Regional Networking Luncheons

Regional Networking Luncheons

The VECNCC would like to invite you to one of our regional networking luncheons scheduled for October 24-25, 2019. 

The VECNCC is a diverse network of Christians in Vermont working together to serve the common good through public worship and prayer; acts of mercy and care; and loving prophetic witness for peace, justice, and the integrity of creation.  We are the largest network of Christians in the state.

We feel that the Vermont Ecumenical Council’s focus this coming year should be helping establish regional Christian networks, starting a line of communication in these areas if one doesn’t exist, and supporting these regional networks from our state-wide partnerships.

On Thursday October 24, 2019 individuals, Pastors, Church and Christian Ministry Representatives and the like will gather to share a free meal and discussion at Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne VT from 12-2pm.

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On Friday October 25, 2019 individuals, Pastors, Church and Christian Ministry Representatives and the like will gather to share a free meal and discussion at the Springfield Vermont Family Center, 365 Summer St. #333, Springfield VT from 11am-1pm.

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Each regional meeting will host only the first 20 persons that register for either location, so we ask you check your calendar and RSVP as soon as possible online at www.vecncc.org.

 

 

Racism in America & Why We Should Care: What Is Vermont Doing to Combat Racism? Sept. 19

Racism in America & Why We Should Care: What Is Vermont Doing to Combat Racism? Sept. 19

How far have we come as Americans in fighting racism? In the “Racism in America & Why We Should Care” forum series, we wish to create a safe space where we can speak openly and honestly as people of good intent who seek the best for each other and our nation as we confront the racial divisions of our past and present with the hope of reconciliation.

Each forum is a potluck gathering where we invite you to share a dish along with your thoughts.

First Meeting and Topic:

What Is Vermont Doing to Combat Racism?

State Senator Debbie Ingram (Chittenden County)
State Attorney General TJ Donovan
Major Ingrid Jonas, Vermont State Police

Recommended Reading: Act 54

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
273 Vermont Route 15, Jericho, Vermont

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Demonstration at Smith and Wesson Headquarters to End Gun Violence, September 13

An Invitation from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

Teens! People of Faith! Everyone!
Tired of Gun Violence? So are we! JOIN US!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Headquarters of Smith and Wesson
2100 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield, MA

Enough is enough!

We are asking gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson to be an industry leader in solving the scourge of gun violence in our cities and communities.

Questions or info: bpeace@ssypboston.org

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Faith Unleashed: Women’s Retreat at Rock Point November 15-16, 2019 – Registration Now Open!

Faith Unleashed: Women’s Retreat at Rock Point November 15-16, 2019 – Registration Now Open!

Faith Unleashed: Women’s Retreat
Friday, November 15 – Saturday, November 16, 2019
Rock Point Center, Burlington, VT

4:00 p.m. Friday, Sign-in begins
6:00 p.m. Friday, Dinner
5:00 p.m. Saturday, Retreat ends with Holy Communion

Please join us for a delightful weekend in God’s Word!

All Registrations require a $50 non-refundable deposit.

Early Bird Registration (before 10/25/19) subtract $30 from price listed below.

Registration Rates after 10/25/10:  1 Room – $170; Shared Room – $140; Commuter (No room) – $95

Click here for the event flyer and registration form.


Beth Greer and Pat Hobbs (pictured above) will come together to lead us in our women’s retreat, not only in the teaching of God’s Word, but in worship and songs of praise. They are Christian speakers and have participated in international missions for many years. Beth also has an incredible singing voice and leads in worship and praise wherever she goes. Both Pat and Beth love the Lord Jesus deeply and love teaching from God’s Word – delivering messages of love, hope, and victory! If you have any questions, please contact Darcy Jewett at 802-985-2067 or darcyjewett@aol.com.

Colchester Priest to Lead CDSP Continuing Education Opportunity

Colchester Priest to Lead CDSP Continuing Education Opportunity

Church Divinty School of the Pacific (CDSP) is now accepting registrations for The Way of Jesus: Toward Christological Liturgy, September 16 – November 4, 2019. The course instructor will be the Rev. Dr. Robert K. Leopold, interim priest at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Colchester.

From the CDSP Website:

This course will help students examine their own personal and corporate spiritual and liturgical practices and the ways in which they are connected to the life, ministry and teaching of Jesus. Southside Abbey a non-traditional church in the Episcopal tradition co-founded by the instructor, will be used as a case study.

The Rev. Dr. Leopold has served in many, varied contexts. At a resource-sized parish with an endowment he was integral in building one of the largest young adult groups in the Episcopal Church. In the gritty south side neighborhoods of Chattanooga, he and a team started Southside Abbey: a non-traditional church in the Episcopal tradition. He has served internationally in the Anglican Church of Canada, in Ottawa’s Chinatown. In addition, he has taught classes at Sewanee’s School of Theology on missional ministry and the changing Church. As a Fellow with Episcopal Church Foundation, he has travelled around the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada in search of missional expressions, serving as coach, cheerleader, storyteller, and convener. He currently lives in Vermont, where he serves as interim rector while he finishes a Master’s Degree in Storytelling.

