VISITING PALESTINE: A TALK BY GEORG RISHMAWI,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SIRAJ CENTER FOR HOLY LAND STUDIES
and the MASAR IBRAHAM AL-KHALIL
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016
ST. BARNABAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
262 MAIN STREET
NORWICH, VT 05055
George S. Rishmawi is a Palestinian activist from Beit Sahour, who believes in and works for peace using non-violent methods. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Language and a Diploma in Translation from Birzeit University. Rishmawi serves as executive director of Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies and the Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil, a program which educates people of all faiths about Abrahamic values and traditions. Rishmawi has undertaken speaking tours throughout Europe and the USA, giving talks on various subjects related to the ongoing Palestine-Israel situation. He has also provided training in non-violence to groups all over Palestine.
The pattern of my previous visitation cycles generally occurred over the course of 18 months, during which I would worship and visit with each of our 46 congregations (plus the two congregations in the Diocese of Albany where I serve as DEPO Bishop) on a Sunday. For the current cycle, which began in September, I am trying on something new. The main idea is to visit every congregation in the course of an 11-month cycle. In order to do that, I am scheduled to visit half our congregations on a Sunday and half on a weekday.
I’d like to thank clergy, lay leaders, and my assistant, Susan Kremer, for coordinating the new schedule. Now into my 16th year as your bishop, visiting the congregations and people of our diocese is by far the most wonderful part of this ministry. This comes with gratitude for the joy of being connected with you in ministry as part of the Episcopal Church in Vermont.
October 2016 Visits
Please contact the local parish to confirm times.
Sunday, October 2
Christ Church – Montpelier, Vt.
8:00 AM & 10:00 AM
Sunday, October 16
St. Luke’s – Chester, Vt.
Thursday, October 20
St. Mark’s – Newport, Vt.
Sunday, October 23
St. Luke’s Mission – Fair Haven, Vt.
Sunday, October 30
St. Barnabas – Norwich, Vt.
In the photo: Visit to St. Michael's - Brattleboro, Vt., September 25, 2016
November 4-5 will mark the 184th year that clergy and lay delegates from across the Episcopal Church in Vermont have convened to hear and decide on matters of importance to the life of the church. As preparations reach a fevered pitch this month, the committee is taking action to ensure that every parishioner—not just the registered attendees—can connect with the experience online.
The convention page on the diocesan website serves as the online hub for clergy, delegates and parishioners alike. Today the majority of the posted information is for those who will be attending in person, submitting nominations, or proposing resolutions. Once the event begins, however, downloadable parish resources and video highlights will be added.
Event organizers anticipate that the most viewed coverage may be of the Rev. Becca Stevens, special guest and founding director of Magdalene and Thistle Farms. They plan to make video recordings of her forthcoming keynote address and Eucharistic message available during the convention.
Thistle Farms, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction, has become one of the largest social enterprises in the United States, and last year topped a million in sales revenue. “Love Heals,” the Thistle Farms tagline and the message of Stevens’s 2015 book, Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life, has been adopted as this year’s convention theme.
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