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We are 45 congregations — large and small — across the Green Mountains of Vermont who share in the mission to pray the prayer of Christ, to learn the mind of Christ, and to do the deeds of Christ. We live into this mission through ministries of Formation; Liberation; Communication; Connection; Celebration. Please explore our web site for news and events, communications from the Bishop and various other resources. If you are looking for a local church please click on "Find a Church" in our Quick Links. Our churches welcome you wherever you are on your spiritual journey.

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Recalculating the Way! A Day of Hope...

UCC and Episcopal churches gather to Recalculate the WayThe 82nd meeting of the “Church Must Change Committee” convened before an overflow capacity crowd. The Lake Morey Inn was filled with laughter and animated conversation as 200+ Episcopal and UCC congregants gathered to consider how to recalculate being Church in the 21st century. “You cannot “plan” enthusiasm of the presenters” said the Rev. David Ganter of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Essex Junction,"but we felt the energy and enthusiasm of every presenter's message." Indeed, it was a day of energy, enthusiasm, and hope. A video of the presenters can be found here.

A short film clip from the movie Apollo 13 illustrated the challenge facing the Church. The Apollo 13 support crew had to figure out to put a square part inside a round receptacle using only what was on board the spacecraft. The analogy was received with great humor and sparked conversation rich with ideas and reflection on the following questions:

A message from the Diocesan Economic Justice Coalition

As members of the Diocesan Economic Justice and Income Equality Coalition, we have been charged with giving life to the resolution that was passed in our most recent Diocesan Convention. The resolution called upon our bishop, the House of Bishops and the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the President of the House of Deputies and the Executive Council to speak out and name economic inequality as a spiritual and moral issue of immediate and urgent concern. We have transmitted that request, and Bishop Ely has been pressing for action to be taken by the Presiding Bishop and the bodies of The Episcopal Church. He also focused his Ash Wednesday message on this topic.

Keeping a Holy Lent with a Focus on Economic Justice

Keeping a holy Lent with a focus on Economic Justice

The Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely, Bishop of Vermont

Ash Wednesday 2014


We are invited each Lent “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” (BCP p.265) This Lent, I invite people throughout the Episcopal Church in Vermont to approach this discipline with particular attention to matters of economic justice and income inequality.

Recalculating the Way

Is your congregation tired enough of talking about the need to change to actually begin taking the journey?
Come hear stories of the struggles, aspirations, and inspirations within our churches in Vermont.
Whether you’re ready to peek or leap outside the box, leave with enough to fuel your own next steps.

Join us as we begin to discuss Recalculating the Way through presentations and small groups. We will share stories and models of successful and unsuccessful recalculations.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29, 2014. Check in will be from 8:30 to 9:00. The day will feature large and small group work, "TED Talks" from congregations engaged in the work, worship, and more!

All registrations must be done on-line. You'll have the option of mailing a check if you prefer.

Registration closes at 6 p.m. on March 24th. There will be no walk in registrations accepted on March 29th.

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