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April 16, 2018

The Rev. Sherry Osborn (kneeling), director of Rock Point Camp, meets with some of this year’s incoming campers at a Sudanese Fellowship Dinner on April 14 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington. REGISTER TODAY! 1

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Table of Contents 3 Spread the Word… “Cleveland Rocks!” Part 2 6 Alleluiafund Flier 7 Bishop Transition News 7 Alleluiafund Updates 7 Church-Civic Partnership Provides Economic Boon for Middlebury 8 Diocesan Council: March 22 Highlights and Bishop’s Report 9 Around the Wider Episcopal Church 10 What’s New at Rock Point Camp 2018? 11 Rock Point Camp Job Openings 11 Rock Point Intentional Community Monthly Eucharist Flier 11 Rock Point Intentional Community Wisdom Practice Circles Flier 12 Events: New & Featured 14 Events: Reminders 15 Events: Calendar at a Glance 15 Events: Bishop Ely’s Visitations 16 Disaster Preparedness Webinar Reminder (Flier)

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Spread the Word… “Cleveland Rocks!” Part 2

Reflections on the 2018 Evangelism Matters Conference with Guidance for Congregations The following is a continuation of an article that began in the previous issue (April 2, 2018) of The Mountain. Pick up from where you left off below, or read the complete story online at of showing their whole selves, their wounds and their darkness, but it is in creating a space of care and love for them that we can be Christ in a moment when we are needed to be. There is no need to worry about doing this perfectly, but more about trying to be God’s ‘person in the area’ - someone ready to be present and ready with an open mind and heart to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Summaries from Katie Runde: Going Gently, Listening Deeply, Changing Regularly, Opening Our Hearts: Developing a Sensitive Model of Parish Outreach - Dale Grandfield. The title says it all - Grandfield led us through a theological exploration of changing our focus from strictly service-oriented thinking in our outreach to the deeper level of relational thinking. In other words, we can offer much more powerful outreach in our communities if we focus not simply of doing ‘the work that God has given us to do,’ but being it, breaking down the typical church: community barriers of ‘out there’ versus ‘in here. This is outreach as participating in the Body of Christ in the world. This demands care, openness to change (even as far as creating a solid accountability structure that involves a team dedicated to making changes for the sake of staying awake and flexible as a church), and, of course, lots of deep listening. This kind of approach not only helps serve the wider community, but brings us into deeper relationship with the wider world and so strengthens all involved.

Harry Potter and the One Who Lives: Evangelizing the Imagination - Patricia Lyons and Jason Prati. This workshop spoke to what I for one feel is the heart of the matter - how do we re-enchant the disenchanted and find a way to speak the wonder of God in the language of those we are speaking rather than the language we ourselves are familiar with. (Isn’t that what the Pentecost was all about, after all?) Lyons and Prati gave tremendous examples of how this can be done through the shared ‘language’ of Harry Potter, from the Hogwarts Houses as different identities within the Body of Christ to the Christological symbolism of Fawkes the phoenix, from fighting our own dementors with our own Patronus charms. Who among us does not need to practice memories of the fundamental joys of the world to combat fear and despair when they strike? So often, ‘churchy’ language sends unchurched people running for the hills, leaving the joy of the Christian message not only unheard, but rejected for good. Using the medium of story and fairy tales, we can speak of the heart of our faith in a language people can recognize and

Evangelism for Shy People - Frank Logue. This was by far and unsurprisingly the quietest lecture room I entered! I wish I could just share the whole talk here as it was deeply apropos to all of us, not just the shy ones. Logue spoke of how we are called upon to meet people where they are, to listen above all else - people are afraid 3

embrace? Check out The Hogwarts Chaplain and the Word & Wizard Network to see Patricia Lyons in action being a brilliant translator!

Summaries from Jamison Dunne: Evangelism and Discipleship. Many Episcopal churches struggle to form young Christians into evangelists. The church today is engaged in this massive evangelistic push because somewhere in the last few decades the church lost this energy to evangelize. Evangelism and Discipleship are ways in which we can create future evangelists, and set the groundwork for a future evangelistic Episcopal Church. The main way of doing formation is to mentor those in your congregation. Everyone can impart their wisdom and experience to those younger than themselves in order to shape them into good evangelists. If every young Christian was formed well through good mentors, just imagine what the world would look like in a generation

