VISITING PALESTINE: A TALK BY GEORG RISHMAWI,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SIRAJ CENTER FOR HOLY LAND STUDIES
and the MASAR IBRAHAM AL-KHALIL
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016
ST. BARNABAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
262 MAIN STREET
NORWICH, VT 05055
George S. Rishmawi is a Palestinian activist from Beit Sahour, who believes in and works for peace using non-violent methods. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Language and a Diploma in Translation from Birzeit University. Rishmawi serves as executive director of Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies and the Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil, a program which educates people of all faiths about Abrahamic values and traditions. Rishmawi has undertaken speaking tours throughout Europe and the USA, giving talks on various subjects related to the ongoing Palestine-Israel situation. He has also provided training in non-violence to groups all over Palestine.
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The first of three sessions of the Power of Listening workshop took place at St. John’s Church, Randolph, on Saturday, September 10. Members of seven parishes were present to learn listening and pastoral care skills. The sessions consist of presentations, group interaction and reflections on pastoral visiting.
The plan is for the training to equip those trained to return to their parishes to strengthen existing pastoral care teams, or to start new teams, by replicating the training sessions. The Power of Listening Team, The Rev. Canon David Hamilton, Michael Hechmer, and Ann Cooper will assist with follow-up to those returning to implement the training in their home parishes.
For teachers and youth support workers everywhere, the fall season brings with it the familiar commute to all the places that young minds grow. For many, it’s a trip across town, or perhaps to the next town. For some, like Jack Karn, it’s a trip halfway around the world. Karn, a member of St. Michael’s in Brattleboro, will be departing on October 1 for his second overseas assignment, this time with the Young Adult Service Corps of the Episcopal Church and Jerusalem Peacebuilders.
But it seems like he only just returned. Karn explained, he was in Jerusalem from January to May serving at St. George’s Cathedral, leading peace education workshops for teens at the Jerusalem YMCA, and teaching leadership to young leaders at the Sts. Tarkmanchatz Armenian School in the Old City. His upcoming trip will include a host of new responsibilities at the Cathedral, teaching English at a nearby boy’s school, a revised leadership course at the Armenian school, and even a few surprises. He plans to chronicle his upcoming trip in his blog.
If you’re wondering what kind of background might have led Karn down this path, he holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maine and a master’s in peacebuilding and conflict transformation from the School for International Training. He has been working for Jerusalem Peacebuilders for the past three years and currently serves as an assistant camp director. He is in the discernment process, as well, exploring a call to the diaconate.
Follow Jack Karn’s blog here: http://servingintheholyland.blogspot.com/
Learn more about the Young Adult Service Corp here: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/young-adult-service-corps
The United Thank Offering is thrilled to be able to continue their grant program for young adults who are starting new missions and ministries. Over the past two years, this grant program has been so successful that UTO is extending it to include seminarians (of any age). UTO will be awarding up to ten grants of $2500 each in each category. The Young Adult Grants program has made some modifications for previous years. The first is that the age criterion has lowered to ages 19-30. The second change is inspired by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in that these grants will be awarded for projects focusing on evangelism and/or reconciliation.
Applications for the Young Adult Grant are due in the office of the Bishop for the Diocese of Vermont by October 28 in order for a selection to be made and sent to the UTO by the November 4, 2016 deadline. Seminarian Grants must by written by matriculated seminarians in one of the nine accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church and must be submitted through the Dean’s Office of the applicant’s seminary by the same November deadline.
There are two scheduled webinars to explain and assist in the application process for these grants. The October 6th webinar will help those interested in applying for a grant to understand the process and application. Bring your questions and ideas to discuss. For the October 26th webinar we will answer any last minute questions, help with the process of turning in the application and help applicants complete the process.
Please join us at https://zoom.us/j/8140408194 or call in: (415) 762-9988, Meeting ID: 814 040 8194.
More information as well as applications and approval forms can be downloaded from these links:
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, Vt.
Q. What is the mission of the Church?
A. The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God
and each other in Christ.
(Book of Common Prayer, page 855)
9:00 Arrival and morning refreshments
9:30 Opening worship from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
9:45-11:45 Presentations and Discussion
11:45-12:45 Lunch and continuing discussions
12:45 Concluding presentation
1:15 Closing worship
Many Christian leaders have observed, “The Church does not have a Mission. God’s Mission has a Church.” As we continue to explore local mission approaches in the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, we are intentionally expanding our exploration and engaging in a conversation with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove who has deep, wide and diverse experience in local mission.
Jonathan is a popular speaker, excellent preacher and a tireless social-justice activist. With Shane Claiborne he founded the New Monastic movement, which emphasizes an intentional life of prayer, seeking consensus and engagement with the world. He and his family founded Rutba House, a Christian Community that welcomes visitors, guests, and strangers. In addition, Jonathan serves as an associate pastor at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina and is the author of more than a dozen books, including his most recent, The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement in collaboration with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber.
Join us for a time of listening, sharing, questioning and looking with hope to the many possibilities for being God’s church in our local communities. Registration (which includes lunch) is $15 per person. Scholarships are available.
Jonathan will also be preaching at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, Vermont on Sunday, October 2 at the 9 am and 11 AM services and discussing his book The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture at the Adult Forum at 10:15 AM.
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