November 19, 2021
From the Dean & Rector

We often speak of the Gospel teachings as being "countercultural" and of the Church as a witness of that counterculture over and against the cultures of power, greed, consumerism, and individualism. But what does that really mean? I have been challenged lately to think more about this as I consider my relationship with former colleagues who have left the Episcopal Church to join the Anglican Church in North America, or even to be absorbed into the Roman Catholic Church. What does it mean to be countercultural?

Our easy answer usually centers around care for the marginalized - the poor, the hungry, the immigrant, the refugee, the oppressed, the orphan, the widow; eschewing the accumulation of wealth for wealth's sake alone; and decrying the pursuit of power to the detriment of others. And all this is good and is countercultural. But is that all there is?

Perhaps being countercultural also means holding space for our disagreements - not so we can harm one another with them, but so that we can talk about them. Perhaps being countercultural also means not embracing the polarization that plagues our nation, but being a place where we can listen with new ears to one another - not to persuade but to understand. Perhaps being countercultural means speaking the truth to one another about what plagues us, what hurts us, and what lifts us up. Perhaps being countercultural involves calling out each other when our words or actions serve to harm rather than to uplift.

The most visible sign we have, as the Church, to this countercultural narrative, is the table. Open for all. Transforming each of us week by week. Teaching us more about love than we can read in any book. Holding space for our disagreements, our pain, our doubts, our fears. Binding us together, whether we like it or not, as the body of Christ. Broken and whole. Complete and incomplete.

This Sunday we celebrate the end of the liturgical year (as we then turn to Advent) and contemplate the reign of God. The Gospel lesson we receive as we turn to Christ as King, is of the events that lead to his death. Christ arrested, beaten, challenged by Pilot, and killed. And in all this, we watch Jesus continually doing and saying the thing we least expect, including forgiving his tormentors. That is the table we are invited to approach, the table that binds us together even as we are apart. Countercultural, indeed.

In Christ's love,
Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
Thank You
Thank you to everyone who has pledged to support the Cathedral in 2022! At the latest count, we have received 102 pledges totaling $248,779.
It is not too late to make a pledge or request a pledge packet if you have not yet done so. Help us reach our 2022 fundraising goal of $300,000. Consider what you can give - the dollars pledged to our campaign will be used to fund our operating budget - salaries, utilities, outreach programs, and much more. Donating to the Cathedral's Annual Giving campaign enables us to accurately budget each year. 
Pledges can now be made online using the link here. If you would like a pledge packet mailed to you, please reach out to Jennifer Sumner in the Cathedral office (, or 802-864-0471). 
Cathedral Office Closed Next Week
The Cathedral office will be closed Monday, November 22 through Friday, November 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Morning Prayer will take place online (Zoom) only Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

We apologize for any inconvenience these closures may cause.
Remembering the United Thank Offering at Thanksgiving
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude.

UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

Traditionally Thanksgiving has been a time when we remember UTO at St. Paul's. Next year, we will give out UTO blue boxes at our Annual Meeting (scheduled for Sunday, January 23, 2022), and fill them with change all year long. We'll have a UTO ingathering close to Thanksgiving in November 2022, during which we will all make a joyful noise to the Lord by bringing those boxes to church so that we can empty them into the red metal sap buckets as part of our offering. Hearing the coins pour into the buckets reminds us all of the importance and joy of generosity. UTO funds many Episcopal Church outreach initiatives, including one here at our Cathedral some years ago when we needed a new sound system.

If you would like to make a donation to the United Thank Offering this year, you can do so using the link here, and entering the amount on the UTO line.
Mid-Week Eucharist with the Sacrament of Healing Resumes Beginning in Advent
All are welcome to join us for a service of Holy Eucharist with the sacrament of healing weekly on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Chapel, led by the Rev. Sally Webster. Our first service will be Thursday, December 2.