So often, ‘churchy’ language sends unchurched people running for the hills, leaving the joy of the Christian message not only unheard, but rejected for good. Summaries from Kathleen Moore: Governance as Evangelism - Frank Logue and Gay Jennings. This workshop demonstrated how the decisions made at General Convention really do make a difference. The workshop leaders then added that the budget itself passed at General Convention can have a direct effect on evangelism. They also pointed to the work of the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation, which will draft legislation for this summer’s legislation, as having come out of a call from people in the church to respond to the #MeToo movement within our church. General Convention legislation can serve as a corrective “when we see our words don’t match our actions.” Later, I spoke to Michael Michie, Episcopal Church staff officer for church planning infrastructure. He indeed seemed interested in talking about the kinds of ministry projects we might dream up in Vermont that would benefit from a Genesis grant.

Evangelism through Healing and Deliverance. The ministry of Christ in the Gospels is about a third preaching and two thirds healing or delivering people from illness. This workshop focused on how our churches need to do the work of healing and deliverance with as much or more fervor as preaching to truly minister to our world as Christ did. Healing works evangelistically because it meets people at their needs, for everyone at some point needs spiritual or physical healings. After a discussion on the causes of sickness focused on the evil in the world, it was discussed then how to heal someone. First and foremost it is medical doctors. God has given us the gift of medicine and it would be wrong to disregard it. Second is through things of the church; prayer, anointing, laying on of hands, prayer shawls, etc. This leads to a spiritual healing, bringing the Holy Spirit to touch the spirits of those who are sick. I think that if healing ministries, done well, are implemented in Vermont it could work wonders.

Digital Matters: Evangelism in the 21st Century Public Square - Jeremy Tacket and Chris Sikkema. This workshop demonstrated how work in the digital world really can be the work of evangelism. It can’t be the only tool we use, and it must of course ultimately lead to some kind of real relationship, but it can often serve as a way to show people what our lives of following Jesus and being a part of church are all about. There were some basic mechanics of how, as a parish or ministry, to make use of tools like websites, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Jeremy and Chris talked about how using Instagram can be an easy way to visually show the life of your parish. For Twitter, as we have probably all long noticed, it is most effective when it is a person’s account. They also mentioned the resources, which is a free online platform that allows parishes users to easily create any graphics you might need on social media. They talked about the power of individuals (all of us!) being willing to share things going on at church the way we share about other exciting things in our lives that we care about.

The ministry of Christ in the Gospels is about a third preaching and two thirds healing or delivering people from illness. Reaching Millennials. This workshop had a lot to offer with many things discussed, but a few things really stood out as being relevant to Vermont. One was to take your liturgy seriously. Far too many churches struggle by being caught up with being so welcoming that they boil down liturgy. Many millennials in Episcopal Churches are there specifically for our unique liturgy. Second is that contemporary is not always the answer, so do not rely solely on contemporary worship to attract millennials. The best thing to do is listen to your young people and work with them to develop what works for your congregation. Thirdly is to make membership matter. There are many things in the world today that do little to demand of millennials, yet they respond to things that put demands

Work in the digital world really can be the work of evangelism...and it must ultimately lead to some kind of real relationship. 4

on them. Every church in the diocese would do well to think about what membership should look like in their church and hold people accountable to it. The last thing that matters is to be genuine. So many communities work so hard to attract young people who many just not be there. What turns millennials off the most is insincerity.

Revival for Your Parish - Elizabeth Popplewell and the Diocese of Iowa Team. Revival 2017 was a remarkable initiative in the Diocese of Iowa in which 42 revivals were held in congregations throughout the diocese from January through October, with a number of the events including several congregations. In fact, according to the diocesan team led by Elizabeth Popplewell in their workshop, “Revival for Your Parish,” only two congregations out of 60 refused to participate. What does the Diocese of Iowa mean by a revival, a term they chose deliberately in order to reclaim it as part of Episcopal tradition? From the workshop it appeared that they mean a freestanding event of singing, praying, preaching, testimonies and other activities designed to quicken the spiritual enthusiasm and participation of everyone attending.

True connection in a too busy world. This workshop was very much a best practices workshop. It focused on how to welcome new folks to your congregation correctly. Its model though was for churches that had around a 300 Sunday attendance, which is for now a rare thing in Vermont. One piece of her system that was amazing was this: In the city in Texas where the facilitator’s church is, there is a lot of visible homelessness. Instead of giving a pamphlet to visitors, they give each of them a bag of food and socks to give to a homeless person. This allows every visitor to be able to minister to someone upon leaving a service. While this may not look the same way in Vermont, being able to equip visitors and members with the ability to minister after each service one of the best ways to be Christ-like in the world.

