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.

Ecumenical Maundy Thursday Service @ Calvary United Methodist Church
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ecumenical Maundy Thursday Service @ Calvary United Methodist Church  | Brownsburg | Indiana | United States
Good Samaritans will gather with our friends at Calvary to remember Jesus’ last commandments that we love and serve each other. The Maundy Thursday liturgy is very moving and includes a celebration of the Lord’s Supper, a ceremonial washing of feet in remembrance of Jesus’
Gender and Religion: Picking up the Pieces @ The Athenaeum, Damenverein room
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Gender and Religion: Picking up the Pieces @ The Athenaeum, Damenverein room | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Transgender people have often seen their dreams crumble under the pressure of religious cisgenderism. But there are spiritual leaders who move beyond a binary narrative and explore the role gender plays in the larger context of religious experience. We are more than our bodies, and
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Good Friday German Language Worship Service @ Zion Evangelical Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Deutschsprachiger Karfreitags-Gottesdienst: Return to a time in Indianapolis when as many people spoke German as did not. German language with easy to follow translation Convenient Parking. 317-639-5411   zion@zionoffice.org The Zion congregation is open and welcoming to all.
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:
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
What you don't know about Karma - with Dr. Prashant Kakoday @ Indianapolis Brahma Kumaris | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
RSVP: 7209389519, bk.indianapolis@gmail.com ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Prashant Kakoday, M.D. is an ENT Surgeon and the Director of the Center for Integral Health in Cambridge, UK. He has practiced meditation since 1982, and currently co-ordinates the Brahma Kumaris activities in Cambridge, England. He is a
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
An intergenerational community gathering for the Indianapolis LGBTQ+ Community @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Indy SAGE Table welcomes you to our 2nd Monthly Community Meal! This event is for the entire LGBTQ+ Community, with an emphasis in welcoming our elders and our families for a truly intergenerational gathering. We are so excited to be at UIndy, hosted by our
Meet Dr. Sailakshmi, EKAM founder, Ashoka Fellow @ Hindu Temple of Central Indiana
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Meet Dr. Sailakshmi, EKAM founder, Ashoka Fellow @ Hindu Temple of Central Indiana | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Says CIC board member Anita Joshi: Please join me to hear Dr. Sailakshmi and learn about Ekam. Dr. Sailakshmi, a pediatrician, has dedicated her life to make health care accessible to mothers and children in underprivileged communities, and founded Ekam, a non-profit organization with presence
First day of Ridvan (Baha’i) @ Indianapolis Bahá'í Community
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First day of Ridvan (Baha'i) @ Indianapolis Bahá'í Community | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Festival of Ridván: This annual Bahá’í festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for local, national and international Bahá’í institutions are generally held during the Festival of Ridvan.
Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry @ Ivy Tech Community College, North Meridian Center
Apr 22 @ 7:45 am – 9:00 am
Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry @  Ivy Tech Community College, North Meridian Center | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
From Rob Ohlemiller: I serve on the board of Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry. For the past 30 years, UWYGPM has been helping families maintain connectedness by providing transportation for prison visitation while promoting a holistic approach to family wellness.   On April 22nd at 7:45 A.M.
The Inaugural VeZolles Lecture in Economics: Using Science to Understand How to Make the World a Better Place: From Philanthropy to Corporate Social Responsibility @ IUPUI Campus Center  Theatre, CE 002 | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
“Using Science to Understand How to Make the World a Better Place: From Philanthropy to Corporate Social Responsibility” — Presented by Dr. John List of the University of Chicago. In this engaging lecture, Dr. John A. List will summarize some of his recent field experiments
Gun Violence Rally in Indy @ All Souls Unitarian Church
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gun Violence Rally in Indy @ All Souls Unitarian Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Please join us in an effort to end gun violence. We will have an art build that people can end to to show their story of gun violence. We will also have an open mic time for people to share stories as well. MFOL merch
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Shame and Stigma of Mental Health in Black Communities @ Flanner House | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Shame and Stigma of Mental Health in Black Communities—Community conversation participants needed! The first 25 participants to RSVP and attend the community conversation session will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. Dinner will be provided.
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Chew on This: What Divides Us? @ various locations
Sometimes it feels as if we’re coming apart at the seams. The conclusion drawn from the near-constant polling, media commentary and academic analysis of the last few years is that Americans are polarized—divided along geographic lines or by race, by generation or by socio-economic status.
CTS Earth Day Celebration @ Christian Theological Seminary
Apr 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
CTS Earth Day Celebration @ Christian Theological Seminary | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Join us for an Earth Day celebration! All are invited to a special Earth Day chapel service, which will take place in Sweeney Chapel from 11:30-12:30pm. After the service, please join us in the Shelton Auditorium foyer and Cafe South for opportunities to learn about
Carmel Cares: A Mental Health Awareness Forum @ Orchard Park Elementary School
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Carmel Cares: A Mental Health Awareness Forum @ Orchard Park Elementary School | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Please join us for an evening of education, networking, and information sharing about mental wellness and available resources. About this Event Breakout Sessions You will have the opportunity to attend the following breakout sessions: 6:30 p.m. Self-coping Skills Toolbox 6:30 p.m. The Pill Problem 6:30
