May 16, 2018
Photo of Rock Point trails by Gerry Davis.
A Publication of the Episcopal Church in Vermont
Table of Contents 3 BDNC Holy Listening Sessions are Underway! 4 Bishop Thomas Ely Calls for Moral Revival at Vermont’s State Capital 6 The Episcopal Church in Vermont Awards Nearly $47,000 in Grants 9 Racial Reconciliation Team Launches Resources to Support Racial Healing Efforts 10 Diocesan Council: April 21 Highlights and Bishop’s Report 12 Elected Bishops in the Episcopal Church More Than 200 Years of History 13 Purpose: God’s Love as Seen in the Refugee Resettlement Program in Rutland, Vermont 14 Reflection: Redefining ‘Home’ and ‘Family’ 15 Inviting the Light: “Water, Wind, and Fire Are Not Tame” 16 Rock Point Inducts Newest Class of Volunteers 17 Trinity-Shelburne Supports RED, ‘So Girls and Women Can Be Ready Every Day’ 17 Around the Wider Episcopal Church 18 Events: New & Featured 19 Events: Reminders 20 Events: Calendar at a Glance 21 Events: Bishop Ely’s Visitations
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BDNC Holy Listening Sessions Are Underway! Share your thoughts, ideas, experiences and imaginings as part the search for the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont... The Bishop Discernment & Nominating Committee (BDNC) invites you to a Holy Listening session to share your thoughts, ideas, experiences and imaginings for our future as the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Listed below are the sessions scheduled so far. Look for more in the next edition of The Mountain. You are most welcome to attend any session. Please come and offer your input. We look forward to meeting you! May 15, Tuesday - Christ Church, Montpelier, 7-8:30, including St. Dunstan's, Waitsfield May 20, Sunday - St. Stephens, Middlebury, 11:30-1:00 May 29, Tuesday - St. Paul's, Vergennes, 7-8:30 June 3, Sunday - Church of Our Saviour, Killington, following morning worship June 5, Tuesday - Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre, 7-8:30, including St. Mary's, Northfield June 7, Thursday - St. Michael's, Brattleboro, 6:30-8:00, including St. Mary's, Wilmington and Immanuel, Bellows Falls June 10, Sunday - St. Luke's, Fair Haven/Castleton, following morning worship June 13, Wednesday, All Saints, South Burlington, 7-8:30 June 13, Wednesday - Holy Trinity, Swanton, 7-8:30 June 19, Tuesday - Trinity, Rutland, 7-8:30 June 19, Tuesday - Cathedral of St. Paul, Burlington, 7-8:30 June 24, Sunday - St. John's in the Mountains, Stowe, following morning worship June 27, Wednesday - Trinity, Shelburne, 7-8:30 June 27, Wednesday - St. Paul's, White River Junction, Potluck 6-7, Listening session 7-8:30, including St. Martin's, Fairlee; St. Barnabas, Norwich; St. James, Woodstock; St. Paul's, Windsor July 1, Sunday - St. Paul's, Wells, following morning worship July 8, Sunday - St. John's, Essex, NY, following morning worship 3
Bishop Thomas Ely Calls for Moral Revival at Vermont’s State Capital
Episcopal Bishop Lends Voice and Commitment to Poor People’s Campaign MONTPELIER, Vermont—To follow is a statement by the Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely, bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, delivered May 14, 2018, at the Vermont Poor People’s Campaign rally on the steps of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. In his address, Bishop Ely refers to the work and words of Mark Hughes, an organizer of the event and executive director of Vermont Justice for All.
I am fully aligned with this effort to raise awareness and take concrete action to do all we can to undo the systemic issues that contribute to poverty, inequality, racism and injustice in our nation and here in Vermont. My witness as a person of faith is grounded in the conviction that we have a moral imperative to honor and promote the dignity of every human being. I believe we also have a moral imperative to uphold the fundamental human rights of people of all races, especially those disproportionately impacted by poverty and other forms of systemic injustice that poverty facilitates:
Poor People’s Campaign Rally: Montpelier, VT The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely As a person of faith and as Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, I stand here today to lend my voice and commitment to the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and its expression here in Vermont. “Somebody IS hurting our people” and I am grateful for the leadership of people like Mark Hughes, the Reverend Earl Kooperkamp, and many others who have led the way in this effort. They have brought us to this moment in time when we declare, in Mark’s words: “policies that promote systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and environmental destruction are threatening our democracy and decaying our national morality.”
a. I have in mind here INEQUALITY IN OUR LEGAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: especially the disproportional number of poor people who are incarcerated in this country. b. I have in mind here WAGE INEQUALITY: And the tendency to blame poor people for poverty rather than confront the reality that many people who work a fulltime job, and sometimes more than one job, are still not able to meet their basic human needs. c. I have in mind here RACIAL INEQUALITY: a persistent 4
narrative that poverty is a problem about immigrants or people of color, or caused by immigrants or people color, rather than a common reality that crosses race and ethnicity.
Pictured at the Poor People’s Campaign rally are the Episcopal Church in Vermont’s the Rev. Earl Kooperkamp and the Rev. Beth Ann Maier.
My witness as a person of faith is grounded in the conviction that we have a moral imperative to honor and promote the dignity of every human being. As someone from the church, the word revival has a special meaning to me. When I think of a revival, it suggests that something has flatlined and needs to be shocked back into life. We’ve heard for too long that if we just vote a certain way or wait long enough things will change for the better. All the while we watch the status quo gain steam as morality slowly dies at the expense of those most vulnerable in our society. Today, in the spirit of Dr. King, and others, who called us to this work 50 years ago, we stand together to challenge that narrative. And we bring with us the energy that is needed to give new life to humanity, justice and the dignity of every human being – indeed all of creation. Going forth from this day, each of us is challenged to find that connection where we can make a difference. Here are some things that you can do.
Rock Point Camp 2018
1. Make an effort to understand the truth about poverty.
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2. Make a commitment that will allow your heart to change forever.
3. Break your silence and speak out and live out against systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and the distorted moral narrative.
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4. Place your body and your life on the line EVERY DAY, willing to lose EVERYTHING to save the heart and soul of this nation. 5. Get involved in the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont
The Episcopal Church in Vermont Awards Nearly $47,000 in Grants Next Application Deadline: July 15, 2018
The Episcopal Church in Vermont is pleased to announce that the Grants and Loans Committee recently approved grants totaling $46,312 to support 15 projects underway across the diocese.
gospel through their works, the grant recipients for their unheralded vision, and the members of Grants & Loans Committee for their diligence and care during the rigorous selection process.”
