IndyCAN E-newsletter, July 2015 issue






IndyCAN launches Season of Encounter: Sacred Conversations on Race and Faith

Clergy and lay leaders from diverse congregations across central Indiana have participated in the first of four retreats that will take place this summer. The Season of Encounter: Sacred Conversations on Race and Faith retreats are designed to equip congregations to build strong relationships across race lines and understand the impact of race and structural racism on families in Indianapolis.

IndyCAN will hold hundreds of resulting sacred conversations throughout the community over the summer, inviting community members to weigh in on a set of racial-equity strategies that IndyCAN will share with mayoral candidates at a public forum this fall.

JOIN IN. Register for an upcoming retreat:

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Download the Sacred Conversations on Race and Faith Congregation Toolkit

IndyCAN has developed a toolkit of materials to help your congregation start a conversation on race and faith. The toolkit includes worksheets, a sample of a house meeting, a report form and more. Download the toolkit.

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IndyCAN joins AME of Indy to mourn loss after racially motivated mass shooting in Charleston

People of faith united across race lines at St. John AME Church on Thursday, June 18, in response to the news of the mass shooting that occurred at Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, SC, the night before.

"The taking of innocent lives last night ... by a gunman — a terrorist — harboring racial hatred for African Americans gives rise again to our outrage and our lament that Black life seems so unvalued in America," said Rev. Keith Kreisel of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Read the article in the Indianapolis Star.

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Ticket to Opportunity: A national model for transit excellence!

IndyCAN's Ticket to Opportunity campaign was featured as part of a four-day conference hosted by the Center for Transportation Excellence in June.

Prior to the conference, more than 2,000 IndyCAN leaders participated in town-hall meetings, visits to the Capitol, letter-writing campaigns and phone calls that built support among key legislators, ultimately securing passage of a bill in 2014 that allows voters to decide on dedicated funding for a regional transit system.

If passed, regional transit will create 12,000 good jobs and get people to work. IndyCAN was proud to be a strong partner, alongside the Indy Chamber, Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA), Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit (ICAT), IndyGo and others working together to pass transit in 2016.

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PICO goes to the Vatican

PICO goes to the Vatican

In early June, a delegation of more than a dozen PICO National Network faith leaders and advocates traveled to the Vatican to meet with advisers to Pope Francis to discuss economic exclusion and racism. Part of the ongoing, national efforts of the Year of Encounter campaign, the talks were intended to offer context around pressing issues that United States families confront in today's society — including economic exclusion, low wages, racism, criminalization of people of color, the immigration deportation machine, immigrant detention and police brutality.

Leaders hope the Pope will deepen the narrative about these issues in advance of his upcoming visit to the United States in September. The delegation reports how its visit was a success.


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Calendar Highlights

 Campaign for Citizenship Team Meeting July 1 Season of Encounter Retreat - July

See the full calendar listing in list/event-type view (highlights) or month-at-a-glance view.