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Banquet to feature Christian counselor

The Addison County area Care Net annual fundraising banquet will feature a speaker with experience in counseling and praying for women suffering from post-abortion trauma. Canon Mark Pearson and his wife Dr. Mary Grace Pearson have developed a whole-person healing center called New Creation Healing in Kingston, N.H.

The center combines medicine, Christian counseling, and prayer to minister to people in body, soul and spirit. Active in the Church's healing ministry for many years, Pearson regularly leads healing services and trains healing teams, and spent several years as a regional warden for the Order of St. Luke, an interdenominational healing ministry.

Pearson studied at Williams College, Oxford University, the Virginia Theological Seminary, and Boston University. He has authored four books related to healing: "Christian Healing: A Practical, Comprehensive Guide", "Why Can't I be Me?: Healing for Wounded Personalities", "The Basics of Faith; and Boot Camp for Christians". He was ordained in 1974 and named an honorary canon of the Philippines Episcopal Church in 1986. In 1995, he was named a canon theologian in the Charismatic Episcopal Church, serving as chaplain to the CEC's House of Bishops.

The Charismatic Episcopal Church brings together the traditions and worship threads of evangelical, charismatic and liturgical Christianity. Since 1995, Pearson has been the Rector of Trinity Charismatic Episcopal Church in Plaistow, N,H.

Canon Pearson will speak Thursday evening Oct. 8 in the Hall attached to Victory Baptist Church on Route 7 at Vergennes. The evening program will start at 7 p.m.

Seating is limited. If you have a desire to attend, call Care Net's Director Lori Huessy at 388-7272 or e-mail carenetmiddlebury@myfairpoint.net.

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