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Congratulations to The Rev. Mary Bargiel

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Christ Church Cathedral's own Mary Bargiel was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, Jan. 24 by Bishop Cate Waynick. She will now serve on the staff of Trinity, Indianapolis on Sundays and will continue her full-time ministry as Director of Spirituality and Chaplain at Signature Healthcare Lafayette and as a Chaplain at IU Saxony Hospital.

 

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View the Six Vestry Candidates

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Six Cathedral members have been nominated for our incoming class of Vestry, which is the governing board of the Cathedral. We asked each of them to answer the following questions.

Questions for Vestry Candidates
1. Our Vestry adopted a new mission statement for Christ Church Cathedral in 2014: “Widening the Circle of God's embrace with heart and voice.” What leadership, skills, and life experiences can you offer to our Vestry and our congregation to help us grow into our new statement about our mission?
2. What’s your greatest passion about Christ Church Cathedral?
3. Which CCC service do you attend most often?
4.  What's your favorite Bible story? Why?

 

 

Carlos Arboleda

1. I am currently serving in the US Armed Forces, working at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at Fort Ben Harrison. I have been in the Finance Corps since 2002. Originally, I came from Colombia (South America) in 1988 and spent 19 years in New Jersey. During that time, I worked in the environmental field as Asbestos Abatement Supervisor. In 2002, I joined the U.S. Army. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University.

2. My greatest passion about CCC is that we might be able to serve and to offer others an experience of spiritual growth. Every day and every year, I have become a better Christian and have gone through many changes that have been possible in my life as I have walked the path of understanding and the diverse vision offered by CCC.

3. I began attending the 1:00 PM service since I moved to Indianapolis in July of 2007, and I have served in many positions in our Hispanic Ministry, including as lector and as Eucharistic minister. I am currently in charge of Adult Sunday School for our Hispanic congregation. I have also been a member of the Cathedral’s Missions Committee since 2009.

4. My favorite Bible book is James, especially James 4: 11-12. James reminds me of the many mistakes we make in our lives and how hard we judge other people, instead of finding common ground to work together as Jesus always invited us to do.

 

 

David Baldwin

1. I have been employed by Indianapolis Power and Light for almost 25 years. I am in a leadership role as the Safety/Training Administrator, and I identify, develop, and train employees at two utilities that AES, our parent company, owns. I mentor people to help them become future leaders at IPL. As a Vestry member, I would hope to use my skills in creating leadership processes, team building, visioning and planning, and seeking constructive feedback from peers. I am a people person and try to listen, be open, and appreciate others.

2. CCC is welcoming, inviting, come as you are, and non-judgmental. 

3. I attend the 10:00 a.m. service

4. The Good Samaritan.  It’s about not looking away, but about having compassion and caring for those in need.

 

 

April Culbertson

1. When I represented Christ Church Cathedral on trips to Ecuador in 2013 and Haiti in 2014, I learned a lot about checking my own judgment and perception of others; and this lesson has enhanced my life here at home.  Away from my comfort zone—that’s where you learn a lot about yourself, really—I have been forced to confront my own privilege.  I am still learning how to "widen the circle of God's embrace" and I'm certain there is more for me to learn. I think that looking at our issues through a lens of compassion and basic respect is a good start. As a mother, it is the most important lesson I hope to teach my children. 

2.  I love this place for the beauty I witness in many forms and for the diverse array of people I see here every week.  I am fulfilled by both the large ministries and relatively small activities in which I have had the honor of serving: lectors, Cathedral Women board, Christmas pageant, homeless ministries, music director search, Easter egg dyeing/hunt, Christian formation, and Catechumenate among them.  More importantly, I love that my children are getting to know God's beloved in unexpected ways; that they know homeless men by name; that they see and embrace the differences among those we call friends.

3. I attend the 10:00 service.

4. My favorite Bible story is from the Gospel of Luke when Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary.  I often find myself in the shoes of Martha and need to remind myself of Jesus's words: "Martha, Martha" (April, April!) "You are worried and distracted by many things.  There is need of only one thing."

 

 

William Gray

1. I feel both blessed and comfortable being part of the Christ Church Cathedral family. My experiences and life skills as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and as the Executive Director of a community development corporation have taught me to be a good listener, which I believe one needs in order to be a good communicator and leader. CCC’s mission statement resonates deeply with me because it supports my personal philosophy and fits my Christian belief of service to others.

