September 3, 2021
From the Dean & Rector
Pride, Part 2
From Cathedral Deacon, the Ven. Stannard Baker

Dear Ones –
I wrote this for the Pride Interfaith Service held in 2019, the last in-person service before the Pandemic. When you read this, we will have held another Pride Interfaith Service online yesterday, on Thursday, September 2. The planning committee now includes representatives from the following faith communities: Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Native American, and Earth Religion, and we keep expanding our reach to be as diverse as possible. Our hope is to gather in person, at the UVM Interfaith Center, next fall during Vermont Pride Week, which takes place at the beginning of September when students have returned to town.
Our Cathedral Community has always played a part in Pride, and in planning the Interfaith Service. We have an historical commitment to LGBTQA+ diversity, and were pioneers in welcoming Queer people to our faith community. I am both proud of our history of engagement, and honored to be part of our community.
I invite any of you who would like to join us this Sunday, September 5, for the Pride Parade. I plan to walk over to the starting place, the Hood Plant parking lot on King Street, between Lower Church Street, and Winooski Avenue. The parade heads out at 12:30. If you are going to march with us, please plan to be there by 12:15.

A short history of the Pride Interfaith Service by Stannard Baker (written for the Interfaith Pride Service in 2019):
"It is fitting that we gather here this evening at the UVM Interfaith Center. In 1984 and 1985 a group of interfaith leaders gathered together to form The Vermont Interfaith Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (VICLGC). The first Vermont Queer Interfaith Service that I am aware of took place here in 1985 when this was the worship space of Christ Church Presbyterian. The purpose of VICLGC was to plan ecumenical and interfaith services, to promote visibility for queer people in church congregations, and to combat the historical homophobia of many institutional churches. The group also recognized the wounds sustained by many queer people at the hands of churches. I was a member of that planning group. An insert in the first interfaith service stated this:

Our major goals are twofold:
  • To experiment with different forms of worship that celebrate our complete personhood as God’s people;
  • To assist area churches in confronting their deeply imbedded homophobia and to begin examining ways that they can celebrate and respect the diversity of all people.

The first service took place on the afternoon of Sunday, June 23, 1985 at Christ Church Presbyterian (here in this building). It was called: A Service of Worship in Celebration of Gay Persons. The next service was the Lesbian/Gay Holiday Service held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington on Saturday, December 14, 1985, which included Menorah lighting and a “sharing of lights.” The purpose of the VICLGC coalition stated in that service program was:

  • Seeks support from other churches in Vermont for religious and civil rights of lesbians/gays; and
  • Provides in-service to other churches in Vermont in order to combat religious homophobia.

Then the planning group and services became truly interfaith, rather than ecumenical. And the Queer movement grew in diversity and understanding of the Queer spectrum to embrace L and B, but also B, T, I, and all members of our amazing community. Since then there have been services held as part of Pride Week, listed in order chronologically:

  • Interfaith services held at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Pride weekend
  • Services held in Battery Park in a tent planned by an Interfaith Planning Group as part of the Pride Celebration at the conclusion of the Pride March
  • Thursday evening Pride Week services held at constituent interfaith congregations including:
  • The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
  • Ohavi Zedek Synagogue
  • The Unitarian Universalist Society
  • College Street Congregational Church
  • The First Congregational Church of Essex Junction

And now, here we are in this wonderful interfaith space with a lively interfaith planning group leading the way. Please join us and support us as we increase our diversity in both race and faith.

Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
Morning Prayer to Resume Gathering In Person September 7
After more than a year of gathering online, (and a brief interlude of in-person, outdoor worship), the clergy and staff of the Cathedral are pleased to be able to offer Morning Prayer in person and indoors at the Cathedral again.

Worship will take place Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Nave and will continue to be offered online via Zoom and Facebook live for those who wish to participate virtually. We are so grateful for the many ways that Morning Prayer has continued to be meaningful for those who were engaged and committed during the past year-plus. It will be a blessing to be in spiritual community in body as well as in spirit going forward.

All are welcome. Parking passes will be available to those who wish to participate in person who do not have a hang-tag. Use the links here or on our website to join us via Zoom or Facebook Live.
Cathedral Community Cluster Renamed Welcome Ministry
St. Paul's amazing Community Cluster has renamed themselves as the Welcome Ministry.

From Chairperson Penny Pillsbury: Our group felt that "Welcome Ministry" more accurately describes what we are called to do at St Paul’s. Yes, welcome creates community, but we truly feel that creating a hospitable environment is a ministry much like preaching, teaching, singing, etc., so we wanted that reflected in our name. It is our work and the work of the parish that includes parishioners. Your ideas on creating a Cathedral that welcomes all and sundry will be welcome. Hospitality is one of Christianity’s highest callings and part of our core ministry as God's beloved. 

Feel called to participate? Reach out to Penny at
This Sunday: St. Paul's Participates in Annual Pride Parade
On Sunday, September 5, St. Paul's marchers will leave from the Cathedral to carry our banner to the parade start at the Hood parking lot on King Street between Church and Winooski.

