AUGUST 19, 2022

What Matters Most

Writer Herbert O’Driscoll, in his book Prayers for the Breaking of Bread, tells of noticing a doctor caring for an elderly gentleman in a busy hospital emergency room. The man had come in with an injury that turned out to be readily treatable. As the doctor moved on to her next patient, she pulled a pen from her pocket and hastily scribbled on her hand. Asked later what she’d written, she explained that the man was one of many patients in her general practice and that she wanted to keep his name in mind—so she scribbled the first few letters of it on her hand rather than trust memory.

Sometimes it’s the little, unusual, or even unorthodox gestures that communicate what matters most: God’s love that makes no distinctions and knows no bounds. Jesus’ example in this Sunday’s gospel—healing a bent-over woman on the Sabbath, in the synagogue, against the rules—pushes the proprietors of orthodoxy to their breaking point. He leaves the woman walking tall, the ritualists red-faced, and the congregation cheering.

At Christ Church Cathedral we come together week after week, Sundays and in between, to remember what matters most and renew our willingness to risk for it. Welcome to another celebration of God’s love that sets us free to love.

– The Rev. Canon Tom Kryder-Reid
Canon Pastor


THIS SUNDAY: CCC Concert Series Preview
SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 10:30 AM

The CCC Concert Series returns next month and the 2022-2023 season is one for the record books! CCC Music Director and Canon Chris Caruso-Lynch will give us a sneak preview of all that is to come this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Be among the first to learn about the old friends and new faces featured in this year\’s concert series!

September Concert: Organist Marilyn KeiserSATURDAY, SEPT. 24, AT 6:30PM

Marilyn Keiser is Chancellor’s Professor of Music Emeritus at Jacobs School of Music, a renowned church musician, and peerless concert organist. Her grace, charm and warmth has earned her the reputation as the “first lady” of the organ world. Join us on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. to hear Dr. Keiser perform on Christ Church Cathedral’s Wolff and Taylor & Boody organs. Afterwards, join us for a reception to honor Dr. Keiser\’s 37 years of service to the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.


Dayspring Day of Service

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24 AT 10AMLast week, CCC announced that Dayspring Center is our first partner in our newly remodeled grant program. We have a long history of supporting Dayspring Center, which provides emergency assistance to families in crisis, and we\’re excited to embark on this new collaboration.

In addition to providing Dayspring with a $45,000 grant, CCC has made an additional commitment of time and talent. Come help us paint residents\’ rooms and serve lunch as part of our first day of service! If you aren\’t available to work but want to bring a dish to share at lunch, there\’s an option for that on our registration form too!




Walk and Talk With Sampson Levingston

Earlier this year, Sampson Levingston joined us for Forum Hour to figuratively walk us through the history of CCC and the impact it has had on the downtown neighborhood along the way. Next month, he will take us on a Walk and Talk from Indiana Avenue to Monument Circle so that we can learn about African American history in the area and share stories of how our city center developed.



Circle City Steeples Featuring CCC!

The long-awaited book documenting Indy’s old churches by Lee Little and Kati Gaschler is finally here! Circle City Steeples is a celebration of 35 beautiful historic churches around the city, including Christ Church Cathedral. A sample copy of the book is available to see in the St. Francis Foyer.


Anglican Identity

Join us Wednesday evenings this Fall at CCC to explore the roots of Anglican identity and what it means to call ourselves part of the Anglican tradition. Through conversation and reading we\’ll explore the roots of our church, how some of our traditions evolved, and how the Episcopal Church came to be. Most importantly, we\’ll discuss how CCC fits into the story of Anglicanism, and each week we\’ll study how the pillars of our strategic vision are connected to our overall Anglican identity.

Registration recommended for dinner.


Sacred Ground: Exploring Race and Racism in America

Join us on Thursday evenings this Fall for Sacred Ground, an 11-part film and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. Through an immersive online curriculum, we will explore documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people about these most important issues. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.



Celebrate CCC at the Fall Ministry Fair

SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, AT 11:30AM & 2:15PM

In recent years, it\’s become more evident than ever that the church is more than the place where we worship: it\’s the community that serves together and cares together. We invite you to (re)connect this fall at our Ministry Fair!

What energizes you? What gives you fulfilment? How would you like to challenge yourself? Take some time to sit with these questions and then chat with ministry representatives on Sunday, Sept. 11, to learn which ministries are a good match for your passions.


Dive Into Education for Ministry


At CCC we heartily believe that everyone is called to ministry in some way, whether your ministry includes preaching and celebrating the eucharist for hundreds of people, caregiving for an individual, or even just lending a sympathetic ear to a friend. If you enjoy careful consideration of scriptures and other theological writings, Education for Ministry (EfM) may be your next step in your ministry journey. Developed and overseen by The School of Theology–University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, EfM is an in-depth study of scripture, church history, selected readings and shared theological reflection within a small community of people seeking to deepen their prayer lives and an awareness of God in their ordinary daily lives.

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



Book Study: \”The Church Cracked Open\”

This September, our Sunday Forum at 11:30 a.m. will focus on the book \”The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community\” by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers. In this book Mother Stephanie, who serves on the staff of the Presiding Bishop, examines how events of the last few years have spurred Christians to wrestle with difficult questions around systemic racism, establishment, and privilege.

Complimentary paperback copies of the book are available at the church. We invite you to take one per household.

Updates to Our Security Policy

Christ Church Cathedral is a spiritual hub of transformation for our city and diocese. Our unique location in the center of our city gives us the opportunity to be a space of deep peace in a troubled world, and we strive to be a safe place for all. You may have noticed over the last year, we have had the support of an outside security firm during our Sunday worship. We are grateful to them and how they have become beloved members of our CCC community.

In the wake of continued violence across the nation, CCC Vestry and staff have updated our security policy to include the following changes:

  • Beginning Aug. 14, the St. Francis Door will be locked during services.
  • Accommodations will be made to ensure those who need to access the Cathedral from the wheelchair ramp will be able to do so.
  • CCC hired security guards, in uniform and who have received specialized training, may be armed while in the Cathedral.

If you have questions about our new policy, please know that our Wardens and staff welcome your feedback.

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP p.815)


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