One of the great joys of these past fifteen years, during which it has been my privilege to serve as Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, is the opportunity to live on Rock Point, on Lake Champlain in Burlington. The Bishop’s House is both our home and a gathering place: hosting many events and welcoming many people to Rock Point and its various ministries. Built in 1895 by Bishop Hall, the Bishop’s House is one of the historic structures on Rock Point that belongs to all the people of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Its preservation and future are one dimension of the Partnership Campaign for Rock Point: Building a Sustainable Future Together that is now underway.
We have an ambitious goal in this Campaign to raise $1.7 million dollars for projects that will support and sustain the activities and unique features of Rock Point: purchasing the solar installation; improving our youth and adult conference facilities; upgrading the trails, roads, entrance, signage and other infrastructure items; securing the right leadership to direct the future of Rock Point; completing energy conservation projects at the Bishops’ House, and more. Each of the projects in this campaign is an investment in the sustainable future of Rock Point and each brings a return that will help insure the financial security of Rock Point. You’ll be hearing more about this campaign in the months ahead. For now, we ask your prayers in support of this effort and your help in identifying persons who might be in a position to make a generous 3-year pledge to the Partnership Campaign for Rock Point.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in this effort, or have a name to suggest, please contact me, or Ellen Lovell, Rock Point Legacy Minister. Here is a link to an article about the campaign in Seven Days, and one to an article about Ellen Lovell.
Together, we are committed to the future of Rock Point as a missional ministry of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, serving our members and the wider community as a place of hospitality, re-creation, environmental education and spiritual refreshment. This place and its many ministries embrace both our heritage and our legacy. Its future is in all of our hands.