January 8, 2020
From the Dean & Rector

I am writing this on Thursday afternoon, the day after the horrifying events at the nation's capital. Like many of you, I was glued to the news from mid-afternoon Wednesday until well into the night. Like many of you, I was already a bit tired from staying up the night before waiting for the Georgia returns to come in. And, like many of you, my brain is still swirling trying to make any sort of sense out of what happened and what is still happening.

Many words were used to describe the events on Wednesday; terrorism, insurrection, treason, and more. But the words that struck me as the most honest were these: angry white male privilege. My Facebook and Twitter feeds were full of this language in those and different words, all leading to the same conclusion: If this had been a mob of black people, and especially black men, there would have been a heavy military and/or police presence, and violence would have been committed against them. One cannot help but remember the heavy military presence in many cities, including Washington, D.C., in response to peaceful Black Lives Matter protests, and the violence visited upon those protestors. Or the heavy military presence on Indigenous lands as water rights were under threat and peaceful protests were held.

The people who planned Wednesday's "rally" and "march" planned violence. We knew this. The police knew this. The government knew this. It was all over the internet. And yet, only a light police presence was provided. Why? Many investigations will follow, I am sure, to try and answer that question. But what stands out for me, again, is the knowledge of those powers that these would be largely white protestors. The same ones that were allowed to enter the Michigan State Capitol fully armed and threatening to kidnap the governor. The same ones who have been allowed to act with impunity all across this land, hiding behind "stand your ground" laws and words such as "I believed my life was in danger" when there was no visible danger except the presence of a black man or black child. If armed or unarmed black men had formed any of these angry crowds, they would have been, at the very least, arrested on the spot or, more likely, shot with real or rubber bullets, tazed, and then arrested.

What we saw unfold on Wednesday, was the very definition of white privilege. Insurrectionists given a pass because they were white.

My friends, it is time for all of us to acknowledge the racism that undergirds every aspect of our society. Every aspect. And, no matter how much work on this each of us has done, there is always more. The work begins in our own hearts, minds, bodies, mouths, and attitudes. I have read many books and had many conversations about white privilege and racism, and I have learned and grown from each one. Our personal work on this will never end.

I ask you to join in that work, the work we will do together over the course of these next years, reading materials and coming together to talk about them. This is the best way for us to contribute to change, by putting ourselves in the vulnerable position of facing the truth, and being open to transformation. It is necessary, holy work. Our faith requires nothing less of us.

So join in as we read The Hate U Give, the first of many books we will read and talk about together. We have copies for you at the Cathedral, just call or e-mail to arrange to pick one up. Read it this month, and we will talk about it together before Lent begins. Then we will read another one during LentStand Your Ground, by The Very Revd Kelly Brown Douglas. If you have already read either or both of these, that's great. Please join our conversations. Together we can. Together we must. This is Godly work. Holy work. Necessary work.

Pray for a peaceful end to this current administration, and for the strength of our elected leaders to face their own part in this, as we must each face ours.

Much love to you on this day,

Cathedral Church of St. Paul Events
Help us Update our Directory
We are in the process of updating and creating a new parish directory, and we could use your help! If you have moved, gotten a new phone number or email address, would like a new photograph, or would like to be added or removed from our directory list, please let us know on or before January 20, so that we can publish the new directory by this year's Annual Meeting. You can email your updated information or photos to the Cathedral office: admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org.

Once we've received updates, printed copies will be available for pick up upon request. For privacy reasons, we are not offering an electronic version.
Recycling Your Wreath Ring
If you purchased a wreath from the Cathedral Wreath Project, volunteer Penny Pillsbury asks that you remove the greenery and deliver the ring to the Pillsbury's home or to the Sunday vigil. Penny will return them to NEK Balsam before next season.

To remove the greenery, start at the hanging loop and unwind over a tub. The greens make good mulch or can be composted. Leave the rings on the Pillsbury's front porch or bring to the Sunday Vigil. Last year over 30 rings were returned! There's no hurry - keep your wreath up until you're ready to relinquish!

-Penny Pillsbury: 25 University Terrace, Burlington.
Children's Corner
Check out the Children's Corner each week for the latest edition of the Sunday Paper, and any other information relevant to young people and families.

