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Baked goods did a brisk business at the Peasant Market in Middlebury on July 6. The annual fundraiser, hosted by St, Stephen's Episcopal Church, raised $24, 500 for area charities. Photo by Jason Duquette-Hoffman.
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Table of Contents 3 The Red Door to Peace: Conversation and Music with Jerusalem Peacebuilders, July 23 4 A Letter of Gratitude from Bishop Tom & Ann Ely 5 Standing Committee Update: Consent Process Approved! 5 Transition Committee Update: Recap & Highlights 6 Spread the Word: A Post Office Conversation 7 Episcopal Evangelism Grants Available: Apply Now! 8 Peasant Market Raises $24,500 for Middlebury-Area Charities 9 Featured in Seven Days: Prosecutor, Politician...Priest? Bram Kranichfeld Pursues a Higher Calling 9 Search Reopened: Dean of Province I School for Deacons 9 Video Replay of July 11 Annual Stakeholders' Meeting Now Available 9 Supply Clergy List Recently Updated 9 From The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 10 The Eighth Annual Alleluia! Open Golf Tournament (Flyer) 11 Consider Becoming a Sponsor of the Alleluia! Open Golf Tournament 12 Heliand Consort’s “Summer Gathering” Tour of Vermont Takes Place July 23-26 12 Travel the Way of Love with the Rev. Becca Stevens, July 23 13 Free Viewing Opportunity: Watch Downstream the Effects of Parental Incarceration, July 15-Aug 31 13 The Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas to Present The Browning of America: Reconciliation or Retribution, Oct 23 14 Events: Reminders 15 Events: Calendar at a Glance 15 The Cathedral Church of St. Paul Taizé Evening Prayer Schedule 16 News in Pictures: Dia duit … Greetings from Ireland
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A Letter of Gratitude from Bishop Tom & Ann Ely July 15, 2019 To the People of The Episcopal Church in Vermont:
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The month of June this year was an emotionally charged time for us, a month that we will not soon forget, nor would we want to. It began and ended with two diocesan-wide celebrations, honoring us and our ministries with words of affection and gratitude that still ring in our hearts as we think back on them. Each celebration began with worship, as we had requested. The beautiful service of Evensong at the Cathedral on June 2 was one of those wonderful transcendent times of liturgical mystery and majesty. The equally moving evening worship at Saint Michael’s, Brattleboro on June 29 featured Taizé music, offered in the quiet reflective manner that can lead one deep into a place of awe and wonder. Having worshipped together in each place, the delicious receptions that followed provided time for greeting and socializing during which we were warmly greeted by those of you who could be present, all the while feeling the love of others whose presence we missed.
ined. Two trips to Maryland, one to be with him and our family as he died and the other to give thanks to God for his life, came in mid-June, sandwiched between the two diocesan-wide celebrations, and during our move from Burlington to Newfane. We are grateful for the many expressions of love and support we received during this time of grief and sorrow. It is yet one more reason why we give thanks for the years of ministry we have spent among the people of The Episcopal Church in Vermont. The month of June with its celebrations (and sorrows) mark the completion of the final year of Tom’s visitations with congregations, what some like to call “the sheet cake tour!” During this time, there have been many local celebrations and expressions of gratitude that have come our way. We will treasure each as a sign of the relationships we have established with you during these past 18 years and remain ever grateful for each one. For Tom, the privilege of serving as your bishop has been a great honor and joy. To be prayed for by name each Sunday in so many faith communities, by so many people, is as profound and humbling an experience as anyone can imagine. For Ann, the grace with which you welcomed her into your midst and the understanding you showed as she pursued her own various ministries, were indeed great gifts.
And then there are all the gifts that were presented to us on those two occasions! Gifts of travel, recreation (golf and reading), artwork, proclamations, scholarship funds, gorgeous pictures albums, a mystery play, and more. We are profoundly aware that so many from across The Episcopal Church in Vermont, and beyond, contributed in order to make these memorable gifts possible. Each gift carried with it a special meaning for us, conveyed in the words offered by each who made a presentation. We are humbled by that expression of your love for us and grateful for your generosity. For all who helped plan and carry out these celebrations, and for those who were able to be present at one, or both, please know how grateful we are for these offerings of time to gather, pray, eat and enjoy the company of one another.
The people of The Episcopal Church in Vermont have demonstrated time and again your generous hearts and spirits. For us, the month of June 2019 will remain an icon of that amazing capacity. May you never grow tired of living that foundation of your faith every day as you Walk the Way of Love with one another and your new Bishop-elect, Shannon.
