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Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council – December 4, 2018

Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council – December 4, 2018

(1) The following congregations are in some phase of transition (mostly with respect to calling new clergy leadership): St. James, Arlington, currently served by the Rev. John Miller on an interim basis; St. Thomas & Grace, Brandon, Supply Clergy; St. Paul’s Burlington The Rev. Laura Bryant, from the Diocese of Atlanta, will serve as Interim Rector beginning January 1, 2019; St. Andrew’s, Colchester, the Rev. Robert Leopold, Interim; 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 Stephen’s, Middlebury, about to fill the Interim Ministry; 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: The Rev. Martha Dyner regular 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

(2) The focus of much of my attention since Convention has been on transition matters, during Canon Bates’ medical leave.

(3) The Vermont Ecumenical Council Network for Christian Cooperation held its first Ministry Fair on October 20 at the Alliance Church on North Avenue, Burlington. The ministries of Rock Point were part of that event. I attended and offered the opening welcome and prayer.

(4) On October 30th I participated in the Interfaith Vigil in Burlington following the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg.

(5) I participated in the Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Vermont Conference at the SIT Center in Brattleboro on November 1-2, along with Maurice Harris and the Rev. Phillip Wilson from Brattleboro.

(6) On November 11th, I shared in the Open House and Inn Blessing for the Swanson Inn in Waitsfield, with new owners the Rev. Rick Swanson and spouse Tim Heath-Swanson.

(7) I have been planning for and will co-lead the Burlington Forum on Coexistence at St. Paul’s Cathedral this coming Friday. Here is a link to more information: Please join us if you can.

(8) On November 17th I attended a Potluck and Fundraiser to benefit Migrant Justice at St. James, Essex.

(9) On November 18th I attended a moving performance of A Mighty Outcry at Christ Church, Montpelier, performed by young people from St. Michael’s, Brattleboro. This was a benefit for the Alleluia Fund.

(10) I attended the 30th Anniversary Dinner Celebration for the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) in Burlington on December 1st and was honored to receive their inaugural Social Justice Award, which I received standing tall on the shoulders of all the Episcopalians who helped create JUMP 30 years ago and support its ministry today.

(11) Visitations since our last Council meeting included Sunday visitations with St. Mark’s Springfield on October 28th; St. Mary’s, Northfield on November 11th; St. John’s, Randolph on November 18th; and St. John the Baptist, Hardwick on December 2nd.

(12) I took some time off after Convention for golf with some clergy friends down south and then Ann and I (and family) spent Thanksgiving with members of Ann’s family in New Jersey. The Province One Bishops hold our Annual Advent Retreat next week.


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