From the Community

From the Community

Your congregation is invited to submit events and happenings for this webpage.

From the Community highlights non-Center sponsored activities in the community that may be of interest to congregations in your area and throughout the state. Items are posted on the website, and a monthly email goes out to congregations.

The news items in this community collection are not Center sponsored. The information posted does not imply a Center for Congregations endorsement of those products, companies or services. We can accept only one item per congregation each month, and announcements must have a broad, general public interest. We will consider each submission, but not all can be included due to space, timing and content.


New Public Event

From the Community

This event is Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at Aimwell Marketplace Ministry and Israel Metropolitan Church, Israel Metropolitan Church, 2301 Washington Street, Gary, IN 46407. Presented in partnership with the Global Human Life campaign, this event is intended to bring awareness to one of the most life-destroying businesses on the globe. Speakers are Sonya Walker, whose daughter is a survivor of the human trafficking, and Leticia Galey, who is part of one of the many boots on the ground organizations out there searching for lost and stolen children.
All are welcome to hear and see the story of Martin Luther and the start of the Reformation. “Luther: The Rock Opera” is at Valparaiso University on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Admission charge is any donation to Lutheran World Relief. No charge for students.Words and music by Lost And Found, based on Luther, the graphic novel, by Dr. Rich Melheim. Like all Lost And Found shows, Luther: the Rock Opera, is family-friendly, interactive, and casual.
The New Reformation: Transformation and Hope – an interfaith presentation, Q & A is Monday, October 21, 2019, 10 a.m. – noon at the Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd St., Indpls, IN 46208. Dr. John A. Dick, S.T.D., retired professor of historical theology from the universities of Leuven, Antwerp, and Ghent, Belgium, brings his many years of teaching and inspiring youth, church ministers, and ecumenical audiences with his vast knowledge, understanding, and wisdom about the churches’ beliefs and practices through the centuries.
This is an Introduction to the Gospel according to St. Matthew by Rev. Dr. James Voelz, who is the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament at Concordia Seminary, St Louis. The lectures will be followed by music at Zion: hymns of Nicolai, Heermann, and Gerhardt led by Michael Hollman
All are welcome to join Associated Churches to celebrate 75 years of being rooted in the community. Special guests are the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Christiana Danielle, and Addison Agen. The event is Saturday, October 26, 2019 in the Conference Center of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m. and parking will be provided gratis. Associated Churches is a unique faith-based organization that brings together 7,800 volunteers from over 134 congregations to pray, serve, and work together to improve the community and respond to those in need.
The Digital Age has altered the cultural landscape of Western Christianity. This presentation is intended to encourage the theological discipline of discernment as participants evaluate the consequences (good and bad) of a technology-driven culture. This presentation will explore the difference between connectivity and community, the transactional nature of technology use, and the theological importance of the physical body ... hopefully, to the benefit of those doing ministry amidst these trying circumstances.
All are welcome to experience how singing and music can connect and grow community across cultures and differences. Good Samaritan, Brownsburg is hosting a Multicultural Music Workshop on Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elevate Offices https://tinyurl.com/yyplbzh8 in Brownsburg. Ana Hernandez http://anahernandez.org/ leads the event. She is a theomusicologist and occasional song leader with Music That Makes Community and the Poor People’s Campaign.
While the term only dates back to the late 19th century, antisemitism has existed -- and flourished -- for over 2,000 years. Historian Deborah Lipstadt, an internationally-renowned expert on the Holocaust, will address the evolution of antisemitism as a paradigm for other forms of bigotry and hate. Her latest book, Antisemtism: Here and Now, will be available for purchase and signing.
All are invited to attend an informational meeting about the 2020 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana congregations. This meeting will be held Monday, November 4, 2019 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm in Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 West 42nd St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46208. The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program seeks to strengthen Indiana congregations by providing opportunities for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection.
All are welcome to join in on a documentary film screening of “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story” followed by a riveting discussion and multi-art performance inspired by this influential theologian, poet, mystic, and philosopher of nonviolence