Upon This Rock:
The Partnership Campaign for Rock Point
A Letter from the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop of Vermont
Since 1855, Rock Point has served as a unique center of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, welcoming friends and neighbors attracted to its natural beauty and its peaceful, quiet, and social embrace. Each year, nearly 10,000 people come to Rock Point, finding a place to walk, seek solitude, learn, play, sing, pray, think, share, and be.
For too long we have relied on nature to take care of itself, despite our inroads on its majesty. Over time we built to suit our needs but did not care enough for our structures. We created trails for exploration, but failed to control the invasive plants or protect the rare species. We worship on this land but have failed to provide the stewardship it merits.
Deeper caring cannot wait. Having taken stock of our property and studied its assets and challenges, we seek to provide the stewardship that Rock Point deserves and desperately needs.
Now, building on two years of extraordinarily thoughtful work by scores of volunteers, experts, and leaders, the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont is determined to act. We need to preserve and improve the facilities. We need both to protect and to provide access. We must invest in the most spiritually and educationally rewarding ways to help Rock Point serve our mission.
After our comprehensive study of the needs and potential of Rock Point, we bring new confidence in its role as a central meeting place for the programs, people, and the future of surrounding community as well as the Episcopal Church in Vermont. We have designed our plans and the Partnership Campaign for Rock Point to support a unified, future-focused mission, where our service to nature, to people, and to community are all part of one energy.
We invite you to join us in this dramatic approach to sustaining Rock Point and all its glory.
Please be part of our journey together. To learn more about the Partnership Campaign for Rock Point or to make a contribution, please contact me by email at email@example.com.
About the Partnership Campaign for Rock Point
Members of the wider community worked with the Episcopal Church in Vermont to develop a compelling vision and plan for the future of Rock Point and compiled a list of investments necessary to realize that vision. We embrace the goal of wise environmental stewardship of land and buildings, including renewable solar energy, enlightened land management, and the balance between conservation and public access.
The Partnership Campaign for Rock Point, with awareness of its importance to participants attending retreats and conferences, the Summer Camp, the Rock Point School, and to a wide variety of other visitors who come for education and recreation. These investments will lead to greater self-sufficiency and a sustainable future for Rock Point.
Campaign Projects & Investments
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Rock Point seeks to welcome the public and to conserve the land.
The 35-tracker solar farm provides all the power for facilities at Rock Point.
Rock Point's many trails through rare habitats require maintenance and signage.
Rock Point School and its programs are an important partner in the larger campus.
An exterior view of Bishop Booth Conference Center. The building is in need of sidewalks and interior maintenance.
An interior view from Bishop Booth Conference Center facing Lake Champlain.
Campers canoe near Thrust Fault, one of Rock Point's distinctive and much-studied geological features.
All five Rock Point Camp buildings are in need of new roofs and interior improvements.
The historic home of Episcopal bishops, built in 1855, needs energy conservation improvements, a new furnace, and additional repairs.
Located at Bishop Booth Conference Center, the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels is used for worship and meetings.