We'll gather after the 10:00 a.m. service and walk down to the parade start - you may also meet us at the Hood parking lot by noon. The parade begins at 12:30 p.m., and organizers are requiring that all participants be masked. All are welcome to join us.

For more information about the parade, or other activities associated with Pride week, visit the Vermont Pride center website here.
Cathedral-Wide Online Social Justice Event: Justice and Equity, The Burlington Police Commission's Anti-Racist Work
St. Paul’s Social Justice Committee invites you to an informative and exciting online event, taking place Wednesday, September 8, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. online. Stephanie Seguino, Ph.D, a professor of Economics at UVM, is a current member of the Burlington Police Commission. At the local level, several years ago, she began working as a faculty advisor to Uncommon Alliance, a group comprised of members of the community of color and the area police departments. This group formed after community members raised concerns about racial profiling by law enforcement. Since that time, with Nancy Brooks (former St Paul's member), she has conducted studies of Vermont’s traffic stop data to identify and understand racial disparities in Vermont policing, and some of those studies are listed below. Stephanie will talk with us about the role of the Police Commission in efforts to make Burlington's policing and public safety more just and equitable.
Link to Zoom Presentation:
Adult Confirmation Class to Begin this Fall
St. Paul's offers confirmation preparation for adults who desire to make a public commitment to Jesus Christ and to the Episcopal Church. This fall, we will offer an adult confirmation class, which includes basic instruction on Church history, the Book of Common Prayer, the sacraments, Scripture, church doctrine, spirituality, and church polity.

Classes will meet on the second Wednesday of each month beginning October 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to prepare adults from any background to take the next step in their Christian lives. We will read, pray, study, and reflect on our faith journeys as we explore the basics of the Christian faith and the Episcopal church. 

Participation in the class does not obligate students to be confirmed. Those participants who want to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church will make their commitments at the Easter Vigil. Anyone interested in confirmation should reach out to the Dean.
Sign Up for Church School!
Hello St. Paul’s,

I hope everyone is adjusting to the new normal of the school year.

I am writing to remind folks that we would love to know if you are going to be participating in Sunday School this year. There is added complexity with masking and social distancing for children and adults, so to be able to plan is helpful. We are excited to kick-off the year safely and thoughtfully.

This year, the curriculum is designed to guide children to explore their relationship with God, and how that relationship plays out through family and in the community.

In September, our focus will be on what we learn in Sunday School, our families, and our community. In October we are going to meet (through zoom) Ann Dapice an elder in the Cherokee and Lenape tribes. We are going to make medicine wheels and talk about blessings. Along with blessings, we will talk about prayer.

There is an outline for most of the year that includes finding our voices, gratitude, giving, caring for creation, caring for ourselves and others, having courage, experiencing sadness, being afraid, forgiveness, and celebration. Some heady stuff for young people, but important conversations to have with children so they feel connected to the people around them and to God.

As folks are reading this – if you are curious about these conversations – especially through the eyes of children – please consider volunteering to help in the classroom. I will be doing the planning, teaching, and classroom management - but I will need folks to help “be” with the children. Some children may need help adjusting to the classroom or want a comforting big person to sit nearby. If you might be interested, please let me know and we can discuss your needs and interests and how they may be met by volunteering in the Sunday School Classroom.

Please contact me via email at to sign-up children or to volunteer. I look forward to hearing from you.

Katie Gonyaw
Children's Formation Coordinator
The Installation of Dean and Rector Greta Getlein
Mark your calendars: On Saturday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to join the Cathedral Church of St. Paul as we celebrate new life and ministry with the installation of the Very Reverend Greta Getlein as our Dean and Rector. This festive service does not occur often and is an opportunity for us to celebrate the gift of Greta's leadership and guidance.
Upcoming Worship Schedule
Sunday services are in person and live streamed on the Cathedral YouTube Channel.

Sunday, September 5, Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.
Labor Day Weekend
View or download the order of worship here.

Sunday, September 12, Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.
Startup Sunday! Adult and Youth Choirs Resume

Sunday, September 19, Holy Eucharist, 9:00 a.m., In Person only
Holy Eucharist 11:00 a.m., In Person and Live Streamed
Two service schedule begins
Church School begins at 10:10

Other Regular Services
Weekday services are held virtually via Zoom or Facebook Live.

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.
Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Lay Ministry Corner - Greeters
One of the ways in which we show Radical Welcome to all who come among us, is to greet them in the name of Jesus Christ! This Fall we are launching a new ministry of Greeting. Coordinated by the Welcome Ministry Team, greeters will do just that - greet folks who come in and show them the love that is here in abundance. We would love to have at least one Greeter at each service.

If this is a ministry that calls to you, please contact Penny Pillsbury (

Be the welcoming face of Jesus to all who enter!
Children's Corner
This Sunday is the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost. 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.

