Bible Selection Criteria
A part of the Vermont Ecumenical
Council and Bible Society's work is to provide
Bibles to ministries in Vermont that
have limited resources. The Vermont Bible Society
draws on two generous sources to provide the Bibles:
the Greenleaf Fund and grants from the American Bible Society.
Requests for Bibles are made to the Vermont Ecumenical
& Bible Society office. The Bible Society does not
keep a supply of Bibles on hand. The Bibles that ministries
request are ordered from different publishers or bookstores
depending on the particular Bibles needed.
Guidelines for the use of the Greenleaf Fund
The Greenleaf Fund shall be used to distribute
Bibles to ministries and individuals in Vermont.
It may also be used to provide a Bible of choice to each
newly-ordained clergy person who resides in Vermont, and
to pastors being installed in their first Vermont church.
The Fund will provide Bibles to any church destroyed in a
catastrophe in Vermont. Any other use of the fund not consistent
with this policy must be at the Board of Trustees' discretion.
Colonel Charles Henry Greenleaf was born on
July 23, 1841 in Danville, Vermont. He moved with his parents
to New Hampshire while still an infant and spent most of his
life in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Throughout his life,
he carried a copy of the New Testament in his pocket and read
it daily. Upon his death, he left a generous gift to both
the Vermont and New Hampshire Bible Societies for the purchase
and free distribution of the Holy Bible.
American Bible Society Grant
The American Bible Society (ABS) provides
a generous annual grant to each state Bible Society . This
grant covers the cost of Bibles and other materials published