The Mountain E-News
January 15th, 2015
NewsEpiscopal Church in Vermont News
Creating Common Good Simulcasts Offered
"A practical conference on income inequality." This is the theme of the 2015 Trinity Institute being offered Jan. 22 to Jan 24th.While the live event is being held in New York City, multiple congregations in and near Vermont will be hosting simulcasts of the principle speakers and panels, as well as facilitated discussion groups following each.Click here to register and read more

Bishop Ely Speaks Out in Montpelier
As the 2015 legislative session begins in Montpelier, our bishop is making his voice heard on matters related to criminal background checks for firearms purchases and affordable health care for all. Click here to read Bishop Ely's statements

Prayers for All Affected by the Tragedy in Maryland
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 

An Invitation from Rock Point Intentional Community
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 12th and 13th, 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. Click here to read more

A Message from the Rt. Rev. Mart�n Barahona, D.D.
At our 2014 Diocesan Convention, it was resolved that The Episcopal Church in Vermont send greetings and love to the Rt. Rev. Mart�n 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. Click here to read Bishop Barahona's response

St. Luke's, Chester Welcomes Rector the Rev. Heidi Edson
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 in Vermont during the week of January 18th, and plan to live in the Village of Chester.

The Rev. Thaddeus Bennett: F.D.A. Still Can't Get it Right
A statement from The Episcopal Church in Vermont's the Rev. Thad Bennett was printed in the Brattleboro Reformer on January 2nd. "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..." Click here to read the full statement
In this Issue
Bishop Speaks Out
Prayers for Maryland
From Bishop Barahona
FDA Still Can't Get It Right
Stirrings Grants 
2015 Prayer Calendar
Immigration Statement
PB on Haiti Anniversary
TREC Course
Susan Ohlidal Ordination
NEWMA Luncheon
Kids4Peace Camp
UTO Young Adult Grant
Mark of Mission Workshops
Climate Change Webcast
NECS Conference
TENS Conference
Rock Point Summer Camp
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RemindersDiocesan Events, Reminders, and Resources
2015 Congregational Leader/Diocesan Convention Forms Available Online
We hope to ensure more accuracy and less hassle of repetitive information entries with the digital forms. There is no need to include last year's information as to whom is being replaced. Please have the forms submitted by February 15th, 2015

Stirrings of the Spirit Grants for 2015
The Grant application process for 2015 awards will soon be released. Awards for both Mini-Grants and Mission Initiatives will be given. Total funds available for 2015 is $50,000, thanks to the Alleluia Fund and other diocesan resources. Watch the next Mountain E-News for information on how to apply.

2015 Diocesan Prayer Calendar Now Available

Presiding Bishop, Episcopal Bishops Offer Support of Executive Action
Bishop Ely was among one hundred Episcopal Church bishops who joined Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in welcoming President Obama's decision to offer relief from deportation to millions of undocumented community members and to reform certain harmful immigration enforcement policies.Read the full statement

Presiding Bishop on Fifth Anniversary of the Earthquake in Haiti
"Haiti and her people are survivors - of colonial occupation and a slave economy, of wars, rebellions, and invasions, a long history of corrupt and ineffective government, and when things seemed at their nadir, even of imported disease. Through all the trials and tribulations the world can wield, Haiti continues to respond with creative resilience..." Read the full statement

Online TREC Leadership Courses Offered in Partnership with ChurchNext
Instructors include theologian Dwight Zscheile, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves, teacher and author Stephanie Spellers, rector and writer Winnie Varghese, and theologian Frederica Thompsett, to name a few. Each class for free - these are TREC's gift to you. Read more

Susan Ohlidal to be Ordained January 17th
By the grace of God and with the people's consent, The Right Reverend Thomas Clark Ely will ordain Susan Marie Ohlidal to the Sacred Order of Priests Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at 10:30am at Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier. Read more

New England Women Ministers Associate Winter Luncheon January 20th
Transforming Conflict with the Rev. Janet Leighninger will take place on January 20th starting at 9:00am at Edwards House Meeting and Retreat Center in Framingham, MA. Read more

Kids4Peace Summer Camp 2015 Taking Applications
Kids4Peace is seeking North American Jewish, Christian & Muslim youth to attend summer camps in Seattle, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Boston. Campers should be 12 years old and/or in 6th grade, and live in proximity to a current or future Kids4Peace chapter. Priority deadline is February 15, 2015Read 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

Province I: First Mark of Mission Training Workshops March 12th - 14th
The Art of Hosting Missional Conversations: Come join us as we learn together the practices essential to building sustainable ministries while forming a community of practice that engenders trust, explores questions, and takes courageous action, together. Read more and register

Episcopal Church Forum on the Climate Change Crisis March 24 
On March 24, The Episcopal Church will host and produce a groundbreaking forum on one of the most critical issues facing today's world: The Climate Change Crisis. The 90-minute live webcast will originate from Campbell Hall Episcopal School, North Hollywood, CA and will begin at 10:00am Eastern. There is no fee or registration required. More details to follow.

NECS Stewardship Conference April 17th - 18th 
Keynote speakers: The Right Reverend Michael Curry &  Ben Stroup. Read more

TENS Annual Conference May 28th - 30th 
The dates are May 28-30, 2015. The conference will take place at Camp Allen, outside of Houston, Texas. Read more

Rock Point Summer Camp Dates Announced
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.Click here to read more and see the camp dates
EmploymentEmployment Opportunities
Christ Church Montpelier is seeking a permanent Organist/Choir Director, 12-18 hours per week.  For a full job description or more information, please contact Maggie Thompson, 802-454-4635.
EpiscopalVTEventsEpiscopal Church in Vermont Events: January 16th - February 1st
Friday, January 16th to Sunday, January 18th
Immanuel Retreat Center, Bellows Falls
Saturday, January 17th at 10:30am
Christ Church, Montpelier
Sunday, January 18th at 8:00am and 10:00am
St. Peter's Bennington
Sunday, January 18th at 3:00pm
Immanuel Episcopal Church, Bellows Falls

Sunday, January 18th at 7:30pm
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington

Regional Clergy Day; Mission District 5
Wednesday, January 21st at 10:00am
St. James', Arlington

Thursday, January 22nd - Saturday, January 24th
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington
St. James', Woodstock
Zion, Manchester
Charlemont Federated Church, Charlemont, MA

Friday, January 23rd at 5:30pm
St. James', Arlington

Sunday, January 25th at 8:00am and 10:00am
St. Paul's, White River Junction

Regional Clergy Day: Mission District 4
Tuesday, January 27th at 10:00am
Trinity, Rutland

Tuesday, January 27th at 12:00pm
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington

Regional Clergy Day: Mission District 3
Wednesday, January 28th at 10:00am
St. John's, Randolph

Wednesday, January 28th at 5:30pm
Holy Trinity, Swanton (event takes place at Nativity St. Louis Parish)

Sunday, February 1st at 10:00am
St. Mary's in the Mountains, Wilmington
DidyouknowDid you know?

Last weekend was a busy one for The Episcopal Church in Vermont! The 2015 Diocesan Council gathered for an overnight retreat at Rock Point and The Episcopal Church in Vermont Deputation to General Convention met for the first time on Saturday at St. Stephen's, Middlebury.