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About the Interchurch Center & Community

About the Interchurch Center & Community

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.

A passion for social change and justice

A passion for social change and justice

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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What the Interchurch Center offers

24 Hr Access

Mail Service, UPS, FedEx On-Site

Fiber-Optic
Internet Connectivity

HD Projectors

An inclusive and welcoming culture

2 Large Meeting Rooms
4 more intimate conference rooms

Ample free parking

Easy Bus Access

Natural Habitat Certification

Energy management and solar panels

On-Site Management

Central Location close to the IMA, CTS & Butler

On-site Art Gallery

24-Hour Camera Surveillance

Fully Accessible to all

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The Interchurch Center's Events
March 27, 2019

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Roadmap to Sustaining Wealth

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March 29, 2019

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“Baby Doll Goes to Daycare”

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April 8, 2019

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Indy Beyond Coal

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April 11, 2019

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

News We Can Trust: A design-thinking workshop for civic leaders

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April 12, 2019

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Interfaith Youth Forum

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Interchurch Community's News & Happenings
CHIP — “Home for LGBTQ youth to open this summer”

CHIP — “Home for LGBTQ youth to open this summer”

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.

JCRC — “Indiana State House Democrats urge public pressure to resurrect gutted hate crimes bill”

JCRC — “Indiana State House Democrats urge public pressure to resurrect gutted hate crimes bill”

“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.

Interchurch Community — “Faith leaders call for comprehensive bias crimes law”

Interchurch Community — “Faith leaders call for comprehensive bias crimes law”

The Interchurch Community was fully engaged at a cal for the Legislature to pass a stringent anti-hate crime bill.

Women4Change, Episcopal Diocese — “Religious Leaders Gather at Statehouse for ‘Moment of Action’ on Hate Crimes”

Women4Change, Episcopal Diocese — “Religious Leaders Gather at Statehouse for ‘Moment of Action’ on Hate Crimes”

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.

Muslim Alliance of Indiana — “Groups holds vigil on Butler’s campus to honor victims of New Zealand shooting”

Muslim Alliance of Indiana — “Groups holds vigil on Butler’s campus to honor victims of New Zealand shooting”

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.

JCRC — “‘Heartwarming’ show of support from community at service for mosque attack victims”

JCRC — “‘Heartwarming’ show of support from community at service for mosque attack victims”

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.

Episcopal Diocese — “Faith leaders: Put list back in Indiana hate crimes bill”

Episcopal Diocese — “Faith leaders: Put list back in Indiana hate crimes bill”

“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.”

Episcopalians — “‘Interfaith Moment of Action’ at Statehouse mourns mosque attack victims”

Episcopalians — “‘Interfaith Moment of Action’ at Statehouse mourns mosque attack victims”

“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.

Overdose Lifeline, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Women4Change — “Advocates Lobby State Lawmakers For Public Health Solutions To Opioid Crisis”

Overdose Lifeline, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Women4Change — “Advocates Lobby State Lawmakers For Public Health Solutions To Opioid Crisis”

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.

Overdose Lifeline — “Bill Would Establish Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Centers”

Overdose Lifeline — “Bill Would Establish Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Centers”

“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.

Sierra Club, Earth Chartr, H-IPL — “Renewable energy advocates lobby legislators”

Sierra Club, Earth Chartr, H-IPL — “Renewable energy advocates lobby legislators”

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.

MAI — “IN Focus: Central Indiana Muslim community calls for change after mass shootings in New Zealand”

MAI — “IN Focus: Central Indiana Muslim community calls for change after mass shootings in New Zealand”

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.

MAI — “‘Are we going to be next?’: Indianapolis Muslim community responds to New Zealand mosque shooting”

MAI — “‘Are we going to be next?’: Indianapolis Muslim community responds to New Zealand mosque shooting”

“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.

MAI — “Central Indiana’s Muslim community heartbroken after shootings at New Zealand mosques”

MAI — “Central Indiana’s Muslim community heartbroken after shootings at New Zealand mosques”

“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.

CHIP — “Home For LGBTQ Youth Taps Executive Director”

CHIP — “Home For LGBTQ Youth Taps Executive Director”

“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.”

Overdose Lifeline — “‘This really does save lives’: Narcan training helps local coffee shop owner save life”

Overdose Lifeline — “‘This really does save lives’: Narcan training helps local coffee shop owner save life”

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.

Overdose Lifeline — “Black Balloon Day is raising drug awareness”

Overdose Lifeline — “Black Balloon Day is raising drug awareness”

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.

VIPS — “VIPS of Indiana Helping people ‘see’ art in a different way with the ReVision Art Gallery”

VIPS — “VIPS of Indiana Helping people ‘see’ art in a different way with the ReVision Art Gallery”

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.

Sierra Club, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, Earth Charter — “First-Ever Renewable Energy Day Held at the Statehouse”

Sierra Club, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, Earth Charter — “First-Ever Renewable Energy Day Held at the Statehouse”

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.

Overdose Lifeline — “In memory of Savannah”

Overdose Lifeline — “In memory of Savannah”

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.

Maria Pimentel-Gannon — “‘It’s really, really hard not be affected’: Hoosier volunteers return from trip to border”

Maria Pimentel-Gannon — “‘It’s really, really hard not be affected’: Hoosier volunteers return from trip to border”

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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1100 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis IN 46208

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Email:
iic@indianainterchurch.org

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