Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Community Calendar

These are not necessarily CIC sponsored events. For a calendar of CIC events, go here.

Yoga with Tibetan Buddhist Monks I: Midday Edition @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall
Mar 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Yoga with Tibetan Buddhist Monks I: Midday Edition @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
You do not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to practice and learn yoga with the Tibetan Monks from India! The Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs at the University of Indianapolis is happy to host Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery
Opioids and Access @ North United Methodist Church
Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Opioids and Access @ North United Methodist Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Dr. Krista Brucker; Director, Project Point, Eskenazi Hospital and Dept. of Emergency Medicine, IU School of Medicine Project POINT has helped hundreds of Hoosiers with substance use disorder maintain HIP-Plus eligibility and connect to an array of treatment and social services supporting holistic health. Free and
Yoga with the Monks II: Evening Edition @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, Trustees Dining Hall
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Yoga with the Monks II: Evening Edition @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, Trustees Dining Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
In partnership with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and its Kumbum Chamtse-Ling Monastery in Bloomington, monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, are visiting the University of Indianapolis to teach the Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet,
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Interfaith Vigil for victims of Christchurch Mosque Shootings @ Butler University, Star Fountain | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
On Friday, March 15, at least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 40 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism. Butler University’s Muslim Student Association and
Mar 22 @ 8:15 am – 4:00 pm
2019 Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit @ Indianapolis Marriott North | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Each year, NAMI Indiana pulls together a diverse group of leaders from the criminal justice field to provide education and new tools for professionals. The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit creates significant and positive changes in policies within the criminal justice system. Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities are also available.
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Social Issues, Volunteerism, & the Civil Society in Germany @  Indiana Historical Society | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Join the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center at the Indiana Historical Society to learn more about contemporary German culture and society! Our esteemed speakers will present on issues such as civic engagement, social work, and Germany’s changing demographics. This program is free and open to
Buddhist art class @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, Engagement Center
Mar 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Buddhist art class @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, Engagement Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
In Tibet, the creation and celebration of art is integrated with Buddhism.  It is difficult to separate them.  However, the monks will provide hands-on workshops so that participants can enjoy the artforms and learn their significance by creating items themselves. The art class will feature
Mar 22 @ 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Sacred Spaces tour of Chùa An Lạc Buddhist Temple @ Chùa An Lạc | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Chùa An Lạc is part of the Mahayana branch of Buddhism, and is the only Buddhist temple in Indianapolis founded by a recent immigrant community to preserve and perpetuate traditions of the homeland. The An Lạc Temple was founded in 1986 by a small group of Vietnamese-Americans
Cooking class with Tibetan monks @ University of Indianapolis, Nelson House
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cooking class with Tibetan monks @ University of Indianapolis,  Nelson House   | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Come learn a few new recipies, share a meal with new friends, and leave with new insight into Buddhist cutl In partnership with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and its Kumbum Chamtse-Ling Monastery in Bloomington, monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India,
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Islamic Cultural Extravaganza @ Central Library | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Imam Wilmore Sadiki singing and strumming on his guitar (Imam Sadiki will perform at the 5th Annual Interfaith Banquet March 24.) Also Featuring: *Khabir Shareef of Storyteller’s Drum, Inc. (SDI) *Plus — A CALL TO LIFE (Youth Dancers) FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC!
How to do Lent well — Takeaways meeting @ Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Conference Room
Mar 24 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
How to do Lent well — Takeaways meeting @ Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Conference Room | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
“He satisfies those who are thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”  –Psalm 107:9 (GNT) You lead a busy life, and making time to nurture spiritual growth can be challenging, no matter your age or stage of life. As part of the Quench community, you
Mar 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Holy Hogwarts! "What You Don't Know" @ All Souls Unitarian Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
“What You Don’t Know” The final book in the Harry Potter series is defined by what Harry and his friends don’t know. Nevertheless, they are required to act anyway. What they knew, forgot, and discover — love– ultimately saves them. Come and claims these lessons
Annual Interfaith Banquet @ Martin University Gathertorium
Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual Interfaith Banquet @ Martin University Gathertorium | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Mark your calendar for the 2019 Interfaith Banquet at Martin University. Join us in recognizing Imam Michael “Mikal” Saahir as the 2019 Interfaith Ambassador of the Year.
Closing Ceremony for Sand Mandala @ University of Indianapolis
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing Ceremony for Sand Mandala @ University of Indianapolis | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
The monks conclude their creation of the mandala with its consecration. During the Closing Ceremony, the monks dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. Half of the sand may be distributed to the audience in small bags as blessings
Ostara 2019 @ White Pine Wilderness Academy
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ostara 2019 @ White Pine Wilderness Academy  | Rocky Ripple | Indiana | United States
Come celebrate Ostara with the druids of the White River Grove! Our rituals are family-friendly and open to the public. For Ostara, we welcome you to join us for a late-lunch ritual feast to celebrate the community coming together after a long winter. There will
Ibtihaj Muhammad @ Butler University, Atherton Union, Reilly Room
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ibtihaj Muhammad @ Butler University, Atherton Union, Reilly Room | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Ibtihaj Muhammad is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker and Olympic medalist in fencing. A 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion, in 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman
Faith at the Statehouse AC @ Indiana Statehouse
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Faith at the Statehouse AC @ Indiana Statehouse | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Says Faith in Indiana: Join us to put Families First at the Statehouse!   As we face unprecedented fear and division in our communities, this full-day experience is crucial to show by our presence that we believe in abundance and belonging; that no matter where
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Addicted Brain: An Evening with David Sheff @ Butler Arts Center  | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Sponsored by Butler University, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, and Community Health Network. Additional support has been provided by WFYI Indianapolis and Dr. Lynne Zydowsky. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Overdose is now the leading cause of death
Muslim Day at the Statehouse @ Indiana Statehouse
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Muslim Day at the Statehouse @ Indiana Statehouse | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Join the Muslim Alliance for Indiana for Muslim Day at the Statehouse to learn about legislation that affects all Hoosier and meet your legislators! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Katharine Hayhoe at Purdue University @ St. Lukes United Methodist Church
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Katharine Hayhoe at Purdue University @ St. Lukes United Methodist Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Road trip! Says Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light: Join H-IPL to attend the March 27, 2019 talk at Purdue University with climate scientist and evangelical Katherine Hayhoe where she’ll be giving a special lecture on one of the fundamental questions of modern science: how do
“The Heart of Nuba” @ Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
"The Heart of Nuba" @ Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
In the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, American Dr. Tom Catena seeks to provide care and serve the needs of a forgotten people at Mother of Mercy Hospital. As the region is bombed relentlessly by indicted war criminal Omar Al-Bashar, only two things remain constant:
Equity in Modern America with Jelani Cobb, Jeff Chang, and Negin Farsad @ The Athenaeum | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
What do we mean when we use the word “equity”? How do we build an equitable society? Join us for a conversation with Jelani Cobb, Negin Farsad, and Jeff Chang about Equity in Modern America. Jeff Chang is author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History
Mar 28 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
March meetings of the Fishers Multi-Faith Community for Compassion @ The Original Pancake House Fishers  | Fishers | Indiana | United States
Chat with other interfaith leaders
“Baby Doll Goes to Daycare” @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall
Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
"Baby Doll Goes to Daycare" @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Enjoy a short humorous skit by Sue Caterfly, based on her new children’s book, Baby Doll Goes to Daycare. Fun for the whole family. Free food and drinks.
Surviving to Thriving: Defining Childhood Trauma @ Martin Luther King Community Center
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Surviving to Thriving: Defining Childhood Trauma @ Martin Luther King Community Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Do you wonder why many children struggle with challenging behaviours? Perhaps you feel burned out by challenging behaviors, and are unsure of what to do. Discover the root causes of many of the challenging behaviors facing today’s communities. This training will help you to understand
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wholistic Heath & Wellness Fair @ Trinity CME Church  | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
There will be a blood drive, vendors and health counselors, and healthy information. Plus a one-, two-, and three walk/run that starts-finishes on the west side of 2253 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave.
Star Trek and Humanism @ Center for Inquiry | Indiana (CFI)
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Star Trek and Humanism @ Center for Inquiry | Indiana (CFI)  | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
The presentation will highlight episodic and movie examples of religion and humanism in Star Trek. Attendees are invited to take part in comparing and contrasting Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, vs Ira Behr’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Interfaith Seder @ Congregation Shaarey Tefilla
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Interfaith Seder @  Congregation Shaarey Tefilla | Carmel | Indiana | United States
An opportunity for the interfaith community to experience an authentic Passover seder.
Faith at the Statehouse SJC @ Indiana Statehouse
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Faith at the Statehouse SJC @ Indiana Statehouse | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Says Faith in Indiana: Join us to put Families First at the Statehouse!   As we face unprecedented fear and division in our communities, this full-day experience is crucial to show by our presence that we believe in abundance and belonging; that no matter where
Maya Beisler explores Lot's Wife in her cello opera "Elsewhere" @ JCC | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
 Twelve Indiana artists have been selected to explore and expound upon the biblical story of Lot’s wife during the eighth annual Religion, Spirituality and the Arts seminar, a project of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. The RSA seminar will feature a performance by
Mar
21
Thu
Yoga with Tibetan Buddhist Monks I: Midday Edition @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall
Mar 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

