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.

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
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.
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
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
Free Naturalization Legal Clinic – must register @ Ben Davis University High School
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free Naturalization Legal Clinic - must register @ Ben Davis University High School | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
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
OBAT’s Annual ISNA Iftar @ Islamic Society of North America
May 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
OBAT's Annual ISNA Iftar @ Islamic Society of North America | Plainfield | Indiana | United States
OBAT’s annual ISNA Iftar is taking place this year on May 18th 2019 at 8:00 pm. Bring your family along for an inspiring evening featuring speaker, Hazem Bata (Former Secretary General ISNA). (There is no fee for attending this event)
Break Bread for the Rohingya @ JCC Indianapolis Laikin Auditorium
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Break Bread for the Rohingya @ JCC Indianapolis Laikin Auditorium | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
JCRC, OBAT Helpers, MAI, IHC and Beth-El Zedeck invite you to break bread with them on May 25th 2019. The interfaith Iftar is being held to raise awareness and funds for Rohingya refugees who after having fled persecution, violence and genocide in Myanmar, are now
Childhood poverty and hunger @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Childhood poverty and hunger @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Church Women United is hosting a public forum on childhood hunger and poverty from 10:00 AM–12:30 PM in the Krannert Meeting Room at the Indiana Interchurch Center (1100 W. 42nd St.). Panelists include Dave Miner, projects chair and board member of Indy Hunger Network, and Mary Dubinin from
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.
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

Apr
25
Thu
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.

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!
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

OBAT’s Annual ISNA Iftar @ Islamic Society of North America
May 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
OBAT's Annual ISNA Iftar @ Islamic Society of North America | Plainfield | Indiana | United States

OBAT’s annual ISNA Iftar is taking place this year on May 18th 2019 at 8:00 pm. Bring your family along for an inspiring evening featuring speaker, Hazem Bata (Former Secretary General ISNA).
(There is no fee for attending this event)

May
25
Sat
Break Bread for the Rohingya @ JCC Indianapolis Laikin Auditorium
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Break Bread for the Rohingya @ JCC Indianapolis Laikin Auditorium | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

JCRC, OBAT Helpers, MAI, IHC and Beth-El Zedeck invite you to break bread with them on May 25th 2019. The interfaith Iftar is being held to raise awareness and funds for Rohingya refugees who after having fled persecution, violence and genocide in Myanmar, are now settled in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. OBAT Helpers, an Indianapolis based nonprofit, addressed this humanitarian crisis by providing initial relief to the refugees through distribution of meals and essential items of daily living, followed with expansive efforts to rebuild their lives through provision of shelters, education, empowerment opportunities and health care.

Iftar or breaking of the Ramadan fast will take place at 9:01 pm. This evening meal will be preceded by an hour long program in which you will hear from representatives of the sponsoring organizations and learn about the impact of the Rohingya crisis.

We hope that you will join us on this inspirational evening to stand with Rohingya refugees.

Jun
15
Sat
Childhood poverty and hunger @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Childhood poverty and hunger @ Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Church Women United is hosting a public forum on childhood hunger and poverty from 10:00 AM–12:30 PM in the Krannert Meeting Room at the Indiana Interchurch Center (1100 W. 42nd St.). Panelists include Dave Miner, projects chair and board member of Indy Hunger Network, and Mary Dubinin from Gleaners Youth Programming. This free event seeks to educate, advocate, and empower the community regarding the pervasiveness of childhood hunger and poverty and explore available tools and possible solutions. More info to come