The Mountain E-News
January 6th, 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. As wealth inequality deepens the struggle of the poor and undermines the security of a shrinking middle class, we wonder: how can we make a practical difference? This year's Trinity Institute speakers have real-world experience making change happen. 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

BFP: "Puppets animate Christmas Pageant"
All Saints, South Burlington's puppet Christmas pageant was featured in the Burlington Free Press:"Doves and angels flew. Wise men rode, tramped and sailed, Bethlehem-bound and laden with tribute. Nary a puppet shepherd lost its beard, nor a sheep its wool at the pageant Wednesday night celebrating the Nativity of Jesus at All Saints Church in South Burlington..." Click here to read the full story and watch the accompanying video

Bishop Ely Welcomes Bishop Coyne
"This morning I learned that Pope Francis named the Most Reverend Christopher James Coyne Tenth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese in Vermont. I am delighted to hear of this appointment. I know that members of the Roman Catholic faith community, along with others of us in Vermont, have been awaiting word of this good news. On behalf of myself and the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, I extend a warm and cordial welcome to Bishop Coyne as he assumes his new ministry in this beautiful part of God's vineyard..."Click here to read Bishop Ely's full statement

Statement by The Episcopal Church in Cuba
The Rev. Angela Emerson, Minister for Stewardship Development and the Rev. Canon Lee Alison Crawford, Vicar, Church of Our Saviour, Mission Farm, Killington, have been communicating with the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado, Diocesan Bishop of Cuba around writing stewardship reflections for the coming year. During their correspondence, they were blessed to receive a copy of the Episcopal Church in Cuba's response to steps taken toward re-establishing diplomatic relations between Cuba and The United States on December 17th, 2014. Click here to read the statement
In this Issue
Creating Common Good
 UTO Young Adult Grant
Kids4Peace Camp
Rock Point Summer Camp
NECS Conference
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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

2015 Safe Church Training
2015 Safe Church Training will include online options. Beginning in January, participants will be able to complete some Safe Church training requirements online. This will include re-certification, refreshers, and basic training. The online option is not intended to entirely replace the in-person training which will still be available and continue as an important part of our program. Thanks to Church Pension Group, the modules developed by Praesidium, Inc. and used throughout The Episcopal Church are available at no charge. Watch for more detailed information and the 2015 in-person schedule! For more information, contact Lynn Bates.

Creating Common Good with Cornel West January 11th
ChurchNEXT is offering a preview of the wider Creating Common Good conversation by offering an online class with Cornel West starting on Sunday, January 11. Cornel West is an internationally known writer, author, theologian, and philosopher as well as an outspoken critic of income inequality.The class is broken into five segments which take about 45 minutes to complete: Read more and register

Province I: First Mark of Mission Training Workshops
March 12th - 14th, 2015
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

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

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

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

NECS Stewardship Conference
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
EpiscopalVTEventsEpiscopal Church in Vermont Events: January 7th - January 18th
Friday, January 9th at 12:00pm
Bishop Booth Conference Center, Burlington

Diocesan Council Overnight
Friday, January 9th - Saturday, January 10th
Bishop Booth Conference Center, Burlington

General Convention Deputation Meeting
Saturday, January 10th at 3:00pm
St. Stephen's, Middlebury

Sunday, January 11th 
Gethsemane Episcopal Church, Proctorsville

Saturday, January 13th at 12:00pm
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington

Friday, January 16th to Sunday, January 18th
Immanuel Retreat Center, Bellows Falls

Saturday, January 17th at 10:30am
Christ Church, Montpelier

Sunday, January 18th
St. Peter's Bennington

Sunday, January 18th at 3:00pm
Immanuel Episcopal Church, Bellows Falls
DidyouknowDid you know?

Through the magic of social media, we all got a chance to experience "The Journey of the Magi Through St. Stephen's Parish." Throughout the Christmas season, Facebook posts showed the Magi being welcomed and kept safe by different families. Thanks to the care of each household, they did make it safely back to St. Stephen's in time for The Feast of The Epiphany!