This quiet, simple service follows the usual order for Holy Eucharist, and is open to all, in addition to those who desire prayers for healing.
Generous God, we give you thanks for your beloved Jesus Christ, 
in whom you have shared the beauty and pain of human life. Look with compassion 
upon all for whom we pray, and strengthen us to be your instruments of healing in the world, 
by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Justice Speaks: Food, Labor, and Justice
“For the fruit of all Creation, thanks be to God.
For his gifts to every nation, thanks be to God.
For the plowing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,...thanks be to God.
In the just reward of labor, God’s will be done.
In the help we give our neighbor, God’s will be done…”
(Hymn 424, words by F. Pratt Green) 
We sang these words together on Sunday Oct. 31. I found them deeply moving, a beautiful reminder of the sacred nature of Earth and her fruits and of the labor of growing and producing food, of the biblical call for just compensation for all who are engaged in this work.
The woman pictured here joined a two-bus Migrant Justice caravan that traveled to Portland, Maine on November 8, marching with some 150 others to Hannaford Supermarket and Hood’s dairy processing plant to urge Hannaford Supermarket’s CEO to join the Milk with Dignity Program. As we stood outside Hannaford’s market in Portland, a farmworker told us of his experience on a farm previously not in the Milk with Dignity Program, and the positive changes made when the farm joined the program: enough space for each worker to have a room and bed, one day off a week to spend time with family and friends, more reasonable work hours, pay for sick days, access to medical help.
Then we all marched several blocks, chanting on the way, to the large Hood dairy processing plant that receives milk from farms in New England and New York for Hannaford’s brand milk. Too many farmworkers producing that milk still suffer living and working conditions that violate basic human rights and dignity.
Diocesan Deacons of Vermont have written to Hannaford’s CEO Mike Vail, and in June, a group of investors wrote urging him to join the Milk with Dignity campaign.
Acknowledging our link through food with others, we learn from Migrant Justice networking with workers in Central America. They report that “Fair Trade Certified” labels on foods like bananas, melons, yogurt and coffee still mean that workers experience poor living conditions, exposure to pesticides, and being black-listed if they join a union to defend themselves, among other human rights violations. We have local alternatives; let’s not support food industries denying workers their human dignity.
ACTION: If you would like to support migrant farmworkers, please call Hannaford at 1-800-213-9040. Press 1, then 5 for customer relations. Tell the responder who you are, ask them if they have heard of the Milk with Dignity Program, and ask them to get a message to CEO Mike Vail: Please join the Milk with Dignity Program to stop human rights abuses in your supply chain.

Contributed by Sylvia Knight.
Cathedral Arts Presents Organist David Neiweem
David Neiweem will offer a free program of organ works at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday, December 7 at 12:00 noon. David, a longtime friend of Cathedral Arts, is Professor of Music and University Organist and Carilloneur at UVM. A Chicago native, he studied organ there as a boy, later earning degrees at Oberlin, the University of Wisconsin, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany. 
In years past, David led the UVM Catamount Singers in a concert of choral music on the first Tuesday in December; the Covid-19 pandemic has made that plan impossible this year, but instead David has graciously agreed to come and play the Cathedral’s 1973 Karl Wilhelm tracker-action organ. The program, drawn from some of David’s favorite repertoire, will include music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Louis-Claude Daquin, Nikolaus Bruhns, J.S. Bach, and Antonio de Cabezon. 
Come and enjoy the brilliant sound of the organ in the wonderful space of St. Paul’s. This is a free concert, donations to Cathedral Arts are always gratefully accepted.
Covid-19 notes: 
-Masks and social distance will be expected of all audience members at this recital. 
-The high-ceilinged Cathedral nave has a new HVAC system that moves and exchanges the air efficiently. 

Wreath Project Update
The wreaths are set to arrive right after the 11 a.m. service this Sunday! When they're delivered, we will need a detail-oriented wreath counter so we can be sure we get what we ordered. That could be you!

Able-bodied volunteers are sought to tote wreaths into the shelter for cool storage.

Bow makers are currently busy, but many bows still need to be made. Would you like to give it a try? Once you learn, you could make bows at home with a glass of something!

Wreath Week starts after the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, November 28 downstairs in the parish hall. There will be a wreath-coning tutorial to remind and enlighten seasoned and new coners.

I’ve asked a few folks to feed hungry wreath makers from Sunday through Friday during wreath week. We would not mind extra snacks!

Helpers will be needed this week to attach bows to wreaths, chop cones into florets and tie gift cards. Bet you could handle these tasks! Let me know.

Shipped wreaths will be leave on Tuesday, November 30 and our deliveries to businesses on December 1.

If you ordered a wreath, you will receive a letter reminding you what you ordered, what your payment is (cash or checks only) and pickup times. Hang on to the letter and bring it with you.

Wreath Pick up at the Cathedral: Friday, Dec 3 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  and Saturday, Dec 4 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

As always we’ll need help sorting cones, and cleaning up on Saturday. The Wreath Project Elves are a treasured population, fellowship and fun ahead. Join us!

-- Penny Pillsbury
Children's Corner
church school at COTS Walk
This Sunday we celebrate the last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King. Click here for the latest edition of The Sunday Paper, a weekly publication for children that includes Scriptural images, and stories that relate the Gospel to the Old Testament, the life of the church, and their own lives.

There will be no church school on the first Sunday of Advent, November 28.

Please join us downstairs in the Parish Hall on Sunday, December 5 for an intergenerational gathering at 10:00 a.m. to create Advent wreaths. All are welcome to join in this fun annual tradition.  

All children aged four to 11 are welcome to join us for Church School, which takes place downstairs in the Parish Hall between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. If you are planning to participate or have any questions, please email Katie Gonyaw, our Children's Formation Coordinator.
The Sunday Paper [Junior], to which The Cathedral Church of St. Paul has a paid subscription, is posted here with permission of the author/illustrator, Gretchen Wolff Pritchard. © Gretchen Wolff Pritchard, The Sunday Paper, 19 Colony Road, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, All rights reserved. This is copyright material and should not be further forwarded or distributed.  
Weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil in Response to Racism
The Cathedral's weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil continues this Sunday, November 21, at 1:00 p.m., in response to racism in our nation, state, and community. 

