March 14, 2015 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT
Cost (including breakfast & lunch): $20
The Episcopal Church in Vermont and The Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ invite you to Recalculating the Way II: Recalculating Worship. Featuring keynote speaker the Rev. Michael Pizza, director for Congregational Vitality for the Center for Progressive Renewal. The day will include presentations, TED talks, and small group experimentation and experiences.
Bring your creativity with you to a day geared toward experiencing, recalculating, and hearing about evolving ways to worship and expand participation. Teams of 4 - 6 people from each church are encouraged to attend. Individuals are also welcome!
Leader: the Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson
Bishop Ely has communicated to the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, that his prayers and the prayers of our diocese are being offered for him, Bishop Cook, the people of the Diocese of Maryland and the family and friends of Tom Palermo.
Click here to read a pastoral letter from Bishop Sutton
Note, the 183rd Convention of the Episcopal Church in Vermont will take place November 6 - 7 in Burlington.
At our 2014 Diocesan Convention, it was resolved that The Episcopal Church in Vermont send greetings and love to the Rt. Rev. Martín Barahona of the Episcopal Anglican Church of El Salvador and wish him all the best in his retirement that starts next year. Bishop Barahona has received the courtesy resolution. Below is his response:
The Rt. Rev. Tom Ely
Diocese of Vermont
I have received via the Rev. Canon Lee Crawford the courtesy resolution that was approved by the 182nd Convention of the Diocese of Vermont in respect to wishing me the best in my upcoming retirement.
I express my most sincere thanks to you for this courtesy resolution, but I also thank your bishop, Tom Ely, and many people of the Diocesee of Vermont, who have greatly supported our mission in the Episcopal Anglican Church of El Salvador during my 22 years of episcopacy. Believe me that, thanks to you, your bishop and other members of the church, we have been able to advance in that which Jesus Christ entrusted to us.
I will be eternally thankful.
A brotherly hug.
The Rt. Rev. Martín Barahona, D.D.
RPIC, as we call ourselves, is an ecumenical, dispersed community in partnership with the Rock Point board to carry out its mission and vision.
We will be conducting our second retreat at Rock Point, Burlington, Vermont on Friday and Saturday, June 5th and 6th, 2015. This retreat is called “A New Heaven and a New Earth: Jumpstarting Enduring Connections to Rock Point.” It is open to anyone who might be interested in exploring RPIC or thinking of becoming part of it, as a Member, Associate, or Friend. More information about the retreat will be available later on, but anyone who might want to come needs this advance notice that we are basing the retreat on the book “The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings” by John Philip Newell, and retreat attendees will be expected to have read the book!
The Reverend Heidi Edson was ordained in 2010 after extensive missionary work all over the world, as well as work in music and dance. She spent two years as Priest-in-Charge on the island of Molokai in Hawaii, and is now working with congregations in Colorado. She and her husband Doug will arrive during the week of January 18th, and plan to live in the Village of Chester.
The Episcopal Church in Vermont Deputation to General Convention met for the first time today. Stay tuned for more information about the deputies and their work. The 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will take place June 25 - July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The group assembled at St. Stephen's Middlebury
The 2015 Diocesan Council just finished an overnight retreat at Bishop Booth Conference Center at Rock Point in Burlington. This group of clergy and lay leaders is looking forward to a positive and productive year ahead!
The Episcopal Church in Vermont Diocesan Council, 2015
I was going to offer "Warm Epiphany Greetings", but as I'm in southern California, I thought that might be somewhat unfair to those of you in other parts of the United States and Canada.
My rector, Ed Bacon, has turned the word, "Epiphany" into a verb. "To Epiph", is to see things anew, to discover new life or a new way to live. Given Epiphany honors the arrival of the three wise ones who bring wonderful gifts, perhaps, to epiph also means living a life of renewed generosity.
However we see the season of Epiphany, I'm epiphing with my new work as the Executive Director of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). It is an honor to be the third Executive Director in the life of TENS. It will be a challenge to follow in the footsteps of my friend Laurel Johnston and TENS inspired founder, Tom Gossen.
My hope is that TENS will help the church in the United States and Canada (and beyond, someday) see the work of stewardship in new and life transforming ways. For stewardship is not about an annual campaign, it is about how we live and share in the abundance of God's generosity to each of us.
To that end, I also want to make sure you've put the dates of our next TENS Annual Conference on your calendar. The dates are May 28-30, 2015. And what better place to experience the abundance of creation than Camp Allen, outside of Houston, Texas!
Please know that I'm here to serve you as you and your congregation work to discover, anew, a life of abundance, generosity and the stewardship of God's creation.
Richard W. Felton
You're invited to attend Trinity Institute (TI2015), an annual conference that takes place in New York City -- but you can attend a simulcast conference January 22nd - 24th, 2015 at select local locations! We bring all the elements of the NYC conference to you via webcast.
This year's conference takes on the pervasive, overwhelming issue of economic inequality. TI2015 speakers have real-world experience making change happen. They will provide us with hopeful, practical tools we can use to make a positive economic impact.
Register online here: http://trinityinstitute15.org/register/
St. Andrew's St. Johnsbury
This event will be screened in a different format during Lent. Times and dates to be announced.
Vermont events sponsored by the Economic Justice Coalition, in partnership with local congregations and non-profits.
The following statement from The Episcopal Church in Vermont's the Rev. Thad Bennett was printed in the Brattleboro Reformer on January 2nd. We thank him for his witness and courage.
F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood... But I live in Vermont and have been married to my spouse for over 10 years. Both the Episcopal Church, to which I belong, and the State of Vermont recognize my marriage and even work to support it and our relationship. Now, the F.D.A. says that if I have sexual relationships with my spouse I will be banned from donating blood to help my fellow citizens (I am a "universal donor" and before the ban I had donated gallons of blood). It appears that the F.D.A will not and does not acknowledge the sanctity of marriage, will continue its policy of prejudice and stay with its misperception that "all gay men are alike."
During this time of the Christmas season, when we celebrate that God became human, I wish we could have done better. When might we expect a public policy that acknowledges the good in man (yes, even "gay man") to be caring, responsible, and even sexual while at the same time being a good citizen and having the best for our fellow citizens in our hearts, minds and bodies.
I wish the F.D.A would allow me to love my neighbor as myself and give blood to help that neighbor.
The Rev. Thaddeus Bennett, Newfane, VT
Rock Point Summer Camp 2015 -- SAVE THE DATES NOW!
We’re busily working on exciting plans for the summer as well as preparing registration materials. Stay tuned! Look for updated registration forms and summer details later this month. For now, call your friends and save the dates to have fun at a week or two of summer camp.
A typical camp day includes a holy rhythm of community meals, singing, worship, special morning and evening programs as well as traditional camp fun of swimming, group games, canoeing, nature exploration, arts & crafts, wilderness shelter building and eat gooey s’mores by the fire. Campers will have an opportunity to learn new skills…build a fire and cook a meal on it, weave a basket, paddle a canoe, track an animal into the woods and more.
All campers who register before April 1, 2015 receive 5% off all registration fees. Still need help with the registration fee? Scholarships are available. For more information visit us online at www.rockpointcenter.org
Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain, Rock Point Summer Camp is in its 84th year.
By the grace of God and
with the people’s consent
The Right Reverend Thomas Clark Ely
Bishop of Vermont
Susan Marie Ohlidal
to the Sacred Order of Priests
in Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church
Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:30 in the morning
Christ Episcopal Church
64 State Street
Your prayers and presence are requested
Reception to follow
Clergy stoles ~ white
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