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Born in a Pandemic, an Online Congregation Prepares for its Future

On July 7, the 40 or 50 people who had been meeting twice each day for 17 weeks to pray with the bishop of Vermont on Zoom dubbed themselves the Green Mountain Online Abbey, and resolved to carry on without her. Not that Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown was going anywhere. Participants would still sometimes see her …

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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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