April 22 – ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Documentary Screening on Climate Change

A screening of a National Geographic documentary titled, “Paris to Pittsburgh” will take place from 7 to 9 PM in Fellowship Hall at Grace Congregational Church. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.

Across the country, the consequences of climate change are increasingly evident. These impacts have created a new force for change as mayors, governors, businesses, and everyday citizens launch local climate solutions.

You can view a trailer for this film.

The event is sponsored by Vermont Climate and Health Alliance and Vermont Interfaith Power & Light. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Interfaith Prayer Vigil, Monday October 29

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and families from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  In addition, we pray for the members of the Rutland Jewish Synagogue and all synagogues in our country and across the world.

In response to the horror at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh there will be an Interfaith Prayer Vigil on Monday evening, October 29, at 6:30pm at the Rutland Jewish Center.  All are welcome.  Please feel free to share this invitation with friends and neighbors.

We pray for healing, peace and calm at this time.

Be the Peace in Rutland County, VT

In conjunction with Campaign Nonviolence events (organized by Pace Bene) this week in our nation’s capital and around the country, some Grace Church members and friends were out in the community at the Saturday Rutland Farmers Market.

They brought along three large blackboards, hand made by our friend Jacob Powsner from Chittenden.  Thank you Jacob!  On each board was a question that farmers market visitors and residents could write their answers. Here are the three questions:

How can I build peace within myself?
How can I build peace in Rutland?
How can I support others in Peace and Justice?

There were many inspiring thoughts, ideas and answers to these questions that were written in colorful chalk.

The three boards are now on display in the Grace Church Fellowship Hall.  So while you are enjoying your coffee, please take a few moments to take in these inspiring words from our community members.

Thank you to all the people who participated.  Thanks to Kathy and Karl Ross, Jacob Powsner and Rev. John Weatherhogg for spending part of your day at the Farmers Market talking with people and hauling these large blackboards back and forth!  Thanks to the Rutland Farmers Market as well!

Peace!

“Families Belong Together” Marchers started from Grace

Marchers meet at start of Families Belong Together March in Grace Church parking lot on June 9, 2018.On the morning of June 9 a group of marchers consisting of Grace Church members, concerned citizens and members of other community organizations gathered in the Grace Church parking lot.  From there they marched the loop along West Street, Merchants Row, Center Street, and Court Street back to West Street. Afterwards, some marchers went to Main Street (Route 7) in front of Main Street Park to hold their signs for passing motorists.

Marchers meet at start of Families Belong Together March in Grace Church parking lot on June 9, 2018.

According to Castleton Indivisible, one of the sponsors of the march, the purpose of the march was to protest and bring more awareness of the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border with Mexico, and at other ports of entry into the U.S.

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