Blood Drive
Sunday, April 22

Blood Drive


Reserve Your Time 

Walk-ins Also Welcome!

Second Church is partnering with Indiana Blood Center to help sustain the public blood supply. Often there are blood types are not available to send to hospitals--more blood donors are needed. Ministering to our community includes providing the resources and support needed during a time of crisis. Many experiencing a health crisis depend on the availability of donated blood products to provide intervention, hope, and healing.

Blood donation is a gift. Please participate.

Bread for the World
Sunday, April 22

Bread for the World

2018 Offering of Letters

Come write a personalized letter to our Senators and Representatives advocating for hungry people. It’s an effective tool that helps shape our government’s response to hunger. Specifically, urge Congress to make funding decisions that will put us on track to end hunger by 2030, the goal of Bread for the World. Families, churches, community groups, etc. all need to do their part to end hunger. It’s also crucial that our government do its part. The Hunger Ministry Team will be available with supplies, sample letters, and answers to your questions. 

Umoja Project Reception
Monday, April 23

Umoja Project Reception


Come meet Leonard and Linda, the hands and feet of the Umoja Project in western Kenya.

Join us from 5-7 p.m. in the Community Room to learn more about how Global Interfaith Partnership is transforming the lives of students and families in Chulaimbo, Kenya. Second is a founding member of GIP. All are welcome!

Theology on Tap
Tuesday, April 24, 7-9 p.m.

Theology on Tap

A Deeper Conversation About Faith, hosted by Young Adults

Want to talk a little more about your faith, God, the Bible? Have questions you’ve always wanted to ask a pastor but have never had the opportunity? We invite the young and young at heart to join us for our monthly series, Theology on Tap. Bring a friend! Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. First pint is on us!
April 24: “Resurrection in Our Own Lives” with Dr. Shelle Louer, Director of Music and Fine Arts

Steak Dinner 2018
Wednesday, April 25
LaVall Jordan

Steak Dinner 2018

Register Now

Join us for our 35th Annual Steak Dinner featuring Butler University Head Basketball Coach LaVall Jordan.

Everyone is invited for this inspirational speaker over an excellent meal.

All the donations and proceeds from the Steak Dinner go to support the inner-city Youth Ministry at Shepherd Community Center. This ministry trains inner-city youth for bettering their lives spiritually and preparing themselves for the responsibilities of working at a job.

Adult Steak $35
Youth & children’s Steak $15
Youth & Children’s Hamburger $10

If you would like to make a donation to Shepherd Community Center now, please click here to log in to your e-Giving account. Additional donation opportunities will be available at the event.

InSpiring Speaker Tamika Catchings
Thursday, May 10, 2018

InSpiring Speaker

Tamika Catchings Smith,
Retired Indiana Fever Professional Basketball Player

Register Now

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 11:15 AM
147th Sally McFarland Praise Luncheon

Come meet Tamika at the 147th Sally McFarland Praise Luncheon! Beginning at 10:45, she will be signing copies of her book, Catch a Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion. Books will be available for purchase.

Indiana’s “do-everything” forward completed 16 seasons in the WNBA, stepping away from her future-hall-of-fame career following the 2016 season. She is a four-time Olympic Gold Medalist and recipient of the very first ESPN Humanitarian Award in 2015. She founded and leads the 12-year-old Catch The Stars Foundation, which empowers all youth, boys and girls, to achieve their dreams by providing goal setting programs that promote fitness, literacy and youth development. Tamika will share her story of faith and endurance, overcoming challenges to become one of America’s greatest athletes.

**New** Evening Event

Free and Open to the Public

Children of all ages are invited to come hear how Tamika Catchings overcame personal challenges to become a WNBA star and four-time Olympic champion. Questions? Check online or contact Claudette Franklin at (317) 253-6461 or CFranklin@SecondChurch.

VBS 2018
Monday-Friday, June 25-29
(Kick-Off: Sunday, June 24)

Vacation Bible School - 2018

Stories from the Faith Family Tree

Vacation Bible School is about making friends, playing games, singing songs, painting pictures, sharing snacks, helping others and sealing God's story in our hearts. What a joyful way to add our own stories to the faith family tree!

"May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith as you are being rooted and grounded in love." Ephesians 3:17

Join us for a week-long summer adventure as we dig our roots deep into God’s love and grow strong in our faith.

