CoronaVirus Hits Home

CoronaVirus Hits Home

The CoronaVirus has hit home and many of us are now feeling the effects of closures, rescheduling, delays, postponements, and cancellations.  Our new vocabulary word this week is “Social Distancing”, there has been a crazy run on Toilet Paper, store shelves are seen bare, and we now know how long we should be washing our hands… 20 seconds!

With Governor Scott ordering the closures of Vermont Schools, Bishop Christopher Coyne suspending Mass obligations for the near future and many many other churches moving their Sunday services online, we are all left to wonder what will be next.

The Vermont Ecumenical Council: Network of Christian Cooperation has an extensive and comprehensive online calendar of Christian events happening in our state, but we are unable to keep track of all the pending cancellations.  So, we ask that you follow up with any event coordinator if you have questions.

And we leave you with a Prayer

Prayer for a Pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen.

Saint John’s Bible Events

Saint John’s Bible Events

The Saint John’s Bible

In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. Excerpts of this bible will be coming to Vermont!

The VECNCC will be hosting several events with presenter Tim Ternes to share this amazing and inspired piece of art, culture and word of God.  If you are interested in hosting an event during the week of April 20-24, 2020, please contact us at info@vecncc.org.

We invite you to explore this work of art that unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium.  More information available online at http://saintjohnsbible.org

A Celtic Pilgrimage to Ireland

A Celtic Pilgrimage to Ireland

A Celtic Pilgrimage to Ireland – September 26 – Oct 3, 2020
Hosted by Rev Kim Hardy & Rev Fred Moser

In the Fall of 2020 the Rev. Kim Hardy and the Rev. Dr. Fred Moser will lead a pilgrimage to  Ireland with their extraordinary guides. The focus will be on areas in the northwest of the  island around Counties Sligo and Donegal and in the southeast County Wicklow.

An important aspect of pilgrimage is walking where others have traveled before us on their  spiritual journeys. And so, in the company of Irish friends and scholars, we will explore  aspects of Celtic spirituality, walking on ground where luminaries of early Christianity in  these parts sought refuge as pilgrims themselves, notably Saints Columba, known in Ireland  as Colm Cille, Molaise of Leighlin, and Kevin of Glendalough.

Ireland offers a deep gift in its vastly contrasting landscapes that draw one into possibilities
for reflection. Striking contrasts of craggy hills, jagged seaside cliffs, soft beaches, deepgreen forests, and subtle light reflecting off waters and hillsides, have power to connect us  with the spirit of the Divine as apprehended in nature. Exploring such connections was one,  though not the only hallmark of the ancient Celtic church. Those who have come with us  before comment on how these journeys, with time to walk and rest, disconnect as well as  reconnect, and make new companion friends along the way, open them to God in ways not  imagined.

Please contact Fred Moser, President of the Vermont Ecumenical Council if you are interested and he will get you in touch with more details. This will be a special journey and  we hope you will consider joining us. fredmoser@trinityshelburne.org

Heart Month

Heart Month

February is Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, The Winooski Peace Initiative is proudly participating in American Heart Month. We all know someone who has heart disease.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
❖ Watch your weight.
❖ Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
❖ Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
❖ If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
❖ Get active and eat healthy.
❖ Limit your time at computers and phones.
❖ Go outside and play with your children. Teach them games that do not require technology.
Be supportive of your family and friends – suggest a walk, craft, or an outing. Did you know that the Winooski Library offers opportunities to visit museums and other places of interest? Check with the Winooski Library to see what free passes or reduced prices on passes are available.
Science is tells us that our attitudes influence our health. Read what Mayo Clinic Staff have to say, “How sharing kindness can make you healthier & happier. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/how-sharing-kindness-can-make-you-healthier-happier/art-20390060
1. In summary, the Mayo Clinic suggests:
Loving –Kindness meditation (LKM)
2. Acts of Kindness
3. Focus on Gratitude
You’ll find that while helping others, you also benefit from these small acts of kindness. May 2020 treat you kindly!
Faith Climate Action Day

Faith Climate Action Day

FAITH CLIMATE ACTION DAY

at the State House, Montpelier

February 20, 2020

Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL)

Invites You to Join with Us and Make Your

Voice Heard at the State House.

9:30 – 1:00: Training, Issues Briefing,

Press Conference, Visits with Legislators.

Your Presence Can Make a Difference!

