Sister Pat McKittrick Receives Award

Sister Pat McKittrick Receives Award

A Lifetime Devoted to Improving Our Communities
By Eleanor J. Osborne

  Sister Pat McKittrick believes that true well being extends beyond hospital walls. Her work in the Health Ministries Program – apart of Community Health Improvement – is in many respects a precursor to the concepts behind population health, and unquestionably an invaluable source of support for many in our communities.
  Sister Pat started the Health Ministries/Faith in Action Program in 1994. Her work, which has taken on many forms over the years, is focused on improving people’s physical, social, emotional, spiritual and psychological health by strengthening existing community partnerships and making them self-sustaining, both in Winooski and surrounding areas.
  Much of that work has been carried out by what is now called the Winooski Peace Initiative, a group of organizations including UVM Medical Center departments, local churches, businesses, schools, other city agencies and more to work together to make improvements in the lives of our community  members. Work made possible by this group includes:
  • Ensuring that people have access to healthy foods through programs like the Summer Lunch and Activity Program, which provides food and activities for school children whose families might not otherwise be able to afford them
  • Raising awareness of diversity and cultural issues in Winooski schools and the community through programs that include sponsoring the reading and sharing inspirational books in our schools
  • Promoting safety and non-violence through programs like a free self-defense class for women; and establishment of a multi-disciplinary committee to address education and awareness around the subject of vulnerable adults, some of whom may be victims of abuse Sister Pat says she comes by this work naturally through a blend of nature and nurture: raised in Jersey City, her father was social justice-minded, and she saw in her neighborhood plenty of people who had less. Trough her training as a nurse, then joining a convent in Montreal, she traveled to places around the world where, again, she gained a perspective on what it means to “have” – and “have not.”
  “That perspective has fueled my work,” she says. “I’ve seen firsthand how, even though there’s a scale of 1-12, not everything is a 12. But we have to come together to do something when the scale starts tipping towards a 12.”
  She’s always looking for ways to be creative in addressing the needs of our community. She serves
on the Board of the Winooski Food Shelf.
  She has been involved in implementing innovative programs like “soul collage,” an exercise in which
individuals can post images that they find meaningful to share as they feel comfortable.
  “It helps people forget the problems of everyday life,” she says, “and reconnects us all to what’s important.”
  And for Sister Pat, what’s most important is our community.
  “That’s what drives everything,” she says. “How can we come together as a community to be our best? 

Sister Pat McKittrick Receives Women’s Center’s 2019 Outstanding Social Justice Activist Award!
Outstanding Social Justice Activist Award in recognition of her lifetime devoted to serving the undeserved, and the many programs aimed at ending oppression which she has helped bring to fruition.
  Every year, the Women’s Center hosts the Women’s Award Banquet. This celebration is an opportunity to recognize the contributions and activism of those in our community working to dismantle systems of oppression.
  This award is given to a person who has worked in antisexist endeavors and who has drawn connections between various communities to end multiple forms of oppression.  This award recognizes that various forms of oppression (e.g. sexism, ableism, racism, classism, heterosexism, religious discrimination) are connected and support one another. Tis year’s Awards Banquet was held on Tuesday, March 19th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Silver Maple Ballroom at the Davis Center.
Congratulations and THANK YOU, Sister Pat, for all you do to make our community a better place.

Make A Difference – Bethany Christian Services Fundraiser

Make A Difference – Bethany Christian Services Fundraiser

Saturday, April 27, 2019 
6:00 – 9:00 pm 

Hampton Inn Colchester 
42 Lower Mountain View Dr 
Colchester, VT

Children need to know that they are safe and loved. This is the basic foundation on which their lives are built. Without this foundation, children struggle with core issues, including identity and trust. Early on, children learn to see the world as either a threatening place or a place of opportunity. Carrying this lens into adulthood, it shapes how they see their place in the world. Our goal at Bethany is to give all children a safe, loving family
— a foundation on which they can build the rest of their lives.

Reception begins at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner is complimentary, and reservations are required. Guests will have an opportunity to financially support Bethany’s ministry.

Please RSVP by April 15, 2019 to
Rebekah DePinto <rdepinto@bethany.org>

Daily Lenten Reflections

Daily Lenten Reflections

The 40 days of Lent gives us an opportunity to turn our hearts back towards God and offers us a chance to reflect on our lives and renew our commitment to God through prayer.

