On Sunday, August 24th, campers from JerusalemPeacebuilders VT visited St. Michael's Episcopal Church Brattleboro, and led the congregation in song. Thanks to Sarah Benton for having her camera ready for photo and video documentation! To learn more, go to: http://www.jerusalempeacebuilders.org\
If the embedded video below does not work for you, click here to watch on YouTube.
Some of you have been following as we have shared our initial meetings to discuss the possibility of an intentional community connected to Rock Point. At this point, we are not talking about a community that resides at Rock Point, but a “dispersed community” who will help to serve the vision for Rock Point which currently reads: “To be a welcoming sanctuary of spirituality, creativity, community, education, training and environmental stewardship.” We do not have a name yet.
Dear Clergy Colleagues,
I hope this messages finds you well and enjoying some of the many offerings of summer whether here in Vermont or traveling.
The Fall Clergy Day will be held
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at St. John’s in Randolph.
Coffee and gathering, 9:30 AM
Program 10 AM--2 PM (lunch provided).
The following is important information about this gathering.
Please confirm your attendance by registering HERE.
Bishop Tom Ely has invited Del Glover to be with us at this Meeting. Del is one of three consultants working with The Episcopal Church in Vermont during our year-long journey of visioning, discerning, and planning as we “Become More Missional.” You may, if you have not done so yet, read about this journey and watch a video of Del at http://www.diovermont.org/missional.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11am. Don't miss the 2014 Alleluia Golf Open at The Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes Vermont, with a Celebration BBQ at 3:00pm.
"The Alleluia Open is a wonderful day of golf, and it all goes to support important ministries in Vermont and beyond. It is a few dollars well spent for fun and to help make a difference in our world." Bishop Ely
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)
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.
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.
Saturday, September 27th - 9:30am - :30pm
Grace Congregational Church - Rutland, VT
Mark your calendars now for fall webinars! In September United Thank Offering will be discussing how to host a UTO workshop, in October, they will be discussing financial practices concerning UTO funds, and in November they will be offering Q&A time on grant applications.
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.
As with many journeys we read about in the Bible, this journey is taking us to a destination where much is uncertain. What is certain is the promise of Emmanuel - God is with us. God promises that we will have company on this journey and invites us to trust, even as we travel without a clear roadmap.
Field Trip to Church of the Woods
Sunday, October 12
3 --7 PM
Sponsored by Stirrings of the Spirit
Take a trip across the river and discover the emerging ministry of Kairos Earth and Church of the Woods! Explore, worship, learn the story, and share a meal at this new model of “church”.
Church of the Woods is a new kind of “church” that is developing on 106 acres of wild woods and wetlands in Canterbury, NH. In calling this woods a church, we are deliberately trying to crack open what it means to be “church.”
June 24, 2014
My Sabbatical Plans
July 1 to October 30, 2014
Dear friends and colleagues:
It is with a grateful heart that I prepare to begin my second sabbatical since becoming Bishop of Vermont in 2001. My last sabbatical was December 2006 to March 2007. I am grateful that our diocese makes provision for sabbatical time for its bishop, other clergy and some lay employees. During this sabbatical I will be away from my day to day responsibilities as bishop from July 1st to October 30th.
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines sabbatical (in part) as a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. A break or change from a normal routine (as of employment). I plan to do some of all the above!
During this sabbatical my attention will focus on the subject of dignity, a subject of ongoing interest to me, especially as I continue to be influenced by the work of Donna Hicks and her book, Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict in Our Lives and Relationships, which I commend to your own reading and study. You can learn more about the work of Donna Hicks at her website http://declaredignity.com/ . My focus will be on the way dignity contributes to the Church’s primary ministry of participation in God’s reconciliation mission in the world. I will be privileged to look at this through the lens of two very different cultures in other parts of the world.
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