Most of the grant awards will be issued from the Alleluiafund, a grant fund composed entirely of individual contributions from church members who choose to give over and above their local offerings to important ministries of the diocese. One-hundred percent of monies collected into the Alleluiafund are redistributed as grants each year. Two of the grants, representing more than a quarter of the grand total, will be issued—or partially issued—from the Walter P. Irish Fund. Established in 1998 at the bequest of Walter P. Irish, the fund is used by the Diocese of Vermont to provide assistance to congregations in communities with populations of less than 10,000 persons per Mr. Irish’s directive. In this way, the Irish Fund helps stimulate the development of new, innovative and exemplary models for small parishes and missions.
The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, commented, “The grants process is truly a hope-filled display of Christ at work through peoples’ generosity. The fact that the Diocese was in the position to distribute nearly $47,000 in awards this quarter speaks to people’s desire to make a difference through their financial resources and congregations’ commitment to becoming more missional in their communities and beyond.” The next application deadline is July 15. Forms and information can be found online at http://www.diovermont. org/grants-and-loans-committee. The projects recently selected to receive grants are: Rock Point Camp, Burlington, VT. For 87 years, Rock Point Camp (RPC) has provided a loving, supportive community for campers and counselors alike. Thanks to financial support from grants and donors – including an Alleluiafund grant in the amount of $11,000 made in 2017 – RPC has been able to weather the ups and downs of enrollment,
“It is always a challenge to decide which of the many creative examples of mission and ministry to support with grant funding,” said Tom Eshelman, chair of the Grants and Loans Committee. “I’d like to congratulate all of the applicants for their continued success in spreading the 6
provide scholarships for deserving campers, and create a best-in-class camp experience. RPC enrollment doubled in 2016 and continues to grow. This grant helps ensure the sustainability of RPC for the upcoming camp season. $5,000
ocese, the Rev. Carole Wageman has gained extensive personal and professional experience in issues facing the elderly. This year, she has been invited to present at the national Interim Ministry Network Conference in June. The grant will cover a portion of Wageman’s conference expenses and will help to offset advertising costs for a forthcoming series of eldercare workshops also under Wageman’s leadership. $1,500
“Resting in the Spirit,” Newport, VT. “Resting in the Spirit” is a non-traditional, non-doctrinal worship project underway at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to be funded in part by a grant award. Beginning this year, the Northeast Kingdom church began offering a monthly, midweek opportunity for community members—regardless of religious or non-religious affiliation—to engage in spiritual practices of music, prayer, listening, and silence. A meal provided by St. Mark’s parishioners precedes or follows services, and childcare and homework assistance are available during services. Up to $2,100 match of congregation’s contribution.
Donald Davis Guest Appearance, Burlington, VT. Consistently creative in its efforts to reach new audiences, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington will be hosting storyteller, author and minister Donald Davis for a threepart program to include a workshop exploring the effective use of stories in preaching, all-ages public performance, and Sunday homily. The event, scheduled September 1416, 2018, is made possible in part by grant funding and parish donations. $5,000
St. Mark’s/NEKO, Newport, VT. St. Mark’s is a founding sponsor of the Northeast Kingdom Organizing Project, a member-led, interfaith, community-based coalition focused on quality-of-life issues in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans Counties. Grant funds will help offset the costs of leadership training for the church’s NEKO participants and will provide seed money for the creation of a Mission Library where books and other resources devoted to Christian leadership will be made available. $1,000
FoodWorx Enterprises, St. Johnsbury, VT. When FoodWorx Enterprises recently shared its vision of opening a commercial bakery to provide employment, training, and caring support for formerly incarcerated individuals, St. Andrew’s recognized an opportunity for shared ministry and restorative justice. Grant funds will supplement contributions the church has already made toward the startup goal for this new enterprise—and will bring the community one step closer to realizing the commercial bakery and its affiliated storefront, Breakout Bakery Café. $500
“Feeding Ministry,” Newport, VT. In addition to the grant-worthy “Resting in the Spirit” and NEKO projects, St. Mark’s is also home to a successful food shelf that provides an average of 15 families each week with a bag of groceries and a “souper lunch” that fills the stomachs of 30 people each month with soup, bread and dessert. Grant funds will make it possible for St. Mark’s to purchase locally-sourced fruits and vegetables during the months that produce donated by another area church is unavailable. $2,000
Parish House Improvements, Bethel, VT. The Parish House of Christ Church, Bethel, has become a critical hub for community programs and services including WIC client sessions, the Bethel Bold Ideas Group, Bethel University for life-long learners, and church gatherings. To ensure the building’s viability today and for years to come, necessary upgrades will be made with the assistance of grant funds, which include the installation of energy-efficient doors and windows. Up to $6,312 match of congregation’s contribution.
Christ Church Full Ladle Soup Kitchen & Food Shelf, Montpelier, VT. The Full Ladle Soup Kitchen & Food Shelf at Montpelier’s Christ Episcopal Church has been offering a weekly meal, supplemental food supplies, and caring support community for more than 30 years. Today, they provide a hot lunch to an average of 75 people each week. While much of the food is donated by churchgoers, area restaurants, bakeries and seasonal produce growers, some staples—such a milk, butter, cheese, fruit—must be purchased. The grant funds will be used for buying food and re-stocking the pantry. $2,000
Wi-Fi Improvement Project, White River Junction, VT. Internet connectivity is a form of outreach at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where congregants welcome community organizations to utilize their space for such programs as free tax consulting, education, training, and civic meetings. Grant funds will help to offset costs of a project to extend wi-fi coverage approximately 200 feet from the St, Paul’s Parish House to the church building, creating a reliable and efficient network throughout the entire property. $600
Chaplaincy to Retired Clergy, Vermont (Statewide). As one of two chaplains to retired clergy in the Vermont Di-
Joint Urban Ministry Project, Shelburne, VT. As a supporter of the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP), Trinity 7
Episcopal Church in Shelburne has historically made cash donations toward operations costs for the downtown Burlington drop-in center, as well as provided substation support for JUMP’s food ministries. This grant, in conjunction with donors’ contributions, will help fuel the JUMP Gas Card Project, through which JUMP seeks to provide a $25 gas card to those in need. The gas card is just one of many services—such as assistance with groceries, laundry, and household goods—available on a first-come-firstserved basis. $500 match of congregation’s contribution.
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*.
Cambodia Mission Trip, Windsor, VT. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Windsor is making a difference across the globe by sponsoring a mission trip to rural parts of Cambodia, where volunteers will work in healthcare clinics. With modest grant funding to supplement monies already raised, the mission team will be able to purchase medical supplies, provide a stipend for each Cambodian college or medical student who serves as an interpreter, and pay for the interpreters’ food and lodging. $500 match of congregation’s contribution.