June was also an emotional time for us in a less celebratory way. The death of Tom’s younger brother from cancer came unexpectedly sooner that any of us imag-
With gratitude and love,
Tom and Ann Ely 4
Standing Committee Update: Consent Process Approved! On Tuesday, July 16, I received notice from the Presiding Bishop’s office that the consent process for the Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown as Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Vermont was approved by a majority of bishops and Standing Committees throughout The Episcopal Church. The discernment by the people and clergy of The Episcopal Church in Vermont, with the trust of the wider Episcopal Church, has borne the fruit of the Spirit as we welcome Bishop-elect Shannon into our hearts. The culmination of the election process will be a celebration of consecration and ordination on Saturday, September 28 at the Ira Allen Chapel on the University of Vermont campus. The Transition Committee continues to plan the worship, welcome, and festivities for that weekend. Please keep an eye on The Mountain for specific details and how you can be involved. Please keep Bishop-elect Shannon and her family in your prayers, along with the diocesan family, as the preparations continue to develop. With deep joy and faith, The Rev. Dr. Richard R. Swanson President of the Standing Committee
Transition Committee Update: Recap & Highlights The Transition Committee, Standing Committee, and Diocesan Ministry Support Team have been busy working on various aspects of the Bishop Transition. Here are a few highlights. • • • • •
Bishop Ely continues to work part-time and will serve as Diocesan Bishop until the consecration of our new bishop in September. Bishop Ely and Ann have moved to their home in Newfane and repairs are underway on the Bishop’s House to prepare it for the Bishop-Elect. The Bishop-Elect and her family have moved to Rock Point. In the coming weeks the Bishop-Elect will be working to become more oriented to the Episcopal Church in Vermont, to plan for the Consecration, and to plan for Diocesan Convention. Planning for the consecration weekend is underway and more details will be announced soon.
The Transition Committee wishes to thank those who contributed to the gift fund for Tom and Ann Ely. At the two farewell events we presented them with these gifts on behalf of the people and friends of the Episcopal Church in Vermont: • • • • •
A commemorative book of photos from their time in Vermont A contribution to the Rock Point School scholarship fund in Ann’s honor A two-year membership to the Brattleboro Country Club for Tom A gift-certificate to a Brattleboro bookstore for Ann A travel purse for the two of them to use for a trip of their choosing 5
Spread the Word: A Post Office Conversation By Titus Presler
ver the July Fourth weekend I was at the side counter in the Montgomery Post Office sorting my mail while a business owner of my acquaintance – I’ll call her Debbie – was chatting with the postmistress at the main counter. Debbie was telling a story that included New Rochelle, a town just north of New York City.
“Oh, I’m totally not religious,” Debbie retorted, “I don’t have anything to do with religion.”
So, I interjected, “I used to work in New Rochelle.”
“I believe in karma,” Debbie said as we exited the post office.
“Where at?” She asked.
“Karma is a very religious concept,” I said. “It’s very important to Hindus.”
“That’s all right,” I said. “Keep the card.” “Sure,” she said as she slipped it into her envelope of mail.
“I was pastoring St. Simon’s Episcopal Church,” I replied.
“I mean, I’m a good person, I try to be kind to people,” Debbie continued. “That’s what’s really important. I know a lot of people who try to be good. And then I know people who are into religion and don’t seem to care about being good – they mess up a lot.”
“Oh, really?” She said. “Yeah,” I said. “It’s a totally black and Caribbean congregation.” “Oh, that’s totally cool,” Debbie said. “Was it like gospel, that great gospel music?” She asked. And right there she did a little jive dance as she exclaimed, “I just love the spirit of gospel music, people singing with their bodies!”
“We all do,” I said. “Yeah, of course,” Debbie said. “But what really burns me are the Catholics. That business of having to go and do – what is it?”
“Well, no,” I said, “this congregation was mostly Caribbean, so they were very reserved Caribbean Anglicans – quite high-church, actually, with incense and bells.”
“Do you mean confession?” I suggested. “Yes, confession, that business of having to go to a priest and say what you’ve done wrong.” Here Debbie went off on a rant about the Roman Catholic Church. The conversation had run its course.
“Oh, too bad,” Debbie replied. “No, I loved it,” I said, “but speaking of church, here’s a card from St. Matthew’s – your invitation to church,” and I handed her a card from my wallet.