You do not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to practice and learn yoga with the Tibetan Monks from India!

The Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs at the University of Indianapolis is happy to host Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India. Two Monks, Lobsang Jamyang and Tenpa Phuntsok, will give classes in yoga as practiced at Tashi Kyil Monastery. Yoga mats will be provided for those who need them. Please arrive by 11:15am for a timely start to class.

Learn about all events during the monks’ visit to UIndy here: http://uindy.edu/buddhistmonksvisit

Opioids and Access @ North United Methodist Church
Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Opioids and Access @ North United Methodist Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Dr. Krista BruckerDirector, Project Point, Eskenazi Hospital and Dept. of Emergency Medicine, IU School of Medicine

Project POINT has helped hundreds of Hoosiers with substance use disorder maintain HIP-Plus eligibility and connect to an array of treatment and social services supporting holistic health.

Free and open to the public; registration not required

Since 2015, several hundred thousand Hoosiers have gained health coverage through the expanded Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). This six-part series asks: How are HIP’s values of personal responsibility, wellness, and empowerment working for members, providers, and our state? How can congregations, providers, and nonprofits improve HIP’s operations through their values of community responsibility, neighborly outreach, social advocacy, and excellent care?

Yoga with the Monks II: Evening Edition @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, Trustees Dining Hall
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In partnership with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and its Kumbum Chamtse-Ling Monastery in Bloomington, monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, are visiting the University of Indianapolis to teach the Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet, and to raise much needed funds for their monastery.   This is the monastery’s fourth USA Tour.

Two monks:  Lobsang Jamyang and Tenpa Phuntsok, will give classes in yoga as practiced at Tashi Kyil Monastery.  Click here for pictures of a monk performing yoga postures. Yoga mats will be provided for those who need them. Please arrive by 7:45 pm for a timely start to class.

You do not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to practice and learn yoga with the Tibetan Monks from India!

 

Interfaith Vigil for victims of Christchurch Mosque Shootings @ Butler University, Star Fountain
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

On Friday, March 15, at least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 40 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism.

Butler University’s Muslim Student Association and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana is holding this vigil to honor the victims of this tragic event. Our goal is to raise awareness that bigotry and hatred are still forces which threaten the well-being of our communities today.

Please join us Thursday, March 21st at 7:30 PM at the Star Fountain on Butler University’s campus.

Mar
22
Fri
2019 Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit @ Indianapolis Marriott North
Mar 22 @ 8:15 am – 4:00 pm
2019 Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit @ Indianapolis Marriott North | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Each year, NAMI Indiana pulls together a diverse group of leaders from the criminal justice field to provide education and new tools for professionals. The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit creates significant and positive changes in policies within the criminal justice system. Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities are also available.


Topics Include:

  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Corrections and Mental Health staff coordination in a jail setting
  • Reach for Youth’s Teen Court program
  • Suicide Prevention for Veterans
  • The One Mind Campaign, improving police response to mental health crises
  • More to come…
Social Issues, Volunteerism, & the Civil Society in Germany @ Indiana Historical Society
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center at the Indiana Historical Society to learn more about contemporary German culture and society! Our esteemed speakers will present on issues such as civic engagement, social work, and Germany’s changing demographics.

