It is with a mixture of sadness and relief that I receive the news of Bishop Tom Shaw’s death today: Sadness at the loss of a faithful monk, bishop and friend; Relief that his suffering is ended and he now enjoys the glory of the fullness of God for which he so deeply longed and toward which he helped point so many of us.
It has been my great joy and privilege to serve alongside Tom as a bishop in The Episcopal Church these past 14 years. Tom was a friend, colleague, mentor and a great source of spiritual inspiration for me. As his obituary from SSJE so wonderfully worded it, [he] “was a man of deep prayer, a charismatic figure who connected easily with young and old alike, and a leader whose creativity and entrepreneurial spirit led him to invent what was needed and new. He was known for his sometimes-mischievous sense of humor, his tenacious courage, and his passion to serve Jesus, both among the privileged and the poor.”
Date: October 31st - November 1st, 2014
Location: Jay Peak Resort - Jay, VT
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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. CLICK HERE FOR A FULL CONVENTION OVERVIEW.
If you couldn't make the October 5th VIT meeting, which presented the business agenda items that will come before Convention, watch the video below. If the embed below doesn't work for you, click here to watch on YouTube.
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From Bishop Ely (via Twitter): "Jimmie Sue Deppe is our newest priest! Ordained tonight at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI #episcopalvt"
Following Bishop Ely's visit to Japan, he and Ann flew back to Taiwan for another week with Bishop David Lai and his wife Lili, who were their hosts for an extended time of visitation, conversation and presence with the people of that diocese. Follow Bishop Ely any time onn Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/bishopvt10
September 28th, 2014
Interesting start to our week in Taipei. Elevator @ Diocesan Office broke & +David had to be extricated! All is well.
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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