“Well, Debbie,” I said in a concluding sort of way, “God loves you.” 6
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Episcopal Evangelism Grants Available: Apply Now!
“I don’t think there’s anything out there,” Debbie said, “but if there’s something or someone out there, I think they’ll let me in, along with a lot of other people I know.”
Episcopal institutions can now apply for the next round of the Episcopal Evangelism Grants Program, designed to fund local and regional evangelism efforts in the Episcopal Church. The application deadline is October 1.
And with that we took leave of one another. Some reflections on this conversation: •
Mentioning the congregation in New Rochelle provided an opening to graze over the territory of faith, religion and church.
Gospel music touches Debbie and attracts her. That’s something to build on.
Following up with the parish card from St. Matthew’s in Enosburg Falls prompted a negative declaration, but it led into a wider-ranging conversation. My overall interest in our talk was neither church nor religion, but faith. The conversation hovered around the edges of Debbie’s faith and didn’t really get into mine. I was a sounding board, which was okay.
“At its best, evangelism is a response to the deepest needs of our neighbors and communities,” said the Rev. Devon Anderson, chair of Executive Council’s Episcopal Evangelism Grants Committee. “We aim to catalyze initiatives and experiments that can teach us more about how to spread the gospel in all of The Episcopal Church’s diverse contexts.” The grant program, which began in 2017 as a result of the 2015 General Convention’s increased investment in evangelism galvanized by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, awards up to $2,000 for an individual congregation and up to $8,000 for multi-church, diocesan and regional collaborations. The grants committee, said Anderson, is seeking proposals that will:
Debbie is attracted to the concept of karma, by which she seems to understand that good deeds will lead to beneficial rewards in this life or in some kind of next life. So that’s yet another religious instinct in this professedly non-religious person – another thing to build on.
Debbie’s approach to life is moralistic and maybe even a bit self-righteous. But she has strong values, which is good.
Even as Debbie is skeptical about the concept of God, it turns out that her skepticism is provisional: she thinks that if God is out there, maybe God will accept her. That’s another thought that might be fruitful in the future.
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There was little to be gained in arguing theologically with Debbie – whether God exists or not, and so on. “God loves you,” seemed a good conclusion, not to sum up the conversation, but to offer something for her to take away with her – yes, a cliché, but also a profound truth.
Create and spread resources that equip Episcopalians and churches to become evangelists and to share and receive faith stories in daily life. Create opportunities for people who are not part of a faith community to build their own loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with God in Christ. Aim for lasting, broad impact. Employ innovation and creativity. Promote churchwide learning, understanding and practical application.
Congregations, dioceses, provinces, schools, monastic communities, and other Episcopal organizations are eligible to apply. Regional collaborative partnerships with non-Episcopal entities are welcome as long as an Episcopal entity is the project leader, active manager, and reporting agent.
I see Debbie around town frequently. I don’t know whether the seeds of this conversation fell on fertile or rocky ground, and I don’t know whether there will be opportunity some time to follow up. That’s not the point. Evangelism is simply bearing witness, sowing seeds. Let God do the rest.
The Grants Committee will make its recommendations to Executive Council in December, and funds will be distributed in early 2020. The grant application, criteria, and additional information is available on The Episcopal Church website. The application deadline is October 1, 2019 at 11 pm Eastern. Read More / Apply Now
Priest-in-partnership at St. Matthew’s in Enosburg Falls, Titus Presler is convener of Green Mountain Witness, the evangelism initiative of The Episcopal Church in Vermont. 7
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Staples of the market are a children’s activity area and a giant sale of donated books, music, clothes, jewelry, toys, sporting goods, garden accessories, plants, household goods, furniture, arts, antiques, and collectibles. This year the newly renovated chapel was reserved as a place for quiet contemplation, prayer, or a respite from the hustle and bustle of the day.
Photo by Jason Duquette-Hoffman
Each year, a group of parishioners known at the Saint Stephen’s Boatwrights build a hand-made watercraft to be raffled off. This year’s creation was a beautifully constructed stand-up paddleboard, with a Hawaiian-themed deck. Raffle tickets are sold in the period leading up to the big day, especially on the Fourth of July when a crew of stalwart church members march in the Fourth of July parade in neighboring Bristol, displaying the craft, and selling raffle tickets as they go. The winner of the raffle is drawn in the early afternoon of Peasant Market Day.