Questions: contact Rev. Caroline Dennis, at (317) 253-6461 or

VBS Kick-Off Worship, Ice Cream Social and Open House

Everyone is invited to join us for worship in McFarland Hall at 4 p.m. During the week, please pray that this will be a safe, happy and meaningful week for our children, families and volunteers.

Vacation Bible School

Register VBS Participants

for children Age 4 (by 9/1/2018) – (rising into) Grade 6

Cost: $30 per person
Early bird discount is available. Pay $25 when you register before May 31.

Registration closes June 10, 2018

For families needing a longer day of enriching experiences …
VBSXtended Day
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM and NOON – 5:00 PM

Cost: $30 for AM; $150 for PM per person
Early bird discount for VBSXtended Day is available. Pay $25 for AM; $125 for PM per person when you register before May 31.

Registration closes June 10, 2018

Extend your VBS day by adding on VBSXtended Day. Children and Family Ministries offers an early morning and/or afternoon of loving care for VBS Particpants. Children have lunch time with a meal brought from home, take a rest, enjoy arts and crafts, quiet and active games, and outdoor play.

Volunteer for VBS

Register to Volunteer

VBS volunteers range from rising 7th grade to mid-nineties! There is a job for everyone, from classroom teachers to technology assistants, snack preparers to craft creators. We hope you can volunteer with us all five days but we welcome your help on as many days as you may be available. The gift of your time and creative energy will plant seeds of faith that will grow though the life of a child (and your own!).

VBS Volunteers must plan to attend one VBS Volunteer Orientation & Teacher Training Session, spend 2 hours on Classroom Setup and Decorating, and stay for Clean-up Friday afternoon (6/29). 

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to registration, all NEW Volunteers need to complete the Second Presbyterian Church Volunteer Application Form and Background Check. Find a link to this form in your registration confirmation email. Previous volunteers will be notified if a new background check is needed.

A VBS experience for young children of VBS volunteers...
VBS Jr - Childcare

Register for Childcare 

While you volunteer, your children who are under 4 years old may participate in age appropriate VBS activities while receiving tender care (& a t-shirt) in our nursery.

Please note: VBS Jr Childcare is available to volunteers, for their children under 4 years old, only on days when they are volunteering.

Questions: contact Rev. Caroline Dennis, at (317) 253-6461 or

Presenting Esther the Musical
Sunday, May 6

Presenting Esther the Musical


The daring, triumphant story of Esther is brought to vivid life in a musical presented by children at Second. Through the story of Esther, travel to the citadel of Susa where King Ahasuerus names Esther his new queen - and where Esther faces the decision of her life. Will wicked Haman prevail? Or will selfless Mordecai convince Esther to trust in God and save her people?

Memorable melodies, fun and whimsical reprises to expressive, heartfelt ballads, this musical has it all.

Join us for this Free Event!

Questions? Carol Baker, (317) 253-6461 x 356.

Exhibits in McFarland Hall
Spring/Summer 2018

Exhibits in McFarland Hall

“Art is truly a reflection of God’s creative spirit. Through the creation and perception of beauty, we praise and celebrate the creative power of God. Art is, in this respect, an aspect of worship. The struggle to build harmony in music, beauty on a blank canvas, or implement a creative idea is more than an act of faith—it becomes a quiet act of love” — Martha Sando, member of Second Church and the Fine Arts Advisory Team

The Fine Arts Advisory Team encourages everyone at Second to experience a sense of wonder and joy by these acts of love in the following upcoming exhibits:

Works of Randall Harden

Randall Scott Harden dedicates his being to creating art - it is his lifestyle. He sees the world through an artist’s eyes - as patterns of color, shapes, and light. At an early age, Randall felt the need to use art as a tool to interpret the world as he knew it.  He was tutored by local talent and continued to study throughout his life in workshops, museums, studios, and en plein air (outdoor painting) alongside his awardwinning peers. Today, he has a successful career bringing his vision to others through his paintings and workshops.

Watercolor Society of Indiana

The Watercolor Society of Indiana (WSI) hosts its annual Membership Show in McFarland Hall. The goals of WSI are four-fold: promote a strong awareness of, and interest in Indiana watercolor painting; to further the interest of painters in watercolor by sponsoring programs and competitive exhibits; to encourage the study of watercolor by art students and others engaged in the visual arts; and to establish the highest aesthetic standards in the field of watercolor painting.

Works of April Willy, Susan Mauck, and Jerry Points

Three prominent area artists share traditional, impressionist, and modern expressions of the timeless oil-on-canvas medium.

