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Special Worship Service in Rupert
On Sunday, September 22, there will be a special worship service in the Meetinghouse of the Congregational Church of Rupert, Vermont at 10:30am in response to the Global Climate Strike, which will begin on September 20 and last for a week. The church’s bell will be rung at noon on the day of the Strike (Sept. 20) and again on Sunday, September 22 following the worship service. The worship will focus on caring for our earthly home and will feature readings, songs and special music by BBA student Iren Hangen-Vazquez. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall to which all are welcome.
Former Vermont Legislator and author, the Rev. Dr. Steve Berry, Minister of the Rupert Church explained, “We are part of the worldwide action that is bringing attention to the ongoing climate crisis. Tropical storm Irene was a result of climate change. Two lives were lost in Vermont to Irene and people’s homes and businesses were destroyed. Irene cost Vermont $750 million, elsewhere on the east coast it cost $13 Billion. Since then millions of people worldwide have been affected by weather related emergencies. Three thousand people died in Puerto Rico in 2017 as a result of hurricane Maria. Earlier this month the devastation of hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas alone left at least 50 people dead, 76,000 people homeless and without food and drinking water, and an estimated 13,000 homes and businesses were flattened. The projected costs of repair from Dorian is $6 Billion. We can’t afford to be so ill-prepared. We must be proactive and plan for resilience and create a low-carbon and inclusive economy. Right here in southern Vermont, we join together in solidarity with people across the world who are being devastated by droughts, floods, fires and civil unrest caused by climate change. Our focus on Sunday is to remember our common humanity and to remind ourselves of our responsibility to be good stewards and to take more responsibility for caring for our common home, the earth. We invite all to join us as we focus on this issue.” The Congregational Church’s Meetinghouse is located on Route 153, the Main Street in Rupert Village, across the street from the newly opened Sheldon Café.