Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council – May 16, 2018
(1) There are no personnel announcements this month.
(2) The following congregations are in some phase of transition (mostly with respect to calling new clergy leadership): St. Thomas & Grace, Brandon, Supply Clergy; St. Andrew’s, Colchester, Supply Clergy, Interim announcement pending; St. Luke’s, Fair Haven, Local Ministry Support Team in Formation, the Rev. Richard Brewer, Regular Supply; Christ Church, Island Pond: Supply Clergy; St. Peter’s, Lyndonville: Supply Clergy; Saint Mark’s, Newport: The Rev. Jane Butterfield, Interim; Gethsemane, Proctorsville: Supply Clergy; Saint John’s, Randolph: The Rev. Angela Emerson, Interim; Saint Luke’s, St. Albans: Supply Clergy, with some regular support from the Rev. Craig Smith; Saint Andrew’s, St. Johnsbury: Supply Clergy; St. Mark’s, Springfield: Supply Clergy; Calvary, Underhill: Supply Clergy; St. Paul’s Windsor, Supply Clergy; St. Mary’s, Wilmington: The Rev. Nicholas Porter, Interim; Saint James, Woodstock: the Rev. Lisa Ransom, Interim
(3) Ann and I attended the Church Pension Fund Clergy Wellness Conference, May 1-2 in Middlebury, along with 19 other clergy and clergy spouses from our Diocese. CPG sponsors these conferences every 4-5 years in each diocese. It was a very good, helpful and informative conference.
(4) I attended the Diocesan Altar Guild meeting on Ascension Day, May 10th, at Saint James, Woodstock, where I offered a “look back” over the 17 Diocesan Conventions at which I have presided. I also presided at the Eucharist, celebrating Ascension Day.
(5) On May 8th, I met with our General Convention Deputation in Middlebury, as we looked ahead to General Convention this summer – July 4-13 – in Austin, Texas. Everyone of our Deputies has been assigned a committee role at this General Convention. For a small diocese, we have many Deputies in key leadership roles.
(6) On May 12th, along with the Very Rev. Jeanne Finan, I presided at the Memorial Service celebrating the life of former Vermont Governor Philip Hoff. 400 people, including all three members of our Congressional delegation and many other dignitaries, plus over 50 family members, packed the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul to give thanks for the life of this remarkable man, who was a member of Saint Paul’s.
(7) On May 14th, I participated in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival rally in Montpelier, where I was invited to be one of the speakers. I strongly encourage you to learn more about this movement and to become part of it. Check out this site to learn more: https://www.poorpeoplescampaignvt.org.
(8) It was a busy month for Visitations! My visitations since our last Council meeting included weekday visitations with Saint Mark’s, Springfield on September 25th; Christ Church, Bethel on May 9th; Saint James, Woodstock on May 10th; and Sunday visits with Saint James, Essex Junction on April 22nd; Saint Paul’s, White River Junction on April 29th; All Saints, South Burlington on May 6th; and Trinity Church, Shelburne on May 13th.
(9) Ann and I enjoyed a two-night birthday trip to Providence, RI with our oldest grandchild, Charlie. Ann and I also enjoyed a nostalgic (yet still very current) concert featuring Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue. Can you sing Puff the Magic Dragon? And, yes! Golf courses in Vermont are open!