VT Episcopalians Join in Solidarity, Support for Immigrants Facing Deportation

VT Episcopalians Join in Solidarity, Support for Immigrants Facing Deportation

From August 24-24, local immigration advocates – including some Vermont Episcopalians – participated in a Solidarity Bike Tour from Montpelier to the Stafford County Jail, a detention center in Dover, NH for immigrants awaiting deportation. Along the way, bikers visited designated checkpoints, including St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Norwich, where the Rev. Jennie Anderson provided prayers and blessings, as well as bicycle storage. St. Barnabas partnered with the nearby Norwich Congregational Church, which hosted a prayerful discussion about the challenges immigrants are facing.

The bike tour ended in a five mile walk to the Stafford County Jail, where additional participants joined on foot. The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Barre, and his wife Elizabeth, were among them. Click here to view cyclists’ photos from the journey aried by WCAX.

The Solidarity Bike Ride was organized by Vermont Interfaith Action. To learn about other VIA activities, and to get involved, please visit https://viavt.org/.

Interfaith CROP Hunger Walks Are Stepping Up to End Hunger in Vermont This October

Interfaith CROP Hunger Walks Are Stepping Up to End Hunger in Vermont This October

NEWS RELEASE | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Adam Smedberg and Erin Luchenbill
asmedberg@cwsglobal.orgeluchenbill@cwsglobal.org

CROP Hunger Walks – stepping up to end hunger since 1969.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the national CROP Hunger Walk movement, CROP Hunger Walks continue to raise millions of dollars each year to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger.  In each CROP Hunger Walk community, 25% of money raised comes back to local agencies. Across the country, over 1,600 local agencies receive funds from CROP Hunger Walks.

This year some 800 communities nationwide, and five here in Vermont, are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme “Stepping up to End Hunger Since 1969.”  The CROP Hunger Walk was started in 1969 by a group of energized young people in Bismarck, North Dakota who wanted to mobilize their community to fight global hunger. Today, the CROP Hunger Walk is a national movement raising funds for the global hunger-fighting work of Church World Service and local hunger-fighting agencies. Last year, over 800 events raised over $8 million dollars.

The CROP Hunger Walks taking place in Vermont this fall include:

Addison County, VT 10/6/2019 Middlebury VT
Lake Fairlee, VT 10/6/2019 Fairlee VT
Washington West, VT 10/6/2019 Waterbury VT
Burlington, VT 10/20/2019 Burlington VT
Champlain Islands, VT 10/20/2019 South Hero VT

For more information, or to find a local Walk, visit www.crophungerwalk.org.

Aspire Together’s Annual Fundraising Banquet

Aspire Together’s Annual Fundraising Banquet
On Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Expo North Bldg at CV Expo.

Doors open at 5:30, Banquet starts at 6:00.
Mary Beerworth of VT Right to Life is our keynote speaker. 
An appeal will be made.

RSVP Devon 658-8046 

The Man Who Saved the World

Think Nuclear War Can’t Happen?
Think Again.
Join us to see how close we have come, and what we can do about it.
The Man Who Saved the World
movie screenings

In honor of the UN’s International Day to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

September 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM
O’Brien Community Center,
32 Mallets Bay Ave
Winooski, VT

September 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Main Street Landing
60 Lake Street
Burlington, VT

On the night of September 26, 1983, Russian missile officer Stanislav Petrov disobeyed military protocol and probably prevented a nuclear holocaust. He says that he is not a hero. “I was just in the right place at the right time. You decide!

For a few crucial minutes on September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov held the fate of the world in his hands. It was the height of the Cold War. The Soviets had recently shot down a Korean airliner. The United States was preparing to deploy Pershing II missiles in Europe. The Soviets suspected that the United States was planning a nuclear first strike. When an alarm suddenly went off at Soviet nuclear early warning center Serpukhov-15, Stanislav was responsible for reacting to information from Soviet satellites that five American nuclear missiles were heading toward the Soviet Union. Rather than initiate a nuclear retaliation, Stanislav went against protocol, and assured his colleagues that it was a false alarm.

“The Man Who Saved the World” recreates those tense moments in 1983 when Stanislav was faced with the decision of his life. And it chronicles his spectacular journey to the United States three decades later, where he was finally acknowledged for his historic deed and found the strength to reconcile with his past. He is honored at the United Nations. And he is thanked for  his actions by celebrities including Walter Cronkite, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, and Ashton Kutcher. Shot on location in the former Soviet Union and the United States, The Man Who Saved the World shines a light on the continued risks of nuclear weapons today, and the challenge to reject nuclear weapons in order to prevent an unimaginable disaster.

A discussion will follow lead by John Reuwer, MD, of Physicians for Social Responsibility

For more information Contact
Sr. Pat: pat.mckittrick@uvmhealth.org or Mariah Riggs: mariah@mainstreetlanding.com

2019 International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. 

The Winooski Peace Initiative is planning an evening peace vigil and encourages others to plan activities as well.  Visit here for ideas: https://internationaldayofpeace.org/get-involved/     Contact us for additional ideas, help or to coordinate: patricia.sears@gmail.com