Doubters & Skeptics: the Church @ St. Paul's on the Way
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Doubters & Skeptics: the Church @ St. Paul's on the Way | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
We’re taking Doubters & Skeptics on the road next month! On Wednesday, April 24, we’ll gather at St. Paul’s On the Way in Broad Ripple. This month’s topic is the institution of the Church. The Rev. Patrick Burke will help us think through questions like:
Coffee, Cake and True Islam @ Starbucks (Marian University)
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Coffee, Cake and True Islam @ Starbucks (Marian University) | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Question and answer along with discussion with guest on cup of coffee and cake (on me) Topic of this week: what is Islam? Who’s a Muslim?
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
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
System Shift 2019: Food, Faith, and Community @ Eastern Star Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
We need to shift the way we see our food system. The Indy Food Council and the City of Indianapolis are proud to present the System Shift Series, a monthly meeting series designed to introduce you to the triumphs and trials of putting food on
Coffee Night / Ramadan and Eid Celebration @ Roy G. Holland Memorial Park
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coffee Night / Ramadan and Eid Celebration @ Roy G. Holland Memorial Park | Fishers | Indiana | United States
You are cordially invited to the Crossroads Community Center Coffee Night which is a gathering in a nice and warm environment with a presentation, fun activities, conversation, and delicious Turkish food. Every Coffee Night we focus on a specific topic.
This month’s topic is Ramadan and
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?
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
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
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mozart's Requiem and other sacred music @ The Palladium | Carmel | Indiana | United States
6:30 pm Words about Music 7:30 pm performance RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Festival Overture (15 min.) LAURIDSEN Lux Aeterna (27 min.) MOZART Requiem (55 min.) What’s Interesting About This Concert? A Requiem or Requiem Mass is a musical composition associated with death, dying, and mourning, even
Arts & creativity — Takeaways meeting @ Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Conference Room
Apr 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Arts & creativity — 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
Earth Day at the J @ JCC Indianapolis
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Earth Day at the J @ JCC Indianapolis | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
The 8th Annual Earth Day at the J will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from noon to 5 pm. Co-sponsored by Indianapolis Power & Light Company and Citizens Energy Group, the event features 45 organizations and 60 interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities to
Guns down in Indiana @ All Souls Unitarian Church
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Guns down in Indiana @ All Souls Unitarian Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
A Call to Action: Building a safer future with fewer guns
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Changing the Systems - What's God Got To Do With It? @ North United Methodist Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Truly ending hunger means changing its systems. The end of hunger is within our grasp, but hunger cannot be ended without our government playing its part. Hunger advocates make a major difference by helping our elected officials understand how policies and priorities can help end
10th Annual Minority Health Conference: Minorities & Addiction @ State of Indiana Government Center North
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
10th Annual Minority Health Conference: Minorities & Addiction @ State of Indiana Government Center North | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Please join us at the 10th Annual Minority Health Conference on Minorities and Addiction: Exploring How Addiction Treatment, Programming, and Resources Affect Race and Culture in Indiana. Guest speakers include Donald Davis, Founder of Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, and Dr. Monty Burks, Director of Faith-Based
” The Soap Myth” starring Ed Asner @ The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
" The Soap Myth" starring Ed Asner @ The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts  | Carmel | Indiana | United States
Seven-time Emmy Award Winner and five-time Golden Globe Winner ED ASNER—famous for his role as Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and most recently as narrator of EVA: A-7063, the award-winning documentary about Holocaust survivor Eva Kor—stars in this National Tour of The Soap Myth, a play
Apr
18
Thu
Ecumenical Maundy Thursday Service @ Calvary United Methodist Church
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ecumenical Maundy Thursday Service @ Calvary United Methodist Church  | Brownsburg | Indiana | United States
Good Samaritans will gather with our friends at Calvary to remember Jesus’ last commandments that we love and serve each other. The Maundy Thursday liturgy is very moving and includes a celebration of the Lord’s Supper, a ceremonial washing of feet in remembrance of Jesus’ last acts, and a dramatic stripping of the altar. The service ends in silence and darkness.
Gender and Religion: Picking up the Pieces @ The Athenaeum, Damenverein room
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Gender and Religion: Picking up the Pieces @ The Athenaeum, Damenverein room | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Transgender people have often seen their dreams crumble under the pressure of religious cisgenderism. But there are spiritual leaders who move beyond a binary narrative and explore the role gender plays in the larger context of religious experience. We are more than our bodies, and our divine gender callings are uniquely suited for the gifts we have to offer. This discussion will work to collect the broken pieces caused by narrow Christian teachings and will seek to restore our confidence that we have a place in the religious community.
*ASL interpreter available upon request. Please email marketing@indypride.org to request an interpreter.*

