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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
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Interchurch Community's News & Happenings
Sierra Club — “State Approves Much Smaller Rate Increase For Duke Energy Customers”

Sierra Club — “State Approves Much Smaller Rate Increase For Duke Energy Customers”

Wendy Bredhold is with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Indiana. “This coal plant is way too expensive for customers and is not needed,” she said.

Sierra Club — “Activists criticize plan to keep 1 coal-fired plant”

Sierra Club — “Activists criticize plan to keep 1 coal-fired plant”

The Herald, June 22, 2020 EVANSVILLE — A utility that serves about…

Sierra Club — “Vectren Plans To Go 60 Percent Renewable Energy By 2025”

Sierra Club — “Vectren Plans To Go 60 Percent Renewable Energy By 2025”

Wendy Bredhold is with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Indiana. She says this new plan is a big improvement — but Vectren still hopes to keep its remaining coal unit at its F. B. Culley Generating Station in Warrick County running for another two decades.

Gendernexus — “Survey reveals gaps in services available to Indianapolis’ LGBTQ+community”

Gendernexus — “Survey reveals gaps in services available to Indianapolis’ LGBTQ+community”

“These results are heartbreaking and demand action,” said GenderNexus Executive Director Julie Walsh.

Sierra Club — “Indiana regulators decline to scrutinize IPL coal practices but continue Duke review”

Sierra Club — “Indiana regulators decline to scrutinize IPL coal practices but continue Duke review”

Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive, June 9, 2020 Dive Brief: Indiana regulators last…

MAI — “Muslim Alliance of Indiana highlights local business”

MAI — “Muslim Alliance of Indiana highlights local business”

The Muslim Alliance of Indiana wants to give Muslim-owned businesses a chance in the spotlight.

Earth Charter — “Evansville will host annual statewide Climate Leadership Summit”

Earth Charter — “Evansville will host annual statewide Climate Leadership Summit”

Elected officials and community leaders from across Indiana will visit Evansville this year for an annual leadership summit on climate change.

Overdose Lifeline — “Happy first anniversary, United Council on Opioids!”

Overdose Lifeline — “Happy first anniversary, United Council on Opioids!”

Since Jan. 25, 2019, more than 70 community members have participated in creating solutions to the local substance abuse crisis. The UCO has developed partnerships with agencies across the region.

Sierra Club — “National Consumer, Environmental Groups Urge Indiana Lawmakers To Reject Coal Bailout Bill”

Sierra Club — “National Consumer, Environmental Groups Urge Indiana Lawmakers To Reject Coal Bailout Bill”

“This bill is nothing but a giveaway to the coal industry,” said Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in Indiana. “Legislators should be focused on how to support communities impacted by coal plant retirements instead of trying to slow the transition to clean energy at the expense of all Hoosiers.”

Women4Change — “Contact legislators regarding Indiana’s gender pay gap”

Women4Change — “Contact legislators regarding Indiana’s gender pay gap”

The gender pay gap is a complex problem, touching on a variety of issues such as paid family leave, pregnancy accommodations, and childcare accessibility. Women4Change stands with Hoosier women by advocating for progress in all of these areas.

Overdose Lifeline — “Exhibit on substance abuse opens Saturday at Indiana State Museum”

Overdose Lifeline — “Exhibit on substance abuse opens Saturday at Indiana State Museum”

An exhibit dedicated to educating people on the drug epidemic in Indiana will open to the public Saturday at the Indiana State Museum.

Sierra Club — “The controversial ‘coal bailout’ bill could raise your rates. Here’s what you should know”

Sierra Club — “The controversial ‘coal bailout’ bill could raise your rates. Here’s what you should know”

Ohio’s provides subsidies for a few coal and nuclear plants around the state, while also reducing requirements that utilities meet benchmarks for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Wyoming’s requires utilities to try to sell their coal plants before being able to close, but no one is wanting to buy them, according to Jeremy Fisher, an analyst in Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program.

Sierra Club — “Controversial coal bill passes off the House floor, heads to Indiana Senate”

Sierra Club — “Controversial coal bill passes off the House floor, heads to Indiana Senate”

“The controversial Indiana bill that could delay closing coal plants and raise rates for customers is still alive and on its way to the Senate.”

Women4Change — “Letter: Indiana’s sex crime statute needs reform”

Women4Change — “Letter: Indiana’s sex crime statute needs reform”

Currently, Indiana does not have a legal definition. In very basic terms, in our state, sex without consent is not a crime unless there is force, the threat of force or incapacitation.

Sierra Club — “Indiana utilities would be prevented from shutting down coal-fired plants under new bill”

Sierra Club — “Indiana utilities would be prevented from shutting down coal-fired plants under new bill”

“This bill is bad for energy consumers, bad for our air and water, and bad for climate progress at a time when we need to accelerate the clean energy transition, not slow it down,” said Wendy Bredhold, senior representative for the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal Campaign” in Indiana and Kentucky.

Covering Kids & Families — “ACA enrollment slips in Indiana”

Covering Kids & Families — “ACA enrollment slips in Indiana”

She said Covering Kids and Families has developed “more of a known presence” in northeast Indiana.

CIC — “Letters: Speak out against rising anti-Semitism, hate speech, bigotry”

CIC — “Letters: Speak out against rising anti-Semitism, hate speech, bigotry”

“All faith traditions embrace the idea of peace,” said David Shaheed, Center for Interfaith Cooperation’s board chair. “None of us can be at peace if members of other faiths are living in fear of threats and attacks.”

Sierra Club — “Indiana utility to retire 2 of 4 remaining coal-fired units”

Sierra Club — “Indiana utility to retire 2 of 4 remaining coal-fired units”

“It’s good that IPL is moving to get rid of two units at this outdated, massive Super Polluter, but we can’t tiptoe our way out of the climate crisis,” Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Indian

OBAT Helpers — “Franciscan team provides medical care to refugee camp”

OBAT Helpers — “Franciscan team provides medical care to refugee camp”

Since October 2017, OBAT Helpers has been working inside the camp to help improve access to health care, education and economic empowerment to the Rohingya population. OBAT Helpers is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit founded to care for refugees in Bangladesh.

Sierra Club — “Environmental groups want U.S. Steel to pay bigger fine for 2017 chemical spill”

Sierra Club — “Environmental groups want U.S. Steel to pay bigger fine for 2017 chemical spill”

Lake Michigan and all the Great Lakes are a treasured resource and drinking-water source and deserve the highest level of protection, Alliance for the Great Lakes president Joel Brammeier said in discussing the letter.

OBAT Helpers & JCRC — “Local doctors assist Rohingya people in crisis in Bangladesh as alleged genocide case moves forward”

OBAT Helpers & JCRC — “Local doctors assist Rohingya people in crisis in Bangladesh as alleged genocide case moves forward”

If you would like to get involved with the work OBAT is doing here or abroad, please visit obathelpers.org to learn more.

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Indiana Interchurch Center
1100 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis IN 46208

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Email:
iic@indianainterchurch.org

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