The Future is Now!
Tuesday, May 8, 11:30 a.m.

The Future is Now!

Indianapolis 500 Museum & Track Tour

Racing Fan? You can’t live in Indianapolis and Not be a Racing Fan! Come join us for a trip to the Speedway Museum and World-Famous 500 RaceTrack. All are Welcome! Dennis Donnelly, a member of Second will take us on a special tour of the museum and a ride around the track! We will meet at the Speedway Museum at 11:30 a.m. After the tours, we will have lunch at Dawson’s on Main. (Museum and Track Tour - $10.00 Lunch at Dawson’s - pay individually per the menu.)
Don’t Miss this Opportunity to Satisfy your Need for Speed! Reservations: Online at, on Sundays during Coffee Hour, or at the Front Desk during the week. Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, Noon

Samaritan Fund
2018 GOAL: $150,000

Samaritan Fund
Making a Difference

2018 GOAL: $150,000

Faced with the challenge of being a single mom, working three jobs, caring for her children, and taking classes, this mom found respite through CenterPoint’s Samaritan Fund.

We welcome your support in meeting this year’s $150,000 Samaritan Fund Goal. Donations can be made via e-giving by check payable to CenterPoint.

Contact CenterPoint with any questions. (317) 252-5518.

Winter Clothing Drive
Donations Being Accepted Now

Winter Clothing Drive

Christmas Benevolence


Warmer weather is on its way! As we transition our wardrobes from Winter to Spring, now is a great time to clear your closets of winter coats, gloves, hats, and clothing that no longer fits your family, both in size and in style. Help us get a head start for next winter as we prepare for the 2018 Christmas Benevolence campaign. Bring your gently used, outgrown items to the Donation Collection Center located at the back of the church, under the awning. Donations can be left any time the church building is open.

Thank you in advance for your donations as we prepare to serve our neighbors in need.

Second Calls New Senior Co-Pastor

Second Calls New Senior Co-Pastor

On Sunday, April 8, the congregation voted to call Reverend Christopher A. Henry to be senior co-pastor. He begins this new role in June 2018, serving with Dr. Lewis Galloway, who has served as Second's senior pastor for 14 years and who plans to retire this summer.

Below is a playlist of short videos to help you get to know Chris and his family a little better:

Rev. Chris Henry comes to Second from Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where he has served as Senior Pastor for seven years. He is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. in Religion) and Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He has served the wider church in a variety of capacities, currently serving as a member of Columbia Seminary’s board of trustees, the advisory board of NEXT Church, and on the board of the Alliance for Christian Media.

Chris has a passion for preaching that both inspires and challenges all to faithful living in complex times. He believes that churches have the capacity and the mandate to be places of transformation in the lives of individuals, the surrounding community and the world.

His wife, The Rev. Sara Hayden, has served since 2014 as Ministry Associate for the 1001 New Worshipping Communities movement of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The couple has two sons, Samuel (age 4) and Benjamin (age 1).

Letter from Rev. Chris Henry:

Dear Friends,
Though we have not yet had the opportunity to meet, you have been in my heart and mind for several months now. I am filled with hope and anticipation for the journey that is ahead of us, and I am deeply honored to be nominated to serve as your next Senior Pastor. In conversation with friends, mentors, and colleagues around the nation and particularly in exploring this potential call with the faithful and gifted members of your Pastoral Nominating Committee, my vision of Second Presbyterian Church has grown in clarity and depth. I know that to serve as your pastor means building on an extraordinary foundation of Christian witness, worship, mission, and discipleship. I know that to join in your ministry means becoming part of one of our nation’s most vibrant and gifted congregations. Your contributions to the city of Indianapolis, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Christian Church around the world, are truly remarkable. I am humbled and I am grateful.

I have been deeply blessed by the privilege of serving for seven years as Senior Pastor of Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. We have experienced wonderful growth and have seen the power of God at work in broad and deep ways among us. I continue to find my ministry at Shallowford both rewarding and challenging, and the congregation has been a community of grace for our family. Still, from my first conversation with your PNC co-chairs, I could sense that God’s Spirit was on the move. With the eyes of my heart, I could see the possibilities ahead. Since that time, you have not been far from my mind or my prayers. As others came and went, this potential call remained like a steady drumbeat that began to sound like God’s own voice. I am convinced that God was, and is, calling me to Second Presbyterian Church.

