A creative, welcoming and diverse place for nonprofits in Indianapolis
The Indiana Interchurch Center is much more than a building. It’s a community of nonprofit organizations working to solve the most urgent challenges we face at home and abroad. The Interchurch Center provides offices where denomination administrative headquarters and nonprofits develop strategies and implementation plans. More importantly, it offers a space where these the broader community can engage in learning and conversing, service and advocacy. We invite you to visit the Interchurch Center, and participate in events that interest you.
Who are some of the members of the Interchurch Community and what do they care about?
Denominations. The Interchurch Center houses the administrative headquarters of several denomination: The United Church of Christ, Indiana-Kentucky Conference; the Christian Church in Indiana (Disciples of Christ); the Synod of Lincoln Trails (Presbyterian Church USA in Indiana and Illinois), the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis; the Whitewater Valley Presbytery; and the American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis. Other religious groups call the Center home. The St. Mary of Magdala Catholic Community is one of the few Catholic churches in the world that celebrates mass with a Womanpriest.
Health and wellness. The Minority Health Coalition of Marion County and the Indiana Rural Health Association extend health services to the most marginalized populations. Even the health of animals are addressed: Spay and Neuter Services of Indiana helps low-income families afford to spay their pets.
Undocumented immigrants. The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance is one of the state's best known groups protecting the rights of "Dreamers" and other undocumented Hoosiers.
Homeless people. The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Protection (CHIP) is Central Indiana's main organization analyzing homelessness and building a blueprint to end it.
Environmental protection. Three of Indiana's leading environmental organizations call the Interchurch Center home: the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club, Earth Charter Indiana and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light. The Hoosier Environmental Council offers monthly environmental advocate training at the IIC.
Opioid crisis. Overdose Lifeline has emerged as one of the country's most influential organizations fighting drug overdose.
Interfaith engagement. The Center for Interfaith Cooperation is one of the Midwest's primary groups promoting inter-religious education, dialogue and service. The Niagara Foundation organizes monthly interfaith conversations and several interfaith iftars at the Interchurch Center every Ramadan. The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana are the main groups promoting interfaith cooperation for the Jewish and Muslim communities.
Refugees in Indiana and around the world. OBAT Helpers is one of the only NGOs in the world working in the camps of the Rohingya in Bangladesh. The Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation helps Congolese refugees integrate into Hoosier society.
Civic renewal. Since January of 2016, Women4Change Indiana has become one of the state's main groups promoting greater engagement for women in politics, and helping Hoosiers more broadly become more active and effective citizens.
Human and civil rights. The Center for Interfaith Cooperation, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana defend the rights to worship of all Hoosiers. Gender Nexus advocates for the rights of trans-persons. The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance promotes the rights of undocumented immigrants. The American Friends Service Committee passionately calls for the respect of human rights of Palestinians in Gaza.
Marginalized children. In addition to defending "Dreamers," the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance raises funds for economically disadvantaged immigrants to attend college. Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) works with the families of unsighted young children. Watch Club and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation organized an intercultural Summer Youth Camp at IIC. The Waza Alliance for Quality Education provides training for teachers in the Democratic of Congo.
Food insecurity. Faith Hope and Love supports and trains missional food pantries across the city.
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Trinity Haven is scheduled to open this summer in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood of Indianapolis. It will serve LGBTQ youth ages 16-21. When it opens, Trinity Haven will be able to house up to 10 youth at a time, with the potential to eventually house at least 15.
“We pulled our support. I would consider Senate Bill 12 to be a blank piece of paper,” said Sklar, who is also assistant director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Indianapolis.
The Interchurch Community was fully engaged at a cal for the Legislature to pass a stringent anti-hate crime bill.
At Thursday’s event, Rima Shahid, executive director of Women4Change, mentioned both the tragedy in Christchurch and the Feb. 16 road rage murder of Mustafa Ayoubi in the 3900 block of Wind Drift Drive East.
Aliya Amin, executive director of Muslim Alliance of Indiana, said the event “felt like a big hug… “It was just so heart-warming to see people from all different walks of life here, gathered, for one purpose, and that’s in our shared humanity,” Amin said.
On Friday, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council gathered at the mosque off Cold Spring Road near West 30th Street. They wanted those attending Friday prayers to know they stand with them.
“It’s imperative that we have a hate crimes bill that specifically list the vulnerabilities that are particularly at stake right now,” said Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. “If we don’t name with specificity, we don’t have a strong bill.”
“I am bone-weary of lament, tired of lamenting. I long to raise my voice in thanksgiving for a just law that will help save lives, save the lives and insure the dignity of our fellow Hoosiers,” said Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Indianapolis Episcopal Diocese.
Philips joined representatives from Indiana Recovery Alliance, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, and Women4Change and dozens of activists to lobby lawmakers to adopt a public health approach to the epidemic.
“Had my family and my son, and the countless other Hoosiers, been provided a clear and easy system to navigate the complex journey of treatment and recovery, we’d have more stories of sobriety and recovery than we do of overdose and lives lost,” says Phillips.
The event was co-hosted by Solar United Neighbors of Indiana, Indiana Distributed Energy Alliance, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, Citizens Action Coalition, Hoosier Environmental Council, Solarize Indiana, Sierra Club and Earth Charter Indiana.
A mass shooting in New Zealand at two mosques felt personal to many in the Muslim community in central Indiana. They said it has shaken them, but some were not really surprised it happened.
“Every time there is a shooting in any house of worship, mosque, synagogue or church, we Muslims wonder ‘Are we going to be next?'” Imam Ahmed Alamine said.
“We are all devastated,” said Faryal Khatri, board member of Muslim Alliance of Indiana.Khatri was heartbroken going to afternoon prayers on Friday. She was worshiping just like dozens of others in New Zealand before 49 people were gunned down.
“All homelessness is tragic, but homeless LGBTQ youth are in deep and immediate peril,” Leigh Ann Hirschman, Trinity Haven board chair, said in a news release. “Many are terrified to ask for help from programs not tailored to their needs.”
The founder of a local coffee shop jumped into action to save a life just hours after hosting a training class for the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone.
Black Balloon Day is an international day to bring awareness to overdose deaths began when Massachusetts resident Greg Tremblay died of an overdose five years ago and his family chose to fly a black balloon in remembrance.
This annual event is made so that people who struggle to see can experience art in their way, by touching it. Often we are told we aren’t allowed to touch art, but this flips the script and it is a very interesting experience.
John Mundell is a member of Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light and the Archdiocese Creation Care Team of Indianapolis. He said he was invited to help launch part of the Global Catholic Climate Unit by the Vatican after Pope Francis published his encyclical.
Several black balloons in memory of Reiter were displayed in Burns’ front yard Wednesday. According to Overdose Lifeline Inc.’s website, Black Balloon Day is an international event that brings awareness to overdose deaths.
A group of 16 Hoosiers, including attorneys and interpreters, is back from southern Texas where they spent a week at the country’s largest detention center for women and their children.
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