This program is free and open to all. Lunch and parking will be provided to all who attend. Registration is required. To register, please email mkgac@iupui.edu. Space is limited, so please register by March 15th. For more information, please contact the IUPUI Max Kade Center at mkgac@iupui.edu.

This program is a part of the 2018-2019 Year of German-American Friendship “Wunderbar Together” Campaign: https://www.deutschland.de/en/usa/deutschlandjahr-usa-20182019-wunderbar-together

Buddhist art class @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, Engagement Center
Mar 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

In Tibet, the creation and celebration of art is integrated with Buddhism.  It is difficult to separate them.  However, the monks will provide hands-on workshops so that participants can enjoy the artforms and learn their significance by creating items themselves.

The art class will feature butter sculpture, sand painting, and mani stones. Join us for this once in a lifetime experience!

  • Butter sculpture is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist art. Although it is not as well known as another Tibetan ritual art, the sand mandala, it is still an important aspect of Tibetan Buddhism. Butter sculptures symbolize impermanence (a main tenet of Buddhism) and are usually destroyed anywhere from a day to a few years.
  • Sand painting is an ancient Tibetan art form. The Sacred Sand Mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent a tradition of Buddhism. It is a transient art form thought to have originated in India and transferred in the middle ages to Tibet. The sand mandala is constructed as a vehicle to generate compassion, realize the impermanence of reality, and to heal the environment.
  • The stones are usually painted with the prayer “Om mani padme hum,” a prayer asking for the qualities of wisdom, compassion, and a good heart. The monks will teach you how to create images on flat stones and decorate them with sacred mantras.
The workshops can be geared to persons of all ages:  age four to adulthood.  However, since often the little ones enjoy the workshops the most, during the workshop we will have the monks perform a traditional panda dance to entertain the children

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Sacred Spaces tour of Chùa An Lạc Buddhist Temple @ Chùa An Lạc
Mar 22 @ 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Sacred Spaces tour of Chùa An Lạc Buddhist Temple @ Chùa An Lạc | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Chùa An Lạc is part of the Mahayana branch of Buddhism, and is the only Buddhist temple in Indianapolis founded by a recent immigrant community to preserve and perpetuate traditions of the homeland. The An Lạc Temple was founded in 1986 by a small group of Vietnamese-Americans who bought two neighboring houses and used them both as a temple for community. The original intention of establishing the An Lạc Buddhist Temple was to provide Buddhists in the area with a sense of community and kinship, as well as a place to practice and worship together. In 2002, a community of nuns moved into the second house and established it as a nunnery.

Join a group of high school and college students for a tour of the temple. This is part of the Interfaith Youth Ambassador Program, a program administered by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) in collaboration with Butler University’s Desmond Tutu Peace Lab. Youth from local high schools and universities can apply through their school, congregation, or community center to learn about other faith communities and converse with a diverse group of other young people about social, cultural, and political issues that are important to them.

The public is welcome to attend the tours of places of worship; the Youth Ambassadors’s meeting afterwards is not open.

Mar
23
Sat
Cooking class with Tibetan monks @ University of Indianapolis, Nelson House
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come learn a few new recipies, share a meal with new friends, and leave with new insight into Buddhist cutl

In partnership with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and its Kumbum Chamtse-Ling Monastery in Bloomington, monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, are visiting the University of Indianapolis to teach the Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet, and to raise much needed funds for their monastery.   This is the monastery’s fourth USA Tour.

The monks will teach participants how to make traditional Tibetan dishes, such as Mo-Mo’s (meet & veggie dumplings), Tendhuk (noodle soup with meat and veggies — meat can be eliminated), and Dey Tsi (sweet ricc pudding).  Please click here to download Tibetan recipes.

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Islamic Cultural Extravaganza @ Central Library
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Islamic Cultural Extravaganza @ Central Library | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Imam Wilmore Sadiki singing and strumming on his guitar (Imam Sadiki will perform at the 5th Annual Interfaith Banquet March 24.)
Also Featuring:
*Khabir Shareef of Storyteller’s Drum, Inc. (SDI)
*Plus — A CALL TO LIFE (Youth Dancers)
FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC!

Mar
24
Sun
How to do Lent well — Takeaways meeting @ Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Conference Room
Mar 24 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
How to do Lent well — Takeaways meeting @ Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Conference Room | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

“He satisfies those who are thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”  –Psalm 107:9 (GNT)

You lead a busy life, and making time to nurture spiritual growth can be challenging, no matter your age or stage of life. As part of the Quench community, you are invited to meet once each month for an engaging, speaker-led seminar, and in the weeks that follow, choose how you will continue to learn at times and through experiences that are the best fit for you personally. An informal Takeaways meeting at the end of each month brings the whole group together again for some conversation about outcomes.

Quench is organized in “seasons.” Each season, about four months in length, focuses on a theme important to our faith and spirituality. Each month, we explore a different topic related to that theme. The deep well of refreshment that Quench offers is in its approach to learning through active, individually chosen experiences – at home, at church, or in the community. You may choose to participate in one, some, or all of these as an individual, with other Quenchers, or with friends not associated with the church. A workbook helps you keep track of all the opportunities and details.

What kinds of “experiences” are suggested? They will change with the topics, but they might include these kinds of activities:

  • Attending a Wednesday 20 Minutes for God midday service
  • Taking a mindful walk outdoors
  • Attending a community event
  • Making something with your hands
  • Reading a book related to the study topic

If you join a Quench group for a month or a season, we ask that you attend both the first group meeting of the month (Saturday 10:30 a.m. – noon) and the informal wrap-up meeting about two weeks later following 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship. We also ask that you commit to following through on one or more of the activities and to using the workbook.

Staying Connected

There are many ways a Quench group can stay in touch throughout the season:

  • Face time at Roberts Park is always a good option!
  • An online email group is available just for Quenchers. In addition to receiving information and updates, you can use this contact point to reach out to others to arrange meetups or chat about Quench topics.
  • If you don’t use electronic media, you can opt for a phone buddy who will contact you with Quench news.