Peasant Market Raises $24,500 for Middlebury-Area Charities By Contributors from St. Stephen's, Middlebury Six a.m. Saturday, July 6. Parishioners of Saint Stephens in Middlebury began hauling goods to outdoor tents for the annual Peasant Market -- all the while casting anxious glances skyward. Weather forecasts predicted a series of violent thunderstorms starting the hour before the market opened and continuing for much of the day. Yet somehow the sun kept shining and when finally, the dark clouds rushed in, the heavens opened, and the rain beat down with howling winds whipping it in all directions, the annual event was just an hour from closing. Thanks be to God!
Food is another key ingredient of the day. A lunch grill is available at noon. On a hot and humid day, fresh-squeezed lemonade was a big hit. And the baked goods table did a brisk business, selling a variety of delicious creations made over the previous week by parishioners, including nearly a hundred freshly baked pies. The day before the market itself is known as Pie Day. Volunteers work side by side all day making peach, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb, blueberry, and apple pies. Throughout Pie Day, as volunteers in other departments make final preparations throughout the church, the smell of baking fruit and crust wafts throughout the building. Heavenly!
This year’s Peasant Market raised $24,500 which will largely be donated to area charities once expenses are covered. “Peasant Market is a key part of our outreach to the community,” said 2019 Peasant Market Co-Chair Joe McVeigh. “It’s an important way we serve.” Dating back to the 1940s, Peasant Market is a well-attended community event, held each year on the Green in Middlebury. Funds raised become part of the church’s outreach budget and are largely returned to the community in the form of grants. Recent beneficiaries include the local community lunch program, along with housing efforts, and programs for young children.
After the storm struck, winds knocked down just one of the tents but no one was injured. The cheerful, if bedraggled, volunteers managed a creditable clean-up operation, drying off table tops and unsold goods and scrounging dry cardboard boxes book sales and other indoor booths still had a good stash). The spirit of Peasant Market, among both church workers and customers, is always joyful even if skies turn dark and some significant rain comes down. Next summer, 2020, an extensive bridge and rail construction project planned for downtown Middlebury adjacent to Saint Stephen’s will render the town Green unusable. The church expects Peasant Market to take place on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Memorial Sports Center, at 269 Buttolph Drive in Middlebury. The Memorial Sports Center is removed from the construction site, offers ample parking, and greater protection from the wind and weather. Mark your calendar now!
Beginning three weeks in advance of the market, the church building becomes a hive of activity as church and community members donate used goods for sales. Parishioners receive, sort, and price the incoming items and package them up for the day of the sale. Tents are erected on the town Green, and when the big day arrives, beginning at an early hour of the morning, a small army of volunteers carries the goods out onto the Green where they are set up for display. Most items are outdoors, but some (including books and clothes) remain in the church building. Yellow caution tape is stretched around the tents to give volunteers time to set up their wares before the eagerly circling public can descend. Then promptly at nine a.m. the market begins.
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Video Replay of July 11 Annual Stakeholders' Meeting Now Available
Photo by Greg Merhar
On July 11, the Trustees of the Diocese hosted a brief web conference which featured a review of the performance of the Diocesan Unit Fund Trust, a recap of the clarified and improved Investment Policy Statement, and a discussion about end-of-life legacy planning for those wishing to make bequests. All members of The Episcopal Church in Vermont are encouraged to view this exceptionally informative, 35-minute presentation here: https://vimeo. com/348448837
Featured in Seven Days: Prosecutor, Politician...Priest? Bram Kranichfeld Pursues a Higher Calling
Supply Clergy List Recently Updated
Bram Kranichfeld, a former Burlington city councilor and mayoral candidate, was grappling with professional adversity and familial tragedy when he pondered a suggestion by the Very Rev. Jeanne Finan, then the dean and rector of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. "I had been interested for years in exploring the ordained ministry," Bram said. "But that was the first time in my life that I felt it was actually a viable option." Kranichfeld decided to give it a shot. Read the complete story by Paul Heintz in Seven Days.
The diocesan website has been updated with the latest version of the Supply Clergy list. To locate this document, visit the diocesan website at https://diovermont.org, and click the big, aqua blue “Clergy & Lay Leaders” button near the middle of the home page. On the “Clergy & Lay Leaders Resources” page, scroll alphabetically until your reach “Supply Clergy.”
