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Missional News

Ministry Fair “Musings”: “Discovering God in the Neighborhood”

Where do you see God at work in the world? There are the obvious places, of course, with which one might be familiar: soup kitchens, food shelves, homeless shelters; but what about the less obvious situations? Kids hanging out in the mall together? Community connection at the local farmer’s market or coop? Annual Town Meeting? …

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Galatians & Guacamole in Manchester

7/15/2015 Zion, Manchester is taking the conversation outside church walls. Beginning Tuesday, July 7, the parish is hosting weekly Tuesday night “Galatians and Guacamole” conversations. Promoted by word of mouth and the parish Facebook Group, the six-week program is being held at nearby restaurant Gringo Jack’s and led by the Rev. John Mitchell. Using the …

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Video: “Becoming More Missional: a Convocation for the Episcopal Church in Vermont”

6/16/2015 On June 13th, over one hundred members of the Episcopal Church in Vermont gathered at Trinity Church, Rutland for a Convocation. This was an opportunity to share some of the decisions and directions this year-long consultation “Becoming More Missional” has provided. The program was broken up into two parts, both of which are available as …

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“Being with” Instead of “Doing for”–Is This Your Congregation?

The Spirit is inviting us to move from “doing for” to “being with,” from helping to listening. Usually congregations think about engaging their communities and giving help to meet needs (outreach programs, food pantry, giving help etc.). We need experiments shaped by being with people as listeners to discern what God is already doing ahead …

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Becoming More Missional “Church Hall” Meetings

Were you unable to attend a Church Hall Meeting? Not to worry! There is an online video available.  As part of our year-long discovery and discernment process focused on the theme of Becoming More Missional (and in the spirit of the New England “Town Hall” meeting), Bishop Ely hosted a series of 10 “Church Hall” …

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VIDEOS: Becoming More Missional – Consultant Videos

On Saturday, June 28th a gathering was held at Trinity Church Rutland to kick off the year-long journey of assessment, consultation and discernment now underway to help The Episcopal Church in Vermont explore and respond to the question: What do we need in order to support and sustain a more missional Episcopal Church in Vermont …

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Becoming More Missional: An Invitation to be part of a Year-long Journey of Visioning, Discernment and Planning for Tomorrow.

Becoming More Missional: The Episcopal Church in VermontAn Invitation to be part of a Year-long Journey ofVisioning, Discernment and Planning for TomorrowThe Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely – May 24, 2014 Part of my ministry as your Bishop is to take the “long-view” for the benefit and well-being of the diocesan community we know as …

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Fair Haven Parish Celebrates Rogation Sunday in the Neighborhood

On May 25th, St. Mark’s/St. Luke’s observed Rogation Sunday with a 21st Century twist. Rogare is Latin for “to ask”, and rural congregations used to depart the church building to ask God to bless newly growing things “in the neighborhood” of the geographic parish. We’ve been heeding Missional author Alan Roxburgh and his plea to …

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