So we invite you to pray with us these…

Daily Lenten Reflections 

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the Sunday Worshiping Community at St. Michael’s College have written reflections based on the daily liturgical readings in Lent. We encourage those who are interested to go to our blog to read the dailyreflections or request a printed booklet by emailing Laurie Sabens at lsabens@smcvt.edu. To read a reflection online, simply go to the Daily Lenten Reflections blog site.  You can choose to follow the blog to receive daily notices when new posts appear.

Bible Walk & Holy Land Pilgrimage

Bible Walk & Holy Land Pilgrimage

Bible Walk invites you to participate in an unforgettable spiritual, archeological journey in the footsteps of Jesus from July 10-22, 2019. Bible Walk is an ecumenical pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Israel and Palestine) and Petra (Jordan) exploring the path and ministry of Jesus and enabling you to personally experience the region, settings and sites where Jesus lived and traveled during his ministry. Bible Walk is more than a tour, it is a faith journey incorporating Bible study, sacred space, worship, spiritual reflection, meditation and archeological discoveries related to important places and events mentioned in scripture allowing participants to feel more intimately connected to their faith. The cost is $4,235 (from JFK Airport). The deposit deadline is March 15, 2019. For more information and registration, log onto the following site: 
https://www.lionsgatetravel.com/holyland-jordan-tour-785697.html

January is national slavery and human trafficking prevention month

Small and rural states are not immune from human trafficking. This crime occurs within Vermont as well as beyond our borders.

Did that headline get your attention? Maybe you already are feeling uncomfortable about whether you will read this item. Please do keep reading.

The reality is that we may all unconsciously be connected to human trafficking or enslavement.

Human trafficking is recognized by the United Nations as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining a person for exploitation through labor, services or a commercial sex act by force, fraud or coercion.” This crime is a human rights issue, public health issue, and child abuse issue when minors are victimized.

Think of the clothes you buy, and the countries where they are made. Think of the fish you eat. Are workers paid a fair wage – or does your bargain item come to you via the cost of enslaved labor?

Who provides your manicure or your massage? Could enslaved or trafficked workers be on the cleaning or hospitality staff where you are vacationing? How would you know?

Then there is the local opioid crisis – people with opioid use disorder, as well as people addicted to other substances, are particularly vulnerable to being forced, frauded or coerced into doing things they do not want to do, including commercial sex work, for the perpetrators’ profit.

A multi-disciplinary approach is needed to support victims and reduce the occurrence of the crime. The State of Vermont utilized some of the Victims of Crime Act federal funds to create and maintain a statewide human trafficking case manager position which is housed at the South Burlington Police Department. Due to its success, a second position is being added and based at the Rutland Police Department. The state also received $1.2 million dollar federal grant to greatly enhance its Human Trafficking Task Force.

So what can you do? Consider ways to increase your knowledge and awareness – first steps count! People in helping professions, such as teachers, social workers, faith community staff and nurses may be able to play a direct role, but we all should be aware of what we can do to eradicate this crime.

Give Way to Freedom, an Essex-based private operating foundation who provides training, outreach and direct services to potential victims, and which awards grants for domestic and international projects, is partnering with Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (an organization of leading women educators) to sponsor a community-wide informational session and panel on Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St. Panelists will include a law enforcement officer, advocates, a medical professional, social worker and researcher.

Continuing education credits can be arranged for those who would like them.

Questions and RSVP for the Jan. 10 event direct to edevent4@gmail.com.

Jan E. Hughes is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma organization. She is a retired educator and librarian with Vermont schools and lives in South Burlington.

For more information please contact Sr. Pat McKittrick at 8476534 or pat.mckittrick@uvmhealth.org

Original publication of this article can be found at – https://www.otherpapersbvt.com/opinion/opinion_columns/january-is-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevention-month/article_c84a4e66-0e2b-11e9-a1f1-7f82862743bb.html

Prayer Service and Potluck

Prayer Service and Potluck

ALL INVITED
JANUARY 20, 2019 – 4-7PM

Join us in celebrating Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019. Our annual Prayer Service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne VT and will be followed by a casual networking potluck dinner in the parish hall.  Everyone is invited, but we encourage people to bring something to share. So we can make sure we have enough food, please sign-up online to bring a dish (https://vecncc.org/2019-prayer-service-potluck-dinner/) or email us at info@vecncc.org with an RSVP and/or any questions you have.  If you are an ordained Pastor and would like to participate in helping lead the prayer service, please email us your contact info and we’ll follow up with you.  More information available at https://vecncc.org/2019-prayer-service-potluck-dinner/

Urgent Need

Dear Fellow Christ-Followers,

My name is Marcus, I am the Director of Development at The Fold Inc. We are a non-profit organization (residential program) that has served at-risk teens and families in Vermont for over 50 years. We have a boy’s home and girl’s home, as well as an accredited school on campus to help teens between the ages of 13-17 years old achieve academic goals and even career planning.

