This Sunday

The Mystery Deepens

Rev. Barnaby Feder

If knowledge is like an expanding island in a sea of mystery, the more we know, the more mystery we bump up against. Rev. Barnaby reflects on when he feels good about that — and when he doesn’t.  

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

As I write this I’m looking at the 10-day weather forecast with decidedly mixed feelings. On the one hand, it looks like I will be unfolding my sleeping bag at the Otter Creek Falls this Saturday night inside my chalice-adorned cardboard box in dry and warmer than average conditions for Dec. 3. There is just a 25 percent chance of light snow. Winds will be light.

That’s a blessing. I look forward each year to joining in this unique annual fund-raiser supporting the John Graham Shelter and its programs addressing homelessness in Addison County. That said, I never show up looking for a chance to endure the snow, sleet and freezing rain conditions that routinely threaten homeless people during Vermont’s long winters.

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Save the Dates!

John Graham Housing and Services will hold its Third Annual Sleepout Sat, Dec 3.

Participants, including Abi Sessions (tent) and Rev. Barnaby (furniture box) plan to camp in the Marble Works park near the falls. The event spotlights the extent of homelessness in Vermont and raises funds to support the five buildings managed by John Graham Housing and Services, where 65 people currently live. Join us on Dec. 3 to camp out. Or come to the vigil to end homelessness at 4 p.m on the triangle green downtown, followed at 5 p.m. by a free soup and bread dinner in the basement of St. Stephens Church.

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Member Stories

As some of you know, I was raised in this community from the age of 9. I vaguely remember the infamous first meeting in the Berninghausen’s, and remember well every stage of our growth leading up to this lovely space. In the early days of planning CVUUS it was my own mother who made the “piss or get off the pot” pronouncement which perhaps prompted the paths of fate which have brought us all together today. I know her bluntness and aforementioned approach to life and decisions has prompted many a move in my own life.

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