 

Holy Hogwarts! “What You Don’t Know” @ All Souls Unitarian Church
Mar 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

“What You Don’t Know” The final book in the Harry Potter series is defined by what Harry and his friends don’t know. Nevertheless, they are required to act anyway. What they knew, forgot, and discover — love– ultimately saves them. Come and claims these lessons for activism and living life for yourself in the concluding Sunday of our Harry Potter series.

All Souls Unitarian Church presents “Holy Hogwarts!”, a 7-week worship series. J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been such a phenomenon, because it is not really about magic. It is about the development of character in response to archetypal experiences of wonder, discovery, achievement, loss, yearning, hardship, and sacrifice. Like us, Harry is flawed and extraordinary, the damaged hero of his own life. Harry carries, but he does not carry alone, the redemptive mystery at the heart of the human search for purpose, meaning, significance, connection, and worth. Come explore the humanity at the heart of this enduring story during our seven-week worship series. Each Sunday during our Harry Potter series, we will have intergenerational community gatherings, meals, or activities to enjoy one another’s company, have fun, and geek out a little about Harry Potter.

Annual Interfaith Banquet @ Martin University Gathertorium
Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual Interfaith Banquet @ Martin University Gathertorium | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Interfaith Banquet at Martin University. Join us in recognizing Imam Michael “Mikal” Saahir as the 2019 Interfaith Ambassador of the Year.

Mar
25
Mon
Closing Ceremony for Sand Mandala @ University of Indianapolis
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The monks conclude their creation of the mandala with its consecration. During the Closing Ceremony, the monks dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. Half of the sand may be distributed to the audience in small bags as blessings for personal health and healing.

The monks, along with spectators, travel to a body of water. The sand is then ceremonially poured into the water in order to spread the healing energies of the mandala throughout the world.

Ostara 2019 @ White Pine Wilderness Academy
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ostara 2019 @ White Pine Wilderness Academy  | Rocky Ripple | Indiana | United States

Come celebrate Ostara with the druids of the White River Grove! Our rituals are family-friendly and open to the public.

For Ostara, we welcome you to join us for a late-lunch ritual feast to celebrate the community coming together after a long winter. There will be delicious food, toasting and boasting, and divination by egg!

The ritual feast will be potluck; we invite you to bring a dish to share.

Ibtihaj Muhammad @ Butler University, Atherton Union, Reilly Room
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker and Olympic medalist in fencing. A 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion, in 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab. Ibtihaj was a 3-time All American at Duke University where she graduated with a dual major in International Relations and African Studies. In 2014, Ibtihaj launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest, fashionable and affordable clothing to the United States market. In 2017, Mattel announced their first hijabi Barbie, modeled in Ibtihaj’s likeness, as part of Barbie’s “Shero” line of dolls. The Barbie became available for purchase in July 2018. Ibtihaj also released her debut memoir in July 2018, PROUD: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream.

Ibtihaj is a sports ambassador with the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative, and works closely with organizations like Athletes for Impact and the Special Olympics. Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list, Ibtihaj is an important figure in a larger global discussion on equality and the importance of sport. Her voice continues to unite both the sports and non-sports world.

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 9: U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad at the Olympic media summit on March 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Mar
26
Tue
Faith at the Statehouse AC @ Indiana Statehouse
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Faith at the Statehouse AC @ Indiana Statehouse | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Says Faith in Indiana:

Join us to put Families First at the Statehouse!

 

As we face unprecedented fear and division in our communities, this full-day experience is crucial to show by our presence that we believe in abundance and belonging; that no matter where we come from, where we worship, what color our skin or how much money we have in the bank, we believe every family deserves the opportunity to thrive.

 

Together we will:

 

  • Provide training and practice on how to interact meaningfully with our state legislators
  • Publicly announce our narrative of abundance and belonging: treatment & diversion, not incarceration & detention; strong democracy that includes everyone; opportunity for all
  • Build relationship with statehouse members who decide on issues that impact our families
  • Be present for session and learn the ins and outs of the Statehouse

Bring a water bottle, weather appropriate clothing and good walking shoes. Clergy – wear identifying vestments. Please RSVP to Rosie Bryant at rosie@faithindiana.org or 317-476-3552

GPS Location: 1055 N Senate Ave., ENTER through Door D.

Parking: Free parking is available at non-metered spots on Senate Ave between St. Claire and 13th Streets.

The Addicted Brain: An Evening with David Sheff @ Butler Arts Center
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sponsored by Butler University, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, and Community Health Network. Additional support has been provided by WFYI Indianapolis and Dr. Lynne Zydowsky.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Overdose is now the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States, and Indiana’s overdose death rate is the 13th highest in the nation. Addiction has long been misunderstood as a moral failing. But scientists have now shown that it is, in fact, a neurological disorder. More than 90% of addictions begin before age 21, when the brain is still developing.

Butler University, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, and Community Health Network have teamed up to bring David Sheff to Clowes Memorial Hall for an evening of discussion about ways to help address this acute health crisis. Additional support has been provided by WFYI Indianapolis and Dr. Lynne Zydowsky. The event will be immediately followed by a book signing.

David Sheff is the author of “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy”, the follow-up to his New York Times #1 best seller, “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction”. Clean is the result of the years Sheff spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public health challenge of our time. He and his son Nic Sheff are the co-authors of “High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction”, published in January 2019.

Mar
27
Wed
Muslim Day at the Statehouse @ Indiana Statehouse
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Muslim Day at the Statehouse @ Indiana Statehouse | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Join the Muslim Alliance for Indiana for Muslim Day at the Statehouse to learn about legislation that affects all Hoosier and meet your legislators!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Katharine Hayhoe at Purdue University @ St. Lukes United Methodist Church
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Katharine Hayhoe at Purdue University @ St. Lukes United Methodist Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Road trip! Says Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light:

Join H-IPL to attend the March 27, 2019 talk at Purdue University with climate scientist and evangelical Katherine Hayhoe where she’ll be giving a special lecture on one of the fundamental questions of modern science: how do scientists communicate their work in a fact-free world? The talk will begin at 7:30 PM.