The workshop was organized around a sample revival, which included an opening hymn, a greeting, a “charge” to the congregation, a litany, more singing, scriptures, testimonies, a sermon, more singing, meditative activities, thanksgivings, a commissioning, and a blessing. A typical revival lasted two hours. Relevant to Vermont, the Iowa team stressed that a revival does not require a large congregation, for many of the participating congregations were small, including one with an average Sunday attendance of nine.

Summaries from the Rev. Titus Presler: Episcopal Evangelism: I Love to Tell the Story Susan Brown Snook, Canon for Church Growth and Development, Diocese of Oklahoma. “Why evangelize? Because God has done amazing things for us, and we just have to share that good news. Following Jesus is the most important thing we have to do in our lives, and we are called to invite others to do that most important things in their lives. Evangelism is an expression of care, for we have life-transforming good news to share.” So declared Susan Brown Snook, canon for church growth and development in the Diocese of Oklahoma and author of God Gave the Growth: Church Planting in the Episcopal Church, in the workshop, “Episcopal Evangelism: I Love to Tell the Story.” Snook highlighted some conversation starters suggested by David Gortner of Virginia Seminary: • • • • • •

Evangelism for Churches in Transition - Victor Conrada and Louisa McKellaston, Transition Team, Diocese of Chicago. “Transition is a time to reaffirm our primary task,” said Victor Conrada, transition officer for the Diocese of Chicago in the workshop, “Evangelism for Churches in Transition. “The unique purpose of a congregation is to gather, transform and send.” Evangelism is inherent in the what the church sends its members out to do, Conrada said. “Transition is a time to regain and reinvent who we are as individuals and communities who want to proclaim God’s love in the world.” The message of evangelism’s relevance during transition is important to the Diocese of Vermont as we are now in period of transition in episcopal leadership, when one might naturally ask, “Shouldn’t we wait on this until a new bishop comes and we see what his/her priorities might be?” Responding to that rhetorical question, one workshop attendee said, “That’s like women in the 1950s saying, ‘I don’t know who I’m going to be until I know who I’m going to marry.’” Others stressed that good candidates during a rector or bishop search are attracted to congregations and dioceses that are strong in their core identity and direction, rather than being put off by such strength.

What do you love most about your life? What does it mean to you to be made in God’s image? Where or when do you feel close to God? Have you ever had an experience that you thought was an answer to a prayer? Have you ever witnessed a miracle? When you hear the phrase, “Love your neighbor,” what does it mean to you?

Evangelism is an expression of care, for we have life-transforming good news to share.

In the featured photo:  Representatives of the Episcopal Church of Vermont are in the house for Evangelism Matters 2018 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland, OH. 5


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Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. Our annual Easter appeal in which we proclaim, “Christ Is Risen in Our Deeds,� has launched! Every dollar raised goes directly to ministries of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, including local outreach and global ministries. The 2018 appeal will support Rock Point Camp and the Rock Point Property, along with other ministries, through grants awarded by the Grants and Loans Committee. Please consider making a gift or pledge to the Alleluiafund during these great 50 days of Easter.

What a difference your generosity has made, is making, and will continue to make in the world.

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Church-Civic Partnership Provides Economic Boon for Middlebury During Three-Year Construction Project MIDDLEBURY, VT – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury, has reported that Neighbors, Together, recently received a total of $115,000 in grants to advance the community action agency’s mission. Neighbors, Together is a partnership between St. Stephen’s, The Local Project Management Team, Better Middlebury Partnership, Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Improvement District Commission, Middlebury College, Town Hall Theater, and Addison Central Supervisory Union —— all working toward a common goal of supporting the “economic, social, and cultural vitality and accessibility of Middlebury” during railroad and bridges construction projects.

Bishop Transition News The Standing Committee and Bishop Discernment & Nominating Committee wish to extend their greetings to the people of the Diocese. There are no new developments to report in this issue of The Mountain, but please continue to read the magazine for updates, or check the Bishop Transition page on the diocesan website periodically.

The construction projects, which began in 2017 and are expected to continue until 2020, are immediately adjacent to St. Stephen’s. Neighbors, Together was the outcome of the Diocese’s recent Strategic Investment in Sacred Places initiative in which St. Stephen’s participated, funded by Partners for Sacred Places. A portion of the funding includes a $75,000 grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), and the $40,000 balance is from the US Department of Agriculture. The granting agencies expect the funds to be reinvested in the community in the 2018 calendar year, according to an article in St. Stephen’s Parishscope newsletter.

