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Brownridge to Depart Diocesan Staff in November

The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, who has served as canon to the ordinary for cultural transformation since February 2021, has announced that he will conclude his ministry on the diocesan staff on November 15.

“It has been a great privilege to serve with Bishop Shannon and the people of the Diocese of Vermont for the past two-and-a-half years,” Brownridge said. “Together we have emerged from the isolation of the pandemic, explored new ways for congregations to thrive, and weathered the damage of this summer’s historic floods. The entire diocese will be in my prayers as you continue to discern your future.”

“I am so grateful to Walter for the time he has spent with us in Vermont,” Bishop Shannon said. “His commitment to helping congregations through times of transition and connecting our entire diocese to the wider Episcopal Church has helped us all grow more resilient during these turbulent times. He takes with him my thanks and prayers for the next phase of his ministry.”

The position of canon to the ordinary for cultural transformation has been eliminated from the 2024 budget, Bishop Shannon said.

“We continue to discern a sustainable staff structure that will meet the needs of our congregations,” she said. “The report from the recent Mission Leadership Review, which will be presented at our upcoming diocesan convention, will help us chart this course in 2024 and beyond. I give thanks for everyone who has participated in the process and shared their hopes for our diocese’s future.”

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