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News in Pictures: From Bishop Ely, February 27, 2019

News in Pictures: From Bishop Ely, February 27 “Grateful to US Senator Patrick Leahy for a great visit and conversation on sensible gun safety measures and much more. Great view from his balcony and a terrific Capitol tour!” “Brief, but great visit with US Representative Peter Welch, who has been in the House Committee on …

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Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council, February 9, 2019

Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council, February 9, 2019 (1) The following congregations are in some phase of transition (mostly with respect to calling new clergy leadership): St. James, Arlington, currently served by the Rev. John Miller on an interim basis; St. Thomas & Grace, Brandon, Supply Clergy; St. Paul’s Burlington, the Rev. Laura Bryant, Interim Rector; …

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A Letter from Bishop Ely & Diocesan Council to Vermont State Senate Committee on Gov’t Operations

A Letter from Bishop Ely & Diocesan Council to Vermont State Senate Committee on Gov’t Operations On eliminating references to slavery from the Vermont Constitution February 13, 2019 To: Vermont State Senate Committee on Government Operations From: Bishop and Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Church in Vermont Re: PR2 – Declaration of rights; eliminating reference …

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A Christmas Message from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, December 21, 2018

A Christmas Message from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, December 21, 2018 Greetings, I’m recording this message of Christmas greeting during the waning days of Advent and, while Advent is often a season of hope and expectation for me, I’ve kind of felt like I’ve been faking it a bit this year – saying …

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Statute of Limitations Suspension for Clergy Sexual Misconduct Begins January 1, 2019

Statute of Limitations Suspension for Clergy Sexual Misconduct Begins January 1, 2019 Dear people of the Episcopal Church in Vermont: The 2018 General Convention passed an important resolution, suspending for three years the canonical statute of limitations related to clergy sexual misconduct against adults. This letter from the Presiding Bishop and President of the House …

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Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council – December 4, 2018

Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council – December 4, 2018 (1) The following congregations are in some phase of transition (mostly with respect to calling new clergy leadership): St. James, Arlington, currently served by the Rev. John Miller on an interim basis; St. Thomas & Grace, Brandon, Supply Clergy; St. Paul’s Burlington The Rev. Laura Bryant, …

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A Message from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop of Vermont

A Message from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop of Vermont To follow is a letter from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop of Vermont, that comes in response to the recent pastoral letter from the Bishop of Albany regarding compliance with General Convention Resolution B012 dealing with trial marriage rites and marriage equality. …

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Bishop Ely’s 2018 Diocesan Convention Address

Bishop Ely’s 2018 Diocesan Convention Address The following is the full text of the 2018 Diocesan Convention Address delivered by the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely on October 27, 2018, at the Hilton Burlington. A video of this presentation is available online at https://vimeo.com/297858240. In the Bible we read: “There is a time for everything, …

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Bishops United Calls for Gun Violence Advocacy, Eradication of Anti-Semitism

Bishops United Calls for Gun Violence Advocacy, Eradication of Anti-Semitism From Bishop Ely: Please read and take to heart this statement from Bishops Untied Against Gun Violence, of which I am a member, following the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Please join in the work of ending the scourge …

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A Letter from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely Announcing a Special Convention for the Election of the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont – Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Letter from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely Announcing a Special Convention for the Election of the 11th Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont – Saturday, May 18, 2019 October 9, 2018 To the Beloved Community of the Episcopal Church in Vermont: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and …

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