From The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are the lead signers of a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, joining more than 720 faith leaders in declaring support for LGBTQ people who face employment discrimination. Read More The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota has received notification that Bishop-elect Jonathan H. Folts has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process. Read More
Search Reopened: Dean of Province I School for Deacons The Province I School for Deacons has reopened its search for a Dean. Application deadline is September 3, 2019. The Dean is responsible for the continuing development, oversight, and implementation of the School for Deacons for the participating Episcopal Dioceses in Province I. Principal roles of the Dean are as program administrator and occasional instructor. The position is part-time (8-12 hours/week) with costs shared among the dioceses. Read the complete job description here. Then send cover letter and resume to the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens (lahrens@ episcopalct.org).
The Presiding Bishop recently released a video message, “Who is my neighbor?” Read More / Watch Video This summer the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America each gather for their respective Conventions, Synods and Assemblies. The presiding bishops of these churches, along with Presiding Bishop Curry invite members of these four faith groups to share a statement of mutual concern. Read More 9
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The Eighth Annual
Alleluia! Open Golf Tournament Neshobe Golf Club, Brandon, VT September 14, 2019 Proceeds will benefit the Alleluiafund.
Schedule/Agenda • • • •
8:30 a.m. Registration, raffles and contests 10:00 a.m. Play starts with contests on the course Lunch at the turn Awards Banquet completed by 4:00 p.m.
Registration fee for golf, cart and meals: $125/single; $500/team
Please consider becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship levels are: • Eagle Sponsors @ $750 level get one player free • Hole in One Sponsors @ $1,500 level get all players free • Birdie Sponsors @ $200 for a hole • Par Sponsors @ $100 to Co-Sponsor a hole
Link to Registration & Sponsorship Form https://form.jotform.com/81484135709966
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Alleluia! Open Golf Tournament July 12, 2019 Dear Parish, Business, and Organizational Leaders: On behalf of Bishop Ely we write to ask you to become or continue as sponsor of the Alleluia! Open Golf Tournament to be held September 14 at The Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon, Vermont and to join us for to play in the tournament, too. We would love to see a big show of support in Bishop Ely’s final year, as he got this fun tournament started. This tournament directly benefits the Alleluiafund ministries, which include the Rock Point Summer Camp for youth and children, global and domestic outreach efforts of many kinds, and the stewardship of our Rock Point property as a sanctuary of natural beauty, renewal, and education for thousands. Last year the Alleluia! Open generated nearly $12,000 to support these ministries. Every dollar given by sponsors directly benefits these ministries. For additional information about these various ministries: https://diovermont.org/alleluia-fund.php. We are a key part in meeting the goal of $40,000 for the fund. Please support these ministries with your gift. And please join us for the golf and some fun on September 14 at Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon. Below are a few ways to be a sponsor. Sponsors are publicly acknowledged on hole signs. Par Sponsor – help to sponsor a hole for $100 Birdie Sponsor – sponsor a hole on the course for $200 Eagle Sponsor – sponsor a hole and the captain of a foursome plays free for $750 Alleluia Sponsor – sponsor the tournament, a hole, and a team of four plays free for $1,500 To sponsor on any of these levels, and/or to sign up for the golf tournament @ $125 per player, go to this link which will guide you: https://form.jotform.com/81484135709966. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. If you would prefer, contact Ann Carroll at the diocesan office directly to give your information and let us know of your sponsorship and/or intention to play: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-863-3431.. Please join us in supporting the Alleluiafund of The Episcopal Church in Vermont by your gift. With appreciation for the services and support you provide Rock Point,
The Rev. Craig Smith
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“Our audiences tell us that they love when we introduce our pieces and provide some context to the music they’re hearing,” says bassoonist Rachael Elliott, a founding member of Heliand Consort. “We’re having fun expanding our concerts beyond simply ‘sit, listen, and clap’ to be a more engaging experiences for the audience and performers alike.”
Photo by Paul Reynolds
Heliand Consort is a woodwind and piano ensemble of native Vermonters or longtime residents.
Heliand Consort’s “Summer Gathering” Tour of Vermont Takes Place July 23-26
Heliand Consort is a woodwind and piano ensemble of native Vermonters or longtime residents. Now in its 12th season, the group has appeared throughout Vermont and in New Hampshire, upstate New York, and three tours of North Carolina.
Ensemble offers daytime shows designed for young children as well as evening concerts.
