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Friday, November 14, 2008
Contact: Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College Hosts 175th Anniversary
Methodist Heritage Symposium on December 1

POULTNEY—Green Mountain College is focusing on several salient aspects of its heritage during the 2008/09 academic year, the College’s 175th anniversary year. On Monday, December 1, GMC will explore its roots as an academy established by the Methodist church at the 175th Anniversary Methodist Heritage Symposium. A highlight of the evening is a 7 p.m. address by Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), titled “Climate Change: The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse.”

Mr. Winkler and his staff seek to implement the denomination’s Social Principles through education, witness and advocacy. With offices in Washington, D.C., and at the United Nations in New York City, GBCS carries out a wide-ranging ministry of peace and justice throughout the world. Winkler has led delegations to the Middle East, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq and Germany seeking peaceful solutions to global conflict.

The lecture will be held in the East Room of Withey Hall at the Green Mountain College campus in Poultney, Vt. There will be introductions and light refreshments at 6 p.m., followed by a welcome from Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn and an invocation from Rev. Shirley Oskamp, a United Methodist chaplain and pastor. Lorene F. Wilbur, retired deputy general secretary for administration of the General Board of Global Ministries at the United Methodist Church, will give an overview of the College’s Methodist heritage followed by a brief musical interlude by the College’s Cantorion. A question and answer period will be held after Mr. Winkler’s address. The entire event is free and open to the public.

Green Mountain College was founded in 1834 when the newly formed Troy Conference of the Methodist-Episcopal Church voted to establish a “strong and influential” literary institution near the conference’s geographic center. On October 25, 1834, the Vermont General Assembly passed the act of incorporation. The legislature also granted the Troy Conference Academy (TCA) the right to award baccalaureate degrees in 1860. TCA became Ripley Female College in 1863, the first Vermont college to grant baccalaureate degrees to women.

Green Mountain College adopted a mission of environmental education in 1995, emphasizing values like sustainability, volunteerism, and social justice that resonate strongly with the College's Methodist heritage.


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