My partner in this journey of life and ministry, and the most spiritually-centered person I know, is Sara Hayden. We will celebrate our tenth anniversary in August. The greatest joy of our life together is the gift of being parents to Samuel and Benjamin. Sam is a wise and kind four-year-old who loves to be exploring outside or listening to a good story. Ben, who turned one on March 10, is on the verge of walking and loves to follow his big brother around. We join you as a family and look forward to making Second our church home.

From my earliest memories to my most recent worship experience, church has been the place where I have met God. In congregations of faithful believers who gather regularly to be sustained and sent out, I have witnessed the risen Christ. In strangers who become sisters and brothers, I have seen the Spirit weave the fabric of community together in profound ways. In the power of sacred words read and shared, I have come to believe in a living God who is still speaking. My prayer is that our ministry together will be a testimony to God’s grace at work in the world. I can’t wait to get started!

With gratitude and joy,

Pastoral Nominating Committee: Karen Buttrey, Co-Chair, Jerry Hallett, Co-Chair
Beth Bedwell, Carolyn Dederer, Bob Getts, Shadreck Kamwendo, Bud Melton, Eric Mercer, Anne Nobles,
Bill Sando, Kristine Seufert and Cindy Swider

Who is Chris Henry?

I cannot think of a greater blessing for Second Presbyterian church than to have Chris Henry step into the role of your soon-to-be Senior Pastor. Your storied congregation will soon discover that you have called one of the most gifted Christian leaders of this generation. Chris is a rare combination of high intellect and warm-heartedness. He preaches a message that challenges the mind, nourishes the spirit, and encourages discipleship. He also has a swell sense of humor and genuinely enjoys every aspect of ministry. He is beloved by centenarians, babies in the nursery and everyone else in between. He loves them all right back.

Chris and I have known one another since he came to work as seminary intern at a church I served as pastor in Atlanta. The congregation immediately fell in love with him. When he graduated from seminary (at the top of his class), he was ordained as our Associate Pastor, a job he fulfilled as if he already had twenty years of experience under his belt. He was a great colleague from the start. After he became pastor of his own congregation in Atlanta, his tenure there was soon marked by strong numerical and spiritual growth on the part of the membership, a flourishing children and youth program, and broad, effective outreach into the community.

You will love Chris and his wife Sara Hayden, an especially gifted minister herself who knows more about new church development than anyone else around. Their family is filled with love and delight, and their splendid little boys, Samuel and Ben, will soon steal your hearts.

All of this is to say that the Second Presbyterian Pastoral Search Committee has found for you a genuine treasure. I have no doubt that Chris will lead you well into a new tomorrow and a deeper life in Christ.

To God be the glory!

Rev. Dr. Joanna M. Adams 
Pastor Emerita, Morningside Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

I am thrilled that Chris will be the next pastoral leader for Second Presbyterian Church. I have always found Chris to be a person of high integrity and humility. He is an excellent leader who is authentically himself both in and out of the pulpit. I look forward to what happens in the next season of Second Presbyterian Church’s life.

Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner
Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL

From the day I met Chris Henry as a freshman at Duke, I knew that God had given us someone very special. As a student, Chris always took the most demanding courses and pushed himself to prepare as best he could, because of his great respect for the mission of Jesus Christ and the part he was to play in that mission.

After watching him thrive in seminary, I got to see Chris dive into pastoral leadership. Testing himself in a variety of church situations, Chris showed what good judgment God had used in calling and equipping someone like Chris to lead the church.

And now Chris has been called to one of the grand congregations in his denomination. Chris Henry is just the right person to lead Second Presbyterian into the future. Hey, Second Pres, hold on to your hats. With Chris Henry as your pastor, you will end up miles from here!

Will Willimon
Former Dean, Duke University Chapel, United Methodist Bishop, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke University

Q&A with Chris Henry

1. Why are you considering the call to come to Second?

Because I truly believe that God is calling us to join in ministry together. While I have never experienced God’s call as a flash of lightning or thundering voice from the heavens, I believe God does speak to us in palpable ways. For me, this has most often come in conversations with those who know and love me best and in the subtle but steady form of experiences that point the way forward. Since last summer, I have seen and heard God’s call to consider this unique ministry opportunity.

2. What intrigues you about our congregation? What opportunities most excite you?

Second Presbyterian Church is, without a doubt, a leading congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and of mainline Protestantism. I am intrigued and inspired by the incredible history of this congregation and its vital role in shaping the future of faith in our nation. The vision and leadership capacity of Second Presbyterian can be a catalyst for renewal both within this congregation and far beyond. I am also excited for opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue and action on the issues that face Indianapolis and the wider culture. I believe that God has gifted this church in such a wide variety of ways, and I believe that God’s gifts always come with a call to use them in the service of others.

