Invitation to Colson Center National Conference and Updates on Important Bills

Invitation to Colson Center National Conference:

As a valued supporter of our organization, we wanted to extend a special invitation to you to attend the upcoming Colson Center National Conference in Indianapolis from May 19-21, 2023. Our friends at the Colson Center are doing incredible work, and we believe this conference will be a valuable opportunity for anyone interested in exploring the intersection of faith, culture, and the public square.

The conference will feature a fantastic lineup of speakers, including Dr. Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute, Kristen Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom, and Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation. They will be addressing critical topics such as science, law, creativity, and much more. You can explore the full schedule and speaker lineup on the conference website.

We are pleased to offer you a special discount code for 15% off conference ticket prices (excluding the Wilberforce Award dinner on Saturday evening). Simply use the code local23 at checkout to take advantage of this offer. We encourage you to act quickly, as space is limited, and we expect this event to sell out soon.

We believe that the conference theme, “Seeing God in the Everyday,” is incredibly relevant for our times. The poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote that “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God, but only he who sees takes off his shoes.” At this conference, you will have the opportunity to develop eyes to see the glories of God at every turn.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to the Colson Center events team at

We hope to see you in Indianapolis!

Important Bill Updates:

I also wanted to update you on the status of three important bills that are currently being considered in the Indiana state legislature:

House Bill 1608: This bill would make changes related to education, specifically prohibiting schools from providing instruction on human sexuality to students in prekindergarten through grade 3. Additionally, the bill would require schools to notify at least one parent if a student requests a change in their name, pronoun, title, or word to identify themselves. Especially at this young age, parents bear the responsibility of guiding their children in personal matters and passing on their convictions. Teachers should not interfere in this territory, but should focus on the core subjects that elementary school children need to learn. While IFI would support a prohibition on sexuality and gender instruction all the way up to 12th grade, this legislation is an important step in that direction. The bill has passed the House and the Senate. Next step is for the House to concur or dissent on Senate changes. Read our full policy brief on HB 1608 here.

House Bill 1569: This bill would restrict the provision of gender therapy to offender patients in the Department of Correction. Specifically, it would prohibit the Department from using state or federal money to provide or facilitate sexual reassignment surgery. Other states are allowing taxpayer dollars to fund these medically unnecessary surgeries, and Hoosiers should be protected from that. The bill has been signed by the Speaker and Pro Temp and is on the way to the Governor. Read our full policy brief on HB 1569 here.

Senate Bill 350: This bill would protect the rights of counseling services to operate freely and shield them from regulation by political subdivisions. This is crucial for protecting religious liberty in counseling, ensuring that Hoosiers can access guidance from faith-based organizations without fear of government interference. SB 350 helps solve a problem we have worked with folks in West Lafayette on. The city council there was trying to ban any Christian counseling (even from unlicensed counsels like pastors, lay leaders and even parents) helping minors work through unwanted same-sex attraction. Luckily, that effort failed, but it’s clear we need statewide legislation to address the issue. The bill has been signed by the Pro Temp and awaiting signature from the Speaker. Read our full policy brief on SB 350 here.

We will continue to closely monitor the progress of these bills and provide updates as they become available. Thank you for your support in advocating for policies that promote the health, well-being, and religious freedom of all Hoosiers.



Updates and Upcoming Events at IFI: Hoosier Leadership Series, John Kluge Update, and Parent Group Training

We wanted to touch base with you regarding some important updates and upcoming events that we have here at IFI. 

Hoosier Leadership Series 

The Hoosier Leadership Series, IFI’s signature leadership training program, is set to begin on April 27th. This program offers professionals like you the unique opportunity to interact with top state and national leaders, subject matter experts, and other conservative leaders from around the state of Indiana. The monthly day-long sessions offer leadership skills training, critical thinking, and in-depth engagement on today’s hottest topics in the public and private sectors.

With a special “who’s who” of speakers and subject matter experts, combined with a trip to Washington, D.C., the Hoosier Leadership Series seeks to educate Indiana leaders on policy and culture. If you want to make a difference, then join the movement and sign up here

John Kluge update 

In addition, I wanted to update you on a recent development in our ongoing fight for the rights of Christian teachers. Unfortunately, John Kluge lost his appeal in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. John was a music teacher in Brownsburg, Indiana, who refused to use preferred pronouns for students identifying as transgender. He was fired for this refusal, and we have been fighting for his right to freedom of speech and conscience through our 5 Freedoms Project ever since. 

During the initial stages of Brownsburg’s decision to encourage students with gender confusion to transition, IFI took proactive steps to support concerned parents, conservative school board candidates, and teachers such as John Kluge. Through the 5 Freedoms Project, we equipped and organized parents to oppose the school district’s policy and provided education and training to conservative school board candidates to aid them in their campaigns to preserve traditional values. Furthermore, we closely collaborated with John Kluge, providing him with PR training and advice to navigate the public attention that came with his decision to stand against the school district’s policy. In addition, we secured legal representation for John through our 5 Freedoms Project for his state case and later through our national legal partners at ADF for his federal case. 

We are deeply disappointed by the 7th Circuit’s decision, but we remain committed to fighting for the rights of Christian teachers like John. We hope that the US Supreme Court will eventually address the issue of government coercion of speech to safeguard the rights of conscience for Christian teachers. IFI has partnered with ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom) on the Kluge case, and you can read more about it in this article.

Attention, Parents: join us for this training! 

Finally, I want to inform you about an upcoming event that may interest you. IFI is hosting a parent group training to help parents, teachers, and others committed to their local school districts push back on the politicization of local schools. This training is for those who are ready to take action and make a difference in their local communities. You will have a chance to collaborate and network with other conservatives from around Indiana and be offered resources to help you start and/or grow your group. 

The details for the training are: 

WHAT: Parent Group Training  

WHEN: Friday, May 12th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM  

WHERE: The Balmoral House (10101 Hamilton Hills Lane, Fishers IN 46038) 

COST: $15 which includes a catered lunch. Parking is free and on site. 

If you are interested in attending the training, register at this link. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for your support of IFI and our mission to protect and defend traditional family values in Indiana.