The following comes from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul:
Many, many thanks to all who contributed in so many ways to making our participation in the Pride Parade such a success. St. Paul's is an open and affirming congregation and it showed on Sunday. There was great participation from LGBTQ folks and allies. We all wore tiaras and white feather boas. Three of us were the brides dressed in bridal white with veils, emphasizing that the Episcopal Church is in full support of marriage equality. One of the signs read: "The Episcopal Church Marries You!" A wonderful crowd from St. Paul's accompanied the float, including our deacon the Rev. Stan Baker and the new rector at Holy Trinity, Swanton, the Rev. Rob Spainhour. We were very surprised to learn we had won one of three prizes, for the most shining float. It was a glorious day!
Thank you to all who took part in this year's Alleluia! Golf Open. Our planning committee, volunteers, players, and sponsors made it a wonderful, fun-filled day that raised $12,000 for the important ministries supported by the Alleluiafund.
Photo Credit: Nancy Wuttke
Leading Action on Climate!
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light 2015 Conference
Christ Episcopal Church,
64 State Street, Montpelier
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:30 – 3:30
Keynote Speaker: Tim DeChristopher
Climate Activist, Harvard Divinity School Student
• Congregations divesting from fossil fuel companies
• Energy Independent Vermont campaign for a carbon pollution tax
• Faith leaders – clergy & lay – stepping up as climate leaders
• Lake Champlain – building a culture of clean water
Also includes: catered lunch; sponsors' displays; book table, and music. Register in advance – online registration form
Save the date! Bishop Ely will be participating in the following event:
PRAYER, REMEMBRANCE, CONTEMPLATION AND ACTION. PEOPLE OF FAITH JOINING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD.
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM.
A Gun Violence Prevention Interfaith Prayer Vigil
Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington.
An enthusiastic planning team has been formed consisting of members from ten individual faith communities in Chittenden County. They include, Ascension Lutheran Church, the Baha’i’ faith, three separate Episcopal churches (including All Saints, South Burlington, St. Andrew's Colchester, and Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington), the First Baptist Church of Burlington, the Sisters of Mercy, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, the Williston Federated Church and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington. Others continue to be engaged as word gets out.
The morning session of the September 29 Fall Clergy Day was designed by a team of colleagues involved in the Episcopal Church in Vermont Economic Justice Working Group. The session was titled, "Is Economics a Moral Issue?: Pastoral engagement with poverty and economic struggle," and the handouts used can be accessed below:
On September 14, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefforts Schori released a statement, which read in part: "The Syrian Civil War, now in its fourth year, has unleashed a humanitarian emergency in which severe war crimes - including indiscriminate massacres, persecution of religious and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender-based violence, and other humanitarian abuses - have become widespread." The statement provides suggestions for learning, acting, advocating and raising awareness about the most widespread refugee crisis the world has known since World War II. Read more.
On September 16, Episcopal Relief & Development released a statement outlining how it is engaging the Syrian crisis through "support to agencies in Syria, to the Diocese of Jerusalem's Holy Land Institute for the Deaf and in support of large numbers of people traveling out of crisis areas into Europe." The statement asks to continue to pray for al lthose fleeing violence and unrest. Contributions to the Syria Response Fund will help Syrians fleeing violence. Read more.
Vermont Diocesan Choir Day
Saturday, October 17, 2015
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Diocesan Choir Day committee is pleased to announce and invite your participation in an exciting day of workshops and choral singing. This will culminate in an Evensong service sung by those attending. The program will be held at Trinity Church, 85 West Street, Rutland. We will begin with coffee at 9 a.m. and Evensong will conclude by 5 p.m.
There will be informative workshops presented on the topics of Vocal technique, Psalmody, Shape Note singing and RSCM resources for the parish. Presenters will be Mark Howe, Lynnette Combs, Susanne Peck and Bert Landman.
A full repertoire list will be provided in an upon request.
Choirs and individual singers are invited to participate. There is no fee. Bring your own lunch and beverages will be provided.
The Vermont Diocesan Choir Day Committee
James Cassarino – Trinity Church, Rutland
Lynnette Combs – Christ Church, Montpelier
Canon Mark Howe – St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington
James Lorenz – St. James’, Woodstock
Peter Walker – St. Mark’s, Springfield
Carl Schwartz - Registrar
Congregations are invited to request seed funds for outreach projects they feel called to sponsor.
• McClure IV / Alleluia Fund Grant Application, Domestic and Social Justice Committee, the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. McClure Funds require matching funds from the congregations; Alleluia Funds do not
• Both Funds have a limit of $2000.00; amounts awarded are dependent on available funds and
number of requests
• Preference will first be given to new initiatives within congregations/regional ministries with
an emphasis on local projects beyond the walls of the Church. Previously supported projects
include Habitat for Humanity, Camp Agape, Brookhaven, VIA and UVIP to name a few.
• Applications are accepted twice a year: May 1st and October 1st; available funds are divided
between these two dates.
Summit on a Moral Economy
Organized by VIA and co-sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center, this event will pull together social justice organizations and discuss how to work collaboratively to accomplish our common goals. This will be followed by an Interfaith Worship Service in honor of Pope Francis' visit to the US and to celebrate his call for global social justice. Saturday, Sept. 26 from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm at St. Stephen Parish, 115 Barlow Street, Winooski.
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