On August 28, the Forum On Racial Equality joined students and faculty at Randolph Union High School as they began the first day of the new school year with the raising of the Black Lives Matter flag long with a brief ceremony in remembrance of the murder of Emmett Till in 1955. (See photos #1 and 2.)
On September 7, Bishop Thomas C. Ely and Bishop-elect Shannon MacVean-Brown paid a visit to St. James Episcopal Church in Essex Junction to celebrate the Feast Day associated with Bishop Paul Jones and the 80th anniversary of his contribution in founding the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. The commemoration included the blessing of a commemorative pole that features the word “peace” written in eight languages. (See photo #3.) The maker of the Peace Pole, John Heermans, is a leader in EPF’s Palestine Israel network. Pictured from left to right in photo #4 are John Heermans, Bishop Ely, Bishop-elect MacVean-Brown, and EPF Executive Director Melanie Atha.
On September 8, an enthusiastic group from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington participated in the annual Vermont Pride Parade. (See photos #5 and 6.) Click here to view their 2019 VT Pride photo album on Facebook.
On September 8, Bishop Ely and United Methodist District Superintendent Jill Colley-Robinson led the dedication of the new food shelf building in Sheldon, VT. (See photos #7, 8, and 9.) Last year, the food shelf served 3,919 people from all over Franklin County and the Champlain Islands. The Grants and Loans Committee of the Episcopal Church in Vermont provided Grace Church, Sheldon with a grant of $20,835 for windows, doors, appliances, tables, and chairs.