This presentation will be led by Brent Walsh (he/him), MDiv.
Brent was raised as a female in a conservative family and struggled with the religious ramifications that came with being gay and Christian. After several failed conversion attempts, deep soul searching helped him realize that sexuality need not conflict with faith. This ultimately paved the way for him to openly affirm himself as a transgender man. Brent’s passion for storytelling through both photography and writing led him to Earlham School of Religion where he earned a Master’s of Divinity degree in 2013. He is delighted to be back at his alma mater serving as the Director of Student and Alumni Engagement. He is also working on several writing projects and accepts speaking engagements at faith institutions wanting to better understand and support transgender and nonbinary communities.
Apr
19
Fri
Good Friday German Language Worship Service @ Zion Evangelical Church
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Deutschsprachiger Karfreitags-Gottesdienst: Return to a time in Indianapolis when as many people spoke German as did not.

German language with easy to follow translation

Convenient Parking.

317-639-5411   zion@zionoffice.org

The Zion congregation is open and welcoming to all.

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.

What you don’t know about Karma – with Dr. Prashant Kakoday @ Indianapolis Brahma Kumaris
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

RSVP: 7209389519, bk.indianapolis@gmail.com

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Prashant Kakoday, M.D. is an ENT Surgeon and the Director of the Center for Integral Health in Cambridge, UK. He has practiced meditation since 1982, and currently co-ordinates the Brahma Kumaris activities in Cambridge, England. He is a world traveler and has given talks and programs at health conferences in over 60 countries, including the WHO and the UN in Geneva. He teaches holistic principles of life, health, and consciousness. His unique qualities of a perceptive mind and an empathic heart have inspired and empowered thousands around the world.

This event is offered free of charge as a service to the community.

Apr
20
Sat
An intergenerational community gathering for the Indianapolis LGBTQ+ Community @ University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Indy SAGE Table welcomes you to our 2nd Monthly Community Meal! This event is for the entire LGBTQ+ Community, with an emphasis in welcoming our elders and our families for a truly intergenerational gathering.

We are so excited to be at UIndy, hosted by our friends in the UIndy LGBTQ+ Employee Affinity Group!

Our meals are always free to the community, and transportation assistance is also available to our community members that might need a ride.

Please pull up a seat, welcome to the table!

Apr
21
Sun
Meet Dr. Sailakshmi, EKAM founder, Ashoka Fellow @ Hindu Temple of Central Indiana
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Says CIC board member Anita Joshi:

Please join me to hear Dr. Sailakshmi and learn about Ekam.
Dr. Sailakshmi, a pediatrician, has dedicated her life to make health care accessible to mothers and children in underprivileged communities, and founded Ekam, a non-profit organization with presence in India, USA, UK and Canada.
Over the last decade, Ekam Foundation has touched over a million people, saved 12000 lives and developed into a growing movement to promote neonatal health and well being, particularly in poor communities in India that lack basic medical needs and awareness.  In recognition of her work, she has received many awards, notably Nari Shakti Puraskar from the President of India (http://pib.nic.in/newsite/photoright.aspx?phid=62827) and the international Ashoka Fellowship (https://www.ashoka.org/en-US/fellow/balijepalli-sailakshmihttps://www.ashoka.org/en-US/about-ashoka).
Please come and meet Dr. Sailakshmi, learn about Ekam youth ambassador programs and opportunities to adopt a village in India.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  Lunch will be provided from 12:00-12:30 PM.
First day of Ridvan (Baha’i) @ Indianapolis Bahá'í Community
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Festival of Ridván: This annual Bahá’í festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for local, national and international Bahá’í institutions are generally held during the Festival of Ridvan. The first (April 20 or 21), ninth (April 28 or 29) and twelfth (May 1 or 2) days are celebrated as holy days when work is suspended.

Please plan to stay after the Ridvan program for a potluck dinner at 6 pm prior to the annual meeting!

Please note, the annual meeting begins at 7pm and is for registered Baha’is only. If you enjoyed the 1st Day of Ridvan celebration, there are many other special events available throughout the month (devotions, holy days, game nights, etc.). Please check the calendar or contact the Baha’i Center to get involved (317) 297-9999 or secretary@indybahai.org.

Apr
22
Mon
Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry @ Ivy Tech Community College, North Meridian Center
Apr 22 @ 7:45 am – 9:00 am

From Rob Ohlemiller:

I serve on the board of Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry. For the past 30 years, UWYGPM has been helping families maintain connectedness by providing transportation for prison visitation while promoting a holistic approach to family wellness.   On April 22nd at 7:45 A.M. (to 9 A.M.) UWYGPM will   host their Annual Appreciation Breakfast at Ivy Tech Community College. On behalf  of UWYGPM founder  and CEO Cecelia Whitfield,  I invite you to attend this event to network and  learn about their programs and services.  If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to 317-924-4124 or uwygm@sbcglobal.net   While this is a fundraiser, there is no admission fee or tickets and you are certainly under no obligation to donate.

Address of Ivy Tech and location of the event is: North Meridian Center, 50 West Fall Creek Parkway North Drive, 4thFloor Auditorium, Rm 438, Indianapolis 46208.

For more information, contact me or check out their web site: http://www.usewhatyouvegotministry.org/

 On their way to visit imprisoned family members

The Inaugural VeZolles Lecture in Economics: Using Science to Understand How to Make the World a Better Place: From Philanthropy to Corporate Social Responsibility @ IUPUI Campus Center Theatre, CE 002
Apr 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Inaugural VeZolles Lecture in Economics: Using Science to Understand How to Make the World a Better Place: From Philanthropy to Corporate Social Responsibility @ IUPUI Campus Center  Theatre, CE 002 | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

“Using Science to Understand How to Make the World a Better Place: From Philanthropy to Corporate Social Responsibility” — Presented by Dr. John List of the University of Chicago.

In this engaging lecture, Dr. John A. List will summarize some of his recent field experiments to understand the whos, whats, wheres, and whens of charitable giving and corporate social responsibility.

Dr. List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on questions in microeconomics, with a particular emphasis on using field experiments to address and explain human behaviors and how they bear on economic models. His work has covered topics ranging from the reasons behind charitable giving to discrimination in sportscard trading markets to gender earnings gaps in the gig economy.

