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.

Oct
20
Sun
BTNA Church Community Mental Wellness Group @ Fairview Presbyterian Church
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
BTNA Church Community Mental Wellness Group @ Fairview Presbyterian Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Ideas to discuss stemming from conversations at the sessions:
-Locating or compiling a Mental Health Handbook with information about important resources and crisis numbers and locations in the Indianapolis area and planning for distribution locations and methods.
-Mental Health pages on social media that would promote the handbook as well as develop a community for those needing resources, a site for promoting local mental wellness events, and a place to discuss issues, and explore questions.
-A Health Fair or other services for School 43
-Your ideas!

More information

The initial planning meeting will be Sunday, October 20 at 5:30pm at Fairview Presbyterian (46th and Capitol). Enter up the ramp on the Capitol Street side. Gathering downstairs. An amazing chicken dinner with all the fixings will be provided!

How you can help:
-Join us and invite your fellow church members and caring neighbors. Lots of hands make light work!
-Bring your ideas, resources, and energy!

Oct
22
Tue
Creative Arts Community Gatherings @ Northview Church Carmel Barn
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Creative Arts Community Gatherings @ Northview Church Carmel Barn | Carmel | Indiana | United States
Creative Arts Community Gathering to build relationships, discuss books, culture and the arts as it relates to faith.

We meet every other Tuesday throughout the year.

First book is Walking on Water, Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’engel.

Oct
23
Wed
Pagan Night Out @ Coal Yard Coffee
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pagan Night Out @ Coal Yard Coffee | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Are you looking for a way to get to know local pagans from and visiting our community in a safe inclusive environment? Join us for our monthly meetup at our new location Coal Yard Coffee, near downtown Irvington.

Check them out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/cyc5547project/

Oct
26
Sat
INTERFAITH BOOK STUDY – “The Practice of Islam in America” @ C115, St. Luke's UMC,
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
INTERFAITH BOOK STUDY – “The Practice of Islam in America” @ C115, St. Luke's UMC, | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

The Practice of Islam in America is an important book edited by local professor and author, Edward Curtis, which introduces readers to the way Islam is lived in the United States, offering vivid portraits of Muslim American life passages, ethical actions, religious holidays, prayer, pilgrimage, and other religious activities. It takes readers into homes, religious congregations, schools, workplaces, cemeteries, restaurants—and all the way to Mecca—to understand the diverse religious practices of Muslim Americans. Facilitated by Zehra Turker from the Turkish Muslim community.

Oct
28
Mon
Fostering Identity — Safe Spaces for Jewish Teens & Their Peers @ Center for Jewish Engagement & Learning
Oct 28 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Fostering Identity — Safe Spaces for Jewish Teens & Their Peers @ Center for Jewish Engagement & Learning | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

JFGI has invited Amram Altzman, Youth Programs Associate at Keshet, to share his expertise and engage our community in an important conversation about how we support Jewish LGBTQ+ youth, their peers, and their allies locally. Keshet is a non-profit organization that works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews in Jewish life and creates spaces for queer Jewish teens to feel valued as queer and Jewish.

Nov
4
Mon
This Far by Faith: A Journey Toward Racial Justice @ St. Luke's United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This Far by Faith: A Journey Toward Racial Justice @ St. Luke's United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Four faith communities invite congregants and the wider community to examine how they are progressing when it comes to matters of racial justice. Participants will be invited to share ways to advance in this racial justice work.

St. Luke’s UMC Racial Justice Committee spearheaded a journey that led congregants to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama to visit the Legacy Museum, the National Peace and Justice Memorial (Lynching Memorial), and the Edmund Pettus Bridge this past spring. This emotional adventure sparked a desire to collaborate on a larger scale with the Indianapolis community.

Useful information

St. Luke’s UMC is joining forces with All Souls Unitarian Church, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, and the Bahá’í Community of Indianapolis. This partnership has been created to specifically examine racial equity. The ultimate goal is to motivate faith communities in the Indianapolis area toward truth, acknowledgment, and reconciliation. Small group conversations and activities will follow the panel discussion.