For those who live near Indianapolis we will be carpooling up to Lafayette together from St. Lukes United Methodist Church (100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260) at 5:00pm.

Please email dorichandler@hoosieripl.org if you would like to carpool!

Mar
28
Thu
“The Heart of Nuba” @ Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
"The Heart of Nuba" @ Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

In the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, American Dr. Tom Catena seeks to provide care and serve the needs of a forgotten people at Mother of Mercy Hospital. As the region is bombed relentlessly by indicted war criminal Omar Al-Bashar, only two things remain constant: Dr. Tom’s faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people.

Equity in Modern America with Jelani Cobb, Jeff Chang, and Negin Farsad @ The Athenaeum
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

What do we mean when we use the word “equity”? How do we build an equitable society? Join us for a conversation with Jelani Cobb, Negin Farsad, and Jeff Chang about Equity in Modern America.

Jeff Chang is author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation.

Jelani Cobb is author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of ProgressThe Devil and Dave Chappelle, and To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic.

Negin Farsad is author of How to Make White People Laugh and director of The Muslims are Coming!

This event is part of the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute’s Entanglements Series which puts scientists, social scientists, humanists, and artists in conversation with the audience to ask questions that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

Equity in Modern America is presented with the Kheprw Institute, the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Indiana Humanities, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, and the IUPUI Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Support for this event comes from the Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant program.

March meetings of the Fishers Multi-Faith Community for Compassion @ The Original Pancake House Fishers
Mar 28 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Chat with other interfaith leaders

Mar
29
Fri
“Baby Doll Goes to Daycare” @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall
Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy a short humorous skit by Sue Caterfly, based on her new children’s book, Baby Doll Goes to Daycare. Fun for the whole family. Free food and drinks.

Baby Doll Ragdoll

Baby Doll Goes to Daycare

Dagnabbit Handpuppet

Mar
30
Sat
Surviving to Thriving: Defining Childhood Trauma @ Martin Luther King Community Center
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Surviving to Thriving: Defining Childhood Trauma @ Martin Luther King Community Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Do you wonder why many children struggle with challenging behaviours? Perhaps you feel burned out by challenging behaviors, and are unsure of what to do. Discover the root causes of many of the challenging behaviors facing today’s communities. This training will help you to understand why toxic stress and trauma affect youth development, academic learning, and behaviors, and is the first step in learning how to respond to children and youth experiencing social-emotional distress. Rediscover your empathy and expand your capacity for helping children and youth to grow, heal, and learn.

Fee includes all training materials, certificate of completion, and light refreshments.

Wholistic Heath & Wellness Fair @ Trinity CME Church
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

There will be a blood drive, vendors and health counselors, and healthy information. Plus a one-, two-, and three walk/run that starts-finishes on the west side of 2253 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave.

Mar
31
Sun
Star Trek and Humanism @ Center for Inquiry | Indiana (CFI)
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Star Trek and Humanism @ Center for Inquiry | Indiana (CFI)  | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

The presentation will highlight episodic and movie examples of religion and humanism in Star Trek. Attendees are invited to take part in comparing and contrasting Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, vs Ira Behr’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. A staunch atheist, Gene felt (television) media could be a useful educational tool as a way to promote secular humanistic ideals and a utopian future.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Ann Yvette Burton is an Internal Medicine physician and Integrative Natural Medicine Specialist. She has been a Star Trek fan since the show’s inception in 1966, and has viewed essentially all 740+ episodes and 13 movies. Since her first public speaking engagement at a UU church in Flushing, New York, she has spoken around the country for twenty years at Star Trek conventions and humanist groups. She has attended Star Trek writing workshops; has interacted with Star Trek actors, including Majel Barrett Roddenberry as well as writers, script coordinators, and set designers. Her research on the subject has lead to face to face discussions with Gene Roddenberry’s own personal assistant, Richard Arnold. Dr. Burton is a member of the Humanists of Southeast Michigan and The American Humanist Association Star Trek Theology: Humanism and Atheism.

Apr
1
Mon
Interfaith Seder @ Congregation Shaarey Tefilla
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Interfaith Seder @  Congregation Shaarey Tefilla | Carmel | Indiana | United States

An opportunity for the interfaith community to experience an authentic Passover seder.

Apr
2
Tue
Faith at the Statehouse SJC @ Indiana Statehouse
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Faith at the Statehouse SJC @ Indiana Statehouse | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Says Faith in Indiana:

Join us to put Families First at the Statehouse!

 

As we face unprecedented fear and division in our communities, this full-day experience is crucial to show by our presence that we believe in abundance and belonging; that no matter where we come from, where we worship, what color our skin or how much money we have in the bank, we believe every family deserves the opportunity to thrive.

 

Together we will:

 

  • Provide training and practice on how to interact meaningfully with our state legislators
  • Publicly announce our narrative of abundance and belonging: treatment & diversion, not incarceration & detention; strong democracy that includes everyone; opportunity for all
  • Build relationship with statehouse members who decide on issues that impact our families
  • Be present for session and learn the ins and outs of the Statehouse

Bring a water bottle, weather appropriate clothing and good walking shoes. Clergy – wear identifying vestments. Please RSVP to Rosie Bryant at rosie@faithindiana.org or 317-476-3552

GPS Location: 1055 N Senate Ave., ENTER through Door D.

Parking: Free parking is available at non-metered spots on Senate Ave between St. Claire and 13th Streets.

Apr
3
Wed
Maya Beisler explores Lot’s Wife in her cello opera “Elsewhere” @ JCC
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Twelve Indiana artists have been selected to explore and expound upon the biblical story of Lot’s wife during the eighth annual Religion, Spirituality and the Arts seminar, a project of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

The RSA seminar will feature a performance by critically acclaimed cellist Maya Beiser on April 3 at the Jewish Community Center. Beiser will perform excerpts from her cello opera, “Elsewhere,” an imaginative and psychological retelling of the biblical story of Lot’s wife. This event is offered in partnership with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indiana Humanities and the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis.

