CALENDAR

Feb
21
Fri
2020
Re-Reading My Life in the Light of the Gospel @ VT
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm

Retreat for all ages in the Carmelite tradition with teaching by Fr. Michel Vigneau, Trinitarian; teaching given in French with simultaneous English translation.

Unspoken Live @ North Avenue Alliance Church
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Unspoken (with songs Reason, Higher, Start a Fire) returns to VT after 5 years with openers Apollo LTD & Dave Pettigrew. An amazing night of Christian Music not to be missed. Tickets starting at $25/ea. More information available at https://vtchristianmusic.com.

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Williston Men’s Spiritual Talk “What Is Humility”
Feb 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

All men are invited to a Spiritual Development Workshop titled ” What Is Humility” presented by Anthony Rosselli. Registration begins at 7:45 AM. Workshop will be held 8:15- 10:30AM. Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, Williston. Light refreshments will be available. Bring a friend or two. A great preparation for Lent. Contact Bill Rensch at 802- 872-8063 or goodrenschvt@gmail.com

Marriage Preparation Retreat Day – Bennington @ VT
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Marriage Preparation Retreat Day

A one-day Retreat for Engaged Couples
Come take a break from wedding preparation and spend time in prayer, sharing and fellowship with your fiance and other engaged couples
Lunch and materials will be provided – prior Registration is required
 

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Please Note:  There is no cost for this retreat
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, Bennington
10:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
(Retreat concludes with 4:30 P.M. Vigil Mass)

Feb
23
Sun
2020
Messe en français at St. Joseph Cathedral, Burlington @ VT
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Mass and homily in French celebrated by Fr. Lance W. Harlow, Rector of the Cathedral. Music is animated by the French-speaking African community. Open to everybody. Students: Ask your French teachers for extra-credit for attending the Mass.

Feb
24
Mon
2020
Wisdom Practice Circles hosted by Rock Point Intentional Community
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

RPIC Wisdom Practice Circles

Semi-Monthly Meetings
7 to 9 PM First Thursdays
5 to 7 PM Fourth Mondays

20 Rock Point Road
Butterfield Bldg
Bishop Booth Conference Center

Welcome and Introductions

Explorations of Wisdom Practices
as envisioned by Cynthia Bouregeault in Wisdom Way of Knowing

Sacred Chanting

Centering Contemplative Prayer

Body-Movement Meditation

Lectio Divina

Closing

Feb
25
Tue
2020
Vermont District Clergy PreLenten Gathering
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Vermont District clergy should plan to attend the Pre-Lenten Gathering on Tuesday, February 25: Gathering & Opening Worship – 9:00 a.m. Instruction – 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch – 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  Instruction & Closing Worship – 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.   Lunch provided. $10 donation requested.   .5 CEU for those who attend the whole event. The same event will be hosted by the New Hampshire District on Monday, Feb. 24.   To register, click on Register or contact the Vermont District Office. Please register by February 10 so that materials can be provided for all in attendance.   Please alert the Vermont District Office of your childcare and dietary needs. (vmtdistrict@neumc.org or 802.485.4724) Soul Shop The Soul Shop™ Movement exists due to the need of desperately hurting people to be heard, noticed, and seen within their faith communities. Soul Shop™ provides training and support to faith community leaders. At any given time, 1 in 17 adults (according to Living Works) and 1 in 6 youth…

Feb
27
Thu
2020
Surviving Divorce
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Surviving Divorce is a divorce support group based on the teachings of the Catholic Church that will help bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. The next 12-week series will be starting on February 20, 6:30-8:00 pm at St. Peter Church in Vergennes. Each session contains video presentations and group discussion that will answer questions, restore hope and begin authentic healing. This program is open to the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. Contact 877-6585 for information and registration.

Feb
28
Fri
2020
Stations and Soup @ VT
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

On Fridays during Lent, we will pray the Stations of the Cross. Stations will be followed by Soup, prepared by different groups in the parish, and served at St. Brigid’s Kitchen.

Feb
29
Sat
2020
MBH Vital Conversations: Racism and the U.S. Church
Feb 29 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

Vital Conversations: Racism and the U.S. Church The Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR)  is beginning a series of trainings for clergy on how to have “Vital Conversations” about race and racism in their congregations. BOOM has approved 0.5 CEU’s for this training. Read more about this training   All District Clergy are required to attend  More info to come!

Mar
3
Tue
2020
Cabinet
Mar 3 – Mar 5 all-day
Mar
4
Wed
2020
Connection for Change: community supported addiction recover
Mar 4 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Connections for Change will be meeting March 4 from 6:15-8:00 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in downtown Barre.

If you have questions about opioid use in our area, are worried about a friend or relative, or are in recovery yourself, please join us. We’ll be serving dinner and then afterwards there will be plenty of time to chat with service providers from our area in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Our address is 39 Washington Street, and for more information, contact us at 476-3929, or on Facebook at Connections for Change VT.

