Department of Mission

 

Meeting Needs Together
through the
Department of Mission
of the
Vermont Conference of the
United Church of Christ

Mission Statement
"Guided by the Holy Spirit we will work together with local churches and individuals, towards action for justice and peace for all of God's creation."

The Vermont Conference Department of Mission has two significant
sub-groups with a web presence.

Click Here to be directed to the Prison Justice Committee web page.

Click Here to be directed to the Gun Violence Task Force web page.
 

Department of Mission Resolutions

Reduce Gun Violence (2013)
Disaster Preparedness (2012)
Continuation of Dillard Henderson Scholarship Fund (2012)
Re-Affirming the Vermont Conference as a Just Peace Conference (2011)
Becoming a Green Justice Conference (2011)
A New Approach to the "War on Drugs" (2010)
Charter for Compassion (2010)
Health Care for All (2009)
Christian-Muslim Dialogue (2009)
Becoming a Multiracial and Multicultural Conference (2008)
Vermont Interfaith Action (2008)
 

PEACEMAKERS PULPIT- A Monthly Message from the Department of Mission's Just Peace Advocates

"O God, give peace among nations, we pray." (September 2014)
"Taking Action to Prevent Genocide" (July 2014)
"From the Memorial Day Sermon 'Red Poppies'" (May/June 2014)
"Our Definition of Peace Determines The Peace We Seek" (April 2014)
"Suffer the Little Children" (March 2014)
"Gratitude!" (February 2014)
"Be Still and Know That God is God!" (January 2014)
Do Something (December 2013)
"Beyond Territoriality" (November 2013)
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace...." (October 2013)
 

Environmental Workshop for Resources & Inspiration - Follow-up

 

On June 19, 2014 fifteen people representing 10 churches from all corners of the state gathered at Bethany Church in Randolph to explore ways churches can integrate Care for Creation into their ministry.  During the course of the half-day workshop the group:

 

 

Gathered in worship to inspire us in our role as faithful stewards of God's Creation -  click here to see the day's program and the worship resources used.

 

Engaged in spirited discussion of questions around environmental stewardship and justice: Where is God at work in the world today? How can individuals make a difference, given our embeddedness in a system that by its nature exploits nature for profit?  What is being asked of us as Christians in response to the current environmental crises? Where do we find hope? How can the church be a vital force in the creation of a movement for the transformation of consciousness and action?

 

Learned about resources of the "Not Ordinary Times" program for developing ongoing, inspired worship, prayer, and theological inquiry around environmental themes: http://www.notordinarytimes.org/resources.html, and the Green Justice Congregation page of the UCC web-site: http://www.ucc.org/environmental-ministries/resources.html.

 

Viewed segments of inspiring new movies for congregational programs: "The Journey of the Universe," http://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/ "The Wisdom to Survive," http://olddogdocumentaries.org/shop/the-wisdom-to-survive (available from Vermont Interfaith Power & Light's lending library - info@vtipl.org.) / and a segment of the new "Cosmos" series http://www.cosmosontv.com/watch/270803523723.  

 

Reviewed Books for Resources and potential book discussions: "Moral Ground" (study guide and slide show at http://moralground.com/college), "The Sixth Extinction," "Earth Gospel," "The Dream of the Earth," "The Secret Life of Plants."

 

The Environmental Committee of the Department of Missions is eager to support congregations in an ongoing way in the ministry of Creation Care, so we welcome your inquiries and requests for resources. We offer pulpit supply preaching around environmental themes, resource materials through the conference office, and suggestions for programming through the Not Ordinary Times project.  Please contact Fred Taylor at rtaylor@antioch.edu.

 

 

The Department of Mission concentrates on Global Ministries, Justice-Poverty-and-Peace,and Prison Justice.

Global Ministries

Contact: Bob & Dee Keller rsbdkeller@yahoo.com
We are all in Mission through Global Ministries in more than 90 countries. In covenant with more than 160 partners around the world, we are present in situations of critical need, and we seek to build and work through interfaith relationships.

To encourage participation in mission, we: Facilitate Local Church Involvement in Global Ministries through providing speakers, including missionaries on home leave, and distributing multimedia and print resources. We encourage participation in UCC volunteer ministries, overseas people-to-people trips for youth and adults, child sponsorship, local church international mission projects, national and in-state ministries and other programs of mission service.
Assist with Mission Connections, the  conference-wide Fall Event with guest speakers, workshops, mission information and net-working. In 2007, Mission Connections will be incorporated in a 50th Anniversary Observance.
Promote Calendar of Prayer, which this year lifts up fifty years of the UCC’s ministry at home and abroad, including four articles about ministries in Vermont. Every church gets a copy.  CD-ROM versions are available at no charge from UCCResources at (800) 325-7061.

Justice-Poverty-and-Peace

Contact: Theresa Lever thelevers@comcast.net
Organizes Legislative Day, a day for church members to visit the State House to meet with legislators and members of the administration to discuss  housing, health care and other justice-related issues.

Through an Advocacy Network expresses to legislators and members of the administration concern for ethical issues, such as childhood hunger. While most of these efforts are made in Montpelier, effects are felt state-wide.
Supports Vermont Assistance, Inc. (VAI) the inter-faith group that pays the salary of Karen Lafayette, Vermont Low Income Advocate, and Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council (VLIAC)  which sets goals and works for justice for low income Vermonters.

Co-sponsors with VLIAC Camp about FACE (Family and Community Empowerment), an annual family camp for low-income Vermonters, with programs to improve skills and  time  for recreation.

Supports the Peace and Justice Center in its campaign for a livable wage.

Works with Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger to establish summer lunch programs in Vermont communities. Contact: Mary Lou DeCosta superbarmom@aol.com 

Leads Peace Makers’ Breakfasts at Conference Annual Meetings.

Offers Mutual Support for peace advocates who may feel isolated in their local settings.

Follows up on Resolutions passed at Conference Annual Meetings, including those on health care, livable wage, fair trade and anti-poverty work.

Prison Justice

Contact: Jeanne Zammataro  jzammataro@aol.com
The Prison Justice Committee welcomes new members from any church in the Conference.  PJC’s goal is to find volunteers to work in the various Justice Centers around the state, particularly in the area of prisoners’ health.

Gun Violence

Contact:  Christopher Ashley  cashley.ncc@gmail.com

Low Income Advocacy

Contact:  Judith Joy judithj@yahoo.com 

Summer Lunch Grants

Contacts:  Mary Lou DeCosta superbarmom@aol.com
Grace Cleary gebc50@aol.com
 

 

 

Video of Peacemakers' Breakfast, Annual Meeting 2013

 

 

 

 
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