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A Year of Living Generously Begins January 5

A Year of Living Generously Begins January 5

A TENS Program Designed for Members of the Diocese of Vermont During 2021, lay leaders and clergy from across the diocese will gather each month online for A Year of Living Generously, a program from The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) designed especially for the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Find dates and register online for

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Suspending Gatherings for Worship: A Message from Bishop Shannon

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Vermont, The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying across our diocese, forcing us to observe new restrictions on our life together. Today Governor Phil Scott banned indoor and outdoor gatherings—public or private—by members of more than one household. Accordingly, I am suspending indoor and outdoor gatherings for worship in

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Diocese Holds its First Online Convention

Delegates pass budget, resolutions, and hold elections Meeting virtually for the first time in its history, the annual convention of the Diocese of Vermont passed a $993,000 budget, requested a plan to move diocesan parishes and properties to renewable energy by 2030, and took steps to ensure all clergy have access to the benefits of

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Anti-Racism Book Discussion in December and January

An Anti-Racism Action book discussion will be held on the first three Thursdays of December and January, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Participants will discuss “A Scriptural, Ecclesiastical, and Historical View of Slavery” (1864) by John Henry Hopkins, the first bishop of Vermont, and the film “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary on the African-American writer James Baldwin. You can download

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Updated Reopening Guidelines Released

September 30, 2020 Dear People of God in the Diocese of Vermont, We hope that you and your congregation are staying safe and healthy as we move into fall. The Restart Team is busy reviewing plans for re-opening our parish offices and for outdoor, in-person worship. All the members of the team are grateful for

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How We Meet God is Changing: A New Vision for Mission Farm

If this were an ordinary summer in Killington, tourists set on spending their vacations hiking, biking and fishing would be filling the hotels, restaurants and shops of the ski resort turned year-round tourism magnet in central Vermont. Instead, as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, tensions between Killington residents and visitors from cities hard hit by

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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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A Chaplain to the Dying in a Season of Pandemic

It’s not as though the Rev. Ann Hockridge didn’t know there was a pandemic on. By March 15, she had already suspended the in-person worship service she leads for two yoked congregations in the United Church of Christ, as well as the one at Convivia/StJ, the Episcopal community she co-pastors in St. Johnsbury. But the

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Reopening Guidelines Released

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Vermont, The diocesan Restart Team has developed the following five-phase plan for returning to in-person worship across our diocese. This plan takes into account the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines for faith communities as well as guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency

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