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  • We promote Christian Unity, ecumenical dialogue, and prayers for the whole of Christ's church
  • We encourage local cooperation and closer ties among churches
  • We provide leadership in spreading Christian values throughout society
  • We develop basic Christian understandings that lead to growth in spirituality and social justice
  • We distribute the Holy Bible to Vermont ministries

We are eight Christian denominations working together through a Board of Trustees and committees. Our support comes from these denominations, and we receive some gifts from individuals and congregations. The primary leader of each denomination plays an active role in the life of the Council. We are committed to "dialogue, common prayer, and practical collaboration…"

Activities Summary
  • Publish our monthly email newsletter, Faith Common
  • Conduct meetings on Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation. Work with other statewide groups on social concerns. Raise questions for our members to consider, and sometime propose resolutions to the Board of Trustees.
  • Conduct meetings on Faith and Order issues, such as Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry. Consider the theological underpinnings of our approach to societal issues.
  • Conduct meetings on Prayer and Worship.  Encourage and provide resources for ecumenical worship throughout Vermont.
  • Conduct semi-annual Council meetings that bring together members of the Board of Trustees and the committees.
  • Conduct meetings of the Board of Trustees.
  • Participate in regional and national ecumenical conferences.
  • Distribute Bibles to Vermont ministries such as prison and hospital ministries.

The Lund Principle

"Should not our churches…act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel them to act separately?" -- Third World Conference on Faith and Order, Lund, Sweden, 1952.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. - Ephesians 4: 4-6

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. - Hebrews 13:2


We have a modest library of ecumenical literature and a selection of Bibles. We maintain an up-to-date mailing list that includes Vermont churches of our member denominations. It also lists clergy and congregations of other denominations as well as individuals who are involved with the Vermont Ecumenical Council & Bible Society.

Officers and Staff

President: Roy V. Hill II
Vice President: Rev. David Wiley
Treasurer: Christopher McCandless
Administratort: Ms. Betsy Hardy

Telephone (802) 434-3397 ++ PO Box 764 ++Richmond, VT 05477