Church School resumes Sunday, September 19! 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, September 5, 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.
For Our Prayers This Week
We pray for blessings and joy for those who celebrate birthdays this week: Adam Skiff, Erin Kranichfeld, Marley Skiff.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Dale; Jean Anderson; Molly Comeau, who is being treated for breast cancer; Cole; Nancy Johnson; Andrew Rhiannon; Kit Roberts; Ella Baskett; Dorothea and Naa Aku Viens; Mary Magot; Michael Hill; Jean Erno; Bill Metcalfe; Chuck; Ted Braun; Jackie; Michael Fernandez; Lillian Robinson; Stewart McHenry; Emily Harwood; Peter Adams; Sarah Urang; Elizabeth Webster; Danielle O'Hallisey; 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.

Let us pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died: Joyce Clark, Jonna Libbert.
We pray for those who are in the discernment process: Susan McMillan; Kenzo An; and for our seminarian, Bram Kranichfeld.
Quote of the Week

"There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither."

--Alan Cohen
Lessons for September 5 The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 18
Collect of the Day
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Community News & Events
Unlocking God's Grace & Hope: An Evangelism Conference
Greetings from St. Mary’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Wilmington, VT!
In these uncertain times -- as we wonder about what it means to be a follower of Christ, and how to bear the Good News in an anxious and divided society – we are called to turn wonder into new life in Christ’s body.
You are invited to Unlocking God’s Grace & Hope, a Zoom and in-person conference hosted Sept. 24 to 26 by St Mary’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church in Wilmington, VT, located in the scenic Green Mountains, between Bennington and Brattleboro, near the Massachusetts border.
Some of the most imaginative and dynamic ministers in the Episcopal Church will help us share our faith, loosen our fears about new ways of being a church, and help us explore new ways of looking at ministry through music.
The conference opens on Friday evening, Sept. 24, with Evening Prayer led by our Conference Chaplain, The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, Canon to the Ordinary for Cultural Transformation in the Diocese of Vermont.
Saturday, Sept. 25, is filled with workshops and talks designed to stir the movement of the Holy Spirit in us and among us. Please see the attached brochure for details on the workshops and our stellar lineup of speakers and facilitators.
We close in Eucharistic celebration on Sunday morning, Sept. 26, led by our Episcopal Patron, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of Vermont.
For more conference details and to register ($35 in person, $20 on Zoom), visit our website at, which includes the options of secure online payment through the Diocese of Vermont.

Anyone from St. Paul's who is interested in participating should email the office at We would like to organize a watch party on Saturday, September 25 at the Cathedral. Scholarships are available for those for whom the cost presents a challenge.
Vermont Interfaith Action Hosts COVID-19 Memorial Service
On September 19 at 3 p.m., Vermont Interfaith Action will host a COVID-19 memorial service on the Vermont Statehouse lawn. The service will include a reading of the names of Vermonters who have died of COVID-19.
For more information, join the Facebook event page or contact Debbie Ingram via email or at 802-651-8889.
Diocesan Convention: Registration Now Open
This year, diocesan convention will be held in two parts:
  • The business portion of diocesan convention will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, November 4 beginning at 6 p.m.

  • Local health conditions permitting, the bishop's address, worship, and other programming will take place in person on Saturday, November 6 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington. Watch future issues of the Mountain for more information about the agenda and starting time.
This new model for convention is designed to ensure that delegates can complete the annual business of convention regardless of local health conditions and pandemic restrictions that may be in place in November. Both the online convention business session and the in-person programs will be broadcast live online.
Register Online
Online registration is now open. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 15.
If you are a delegate and unable to attend convention, it is your responsibility to notify the diocesan office of the change.
Pre-Convention Hearing: October 28 at 6 p.m. on Zoom
A pre-convention hearing will be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 28 at 6 p.m. Watch for additional details in future newsletters.
Business Session: November 4 at 6 p.m. on Zoom
The business session will take place online via Zoom on Thursday, November 4 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. In order to participate in the business session of convention, delegates will need a dependable internet connection and access to Zoom (see technical requirements). Clergy or delegates who anticipate connectivity or technological challenges that might make it difficult to participate in convention from home are asked to email The business session will be broadcast online for viewing by the general public.
In-Person Gathering: November 6 at the Cathedral of St. Paul
Local health conditions permitting, the in-person portion of convention will take place on Saturday, November 6 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington. Hotel accommodations will be available. Watch future editions of The Mountain for more information.
Watch future issues of The Mountain for a listing of open diocesan leadership positions and a link to submit nominations.
Submit Resolutions to Convention by September 24
Find on the website:
Pre-Convention Journal Reports Due September 15
Each year, the bishop's staff creates a pre-convention journal to inform the people of the diocese and convention delegates about the work of the diocese and its leadership bodies and institutions. Diocesan officers and the leaders of diocesan committees, commissions and institutions have received an email from Pamela Van de Graaf with instructions for submitting their reports by September 15.
Watch the diocesan website for convention updates.
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