AlleluiaFund Updates

Author Linda Horn writes, “There will be plenty of volunteer opportunities coming up soon and through the summer. For example, we need a team of people who would be willing to contact businesses throughout Middlebury to inform them of Middlebury Money. This summer for every $100 spent in any business in town, the consumer will be rewarded with $10 of Middlebury Money to reinvest in our community. This rewards program is expected to generate $220,000 of purchases in our town.”

Golf Outing Rescheduled! Attention all golfers: Your tee time has been moved! Please be advised that the annual Alleluia! Open Golf Tournament has been moved to September 22, 2018. (The location is still at Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, VT.) The NEW date now appears on the Alleluiafund website, although the brochures available in local churches bear the OLD September 8 date. Update your calendar, and stay tuned for future details.

Linda goes on to explain that most of the money spent this year will support infrastructure improvements that will benefit Middlebury in future years. For example, parking apps, an “Experience Middlebury” website, and coordinated community calendar are all within the community’s view.

AF2018 Off to a Great Start! It’s been barely two weeks since the official launch of this year’s Alleluiafund appeal, and donations are up to $4,180 as of April 13, 2018. We are just over a tenth of the way to the goal of $40,000. Thank you for your continued generosity. To make an online contribution, please visit

St. Stephen’s expressed its thanks to member Nancy Malcolm and Karen Dugay of the Better Middlebury Partnership for taking the lead in grant-writing and development of a marketing and outreach plan. 7

to support our mission. Additionally, Gerry announced that revenues and expenses are on track so far this year, which is welcome news considering congregations’ commitment to the adjusted Parish Contribution formula in last November’s Diocesan Convention. To everyone’s excitement, the Rev. Fred Moser spent some time discussing recent developments regarding a proposed Full Communion Agreement between The Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church. Although this agreement is not scheduled to be voted on until General Convention 2022 -- and there are as yet unanswered questions on such issues as UMC’s acceptance LGBT Episcopal clergy -- Council appeared hopeful that the announcement will signal at least a stronger fellowship in the larger body of Christ, perhaps even locally.

Diocesan Council: March 22 Highlights and Bishop’s Report Diocesan Council is the legislative arm of the diocese between conventions. Council meetings are open to all people of the Diocese. The next meeting will take place on April 21 at St. Paul’s-White River Junction and will include a brief Racial Healing Workshop. If you wish to attend, please call the Diocesan Office at (802) 863-3431. This article features highlights from the most recent meeting from a council member’s perspective, and is followed by Bishop Ely’s monthly Council report. These and other reports can be found online.

Finally, Canon Lynn Bates presented an updated draft of our proposed Council Meeting Topic Schedule. This newly-adopted meeting format provides a forum for Council to “workshop” topics related to our diocesan priorities. For example, in the April 21 meeting, the Rev. Rob Spainhour and I are scheduled to lead a Racial Healing workshop. And the Revs. Liam Miller and Mark Preece will lead a session on Evangelism in May. All are welcome!

Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council – March 22, 2018

Diocesan Council Meeting Highlights By Maurice L. Harris

1. (1) We are pleased to welcome Rich Sagui and Ann Carroll as members of the Diocesan Ministry Support Team. Rich is our new financial Administrator and Ann is our new Office Assistant. Both hit the ground running and are welcome additions to the team.

Some might think it strange that I enjoy Thursday evening Council meetings. To be clear, logging into my computer for a two-hour web-conference at 7:00 PM on a weeknight is not exactly my idea of fun. However, the exceptional dedication of individuals across the Diocese who join in, whether live or online, and bring their “A game” to every meeting reminds me that the institution of church, at least The Episcopal Church, stills has relevance and meaning at a time when so many have lost faith in God. And so, on Thursday, March 22, at 7:00 PM, I logged in.

