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Reaffirming Our Renunciation of Evil: A Message from Bishop Shannon

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Vermont, Yesterday, members of our diocese prayed and fasted as we joined people of many faiths to mourn the deaths of over 100,000 people from COVID-19. We also grieved the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade and countless others whose lives …

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Our Continuing Commitment to Protect the Vulnerable

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Vermont, On Friday, Governor Scott announced that effective immediately faith communities may resume services and gatherings at 25 percent of a building’s seating capacity, assuming all mandatory health and safety criteria are met. While I am encouraged that Vermont is moving in the right direction in curtailing …

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New Bridge Loan Program from the Diocese of Vermont

The diocesan Grants & Loans Committee has announced a new no-interest loan program for parishes struggling to meet expenses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Loans through the Butterfield Fund will be available in amounts up to 5% of the vestry-approved FY2020 operating budget. The loans should be used for operating expenses that …

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Episcopal Church Foundation Offers Webinars May 16

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many people of faith are thinking about both end-of-life preparations and how to support the institutions and causes that matter to them through legacy planning. On May 16, Jim Murphy, managing program director at the Episcopal Church Foundation, will present two webinars to help Episcopalians make faithful and generous responses …

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Statement from the Province 1 Bishops on the disestablishment of the Mashpee Wamanoag Tribe

Statement from the Episcopal Bishops of New England on the Disestablishment of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Easter 2020 The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the People of the First Light, have lived in what is now known as southeastern New England for 12,000 years. 400 years ago they sheltered the pilgrims in need of refuge and care. …

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