The evening will begin with a pre-event reception at 4:00 p.m., followed by the lecture at 5:00 p.m. in the lower level of the IUPUI Campus Center.

Gun Violence Rally in Indy @ All Souls Unitarian Church
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gun Violence Rally in Indy @ All Souls Unitarian Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Please join us in an effort to end gun violence. We will have an art build that people can end to to show their story of gun violence. We will also have an open mic time for people to share stories as well. MFOL merch will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be free.

Shame and Stigma of Mental Health in Black Communities @ Flanner House
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Shame and Stigma of Mental Health in Black Communities—Community conversation participants needed!

The first 25 participants to RSVP and attend the community conversation session will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.

Dinner will be provided.

Apr
23
Tue
Chew on This: What Divides Us? @ various locations
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Chew on This: What Divides Us? @ various locations

Sometimes it feels as if we’re coming apart at the seams. The conclusion drawn from the near-constant polling, media commentary and academic analysis of the last few years is that Americans are polarized—divided along geographic lines or by race, by generation or by socio-economic status.

Historians Kevin Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer say it all goes back to 1974, when Watergate, the end of the Vietnam War and anti-busing riots were among the many crises that rocked America. Journalist Bill Bishop, working from reams of sociological and political science data, says we started to sort ourselves into camps in 1965—between June and October, to be exact. Others go back to the 1920 census, the first to show that the majority of Americans lived in cities and towns, rather than rural areas.

So what’s true? Are we more divided than ever before? If so, why is that? What, exactly, divides us? We’ll dig into these and similar questions on Tuesday, April 23 during a special INseparable-themed Chew On This. Sign up for one of 10 locations around the state, where you’ll share a meal and civil yet fun in-depth conversation with other curious Hoosiers. Each table will be led by an expert facilitator, someone who brings special insight into why we do or don’t manage to get along with one another. Your ticket price includes meal and an unforgettably rich experience.

Apr
24
Wed
CTS Earth Day Celebration @ Christian Theological Seminary
Apr 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
CTS Earth Day Celebration @ Christian Theological Seminary | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Join us for an Earth Day celebration!

All are invited to a special Earth Day chapel service, which will take place in Sweeney Chapel from 11:30-12:30pm. After the service, please join us in the Shelton Auditorium foyer and Cafe South for opportunities to learn about different organizations doing important ecological work and join the eco-justice effort at CTS!

Please RSVP (free!) if you’d like to bring information about a local eco-organization or if you’re interested in meeting with CTS community members to discuss the ongoing eco-justice activities at the seminary.

If you are interested in bringing information about an organization, set up is at 11:00am in the Shelton Auditorium foyer.

Lunch conversations about CTS eco-initiatives will take place in Cafe South from 12:30-1:30pm. Lunch will be available for purchase in the cafe.

Questions? Please contact Prof. Felicity Kelcourse at fkelcourse@cts.edu.

Carmel Cares: A Mental Health Awareness Forum @ Orchard Park Elementary School
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Carmel Cares: A Mental Health Awareness Forum @ Orchard Park Elementary School | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Please join us for an evening of education, networking, and information sharing about mental wellness and available resources.
About this Event
Breakout Sessions

You will have the opportunity to attend the following breakout sessions:

6:30 p.m. Self-coping Skills Toolbox
6:30 p.m. The Pill Problem
6:30 p.m. Domestic Violence and Trauma
7:15 p.m. Suicide Awareness & Prevention
7:15 p.m. Mindfulness and Positive Thinking
7:15 p.m. Human Trafficking

Doubters & Skeptics: the Church @ St. Paul's on the Way
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Doubters & Skeptics: the Church @ St. Paul's on the Way | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
We’re taking Doubters & Skeptics on the road next month! On Wednesday, April 24, we’ll gather at St. Paul’s On the Way in Broad Ripple. This month’s topic is the institution of the Church. The Rev. Patrick Burke will help us think through questions like: What is the Church? Why is sometimes so messed up? What might it look like in the future? Bring all your doubts and hard questions about the Church. It will be a great discussion!
Coffee, Cake and True Islam @ Starbucks (Marian University)
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Coffee, Cake and True Islam @ Starbucks (Marian University) | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Question and answer along with discussion with guest on cup of coffee and cake (on me) Topic of this week: what is Islam? Who’s a Muslim?
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.

System Shift 2019: Food, Faith, and Community @ Eastern Star Church
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We need to shift the way we see our food system. The Indy Food Council and the City of Indianapolis are proud to present the System Shift Series, a monthly meeting series designed to introduce you to the triumphs and trials of putting food on our tables as presented by experts from across our local food system.

Across the Central Indiana (and afar) communities, many Hoosiers have limited access to healthy fresh foods. As a result of the limited access, many Hoosiers are reliant on paying extremely overpriced costs for basic food essentials or being reliant on unhealthy, processed foods from gas stations and fast food chains. While finding health choices in food desert communities may be difficult, Eastern Star Church through The ROCK Initiative have cultivated an innovated way to assure healthy, fresh, and affordable foods are offered within the 46218 communities. During August 2018, Eastern Star Church opened their doors for the ROCK Fresh Market, when major grocery retailers began closing their doors. Come learn more about the logistics as to how the ROCK Fresh Market was created, the innovative approach taken to address supply and demand for healthy fresh food, and their overall commitment of providing food security options for their east Indianapolis neighbors.

