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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
June 19, 2019

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Becoming A Citizen

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June 19, 2019

11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Community Building: Resiliency Across Sectors

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June 27, 2019

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Youth and Childcare programs round table

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June 29, 2019

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

ReadyChurch

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July 6, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:29 pm

The Intersection of Bi+ and Trans Communities

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Interchurch Community's News & Happenings
CHIP — “Homelessness Count Shows Slight Decrease, But Problem Persists”

CHIP — “Homelessness Count Shows Slight Decrease, But Problem Persists”

On Thursday, May 23, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention released the results of the yearly study, which was conducted the night of Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Earth Charter — “Students working with Indiana cities to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions”

Earth Charter — “Students working with Indiana cities to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions”

This summer as part of the Indiana Sustainability Development Program, Indiana University students are working with several local governments in Indiana to complete community-scale greenhouse gas inventories.

CHIP — “Lack of affordable housing is a growing problem in Indiana”

CHIP — “Lack of affordable housing is a growing problem in Indiana”

Prosperity Indiana joined the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), the IU Public Policy Institute and the National Low Income Housing Coalition at the Horizon House in Indianapolis to discuss the affordable housing issue.

OBAT — “Qureshi to give address to Bradford graduates”

OBAT — “Qureshi to give address to Bradford graduates”

Dr Qureshi volunteers her time to performing humanitarian work, disaster relief work and refugee medicine serving as a Board Member for OBAT Helpers focusing on refugee healthcare

Earth Charter — “Indiana Earth Charter director to speak”

Earth Charter — “Indiana Earth Charter director to speak”

Jim Poyser, director of Indiana Earth Charter, will be the guest speaker at a presentation hosted by Bartholomew County Indivisible, The Sierra Club and Energy Matters Community Coalition.

JCRC — “Local Jewish leaders applaud synagogue vandal’s prison sentence”

JCRC — “Local Jewish leaders applaud synagogue vandal’s prison sentence”

“There’s, of course, a certain amount of fear and anger and disappointment,” David Sklar, assistant director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, said. “The people that perpetrate these types of crimes don’t realize the effect that comes out of these things usually brings communities closer together.”

CHIP — “Homelessness is at a 5-year low in Indy. Here’s why advocates say that’s ‘unacceptable.’”

CHIP — “Homelessness is at a 5-year low in Indy. Here’s why advocates say that’s ‘unacceptable.’”

“While this is trending in the right direction,” said Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director, “this number is still unacceptable.”

JCRC — “INDIANAPOLIS MAN WHO ‘OPENLY IDENTIFIED WITH NAZISM’ TRAVELED 50 MILES TO SET FIRE TO SYNAGOGUE WITH HOMEMADE NAPALM”

JCRC — “INDIANAPOLIS MAN WHO ‘OPENLY IDENTIFIED WITH NAZISM’ TRAVELED 50 MILES TO SET FIRE TO SYNAGOGUE WITH HOMEMADE NAPALM”

An Indianapolis man who holds Nazi beliefs and openly spoke of his admiration for Adolf Hitler has been jailed after admitting vandalizing synagogue grounds.

States Crack Down on Environmental Activists

States Crack Down on Environmental Activists

At least eight of those bills were introduced this year, with 12 laws now on the books Iowa, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, and Texas have pending legislation that would make protest near “crucial infrastructure” punishable by fines and prison time.

IIC — “Police-oriented Bible now available for IMPD officers”

IIC — “Police-oriented Bible now available for IMPD officers”

The American Bible Society introduced the Bible at a luncheon hosted by IMPD’s chaplains at the Indiana Interchurch Center.

Overdose Lifeline — “Non-profit group plans opioid recovery home for women and their children”

Overdose Lifeline — “Non-profit group plans opioid recovery home for women and their children”

Organizers with Overdose Lifeline say the residential treatment facility will be open to women who are pregnant and who have young children.

Sierra Club — “Gas Plant Rejection Brings the Energy Transition Home to Indiana”

Sierra Club — “Gas Plant Rejection Brings the Energy Transition Home to Indiana”

Vectren South wanted to replace baseload coal capacity with a massive gas plant. Regulators told the Indiana utility to consider more options in a fast-moving energy world.

Overdose Lifeline — “Group fighting opioid epidemic hoping to build recovery home”

Overdose Lifeline — “Group fighting opioid epidemic hoping to build recovery home”

Clients to the new Overdose Lifeline recovery residence would receive constant structure and treatment, including mental health and addiction support, individual and group therapy, case management, goal planning, and employment and education assistance.

Overdose Lifeline — “IU bringing rural residents, state leaders together to strengthen communities at IU Rural Conference”

Overdose Lifeline — “IU bringing rural residents, state leaders together to strengthen communities at IU Rural Conference”

On May 13, IU’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge initiative team — along with IU Health, Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition and Overdose Lifeline, a statewide nonprofit addressing the opioid public health crisis — will provide naloxone training to attendees.

JCRC — ‘We must speak out’: Carmel remembers the Holocaust as anti-Semitic incidents continue in US

JCRC — ‘We must speak out’: Carmel remembers the Holocaust as anti-Semitic incidents continue in US

he Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council said in October that “anti-Semitic acts and expressions” are at an all-time high.

CIC & MAI — “Faith traditions come together for ‘Solidarity Vigil and Interfaith Prayer’ in response to Sri Lanka bombings”

CIC & MAI — “Faith traditions come together for ‘Solidarity Vigil and Interfaith Prayer’ in response to Sri Lanka bombings”

The “Solidarity Vigil and Interfaith Prayer” event, co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis-based Center for Interfaith Cooperation and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, drew leaders in the city of the Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish and Muslim communities.

JCRC — “Local synagogues tighten security after CA shooting”

JCRC — “Local synagogues tighten security after CA shooting”

“We just have to be vigilant whether it is a Tuesday or a Saturday whether it is near a Jewish holiday or not. It is a difficult moment and every one of our synagogues and organizations and institutions is obviously on higher alert as we need to be,” said Lindsey Mintz, director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.

Sierra Club — “INDIANA REGULATORS REJECT UTILITY’S PROPOSAL FOR MASSIVE GAS PLANT”

Sierra Club — “INDIANA REGULATORS REJECT UTILITY’S PROPOSAL FOR MASSIVE GAS PLANT”

“As a representative of Sierra Club and as a Vectren customer raising my daughter in Southwest Indiana, I am grateful to the IURC for this decision,” said Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative with Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.

CIC & MIA — “Victims of Sri Lanka attack mourned in 2 Indianapolis services”

CIC & MIA — “Victims of Sri Lanka attack mourned in 2 Indianapolis services”

WTHR was at interfaith vigil for victims in Sri Lanka, and give a flavor of what you may have missed.

Earth Charter — Shortridge High School students create an Earth Day Celebration”

Earth Charter — Shortridge High School students create an Earth Day Celebration”

Students began the day listening to a presentation from Jim Poyser, executive director of Earth Charter Indiana, who discussed ways students can make changes to improve the environment. For example, he said students can campaign to replace Styrofoam cafeteria trays with more environmentally friendly cardboard trays.

CHIP — “Interview with Jenni White, Founding Executive Director of Trinity Haven”

CHIP — “Interview with Jenni White, Founding Executive Director of Trinity Haven”

Trinity Episcopal Church incubated Trinity Haven until it received its own nonprofit designation in 2018. While all youth will be warmly welcomed at Trinity’s worship services if they wish to attend, there are no religious requirements for residents of Trinity Haven.

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

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(317) 923-3617

Email:
iic@indianainterchurch.org

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