2. My greatest passion about CCC lies in its people and in serving the (local, national, or global) community, serving in any capacity that is needed.

3. Marcia and I attend the 10:00 a.m. service.

4. I do not have a favorite “story,” but I do have a favorite Scriptural passage: Philippians 4:13.  Whether I am feeling inspired, anxious, joyful or down, remembering that “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” encourages and comforts me.

 

 

Shannon Joyce

1. My leadership style is generally to work toward consensus-building. I work at listening and understanding different points of view. This is not usually very popular in today’s society where people are forced to “take a side.” I believe there is strength in differences. In understanding, accepting, even celebrating our differences, we are widening God’s embrace, even if it’s not “popular.”

2. My greatest passion is the choral program. The music is what kept me coming back when I was “church shopping” a million years ago. Now that both of my children are choristers, we are entrenched. While I would admit that it has been one of my disappointments that there has been little or no opportunity for me as an adult woman to sing with the choir, supporting this incredible mission of CCC has been an enjoyment in itself. Seeing the growth in skills, confidence, and professional comportment—on top of the amazing music repertoire they learn and perform—in my kids has been incredibly rewarding.

3. We attend the 10:00 service.

4. In the story of Abraham and Sarah, God lays out his plan for a covenant with Abraham and his offspring. Abraham laughs, saying “what offspring? I’m too old for that.” When some travelers talk of returning to see Sarah’s baby, she laughs to herself for the same reason, “I’m too old.” When God asks her why she laughed, she denies it because she was afraid- and he calls her on it. I can just imagine the exchange: “I didn’t laugh.” “Oh, yes you did!” “No, I didn’t.” “Yes, you did.” And so on.

 

 

Ashleigh Graves-Roesler

1. Although I can’t sing, I know how to share a collective voice. Thanks to my professional experience and community leadership in fundraising and communications, I’ve learned how to bring people to the table and build invested relationships. We are a diverse church with many wonderful stories to share – my contribution to the Vestry would be sharing those stories with the community in a way that amplifies our voice, creates greater city profile, and helps us to welcome Indianapolis residents looking for a place to experience God’s love and acceptance.

2. I can talk for days about the Cathedral’s commitment to community outreach and its peaceful passion for social justice.  Above all, I treasure Christ Church Cathedral’s long legacy of thoughtful humility in the search for truth. We’re not a church community that purports to have all the answers; instead, we explore tough questions as a family of beloved, imperfect people.

3. My husband Bryan and I hop between the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Our favorite Sunday morning activity is serving in the kitchen, though, so you can find us there about once a month happily wreaking havoc on the bacon and eggs.

4. Ruth’s story is the one I return to over and over – she’s my spiritual role model. She was a humble, tough, determined woman who got her hands dirty and set a gold standard for loyalty. I’ve got a soft spot for scrappy women who fight for their beliefs and cherish family.

 
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Meet the Final Three Vestry Candidates

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Six Cathedral members have been nominated for our incoming class of Vestry, which is the governing board of the Cathedral. In this post we introduce you to William Gray, Shannon Joyce and Ashleigh Graves-Roesler

Click here to meet Carlos Arboleda, David Baldwin and April Culbertson. Save the date for Christ Church Cathedral's Annual Meeting, set for Friday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Questions for Each Vestry Candidate
1. Our Vestry adopted a new mission statement for Christ Church Cathedral in 2014: “Widening the Circle of God's embrace with heart and voice.” What leadership, skills, and life experiences can you offer to our Vestry and our congregation to help us grow into our new statement about our mission?
2. What’s your greatest passion about Christ Church Cathedral?
3. Which CCC service do you attend most often?
4.  What's your favorite Bible story? Why?

William Gray
1. I feel both blessed and comfortable being part of the Christ Church Cathedral family. My experiences and life skills as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and as the Executive Director of a community development corporation have taught me to be a good listener, which I believe one needs in order to be a good communicator and leader. CCC’s mission statement resonates deeply with me because it supports my personal philosophy and fits my Christian belief of service to others.
2. My greatest passion about CCC lies in its people and in serving the (local, national, or global) community, serving in any capacity that is needed.
3. Marcia and I attend the 10:00 a.m. service.
4. I do not have a favorite “story,” but I do have a favorite Scriptural passage: Philippians 4:13.  Whether I am feeling inspired, anxious, joyful or down, remembering that “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” encourages and comforts me.