We are in the season of Epiphany! Click here to view or download the Sunday Paper for the first Sunday after Epiphany.

Illustrated Ministry offers a free Epiphany Star project. Print it out, color it, cut it out, and get ready!

Here are some discussion questions and a quick art project regarding this Sunday's Gospel reading (Mark 1:4-11).
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, www.the-sunday-paper.com. All rights reserved. This is copyright material and should not be further forwarded or distributed.  
St. Paul's Annual Meeting
On Sunday, January 24, St. Paul's will hold its Annual Meeting as part of our 10:00 a.m. virtual worship service. Included in the proceedings will be service of thanksgiving, an election for official parish positions, a review of the activities of the Cathedral over the past year, and recognition, thanks, and celebrations for the contributions of everyone here at the Cathedral.
Cathedral Continues Hosting Silent Witness and Prayer Vigil in Response to Racism
The Cathedral's weekly Silent Witness and Prayerful Vigil continues this Sunday, January 10, at 1:00 p.m., in response to racism in our nation, state, and community. 

Please note that in order to comply with the Governor's most recent safety regulations we are asking that participants arrive as close to 1:00 p.m. as possible, to disperse immediately at the end of the vigil, and not to congregate with those from other households.

In the event of really bad weather, we will send out a notification by Facebook (please use your own discretion as the weather gets colder). Be sure to bring a face mask and, if you can, 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.
Join Us for Worship: Sunday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for any or all of our upcoming worship services via Zoom, either online or by phone:

Sunday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m., Service of the Word
To join us online, use the link here.
To dial in by phone, call 1-646-558-8656, enter the Meeting ID#: 848 0522 8551
then the Password: 1973
View or download the order of worship here.

Other Regular Services
Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. by Zoom or Facebook Live.

Compline, Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom or Facebook Live.
For Our Prayers This Week
Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Rachel Kauppila; Staff and residents of Elderwood in Burlington; Gene Grinnell, John Rouleau; Elizabeth Webster; Danielle O'Hallisey; David, Carol and Samantha Simmons; Pat Barra, Leo Harrigan, Rick Watts, Margot (Lisa Schnell's sister), David Glendinning, Debbie Altemus, Vaughn Altemus, Marion Montross, Naomi Hodgett, Helen McGrath, and Mary Carter. For those impacted by the increase in domestic violence. 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 those who have died: James O'Donnell, Barbara Jones.
Quote of the Week
"Let us strive to enter the narrow gate. Just as the trees, if they have not stood before the winter's storms, cannot bear fruit, so it is with us; this present age is a storm, and it is only through many trials and temptations that we can obtain an inheritance in the kingdom of heaven."
--Theodora of Alexandria
Lessons for January 10, The First Sunday After the Epiphany
Collect of the Day
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Submission Deadline for St. Paul's eNews
This weekly e-newsletter is circulated on Fridays. Please have your pieces submitted to Jennifer Sumner at admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org by noon on Wednesday. Thank you.
Community Events
JUMP Online Auction Seeks Donations
The Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) is having an online auction February 1 - 12.

Since COVID-19 impacted local jobs and businesses, JUMP has seen an increase of households receiving assistance for the first time to 23%.

JUMP's primary goal, amid the pandemic, has been to remain open and ensure all economically disadvantaged families have dependable access to help meeting basic needs. The JUMP FLEX program delivers aid to purchase groceries, transportation, utility assistance, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies. These vouchers help those "living on the edge" free up resources for other essentials.

JUMP asks for your continued support for this valuable mission. If you would like to donate an item, gift card, or service, please email auction@jumpvt.org. For more information about the great items we'll have to bid on, look for updates in the coming weeks.
Everyone Eats Voucher Program Offers Free Meals at Participating Restaurants
Vermonters affected by COVID-19 can sign up for Everyone Eats voucher program and redeem free meals at participating restaurants across the state. Restaurants are paid to provide the meals, with at least 10% of ingredients made by VT producers. https://everyoneeatsvt.com/

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

The Very Rev. Greta Getlein, Dean and Rector

The Rev. J. Stannard Baker, Deacon

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

Jennifer C. Sumner, Office Administrator

Barbara F. Comeau, Financial Administrator