Due To The Weather, We Will Cancel The Sunday Jan 5 2014 Service


Welcome! Broad Ripple United Methodist Church is an open congregation in the heart of Broad Ripple village seeking to join God's missions of loving all people unconditionally and bringing reconciliation and justice to places of suffering and oppression. We are making a difference, one relationship at a time, in Broad Ripple and beyond.

We are in the midst of an exciting time of rebirth following the discernment and adoption of a new vision and an extensive renovation and reorientation of our sanctuary and gathering space. As part of our vision, we focus on a particular way of life that is relationship-oriented: We deepen relationship with each other and our neighbors one at a time as a way of deepening relationship with God. Why this relationship focus? Read about it.

This morning, we listened to the gospel story assigned for this Second Sunday after Epiphany, in which Jesus invites two of the first disciples to follow him. I talked about how hearing this familiar invitation on Martin Luther King weekend reminded me that Jesus' invitation "Follow me" isn't simply an individual one to follow Jesus on a religious journey. It's also an invitation to all of humanity to follow him toward the fullest expression of the Realm of God on earth. It's a long road--for individuals, the journey lasts a lifetime, and for humanity it's a continuous journey of maturation that has been going on for millennia.

And in America, that means continuing to encounter the demon of race-based prejudice, both as individuals and as a culture. During the sermon, we listened to Martin Luther King's entire "I Have a Dream" speech. I offered worshipers a copy of the text after the service; you can download a copy here if you would like to read it.

I referenced a series of columns by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof that ran over a few months late last summer and fall, as part of the conversation about race that the killing of Michael Brown catalyzed. Kristof did a terrific job of responding to the white voice that questioned whether racism persists and why there was so much energy in the protests in Ferguson and elsewhere.

I encourage you to read the columns. You can find the whole series of columns here.


Our congregation grieves with the rest of the city as we lay to rest a police officer killed Fourth of July weekend while responding to gunfire. We grieve for the many others killed and wounded in so much violence in our city, including the 7 wounded just down the street that same weekend. We grieve the use of violence in any form, and we are working in a variety of ways to join God's peacemaking work. Read Pastor Brent's blog entry about this. 

You are welcome, as you are, to join us in worshiping God every Sunday morning at 10:40am.

Nursery care and special activities for older kids are available during worship services.

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Pastor Brent Wright reflects occasionally on the journey of faith in his blog called
Posts from the Pilgrimage.

We are located in the heart of Broad Ripple at Guilford and 62nd St. Here is a map to the church.

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Our church is part of the Central District of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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Broad Ripple United Methodist Church
United Methodist

6185 N. Guilford Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Office: 317-251-5049

Broad Ripple United Methodist Church