Shannon Joyce
1. My leadership style is generally to work toward consensus-building. I work at listening and understanding different points of view. This is not usually very popular in today’s society where people are forced to “take a side.” I believe there is strength in differences. In understanding, accepting, even celebrating our differences, we are widening God’s embrace, even if it’s not “popular.”
2. My greatest passion is the choral program. The music is what kept me coming back when I was “church shopping” a million years ago. Now that both of my children are choristers, we are entrenched. While I would admit that it has been one of my disappointments that there has been little or no opportunity for me as an adult woman to sing with the choir, supporting this incredible mission of CCC has been an enjoyment in itself. Seeing the growth in skills, confidence, and professional comportment—on top of the amazing music repertoire they learn and perform—in my kids has been incredibly rewarding.
3. We attend the 10:00 service.
4. In the story of Abraham and Sarah, God lays out his plan for a covenant with Abraham and his offspring. Abraham laughs, saying “what offspring? I’m too old for that.” When some travelers talk of returning to see Sarah’s baby, she laughs to herself for the same reason, “I’m too old.” When God asks her why she laughed, she denies it because she was afraid- and he calls her on it. I can just imagine the exchange: “I didn’t laugh.” “Oh, yes you did!” “No, I didn’t.” “Yes, you did.” And so on.

Ashleigh Graves-Roesler
1. Although I can’t sing, I know how to share a collective voice. Thanks to my professional experience and community leadership in fundraising and communications, I’ve learned how to bring people to the table and build invested relationships. We are a diverse church with many wonderful stories to share – my contribution to the Vestry would be sharing those stories with the community in a way that amplifies our voice, creates greater city profile, and helps us to welcome Indianapolis residents looking for a place to experience God’s love and acceptance.
2. I can talk for days about the Cathedral’s commitment to community outreach and its peaceful passion for social justice.  Above all, I treasure Christ Church Cathedral’s long legacy of thoughtful humility in the search for truth. We’re not a church community that purports to have all the answers; instead, we explore tough questions as a family of beloved, imperfect people.
3. My husband Bryan and I hop between the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Our favorite Sunday morning activity is serving in the kitchen, though, so you can find us there about once a month happily wreaking havoc on the bacon and eggs.
4. Ruth’s story is the one I return to over and over – she’s my spiritual role model. She was a humble, tough, determined woman who got her hands dirty and set a gold standard for loyalty. I’ve got a soft spot for scrappy women who fight for their beliefs and cherish family.

 

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Meet Three of the Vestry Candidates

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Six Cathedral members have been nominated for our incoming class of Vestry, which is the governing board of the Cathedral. In this post meet Carlos Arboleda, David Baldwin and April Culbertson. 

Click here to meet William Gray, Shannon Joyce and Ashleigh Graves-Roesler.  Save the date for Christ Church Cathedral's Annual Meeting, set for Friday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m.

 
Questions for Vestry Candidates
1. Our Vestry adopted a new mission statement for Christ Church Cathedral in 2014: “Widening the Circle of God's embrace with heart and voice.” What leadership, skills, and life experiences can you offer to our Vestry and our congregation to help us grow into our new statement about our mission?
2. What’s your greatest passion about Christ Church Cathedral?
3. Which CCC service do you attend most often?
4.  What's your favorite Bible story? Why?

Carlos Arboleda
1. I am currently serving in the US Armed Forces, working at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at Fort Ben Harrison. I have been in the Finance Corps since 2002. Originally, I came from Colombia (South America) in 1988 and spent 19 years in New Jersey. During that time, I worked in the environmental field as Asbestos Abatement Supervisor. In 2002, I joined the U.S. Army. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University.
2. My greatest passion about CCC is that we might be able to serve and to offer others an experience of spiritual growth. Every day and every year, I have become a better Christian and have gone through many changes that have been possible in my life as I have walked the path of understanding and the diverse vision offered by CCC.
3. I began attending the 1:00 PM service since I moved to Indianapolis in July of 2007, and I have served in many positions in our Hispanic Ministry, including as lector and as Eucharistic minister. I am currently in charge of Adult Sunday School for our Hispanic congregation. I have also been a member of the Cathedral’s Missions Committee since 2009.
4. My favorite Bible book is James, especially James 4: 11-12. James reminds me of the many mistakes we make in our lives and how hard we judge other people, instead of finding common ground to work together as Jesus always invited us to do.