Apr
26
Fri
Coffee Night / Ramadan and Eid Celebration @ Roy G. Holland Memorial Park
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coffee Night / Ramadan and Eid Celebration @ Roy G. Holland Memorial Park | Fishers | Indiana | United States

You are cordially invited to the Crossroads Community Center Coffee Night which is a gathering in a nice and warm environment with a presentation, fun activities, conversation, and delicious Turkish food. Every Coffee Night we focus on a specific topic.
This month’s topic is Ramadan and Eid Celebration. Please come and join us to learn about the “Sultan of the Months” aka Ramadan and the “Feast of the Breaking of the Fast” aka Eid. We are looking forward to seeing you at this special event! Please RSVP here or at events@crossroadsindy.org

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.

Mozart’s Requiem and other sacred music @ The Palladium
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mozart's Requiem and other sacred music @ The Palladium | Carmel | Indiana | United States

6:30 pm Words about Music
7:30 pm performance

  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

    Russian Easter Festival Overture (15 min.)

  • LAURIDSEN

    Lux Aeterna (27 min.)

  • MOZART

    Requiem (55 min.)

What’s Interesting About This Concert?

  • A Requiem or Requiem Mass is a musical composition associated with death, dying, and mourning, even when they lack religious or liturgical relevance. Requiems are beautiful masterpieces that evoke powerful emotion from the listener.
  • A Count and wealthy landowner from Austria commissioned the Requiem when his young wife died, but planned on commissioning the piece from Mozart and passing it off as his own. Mozart died before he could finish the work and one of his students finished the piece and copied the entire score in his own handwriting so it was virtually impossible to determine who wrote what.
  • American composer Morten Lauridsen blends poetry and the human voice, which he calls the most wonderful and personal of all musical instruments. Lauridsen composed the requiem Lux Aeterna in 1997 the year his mother died. She was the muse making Lauridsen one of many composers who composed requiems inspired by their mothers.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov wrote that his Russian Easter Overture was written to convey the legendary and heathen aspect of the holiday, and the transition from the solemnity and mystery of the evening of Passion Saturday to the unbridled pagan-religious celebrations of Easter Sunday morning.
Apr
28
Sun
Arts & creativity — Takeaways meeting @ Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Conference Room
Apr 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Arts & creativity — 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.

 

Earth Day at the J @ JCC Indianapolis
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The 8th Annual Earth Day at the J will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from noon to 5 pm.

Co-sponsored by Indianapolis Power & Light Company and Citizens Energy Group, the event features 45 organizations and 60 interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities to educate and inform attendees about many Earth Day topics.

For a list of all the activities, visit https://jccindy.org/community/earth-day/

A core Jewish value is #tikkunolam, Hebrew for repairing the earth or making the world a better place. It is a natural fit for the JCC to celebrate this day as a signature event for the organization and the Indianapolis community.

More than 6,000 people of all backgrounds and faith are expected to attend, to participate and to have fun. The event is FREE, although tickets will be required for some items and activities.

NEW this year
The Green Car Show presented by Tom Wood Group featuring the all-new Jaguar I-Pace (electric), the Nissan Leaf (electric), the Porsche Panamera Turbo S (E-Hybrid), Lexus UX (hybrid) and four electric motorcycles from Tom Wood Powersports Indy (Zero Motorcycles line). And owners of the vehicles will be on hand at the Owners’ Corner. Why go GREEN? Come find out!

Earth Day at the J 5K | Prior to Earth Day at 10:30 am
This 5k run/walk and 1-mile walk kick off the day. In keeping with the theme, participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. The run is topped off with everyone’s favorite nosh, the bagel (generously provided by Shapiro’s Deli)! Come for the run. Stay for the fun.

In addition to an assortment of Indy’s best food trucks, like BRICS, Market District Foodie Fleet and NYSlice and entertainment on the Main Stage sponsored by WTTS , check out beer and wine stations featuring selections from Bier Brewery North, Heineken and Sun King Brewing Company. For ages 21 and older only.

Free parking is available at

Hasten Hebrew Academy
6602 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Beth El-Zedeck:
600 W. 70th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Guns down in Indiana @ All Souls Unitarian Church
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Call to Action: Building a safer future with fewer guns
Apr
29
Mon
Changing the Systems – What’s God Got To Do With It? @ North United Methodist Church
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Changing the Systems - What's God Got To Do With It? @ North United Methodist Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Truly ending hunger means changing its systems. The end of hunger is within our grasp, but hunger cannot be ended without our government playing its part. Hunger advocates make a major difference by helping our elected officials understand how policies and priorities can help end hunger. In this course we’ll explore the Biblical basis for advocacy by Christians.

Class leader and content:

The Rev. Dr. Richard L. ‘Dick’ Hamm is currently serving as the Interim Vice President for Seminary Advancement at Christian Theological Seminary. He is a pastor, author, seminary professor, and a member of Bread for the World since 1974.

  • God’s vision for the world according to the Hebrew prophets and Jesus.
  • Christ’s teachings about poverty and hunger.
  • The difference between charity and justice.
  • Old Testament Prophets and Jesus – model advocates
  • Common objections to people of faith lobbying the government.
  • Keeping the faith: maintaining energy for the struggle.

Times and classroom for April 29:

  • 6:45 – 7:00 pm On-site check-in
    7:00 – 8:30 pm Program

Questions? Contact Gail Geisler: gngeisler@gmail.com or Dave Miner: Dminer145@aol.com

Apr
30
Tue
10th Annual Minority Health Conference: Minorities & Addiction @ State of Indiana Government Center North
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us at the 10th Annual Minority Health Conference on Minorities and Addiction: Exploring How Addiction Treatment, Programming, and Resources Affect Race and Culture in Indiana.

