The following story comes to us from St. Michael's Brattleboro parishioner Craig Hammond, who tried out an exercise from Bishop Douglas's Diocesan Convention workshop with inmates at Springfield Corrections Facility:
OK folks, in case you were part of Bishop Ian Douglas's first workshop, late Friday morning, you'll get this immediately. If you were not there, here's how it started, with this exercise:
You're walking down a path, and in your hand is a black (the black) book, as in the Bible. Someone comes your way towards you on the path, stops you, and asks, "What's that black book about?" Ian asked us to write down and then share, in as few words as possible, what we then said to the stranger.
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Burlington, VT — The Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Sherry Osborn as 2015 Rock Point Summer Camp (RPSC) Director. “Sherry brings a strong faith commitment to this ministry as well as a deep passion and expertise in the area of outdoor education with children and young people,” the bishop wrote. “I am delighted to welcome her into this ministry and know that there is a wonderful summer in store for our campers at Rock Point.” This is a year-round position that will be full-time in the weeks before, during and after camp and will be part-time the remainder of the year. AS RPSC director, Sherry’s responsibilities will include developing and overseeing all aspects of the summer camp program.
Sherry grew up in Vermont and was formed by a family who played, explored and learned from the great outdoors. After years of work as Nature Educator Consultant, Camp Director and Education Director for the Adirondack Mountain Club, she was called to ordained ministry. She was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2003, and served nine years in parish ministry in both the Diocese of Massachusetts and the Diocese of Vermont. Sherry holds a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Green Mountain College, a master’s degree in Outdoor/Environmental Education from Boston University, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a Certificate of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
“I’m thrilled to join the Rock Point Camp community and honored to join in its rich history of tradition and the unfolding of new possibilities,” said Sherry. “I love camp! Camp can be a wonderfully supportive community; a place of silliness, challenge, playfulness, exploration, discovery. A place to grow in confidence, connect with the sacred, learn new skills, see old friends and meet new friends. I look forward to meeting parents, families, campers, alumni, and volunteers this winter. I’d really like to hear your favorite camp stories…and your dreams for next summer. Let’s be in touch!”
Rock Point Summer Camp, a ministry of The Episcopal Church in Vermont, is held annually at the Bishop Booth Conference Center, located on the shores of Lake Champlain, Rock Point, Burlington.
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Exciting news for the Rev. Steve Blackmer, founder of Church of the Woods (click here to read about the Stirrings of the Spirit field trip to COTW) and chaplain for next month's Rock Point Advent Retreat (which you can still sign up for by clicking here!).
From Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES):
The Board of Directors of the Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Morgan Directors’ Award for 2014 is the Rev. Stephen D. Blackmer, founder of the Church of the Woods in Canterbury, NH.
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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TRINITY INSTITUTE 2015: CREATING COMMON GOOD: a practical conference for economic equality
As Christians, we care deeply about social justice and know that the church can create change. But on a practical level, how do we take on the pervasive, overwhelming issue of economic inequality? This year’s Trinity Institute (TI2015) speakers have real-world experience making change happen. They will provide you with hopeful, practical tools you can use in your community to make a positive economic impact.
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