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UNRWA Fundraising Challenge, Norwich, VT. For the past 11 years the people of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Norwich have raised funds for agencies that serve groups and nations suffering from various catastrophes. This year, one of their focuses has been the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). During Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter, parishioners raised $2,100, and their contributions are being matched with grant funding. $2,100
RPIC Wisdom Practice Circles
Racial Reconciliation Team, Vermont (Statewide). The Racial Reconciliation Team (RRT) is responsible for leading the diocese’s anti-racism and racial healing efforts. As part of a recently-launched training program, all of Vermont’s Episcopal congregations are being encouraged to invite people of color from their local communities to present first-person perspectives on race in Vermont. Grants funds will enable each congregation to provide their special guests with an honorarium. $4,200
Next Meeting: May 21 @ 5:00 PM Semi-Monthly Meetings 7 to 9 PM First Thursdays 5 to 7 PM Fourth Mondays Bishop Booth Conference Center 20 Rock Point Road, Butterfield Bldg
St. Stephen’s Columbarium, Middlebury, VT. The columbarium at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury, commissioned in late 2004, is the final resting place for many community members, and the memorial garden is a loving reminder of those whose ashes are interred there. With the columbarium having reached its maximum capacity in only 14 years, St. Stephen’s will be installing a larger, 312-space columbarium and will be remodeling its chapel to accommodate visitors indoors. $13,000
Welcome and Introductions Explorations of Wisdom Practices as envisioned by Cynthia Bouregeault in Wisdom Way of Knowing
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Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Team Launches Resources to Support Congregations’ Racial Healing Efforts The Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Team (RRT) is pleased to announce the launch of three resources to support congregations’ racial reconciliation and racial healing efforts. These resources include a dedicated page on the diocesan website, an educational video series, and grant funding to enable congregations to invite people of color from their local community to present first-person perspectives on race in Vermont.
Speaker Honorariums. While videos make it possible to access first-person stories from fellow Vermonters, nothing beats live, face-to-face interaction. Consider enriching your congregation’s racial healing workshop with a presentation by a local special guest! To assist in this effort, the RRT has acquired grant funds to enable congregations to pay their guest speaker an honorarium.
Clergy, lay leaders, and social justice teams, please consider hosting at least one, intensive racial healing workshop within the next 12 months. The RRT can assist!
Racial Reconciliation/Racial Healing Landing Page. Located on the diocesan website, the Racial Reconciliation/ Racial Healing Landing Page provides links to training guides developed by the wider Episcopal Church and customized for local use by the RRT. Additionally, the page houses a sample syllabus and agenda designed for congregations seeking to host a racial healing workshop.
Next Steps. The table has been set, so to speak, and congregations are encouraged to dig in! Clergy, lay leaders, and social justice teams, please consider hosting at least one, intensive racial healing workshop within the next 12 months. Once you’ve determined a possible date for your event, please contact the RRT for support. We can provide varying levels of consultation based on your vision and needs, including recommending guest speakers, curricula, and activities that may work best for your congregation. To reach the RRT, please email co-facilitators Maurice Harris (email@example.com) or the Rev. Rob Spainhour (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Where Do We Go From Here Video Series. Hearing the first-person stories of people of color is an integral starting point in the Diocese’s Four-phase Racial Healing Process. To provide an opportunity for our congregations to hear local perspectives on racial healing from Vermonters of color and white allies pressing for positive change locally, the RRT has provided a series of videos entitled, “Where Do We Go From Here?”. Recommended for use in workshops and adult forum settings, the videos are downloadable and may be shared freely! 9
plus are now under consideration by the Grants and Loans Committee. We have a fundraising goal of $40,000 for 2018. ($20,000 is allocated for Rock Point Camp and RP property.) Nearly a quarter of the goal had been collected by the time of this writing. The main presentation of the meeting was an extended workshop from the Racial Reconciliation Team, judged excellent and strongly appreciated by the Council. Council broke for lunch at 12:30 then back to he following standing reports:
Diocesan Council: April 21 Highlights and Bishop’s Report
Alleluiafund: Early 2018 contributions received so far this year total $9320. Grant applications are being received for use of the 2017 funds, with some of those funds already designated for a new initiative that will provide Rock Point camp scholarships for Sudanese children.
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 May 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM via Zoom web conference. The meeting will include a brief workshop on Models for Congregational Leadership in addition to Diocesan business. If you wish to attend, please call the Diocesan Office at (802) 863-3431.
Diocesan Commission on Ministry (DCOM): Important May 19 meeting for COM members from the all the new England Dioceses with the Rev. Jesse Zink, Principal of the Montreal Diocesan Theological College (DMTC), to learn more about the DMTC offerings and ways in which we can be more connected, including enrollment in classes, degree programs and use of other resources. The DCOM is also doing an extended study of the Covenant Group/ Local Ministry Support Team approach/model for congregational leadership in Vermont.
This article features highlights from the April 21 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.
Diocesan Council Meeting Highlights
General Convention: Tom Little submitted a report, which may be read online. As explained in that report, revisions to the Book of Common Prayer concerning marriage, liturgy and music are topics on the legislative agenda. Formation will be on the agenda. The Rev. Rob Spainhour is now an alternate for the Episcopal Church in Vermont.
By Lisa Newton Meeting called to order by the Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely at 10:00 AM; Marjorie Strong led the opening devotions. The Consent Agenda having been approved, we moved to the Treasurer’s Report, presented by the Diocesan Treasurer, Gerry Davis, MD, in a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation.
Province One: Report from Jean Wilson calls attention to discussions of the opioid epidemic and a resolution on collecting data on energy usage on all Church property “to see whether churches might save money by entering into cooperative purchasing agreements with each other.”
The news, as presented by Gerry Davis, is very good. Most congregations are up-to-date on payments of their parochial assessments. Revenues and expenses are right on target. For fiscal year 2017 Budget, shortfall from Parish Assessments is now at $75,000, less than what was reported at Diocesan Convention. Frugality on the expense side of the budget reduced the year-end deficit to around $3,500. This is still pending some final calculations from congregations with outstanding Parochial Reports. The plan, as articulated at Convention, is to proportionally distribute this deficit among the 45 congregations of our diocese. A communication from the Treasurer will be sent about this. The Alleluiafund shows a surplus from 2017 collections; applications for grants/loans from this sur-
Re-Imagining Convention: The Rev. Paul Habersang is our representative on a 10-member task force to consider every aspect of our annual convention: format, location, components for worship, costs (and financial transparency) and ministry reports. There’s an extensive report on the discussions so far. Rock Point: We are hopeful that the 1.7 million-dollar goal will be exceeded. Work on trails and the rest of the property is underway and additional funds will be needed. This investment in the land, buildings, and public access 10
is helping the public understand our commitment to the future sustainability of this property as a welcoming sanctuary in the heart of Burlington. We are partnering with the Burlington Parks Com¬mission, Lake Champlain Land Trust, the City of Burlington and others to raise additional funds for a conservation easement on 92 more acres, along with significant trail improvement projects. We must keep reminding people that this is not public land but private land available for public use. Considering the City’s commitment to connecting green spaces/ hiking & biking trails in the area, the investment is paying off.
in Montpelier on Saturday March 24th from 12 noon to 2:00 PM. Student Allie Brown, from St. Paul’s Cathedral, was one of the speakers. I also spent time the day before at the Statehouse for the legislative debate on gun safety measures, laws which ultimately passed and were signed by the Governor.
