Following the meeting of the House of Bishops in Taipei, Bishop Ely and Ann traveled to Japan as part of a 5-day trip sponsored by the Anglican Church of Japan. Below are updates and photos he shared via Twitter, including his visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Tokyo, the Meiji Shrine, and Kiyosato Education Experiment Project (KEEP). Follow Bishop Ely any time on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/bishopvt10.
September 24th, 2014
11 hour travel day from Taipei to Hiroshima: Bus, plane, two trains & a taxi! Here now & looking forward to Japan.
This past Saturday, September 27 a group of us gathered at the Cathedral in Burlington to worship together and to discover where God was in the Neighborhood. The whole experience was wrapped around dinner church ... as we shared a meal we also shared our stories of encountering God in the neighborhood. Some of the wisdom we gathered from our sharing was: "enormous diversity in this neighborhood"; "the experience was a gift of discovery and time spent together"; "walking slowly led to different treatment from those we met along the way"; "we came here this morning feeling skeptical and are leaving feeling good". We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 18 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in White River Junction to find out what God is doing in that neighborhood. Gathering time is 9-9:30am!
CLICK HERE to learn more and to register for the October 18th Ministry Fair. Below are photos participants took while on their journey to find God in the neighborhood:
Photo: The Rev. Ken Hitch
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.
Please plan on attending this interactive information session on October 5th at 2:00 pm. The simulcast is designed to introduce you to the business that will be brought before Convention and is being offered at 10 Vermont Interactive Technologies locations across Vermont.
Those of you following us may remember that in his most recent news Craig reported we were undertaking three ventures to “try on for now” along with a daily commitment to pray for those starting them and for our intentional community as a whole as we discern how to best serve the Rock Point Board’s vision: “To be a welcoming sanctuary of spirituality, creativity, community, education, training and environmental stewardship.”
An Invitation to Senior Wardens, Treasurers, and other lay leaders of the Episcopal Churches in Vermont
Saturday, October 11, 2014
10 am to 3 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, White River Junction
Morning: Conversation with Del Glover
Afternoon: Treasurers’ workshop with Julie Giguere, Financial Administrator
Wardens’ workshop with Lynn Bates, Canon to the Ordinary
Stirrings of the Spirit Field Trip
Let’s get going to Church of the Woods, a ministry of Kairos Earth in New Hampshire!
Nurture your spiritual health and learn about starting a new and fresh ministry.
Sunday, October 12, 3--7 PM
Worship @ 3 PM ; The Story of Church of the Woods @ 5 PM; Dinner Together @ 6 PM
sponsored by Stirrings of the Spirit ~~ no additional cost to you
DATE: October 31st - November 1st, 2014
LOCATION: Jay Peak Resort - Jay, VT
How to Register for Convention: Convention is coming! But many parishes still have not registered!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.
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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