Lenten Retreat at Rock Point: Taking place February 20 - 22, 2015 and led by the Rev. Regina Christianson: Julian of Norwich experienced God as Love. In a world that was rife with injustice, violence, and sickness, she heard a word from God. The word was of compassion, hope, and forgiveness. With these words came images conveying the depth of God's love and care for us.This retreat will take three of those images and consider them in reference to our Lenten journey, the pilgrimage through the desert to the Garden of the Resurrection.
Ashes to Go: Ashes to Go is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where we go every day. It's a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace.
Below are links to The Episcopal Church Executive Council resolutions AN/LMM 003 and AN/LMM 004 adopted by the Executive Council at their October meeting.
AN/LMM 003 Ongoing Work in the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery
"Resolved, That the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, meeting in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, October 24-27, 2014, reaffirms its support of General Convention Resolutions 2009-D035, Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery, and 2012-A128, Examine Impact of Doctrine of Discovery, and of the work of the church as it addresses the issues of historical trauma caused by the colonizing dispossession of the lands of indigenous peoples and the disruption of their way of life; and be it further..." Download the full resolution
AN/LMM 004 #BlackLivesMatter,Too
Resolved, That the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, meeting in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, October 24-27, 2014, affirms, in response to our baptismal covenant “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being”; yet, in light of the violent deaths of Black youth that have recently dominated the news media, we confess that we as a society have failed to respect the dignity of every human being, we remember and lament the shooting deaths of Jordan Davis, a 17-year old Black boy, killed in 2012 for playing loud music in a car at a gas station in Jacksonville; Trayvon Martin, a 17- year old African American boy, killed in 2012 while walking home after buying snacks in Sanford, Florida; Renisha McBride, a 19-year old African American girl, shot to death in 2013 while seeking help for car trouble on a front porch in Detroit; and Michael Brown, an 18-year old African American boy killed by a police officer this year, 2014, in the middle of the street in Ferguson, Missouri; and other such deaths; and in response to our church’s adoption of the Anglican Marks of Mission, specifically Mark 4, which says, “to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation,” that #BlackLivesMatter,Too ..." Download the full resolution
RE: Senate Resolution S.31 - An act relating to possession and transfer of firearms
Date: January 27, 2015
I am writing today to express my support for S.31, the bill currently before the Vermont legislature, that would require criminal background checks on unlicensed sales of firearms, prohibit violent felons from possessing guns, and require timely submission of relevant court records to the National Instant Background Check System when a person has been adjudicated as being a danger to themselves or others. I appreciate the thoughtful and sensible legislation introduced by Senators Campbell, Baruth and Ayers.
As Bishop of Vermont and as a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of over 60 bishops of The Episcopal Church serving across the United States, I am committed to reducing the alarming levels of gun violence in our society and advocating policies and legislation that save lives. I believe we have a moral obligation as faith leaders to work together with legislators to alleviate suffering in our world by establishing policies that make our communities safer places.
Due to projected forecasts for significant snowfall in the Rutland area late tonight and tomorrow, the Mission District 4 regional clergy day planned for Tuesday, January 27th at Trinity Church, Rutland has been canceled. Those who were planning on attending are encouraged to attend the gathering at St. John's, Randolph on Wednesday, January 28th at 10:00am.
March 14, 2015 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT
Cost (including breakfast & lunch): $20
The Episcopal Church in Vermont and The Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ invite you to Recalculating the Way II: Recalculating Worship. Featuring keynote speaker the Rev. Michael Piazza, director for Congregational Vitality for the Center for Progressive Renewal. The day will include presentations, TED talks, and small group experimentation and experiences.
Bring your creativity with you to a day geared toward experiencing, recalculating, and hearing about evolving ways to worship and expand participation. Teams of 4 - 6 people from each church are encouraged to attend. Individuals are also welcome!
Leader: the Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson
On January 17, 2015, Susan Ohlidal was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests at Christ Church, Montpelier. It was a wonderful, Spirit-filled day. There was celebration, singing, and even a little dancing thanks to the Rev. Sherry Osborn's beautiful sermon.
Photo: John Hartman
Note, the 183rd Convention of the Episcopal Church in Vermont will take place November 6 - 7 in Burlington.
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!
I was going to offer "Warm Epiphany Greetings", but as I'm in southern California, I thought that might be somewhat unfair to those of you in other parts of the United States and Canada.
My rector, Ed Bacon, has turned the word, "Epiphany" into a verb. "To Epiph", is to see things anew, to discover new life or a new way to live. Given Epiphany honors the arrival of the three wise ones who bring wonderful gifts, perhaps, to epiph also means living a life of renewed generosity.
However we see the season of Epiphany, I'm epiphing with my new work as the Executive Director of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). It is an honor to be the third Executive Director in the life of TENS. It will be a challenge to follow in the footsteps of my friend Laurel Johnston and TENS inspired founder, Tom Gossen.
My hope is that TENS will help the church in the United States and Canada (and beyond, someday) see the work of stewardship in new and life transforming ways. For stewardship is not about an annual campaign, it is about how we live and share in the abundance of God's generosity to each of us.
To that end, I also want to make sure you've put the dates of our next TENS Annual Conference on your calendar. The dates are May 28-30, 2015. And what better place to experience the abundance of creation than Camp Allen, outside of Houston, Texas!
Please know that I'm here to serve you as you and your congregation work to discover, anew, a life of abundance, generosity and the stewardship of God's creation.
Richard W. Felton
Rock Point Summer Camp 2015 -- SAVE THE DATES NOW!
We’re busily working on exciting plans for the summer as well as preparing registration materials. Stay tuned! Look for updated registration forms and summer details later this month. For now, call your friends and save the dates to have fun at a week or two of summer camp.
A typical camp day includes a holy rhythm of community meals, singing, worship, special morning and evening programs as well as traditional camp fun of swimming, group games, canoeing, nature exploration, arts & crafts, wilderness shelter building and eat gooey s’mores by the fire. Campers will have an opportunity to learn new skills…build a fire and cook a meal on it, weave a basket, paddle a canoe, track an animal into the woods and more.
All campers who register before April 1, 2015 receive 5% off all registration fees. Still need help with the registration fee? Scholarships are available. For more information visit us online at www.rockpointcenter.org
Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain, Rock Point Summer Camp is in its 84th year.
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