VT Ecumenical Council/VT Interfaith Agency: The Rev. Dr. Fred Moser attended a national workshop on Christian unity: interesting and hopeful. Some commentary on the experience of Lisa Sharon Harper, a black Pentecostal; also Syrian Christians. Question: to what extent should the issue of ordination of LGBTQ persons figure in discussions of full communion between traditions? There’ll be a meeting of the VT Ecumenical Council coming up; stay tuned.
6. I participated in the Province One Synod meeting, along with our Delegates, Bob Wilson and Eric Davis and most of our General Convention Deputies, who were there for a pre-General Convention orientation. We met in Worchester, MA on April 7th.
5. On Holy Monday, I offered a reflection at the 7 PM Taizé evening prayer service at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Bishop Christopher Coyne, from the Diocese of Burlington, officiated at this well-attended and very beautiful service.
7. The Rock Point Partnership Campaign has reached our $1.7 million-dollar goal; however, we are awaiting a more public announcement about this since there are a few more donors we hope to include in the final tally, including a couple of congregations. In addition, plans are moving forward on the Rock Point/Arms Forest Coalition effort. This is a community-based partnership between Rock Point, the Burlington Parks Foundation, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, the City of Burlington and others that will lead to additional funds ($450,000) to Rock Point for improved public access and trail development. We are anticipating a public event for the Coalition at Rock Point in May. Meanwhile, “quiet” fund-raising continues.
With closing prayers, the meeting adjourned just before 3:00 PM.
Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council – April 21, 2018 1. There are no personnel announcements this month. 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
8. My visitations since our last Council meeting included weekday visitations with Saint Stephen’s, Middlebury on April 11th; Saint Luke the Beloved Physician, Saranac Lake (one of my DEPO congregations) on April 19th; and Good Shepherd, Barre on April 20th, and Sunday visits with Saint Peter’s, Bennington on Palm Sunday; Saint Paul’s, Vergennes on April 8th; and Holy Trinity, Swanton on April 15th. 9. I worshiped at the Cathedral for Holy Week, preaching on Maundy Thursday and the Easter Vigil and presiding on Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Day. At the Easter Vigil, we Baptized one young adult and Confirmed and Received an additional twelve young people and adults. 10. Ann and I enjoyed time with our children and grands, who came and went at various times over the Easter “weekend.”
3. Canon Lynn Bates is scheduled for a Sabbatical leave this year and she is developing plans for that leave, which she will detail a bit more in her report to Council.
4. I joined other Episcopalian in the March for Our Lives 11
Elected Bishops in the Episcopal Church More Than 200 Years of History By Eric Davis The process that will culminate in the election of the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont is now underway. We will be following a set of practices for electing bishops that can be traced back to the very beginnings of the Episcopal Church in the United States, in the years immediately after American independence.
Episcopalians during the 1780s, a time when new governance structures were developed both for the Church and for the nation. At the same time as the new Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States was being organized, the Articles of Confederation were being replaced by the new Constitution of the United States. Indeed, some of the laymen who were active in the organization of the new Church were also active in the political debates that culminated in ratification of the Constitution.
When the Revolutionary War came to an end, and Great Britain recognized the independence of its former North American colonies, the Anglican parishes in the new American states were in a “state of nature,” so to speak, in terms of their polity. These parishes had been outposts of the Church of England on the Atlantic seaboard and received their episcopal oversight, such as it was, from the Bishop of London. After independence, the British Crown, which held the authority of Supreme Governor of the Church of England, had no sovereign power in the new states.
The Rev. William White, who was rector of both St. Peter’s and Christ Church in Philadelphia, was one of the leaders in developing new governance structures for the Episcopal Church in the United States. White served as Chaplain of the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1789, and as Chaplain of the Senate after the Constitution was ratified, so he knew most of the American political leaders of the revolutionary and early national period. White set forth his views in the 1782 pamphlet, “The Case of the Episcopal Churches in the United States Considered.” In this pamphlet, White proposed that the structure of the American Episcopal Church should be organized around conventions of elected lay representatives and clergy, which would both exercise the primary legislative responsibility of the church and elect the bishops. White’s ideas provided the framework around which discussions of the organization and governance of the Episcopal Church were held for much of the 1780s.
The oaths of allegiance to the monarch as Supreme Governor, that were part of the ceremonies of ordaining clergy and consecrating bishops, were incompatible with the 13 new states’ status as independent republics. (Those oaths were also incompatible with Vermont’s status, from 1777 to 1791, as an independent republic. Vermont was admitted to the Union as the fourteenth state in 1791.) Thus, American Episcopalians needed to develop new models of governance that would be consistent with republican principles, while at the same time allowing them to maintain an episcopal polity, the apostolic succession, and communion with the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The first constitution of the Episcopal Church was written in 1789 and incorporated many of White’s ideas. Episcopal parishes in each state would elect delegates to a state convention, which would also include all the clergy resident in
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the state. These state conventions would then elect both clerical and lay delegates to the General Convention. The conventions, both state and General, would be the primary authority in the Episcopal Church, approving budgets and writing and amending the constitutions and canons. Diocesan bishops would be elected by the conventions of the states making up the diocese (there were only three American dioceses in the late 18th century). The very first Episcopal Bishop in the United States, Samuel Seabury, was consecrated in 1784 in Aberdeen by three “non-juring” bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church. This enabled Seabury to be consecrated without having to take the oath of allegiance to the Crown required as part of consecration liturgies in England. In 1786, Parliament, perhaps worried that Jacobite ideas would spread in the American church if more bishops were consecrated in Scotland (Bonnie Prince Charlie had met his final defeat at Culloden only 40 years earlier), decided to allow the Archbishop of Canterbury and other English bishops to consecrate foreign bishops without requiring the Crown oath.
