coach and fees for both museums. Participants will pay for their own lunches. We will leave Christ Church Cathedral 8 a.m. and return around 6:30 p.m. There is space for 50 participants.


Nuevo Amanecer: A Conference for Latino Mnistries


The Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries offers the biannual conference Nuevo Amanecer. This Spanish-language event will be held at the Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina on June 16-19, bringing together dynamic and successful leaders involved in Latino Ministries and offering training workshops that can be implemented in Latino communities. Register to be part of the group that our Cathedral will send!

CCC will rent a bus to travel to Kanuga, and we have room for 30 participants. There is a requested donation of $200, but scholarships and payment plans are available. Speak with Padre Poli or Veronica Godinez for more information.


Joyful Noise Registration Is Open, Volunteers Needed!

MAY 25-31 AND JUNE 1-3

Do you know a child who enjoys music, art and making new friends? Consider our week-long FREE Joyful Noise summer day camp for kids in grades 3 through 8 (as of fall 2023)!

Campers will make new friends in an inclusive Christian community, develop new musical and artistic skills and take daily field trips. Campers receive breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Adult volunteers are also needed to help us create a safe and fun environment for our campers. Volunteers assist with camp activities and field trips, and ensure camper safety. We are in high need of your time and talent in this way!

Interested? Contact Stephany Cohen at or Christopher Caruso-Lynch at



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