3. What leadership positions have you held?

In addition to serving as senior pastor of a growing congregation for the last seven years, I have had the opportunity to provide leadership to the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta through its Coordinating Council and Examinations Commission. I have also enjoyed serving our denomination and am now a member of the Board of Trustees at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia and on the Advisory Board of the NEXT Church movement.

4. What would you say have been your greatest accomplishments at your current church?

The Shallowford congregation has really experienced remarkable growth over the last seven years. We have increased from a membership of 717 to a membership of 1,048 in that time, and our annual budget has increased by 61%. Among those who have joined the Shallowford congregation in that time, many are young families or have young children. This has contributed to a sense of renewed energy and vitality in the church. Still, I think perhaps the greatest accomplishment of our time together has been the genuine sense of intergenerational community that has emerged. I love serving a church with active members at every stage of life, and particularly enjoy watching relationships form among those representing different life stages. Shallowford has grown deeper and wider in our time together.

5. What is your favorite thing about being a pastor?

Baptisms! Also, the amazing privilege of walking with people and communities through every joy and sorrow that life can bring, and representing the presence of God with them in each moment. I continue to be astounded that God has called me to serve in this way. Astounded, and grateful.

6. Why did you feel called to ministry?

Church has always been home for me. When I was a freshman at Duke University, I began to sense that God was calling me into ministry. I considered whether that might be mission work, academic pursuits, or a ministry of advocacy. And then, I felt called back home to the place where my call was formed. In the intervening years, I had fallen in love with the power of the spoken word. And so, I discovered the gift of preaching and the joy of serving congregations…it was a perfect fit!

7. What appeals to you about being part of PC(USA)?

The PC(USA) is my theological home because it has shaped my faith and my life. I was born nine months before reunification, and so I am roughly as old as the denomination, which seems fitting. I love being part of a denomination that takes the Bible seriously, that honors different and even divergent perspectives, that believes God calls us to live faithfully, and that trusts in God’s sovereign love.

8. What is your favorite Bible passage?

Honestly, it depends on the situation! For me, the letters of Paul have been formative and instructive. I am especially drawn to his letter to the Romans. I am challenged by his instruction at the end of the letter, Romans 15:7, “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” What would it mean to welcome others just as Christ has welcomed us?! How might that bring glory to God?

9. Tell us about your family.

I grew up as the second of four children and am the son of a Presbyterian minister and a clinical psychologist. Since August of 2008, I have been married to Rev. Sara Hayden, who is on our denomination’s staff as part of the 1001 New Worshipping Communities movement. We have two sons—Samuel is four and Benjamin is one. We are loving the energy of two young sons and missing some of the sleep that once came so easily!

10. What do you enjoy in your free time?

A few years ago, I decided to become a runner. I hated it for three months, then I fell in love with it. Now, I try to carve out time for running, which is good for body, mind and spirit. I love watching college basketball (mostly Duke basketball), eating out with friends and reading a good biography or novel.

11. What is your favorite food?

Is coffee a food? If so, I’ll go with that. If not, I would say that Indian cuisine is a current favorite—I love the spices and preparation methods of good south Asian food.

12. Who are your favorite sports teams?

I was fortunate enough to experience a men’s national basketball championship my freshmen year at Duke. As one who had been a fan since I was seven years old, that was a highlight of my college years. I still try to get back for a game or two each year. While I follow professional sports, my allegiance is somewhat thin. I do like the Carolina Panthers (growing up in NC) and the St. Louis Cardinals (where my brother lives)…but I guess I should say Colts and Pacers, right?


Wisdom School
April 2018

Wisdom School

The Way of Wisdom: a Wisdom School
Do you long for deep knowing?
Do you thirst for deep rest?


Wisdom is a way of knowing what goes beyond one’s mind, one’s rational understanding, to embrace the whole of the person: heart, mind, and body. Wisdom is the mystery embedded deep within every religion. Our particular Wisdom School will approach Wisdom through a Christian lens.

A Wisdom School is a retreat focused on living in Presence. It is about deepening what Cynthia Bourgeault calls "intelligent spiritual insight." In Wisdom Way of Knowing, she says, "Wisdom is not about knowing more but knowing deeper." This retreat will be based on the model developed by Cynthia Bourgeault.

