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Silent Interfaith Vigil: Standing against Racism

 What: Vigil and Witness in Response to Racism – held in prayerful silence

Where: Outside along the lawn of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Avenue, Corner of Putney Road and Bradley Avenue 

When: Sunday, June 7, 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, June 7, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will join with other faith communities around the state to host an interfaith silent prayer vigil and witness in response to the racism and divisiveness evidenced in our nation and our community, which culminated in the murder/lynching of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.  We will join together at 1:00 p.m. for a half-hour, prayerful silent vigil. If you do not feel safe being out in the community or have risk factors for the virus, please feel free to stay home and offer a prayer during this time. 

  • Please bring a sign to hold with words germane to the current situation; Do not bring signs that are denigrating to a group or individual.
  • Bring everything you will need: signs, water, etc.
  • Parking is available in St. Michael’s parking lot or on the street.
  • For safety during the pandemic, there will be no group gathering for prayers, speeches, or other reasons.
  • For safety, attendees will be spaced 10 feet apart (family groups may stand together). Do wear a mask. Designated Guides will meet you and direct you to a place to stand for the vigil.
  • Please maintain a prayerful silence throughout.
  • The vigil will end at 1:30 p.m. with the gonging of a bell.

Ideas for signs (use your own imagination – remember we are faith communities so it’s okay to use spiritual language):

  • Let Justice flow like a river
  • Truth and Faith
  • Pray for Peace and Justice
  • We are praying with our feet
  • Black Lives Matter
  • We will not stand idly by
  • Do not stand idle by while your neighbor’s blood is shed (Leviticus 19:16)
  • Have Mercy
  • Act Justly, Show Mercy, Walk Humbly
  • The Truth shall set us free
  • Enough is Enough!
  • Lead the Nation to its Soul!
  • Effect Change in Vermont
  • Dismantle Racism
  • Black Lives Matter

St. Michael’s offering Sacred Ground this summer

Sacred Ground is a film and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through the chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. To learn more about Sacred Ground, go to www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground

Sacred Ground will be offered via Zoom this summer.  This is a great opportunity for families and individuals alike.  Please contact Rosie Wojcik at rosie@wojnet.org or call the church office (254-6048) if you are interested in participating and we will figure out the best time for all involved to do our weekly or biweekly gatherings. 

In Support of a Clear Path to end Homelessness 

Members of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leadership Alliance have sent a letter to Governor Phil Scott, Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson about ending homelessness in Vermont. The letter urges funding for a plan that provides a clear path for everyone in Vermont to have housing as a critical response to this very real public health emergency. You can read the letter here.

Support St. Michael’s Livestream Ministry!

For better or worse, “livestreaming” St. Michael’s worship services has become an integral part of our ministry at St. Michael’s.  The experience of creating ways for people at home to connect to our Sunday worship has taught us how vital this ministry is, not just in this pandemic time, but also in the future.

Livestreaming our services allows us to:

  • Reach people who are unable to come to our services for health, or work, or transportation reasons;
  • Reach people who want to know more about Christ, faith, the Episcopal expression of faith;
  • Help everyone — regardless of age, health, work schedule, or transportation — to have access to our ministry together during this uncertain time; and
  • Have the capacity to record music, concerts and plays that we hope to offer in the future.
In anticipation of the day when we can gather a few people in the church, we are hoping to raise $15,000 to equip our sanctuary with cameras and audio equipment to provide higher quality livestream services.  Higher quality livestream will mean no more Zoom distortions in sound quality, a much higher resolution of video images, and the ability to view different parts of the church (the organ, choir, altar, etc.) through different cameras.

We hope you will consider supporting this exciting and important ministry if you are able.

Please send your contributions to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Livestream Ministry, 16 Bradley Avenue, Brattleboro, Vermont.You may also give online here.

Thank you for your generosity!

Wednesdays with the Saints, 12-12:30 pm

During this time of crisis, let us revisit the stories of the holy men and women of our Christian history as a source of inspiration.  This will be a simple gathering of prayer, story and conversation.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 833 4817 0150

Password: Amen

Or Dial in with your phone:

+1 646 558 8656 US

Meeting ID: 833 4817 0150      Password: 402428

Thursday Evening Contemplative Service, 5:30- 6:00pm 

The 30 minute service includes chant, Lectio Divina and silence.  Please join in Thursdays at 5:30 at:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 935 3147 8931    Password: Amen

Or Dial in with your phone:

+1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 935 3147 8931.   Password: 472051

 

SUPPORT ST. MICHAEL’S LIVE STREAM MINISTRY!

For better or worse, “livestreaming” St. Michael’s worship services has become an integral part of our ministry at St. Michael’s.  The experience of creating ways for people at home to connect to our Sunday worship has taught us how vital this ministry is, not just in this pandemic time, but also in the future.

Livestreaming our services allows us to:

  • Reach people who are unable to come to our services for health, or work, or transportation reasons;
  • Reach people who want to know more about Christ, faith, the Episcopal expression of faith;
  • Help everyone — regardless of age, health, work schedule, or transportation — to have access to our ministry together during this uncertain time; and
  • Have the capacity to record music, concerts and plays that we hope to offer in the future.

In anticipation of the day when we can gather a few people in the church, we are hoping to raise $15,000 to equip our sanctuary with cameras and audio equipment to provide higher quality livestream services.  Higher quality livestream will mean no more Zoom distortions in sound quality, a much higher resolution of video images, and the ability to view different parts of the church (the organ, choir, altar, etc.) through different cameras.We hope you will consider supporting this exciting and important ministry if you are able.

Please send your contributions to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Livestream Ministry, 16 Bradley Avenue, Brattleboro, Vermont.  You may also give online here.

Thank you for your generosity!

SAYING GOODBYE TO DUNCAN

Duncan has been such an important part of our life at St. Michael’s these last three years.  We are so sorry that we are not able to gather together to give him a proper send off.  Instead, we ask you all to send Duncan a card or a letter to let him know how much he means to us.

We are also collecting financial gifts for Duncan for a “purse” to help him in the next chapter of his life.  Checks may be sent to St. Michael’s (16 Bradley Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301), with “gift for Duncan” clearly marked.

PLANS FOR JUNE 14, DUNCAN’S LAST DAY

On Sunday, June 14, our services will focus on reflecting and giving thanks for the Ministry of Discipleship and Discernment which Duncan Hilton has led these last three years.  For the sermon time, we have invited four people to reflect on this ministry during the sermon time.  Please join us for this important celebration!

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