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COVID-19

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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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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Diocesan Service of Lament June 1 at 12:15 p.m.

Watch an edited video of the Diocesan Service of Lament on YouTube.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined other faith leaders in calling for a national day of mourning and lament on June 1 as the United States exceeds 100,000 documented deaths from COVID-19. Join Bishop Shannon and the people of the Episcopal Diocese of

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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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CARES Act 2020: Information for Congregations

Note: This post has been updated to reflect new information about the Payroll Protection Program released on the evening of April 2 and on April 5. It has also been updated on April 8 to include a downloadable copy of the Diocese of Vermont’s 501 (c) 3 letter and other relevant updates. The “CARES Act”

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Online Giving to Support Congregations During COVID-19

While churches are not meeting in person during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont is providing a way for congregants to give online to any parish and to Rock Point Center, Rock Point School and Brookhaven Learning and Treatment Center using this webpage. The webpage can also be reached by going to the

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Closing Church Buildings During the Stay At Home, Stay Safe Order

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Vermont, Yesterday, Governor Scott issued a “ Stay at Home, Stay Safe” order . The order went into effect at 5:00 p.m. today and is set to expire April 15. It directs Vermonters to “stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons, critical to health and safety.” It also requires the

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Being Obedient to God’s Commandment to Love

Last week, I wrote to you urging the cancelation of all public in-person worship, meetings and events until further notice. This week, it has become clearer that we will not be back in our church buildings to observe Holy Week and celebrate Easter. In fact, yesterday Presiding Bishop Michael Curry wrote to the church asking us all to forego

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From Bishop Shannon: Cancelling Public In-Person Worship

Dear ones: As you are likely aware, this evening Governor Scott issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Vermont . While the news from government and public health authorities seems to be in a constant state of change, it has become clear that as Christians, we have a responsibility to do anything we can to

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Commonsense Coronavirus Preparations

Resources Online Worship Guide Online Daily Prayer with Bishop Shannon From Bishop Shannon Update March 25, 2020 On March 25, Bishop Shannon directed our church buildings to be closed for the duration of Vermont’s “stay at home, stay safe” order. Read the letter. Update March 18, 2020 On March 18, Bishop Shannon wrote to the

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