In the event of really bad weather, we will send out a notification by Facebook (please use your own discretion). Face masks are optional if you are fully vaccinated. Please, if you can, bring a non-perishable food item - a volunteer will deliver all the donations gathered at the vigil to the Food Shelf. If you have a sign you would like to hold, bring it! This event is open to the community.
Mid-Week Afternoon Tea with St. Paul's Clergy
How's your week going? Need a mid-week pick-me-up? Looking for a chance to connect with your CCSP friends? Come have a cup of tea with us on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Here at the Cathedral, we've been missing coffee hour - that incarnation of Christian community and communal bonding that contributes to our sense of holistic well-being as a parish. This casual weekly gathering will be hosted by Dean Greta Getlein and/or Deacon Stan Baker, and offers a chance to gather, reconnect with old friends, and meet new ones.

Join us every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom online or by phone:

Dial: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 871 5286 1108
Passcode: 1973
Join Us for Sunday Worship
Join us this Sunday, November 21 as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in person. Our 11:00 a.m. service will be live streamed on the Cathedral's YouTube channel for those who would like to join us virtually.
You can view or download the order of worship for the 11:00 Eucharist here.
Children's formation will take place between the two services downstairs in our Parish Hall.

In person coffee hour continues to be on hold for the time being.
Other Regular Services
All are welcome to join us for our weekday services:
Morning Prayer, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 a.m. In Person and on Zoom.
Compline, Sundays and Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom.
For Our Prayers This Week
We pray for blessings and joy for those who celebrate birthdays this week:  Bram Kranichfeld, Karin Davis.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Frances Range, Veronica and her four children; Karin Davis; Karen Lewis; Peter Frechette; Sandy Nicholson; Lisa and her family; Maria E. Righter; Dale; Molly Comeau, who is being treated for breast cancer; Cole; Nancy Johnson; Ella Baskett; Mary Magot; Michael Hill; Jean Erno; Bill Metcalfe; Chuck; Jackie; Michael Fernandez; Lillian Robinson; Stewart McHenry; Emily Harwood; Peter Adams; Elizabeth Webster; David, Carol and Samantha Simmons; Pat Barra; Margot (Lisa Schnell's sister); David Glendinning; Debbie Altemus; Vaughn Altemus; Marion Montross; Naomi Hodgett; Helen McGrath; and Mary Carter.  For all those suffering from COVID-19 in our country or around the world, and especially those from our own faith family who have loved ones at risk or are themselves at risk. For those who have died from COVID-19 and for the grief of those who loved them.

We pray for the repose of the soul of those who have died: Ernie Benson, Georgia Eustis, Jeffrey Michael Range.

We pray for those who are in the discernment process: Kenzo An; and for our seminarians, Bram Kranichfeld and Susan McMillan.
Quote of the Week

"Stand and face me, my love
and scatter the grace in your eyes."

Lessons for November 21: The Last Sunday After Pentecost: Christ the King, Proper 29
Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Community News & Events
Volunteer Opportunity: Habitat for Humanity
As we head into the winter season, I wanted to reach out to share information about our schedule here at Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity. We’re fortunate that we can remain open year-round, and have ample opportunities for volunteering and internships! We would be thrilled to host any individual, business teams, students or religious groups looking to join us.  

We’ve opened up our build calendar throughout January at our 1891 North Ave site in Burlington. Volunteers are welcome to join us 4 days a week as well as on alternate Saturdays. The single-family home, as well as the duplex, are moving along with the help of our core team, but we can always use extra hands. This is a full-day affair, and no need to fret if you’ve never built a home before — our Construction Supervisor will teach you what you need to know and help you feel comfortable with the tasks you’re given. If you’d like to build, sign up today at 

If your schedule doesn’t allow a full volunteer day, our Habitat ReStore is a great alternative. We have two locations, 528 Essex Rd in Williston and 414 Rt. 7 in Milton. We can host individual volunteers, students, business teams and community groups. We do have pre-set shifts, 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm, although you’re welcome to create a shift that’s convenient for you. Come out and volunteer alongside our staff! You can help sort clothing, stock housewares and maintain our unique collection of donations. If this seems more intriguing, use the link above to sign up. 

If you are unable to volunteer with us this winter, consider making a financial donation instead. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity relies on financial donors, and every dollar counts when it comes to building affordable homes in Chittenden County. To make a donation, visit  

From our Habitat family to yours, we wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season.
Submission Deadline for St. Paul's eNews
This weekly e-newsletter is circulated on Fridays. Please have your pieces submitted to Jennifer Sumner at by noon on Wednesday. Thank you.

The Right Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of Vermont

The Very Rev. Greta Getlein, Dean and Rector

The Ven. J. Stannard Baker, Cathedral Deacon and Diocesan Archdeacon

Mark A. DeW. Howe, Canon Precentor and Director of Music

Jennifer C. Sumner, Office Administrator

Barbara F. Comeau, Financial Administrator

Katie Gonyaw, Children's Formation Coordinator

Grace Jack, A/V and Social Media Coordinator