Purpose: God’s Love as Seen in the Refugee Resettlement Program in Rutland, Vermont By Gwendolyn Grace* In the 1982 hymnal there is a hymn titled “Purpose” written by Arthur Campbell Ainger. The hymn speaks of God’s purpose in our world. It concerns mission, and it is very relevant to the story that you are about to read. The first stanza of the hymn states that “God is working his purpose out. . . . that the earth may be filled with the glory of God.” Later, about midway through, it talks of how the work we do and the life we live is God’s work. And finally, it ends with the acknowledgment that nothing that we do—neither our work nor our missions nor any of our ministries—has any worth without God’s blessing and presence. So, what is God’s purpose? What does the glory of God on earth look like? What follows is the story of a small American city whose community illustrates the purpose of God and what the glory of God on Earth could look like.
Once three American bishops had been consecrated in Britain, a sufficient number of bishops were available in the United States that they could continue the apostolic succession by laying hands on newly-elected bishops, without those newly-elected to the episcopacy having to travel across the Atlantic for their consecration ceremonies. Frederick V. Mills, a historian whose book, Bishops by Ballot, covers the material described in this article in considerable detail, notes in his conclusion that “the transference of authority in ecclesiastical affairs from king, parliament, and hierarchy” to “delegates, clerical and lay, who were designated by their fellow parishioners to represent them, was not only a return to primitive church practice but also an ecclesiastical revolution.” For the first time since early medieval Europe, the Episcopal Church in the United States became a church in the Western Christian tradition organized along episcopal lines where the choice of bishops was by election, separated from either the authority of the state or a central church hierarchy.
“God Is Working His Purpose Out” Rutland, Vermont is a small, rural city with a population of roughly sixteen thousand inhabitants. The town was founded by European immigrants—mostly from Italy, Poland, and Wales—who came to work the granite, marble, and slate quarries, and later the railroad. So the community of Rutland is no stranger to welcoming the stranger. But in this new millennium, “the stranger” took on a whole different connotation... Gwendolyn “Wendy” Grace is the Liaison for Refugee Resettlement, Diocese of Vermont, in conjunction with Episcopal Migration Ministries. She is also member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rutland. This article, which recently appeared in Anglican Theological Review (ATR), can be read in full in the diocesan website.
The process of episcopal election that will be followed in Vermont, and is used by Episcopalians in more than 100 dioceses, had its origins in, and is still not all that different from, the process set forth in the first decades of American independence. As has been the case in the Episcopal Church for 230 years, bishops are elected at conventions made up of delegates who are themselves elected by parishes and of clergy canonically resident in the diocese. Eric Davis is a parishioner at St Stephen’s, Middlebury, and a member of the Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee.
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Reflection: Redefining ‘Home’ and ‘Family’ By Gizelle Guyette* Home must be a term whose definition extends beyond Home is where, when you have to go there, they physical architecture. As the quoted Frost poem describes, have to take you in. -Robert Frost, "Death of the Hired Man" home is where they know you; where they have to take you in. In the context of a faith community, this goes beyond Sunday. It goes further than performing good works, raising money and other acts of benevolence. It means relationship. When newcomers enter the church, are they coolly sized up, labelled, categorized as " our sort" or not, and either treated with polite reserve once a week, appraised for their possible skills or needs...or are they welcomed as friends, as family? Do we get to know them? To care about them beyond their potential as an asset? Do we let them get past our front door?
St. John's in the Mountains, sanctuary, empty, its downstairs rowed with cots in its dual identity as warming shelter this past winter, looks quite a different place in the middle of the night. Denuded of its Sunday purpose, it's still a picturesque, cleanly- built little beacon at the crossroads in the bitter January gloom at 3:00 A.M. Interlacing rafters and honey-sheened hardwood floors, bathed in low light, hint at the sacred in that somnolent pre-dawn hush.
As the world becomes both bigger and smaller; as walls are built and destroyed and roofs blown off in gale-force winds; as worldwide church numbers dwindle and what we thought we knew can be shattered in an instant, I think we need to redefine home and family. We need to be there for each other. We need to guide each other. An hour once a week; a seasonal charitable gesture; a fundraiser for a cause; a handshake at the passing of the peace: these make a good starting point, a foundation, but more is needed. An architectural structure is the beginning. Lives lived close to one another, an intentional community giving it purpose, are what makes a church a spiritual home. My prayer for the future of St. John's is that it fulfills its purpose as more than a church. May it be home. And when people come here, may we take them in.
As someone letting go of a house and the life it contained while considering what will come next, I've become keenly aware of place: of the architecture of dwellings, be they family homes, houses of worship or other destinations for lives seeking something beyond mere survival: safety, purpose and the certainty of belonging. When we think of home, most of us picture four walls, a floor to stand on and a roof above our heads. Those of us in transition strive to redefine the word, separating it from a particular structure and plot of ground as our journeys take us elsewhere. Still others, native- born or newcomers struggling for footing in harsh conditions, must leave what little security they knew and start again, seeking shelter, at the mercy of the unknown. In one way or another, most of us have been, are or will be strangers in a strange land. May we never forget it.
*Gizelle Guyette is a parishioner at St. John’s in the Mountains, Stowe, Vermont.
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awake at night in the wee hours of the dark? Where have you said: “Oh God, where are you now?” I suspect those are the exact places where the Holy Spirit is prodding us the most—those places where we are comfortable but need to be pricked awake. Poking us to look at issues we would rather avoid. Provoking us to set sail in those living waters not fully knowing what shore they will bring us to. Sometimes the Holy Spirit might be knocking at a door for a long time before one is able to realize it. That is true for communities of faith as well as for individuals. “Water, wind and fire are not tame” and God is in charge. So while we pray and sing: “Come Holy Spirit, Come” be careful what you ask for—you just might get it. There is always a resurrection. No matter how challenging the subject. No matter how thorny the issues and bumps that we encounter. No matter how difficult things might seem every day, God always makes room for something new to take place in ways that we least expect.
Inviting the Light: “Water, Wind, and Fire Are Not Tame” By The Rev. Carole Wageman “Be careful—don’t play with fire” we tell our children as they are growing up. Perhaps that is something we should remind ourselves as well on the day of Pentecost when the power of the Holy Spirit displayed itself: “Be careful when you invite the Holy Spirit. You are dealing with fire and you just never know where the Spirit of God may lead you.” The action of the Holy Spirit seems to flow through time like a massive river of living energy...a mystical and sacred something, at times peaceful and at other times raging but always shaping and moving toward something greater than itself. Bishop Tom Wright says: “To invoke or invite the Holy Spirit....is not simply to hope for a gentle nudge from time to time...It is to take the risk of having all that wild, untamable energy sweep through us...But the rivers of living water have a purpose. They are not bubbling and whirling around for the sake of it. They are designed, not simply to satisfy our thirst ... but to irrigate the land beyond us. If the rock is worn into a new shape in the process, so be it ... Don’t trivialize Pentecost. Think how the Spirit-imagery works. Water, wind, and fire are not tame.” (Twelve Months of Sundays: Biblical Meditations on the Christian Years A, B & C p 69).
