I am just over halfway through my sabbatical, writing from 35,000 feet as we travel from Boston to Taiwan for the autumn meeting of the Bishops of The Episcopal Church. This next chapter on my sabbatical journey will feature three weeks in Taiwan and Japan where, along with the gathering of Bishops, Ann and I will visit the Anglican Church in Japan and spend an additional week in Taiwan. Bishop Lai has invited me to be part of his diocesan Clergy Retreat and to preach at Saint James, Taichung. I am very honored by my colleague’s invitation. Bishop Lai and I were ordained bishops in the same year (2001) and have served together as bishops in The Episcopal Church for over 13 years now. While we come from very different cultures and experiences, it has been a joy to work together and build a relationship and friendship across the many miles. This is my first visit to Asia (Ann’s too) and we are looking forward to the experience very much. I’m sure there will be many stories to share upon our return.
The People's Climate March will take place on Sept. 21, in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. This is a chance to be present at an important moment in our planet’s history and have our voices heard. The U.N. Climate Summit will be in NYC on Sept. 23. President Obama and other leaders from around the world will attend the Summit. There will a panel discussion at 7PM Sept. 17th at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC. An interfaith service at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC will take place at 6 PM, Sept. 21, after the march. Ben & Jerry’s is covering the cost of 10 of the buses. Carpools and other travel modes are also available.
As promised, here is some additional information about our upcoming Ministry Fairs and Convention Program Plans. Read & Enjoy…then be sure to sign up!! --The Rev. Carole Wageman
Ministry Fair “Musings”: “Discovering God in the Neighborhood”
Coming to your friendly church bulletin soon!!!!
Ministry Fairs 2014
“…The Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go...He gave them this charge… tell them, ‘God’s kingdom is right on your doorstep.’” Luke 10:1-9 (The Message Bible)
Saturday, September 27th - 9:30am - :30pm
Grace Congregational Church - Rutland, VT
Sunday October 5 from 2-4 PM at your friendly local VIT location. As was done last year, our budget, business and resolutions will be presented and time for questions will be available. Video of the various presentations will be available on the diocesan website after the event so you can review the material or catch up in preparation for convention.
An Invitation to Senior Wardens, Treasurers, and other lay leaders of the Episcopal Churches in Vermont
Saturday, October 11, 2014
10 am to 3 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, White River Junction
Morning: Conversation with Del Glover
Afternoon: Treasurers’ workshop with Julie Giguere, Financial Administrator
Wardens’ workshop with Lynn Bates, Canon to the Ordinary
Stirrings of the Spirit Field Trip
Let’s get going to Church of the Woods, a ministry of Kairos Earth in New Hampshire!
Nurture your spiritual health and learn about starting a new and fresh ministry.
Sunday, October 12, 3--7 PM
Worship @ 3 PM ; The Story of Church of the Woods @ 5 PM; Dinner Together @ 6 PM
sponsored by Stirrings of the Spirit ~~ no additional cost to you
DATE: October 31st - November 1st, 2014
LOCATION: Jay Peak Resort - Jay, VT
How to Register for Convention: To register for Convention please CLICK HERE to use our online registration system. Up to four (4) individuals may be registered using the online system, so we encourage you to coordinate the registration process among your parish's delegation. PLEASE NOTE THAT HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH THE HOTEL JAY. CLICK HERE FOR BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS.
The journey we are on as the Episcopal Church in Vermont is a journey toward full and faithful participation in the reconciling Mission of God in the world of the 21st century. We are mindful that this journey challenges us with new realities about what it means to be and to become the Church, the faithful community of the Body of Christ, called out by God to give voice and substance to the Good News of God in Christ in our day and time.
Friday, December 5th - Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Bishop Booth Conference Center
Have you ever laughed out loud with delight watching an ant go about its work in the dirtying? Or been moved to tears when you’ve closed your eyes and silently listened to the breeze? Have you ever had a stone speak to you and looked around for Jesus? Have you ever noticed that all the world is a womb? That the bees, trees, birds, ants, soil, streams…are not just busy, but are all about life…sustaining life even in death? That in fact “earth is crammed with Heaven”? Would you like to? Then join us for a unique exploration of what it means to Let Heaven and Nature Sing.
“My work is loving the world…which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished”, writes Mary Oliver in her poem Messenger. This Advent, let our work and play, be about standing still and learn or relearn to be astonished by the natural world, which is infused with the Incarnate God. Through prayerful and playful music, song, silence, meditations, and hands on activities with nature, we will deepen the holy intimate communion we share with the natural world, God and one another.
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