The Mountain E-News
December 2nd, 2014
NewsEpiscopal Church in Vermont News

VIA Movement Toward a Moral Economy in the News
On Monday, Nov 17th, and Thursday, November 20th, eight regional events were held, bringing together clergy, lay people of faith, and legislators to enter into a dialogue about how Vermont's budgeting process and other legislation can be more aligned with the group's shared faith values of justice and compassion.The AP story on the events was picked up by multiple newspapers, including The Boston Globe and The Burlington Free PressRead more

Rock Point Intentional Community Update

At an October 18th meeting, the name "Rock Point Intentional Community" was officially chosen. The  development group will meet every two months for the foreseeable future. The next meeting will follow the Advent Retreat on Sunday, December 7th from 1:45pm - 4:00pm at the Bishop Booth Conference Center. As always, all are welcome. Click here to download a schedule of monthly Eucharist at St. Michael's and All Angels' Chapel. Read more

"Say Cheese!"
Rick Swanson, Rector of St. John's in The Mountains, Stowe, snapped a priceless "selfie" during Bishop Ely's visit November 23rd. Pictured are those who were confirmed, received and reaffirmed, along with one of the acolytes. Bishop Ely wrote, "We had a great day at St. John's. Rachael, next to me, wrote the prayers of the people and Nathaniel, her brother, shared the pulpit with me. What a joy!" Perhaps the "Bishop's Visit Selfie" should become a parish tradition across the Episcopal Church in Vermont! Click here to see the full-size photo

Kids4Peace Vermont Celebrates Seven Years 

On November 9th, families, alums, volunteers, donors and founders of the Vermont chapter (including The Rev. Lisa Ransom, The Rev. Nicholas Porter, and Bishop Ely) celebrated seven years of peacebuilding during a gala celebration held at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. Guest speakers included Yakir Englander and Montaser Amro from Jerusalem. Click here to watch the video of the Kids4Peace Diocesan Convention presentation. Click here to see more photos from the event.
In this Issue
VIA in the News
Rock Point Updates
Bishop's Visit Selfie
Kids4Peace Celebration
Support Cristosal
Prayer for Liberia
Talking About Ferguson
Youth at General Convention
 UTO Young Adult Grant
TENS Survey
Trinity Institute Conference
NECS Conference
Did you know? 
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CristosalA Message from Bishop Ely: Support Foundation Cristosal
"Cristosal's work in El Salvador is critical and significant. It is through this ministry that I more fully understand and participate in Christ's call to do justice and respect the dignity of every human being. This holiday season, I invite you to join me in creating a more just and dignified world, and to support the work of Foundation Cristosal..." Click here to read Bishop Ely's full message

EventsDiocesan Events, Reminders, and Resources
Presiding Bishop Calls for Prayer for Liberia, West Africa Sunday, Dec. 7th
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefforts Schori has urged Episcopalians to observe the Second Sunday in Advent as a day of prayer for those in the Diocese of Liberia and the entire Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa, areas heavily affected by the current Ebola pandemic. Read more

Talking about Ferguson in our Congregations: Resources Available
Many congregations will host conversations about Ferguson this Advent season. Advent is a good time to take up the deep work of engaging racism and other issues that divide us. Read more

Applications Accepted for Official Youth Presence at General Convention
In collaboration with the General Convention Office and the President of the House of Deputies, the Office for Youth Ministries is coordinating the application and discernment process for high-school teens to become a part of the GCOYP. Application deadline is December 23rdRead more

UTO Offers Young Adult Grant
In honor of its 125th anniversary, the United Thank Offering has created a special $1250 grant for young adults (ages 21-30) to provide start-up funds for a new project that focuses on any of the Five Marks of Mission. One grant will be awarded in each of the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church. Deadline for young adults to submit applications to their diocesan bishop is February 1, 2015. From there, bishops will select one application per diocese. Applications are due from the diocesan offices on February 15thRead more

Take the TENS Walking the Way Survey
For those who have used the "Walking the Way" materials produced by TENS over the last two months, TENS is looking for feedback. Please help by completing a survey found at this link. 

Trinity Institute Creating Common Good Conference
Simulcast January 22nd - 24th, 2015. Streamed at Other Times TBA
This year's Trinity Institute (TI2015) speakers have real-world experience making change happen.They will provide you with hopeful, practical tools you can use in your community to make a positive economic impact.This event will be simulcast or streamed by select parishes in Vermont. Parishes participating include: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington; St. James', Woodstock; St. Andrew's, St. Johnsbury; Zion, Manchester. Details and times to be announced. If your parish would like to participate, contact Diane Root.

NECS Stewardship Conference
Friday, April 17th - 18th, 2015
Keynote speakers: The Right Reverend Michael Curry &  Ben Stroup. Applications for CS&R for expense and registration are due January 15th. Read more
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Christ Church Montpelier Organist
Christ Church Montpelier is seeking an organist. For details, please contact Maggie Thompson at (802) 454-4635.
EpiscopalVTEventsEpiscopal Church in Vermont Events: December 3rd - December 15th
Wednesday, December 3rd at 5:30pm
St. Peter's, Bennington

Friday, December 5th - Sunday, December 7th 
Bishop Booth Conference Center, Burlington

Saturday, December 6th at 10:00am
Immanuel Retreat Center, Bellows Falls

Saturday, December 6th at10:00am
Church of the Good Shepherd, Barre

Saturday, December 6th at 5:30pm and Sunday, December 7th at 11:30am
Bishop Booth Conference Center, Burlington

Sunday, December 7th at 9:30am
Jerusalem Gathering, Bristol

Sunday, December 7th at 3:00pm
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington

Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30pm
Holy Trinity, Swanton

Wednesday, December 10th at 5:30pm
St. Peter's, Bennington

Saturday, December 13th at 7:00pm
St. James', Arlington

Saturday, December 13th at 7:30pm
Immanuel Episcopal Church, Bellows Falls
DidyouknowDid you know?
At its October, 2014 meeting, the St. James', Arlington Vestry voted to use only Fair Trade coffee, sugar, and tea at all parish functions.  The statement from the Vestry read, "Buying fair trade helps us respect the dignity of human beings around the globe." Inspired by the new N.R.S.V. Coffee Hour Cookbook from Earth Stewards, the parish reports they are continuing to talk about ways to rethink several aspects of how they "do" coffee hour. Is your parish a "fair trade church" or rethinking coffee hour in other ways? Let us know!