Guest speakers include Donald Davis, Founder of Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, and Dr. Monty Burks, Director of Faith-Based Initiatives at Tennessee Department of Health.

Featured topics include:

  • Faith-based initiatives addressing opioid epidemic.
  • Substance abuse and maternal and child health.
  • Addiction treatment and resources.

Agenda forthcoming. Lunch will be provided.

The event takes place April 30th, 2019 from 9am-4pm at the Indiana Government Center (100 N. Senate Ave). For more information, email inomh@isdh.in.gov.

” The Soap Myth” starring Ed Asner @ The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
" The Soap Myth" starring Ed Asner @ The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts  | Carmel | Indiana | United States

Seven-time Emmy Award Winner and five-time Golden Globe Winner ED ASNER—famous for his role as Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and most recently as narrator of EVA: A-7063, the award-winning documentary about Holocaust survivor Eva Kor—stars in this National Tour of The Soap Myth, a play by Jeff Cohen.

Taking place more than a half century after World War II, at the desperate urging of a passionate Holocaust survivor, a young investigative reporter finds herself caught in a battle between conflicting accounts of the Holocaust experience.

The drama unfolds around the central question of who has the right to write history – those who have lived it and remember, those who study and protect it, or those who would seek to distort it.

A “concert reading” of The Soap Myth has toured the country over the past several years, with Ed Asner’s portrayal of Holocaust survivor Milton Saltzman called the crowning achievement of his illustrious career.  The other cast members include Dee Pelletier, Ned Eisenberg, and Liba Vaynberg.

Tickets include a special post-performance talk-back session and dessert reception with the cast and a special guest!

May
1
Wed
Surviving to Thriving: Adult Resilience in Caring for Youth @ Martin Luther King Community Center
May 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We love our children and students, but sometimes caring for and educating youth who have challenging behaviors can take its toll on us as adults. This is why it is important for us to go beyond self-care and carefully consider how we can build our resilience.

In “Adult Resilience in Caring for Youth”, participants will practice recognizing the signs and symptoms of childhood trauma, while evaluating their own resilience. We will learn about how caring for children and students who struggle with challenging behaviors can affect the caregiver/educator, and learn the difference between burn-out and secondary traumatic stress. During the training, participants will use specific tools to assess their own resilience, and build a game plan for strengthening themselves as they provide care for others.

“Adult Resilience in Caring for Youth” is the second session in Surviving to Thriving. While not mandatory, it is recommended that participants complete session one: Defining Childhood Trauma

Course fee includes training materials, certificate of completion, and light refreshments.

For more information about Surviving to Thriving, visit www.indianamhmcom.

Coffee, Cake and True Islam @ Starbucks (Marian University)
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Coffee, Cake and True Islam @ Starbucks (Marian University) | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Question and answer along with discussion with guest on cup of coffee and cake (on me) Topic of this week: what is Islam? Who’s a Muslim?
May
2
Thu
Push Back Poverty with Faith & Action 2019 @ Eastern Star Church
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Please join us on May 2 for the Faith & Action Spring Conference. Together, we’ll discover and share ways to “Push Back Poverty” in Indianapolis.

For this year’s event, we’ll gather at Eastern Star Church for a morning of insights anchored by keynote speaker Father Greg Boyle. A dynamic storyteller, Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. His book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, is a New York Times bestseller. He’ll share the platform with two young men who have participated in Homeboy programs.

You also will hear from Faith & Action Project grant recipients, who will discuss their programs and how the grants have helped them scale up and in increase their impact.

At noon, the Faith & Action Project will hold an informational meeting for organizations interested in applying for 2019 Faith & Action Project grants.

Please plan to attend and join the city’s effort to Push Back Poverty, and be sure to invite friends from your church, colleagues and coworkers, peers in service organizations and on boards, and anyone else who might be interested

For more information on the Faith & Action Project go to http://www.cts.edu/faith-action-project/

Please note that attendance at the Spring Conference is a prerequisite for organizations wanting to applying for a Faith & Action grant.

Schedule

7:30 a.m. Welcome and registration
8:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker Father Greg Boyle
9:15 a.m. Moderated discussion with Father Greg and his trainees
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Grantee video and testimonials
10:30 a.m. Conversation with past grantees
11:50 a.m. Closing remarks
12:00 p.m. Adjourn/Grant information meeting
12:20 p.m Adjourn

RSVP by April 30, 2019

Jewish Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration @ Albert & Sara Reuben Holocaust Memorial Garden
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

All are invited to come together to honor survivors of different generations and those who work toward advancing Holocaust education.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the JFGI Engagement & Education Center’s Domont Auditorium (6705 Hoover Rd.)

May
3
Fri
Carmel’s Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony @ Tarkington Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The City of Carmel’s ceremony remembers victims of the Holocaust in conjunction with the National Days of Remembrance events.

The Ceremony takes place at the Tarkington Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts

Performances by:
Carmel United Methodist Church Bell Choir
University School of Indiana Choir
Actors Theatre of Indiana

Special Guest Speaker Esther Davidson will provide the keynote

May
4
Sat
May the Fourth: Volunteer Event @ Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc.
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
May the Fourth: Volunteer Event @ Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Show your love of all things Star Wars while helping your hungry neighbors. We have 100 spaces available. Join us after the event for themed activities including photos, a costume contest and more!