Ample free parking in the church parking lot. Please use the main entrance/door #6

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 3.

Presented by St. Luke’s UMC Racial Justice Committee, All Souls Unitarian Church, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, and Bahá’í Community of Indianapolis.

 

Nov
5
Tue
A Faith Leader & a Scientist Walk into a Bar: Using Improv to Talk about Science and Faith @ Books & Brews South Indy
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Faith Leader & a Scientist Walk into a Bar: Using Improv to Talk about Science and Faith @ Books & Brews South Indy | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Let’s talk science and religion over coffee or a beer! Using theatrical improvisation techniques, you’ll be given the chance to take on the persona of a scientist, faith leader, or “everyday person” and then practice empathy-rooted communication strategies. 

Applied improvisational theater (AIT) games are to communication what drills are to a basketball player or scales to a musician. They teach the habits of mind needed to listen closely, turn attention outward, and seek opportunities to co-create meaning in conversation. Participants will learn the principles of AIT (like “yes and” or accepting the reality of your conversational partner) and apply those to conversations about faith and science. By accepting a partner’s reality, one can establish common ground and find a place of empathy.

Useful information

All backgrounds, faiths, traditions, and practices welcome! Bring your authentic self to this dynamic, fun, and inclusive event.

Dedicated free parking lot to the south of the building.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 4.

Presented by IUPUI/IU School of Medicine Communicating Science Program; The daVinci Pursuit; Center for Interfaith Cooperation; March for Science; and IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society.

Nov
6
Wed
God(s) & Aliens: A Conversation on Faith, Science, and E.T. @ Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Chapel
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
God(s) & Aliens: A Conversation on Faith, Science, and E.T. @ Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Chapel | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Join Dr. Gabriel Filippelli (IUPUI Earth Sciences), Dr. Philip Goff (Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture), Rabbi Scott Fox (Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation), and Reverend Anastassia Zinke (All Souls Unitarian Church) in a conversation moderated by Jill Sheridan (WFYI) as they explore matters of science, faith, and the history of American thought. Facilitated small group conversations will give attendees the chance to deeply explore what it means when fact and faith collide.

The community is invited to share in a conversation about how advances in science have shaped, altered, and sometimes been ignored, by religion. How has scientific thought challenged and influenced religious teachings and practice? From the ways in which heliocentrism shook the Catholic Church to the continued polarization caused by Darwin’s theory of evolution, science and faith collide in profound ways. As science marches on – what if we discovery sentient life beyond Earth? – how will the worlds’ religions react and be affected?

Useful information

Free parking available in the IHC lot.

RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 5. Seating is limited to 100 guests.

Presented by IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences, IUPUI Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture, IUPUI Senior Academy, Earth Charter Indiana, Hoosier Environmental Council, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, All Souls Unitarian Church, and Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.

Nov
7
Thu
The Art of Boycott: Speech, Resistance, and Revolution @ Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC)
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Art of Boycott: Speech, Resistance, and Revolution @ Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC) | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

 

An exhibition and panel discussion exploring the art, theory, and practice of boycott: how small changes in behavior can drive systemic change and achieve justice.

View the traveling exhibition, “Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism,” which features posters from more than 20 boycotts, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott; United Farm Workers’ grape and lettuce boycott; divestment from South Africa; the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS); and many others. A panel conversation the evening of November 7 will address theological and faith-based approaches to boycott, along with the historical roles of religious institutions in waging boycott. The discussion will include a selection of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish views on boycott and the r/evolutions boycott can spur.

Useful information

Event: Thurs., Nov. 7, 7—8:30pm
Exhibit: Nov. 7—21; Tues.—Sat., 10am—5pm; Closed Sun. & Mon.

Free parking available in the Garfield Park Arts Center parking lot.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 6.

Presented by American Friends Service Committee, Muslim Youth Collective, VOCAB, Garfield Park Arts Center, and Jewish Voice for Peace—Indiana.

