Inclining Ears, Binding Wounds
In Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, he encouraged a divided nation to strive to finish the work they had begun, "to bind up the nation's wounds...to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves..." Over 150 years later, the wounds of which Lincoln spoke are still in need of healing. Racial injustice has not vanished; it has been embedded in our structures and systems in ways that actively prevent the "lasting peace" which God desires.
In conjunction with the 102nd Synod Assembly on Friday, April 1st at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois, the Synod of Lincoln Trails will host a panel discussion to explore how the Church can identify and address individual and systemic racism through listening and partnership. Panelists include Dr. Frank Thomas, Rev. Beau Brown, Rev. Molly Casteel, Rev. Dr. Angelo Hill, and Rev. Mihee Kim Kort.
Click Here for more information and to view the flyer.
Meet the Moderator
of the 221st General Assembly Dr. Heath K. Rada
Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis invites you to
Meet the Moderator on Saturday, April 23, 2016
Although the event is free of charge, registration is requested.
Synod Continues to Provide Transitional Ministry Education with MALT Program for 2016
Scheduled Transitional Ministry Training (Interim Pastor Training) for 2016:
May 2-6, 2016 in Saint Louis, MO
October 31 - November 4, 2016 in Saint Louis, MO
Introduction to Systemic Racism
Presbytery of Chicago Sponsors Workshop on Racism
On Saturday, January 16th, ninety-eight members of the Presbytery of Chicago joined Chicago ROAR facilitators Derrick Dawson and Joy Bailey for an Intro to Systemic Racism workshop.
The purpose of this workshop was to introduce the idea that racism is a systemic, institutional problem of power and to create the rationale for a structural intervention to dismantle it. To address the racism not only present in our world, but also in our neighborhoods and congregations, we must first learn how it was born, nurtured, and grew into the manifestations we see today.
See photos from the day by clicking HERE.
Synod Continues Funding Opportunity For 2016
MISSION INITIATIVE GRANTS
Mission Initiative Grants are one-time grants of 'seed' money designed to help begin new congregation based missional activities. These one-time grants are for dollar amounts up to $1,500 and grant recipients will be able to share their stories and progress six months and one year after receipt of the grant.
Trees need three essential things to grow strong:
digging the dirt around the roots, loosening of soil so nutrients can get to the roots;
water, transport of nutrients; and,
Using this metaphor, the Synod is supplying the seeds or seedlings in the form of grant funds. In the application you will have the opportunity to relay the ways that you will be supplying the three essentials while growing a strong new mission through your congregation.
The Synod meets two times in 2016 and applications received prior to each meeting will be reviewed at that meeting. If you have any questions concerning the new Mission Initiative Grants, please contact Judy Lucas firstname.lastname@example.org at the Synod office. Please note application deadlines: March 14th for consideration at the April 1-2 Synod meeting: and, October 3rd for consideration at the October 21-22 Synod meeting.
Click Here to view the Application Process and Application.
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Synod's Mission Initiative Grant at Work...
2014 Mission Initiative Grant Recipient
First Presbyterian Church and Their Buddy Bags Program
Meli Cangahuala, Jamie Schwingle, and Christina Berry (pictured) are hard at work filling bags to provide weekend food for elementary age school children. Click Here to see how the grant process works and to learn more about First Presbyterian Church and their Buddy Bags Program.
The Synod of Lincoln Trails Partners with
The Presbyterian Foundation to Create
Ministerial Excellence Fund: Sustaining The Call
The Synod opened a mission exchange account with the Presbyterian Foundation as an important part of continuing the work of the Ministerial Excellence Fund Program in the State of Indiana. Four years ago The Lilly Endowment gave grants to 16 denominations to address economic issues facing Indiana pastors. The presbyteries of Ohio Valley, Wabash Valley, and Whitewater Valley all received grant money. The directors of the Ministerial Excellence Fund of the presbyteries understood the need to conduct fund-raising campaigns to help fulfill the following: to meet the obligation of matching funds as required by The Lilly Endowment; and, to create the means to continue the fund activities beyond the initial grant timeline.
Click here to read more about the initiative and as well as interviews conducted with pastors who have benefitted from the Ministerial Excellence Fund Program.
Check back often as our website will continually be updated and will include a "Give Now" button for immediate giving to the program. Giving can be done in two ways: online at www.presbyterianmissionexchange.org and search for Ministerial Excellence Fund or by mailing a check to the Ministerial Excellence Fund, Synod of Lincoln Trails, 1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46208