David Baldwin
1. I have been employed by Indianapolis Power and Light for almost 25 years. I am in a leadership role as the Safety/Training Administrator, and I identify, develop, and train employees at two utilities that AES, our parent company, owns. I mentor people to help them become future leaders at IPL. As a Vestry member, I would hope to use my skills in creating leadership processes, team building, visioning and planning, and seeking constructive feedback from peers. I am a people person and try to listen, be open, and appreciate others.
2. CCC is welcoming, inviting, come as you are, and non-judgmental. 
3. I attend the 10:00 a.m. service
4. The Good Samaritan.  It’s about not looking away, but about having compassion and caring for those in need.

April Culbertson
1. When I represented Christ Church Cathedral on trips to Ecuador in 2013 and Haiti in 2014, I learned a lot about checking my own judgment and perception of others; and this lesson has enhanced my life here at home.  Away from my comfort zone—that’s where you learn a lot about yourself, really—I have been forced to confront my own privilege.  I am still learning how to "widen the circle of God's embrace" and I'm certain there is more for me to learn. I think that looking at our issues through a lens of compassion and basic respect is a good start. As a mother, it is the most important lesson I hope to teach my children. 
2.  I love this place for the beauty I witness in many forms and for the diverse array of people I see here every week.  I am fulfilled by both the large ministries and relatively small activities in which I have had the honor of serving: lectors, Cathedral Women board, Christmas pageant, homeless ministries, music director search, Easter egg dyeing/hunt, Christian formation, and Catechumenate among them.  More importantly, I love that my children are getting to know God's beloved in unexpected ways; that they know homeless men by name; that they see and embrace the differences among those we call friends.
3. I attend the 10:00 service.
4. My favorite Bible story is from the Gospel of Luke when Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary.  I often find myself in the shoes of Martha and need to remind myself of Jesus's words: "Martha, Martha" (April, April!) "You are worried and distracted by many things.  There is need of only one thing."


 

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CCC Announces New Music Director

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In March, CCC will welcome the highly accomplished Canon Michael D. Boney as our new Director of Music. For the past 12 years, Michael has faithfully served as Canon Musician for St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, Idaho. 

 

“It is a great pleasure to be welcomed by Christ Church Cathedral,” said Michael. “I have long admired the commitment of Christ Church to musical and liturgical excellence and its desire to provide inter-generational and multi-cultural expressions of spirituality through the arts – making it a house of prayer for all people.” 

 

Michael is a graduate of East Carolina University where he earned the Master of Music (M.M.) degree in Sacred Music and Organ Performance and the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in Organ Performance. He studied organ with world-renowned concert artists/lecturers, Dr. Janette Fishell (who nominated Canon Boney for this position) and Mr. Colin Andrews and choral conducting with Dr. Daniel Bara and Dr. Rhonda Fleming.

 

Michael has been featured in numerous Performing Arts Series in the USA and the United Kingdom. Early in his career he was invited, in conjunction with the Oundle International Organ Festival, to perform a work commissioned by the Royal College of Organists to launch a new album of contemporary English organ music.  He has played recitals in such notable venues as Truro, Wells, Portsmouth, and Canterbury Cathedrals (United Kingdom); the Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta, GA), First Presbyterian Church (Wilmington, NC), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Greenville, NC), and St. Michael’s Cathedral (Boise, ID).  Future concerts are planned for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NY) and St. Mark’s Cathedral (Salt Lake City, UT)

 

“My personal vision for music ministry fits that of Christ Church Cathedral,” shared Michael. “The understanding and appreciation of our Anglican/Episcopal heritage becomes the foundation on which the future will be built. Tradition, vision, innovation, and discernment, working together, will assist Christ Church Cathedral in obtaining future goals.”

 

In his time at St. Michael's, he has expanded the music program significantly. He conducts two choirs, the Cathedral Choir, an auditioned choir of professionals and volunteers, and the Chamber Choir, an all volunteer choir of children and parents.  He plays accompanies four and five services on weekends, and started the concert series. His Black History Month Concert is a major artistic event in Boise each February. And this past summer, he lead his choir on its first tour, with a residency at Winchester Cathedral. 