Watch For Details at: vtipl.org/faithclimateactionday

Download a flyer to print and share: 2020 Faith Climate Action Day Flyer

2020 Vermont Climate Coalition Platform

5 Day Ignatian Retreat

The Society of St. Edmund will be conducting a 5-Day Directed Retreat in the Ignatian tradition from Sunday June 21 to Friday June 26, 2020 at St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte. Using principles from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, retreatants are invited to contemplate scripture passages in a silent environment, celebrate daily Eucharist and meet with a Spiritual Director each day. Spiritual Directors are specifically trained for this type of retreat and will serve as companions and co-discerners of the Spirit during the retreat. Applicants should be comfortable maintaining an atmosphere of silence and be able to share their prayer experience with a Spiritual Director in a daily meeting of about forty-five minutes. The retreat begins at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 and concludes with lunch on Friday, June 26. The cost is $525 per person which includes private room and all meals. A $250 non-refundable deposit is due with application which can be obtained by calling Nancy Dulude at (802) 928-3362 or via email at ndulude@sss.org . Space is limited due to private bedroom accommodations and married couples will likely be assigned to separate cabins unless space availability permits otherwise.

Annual Prayer Service & Meal

Annual Prayer Service & Meal

SAVE THE DATE
SUNDAY JANUARY 19, 2020 @ 4 – 7PM
PRAYER SERVICE AND MEAL

Each year the Vermont Ecumenical Council provides an opportunity for all Christian Faith Communities to come and prayer together for Christian Unity in our community, state and the World.

This year Rev. Jill Colley Robison, District Superintendent for the United Methodist Church in Vermont, will be our speaker.

Location: Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT

The worldwide observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is sponsored annually by the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute (https://geii.org/week_of_prayer_for_christian_unity/theme_announcement_2020.html), between the feasts of the Confession of St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul (Jan. 18-25). This year’s theme, from Acts 28:2, is: “They showed us unusual kindness.” A light ecumenical supper will follow the service; all are welcome.

A fellowship meal will immediately follow the service.  We encourage all Christian Churches, Ministries and Individuals to attend.  And if you are interested in participating in the service or meal, please let us know by email – info@vecncc.org

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The Making of a Game Changer

The Making of a Game Changer

Join us at ArtsRiot in Burlington at 6:00 PM on MLK Day for “The Making of a Game Changer”.  Too often we gather on MLK day reciting, “I have a dream” only to return to the same place the following year. Mark Hughes and Rev. Arnold Thomas are having a community discussion on various aspects of our national history of racism.  They will share a video of Professor Tricia Rose, Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center For Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University.  This video is one of the best presentations to date on how systemic racism works. They will also provide a video of a case study by researcher Sam Rosen of Brown University “2014” to illustrate how systemic racism plays out on the ground.  They’ll provide some updates on the work of the Racial Justice Alliance and let you know what you can do to become a GAME CHANGER.  This is the soft launch of the Vermont Racial Equity Association, a new organization committed to disrupting the root causes and mitigating the impact of systemic racism and poverty through disruption, advocacy and transformation.  Don’t miss it!

About The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance

Led by people of color, the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance consists of both individuals and organizations committed to the work of advocating, implementing and defending policy.  Meetings are normally the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM at the First Congregational Church, 38 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. People Of Color Steering Committee, Leadership Team Meetings are normally on the first and third Mondays of each month at the same location. Go over to our Web Site and learn about the legislative agenda, all of the supporting forums and panels and how you can become a partner in the work. Take a look at our new calendar on the site to keep up with events as we plan them (bottom of the main page).

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

We have been talking about Human Trafficking locally and globally for numerous years, and people still ask me, “Does this happen here in Vermont?” The answer is yes. Below you will find references from a variety of sources. Learn what it is and how you can be involved.

The Salvation Army has some interesting information about Human Trafficking:

“What is Human Trafficking? It is modern–day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers and/or fear of law enforcement.

Traffickers look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.”

UNITE – UNDERSTAND NETWORK INNOVATE TEACH ERRADICATE is a workgroup at the University of Vermont Clinical Simulation Laboratory http://givewaytofreedom.org/pdf/UNITE-University-of-VT.pdf

The links below will suggest ways you can become more involved in knowing about Human Trafficking and how you can help.

https://wmresources.org/january-2020-human-trafficking-awareness-month/

http://givewaytofreedom.org/initiatives/VT-Task-Force.php

Please attend a Community Awareness and Action event about Exploitation and Human Trafficking.
All are Welcome, Pizza will be served.
Informational materials will be available.
 
O’Brien Center Community Room
32 Malletts Bay Ave.
Winooski, VT
January 29, 2020
6:30-8pm

 

Saint John’s Bible Events

The Saint John’s Bible

In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. Excerpts of this bible will be coming to Vermont!

The VECNCC will be hosting several events with presenter Tim Ternes to share this amazing and inspired piece of art, culture and word of God.  If you are interested in hosting an event during the week of April 20-24, 2020, please contact us at info@vecncc.org.

We invite you to explore this work of art that unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium.  More information available online at http://saintjohnsbible.org