By Nancy Boardman
ARLINGTON, VT – St. James’ Episcopal Church in Arlington is delighted to welcome the Rev. Kathleen Moore as a transitional deacon, where she will be assisting priest-in-partnership the Rev. Mary Robinson White. Kathleen was ordained a deacon at St. James’ on August 18 at a ceremony that included outgoing Bishop Thomas C. Ely and incoming Bishop (then Bishop-Elect) Shannon MacVean-Brown among the celebrants.
Kathleen is not new to either the Vermont Diocese or St. James’. Growing up in New York City, she spent summers and the Christmas holidays with her family in Manchester Village, and attended St. James’ services and Vacation Bible Camp as a youngster. She served as communications minister for the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont from 2014 to 2016 and has been communications manager for Canticle Communications for the past five years.
For the Vermont Diocese she is a member of the Green Mountain Witness Team, an evangelism ministry that seeks to spur Vermont Episcopalians to tell their own faith stories in light of God’s story. She has also served on the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation, and has been appointed to the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision for this triennium.
Kathleen holds a B.A. in History from Kenyon College and an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Prior to returning to live in Manchester Village, she was in Los Angeles for eight years, working primarily in the television industry. During her time as a transitional deacon at St. James’, she will be serving with the Rev. Mary and the Worship and Liturgy Committee and helping with the pastoral care outreach effort, as well as seeking new ways to serve and partner with the community.
Kathleen says, “I would like to offer a loud and clear open invitation to the community to join St. James’ in experiencing the love of God in community. This is an exciting time for the parish, with a renewed sense of energy and optimism.”
She adds, “I’m also particularly Interested in having conversations with people who may just want to explore spirituality and talk about the ‘big questions’ such as what happens after we die. I have a great interest in listening to people’s stories and helping them find the ways in which their unique spiritual needs might best be met.”
St. James’ is the cradle church of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2014. Services are held on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. (Rite I) and at 10:00 a.m. (Rite II with music). All are welcome. For more information, call 802-375-9952, visit the website at www.stjamesarlingtonvt.org or the Facebook page.
In the featured photo from left to right are the Rev. Scott Neal, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, White River Junction; Bishop-elect Shannon MacVean-Brown; the Rev. Kathleen Moore; outgoing Bishop of Vermont Thomas C. Ely; and the Rev. Canon Dr. Lee Crawford, vicar of Church of Our Saviour, Killington. Pictured above, Kathleen receives gifts of stolls at an outdoor reception following her August 18 ordination. Click here for more photos.