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Making Room at the Table: The Story of the Philadelphia Eleven

November 3, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


ASL Upon Request.

Watch The Philadelphia Eleven, a compelling new documentary film about the first women to become Episcopal priests. Join a panel discussion with the filmmaker, two of the Eleven, and some of Indy’s trailblazing female religious leaders.

The film shows how a brave group of women shattered the stained glass ceiling on July 29, 1974, by challenging the very core of patriarchal culture to seek ordination as priests in the Episcopal Church. It is a powerful story of faith and conviction. It is a story for all of us, regardless of faith tradition.

Their story prompts questions such as what does a just and inclusive community look like in practice? How do we break down barriers with grace and remain true to ourselves in the process? How do we, as either the protagonist or as an ally, stand up to institutions that do not allow people to be who they are called to be? How do we practice radical inclusivity?

After the film screening, guests will hear from the filmmaker, Margo Guernsey, as well as two of the “Philadelphia Eleven,” Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward and Rev. Nancy Wittig. Joining them in conversation will be Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, the first Black woman elected diocesan bishop, and Rabbi Sandy Sasso, the first woman to be ordained a rabbi by the Reconstructionist movement. These trailblazing women have each played key roles in making room at the table and in bringing women’s perspectives and leadership to provide spiritual nourishment.

Questions? Contact 317-926-1346 or ktrumancox@trinitychurchindy.org.

Event Partners: Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond; Christ Church Cathedral; and the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.

Event Registration: Registration requested by noon on November 3. Walk-ins welcome.

Audience Note: Doors open at 6pm with seating beginning at 6:30pm. Entry to Newfields requires x-ray and bag screening. Please allow extra time for entry. The film screening and parking are free and fully accessible. Food is available at the museum cafe from 6-6:30pm. Please note only packaged food items from the cafe — nothing plated — may be taken into the theater.


November 3, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Newfields – The Toby
4000 N. Michigan Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46226 United States
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Parking Instructions
Parking is free in both the surface lot and garage. Accessible parking and seating is available. Please allow for enough to park and go through a bag check at the museum entrance.
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