Apr
4
Thu
MPOA Security and Safety for Places of Worships Every Day all the Time @ Martin University Hardin Gathertorium
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
MPOA Security and Safety for Places of Worships Every Day all the Time @ Martin University Hardin Gathertorium | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

For church leaders and staff, security teams, greeters and ushers, teachers and all interested members. Also for sworn and non-sworn law enforcement. How to protect all of the People, Places, Property, Programs, and Processes of churches of any size and in any setting. 

This training is packed with information and inspiration about the big picture of safety and security for churches. (Violence, disruption, crime, fires, vehicle safety, concerns about youth and children’s programs, money handling, security team development.) You’ll leave with a plan of action for your church. 

Instructor: Tina Lewis Rowe had a thirty-three year law enforcement career (Denver Police Dept., Capt. (ret.) United States Marshal for Colorado (ret.). She has trained and presented to thousands of audiences about police and private sector organizational topics, and security planning for courthouses, businesses and places of worship. Author of: Worship Without Worry and other material, requested by over 35,000 places of worship, worldwide.

 

Apr
5
Fri
Encounters with Religious and Worldview Diversity in the First Year of College @ IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

“Encounters with Religious and Worldview Diversity in the First Year of College” with Alyssa RockenbachAlumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Higher Education, North Carolina State University

The imperative to foster understanding and good will among emerging adults of different perspectives and walks of life is more pressing than ever. Cultural, ideological, and religious conflicts divide communities around the world. Colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to have a transforming influence on the diversity attitudes and behaviors of the students they serve. This presentation introduces findings from the IDEALS survey—a national study aimed at identifying the high-impact practices most conducive to students’ interfaith learning and development. Informed by data collected from more than 7,000 first-year students attending 122 diverse colleges and universities, the presentation addresses a critical question: In an era of intensified religious, ideological, and political conflict, how might higher education institutions inspire students’ commitment to cooperation across difference?

*Event is free and open to the public, no registration necessary*

*Light lunch and refreshments to follow*

Sacred Spaces tour of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck +Shabbat dinner @ Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
Apr 5 @ 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Sacred Spaces tour of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck +Shabbat dinner @ Congregation Beth-El Zedeck | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Chùa An Lạc is part of the Mahayana branch of Buddhism, and is the only Buddhist temple in Indianapolis founded by a recent immigrant community to preserve and perpetuate traditions of the homeland. The An Lạc Temple was founded in 1986 by a small group of Vietnamese-Americans who bought two neighboring houses and used them both as a temple for community. The original intention of establishing the An Lạc Buddhist Temple was to provide Buddhists in the area with a sense of community and kinship, as well as a place to practice and worship together. In 2002, a community of nuns moved into the second house and established it as a nunnery.

Join a group of high school and college students for a tour of a synagogue. This is part of the Interfaith Youth Ambassador Program, a program administered by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) in collaboration with Butler University’s Desmond Tutu Peace Lab. Youth from local high schools and universities can apply through their school, congregation, or community center to learn about other faith communities and converse with a diverse group of other young people about social, cultural, and political issues that are important to them.

The public is welcome to attend the tours of places of worship; the Youth Ambassadors’s meeting afterwards is not open.

Apr
6
Sat
Abrahamic Traditions Interfaith Dinner @ Second Presbyterian Church
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This comes from Cenk at the Niagara Foundation:

Dear Friends,

 

It is that time of the year again. I would like to extend an invitation to all of you for the Annual Abrahamic Traditions Dinner that is scheduled to be on Saturday, April 6th at Second Presbyterian Church . This event is open to everyone from all cultures and religions. The event will be between 6:30- 9:00 pm. In order to serve more people and build friendships among everyone, I share the invitation with you and asking you to share it with your community.

Please RSVP to  cenk@niagarafoundation.org email address by April 2nd. Let me know the names and the number of people attending along with their congregation name, so I can make the necessary seating arrangements.

This year’s theme is ” How can faith-inspired practices of charity create positive change in our societies? 

I am looking forward to seeing you all at this event.

Peace and Blessings….

Cenk Kandemir

Executive Director

Niagara Foundation Indiana

Apr
10
Wed
Surviving to Thriving: Defining Childhood Trauma @ Martin Luther King Community Center
Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Surviving to Thriving: Defining Childhood Trauma @ Martin Luther King Community Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Do you wonder why many children struggle with challenging behaviours? Perhaps you feel burned out by challenging behaviors, and are unsure of what to do. Discover the root causes of many of the challenging behaviors facing today’s communities. This training will help you to understand why toxic stress and trauma affect youth development, academic learning, and behaviors, and is the first step in learning how to respond to children and youth experiencing social-emotional distress. Rediscover your empathy and expand your capacity for helping children and youth to grow, heal, and learn.

Fee includes all training materials, certificate of completion, and light refreshments.

Apr
11
Thu
Faith Hope and Love Community Table Talk @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall
Apr 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Faith Hope and Love Community Table Talk @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Faith Hope & Love establishes and strengthens missional food pantries in Central Indiana. Table Talks meet every second Thursday at Krannert Hall in the Interchurch Center. They provide an opportunity to discuss hunger poverty, and what we can do. Lunch is provided.

Faith & Community Renewal @ Eastern Star Church
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

As Eastern Star Church prepares to celebrate 100 years of faith & service to the Indianapolis community, the congregation in 2017 began new community development endeavors set to renew our community for the Kingdom through the ROCK Initiative. Come learn how Eastern star church is compelled by the mission and faith to reach out and work to improve the quality of life in the 46218 community.

Eastern Star Church’s community renewal will be presented through their evolutionary and comprehensive approach:

–        to improving quality of life in its neighborhood

–        what it’s doing now, vision for the future

–        challenges ahead.

Apr
12
Fri
Interfaith Youth Forum @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall
Apr 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Interfaith Youth Forum @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

The Interfaith Youth Ambassador Program is a program administered by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) in collaboration with Butler University’s Desmond Tutu Peace Lab. Youth from local high schools and universities can apply through their school, congregation, or community center to learn about other faith communities and converse with a diverse group of other young people about social, cultural, and political issues that are important to them. Hear what they learned, and what they think people in Central Indiana ought to know.

