Monthly Archives: February 2017

Cross of Nails Community in Marion,IN

Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Marion, IN is an affiliate of Cross of Nails Community based in Coventry Cathedral, UK. Following the horrific destruction of much of the medieval church by bombs in 1940 air raids, clergy and members of the cathedral established what has become a worldwide movement seeking to reconcile and heal conflict on the local, national, and international basis.

For the last several years, the clergy and members of Gethsemane have also committed to the work of reconciliation and healing. We have made efforts to facilitate discussion of race, sexuality, and women’s issues. Parishioners have participated training and seminars in poverty and minority concerns in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Our rector has attended reconciliation meetings in Syria and Cyprus. He was awarded a grant from the Lily Foundation to travel to Israel to study matters about the Palestine- Israeli conflict.

Gethsemane Parish was pleased to be accepted as an affiliate of the Cross of Nails. Local communities of are encouraged to take from the CCN global mission those things that apply to the particular situation that applies to them.

Mission of the CCN in Marion, Indiana

The purpose of our community is to explore our hope and commitment to live and work toward the reconciliation of all things in Christ. To that end, three areas of mission follow.

Healing the Wounds of History

The wrongs of the past continue to haunt the Marion area. Racism persists. The lynching of two African- American young men and the attempted lynching of a third in 1930 has resulted in considerable pain, anger, and mistrust. The collapse of manufacturing has led to systemic poverty, personal and familial dysfunction across racial groups. The Marion CCN will not solve these problems but rather work to address them through discussion and debate.

Living with Difference and Celebrate Diversity

The community must seek to reconcile issues of identity and inclusion.
As Christians, we are committed to showing by example a way to a just and inclusive society. We will address the issues which divide us such as sexuality, gender, ethnicity, and equity.

Building a Culture of Peace

We will strive for an end to violence on a personal and societal level by becoming a symbol of hope as well advocates for averting violence. We will teach peace.

Love thy neighbor: Jesus and Racial Reconciliation

Over seventy people gathered in the Gethsemane Episcopal parish hall on Saturday, February 18, 2017, for a discussion on systemic injustice, white privilege, historic wounds, and future steps to healing. Those attending were college students, professors from local universities, clergy, and parish members.

The event consisted of a series of short talks, followed by a series of table discussions. Father Jim Warnock called the meeting to together. Katie Karnehm-Esh, author, and English professor, presented a personal reflection on matters of race and white privilege. Bill Munn, Grant County Historian, spoke on historic wounds and their effect on the local community, and Josh Molnar, candidate for the order of deacons, spoke of Jesus teaching in the “Sermon on the Plains.” Dr. Rusty Hawkins of IWU gave the keynote dealing with the church’s response to racism.

Video of these talks are available online at
Rev. Shonda Gladden of Allen Temple AME Church and Bishop Doug Sparks of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana attended as special guests and observers.

The talks and discussions were set in a litany of repentance led by parishioner Aimee Molnar. Kresha Warnock, early childhood educator and Kathy Satterlee, elementary teacher, planned and directed children’s activities for the day.

Lunch was prepared by members of the parish and served by Jane and Larry Slagle.

The keynote speaker for this event Dr. Rusty Hawkins. Hear his address above

“J. Russell (Rusty) Hawkins graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 1999. After taking an M.A. in American History from Montana State University, Rusty served for a year with AmeriCorps as a literacy program coordinator in the public schools of Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Rice University in 2009.

In 2013 Rusty and his co-editor, Philip Luke Sinitiere published Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith (Oxford University Press). The book was drawn from papers delivered at a 2010 conference that Rusty organized at Indiana Wesleyan University to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith’s book, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America…

Rusty is currently finishing a book manuscript titled Sacred Segregation: White Evangelicals and Civil Rights in South Carolina, which is under contract with Louisiana State University Press…”

Indiana Wesleyan University