Heliand Consort’s “Summer Gathering” tour dates are: Tuesday, July 23 in Underhill; Wednesday, July 24 at the Ahavath Gerim Synagogue in Burlington; Thursday, July 25 at Grace Episcopal Church in Sheldon; and Friday, July 26 at York Street Meeting House in Lyndon. The concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. and are open and accessible to the public.
Heliand Consort celebrates midsummer and community with their “Summer Gathering” tour of Vermont, taking place July 23-26. This program belongs to a new series of programs of songs, chamber music and poetry inspired by the seasons in New England. The Vermont ensemble performs three daytime family shows designed especially for young children and youth in Jericho, Bakersfield, and Lyndonville, and four evening concerts in Underhill, Burlington, Sheldon and Lyndon.
Travel the Way of Love with the Rev. Becca Stevens, July 23 Traveling the Way of Love, Episode 4: Turn, the latest installment of a new video series from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication, premieres July 23 at 3:00 p.m. EDT on The Episcopal Church website and Facebook page. The series shares stories of the ways people practice the Way of Love with each episode highlighting one of the seven practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. This fourth episode focuses on Turn and features the Rev. Becca Stevens, founder and president of Thistle Farms, and guest speaker at The Episcopal Church in Vermont's 2016 Diocesan Convention.
Heliand Consort flutist Berta Frank, oboist Katie Oprea, and bassoonist Rachael Elliott perform music for woodwinds by Vivaldi, Telemann and Mozart, along with songs and solos from the Renaissance through modern eras. The idea for the Summer Gathering series was inspired by the success of the ensemble’s new “Kindred Spirits” program, introduced this spring, in which the music of Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann is interspersed with readings from their letters to one another. “Audiences have responded so enthusiastically to the mix of music and letters,” according to oboist Katie Oprea, who also plays on the Kindred Spirits program. “We’ve been experimenting with moving fluidly from short movements of music directly into the readings to create a seamless experience for the audience and performers. It’s been magical.” Poetry selections for July include favorite seasonal poems by Robert Frost, Mary Oliver and others. Guest readers will be performing alongside the trio in each performance. 12
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FREE VIEWING OPPORTUNITY DOWNSTREAM: THE EFFECTS OF PARENTAL INCARCERATION A documentary by Brad Salon of Bear Notch Productions
Save the Date: The Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas to Present 'The Browning of America: Reconciliation or Retribution,' Oct 23
Vermont Children share the challenges of having a parent in prison Watch online at https://www.downstreamfilm.com July 15 - August 31, 2019
On Wednesday, October 23, the Rev. Dr Arnold Thomas will deliver a presentation entitled, "The Browning of America: Reconciliation or Retribution". This will be an evening event and will include a discussion period. The event will be hosted in Randolph, VT at a venue and time to be announced soon.
"People who see this film will be changed." - Tanya Searles, Hyde Park "The burden by children and other family members of those incarcerated was presented in an honest, urgent and persuasive way." - Lt. Governor David Zuckerman
The Rev. Thomas is pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Jericho, VT. Notable among his many accomplishments is his extensive ministry experience and involvement in numerous organizations concerned with social justice, human rights and racial justice having. He has served as...
Produced in association with Resilience Beyond Incarceration, a program of Lamoille Restorative Center
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President of the Vermont Ecumenical Council Conference Minister of the Vermont Conference UCC (the first African American UCC denominational leader in Vermont) Minister of Education, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations at Riverside Church in New York City Adjunct Professor of Religion at New York Theological Seminary
At his church in Jericho, the Rev. Thomas recently produced a seminar series entitled, "Racism in America", which consisted of nine monthly forums featuring an excellent selection of presenters and discussion leaders. The October 23 event will be co-sponsored by FORE (Focus on Racial Equality) and the Rutland Area Branch NAACP. Mark your calendar, and stay tuned to The Mountain for further details. 13
St. James Offers Sunday Worship with a Celtic Twist, July 21 & Aug 11
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ESSEX JUNCTION, VT - You are invited to join St. James Episcopal Church for Holy Eucharist with a Celtic flair as we explore texts and music from Celtic traditions. The Rev. Kim Hardy and members of the St. James Worship Team are delighted to offer these summer services, which will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall overlooking our beautiful garden:
Semi-monthly Meetings 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. First Thursdays 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Fourth Mondays Except when otherwise noted. Rock Point Center 20 Rock Point Rd., Burlington, VT
Sunday, July 21 Celebration of St. James the Apostle
Next Meeting: Monday, July 22 @ 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 Celebration of Jonathan Daniels, Seminarian & Martyr (U.S. Civil Rights Era) St. James is located at 4 St. James Place, Essex Junction. For more information, contact the Rev. Kim Hardy at email@example.com
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Red Doors Open Again for Conversation, Music About Peace in the Middle East, July 23 Wilmington, VT - On Tuesday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., 25 Israeli, Palestinian, and American teens participating in the Jerusalem Peacebuilders Leadership Institute return to the Red Door Concert series at St. Maryâ€™s in the Mountains, Wilmington, Vermont, for an evening of conversation, questions, answers, and music. The evening will be a unique opportunity to learn about peace-building in the Middle East from young leaders who live the conflict and work for peace. Along with a panel discussion and fielding questions, music and poetry from the teens and from St. Maryâ€™s musicians will be featured. Read More
Rock Point Intentional Community
Monthly Eucharist Eucharist takes place on 2nd Fridays at noon except in summer and when otherwise noted. Located in the Chapel of St. Michael & All Angels at Rock Point Center 20 Rock Point Road, Burlington
Jerusalem Peacebuilders to Host Film Screening About IsraeliPalestinian Conflict, July 25
Next Eucharist: Friday, August 9 @ 6:00 p.m.
