Dear Clergy Colleagues,
I hope this messages finds you well and enjoying some of the many offerings of summer whether here in Vermont or traveling.
The Fall Clergy Day will be held
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at St. John’s in Randolph.
Coffee and gathering, 9:30 AM
Program 10 AM--2 PM (lunch provided).
The following is important information about this gathering.
Please confirm your attendance by registering HERE.
Bishop Tom Ely has invited Del Glover to be with us at this Meeting. Del is one of three consultants working with The Episcopal Church in Vermont during our year-long journey of visioning, discerning, and planning as we “Become More Missional.” You may, if you have not done so yet, read about this journey and watch a video of Del at http://www.diovermont.org/missional.
Stirrings of the Spirit awarded its first round of grants to nine creative and innovative ministry projects ranging from community meal programs to farm programs, totaling $39,825.
Stirrings of the Spirit is a three-year strategy for the Episcopal Church in Vermont to discern where the Spirit is calling us through exploring new understandings and expressions of what it means to follow Jesus in a rapidly changing world.
The grant proposals were reviewed by members of the Stirrings of the Spirit leadership team and scored on the strength of projects to address the following criteria:
Date: October 31st - November 1st, 2014
Location: Jay Peak Resort - Jay, VT
How to Register for Convention: To register for Convention please CLICK HERE to use our online registration system. Up to four (4) individuals may be registered using the online system, so we encourage you to coordinate the registration process among your parish's delegation. PLEASE NOTE THAT HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH THE HOTEL JAY. CLICK HERE FOR BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS.
The journey we are on as the Episcopal Church in Vermont is a journey toward full and faithful participation in the reconciling Mission of God in the world of the 21st century. We are mindful that this journey challenges us with new realities about what it means to be and to become the Church, the faithful community of the Body of Christ, called out by God to give voice and substance to the Good News of God in Christ in our day and time.
As with many journeys we read about in the Bible, this journey is taking us to a destination where much is uncertain. What is certain is the promise of Emmanuel - God is with us. God promises that we will have company on this journey and invites us to trust, even as we travel without a clear roadmap.
June 24, 2014
My Sabbatical Plans
July 1 to October 30, 2014
Dear friends and colleagues:
It is with a grateful heart that I prepare to begin my second sabbatical since becoming Bishop of Vermont in 2001. My last sabbatical was December 2006 to March 2007. I am grateful that our diocese makes provision for sabbatical time for its bishop, other clergy and some lay employees. During this sabbatical I will be away from my day to day responsibilities as bishop from July 1st to October 30th.
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines sabbatical (in part) as a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. A break or change from a normal routine (as of employment). I plan to do some of all the above!
During this sabbatical my attention will focus on the subject of dignity, a subject of ongoing interest to me, especially as I continue to be influenced by the work of Donna Hicks and her book, Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict in Our Lives and Relationships, which I commend to your own reading and study. You can learn more about the work of Donna Hicks at her website http://declaredignity.com/ . My focus will be on the way dignity contributes to the Church’s primary ministry of participation in God’s reconciliation mission in the world. I will be privileged to look at this through the lens of two very different cultures in other parts of the world.
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