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Centennial 2012!
  • Church Federation Centennial Village Rally and Conversation with City Council - Hosted by Galilee Missionary Baptist Church on January 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Click here for video highlights of the Rally. Next Rally-Monday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church (bring a minimum of 5 people). Long-time Eastern Orthodox prison chaplain to speak at State Leader Prayer Breakfast. Get the details here.

  • SPIRITUAL BIOGRAPHY Lecture Series: Week of prayer for Christian unity, January 16-21, 2012. Click here for video highlights and links of : 1) Cardinal Ritter spiritual biography, Marian University link (coming); 2) Pastor James Wells, Crossroads Bible College Founder; 3) Jim Jones Tragedy, Christian Theological Seminary; 4) Former Mayor William Hudnut, IUPUI link (coming); 5) Rev. Charles Rice, Franklin College (coming).

  • Envisioning the Future of Faith and Community in Greater Indianapolis, on January 21, 2012. A conference featuring former mayors, Rev. Dr. William H. Hudnut III and Mr. Bart Peterson. Click here and scroll down the page to the Vision of Faith Conference for video highlights

  • Global Christianity in the 21st Century
    Butler Seminar on Religion and World Civilization

    This four-part seminar series brings scholars, religious leaders and other experts from across the nation and around the world to Butler for discussions about the intersection of religion and major issues of our time. The seminar meets throughout the academic year for evening presentations and question-and-answer sessions. All sessions are 7-9 p.m. Most sessions are in the Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler campus. Admission is free, BUT TICKETS ARE REQUIRED and available at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office and Ticketmaster*. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets for the Sept. 20 and Oct. 18, 2011 events will be available beginning Sept. 6, 2011. The box office is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday.

    *Ticketmaster fees apply

    For more information contact Judith Cebula, Director, Center for Faith and Vocation, at (317) 923-7252.

    The Center for Faith and Vocation gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Lilly Endowment Inc.

    Browse brochures from previous years here.

    Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall
    By the middle of the century, Christianity will be dominated by diverse and dynamic communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Its theology, social ethics and worship will reflect this historic shift. One of the most important scholars of global Christianity gives content and perspective to these trends.


    Dr. Philip Jenkins is a historian and professor of humanities at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of a leading work about contemporary Christianity, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity (2002).


    The Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith is executive director of The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, a leader in the World Council of Churches and a frequent visitor to churches in the global South, especially Africa.

    Dr. Michael Miller is professor of theology and director of cross-cultural and international programs at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

Photos of Visit of Former US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom John Hanford

The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis was honored to welcome the Former US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom John Hanford. The Federation organized his visit to East 91st Christian Church on April 30th with Indiana's Former Secretary of State, Mr. Edwin Simcox, at the church. He and Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Federation Executive Director, were acknowledged during morning worship. She and Mr. Simcox accompanied him to the the youth and adult classes where he addressed matters of religious persecution and freedoms globally as a US diplomate.

On Wednesday, May 1st, The Federation hosted a continental breakfast with the Former Ambassador where he engaged the attendees in an informative and thought provoking discussion about matters of religious freedoms and persecution. He answered specific questions of the attendees and related to specific issues affecting Hoosiers. The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis thanks the office of Senator Richard Lugar for partnering with us to create such a special opportunity for deepening the faith community's understanding of such timely and relevant issues today.

The following photos are of the Former US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom John Hanford visit to the home of the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, the Indiana Interchurch Center, for continental breakfast. The photos include glimpses of the Former Ambassador, the attendees, President Maria Pimentel-Gannon, and Executive Director, the Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith. Click here for a biography of the Former Ambassador. Amb John Hanford

The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis expresses prayers and sympathy to the families affected by the natural tragedy in Southern Indiana. Read the full press release here.

With Human Trafficking Day just around the corner, January 11th, 2012, click here and here for resources the faith community can use.

This site includes links, worship resources, a bulletin insert, a brochure, and two learning sessions for youth groups.   In the coming months, new sessions will be added to this series.  The ELCA Justice for Women program will also be providing information about Human Trafficking at their national youth gathering in July.   They will be heading up  an interactive learning station which will introduce youth and youth leaders to Human Trafficking as well as provide the groundwork for continued conversation and action.

Indianapolis Prayer Breakfast, "Remembering 9/11 - One Man's Story", coming November 15, 2011. Click here for more information.

Meet the Candidates, Session Two: Mr. Greg Ballard, Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Click here for details.

The 2011 Humanitarian Situations in Ethiopia
The Humanitarian crises in the horn of Africa Covers countries Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya. Click here*

Horn of Africa 2011: A 21st Century Famine
Presentation to the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Interchurch centre By Nigussu Legesse, World Council of Churches, Elgin, 18 October 2011. Click here*

* Note: you will need Microsoft PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer installed on your computer in order to view these files.  You can download the viewer here for free.

CFGI Meet the Candidates for Mayor of Indianapolis

Two gatherings to meet Melina Kennedy, the Democratic Candidate for Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana and Mayor Greg Ballard, running for reelection as the Republican Candidate for Mayor of Indianapolis. Each candidate presented their reasons that they were pursuing the office of mayor in the coming election.

Mayoral Meet-n-Greet Snapshots

Prayer Service for Civility and Respect (Use this as a template for a prayer service you can have!)

The Race to the Centennial! Please Join us for our 99th Birthday Celebration of the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis. Click here for more information.

NO HEALTHCARE? We are concerned about you and have attached our statement about this and a resource to assist you with getting quality healthcare.  Click here.

Centennial Village Mission Day
June 20, 2011
Details here

The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis & the Federation's Hispanic Latino Forum invite you to view and reflect on the artwork of Thornton Dial "Hard Truths", Indianapolis Museum of Art (Corner of 38th & Michigan Road), June 9, 2011, 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. Details here

Thursday May 19th from 11:30 am -1:00 pm on the north steps (Michigan St.) of the Indiana War Memorial join us for "City Wide Prayer Rally" sponsored by Mayor Greg Ballard's Office and the Front Porch Alliance. There will be a presentation by Indianapolis Sister Cities programs and faith leaders from over fifteen congregations will offer prayers that embrace our unique diversity and inspire well being for our city, state and country. The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis will be participating.

The Faith Community and the 2012 Super Bowl
Pastors and Lay Leaders are invited to the next Church Representatives meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. by April 22, 2011, to 317-926-5371. More details here.

The Office of Front Porch Alliance presents:
The Marilyn Pfisterer Annual Job Fair
April 12, 2011, Lakeview Christian Church. For details, click here.

The Benevolence and Grants writing Workshop has been rescheduled!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - Details here and Brochure and application here.

Interfaith Prayer for Peace and Healing
Community prayer for the Middle East and Japan
Friday, March 25, 2011, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Click here

Church Representatives Meeting
Save the date!  March 22, 2011, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
The Faith Community Making a Difference

Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast
Held on March 5, 2011
Featured Morning Prayer, Benediction/Sending and History: click here

The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis has historically been a member of the Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast Steering Committee that includes prayers with and for the Governor and State Legislators. The following is a history of the Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast, the featured morning prayer and benediction on March 15, 2011. Permission given by the writers/presenters. The theme addressed redemptive suffering.

New Officers for The Church Federation

Prayer Service at the State Capitol: March 4, 2011

Indy's Place for Faith Networking