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When and Where:
Friday, November 11, 2016 12:30 PM to Sunday, November 13, 2016 4:00 PM
at Roberts Park UMC

401 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204



Event Description:

First-ever side-by-side exhibit of sculptor Timothy Schmalz's "Matthew 25" works partnered with 3-days of side-by-side dinners and fellowship among festival participants, homeless neighbors, community leaders, artists, and congregants.

There is nothing like a home cooked meal served around a family table. Yet for thousands in Marion County alone, that is an unimaginable scene. Through its 20-year feeding ministry, Soup’s On, Roberts Park serves more than 11,000 meals a year to the homeless and food-insecure in Indianapolis. In 2015, Roberts Park unveiled the sculpture “Homeless Jesus” by Timothy Schmalz at the intersection of Alabama, Vermont, and Mass Avenue as a means to provoke conversation and bring attention to our homeless neighbors. Roberts Park UMC believes we can work together to build a more dynamic, compassionate, stronger, and loving community by sharing our experiences “side-by-side.” 

This multi-part festival offering allows several entry points to learn more about homelessness and how faith, art, and community service can intersect to make a different in people’s lives.

Exhibition & Church Tours: From Nov. 11 through 13, six sculptures by Timothy Schmalz themed on the teachings of Matthew 25 (“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”) will be on public display—side-by-side—for the very first time. Free.
Hours: Friday, Nov. 11 from 12:30-4:30pm & 6:30-9:30pm; Saturday, Nov. 12, 12:30-8pm; Sunday, Nov. 13, 12:30-4pm.

Artist-led Tour, Reception, & Dinner: Nov. 11, 5—7:30pm. Community members are invited to participate in a reception and meal of thanksgiving with Timothy Schmalz, Mayor Joe Hogsett, and congregants of Roberts Park UMC, including individuals involved with the church’s 20-year-old Soup’s On ministry. Members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will provide music as participants share a meal. Dinner guests are invited to the premiere of Matthew's Voices: Side-by-Side following the dinner (see below). $50 per meal, supports additional shared meals with the homeless during the festival. RSVP by Nov. 7 at or 317-635-1636.

Concert: Nov. 11, 7:45—9pm. Remarks by Timothy Schmalz, preceded by the premiere of Matthew’s Voices: Side-by-Side, the newly formed community choir comprised of men and women of all walks of life, including our homeless neighbors, under the direction of Roberts Park Choir Director Jason Fishburn. Free, open to the public. 

Shared Meals: Nov. 12, 5pm and Nov. 13, 12pm. Community members are welcome to participate in additional meals provided through the Soup’s On ministry. RSVPs required for the Nov. 12 family-style meal at Walk-ins welcome for the Nov. 13 traditional Soup’s On hot lunch.
Walk-ins welcome to the exhibit, church tours, and traditional Nov. 13 Soup’s On hot lunch.

RSVPs required by Nov. 7 for the Nov. 11 artist tour, reception, & dinner at 317-635-1636 or ($50).

Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPs encouraged through Spirit & Place if attending the Nov. 11 concert only. (Use RSVP link below.)

RSVP required for the Nov. 12 family-style (free) meal. (Use RSVP link below.)

RSVP here.

Presented by Roberts Park United Methodist Church, Sculpture by Timothy Schmalz Inc., Waltz Books, and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

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