Mar
5
Thu
2020
Wisdom Practice Circles hosted by Rock Point Intentional Community
Mar 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

RPIC Wisdom Practice Circles

Semi-Monthly Meetings
7 to 9 PM First Thursdays
5 to 7 PM Fourth Mondays

20 Rock Point Road
Butterfield Bldg
Bishop Booth Conference Center

Welcome and Introductions

Explorations of Wisdom Practices
as envisioned by Cynthia Bouregeault in Wisdom Way of Knowing

Sacred Chanting

Centering Contemplative Prayer

Body-Movement Meditation

Lectio Divina

Closing

Mar
6
Fri
2020
First Twelve Training
Mar 6 @ 12:00 am – Mar 7 @ 11:00 pm

First UMC, 8 Lee Rd., Lincoln, ME When:  March 6-7, 2020 Cost:  $59 per participant  Schedule: March 6     1 p.m.. – 8 p.m.  March 7    8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     

Mar
7
Sat
2020
Open Spirit Task Force Informational Meeting – Vermont
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The New England Delegation to the 2020 General Conference and the Open Spirit Task Force* (OSTF) have been moving forward with their work and will be holding information sessions in each district. At this gathering facilitators from the OSTF and delegation will share the options that will be presented at the Annual Conference in June 2020 and provide educational materials that will help facilitate congregational conversations about these options.  Please contact Evie in the Vermont District Office (vmtdistrict@neumc.org or 802.485.4724) by February 28, if you plan to attend. * What is the Open Spirit Task Force? The New England Annual Conference mandate to the Open Spirit Task Force is “to examine whether and how United Methodists of New England might align with, create, or form a new church body in the Methodist tradition (independently or in collaboration with others).” Read more about OSTF work so far here.  

Mar
12
Thu
2020
Engaging the Enneagram as Wisdom Practice (with Jeanine Siler Jones)
Mar 12 – Mar 15 all-day

Engaging the Enneagram as Wisdom Practice
Jeanine Siler Jones
in collaboration with the Rock Point Wisdom Community

Know your conditioning so your heart can be a more faithful instrument.
~Cynthia Bourgeault

Thursday March 12 ~ Sunday March 15, 2020
Rock Point Retreat Center, Burlington, Vermont

Join us! For a practical engagement of the Wisdom lineage through the lens of the Enneagram. How can this map illuminate our habitual patterns so that we might soften our identification? How might it guide us in tracking all three centers of knowing so that we bring more of ourselves into Presence? How might we surrender more fully our attachments and habits as we shift the quality of our attention?

As we explore the potential of a more authentic and immediate relationship with life and the Divine, we will follow a Wisdom School rhythm with meditation, chant, Lectio Divina, movement and mindful work. Engaging somatic and attention practices and the Wisdom roots of the Enneagram, we will track what jams the signals around our hearts. Together we will create a walking Enneagram and let this ancient symbol teach us.

For questions and to register please contact Craig at 802-863-3431or at csmith@diovermont.org.

Cost: $420 single room; $330 shared; $250 commuter with limited scholarships available. Learn more about Rock Point at www.rockpointvt.org.

Jeanine Siler Jones, LCSW, is a therapist at www.silerjonescounseling.com in Asheville, North Carolina, has been an Enneagram teacher for 15 years and is a primary igniter of Wisdom School Southeast in the lineage of Cynthia Bourgeault. She has a Certificate in Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is trained as a Wisdom infused Spiritual Director from Moravian Theological Seminary. Read more about her in Growing! Seedlings at northeastwisdom.org.

Mar
13
Fri
2020
Vermont Care Partners Annual Health Equity Conference
Mar 13 all-day

VT Care Partners Invites Faith Communities to Annual Health Equity Conference, March 13

BURLINGTON, VT – Vermont Care Partners (VCP) will be hosting an annual health equity event on March 13 at the University of Vermont Davis Center in Burlington. VCP is a trade organization and advocacy group that supports 16 designated and special service agencies in Vermont for individuals with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For the past the years, the VCP conference has addressed the need to promote health equity and cultural and linguistic competence among providers and community members. Last year nearly 400 people gathered to hear speakers from around country and expand their network. This year’s event is geared toward the following goals:

Expanding participant knowledge and understanding of the impact of racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and cultural blindness on health equity and cultural competence
Promoting innovative practices and approaches that increase the inclusion of all people in the broader healthcare system
Increasing participant knowledge of peer-driven programs and approaches that promote inclusion
Expanding participant understanding of community members and organizations that also promote health equity and wellness
Increasing participant knowledge about the intersection between the policy initiatives and community practices that promote inclusion and cultural competence

To address the role of faith based organizations in the promotion of health equity, VCP has invited Sydney Hankerson, MD, from Columbia University to lead a three-hour workshop on working collaboratively with faith organizations and leaders to promote equitable access to care. Additionally, Vivian Jackson, PhD, from Georgetown will deliver a keynote address and lead a workshop on cultural and linguistic competency. Maria Mercedes Avila, PhD, will moderate a panel discussion and film screening about cultural and linguistic competence.

Learn more and register at https://vermontcarepartners.org/2020conference/.

Rock Point Intentional Community Eucharist
Mar 13 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Mar
17
Tue
2020
Cabinet
Mar 17 – Mar 19 all-day
Mar
18
Wed
2020
St. Mark’s Newport Offers Monthly Celtic Evensong
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

St. Mark’s Newport Offers Monthly Celtic Evensong

NEWPORT, VT – All are welcome to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 44 2nd St, Newport, VT, every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM for a Celtic Evensong service. Celtic Evensong is a quiet, candlelit, reflective service, with music, and readings. Visit the St. Mark’s website http://www.saintmarksnewport.com for more information.