Friday, October 19, 2018

Bishop Gutierrez visits Rome to attend Canonization of Archbishop Romero

Bishop Gutierrez Part of Delegation of Episcopal Bishops in Rome for Canonization of Archbishop Romero

Bishop Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez was in Rome over the weekend as part of a delegation of Episcopal priests to witness elevating El Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero to sainthood.
Romero was a beloved priest and advocate against social and economic injustice.  In his last homily, on March 23, 1980, he called on Salvadoran soldiers and police to stop following orders to kill civilians, and stop the repression. “The peasants you kill are your own brothers and sisters,” preached Romero. “When you hear a man telling you to kill, remember God’s words, ‘Thou shalt not kill.” The next day, Romero was gunned down while he was celebrating Mass.
“Romero is my patron saint,” said Gutiérrez at a prayer celebration for Romero earlier in the year. “The violence that took his life still exists today.  But, there is always hope in the young people that are fighting for peace and we want to pray for all of them as well. Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world.”
Along with meeting Pope Francis, the Bishop was in the company of many others from the Anglican community including Dr. Rowan Williams (pictured), the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Before traveling to Rome, the Bishop had meetings with the Compass Rose Society in London and was able to spend some time with Archbishop Justin Welby and his wife Caroline.  The Compass Rose Society is a group of international Anglicans/Episcopalians who seek to support the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury. While in London he also visited the Priory of the Venerable Order of St. John, of which is a member.

Monday, October 15, 2018

In and of itself, by Seth Godin



In and of itself, by Seth Godin

Culture is changed by design, and design by culture.

There are things that look ‘right’, and others that don’t. We notice the mistyped word, the straight quote, the lousy kerning.

But then, the paradigm shifts. An illuminated manuscript and a dime-store novel are both books, but neither would look right to someone accustomed to the other.

The challenge of breakthrough design is in doing it with intent. To deliver more, not less of the change you seek to make, the leverage you seek to provide. To do the work with knowledge and care, not laziness or haste.

There’s an internal consistency to breakthrough design. It’s of itself, it reflects the intent of the designer. Copying the status quo is easy, commodity work. Creating a new paradigm, one that resonates, is the real work the designer seeks to offer.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Blessed Francis




Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, October 05, 2018

What is real




“Real poverty is the belief that the purpose of life is acquiring wealth and owning things.
Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need,
as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers to relate to other human beings.”  

― Grace Lee Boggs, writer / activist

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Shepherd me, O God



Shepherd me, O God
Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,
beyond my fears, from death into life.
God is my shepherd, so nothing I shall want,
I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love,
I walk by the quiet waters of peace.
Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,
beyond my fears, from death into life.
Gently you raise me and heal my weary soul,
you lead me by pathways of righteousness and truth,
my spirit shall sing the music of your Name.
Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,
beyond my fears, from death into life.
Though I should wander the valley of death,
I fear no evil, for you are at my side,
your rod and your staff, my comfort and my hope.
Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,
beyond my fears, from death into life.
You have set me a banquet of love in the face of hatred,
crowning me with love beyond my pow'r to hold.
Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,
beyond my fears, from death into life.
Surely your kindness and mercy follow me all the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of my God forevermore.
Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,
beyond my fears, from death into life.
Words and Music: Marty Haugen

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Rock Point Partners and Friends ~ Fall 2018 Newsletter




Rock Point Partners & Friends
Fall 2018
Rock Point and Arms Forest Coalition Goal: Conserve and Steward with Improved Public Access For All
By Rock Point Communications

The Rock Point and Arms Forest Coalition – which includes Parks Foundation of Burlington, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, the Episcopal Church in Vermont, and the City of Burlington – announced the goal of permanently protecting critical... Read more at Rock Point and Arms Forest Coalition
Partnership Campaign Goal Exceeded
By Craig Smith

The Rock Point Partnership Campaign exceeded the $1.7 million goal with $1,930,927 given and pledged to date from 171 donors, both individuals and parishes. Projects funded previously by the Partnership Campaign include:...Read more at Partnership Campaign Goal Exceeded
BC Community Housing LLC / Cambrian Rise Pledges $100,000 to Rock Point
By Rock Point Communications

During his 18 years as the Episcopal Bishop of Vermont, the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely has consistently proclaimed the importance of the Church’s Rock Point property as an example of environmental stewardship in the wider Burlington community. Today his message comes at a particularly sensitive time...Read More at BC Community Housing LLC / Cambrian Rise Pledges
Meet Out Volunteers








Katharine Montstream is a landscape painter from Burlington, Vermont. She grew up painting in Old Wethersfield, Connecticut, and then went to college to ski at the University of Colorado Boulder. After Katharine graduated, she....
Rock Point Pollinator Docent Trish Denton writes, produces, and directs stage productions. Trish has an innate sense of storytelling and loves folklore and fairy tales. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she moved to Vermont to pursue a Bachelor's degree at Goddard College...r
Read More at Meet Our Volunteers
Volunteer Update
By Jackie Arbuckle

Since our last issue, we have added our third volunteer team to Rock Point’s official corps of volunteers. Seven Conference Center (BBCC) Hosts in their distinctive burgundy T-shirts are contributing much needed help in making the Conference Center operate smoothly and peacefully. What are they doing...Read more at Volunteer Update
Camp Stories
By Sherry Osborn

What better way to learn a bit about Rock Point Camp - Summer 2018 than to hear a few stories! Happily we continue to grow the camp and had the joy of serving 138 campers. That's an increase from 116 in 2017. Forty two percent received scholarship support. We rely heavily on the generosity of so many...Read more at Camp Stories
(Re)Connect with Rock Point Camp!
By Peter Carey

Calling all Rock Point Camp Alumni, former Staff, and Friends! We are excited to be coordinating efforts to connect Rock Point Camp folks. As a first step, we are assembling contact information of anyone interested in reconnecting with Rock Point Camp, and/or connecting with old friends. To share your information...Read More at (Re)Connect with Rock Point Camp! ... Read more at Rock Point Camp
And it's not even Kansas... 
By David McKay

The new house for the Property Manager of Rock Point was lowered on to its foundation on Monday, September 10. The three-bedroom, two-bath modular house arrived at Rock Point in the form of two boxes. Once they were settled...Read more at And it's not even Kansas
Expressions of Gratitude 
By Rock Point Communications

On September 5, members of the Rock Point Board, Rock Point Management Team, and Diocesan Office gathered to congratulate Ellen Lovell for her leadership in the very successful Partnership Campaign for Rock Point. The bittersweet event, which marked the conclusion of Ellen’s official role as Rock Point Legacy Ministery...Read more at A Bittersweet Event
Wisdom School at Rock Point November 1-4
Vermont’s second Wisdom School offered by the Rock Point Intentional Community (RPIC) is coming in November. Register now to save a place! From mid-afternoon Thursday, November 1, until mid-afternoon Sunday, November 4,...Read more at Wisdom School Registration
Advent Retreat Registration Now Open
By Rock Point Communications

This year's Advent Retreat at Rock Point will begin on Friday, December 7, at 5:00 PM (registration and dinner at 6:00 pm) and will conclude on Saturday December 8, at 4:00 Read more at Advent Retreat Registration Now Open
Enjoy Rock Point from 8:00 AM to dusk

We invite you to enjoy the beauty of Rock Point every day from 8:00 AM to dusk. Property passes are required. Click here to obtain your pass: Rock Point Pass
Keep in Touch! Rock Point Partners & Friends is a quarterly publication. To submit content for publication, please email Ann Carroll, acarroll@dioceseofvermont.org.
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