Nov
10
Sun
Spirituality at the Intersections: A Conversation featuring Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde, Fr. Richard Rohr, Teresa Mateus, and Ven. Lobzang Dorje @ IUPUI Campus Center Theater
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Spirituality at the Intersections: A Conversation featuring Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde, Fr. Richard Rohr, Teresa Mateus, and Ven. Lobzang Dorje @ IUPUI Campus Center Theater | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Engage in this cross-faith dialogue exploring the bridges between spirituality, faith, justice, and wellness featuring Fr. Richard Rohr (via video conference) from the Center for Action & Contemplation, ancestral priest Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde, and Teresa Mateus of Mystic Soul. A reception precedes the event and closes with a “sound bath.”

This event is a collective practice exploring the bridges between spirituality, faith, justice, and wellness. It’s a focused time for intentional dialogue between intergenerational, interracial, and interfaith practitioners that calls on mystics, contemplatives, faith leaders, and activists to share best practices for peace in the world – internally and externally. With commentary from ecumenical leader Fr. Richard Rohr, local Indiana Yoruba spiritual leader Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde, and Teresa Mateus of Mystic Soul, the audience will be encouraged to listen deeply to methods across seemingly disparate spiritual practices in order to examine their personal journeys of peacebuilding, enlightenment, and evolution.

RSVPs required by Nov. 6.

Garage parking will be validated.

Presented by Purdue University Black Cultural Center, Center for Black Literature & Culture, Peace Learning Center, and Rokh.

 

Nov
15
Fri
One-time film screening: “Free Trip to Egypt” @ Indianapolis Bahá’í Center
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
One-time film screening: “Free Trip to Egypt” @ Indianapolis Bahá’í Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Free Trip to Egypt is a journey into the unknown, a film about the transformational power of human connection, and a remarkable experiment in kindness and empathy. It started with an idea, a dream to build bridges through kindness and document the journey in a film. A Canadian Egyptian Entrepreneur living in Switzerland (Tarek Mounib) wanted to offer a free vacation to Egypt to Americans concerned about an Islamic threat. He paired up with an American Muslim YouTube celebrity (Adam Saleh) and they found a group of open-minded Americans courageous enough to come and discover what lay beyond the media images, but there were twists and turns along the way…

Light snacks provided. Joint project between the Indianapolis Bahá’í Community and St Luke’s United Methodist Church

Nov
20
Wed
Pagan Night Out @ Coal Yard Coffee
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pagan Night Out @ Coal Yard Coffee | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Are you looking for a way to get to know local pagans from and visiting our community in a safe inclusive environment? Join us for our monthly meetup at our new location Coal Yard Coffee, near downtown Irvington.

Check them out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/cyc5547project/

Dec
18
Wed
Pagan Night Out @ Coal Yard Coffee
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pagan Night Out @ Coal Yard Coffee | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Are you looking for a way to get to know local pagans from and visiting our community in a safe inclusive environment? Join us for our monthly meetup at our new location Coal Yard Coffee, near downtown Irvington.

Check them out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/cyc5547project/

Jan
9
Thu
Poverty Simulation @ Franklin College, Theatre Margot in Johnson Center for Fine Arts
Jan 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Poverty Simulation @ Franklin College, Theatre Margot in Johnson Center for Fine Arts | Franklin | Indiana | United States

During this live-action simulation participants role-play lives of low income families, taking on the identity of someone living in a low income situation. They will work together with their family to live a month in poverty. The simulated “community” is a large room. Participants’ “homes” are chairs in the center. Needed services like banks, schools and grocery stores are tables that line the perimeter of the room. These simulations have motivated and inspired many participants to take action in ending poverty within our community. Pizza will be available before the simulation and a free-will offering will be accepted.

Simulation is appropriate for 12 years and up. Join us at Franklin College. Event cosponsored by Bridges Alliance of Johnson County, Franklin College, Circles Indianapolis, and BRICKS Alliance, Inc.