Prayer for Pentecost: Almighty God, who on this day showed yourself once again to be a God of surprises, surprise us now as well and help us open our lives to your active presence. Create in us an awareness of your stunning reverence for all creation and your sustaining love in all that we do; all that we are now; and all that we are meant to become. For the love and re-creation of your kingdom and in the Name and Spirit of Christ. Amen. Copyright Carole A. Wageman 2018. All rights reserved. www.carolewageman.com
It is natural to wonder where the Spirit is heading next for God is not limited to only church activities. God is frequently way out ahead leading us forward saying: “Come on....Follow me. I know the way...” The Holy Spirit that blew through the room during Pentecost continues to blow through our own lives and circumstances all the time, if we pay attention. Where is the Holy Spirit at work right now here in your community of faith? Where have things been the most challenging and difficult? Where have issues felt bumpy, thorny and rough? What are the things that keep you
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Pictured l to r: Ilana Copel, GMC Field Supervisor; Rob Rives, GMC Volunteer and Education Coordinator; Lucas Moore; Nancy Weber; Katharine Montstream (Trail Stewards. Sue Brown, Candace Smith, the Rev. Jackie Arbuckle; Mike Kiernan, Bee the Change Honey (our partner) and Francis Geier (Pollinator Docents). Not pictured: Carley Claghorn, Wally Good and Shane Poulin - and for Docents, Trish Denton.
Rock Point Inducts Newest Class of Volunteers
Trail Stewards, Pollinator Docents Don Official Colors to Represent Rock Point By the Rev. Jackie Arbuckle BURLINGTON, Vermont—You’ll recognize them by their T-shirts! By the end of May, our new official volunteers will be at work helping in specific areas of Rock Point and connecting with the public on our property.
terbury, the keepers of Vermont’s Long Trail. They’ll be on our trails, monitoring and helping maintain them, and they’ll be serving as resources for guiding you in using our trails in accordance with our requirements and with courtesy for other users.
While we have always benefited—and will continue to do so with deep gratitude—from volunteers helping us tend the gardens, mow the lawns, assist with special projects, offer education…and the list goes on, we also now have people who are part of our official Rock Point Volunteer Program.
And the tangerine orange of our Pollinator Docents. They’ll be working around the developing pollinator meadow under our solar trackers and the new pollinator demonstration garden as we build it. They’ll be happy to give you a tour if you’d like, even though these are works in progress!
They’ve had specialized training and are making a unique, ongoing and scheduled commitment to represent Rock Point and help us serve as a welcoming sanctuary of “spirituality, creativity, community, education, training and environmental stewardship” in the heart of Burlington. Their training and commitment entitles them to wear our official T-shirts and logo in the official colors of the Rock Point brand. In future months, you’ll start to notice the very dark blue of our Garden Keepers and the wine red of our Bishop Booth Conference Center hosts. But this summer, look for:
Even though the initial training has been done, we can still happily welcome new volunteers into these groups. Even though the initial training has been done, we can still happily welcome new volunteers into these groups. Our buddy and orientation system will operate into late fall and start early every spring! Contact Jackie Arbuckle, Volunteer Coordinator, at JackieinVT@gmail.com or 4825367 if you’d like to wear one of these T-shirts yourself!
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Trinity-Shelburne Supports RED, ‘So Girls and Women Can Be Ready Every Day’
Around the Wider Episcopal Church There’s still time for register for sessions of Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency, a nine-day course for diocesan staff, clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians to learn cultural competency for Latino ministry: June 11 – 18 at Bloy House, Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, CA; August 5 – 13 at the School of Theology, the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Read More
For families displaced from their homes by violence and abuse, money is tight. Life in temporary housing means food, transportation, medication, clothing, and childcare compete for precious dollars. Yet many agencies that assist displaced populations are often unable to provide certain basic, monthly essentials such as feminine hygiene products. In fact, many displaced women avoid work, school, and community life because they are financially unable to manage their menstrual care. The normal processes of human reproductive life should never make women feel invisible, ashamed, or limit their educational or working lives. Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, is a founding member of Ready Every Day (RED), an initiative to bring feminine hygiene products to displaced women of the Burlington community, beginning with Harbor Place, a shelter run by Champlain Housing Trust’s in Shelburne. RED collects clean, packaged sanitary napkins and tampons so that those seeking assistance can find their footing with one less financial burden. If you want to help by donating products, please contact Joanna Beall (email@example.com).
A highlight of General Convention 2018 will be The Episcopal Church Conversations (TEConversations), three innovative, inspirational and informative sessions featuring brief talks, videos and engaging interludes. Read More Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will join other faith leaders and elders in Washington, DC to launch the Reclaiming Jesus Declaration at a church service followed by a silent candlelight vigil to the White House on Thursday, May 24. Read More On Thursday, May 10, Thursdays at 2, a favorite and popular feature produced by the Office of Communications, presents the video UTO in the Diocese of California. Read More The Episcopal Asset Map an online platform showing the location and ministries of Episcopal churches, schools and other communities, has been revamped and refreshed with more-detailed information, easier access and ease of navigation. Read More In an open letter to the Episcopal Church, an invitation is extended to share reflections on sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation. A selection of the reflections will be read at a special listening session during General Convention 2018. Read More
A total of $139,000 has been awarded to 20 recipients of the Episcopal Church 2018 Young Adult and Campus Ministry grants. Read More
The Hopkins Bookshop is located at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne, Vermont. We are conveniently situated along US Route 7/ Shelburne Road just north of the traffic light in the center of town. Parking and the bookshop entrance are at the back of the church.
On Thursday, May 3, Thursdays at 2, a favorite and popular feature produced by the Office of Communications, presents the video HUB: Helping Urban Bicyclists. Read More Twelve projects in ten dioceses and two provinces, totaling $211,210 for the Roanridge Trust Award Grants, have been announced for 2018. Read More
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Bishop Ely to Join St. Stephen’s-Middlebury for ‘Celebration of Light’ on June 2. All Are Invited! MIDDLEBURY, Vermont-You are Invited to a Celebration of Light on June 2, at 5:00 PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St., Middlebury, VT. On that day Bishop Ely will bless the fruits of a ten-year project to replace all the windows in St. Stephen’s historic church.
