Over 250 people attended the ten Church Hall Meetings that took place across the state this month. Couldn't make it to one? Not to worry! Click here to watch a YouTube video of the meeting that took place at Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester on March 6th, 2015.
During the video, Bishop Ely refers to five questions to keep in mind. An online form with those questions can be found here.
Click here to download the Rock Point Frequently Asked Questions document referenced in the video
The second Recalculating the Way conference took place at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont on Saturday, March 14th. This year's focus was on "Recalculating Worship." Rev. Michael Piazza of Virginia-Highland Church delivered two keynote addresses, four "TED Talks" were presented, and the group took part in a "Blessing of All Things That Slide and Glide." Check back here for video of the keynote addresses as well as all the additional TED Talks in the coming days.
Click here to watch video of The Blessing of All Things That Slide and Glide
Click here to view and download the liturgy for this blessing
Click here to watch video of Nancy Wuttke and Kathy Hartman of Christ Episcopal Church, Bethel presenting their TED Talk on "Cafe Church / World Cafe"
The following report is from Susanna Grannis - St. Michael's, Brattleboro:
At the suggestion of the Outreach Team at St. Michael’s, Brattleboro, our children Skyped with children in Rwanda! It was March 1 and cold here in Vermont, but warm in Kigali.
CHABHA, Children Affected by HIV/AIDS, an organization founded in Vermont and supported by several churches in the diocese, partners with several grassroots groups in Rwanda and Burundi that help children whose parents have died from the disease or whose parents are ill. CHABHA provides health cards, school costs, after-school programming, fun-filled gatherings, home visits, and skills training. St. Michael’s furnishes CHABHA with office space and, for some years, has contributed financial support.
David Loewenguth, CHABHA Director, was finishing his three-month work with staff in Rwanda on March 1. In the afternoon, some 40 children of one CHABHA group came to the classroom rented for weekly gatherings. David and Mary Lindquist, our Rector, got the connection working. Children asked questions of one another. The first, from Rwanda, was, “Do you believe in God?” Then there were questions about animals, subjects in school, and the like. Each group sang a song to the other. The St. Michaels children sang, “This little light of mine.”
Great news! Spring is springing. We are excited about our summer at Rock Point Camp but we haven’t heard from some of you yet! Listen! Lots of good stuff is happening! We have a nice mix of returning and brand new counselors as well as lots of fun programs in the works. Sugarsnap Vermont Catering will provide our meals with farm fresh, delicious food using exceptional local ingredients. Yum and Yay!!
So don’t delay! Camp discounts: Register before April 1 and receive 5% off of all registration fees. New this year: Recruit a friend who is brand new to camp and receive $20 off your fee. Additional Camp registration forms are available on our website: www.rockpointcenter.org.
Sherry Osborn, Rock Point Camp Director
The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter will be the interim pastor at St. Mary's in the Mountains Episcopal Church on Main Street in Wilmington. The new appointment was announced this week by Judith Louderback, the parish's senior warden. "We are overjoyed. With a new, visible location and a new, energetic minister, St. Mary's is ready for a new chapter in caring and service for this community", said Louderback. Flooding caused by Hurricane Irene destroyed the congregation's former building in August 2011. Canon Porter comes with considerable experience in leading the revitalization of church ministries which has led him to Jerusalem, Paris, Geneva and Connecticut. He believes that his Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation work with Jerusalem Peacebuilders and position as preaching instructor at St. Nersess Armenian Orthodox Seminary will help the parish claim new vision and purpose. Educated at Yale University, the American University in Cairo and King's College, London, Porter currently lives in Brattleboro with this wife, Dorothy, and their daughters. Sunday worship is at 10 AM. For more information call: 802-464-9341.
Dear Friend in Christ,
We are a group of Christians currently meeting under the auspices of the Vermont Ecumenical Council, thinking about the future of Christian cooperation in Vermont. We seek to include other Christians who would like to expand the conversation.
Please join us for this event:
What: Who Cares? The Future of Christian Cooperation in Vermont
When: Sunday, April 26, 2015; 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Where: Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State Street, Montpelier, VT
With your help, we will reflect on past ecumenical cooperation throughout Vermont, explore current manifestations, and look to the future (People perish without vision – Proverbs 29:18). We hope for a meeting inclusive of all interested Christians from among our state's 620,000 people.
Please extend this invitation to people you know who are interested in Christian cooperation specifically, and in God's family generally, as well as to people you sense may be interested, but may have never received a similar invitation about ecumenical caring and sharing.
This historic meeting is also another reminder that we are chosen to represent Christ, can do more things working together, and God promises to always be with us (Matthew 28).
Grace and peace,
The Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely
Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
for The Vermont Ecumenical Council Board of Trustees
The first seven Church Hall Meetings have drawn close to 200 Vermont Episcopalians. These meetings offer Bishop Ely a chance to present and consider discoveries and ideas emerging from various consultations and conversations underway throughout the Episcopal Church in Vermont. They also offer all participants a chance to ask questions and discuss these discoveries with one anohter. If you haven't made it to a Church Hall Meeting yet, you have three more chances:
Saturday, March 21 3:00 PM Trinity Church, Rutland
Sunday, March 22 2:00 PM St. John’s in the Mountains, Stowe
Tuesday, March 24 6:00 PM St. John’s, Randolph
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, 3/4/2015
RPIC, as we call ourselves, is an ecumenical, dispersed community in partnership with the Rock Point board to carry out its mission and vision.
We will be conducting our second retreat at Rock Point, Burlington, Vermont on Friday and Saturday, June 5th and 6th, 2015. This retreat is called “A New Heaven and a New Earth: Jumpstarting Enduring Connections to Rock Point.” It is open to anyone who might be interested in exploring RPIC or thinking of becoming part of it, as a Member, Associate, or Friend. More information about the retreat will be available later on, but anyone who might want to come needs this advance notice that we are basing the retreat on the book “The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings” by John Philip Newell, and retreat attendees will be expected to have read the book!
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