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CT River Pilgrimage to Arrive in Brattleboro on June 25 with Full Schedule of Activities

Connecticut River Pilgrimage to Arrive in Brattleboro on June 25 with Full Schedule of Activities

“River Pilgrims” of all faiths are paddling portions of the Connecticut River from its head­waters to its mouth in Long Island Sound from now through July 9. This spiritual journey of renewal, restoration, and reconciliation, will be making its way through Brattleboro, Vermont, on Sunday, June 25. Most of the day’s events will take place at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 16 Bradley Ave:

9:00 AM Adult Education Forum. “Honoring the Living Waters of our Earth and Our Lives” with reflections on “Water Justice” and “Watershed Discipleship” will be led by Cary Gaunt and Fred Taylor.

10:15 AM Sunday Worship. The theme will be “Sacred Water” with Guest Preacher, the Rev. Stephen Blackmer, founder of Church of the Woods and an initiator of the River of Life Pilgrimage.

12:00 PM St. Michael’s “Strawberry Spectacular” fundraiser for international outreach – with Strawberry Shortcake, sandwiches and perhaps a few river songs!

1:00-3:00 PM Opportunity for paddling or meditative walking and reflective sharing. Canoes and kayaks will be available for rent nearby, or paddlers may bring their own canoe or kayak. All participants are asked to meet at the boat launch north of the Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Road.

The Brattleboro events are a continuation of the Vermont leg of the River of Life Pilgrimage began when kayaks set in at the Connecticut Lake on May 31 near the Canadian border and will end 40 days later in the Long Island Sound. The Pilgrimage reaches Vermont on June 17 and will be greeted by four Upper Valley Episcopal churches with a schedule that includes Montshire Museum, a presentation by CRREL, sermons by Vermont and New Hampshire bishops, and happenings at Kilowatt Park. Read More

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