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July 23, 2021


Faith As Insecurity

“We hate the new,” taught Jesuit priest Anthony DeMello (1931-2007) in his classic spiritual guidebook Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality. “And the sooner we face up to that fact, the better. We don’t want new things, particularly when they’re disturbing, particularly when they involve change. Most particularly if it involves saying, ‘I was wrong.'” He recounts an interaction with an elderly Jesuit mentor who shared with him his regret about his lifelong aversion to trying anything new. The mentor said to Anthony: “You know something…I’ve been wrong my whole life.”

“That….is faith!” teaches DeMello. “An openness to the truth, no matter the consequences, no matter where it leads you and when you don’t even know where it’s going to lead you. That’s faith. Not belief, but faith. Your beliefs give you a lot of security, but faith is insecurity. You don’t know. You’re ready to follow and you’re open, you’re wide open.”

As our Cathedral community continues in discernment conversations with this weekend’s Remember, Renew, Rise gathering about our work in Social Justice, Advocacy, and our Presence on the Circle, may God give us the courage to be insecure and open to something new, even if that something new might make us profoundly uncomfortable. For we may very well grow in our faith as a result.

– The Very Reverend Gray Lesesne, D.Min.

Yuri Rodríguez Returns As Guest Preacher This Sunday

Join us this Sunday as we joyfully welcome back Yuri Rodríguez to guest preach at the 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 1 p.m. services. Yuri served as Communications and Ministry Manager and Associate Director of Hispanic Music at CCC from 2016-2020.

Yuri just finished her first year at The School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN. She is a musician, singer, choral director and church leader who specializes in Latin American Music and Culture.

Remember, Renew, Rise: Social justice, advocacy and Monument Circle


As we continue our season of discernment, we’re very grateful to everyone who has shared their thoughts and feelings. We have had excellent, thought-provoking discussions, and our journey continues this Sunday as we gather in person after each worship service to discuss social justice, advocacy, and our presence on Monument Circle.

If you can’t join us on Sunday, we hope you’ll tune into our bilingual Zoom conversation on Monday at 7 pm. RSVP by Saturday, July 24.

Our last two Sunday discussions will be on August 1 and 8 with corresponding Zoom gatherings on August 2 and 9.

Advanced registration is required only for the Zoom meetings. Register by the Saturday before the meeting.




Implicit Bias Workshop


While we engage in a thoughtful, intentional discernment process for our Cathedral, it’s important that we apply some of the same work of listening, reflecting, and exploring to our personal lives as well. Join us for an in-person Implicit Bias Workshop to examine biases (both positive and negative) that may have taken root in your life. There is no charge and the workshop is open to all people, including those who are not members of CCC. The training will be offered in both English and Spanish.

Implicit bias is something we all have. This workshop examines what it is, how it differs from overt bias, how to recognize our own, and how we move past bias through action. As we live into our congregation’s mission of widening the circle of God’s embrace, this workshop will offer each of us practical tools to continue the lifelong journey of dismantling systemic racism.



Vestry Meeting This Week


Christ Church Cathedral’s Vestry (governing board) meets at 6:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our meetings are open to the congregation and all are welcome to attend.

Our Vestry will meet in-person in the Parish Hall.

RSVP to Junior Warden Andrea Hunley


Bake Week Is Coming


Bake Week begins this Sunday as we come together once again to make the 15,000 shortcakes needed for the Strawberry Festival. If you have signed up for a shift, please take a moment to review our protocols. Haven’t signed up yet? We have remaining shifts you can sign up for here! And if you aren’t able to bake, please consider donating pre-packaged chips, snacks, nuts, fruit, bottled water, juice, soda, etc for our volunteers. In keeping with our cautious approach to regathering, we are relying on individually packaged snacks this year. Please drop off donations in the nursery downstairs on or before Sunday, July 25. Anything that isn’t consumed during Bake Week will be shared with our community breakfast ministry. Thank you for your support and let’s get baking!



How Are You Called to Ministry?

At CCC we heartily believe that everyone is called to ministry in some way, whether your ministry includes preaching and celebrating the eucharist for hundreds of people, caregiving for an individual, or even just lending a sympathetic ear to a friend.

If you enjoy careful consideration of scriptures and other theological writings, Education for Ministry (EfM) may be your next step in your ministry journey. Developed and overseen by The School of Theology–University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, EfM is an in-depth study of scripture, church history, selected readings and shared theological reflection within a small community of people seeking to deepen their prayer lives and an awareness of God in their ordinary daily lives.

The CCC EfM group meets weekly September through May. EfM is a four-year certificate program, but because we know life sometimes interrupts our best plans, participants are asked to reaffirm their commitment each summer. Visit the EfM webpage to learn more or email Jude Magers or Theresa Stinson:,



Join Our Advocacy Outreach Team

Christ Church Cathedral, along with other diocesan parishes, partners and collaborates with Faith in Indiana to advocate for social and racial justice and equity. Faith in Indiana’s diverse religious traditions are called to enact abundance, dignity, and inclusion in all public decisions and have worked locally to enact police reform, strengthen immigrant inclusion, and end hunger.

In their efforts surrounding hunger, the  Advocacy Outreach Team needs your help to submit Offering of Letters in partnership with Bread for the World. This easy-to-complete letter encourages your representatives to expand the Child Tax Credit and to increase global nutrition funding in 2022. Letters are a strong witness of community concerns and personal testimonies. You are encouraged to personalize your message for the most impact, but Bread for the World’s simple system allows you to complete the process in mere minutes.

Once you send your letters, please notify The Rev. Fatima Yakubu-Madus so she can track participation in the diocese.




Holy Baptism at CCC


We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday, August 8 at our 10 am and 1 pm liturgies. If you or a member of your family would like to be baptized, please contact Dean Gray Lesesne before Sunday, July 25.



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 in the Parish Hall.

The first of these bi-monthly blood drives will be Tuesday, August 10, and 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.



CCC Concerts | Music in Bloom


The bloom is on! Come and experience a world of music born right here in Indiana and the Midwest. Whether you’re a classical music buff or new to musical performance, the innovative and engaging concert experiences of Music in Bloom, a 4-day music festival, deliver interactive opportunities for all ages.

Music in Bloom 2021 welcomes vocalist Amy Petrongelli, saxophonist Nick Zoulek, cellist Horacio Contreras, pianist Clare Longendyke, and percussionist Matthew Coley in performances that celebrate the diversity of people, cultures, and musical aesthetics within the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and the entire Midwest Region.



Music Ministry Needs Ushers

CCC’s music ministry has long been an integral part of our identity. Even if you don’t sing or play an instrument, you can be part of the music ministry. We have nine in-person events scheduled for the 2021-22 concert series, and we need ushers! You can volunteer for as many or as few concerts as you like. Learn more about the upcoming concerts at

For more information about ushering, contact Musical Arts Intern Claudia Gage at, or you can sign up using the link below.



Prayer Leaders Needed

Every week, the Cathedral offers Morning and Evening Prayers through Facebook Live. It is an opportunity to reach the homes of many people and pray together. We need volunteers to continue with this ministry that is so important to the spiritual life of our community. Would you like to participate? We can train you if you don’t know how to do it!  Please contact Father Poli for more information.



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