2. (2) The following congregations are in some phase of transition (mostly with respect to calling new clergy leadership): St. Thomas & Grace, Brandon, Supply Clergy; St. Andrew’s, Colchester, Supply Clergy, while seeking Interim; St. Luke’s, Fair Haven, Local Ministry Support Team in Formation, the Rev. Richard Brewer, Regular Supply; Christ Church, Island Pond: Supply Clergy; St. Peter’s, Lyndonville: Supply Clergy; Saint Mark’s, Newport: The Rev. Jane Butterfield, Interim; Gethsemane, Proctorsville: Supply Clergy; Saint John’s, Randolph: The Rev. Angela Emerson, Interim; Saint Luke’s, St. Albans: Supply Clergy, with some regular support from the Rev. Craig Smith; Saint Andrew’s, St. Johnsbury: Supply Clergy; St. Mark’s, Springfield: Supply Clergy; Calvary, Underhill: Supply Clergy; St. Paul’s Windsor, Supply Clergy; St. Mary’s, Wilmington: The Rev. Nicholas Porter, Interim; Saint James, Woodstock: the Rev. Lisa Ransom, Interim

Council meetings are open to all people of the Diocese, and various reports are available online, so I will not cover in great detail the business that was discussed during our time together. However, I would like to summarize some of the highlights. Following an Opening Devotion led by Edith “Dinny” Hawskworth, Mission District 1, and the unanimous acceptance of our consent agenda, we heard from Treasurer Gerry Davis who had two pieces of good news to share. First, he introduced Rich Sagui, our new Diocesan Financial Administrator, who in turn expressed his enthusiasm 8

3. (3) The Rock Point Partnership Campaign continues its progress towards our $1.7 million-dollar goal. I’ll say more about this at our meeting. Congregations have made a financial commitment to the effort that now totals over $180,000.

Around the Wider Episcopal Church The Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism (ECCAR) is seeking feedback on a draft of a comprehensive framework for anti-racism and racial reconciliation training for use in congregations, dioceses, institutions, and groups. Read More

4. (4) We sent a great team to the Evangelism Matters Conference this past weekend and I am sure we will hear much from Liam Muller about this during our meeting. 5. (5) I announced the new date of the 2018 Convention, now set for October 26-27. The Hilton Hotel in Burlington will be the venue for Convention. We are exploring various housing options. Fortunately, our special guest, the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, can adjust to this new date.

Although Easter Day was celebrated a short time ago, the Good Book Club continues throughout the 50 days of the Easter season, concluding on Pentecost Day. . Read More

6. (6) I attended a meeting of Episcopal Church House of Bishops at Camp Allen in Texas from March 5-10. 7. (7) I hosted and participated in a Day of Lamentation in response to Gun Violence held at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul on March 14, 2018. During the course of the day about 75 people spent time in prayer and meditation at the Cathedral. The day was punctuated by prayers and reflections every hour on the hour. I’m most grateful to the Cathedral and Cathedral Staff for making this day possible. 8. (8) I will participate in the March for Our Lives being held in Montpelier on Saturday March 24th from 12 noon to 2:00 PM.

On Thursday, April 12, Thursdays at 2, a favorite and popular feature produced by the Office of Communications, presents the Young Adult Service Corps: Mission Orientation. Read More

9. (9) I will be at St. Peter’s, Bennington for Palm Sunday and then at the Cathedral for Holy Week and Easter. On Holy Monday the Cathedral is holding a 7 PM Taizé evening prayer service. Bishop Christopher Coyne, from the Diocese of Burlington will officiate and I will offer a brief meditation. All are welcome.

For the second year, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined the worldwide Anglican Communion in Thy Kingdom Come, a campaign initiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby calling for prayer by individuals, congregations and families. Read More

10. (10) My visitations since our last Council meeting included a weekday visitation with Saint Michael’s, Brattleboro on March 15th, and a Sunday visit with Church of Our Saviour on February 18th.

On Thursday, April 5, Thursdays at 2, a favorite and popular feature produced by the Office of Communications, presents the Young Adult Service Corps of the Episcopal Church. Read More

11. (11) Ann and I enjoyed a week’s vacation (February 22March 1st). We look forward to our children and grands joining us for Easter.

The 18-member Official Youth Presence (OYP) will gather in Austin, TX for training April 5 – 8 to learn about the importance of the 79th General Convention and to delve into the legislative process. Read More

12. Faithfully,

+ Thomas


What’s New at Rock Point Camp 2018? #1 Alumni, Family & Friends Camp

Join old and new friends as you immerse yourself in all Rock Point has to offer! Choose from a variety of staff-led activities: canoeing; archery; outdoor pizza oven lunch; sacred circles; sunset from the Point; lakeside campfires, singing, and s’mores at Eagle Bay…and more! Daily schedule is optional with freedom to enjoy your own time with a good book at Fred’s Beach or explore Burlington and beyond. Activities specially designed for kids, families, and adults. Stay overnight in cabins for listed fee or upgrade to a conference center bunkroom for additional charge of $25 per person, per night. Maximum upgrade fee per family: $300. Day option includes meals/program.