The age limit for this event is 6+. Please note, children and parents/guardians must all be registered individually.

Please visit the ticketing link to sign-up. Attendees not pre-registered, may risk tickets running out.

To sign up as an individual or with your family: click Sign Up to register!

*Please note: each volunteer will need their own account to register, including children. Parents can register children using their own contact information and password, but we’ll need a unique username for each volunteer account.

Volunteers for this project help sort, inspect, scan and box up donated food items. Each year we provide more than 25 million meals to our nearly 600 partner agencies in our service area.

DUTIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Sorting and inspecting donated items
  • Boxing up like items for us to send out to our partner agencies
  • Some light lifting is involved – up to 25 pounds. Accommodations can be made if needed. Please notify staff if you have any restrictions.
  • We will provide training at the beginning of the shift – no previous training or prior experience required!
Communities Against Islamophobia training @ The Church Within
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

It has become extremely apparent in today’s world that we must do all that we can to ensure our Muslim community is not in this alone.

Join us for this training to learn tools to help you become better equips to combat Islamophobia.

Please make sure to register for this event
https://goo.gl/forms/7kMi2JLkdQf4KhE72

 

A Prayer For Compassion @ Beech Grove Public Library
May 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for a free screening of the award winning documentary, A Prayer For Compassion.

The film follows Thomas Jackson on a quest to make a better world for his daughter that crisscrosses America and takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? Can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?”

Drawing on traditions including Christianity — evangelical, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Friends (Quakers), Seventh Day Adventism, Unity, and more; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Jainism; the Native American tradition; Unitarian Universalism; Zoroastrianism; and the “spiritual but not religious” point of view — A Prayer for Compassion calls on people of faith and spiritual seekers of every stripe to come together to bring about a world in which “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them… (Isaiah 11:6)

May
5
Sun
Community Holocaust event featuring student Interactive exhibits @ Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis
May 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Hasten Hebrew Academy offers the community an enriched early childhood, elementary and middle school program. The dual curriculae of Judaic and secular skills are presented in a warm, nurturing, Jewish environment. The general studies curriculum is prepared in accordance with the requirements of the State of Indiana Department of Public Instruction and is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education.

Children from all local congregations attend the Hasten Hebrew Academy. Faculty seeks to expose the students to the rich tapestry of Jewish life and the Hebrew language in an atmosphere where each child experiences a sense of belonging. Lunch is provided daily and bus service is available to those families desiring it.

The Railway People: A Survivor and a Songwriter with Raymond Meade @ The Speak Easy Broad Ripple
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
After visiting Auschwitz, songwriter Raymond Meade found himself searching for a project that could properly commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. “The Railway People” is the result of that search. In 2015, Raymond contacted Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor who agreed to help Raymond make “The Railway People” a reality. The pair returned to Auschwitz together to the selection platform where Eva last saw her parents and sisters decades before. There they recorded Raymond’s original poem “How Could It Be,” which he used in his song “At the Top of the Stairs,” and shot footage that would become “The Railway People.” That was the beginning of a unique and lasting friendship.

The event will consist of a screening of “The Railway People,” a presentation and performance by Raymond, and Q&A. Drinks and food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds will go to CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

May
6
Mon
Cocktail Judaism — The Art of the Camps during WWII @ Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cocktail Judaism -- The Art of the Camps during WWII @ Congregation Beth-El Zedeck | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Join Rabbi Dennis Sasso and his guest for conversation, humor, and spirits at Cocktail Judaism at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. Julia Muney Moore returns this month to talk about “Internment, Identity, and Resistance: The Art of the Camps during World War II.” Dessert, coffee, tea, and wine compliments of Beth-El Zedeck. RSVP to jhodes@bez613.org.

 

May
8
Wed
Health, Wellness, and Engaged Congregations @ Mt Zion Baptist Church
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Health, Wellness, and Engaged Congregations @ Mt Zion Baptist Church | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Rev. Bobby Baker, Director of Faith and Community Partnerships, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Rev. Baker helped create and leads the Congregational Health Network at the center of the “Memphis model” of addressing health disparities and building healthy communities through the collaboration of 500 covenanted congregations with Methodist Le BonHeur Healthcare. He will share how engaged congregations can support health and wellness in their communities.

We thank our host Mount Zion Baptist Church, celebrating 150 years of serving community wellness, educationally, financially, socially, and spiritually.

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?

May
9
Thu
Mental Health & the Church @ Care to Change
May 9 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Mental Health & the Church @ Care to Change | Avon | Indiana | United States

Learn how your church can support the mental health needs of your congregation. How to recognize the need, know when it is time to refer out, and what resources are available for you.

LCFS Spring Symposium – The Bible in America: Does it Still Matter? @ Lutheran Child & Family Services
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
LCFS Spring Symposium - The Bible in America: Does it Still Matter? @ Lutheran Child & Family Services | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

The Bible is the best selling book . . . every year, but what role does it play in the life of Americans? The Bible is revered by many, but read by fewer. Does it maintain its relevance as it once did? What are the views of Americans that shape how they see and use this sacred text? These questions and more will be discussed at our Spring symposium on May 9th at 9am with Dr. Peter J. Thuesen, Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI.