What ensued was a ten-year effort to replace the old windows and ultimately transform the interior sacred space of St. Stephen’s. Midge Scanlan, stained glass artist and designer of Rochester, Vermont, was engaged and subsequently guided the artistic design and execution of the entire windows project.
Evensong and Blessing at 5:00 PM. Festive Reception follows.
The initial campaign to raise funds for the Nave and Chapel windows was appropriately titled, Let There Be Light. Generous contributions from members of St. Stephen’s, the local community, and the Episcopal Church in Vermont made it possible for this phase to be completed by late 2014.
The Let there be Light Project and the Altar Window Project were funded by private donations and with support of the Diocese of Vermont.
A Brief History of the Let There Be Light Project:
The Altar Window effort began in 2015. Once it was determined that nothing could be salvaged from the former window, beloved by many in the church, a new design for the Altar Window, deemed the “Spirit Window,” was approved by the Vestry in early 2016.
In the early 2000s, members of the St. Stephen’s community became increasingly aware that the windows in the Nave and Sanctuary of the Church were deteriorating rapidly. The windows were installed in the historic 1827 church building in the late 1800s. Though they were meant to look like stained glass, they were actually painted glass, using a technique typical of the time. Having withstood well more than 100 years of use, by 2009, some of the windows were deemed potentially dangerous, to the point of possibly falling out of their casings. The Vestry appointed a committee to begin the process of organizing for their ultimate replacement.
The Spirit Window was installed during the summer of 2017, thereby completing this multi-year “Let There Be Light” effort. This extraordinary effort was possible by the contributions, artistic, planning, and financial of many people, including the Episcopal Church in Vermont. All involved trust these windows will serve the St. Stephen’s and Middlebury community well into the 21st century and beyond. 18
The St. Stephen’s Altar Window (The Spirit Window) Created by Vermont Artist Midge Scanlon Suggestions for your viewing: Start at the top. Let your gaze trail down the borders on each side; the top edges represent winter. As you look down further, pale spring green begins to darken to summers deep green. Further down these twin borders, the color shifts to autumn tones; here we view the rich configuration of the foreground, the bottom border. We see burnished leaves of autumn; among which we find many icons of our faith. Wheat and grapes represent our Eucharist elements of bread and wine. Passion flowers and pomegranates nestled in the leaves bring the symbols of The Passion. The Lamb of God rests, peacefully regarding us from among these icons of our liturgy. The shell of Baptism has river water flowing through it towards us. On the bottom right is a pile of stones that represents St. Stephen, his palm plume of martyrdom rising from the stones. As our gaze travels up the river through pastoral views of forest, fields and meadows, we can note a fisherman’s boat pulled to shore, the empty net hanging unused. Further on, the tower of St. Stephen’s Church rises and beyond a silhouette of Middlebury College. Bread Loaf is in view. As we view the distance, our familiar Camel’s Hump crests the horizon. The flame, the Pentecostal flame begins to rise and spark through the sky. Rays pour from the heavens behind the Dove descending toward us. As the top lick of flame occurs, the Infinite Blue of all Creation rises to the apex of the window.
Events: New & Featured sibility needs at 933-4083. Contact beth.daybell@gmail. com or 326-4603 about the Summer Music at Grace concert series.
Burlington Cathedral to Host 18th Marathon Interfaith Service, May 27 18th Marathon Interfaith Service The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 2 Cherry Street Marathon Day, Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 6:15 AM
Stone Church Arts Presents Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma - Contemporary Modal Music, May 19
If you’ve run the Vermont City Marathon before, you’ve probably heard the bells peeling at the start of the race. Those bells are coming from St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral located on the corner of Battery and Pearl Streets, right at the start of the Marathon. In addition to ringing the bells, we host an Interfaith Marathon Service, beginning at 6:15 on race morning. The service lasts only about 20 minutes, so participants have plenty of time to get to the start of the race. The service consists of readings from the Native American, Muslin, Hindu, Jewish and Christian traditions, two lively hymns, and a sending-out prayer for runners. Those who are regular attendees at this service tell us it’s a great way to prepare for the race and that they look forward to it each year. The worship space where the service takes place can be accessed from the top of our parking lot right across Cherry Street from the Hotel Vermont, or from our north door facing Pearl Street. For more information call 864-0471.
As part of their third annual New England tour on the back of their new double record “Lunar,” Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma will stop in Bellows Falls to perform a Stone Church Arts concert on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 PM. The concert will take place at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls, VT. Based on the island of Crete in Greece, Daly and Thoma are masters of the Mediterranean lyra. In this performance, their only one in Vermont on their brief New England tour, they will be joined by Tev Stevig (oud) and Michael K. Harrist (double bass) of Çesni Trio. Read More
Summer Music at Grace Kicks Off with Pete’s Posse, May 25
Christ Church-Montpelier Celebrates 150th Anniversary, June 1-3
Summer Music at Grace gets started on Friday, May 25 at 7:00 PM with the 16th annual farewell reunion featuring Pete’s Posse! Pete Sutherland has played at many a farewell reunion; this year he and his group ARE the reunion. Details about Pete’s Posse can be found at the Young Tradition Vermont website. A $20 suggested donation is most appreciated and goes to support the Tom Sustic Fund. Desserts to share will be served at the intermission. Other concerts in the series include: • • • •
Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St, Montpelier, VT, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary from June 1-3, 2018. Join us for a weekend of events, free and open to the public! Fri., June 1 at 7:30PM, Jennifer Bower Organ Recital. Jennifer is the Vermont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists’ 2018 Artist of the Year.
June 22: Chasing 440 July 23: Village Harmony, 7:00 PM. Potluck dinner precedes the concert. Aug. 3: David Sears, organist, on the 1833 Erben pipe organ, 7:00 PM Sep. 14: Va et Vient, 7:00 PM
Sat., June 2 from 5:00-7:00 PM, Celebratory Community Dinner. Sponsored by the Youth & Family & Full Ladle Feeding Ministries of Christ Episcopal Church. Sat., June 2 at 7:30PM, “The Vermont Civil War Songbook” featuring Linda Radtke & Arthur Zorn. Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, will share songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Ver-
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monters from the era. Linda will also integrate the history of Christ Church into the program. This program is made possible by the Vermont Humanities Council.
Events: Reminders Kairos Earth Provides New Opportunities to Connect with the Natural World
Sun., June 3 at 10:00AM, Festive & Celebratory Service of Holy Eucharist with full choir and special instrumentalists. Ice Cream Social Reception and burial of a time capsule will take place immediately following the service.