 

Michael is committed to the vision and core values of the church. His top two priorities are recruitment and relaunching opportunities for volunteers, especially so that women will have a place to sing, and the recruitment of boys and girls to sing at the Cathedral at the highest levels of musical expression. Christ Church has had a positive relationship with local colleges and universities and while he plans to continue that, he also wants to find additional ways to include and engage students, amateur, and professional musicians in the music program at Christ Church. “Having a well-rounded program that includes people of all ages and abilities will certainly strengthen the overall ministries at Christ Church.”

 

Dean Carlsen notes: "In his auditions with us, one of the professional men told us, 'Hire him now!' Michael's vast experience--he has been playing the organ for churches since he was eight years old--his ability to lead our choirs, his desire to be a colleague with the staff and his connection with our vision make him ideally suited to carry our choirs and music programs into the future."

 

We look forward to welcoming him to Christ Church Cathedral in March 2015.

 


 

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The Rev. Canon Gray Lesesne Leaving to Lead Brownsburg Church

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The Rev. Canon Gray Lesesne has been appointed by Bishop Waynick as the Vicar of the new Episcopal community in Brownsburg, Indiana, beginning March 1. This new community will be the first church to be planted by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis in over 20 years. 

 

This is an incredible opportunity for Gray, for our Diocese and for the community of Brownsburg. We celebrate The Rev. Canon Gray Lesesne, share many blessings for his new endeavor and thank him for his impact and work during his seven years with Christ Church Cathedral.

"I am deeply grateful for my seven years here at Christ Church Cathedral," Gray says. "Our Cathedral community has taught me how to lead in new ways, how to embrace multicultural ministry as a path toward future growth, and you have prepared me well for this new calling with the adoption of your vision of 'Widening the Circle of God's Embrace with Heart and Voice'. When we adopted this vision last winter, I realized that I can help to widen the circle of God's embrace by leading a new community that can connect with people who are yet to be part of a faith community in an area that is currently underserved by a welcoming, inclusive, progressive church."

This new community will be first church to be planted by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis in over 20 years, and will focus on the fast-growing area between Avon, Brownsburg, and Whitestown, which has seen its population grow by 97.5% since 1990 and is projected to grow by another 10% before the next census. 

 

Dean Carlsen notes: "The last new church start in our Diocese was in Fishers more that twenty years ago. Our own Senior Warden, Ken File, and his family left the Cathedral to start this congregation, Holy Family. The priest who started it was Jeffrey Lee, now the Bishop of Chicago. Gray could have gone and led any congregation in the Episcopal Church. Many tried to recruit him. I am thrilled that his discernment has led him to start something new. After all, fresh approaches to ministry are needed in our rapidly changing culture."

 

The new congregation in Brownsburg will be intentionally "building-less" in the first phase of its life and will ground itself in core values that center on of formation and an outward focus on the community."We will be a community where people (young and old) are expected to grow and mature into theologically and Biblically-grounded progressive Christians. Our signature gatherings for worship and formation will be open, public, and engage people where they are rather than expecting them to come to us. Think of worship in cafes, parks, exercise gyms, grocery store parking lots, and on soccer fields rather than in school cafeterias, hotel meeting rooms, and in other churches."

 

While he's excited about the new possibilities, Lesesne wants to make the most of his remaining time at CCC. "Accepting this new call is bittersweet: I am excited about all the new possibilities that come along with starting a new faith community, but at the same time, it will be hard to leave behind so many friends and good colleagues here at Christ Church Cathedral,” says Lesesne. "I ask for your prayers and blessings as I embark on this new adventure, and I pray you will continue inspiring others with your vision here on Monument Circle and beyond. For now, our work together is about celebrating what we've done together and saying thank you to each other as part of a healthy goodbye."

 

Canon Shannon MacVean-Brown will become the new Senior Associate. She was hired last year in anticipation of this change. Dean Carlsen says, "She has the skills and experience to take on this responsibility, with her own style and gifts."  She will begin her new duties upon Gray's departure in February. Unfortunately she will have to have surgery next week and will be away for approximately four weeks. While away, the Rev. Jean Denton will return to help out. 

 

A search has already begun for our fourth full-time priest. Dean Carlsen will be visiting seminaries and conducting a nation-wide search to find a priest whose ministry will be focused on helping us in our vision to reach out to young, religiously unaffiliated downtown residents. 

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