Because we recognize that families have different abilities to pay, we provide three pricing options: Tier 1 — significantly discounted rate. Tier 2 — truer cost for a week of camp plus moderate subsidy. Tier 3 — most accurately represents cost for a week of camp. Choose the tier that is right for you. This is an opportunity for you to support, as you are able, the true cost of operating camp. Financial assistance is available for those who request it.

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Rock Point Intentional Community

Monthly Eucharist Chapel of St. Michael & All Angels Bishop Booth Conference Center 20 Rock Point Road, Burlington

Monthly Eucharist takes place on 2nd Fridays at noon except in summer and when otherwise noted*.

Rock Point Camp Job Openings Are you interested in working at Rock Point Camp and sharing in our Camp Goals of Care for Creation; Care for Neighbor; Care for Self; and Having Fun? If so, check out these job openings! Learn more about Rock Point, and obtain program schedule, handbook, registration forms and more on the Rock Point Camp website.

Upcoming Eucharist: Friday, May 11


Assistant Camp Director This job is for you if: You bring the best out of kids and adults alike. You like helping people. You are cool under pressure. You enjoy teaching new skills. You can jump in and lead an activity in a pinch. You enjoy solving problems. You love taking on challenges and finding creative solutions. You don’t get flustered easily and you can think on your feet. You stay focused, strive to be better, and learn from your mistakes. You enjoy learning new things. When things change, you know how to adapt. You love the outdoors and enjoy inspiring others. You’re comfortable taking people through new experiences. You volunteer for new challenges without waiting to be asked. You strive to make a difference. Read More / Apply

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RPIC Wisdom Practice Circles

Next Meeting: April 23 @ 5:00 PM Semi-Monthly Meetings 7 to 9 PM First Thursdays 5 to 7 PM Fourth Mondays

Summer Camp Chef Responsible for providing meals for campers and staff during summer camp program, prepare meals for special diets, order/buy food, clean/organize kitchen and appliances. In addition, the cook is responsible for maintenance of meal records. A primary function of this and every job at Rock Point Camp is to ensure that each camper, staffer and visitor receive the highest caliber of service. Read More / Apply

Bishop Booth Conference Center 20 Rock Point Road, Butterfield Bldg Welcome and Introductions Explorations of Wisdom Practices as envisioned by Cynthia Bouregeault in Wisdom Way of Knowing

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Events: New & Featured Student Filmmakers to Screen Documentary Featuring Burlington Deacon on April 17

A Weekend in Shelburne with Renowned Organist Mark Miller, April 28-29

BURLINGTON, VT - A group of four young women, student filmmakers from Burlington High School, received funding from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s Jubilee Committee last year to produce Conversations from the Open Road, a documentary that features Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and LGBTQ members and includes interviews with St. Paul’s Deacon Stannard Baker about religion and diversity, the role of doubt in religion, and other subjects. Their work was shown at The Vermont Film Festival in March and was well received. Four documentary shorts from this project will be shown on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 PM at The First Methodist Church, 21 Buell Street, Burlington (corner of Buell Street and North Winooski Avenue). Baker will be in attendance, and all people of the Diocese are welcome to attend! Read More

The Shelburne United Methodist Church (UMC) and the Vermont District of the New England Annual Conference are pleased to present renowned organist Mark Miller. Miller will play an organ recital on Sunday, April 29, on the Trillium Masterpiece Digital-Pipe organ at the Shelburne UMC on the corner of Route 7 and Church Street in Shelburne. The recital will begin at 2:00 PM. There is no charge for this recital.

Calling on Gov. Scott to Sign Bills Supporting a Moral Economy, April 23

On Saturday, April 28, Miller will lead a workshop titled Joyfully Eclectic, Theologically Rich and Relevant: Music Resources for the Small (and Not So Small) Choir and Congregation. The time is from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM and will give a half CEU credit to those participating. Lunch will be provided. The charge is $10. To register, contact Vermont District Office (, or call Evie Doyon at (802) 485-4724.