Building on last year’s Connecticut River Pilgrimage, Kairos Earth is providing new opportunities to experience the practice and spirituality of living in right relationship with the natural world, including the Wood River Pilgrimage from May 17 - 20, Blackstone/Taunton River Pilgrimage from Sep. 5 - 8, Connecticut River Pilgrimage in July, and Earth Credo from Oct. 28 - Nov. 2. Read More
St. James-Woodstock to Host Triennial Liturgy Festival Featuring UK’s Downing College Choir, July 12-15 St. James Episcopal Church, 2 St James Pl, Woodstock, VT, is planning and organizing its triennial Liturgy Festival, with the theme From Contemplation to Celebration: The Power of Words, Music, and Silence in Worship and Prayer. From July 12 to 15, a series of speakers, workshops, choral performances, and worship services will provide opportunities for residents of the greater Woodstock community and beyond to learn and worship together. A highlight of the festival will be the Downing College Chapel Choir, a mixed-voice choir composed mostly of students from Downing College at the University of Cambridge, UK. Please mark your calendar now, and stay tuned for additional details!
Good Shepherd Lutheran-Jericho, VT to Host Palestinian Christians Documentary Film on May 16 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 273 VT Route 15, Jericho, VT, is pleased to host a showing of the film The Stones Cry Out: Voices of the Palestinian Christians on May 16 at 6:30 PM. The documentary will be followed by discussion led by Mousa Ishaq, a Palestinian-American who is a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in South Burlington. Donations for the film’s director will be accepted. Good Shepherd is ADA accessible. For more information, contact Jan Steinbauer at 899-3525. Read More
Safe Church Training, May 19 & Sept. 8 If you serve in the Episcopal Church and are required to be “Safe Church” certified, Basic Certification opportunities are available on May 19 at St. Peter’s-Bennington and September 8 at Church of Our Saviour-Killington. Register online. Please contact Canon Lynn Bates with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 863-3431.
Christ Church Camp Monomonac to Host September 14-16 Reunion Did you go to Christ Church Camp Monomonac in Rindge, NH? If so, you are invited for a reunion, Sep. 14 – 16, 2018 at Camp Starfish, former site of Camp Monomonac. Come for one day, overnight, or the entire weekend. Sing songs and stories around the campfire, swim, wander the grounds and swap stories with old camp friends, watch the sunset. For more information visit the Camp Monomonac Alumni page on Facebook or contact Lisa Wiley: WileyLNJ7@gmail.com, (603) 899-3028. Or contact Todd Goodwin: LTGoodwins@msn.com, (978) 345-4812.
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Events: Calendar at a Glance
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For additional details, please visit the online Diocesan Calendar.
June 2 at 7:30PM, “The Vermont Civil War Songbook” featuring Linda Radtke & Arthur Zorn. Christ Church, 64 State St, Montpelier, VT, Part of our 150th anniversary celebration, free and open to the public! Read More
May 16 at 6:30 PM “The Stones Cry Out: Voices of the Palestinian Christians” documentary screening followed by discussion at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 273 VT Route 15, Jericho, VT. Read More
June 3 at 10:00AM, Festive & Celebratory Service of Holy Eucharist, Ice Cream Social, and Burial of Time Capsule. Christ Church, 64 State St, Montpelier, VT, Part of our 150th anniversary celebration, free and open to the public! Read More
May 19 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Silver to Sawdust Garage Sale at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 38 Grand Avenue, Swanton, VT.
June 3 at 7:00 PM Taizé Evening Prayer at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 2 Cherry St. Burlington, VT.
May 19 at 7:30 PM, Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma in Concert, Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls, VT. Read More
June 3 following morning worship, Holy Listening Session at Church of Our Saviour, 316 Mission Farm Rd., Killington. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More
May 20 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Holy Listening Session at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 3 Main St., Middlebury. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More
June 5 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Holy Listening Session at Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre (including St. Mary’s, Northfield). Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More
May 24 at 7:00 PM Taizé Prayer Service, St. John’s in the Mountains, 1994 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT. A quiet service of meditation and reflection. For more information contact St. John’s at office@stjohnsinthemountians. org or 802-2553-7578 or Sue at 847-767-1320.
June 7 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Holy Listening Session at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., Brattleboro (including St. Mary’s, Wilmington and Immanuel, Bellows Falls). Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More
May 25 at 7:00 PM Summer Music at Grace Presents Pete’s Posse, Grace Church is located at 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon, VT. Read More May 27 at 6:15 AM The 18th Marathon Interfaith Service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT. Read More
June 10 following morning worship, Holy Listening Session at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 146 North Main St., Fair Haven/Castleton. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More
May 29 from 7:00 PM to 8:30PM, Holy Listening Session at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6 Park St., Vergennes. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More
June 13 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Holy Listening Session at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1250 Spear St., South Burlington. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More
June 1 at 7:30PM, Jennifer Bower Organ Recital. Christ Church, 64 State St, Montpelier, VT, Part of our 150th anniversary celebration, free and open to the public! Read More
June 13 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Holy Listening Session at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 38 Grand Ave., Swanton. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More
June 2 from 5:00-7:00 PM, Celebratory Community Dinner. Sponsored by the Youth & Family & Full Ladle Feeding Ministries of Christ Church, 64 State St, Montpelier, VT, Part of our 150th anniversary celebration, free and open to the public! Read More
June 19 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Holy Listening Session at Trinity Episcopal Church, 85 West St., Rutland. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the
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next bishop of Vermont. Read More June 19 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Holy Listening Session at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 2 Cherry St., Burlington. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More June 24 following morning worship, Holy Listening Session at St. John’s in the Mountains, 1994 Mountain Rd., Stowe. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More June 27 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Holy Listening Session at Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne. Come share your thoughts as part of the search process for the next bishop of Vermont. Read More June 27 Potluck from 6:00 to 7:00 PM followed by Holy Listening Session from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 749 Hartford Ave., White River Junction (including St. Martin’s, Fairlee; St. Barnabas, Norwich; St. James, Woodstock; St. Paul’s, Windsor). Read More July 1 following morning worship, Holy Listening Session at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 East Wells Rd., Wells. Read More July 8 following morning worship, Holy Listening Session at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4 Church St., Essex, NY. Read More July 12 - 15 Triennial Liturgy Festival at St. James Episcopal Church, 2 St James Pl, Woodstock, VT. Read More
Events: Bishop Ely’s Visitations This schedule is subject to change, so please read The Mountain regularly for updates.
17 St. Mary’s in the Mountains, Wilmington 20 St. John the Baptist, Hardwick 23 St. Thomas & Grace, Brandon 27 Trinity, Rutland 31 St. Luke’s, St, Albans
3 Immanuel, Bellows Falls 6 Christ Church, Montpelier 10 St. Mark’s, Newport 13 St. Dunstan’s, Waitsfield 27 St. Peter’s, Lyndonville 23
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