On April 12th, 2019 from 4:30-6:00 PM in the Indiana Interchurch Center, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation will host the Interfaith Youth Forum. Ambassadors will present what they have learned to the public, and the public will ask questions of the ambassadors in a reverse-town hall style forum. We hope you can join us!

Apr
13
Sat
Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Martin Luther King Community Center
Apr 13 @ 8:15 am – 12:30 pm
Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Martin Luther King Community Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

*Note: This is a 2-part course. Participants MUST complete both parts to earn certification*

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Course includes: Manual, all course supplies, certificate
Cost: $50

Part 1: Sat. Apr. 13, 2019
8:15 am – 12:30 pm
MLK Community Center
​40 W. 40th St.
Indianapolis, IN
Part 2: Sat. Apr. 27, 2019
8:15 am – 12:45 pm
MLK Community Center
40 W. 40th. St.
Indianapolis, IN

​What you will learn

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.

Who created the course?

The National Council for Behavioral Health was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. Mental Health First Aid USA worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to develop the youth program. For more information about the program, including history, research, global Mental Health First Aid, and program regulation in the U.S.
Arts & creativity — Introduction to the practice @ Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Arts & creativity — Introduction to the practice @ Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

“He satisfies those who are thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”  –Psalm 107:9 (GNT)

You lead a busy life, and making time to nurture spiritual growth can be challenging, no matter your age or stage of life. As part of the Quench community, you are invited to meet once each month for an engaging, speaker-led seminar, and in the weeks that follow, choose how you will continue to learn at times and through experiences that are the best fit for you personally. An informal Takeaways meeting at the end of each month brings the whole group together again for some conversation about outcomes.

Quench is organized in “seasons.” Each season, about four months in length, focuses on a theme important to our faith and spirituality. Each month, we explore a different topic related to that theme. The deep well of refreshment that Quench offers is in its approach to learning through active, individually chosen experiences – at home, at church, or in the community. You may choose to participate in one, some, or all of these as an individual, with other Quenchers, or with friends not associated with the church. A workbook helps you keep track of all the opportunities and details.

The current theme and topics for study are included on the season schedule below.

What kinds of “experiences” are suggested? They will change with the topics, but they might include these kinds of activities:

  • Attending a Wednesday 20 Minutes for God midday service
  • Taking a mindful walk outdoors
  • Attending a community event
  • Making something with your hands
  • Reading a book related to the study topic

If you join a Quench group for a month or a season, we ask that you attend both the first group meeting of the month (Saturday 10:30 a.m. – noon) and the informal wrap-up meeting about two weeks later following 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship. We also ask that you commit to following through on one or more of the activities and to using the workbook.

Staying Connected

There are many ways a Quench group can stay in touch throughout the season:

  • Face time at Roberts Park is always a good option!
  • An online email group is available just for Quenchers. In addition to receiving information and updates, you can use this contact point to reach out to others to arrange meetups or chat about Quench topics.
  • If you don’t use electronic media, you can opt for a phone buddy who will contact you with Quench news.

 

Alhuda Black Tie Event @ Credit Forum Banquet Hall
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Alhuda Black Tie Event @ Credit Forum Banquet Hall | Fishers | Indiana | United States

Come join us for a Black Tie Event where we hope to raise money for our highly anticipated new Masjid project. This is not going to be our typical fundraiser, this is a very special event. Treat your spouse out to a night of entertainment, excitement, poetry and incredible speakers at the event of the year.

We have special guests Imam Suhaib Webb coming along with world-renowned speaker, Yasmin Mogahed. Suhaib Webb is a Graduate of University of Central Oklahoma with a background in Education & Azhar University from the College of Shariah (Islamic Law). Imam Suhaib has served various communities in North America and is currently the founder of S.W.I.S.S. He frequently shares advice, lessons & “SnapWas” on his SnapChat. He currently resides in New York serving as Scholar in Residence at the Islamic Center at NYU.

Yasmin Mogahed currently serves as an instructor for Al-Maghrib Institute, a writer for the Huffington Post, an international speaker, and author, where she focuses most of her work on spiritual and personal development. She will be the keynote speaker.

The MC will be Sajjad Shah, founder of Shah & Co LLC.

Kids will have a blast at kid camp at Al Huda Foundation so drop the children off and enjoy your night!

Limited seating so buy your tickets today! Ticket Cost as well as all donations are tax exempt.

Apr
14
Sun
IAI Holi 2019 @ Indy's International Marketplace
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Holi is the apt time to break the ice, renew relationships and link yourself with those that you wanted to with a bit of color.

What is Holi?
Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring. Known widely as the Festival of Color, and is a celebration of fertility, color, and love, as well as the triumph of good versus evil.

People take part in Holi all around the world, but it is celebrated the most in parts of India and Nepal. It is often associated with the colored powders that end up coating its participants after they’ve thrown them at each other. But this is just one part of Holi, which is split into two events: Holika Dahan and Rangwali Holi.

Holika Dahan takes place the night before Rangwali Holi. Wood and dung-cakes are burned in a symbolic pyre to signify good defeating evil (in Hindu Vedi scriptures, the God Vishnu helps burn the devil Holika to death).

The next morning, people gather in public spaces and take part in Rangwali Holi. This is a raucous affair where people chase each other around, throwing handfuls of colored powders (known as gulal) at one another, while getting drenched in water.

Apr
17
Wed
How to Support a Support Group: Addictions and Mental Illness @ Krannert Hall, Indiana Interchurch Center
Apr 17 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
How to Support a Support Group: Addictions and Mental Illness @ Krannert Hall, Indiana Interchurch Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

ICMH presents our fourth event of the Spring 2019 Series: How Faith Communities Become Resources. The How to Support a Support Group: Addictions and Mental Illness luncheon will provide different resources about mental illness prevention and creating safe communities.

We now ask for an admission fee of $5. Because we have often reached our RSVP capacity, ICMH makes this change to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. We will accept walk-ins.

Scholarships are available: click here to fill out a scholarship request.

Each Interfaith Coalition for Mental Health luncheon concentrates on a specific mental health practice or accessible tool individuals can use in their congregations. Together, the luncheons outline a “core curriculum” of how best to address basic, ubiquitous mental health needs of faith communities. The curriculum is designed so that individuals who attend every luncheon will be generally equipped and knowledgeable about mental health community resources.