Peter J. Thuesen is Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI, co-editor of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, and Director of Humanities Research in the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. From 2009 to 2015, he chaired IUPUI’s Department of Religious Studies. A historian of American religion and the Christian tradition, he is currently at work on Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather (under contract with Oxford University Press).

He is also co-editor (with Philip Goff and Arthur E. Farnsley II) of The Bible in American Life (Oxford, 2017). Educated at Princeton University (Ph.D., M.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.), he previously taught at Tufts University and at Yale Divinity School.

Faith Hope and Love Community Table Talk @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall
May 9 @ 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.

May
10
Fri
Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Midwest Toxicology Services
May 10 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Midwest Toxicology Services | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Youth Mental Health First Aid reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and how to help a child in crisis or who is experiencing a mental health challenge.

Course Description: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour interactive training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Similar to CPR and First Aid training, Mental Health First Aid training helps an individual who doesn’t have clinical training assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate help arrives or the crisis subsides or becomes under control.

****There will be a few short breaks throughout the training. Please bring a sack lunch as lunch will not be provided. DO NOT plan to leave for lunch as we will not be able to wait for you to resume training.****

Why Mental Health First Aid?

  • Be Prepared: Just as you learn CPR, learn how to help in a mental health crisis.
  • Mental Illnesses are Common: One in five adults are affected each year.
  • You Care: Learn how to be there for people you come in contact with.
  • You Can Help: People with mental health issues often suffer alone. A few encouraging words may be all it takes to get them some help.
  • Reduce Stigma: More people will seek help when the stigma of mental illness is eliminated.

Who Should Take This Course?

  • School Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers
  • Public Safety Personnel
  • First Responders
  • Medical Professionals
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Business Leaders
  • Faith Communities
  • Military & Veterans
  • Support Service Personnel
  • Care Providers
  • Child Advocates
  • Social Service Personnel
  • Parents & Other Caring Citizens
May
13
Mon
Soviet Immigration and Our Community @ JCC Indianapolis
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presented by Jewish Family Services Indianapolis

The Indianapolis community was deeply involved in the movement to free Soviet Jews. Join in a panel discussion and Q&A with community members who were personally involved. It is not just history; it is home.

Stay after the discussion for a dessert reception and speak one on one with the panelists.

More information about the panel speakers coming soon!
Questions? Contact Rachel Katz at rkatz@jfgi.org.

The event is free, but pre-registration is recommended. Laikin Auditorium.

This event is in conjunction with the Exhibit from the National Museum of American Jewish History, which will be on display at the JCC from Apr 1–May 15. Learn more about the exhibit at bit.ly/powerofprotest

May
15
Wed
Listen, Connect, & Participate: Human Trafficking: At Home in IN @ Julia M. Carson Government Center
May 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Women4Change Indiana and WomenChangeMakers invite you to Listen, Connect, and Participate | Human Trafficking: At Home in Indiana

In a conversation between women in government, experts, and citizens on the subjects of women’s health, safety, and the state of children and families in Indiana.

Panelists:

Representative Sue Errington (D) District 34

Former Representative Sally Siegrist (R) District 26

Expert: Kate Kimmer, Statewide Coordinator for ICESA & IPATH

Expert: Summer Bradenstein, Clinical Therapist and Survivor Case Worker, Ascent 121

Moderator: Denise Herd, Herd Strategies

WomenChangeMakers:

Patricia Castañeda, Cordelia Lewis-Burks, Velvet G. Miller, Ann M. Stack, Rita Venable, and Elcira Villarreal

Partner Organizations:

Women of the NAACP Chapter #3053, IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Coalition of 100 Black Women, American Medical Women’s Association

May
17
Fri
THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE @ Irvington United Methodist
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE @ Irvington United Methodist | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE
What good is intelligence if we don’t have the wisdom to use it
well? We need more than just knowledge of the present issues. How do we use wisdom in order to properly care for our world, ensuring that it and we survive? What is the place of capitalism, of community?

May
18
Sat
Free Naturalization Legal Clinic – must register @ Ben Davis University High School
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Immigrant Welcome Center and its community partners invite Lawful Permanent Residents who are eligible to naturalize to attend this FREE event.

Clients will receive FREE assistance in completing their USCIS N-400 Citizenship application form.The event will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 10 AM – 2 PM at Ben Davis University High School, 1155 South High School Road Indianapolis, IN 46241 *Enter through door #2*

Registration is REQUIRED. Call the Immigrant Welcome Center at 317-808-2326.

Attorneys will NOT provide consultation. This event is only for those who are eligible for Citizenship and are ready to apply.

Note:
There will be no charge to complete the application. However, applicants will still need to pay the $725 USCIS application and bio metrics fee, payable to the US Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers a fee waiver program and a reduced fee option to applicants who meet certain requirements. Use the calculator below to find out if you are eligible for a waiver of the application fee or for the reduced fee. To know if you are eligible, use this calculator: https://www.newamericanscampaign.org/fee-waiver/

If you cannot attend this date, we will have future Naturalization Legal Clinics in 2019. Call us at 317-808-2326 for more dates.

Special thanks to all of our partners helping make this event possible:
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
City of Indianapolis – Mayor Greg Ballard
AILA Indiana Chapter
MSD Wayne Township
Language Assistance Program Msd of Wayne Township
Christ Church Cathedral
Coalition for Our Immigrant Neighbors
Catholic Charities Indianapolis Refugee and Immigrant Services
The International Center
Indianapolis Public Library
Office of Congressman André Carson