Vermont Interfaith Action invites the people of the Episcopal Church in Vermont to join them on Monday, April 23rd from 6:30-7:45 PM at Christ Church, 64 State Street, Montpelier to hear from our neighbors who are seeking livable wages for the long hours they work, parents and children who deserve to make ends meet while caring for loved ones, and the steps being taken toward a more transparent state budget. As part of this event, participants will ask Governor Phil Scott to sign the minimum wage as well as the family and medical leave bills when they come to his desk. Please read the complete announcement and register online. Read More

Organist Mark Miller

Documentary by Canaan, VT Resident about National Cathedral Coming to Black Family Visual Arts Center on May 15 Let There Be Light, a documentary film by Peter Swanson that follows the Grand Masters of Glass Illuminating at the National Cathedral, will be shown Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM in the Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, 22 Lebanon St, Hanover, NH 03755.

Holy Hike: ‘Now the Green Blade Riseth’ in Colchester, April 28

What do the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC have in common? Magnificent stained glass made by stained glass master Mary Clerkin Higgins! This film, by Canaan, VT resident Peter Swanson, follows the work of Rowan LeCompte, Dieter Goldkuhle and Mary Clerkin Higgins, all masters of glass and light, who were commissioned to create and install their final stained glass window in Washington National Cathedral. The film explores the

The next Holy Hike-VT will take place on April 28 at 10:00 AM. Hikers are asked to meet at Niquette Bay State Park, 274 Raymond Road, Colchester, VT. Please wear boots or very strong shoes that have good traction, and dress in layers. Bring water. Entry should be free of charge, but those with a State Park pass are asked to bring it just in case. Those who would like to carpool are asked to leave a message on Evite or arrange with one another. 12

Events: New & Featured (Cont.) intense, painstaking work that goes into each window, and the sometimes painful, but ultimately joyous human process of bringing great art to life.

Stone Church Arts Announces Exciting Summer Music 2018 Lineup BELLOWS FALLS, VT – In 2012, Eugene Friesen, renowned cellist and multi-Grammy award winner for his work with the Paul Winter Consort, first offered his Vermont Improv Intensive, Improvisation for Classical Musicians, a weekend, residential music workshop at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Since then, Stone Church Center has added the Retreat House at 14 Church St. and Currier Hall at 12 Church St and now offers a summer full of musical education and entertainment in Bellows Falls.

Working their magic, these artists seek to control the light that shines into the massive building. Interviews with cathedral administrators, and clergy provide further insight into the human struggle of commissioning, creating, and installing windows on a monumental scale.

There will be a discussion after the film with filmmaker Peter Swanson, stained glass master artist Mary Clerkin Higgins, and renowned Vermont artist Sabra Field.

Our Summer Music residential workshops offer opportunities to learn and even perform with world class faculty from June 1 through August 19. Concert-goers will also delight in the great diversity of world music on offer, from Eugene Friesen and friends’ cutting-edge world music and improvisation to Celtic harp, bluegrass, mandolin repertoire, drumming, singing, and Turkish music. Things will be heating up this summer with so many concerts both in the main church and in the air-conditioned chapel from June 2 through August 25.

There will be a discussion after the film with filmmaker Peter Swanson, stained glass master artist Mary Clerkin Higgins, and renowned Vermont artist Sabra Field who created the image portrayed in the Jack Byrne Center For Hospice and Palliative Care chapel window. This event is co-sponsored by D-H Arts and OSHER. For more information contact Marianne Barthel at (603) 6506187.

Join us at Stone Church Center for Stone Church Summer Music 2018. For further details, including the summer lineup calendar, visit, or click here.


Events: Reminders St. John’s Stowe to Host Taizé Prayer Service, April 19

Conflict Mediation Skills for Church Leaders, May 7-11

St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church will hold a candlelight Taizé prayer service on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 PM. This is a quiet service of meditation and reflection and involves singing of simple, melodic chants, a few readings, and short periods of silence. We invite you to take a moment and be part of a peaceful, spiritual experience. All are welcome. 1994 Mountain Rd., Stowe. For more information contact St. John’s at office@ or 802-2553-7578 or Sue at 847-767-1320.

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders is a five-day workshop for those interested in learning skills that will equip them to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of church conflict. This interdenominational workshop is appropriate for both clergy and laypersons. Participants are eligible for up to 32 hours of continuing education. This outstanding event will be hosted by Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT from May 7-11, 2018. An early-bird discount of $200 is available for those who register by April 6, 2018. To learn more or to register, call (630) 627-0507, download the brochure, or click here.

Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Webinar, April 26

62nd Annual Meeting of the Diocesan Altar Guild, Ascension Day, May 10

The Disaster Preparedness Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont invites all people of the Diocese to participate in a one-hour webinar packed with vital information about mitigating, responding to, and recovering from natural and human-made disasters on April 26 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Register Online. Registration deadline: April 20. • • • •

St. James’ Episcopal Church, Woodstock, VT, will host the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Vermont Diocesan Guild on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM. As you know, our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely is retiring. So it is with great pleasure that the Bishop will be our guest speaker for the program portion of the meeting, as well as the celebrant for our Eucharist. He has done so much with and for us and around the world, that he has many experiences to share. A luncheon will follow at noon, and Eucharist at 1:30 PM.

Meet the Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Committee Learn about your role the Diocesan Disaster Response Plan Hear from Episcopal Relief and Development about their role and commitments Discover agency partners that can be valuable allies with your congregation

In order to prepare for the luncheon, please contact Katherine Webster, St. James Episcopal Church, at to let her know how many will be coming from your church. Please register by May 4.

Safe Church Basic Training Dates

Kids4Peace VT & NH Announces Interfaith Camp, June 24 - July 1

If you serve in the Episcopal Church and are required to be “Safe Church” certified, Basic Certification opportunities are available on May 7 and May 14 at Christ Church, Montpelier; May 19 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Bennington, VT; September 8 at Church of Our Saviour, Killington, VT. Get complete details and register online here:

Registration is now open for the Kids4Peace Vermont and New Hampshire Interfaith Camp, which will be held June 24-July 1 in Plymouth, NH. Sixth and seventh grade students (2017-18 school year) with a passion for interfaith understanding and social change are encouraged to apply. Details and application can be found at http://www.k4p. org/summer2018. See ad on page 13, and click here to download the printable flier and brochure.

If you have any questions please contact Canon Lynn Bates by email at or by phone at (802) 863-3431. 14

Events: Calendar at a Glance For additional details, please visit the online Diocesan Calendar. Apr. 17 at 6:30 PM “Conversations from the Open Road” Documentary Screening at The First Methodist Church, 21 Buell Street, Burlington. Read More Apr. 19 at 7:00 PM Taizé Prayer Service at St. John’s in the Mountains, 1994 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT. Read More Apr. 23 from 6:30-7:45 PM Vermont Interfaith Action Meeting “Supporting a Moral Economy” at Christ Church, 64 State Street, Montpelier. Read More Apr. 26 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Webinar. Register Online. (Registration deadline: April 20.) Apr. 28 at 10:00 AM Holy Hike-VT “Now the Green Blade Riseth” at Niquette Bay State Park, 274 Raymond Road, Colchester, VT. Read More Apr. 28 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Organ Workshop led by Mark Miller, “Joyfully Eclectic, Theologically Rich and Relevant: Music Resources for the Small (and Not So Small) Choir and Congregation,” at Shelburne United Methodist Church, Corner of Route 7 and Church Street, Shelburne, VT. Read More Apr. 29 at 2:00 PM Organ recital featuring Mark Miller at Shelburne United Methodist Church, Corner of Route 7 and Church Street, Shelburne, VT. Read More May 10 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Vermont Diocesan Altar Guild, followed by lunch and Eucharist with Bishop Ely. RSVP to Katherine Webster by May 4. Read More May 15 at 7:00 PM “Let There Be Light” Documentary Showing at the Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, 22 Lebanon St, Hanover, NH 03755. Read More

Events: Bishop Ely’s Visitations This schedule is subject to change, so please read The Mountain regularly for updates.

April 19 22 25 29

St. Luke’s, Saranac Lake, NY St. James, Essex Junction St. Mark’s, Springfield (Feast Day) St. Paul’s, White River Junction

May 6 9 10 13 17 20 23 27

All Saints, South Burlington Christ Church, Bethel St. James, Woodstock Trinity, Shelburne St. Mary’s in the Mountains, Wilmington St. John the Baptist, Hardwick St. Thomas, Brandon Trinity, Rutland 15


Be Not Afraid: Disaster Preparedness for the Episcopal Church in Vermont The Disaster Preparedness Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont invites all people of the Diocese to participate in a one-hour webinar packed with vital information about mitigating, responding to, and recovering from natural and human-made disasters: What: Disaster Preparedness Webinar When: April 26th from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Where: Online / Registration Required • Meet the Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Committee • Learn about your role the Diocesan Disaster Response Plan • Hear from Episcopal Relief and Development about their role and commitments • Discover agency partners that can be valuable allies with your congregation Registration required. Register online:

Registration deadline: April 20


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The Mountain  

A Publication of the Episcopal Church in Vermont

The Mountain  

A Publication of the Episcopal Church in Vermont