“The Future of Deep Space Exploration and the Journey to Mars.” @ Marian University, Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
“The Future of Deep Space Exploration and the Journey to Mars.” @ Marian University, Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences  | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Bobby Watkins, Director Human Exploration Development and Operations (HEDO)

About Bobby:

Bobby Watkins currently serves as the director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Human Exploration Development and Operations (HEDO) Office, managing all human exploration and operations program work except the Space Launch System.

Watkins’ responsibilities include leading MSFC’s role in the development of the Habitation Element for the US Habitat Module for NASA’s lunar outpost, Gateway; International Space Station performance of round-the-clock station payload operations; development and sustainment of the station’s Environmental Control and Life Support System; MSFC support activities for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and the Orion Launch Abort System; and development and operation of ground support systems for programs and missions.

From April 2015 to January 2017, Mr. Watkins served as director of the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. This multi-tenant manufacturing facility is also where the SLS, the most powerful rocket in history, and the Orion spacecraft are being developed for space exploration.

From 2010 to 2015, he was the director of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications at Marshall. On June 30, 2014, Mr. Watkins began a one-year detail to NASA Headquarters in Washington as director of the Legislative Liaison Division.

He was chief of staff at Johnson from 2007 to 2010 and was Johnson’s chief engineer from 2005 to 2007. From 2001 to 2005 Mr. Watkins served at NASA Headquarters as manager of the Space Shuttle Planning and Evaluation Office and as the Space Shuttle Orbiter Element technical liaison. From 1995 to 2001, he held increasingly vital leadership roles in the Space Shuttle Program at Johnson. Mr. Watkins began his NASA career in Johnson’s Mission Operation directorate in 1986.

Mr. Watkins has received the 2016 Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the Exceptional Service Medal, and several group achievement awards. He was also a member of NASA’s Astronaut Selection Board in 2009, 2013, and 2017.

He is a member of the National Space Club, American Astronautical Society, International Astronautical Federation’s Space Operations Committee, National Society of Black Engineers, and National Technical Association. He has been a moderator/speaker at many conferences including the International Astronautical Congress, ISS R&D, and Von Braun Symposium.

Mr. Watkins earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1986 from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia.

 

Apr
19
Fri
Healing for our Lives: Celebrating Women in Ministry @ Castleton United Methodist Church
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Healing for our Lives: Celebrating Women in Ministry @ Castleton United Methodist Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

The process of ministering for females does not come easy, and most comes with encounters that causes hurt. Oftentimes, the female ministers are the greatest wounded healers, who are earnestly seeking safe places and sisterly connection, which offers the balm to continue serving faithfully. Preachers: Rev. Libby Davis-Manning (Lutheran); Rev. Rae Karim (Disciples of Christ); and Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort (Presbyterian and Princeton grad)

What a wonderful way to observe Good Friday by celebrating the width and breadth of ministerial female leadership. The Healing for Our Lives event will gather female ministers, from all contexts of ministry, in and around the Indianapolis area, to share in a worship celebration and fellowship around tables with a catered meal. The inspiring worship experience will include powerful liturgy, moving music, and three dynamic female preachers from varying backgrounds and seasons of ministry. The site for the event, Castleton United Methodist Church, is significant as this congregation is in its initial months of welcoming its first female lead pastor.

Apr
25
Thu
Women’s Enrichment Series: Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows @ The Indianapolis Propylaeum
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Women's Enrichment Series: Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows @ The Indianapolis Propylaeum | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

The Indianapolis Propylaeum presents the Marilyn K. Glick Women’s Enrichment Series, a multi-part celebration of women in central Indiana. Each talk begins at 5:00 for conversation, drinks, and hors d’oevures. Lectures begin at 6:00. VIP tickets include a Meet and Greet reception with the speaker and reserved seating during the presentations.

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows broke the stained-glass ceiling, becoming the first African American woman to head a diocese of the Episcopal Church worldwide. She grew up in a housing project on Staten Island in New York City and studied architecture at Smith College and historic preservation at Cornell. Bishop Baskerville-Burrows’ vision for the future of the church includes counteracting the fragmentation of today’s culture and providing places where people can satisfy their need to belong.

Apr
26
Fri
Death Cafe @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Dining Room
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Death Cafe @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Dining Room | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

On Friday April 26th CIC is partnering with the Indiana Pagan Community Outreach & Dialogue to put on a Death Café. It’s a chance to eat cake, drink tea, and talk about death civilly … because increased awareness of death means a more fulfilling life.

ECCN Green Film Night — “Dirt! The Movie” @ Shalom Mennonite Church
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
ECCN Green Film Night -- "Dirt! The Movie" @ Shalom Mennonite Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
DIRT! THE MOVIE
A story with heart and soil, this film brings us a humorous and substantial look at something we take for granted, yet is essential to humanity. How can we reconnect with dirt and repair the present harm being done to it?
Apr
27
Sat
Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Martin Luther King Community Center
Apr 27 @ 8:15 am – 12:30 pm
Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Martin Luther King Community Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

*Note: This is a 2-part course. Participants MUST complete both parts to earn certification*

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Course includes: Manual, all course supplies, certificate
Cost: $50

Part 1: Sat. Apr. 13, 2019
8:15 am – 12:30 pm
MLK Community Center
​40 W. 40th St.
Indianapolis, IN
Part 2: Sat. Apr. 27, 2019
8:15 am – 12:45 pm
MLK Community Center
40 W. 40th. St.
Indianapolis, IN

​What you will learn

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.

Who created the course?

The National Council for Behavioral Health was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. Mental Health First Aid USA worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to develop the youth program. For more information about the program, including history, research, global Mental Health First Aid, and program regulation in the U.S.
Beltane 2019 @ White Pine Wilderness Academy
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Beltane 2019 @ White Pine Wilderness Academy | Rocky Ripple | Indiana | United States

Beltane is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man

Come join White River Grove for a celebration of Beltane! All our rituals are free, family-friendly and open to the public. Potluck to follow.