Gathering of Men


Who We Are

The Gathering of Men offers opportunities to men of all ages (out of high school and older), from all backgrounds and experiences, no matter where you stand in your faith journey or beliefs, to participate in and help shape the faith community of men at Meridian Street United Methodist Church.

We are a group of men modeling the servant leadership of Jesus Christ to grow spiritually with a focus on leadership, discipleship, fellowship, stewardship and worship.  We are committed to helping men develop and strengthen their personal spiritual lives through social and service opportunities in our own community, our surrounding community and the world community.

Next Meeting: Saturday, October 13

Civility in our Times: Chasing an Elusive Goal
All of you are invited to a presentation being hosted by the Gathering of Men that will help us understand and deal with the state of civility we find in our society today.
This is a church-wide invitation. On Saturday, October 13, Jeff Rasley, author of Polarized! The Case for Civility in the Time of Trump, will present a program on civility in our times.

We will serve breakfast starting at 8:15 in Fellowship Hall. Jeff’s presentation will begin in the Library at about 9:00 and
finish by about 10:00. Please RSVP to Mary Sue McAlister at no later than Wednesday, October 10.

As we see in headlines and in tweets, whether in society as a whole or in the political world, or maybe even in our own little worlds, we seem to have a hard time talking about difficult issues. Social media and the accelerating and omnipresent ‘infosphere’ seem to push us into camps of for/against, us/them, red/blue/purple, or I’m right/you’re wrong. We just can’t seem to talk to each other.
Our time together will help us understand why this is happening and what we can do about it. We hope you can make it. If you have any questions, please contact Marvin Miller at
or Bob Greising at


Annual Gathering of Men Retreat – October 26-27
The Gathering of Men will hold its 6th annual retreat at Flat Rock YMCA Camp starting Friday evening, October 26, and finishing early Saturday evening, October 27. Fun and fellowship are promised, and for a lucky few, maybe some fish from the creek!

We will have some working sessions on some challenging topics, including the upcoming General Conference on The Way Forward, but we will also have plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors and build on the bonds we have formed and continue to form.

You can register and pay online by clicking this link.  Or, for more information and to RSVP, contact Bob Greising at or Phil McAlister at

Events and Activities

The Gathering of Men will have a regular schedule of events and activities that will support our purposes, including:

  • Monthly meetings/Activities: We meet most months to engage in a variety of activities for study, or fellowship, or service (generally in the local community of Indianapolis).  Meeting times, dates and activities will be announced from the pulpit, in the bulletin, e-mails, and on the webpage.

  • Mission/Service Projects: We will participate regularly in service projects supported by Meridian Street and which the Gathering will identify.  These include serving at Interfaith Hospitality Network, helping with home repair and maintenance for those in need through Neighbor to Neighbor, and serving meals at Roberts Park UMC homeless outreach.

  • Social Activities:  Our monthly meetings will include guest speakers.  We will also identify social activities that will help build the bonds among the men of our congregation.

Community Events

Gathering of Men and School 43: Rapping with Riley

School 43 is known as the James Whitcomb Riley School, after a man who is also something known as the Hoosier Poet. One hundred years ago he was the most famous poet in America for a twenty year period. This year marked one hundred years since he passed away. He is buried on the highest point in Indianapolis, just miles from “his” school, School 43.

The Meridian Street Gathering of Men introduced a contest to the students of School 43 called Rapping with Riley. James Whitcomb Riley wrote his poems in the local dialect and his poems had a strong natural cadence. The idea arose to challenge School 43 students to use rap and historic literature to commemorate Mr. Riley, Rapping with Riley was born.  The goals of this project are to build school identity, school pride, and a change to be innovative in a modern way. The contest was promoted and judged by the school staff to promote students to participate, the Gathering of Men supplied money for the prizes as well as certificates. The contest was introduced to students in early June, in which they had to adapt a Riley poem to Rap and post it to YouTube. The winner of the contest was announced October 7, on the birthday of James Whitcomb Riley. Congratulations to Damia’a Porter, the winner of Rapping with Riley. Be sure to check out her wonderful project here.