By Titus Presler
“Together in God’s Mission in New England” is the theme of the spring gathering of the seven dioceses of New England that will be held on Friday, May 10, at All Saints’ Church in Worcester in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts.
The gathering will be an opportunity for ministry groups in the Diocese of Vermont to share stories of what God is doing in our midst and to meet with people from similar ministries in the dioceses of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Western Massachusetts.
The gathering will be an opportunity for ministry groups to share stories of what God is doing in our midst and to meet with people from similar ministries.
For instance, Vermont Episcopalians involved in Earth Stewards, Education for Ministry, Forma, the Global Episcopal Mission Network, Green Mountain Witness, Racial Healing and Reconciliation, Stewardship and similar ministries are invited to come and share your work with colleagues around the province.
Attendees will begin gathering at 9:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 10 as Province President Kit Wang of Maine welcomes and leads an opening devotion. Vice President Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut will lead Dwelling in the Word, a lectio divina process with a biblical passage. The major part of the morning will be devoted to hearing stories of what God is doing around the province – open mic!
Ministry groups will gather over lunch to share experiences and learnings in their respective areas, whether in education, environment, reconciliation, evangelism, global mission – whatever! Come to share the gifts you’ve experienced.
In the afternoon we’ll discuss proposed revisions in the Province I canons to make the province more collaborative and mutually supportive for networking around God’s mission and less focused on governance and juridical structure. For instance, we’re proposing that “Provincial Synod” be replaced by an annual “Provincial Conference” and that each diocese have three instead of two representatives, with all serving staggered three-year terms.
Tom Little, chancellor of the Diocese of Vermont has been asked by the provincial executive committee to draft the proposed canons. In addition to Bishop Tom Ely always representing our diocese, the lay delegate from Vermont to the Province I Synod is Eric Davis of St. Stephen’s, Middlebury, with Elizabeth Parker as the alternate, and the clergy delegate is the Rev. Robert Wilson of St. Mark’s, Newport, with the Rev. Lee Alison Crawford as the alternate. But everyone – everyone! – is welcome and invited.
The day will end at 3 p.m. For registration information consult the Province I website or, to help in planning lunch, indicate your intention to come to Executive Director Julie Lytle: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, vicar of St. Matthew’s in Enosburg Falls, is treasurer and a member of the executive committee of Province I.