BRATTLEBORO, VT - On July 25, Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB) will present the powerful film, Within the Eye of the Storm, followed by small group discussions led by participants in the JPB Vermont Leadership Institute. This is a rare opportunity to meet Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilders and to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, one of the most challenging conflicts of our time. The event will take place at 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, with the film beginning at 6:00 p.m. and discussion afterward. Read More
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Calendar at a Glance
For additional details, visit the Diocesan Calendar. Every third Wednesday at 7:00 PM, Celtic Evensong at St. Mark’s, 44 2nd St, Newport, VT. Read More July 15-August 31 Free online viewing opportunity. Watch Downstream: The Effects of Parental Incaceration. Read More July 21 at 10:00 a.m. Celebration of St. James the Apostle with a Celtic Twist at St. James, Essex Junction. Read More July 22 at 5:00 p.m. Wisdom Practice Circle at Rock Point, Read More July 23 at 3:00 p.m. Traveling the Way of Love Episode 4 featuring the Rev. Becca Stevens. Read More July 23 at 6:00 pm. Red Door event featuring Jerusalem Peacebuilders at St. Mary's in the Mountains, 13 E. Main St., Wilmington, VT. Read More July 25 at 5:30 p.m. Jerusalem Peacebuilders hosts public film viewing and discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT. Read More July 25 at 7:00 p.m. Heliand Consort performance at Grace Episcopal Church, Sheldon, VT. Read More July 27 Literary Analysis Retreat at Rock Point. Read More July 28 Jerusalem Peacebuilders hosts public events at St. Michael's, Brattleboro. Read More August 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Norman's Attic, fair and sale hosted by St. James Episcopal Church on the town green in Arlington, VT. Read More August 4 at 7:00 p.m. Taizé Evening Prayer at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, VT. Read More August 9 at 6:00 p.m. Monthly Eucharist at Rock Point Center. Read More August 11 at 10:00 a.m. Celebration of Jonathan Daniels, Seminarian & Martyr (U.S. Civil Rights Era) with a Celtic Twist at St. James, Essex Junction, VT. Read More October 23 The Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas presents The Browning of America: Reconciliation or Retribution. Read More November 3 at 7:00 p.m. Taizé Evening Prayer at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, VT. Read More Nov. 15-16 "Faith Unleashed": The Annual Women's Retreat at Rock Point. Read More
News in Pictures
Dia duit: Greetings from Ireland Anam Cara Sojourners hosted a spiritual pilgrimage to Ireland on July 2-10. Pictured here, atop Croagh Patrick on July5 are (from left to right) pilgrimage participants Fred Moser, Judy Fielder, Kim Hardy, Ann Curran, Natalie Good, Wallace Good, and John Foster. Anam Cara Sojourners is a collaboration among spiritual communities including Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne and St. James Episcopal Church, Essex Junction. The term Anam Cara or anamchara, popularized by Irish author John O’Donohue in his 1997 book Anam Cara about Celtic spirituality, is old Gaelic meaning “soul friend.” The vision of Anam Cara Sojourners is to build a collaboration of people from various faith traditions, interested in exploring ways of experiencing God though the lens of Celtic spirituality. To learn more, or to get involved, contact the Rev. Kim Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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