A Wisdom School does not actually teach Wisdom; it creates a sacred space for Wisdom to emerge.

Wisdom brings about a change of consciousness. Practice is the path we follow to bring about this change.
Wisdom Jesus, Cynthia Bourgeault

Recommended reading:
Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault
Gospel of Thomas (Jan and Diane will be using Lynn Baumann’s translation. There are many others)
(Kindle free version: The Gospel of Thomas, by A. Nyland)

If you have questions, please contact Diane at (317) 437-4689 or Jan at (937) 321-5016. 

This intensive retreat occurs over two weekends, offering an ancient roadmap of human wholeness, holding sacred space for our being to increase and to have greater receptivity to Presence. Through the Benedictine tradition of prayer and work, we will prepare our hearts to perceive the signs of Wisdom. We will use a three-centered approach in order to bring heart, mind, and body into harmony and deepen our spiritual formation.

Through the use of sacred practices, including silence, prayer, work, chanting, and Lectio Divina, we will hold sacred space. The leaders will be Diane Elliott and Jan Byars. Cynthia has been Diane’s and Jan’s spiritual teacher for many years and has endorsed this beginning Wisdom School personally.

Please join us for two weekends of deep Knowing & deep Rest! Space is limited to 30, first come first served. A waitlist will be created if necessary.

Dates: (Your registration includes two weekends.)

  • Friday, April 6, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Place: Second Presbyterian Church (7700 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN  46260) 

Cost: $150 per person includes 2 weekends.
This includes Friday dinner, and Saturday & Sunday lunches and snacks. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Second Presbyterian has graciously provided the facilities, keeping the cost very low.

  • $50 is due at registration and $100 by March 1, 2018.
  • Full $150 payment is required at registration, when registering March 1 - April 3.
  • Final registration deadline is April 3.

Since breakfast is not included, please eat breakfast before coming. You can register online or mail a check (made payable to Second Presbyterian Church, Wisdom School in memo blank) to Wisdom School, Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260.


Five Good Books: Christianity and Spirituality

Five Good Books for April

Christianity and Spirituality


  1. Diana Butler Bass, Grounded: Finding God in the World—a Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2017)
  2. Carol Howard Merritt, Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God after Experiencing a Hurtful Church (HarperOne, 2018)
  3. Brian McLaren, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian (Convergent, 2016)
  4. Diana Hayes, Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality (Orbis, 2012)
  5. Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (Jossey-Bass, 2011)

Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Meet us in McFarland Hall.


Parents visit; children gather. Join hands in service to God and BE SECOND Church to the world.

Comfy corner seating at low tables offer child forward mission activities and parent gathering spots during the 10:30-11:00 morning fellowship time.

Forum on Gun Violence
Watch the Video

Forum on Gun Violence

Couldn't attend the forum? Watch the video here.

Second presented a community forum on gun violence on Wednesday, April 11.

In an effort to bridge the divide of conflicting opinions and provide a space for open and honest discussion, Second is gathering an array of experts to discuss gun violence. Our faith calls us to work toward a more peaceful, just and loving society.

In this forum we will examine the issue of gun violence from a variety of perspectives—biblical, theological, legal and social—as we seek to gain clarity on our responsibilities as disciples of Jesus Christ in response to this crisis. Please join us for this important event in the life of our community.

The event was free and open to the public.

Gun Violence Forum Speakers

Dr. Stephen Dunlop is an MD psychiatrist and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has taught on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine and served as medical director for behavioral health at St. Francis Hospital. A recognized expert on gun violence, he is a board member and past president of Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence and has spoken widely on the nature and public health implications of gun violence for society.

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community (Chalice Press, 2015) which tells the stories of clergy and activists who were actively involved in the movement for racial justice in Ferguson and beyond. The recipient of numerous awards, her work particularly addresses the concerns of education, justice, and human dignity.

Dr. Walter (Jack) Pratt is Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School and James P. Mozingo Professor of Legal Research Emeritus at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He taught law for nearly forty years at the law schools of Brigham Young, Duke, Notre Dame, and South Carolina after serving as law clerk for Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court Warren Burger. His particular interest and expertise is in the drafting and interpretation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Dr. John Franke (Moderator) is Theologian in Residence at Second. He also serves as general coordinator for the Gospel and Our Culture Network, as well as adjunct professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and Christian Theological Seminary. In addition, he is the author of several books and numerous articles, essays and reviews and has spoken on matters of Christian faith and social concern throughout the country and around the world.