Over this past weekend, we experienced a frozen pipe burst in our boy’s home. This incurred damage to plumbing, ceiling, and furniture.

I am emailing you to ask for your consideration for a donation Should you be inclined to donate.

Check out our link.

https://www.classy.org/campaign/Year-Endthefold2018/c209129

Federal ID Number: 03-0221341.

If you would like to contact me, please find my information below.

Sincerely,

Marcus Neabar

Director of Development

The Fold

Cell: 203-814-5048

https://thefoldfamily.com

 

A GREAT GATHERING OF MINISTRIES

The Vermont Ecumenical Council’s first attempt of bringing people and organizations together at this year’s VT Christian Ministry Fair was a great success!  Dozen’s of Christian Ministries gathered on Saturday afternoon October 20, 2018 at North Avenue Alliance Church to share in a day of prayer, worship, ministry presentations and a common passion to serve those in need!

LOVE OF CREATION – A Concert for Peace

LOVE OF CREATION – A Concert for Peace

~ LOVE OF CREATION ~
A CONCERT FOR PEACE

October 28, 2018, 2 p.m.
JUDI BYRON, HARP & DRUM
CAROL A. FOURNIER, CHANT & CHIMES REBECCA VICKERY, VOCALS

ENGAGE YOUR HEART IN PEACE!

Enjoy the sounds and silence – of harp, chimes, drum and sacred music, as you contemplate the beauty of nature and the Mystery of Creation! Renew your spirit and reflect on your call to cultivate and tend our beautiful earth as you sow seeds of new possibility for peace!

Judi is a harpist, teacher and therapeutic harp practitioner and professional musician in healing, community and liturgical settings. Visit www.jubalharp.com for more info.

Carol is a spiritual director, counselor and founder of the Silver Dove Institute (www.silverdoveinstitute.org) creating forums for spiritual and faith enrichment, creativity & contemplation that foster inner peace and understanding!

Rebecca is a mother of four and leads local worship services. She is a singer/songwriter who also plays soprano saxophone, guitar and piano. She is an artistic member of the Vermont Chamber Artists.

FREE WILL DONATION TO BENEFIT LOCAL NON PROFITS!

Be Inspired by Sacred Music & Meditations
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Savor the beauty of creation before and after the concert at Bishop Booth Conference Center
20 Rock Point Rd., Burlington, VT www.rockpointvt.org
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A Creation of Jubal Harp & Silver Dove Institute www.silverdoveinstitute.org

For more information email us at
info@silverdoveinstitute.org 802-865-2600

Christian Ministry Fair Fast Approaching

Christian Ministry Fair Fast Approaching

We wanted to share with you that our first Christian Ministry Fair is shaping up very nicely with dozens of Christian Organizations, Ministries, and Churches joining us for the day – this event will be a true collaboration of The Church here in Vermont!

THERE IS STILL TIME – If you represent a Christian Organization, Ministry or Church that’s interested in joining us for the day and having a table and sharing your information with the rest of us – please feel free to contact us at fair@vecncc.org or 802.233.9603.

COME AND SEE – EXPERIENCE – SHARE – For the rest of us individual Christians that want to know more about the Christian service projects in our State, or how we can reach out to the community in a unique way – come join us for the day.  Hear how others are engaging the world through their faith and how Christian Cooperation is building up The Church here in Vermont faster every day!

TIME AND PLACE — The Christian Ministry Fair registration will be available starting at 12:30pm with the event beginning at 1pm on Saturday October 20th, 2018 at North Avenue Alliance Church, 901 North Ave, Burlington, VT.  Fair will end around 3:30pm.

FREE CONCERT — For all those attending the Christian Ministry Fair, you will be GRACED with a FREE Christian concert featuring Elias Dummer of City Harmonic, Dwelling, and Erik Michael at 4PM.  More information about the concert can be found at http://www.vtchristianmusic.com/elias-dummer

PLEASE JOIN US BY VISITING OUR WEBSITE – https://vecncc.org/ministry-fair/