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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 302

House concurrent resolution honoring Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton for her career of dedicated service to her faith and community

Offered by:  Representative Barnard of Richmond

Whereas, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton has devoted her life to service as a minister in the United Church of Christ and in a broad range of religious and civic activities, and

Whereas, after graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, she earned an undergraduate degree at Kirkland (Hamilton College), a master’s degree at the Andover Newton Theological Seminary, and a doctoral degree at Eastern Baptist  Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), and

Whereas, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton has completed many certification and training programs to further enhance her pastoral skills, including classes in alcohol and drug abuse counseling, ministering in situations related to death, and a certificate in management of volunteer programs from Norwich University, and

Whereas, she was first called to the pulpit in 1978 as a co-pastor at the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville and then in 1983 moved on to dual assignments at the Danville Congregational United Church of Christ and the North Danville Baptist Church (ABC), and

Whereas, beginning on November 1, 1989, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton assumed the ministerial leadership at the Richmond Congregational Church (RCC) and for the past 19 years has served as the congregation’s much‑admired pastor, engaging in many spiritual and administrative responsibilities, and

Whereas, during Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton’s inspiring leadership, the RCC paid off its mortgage debt, completed a capital campaign that funded a major renovation project, established a summer food camp for children in need of nourishment, expanded outreach for Christmas assistance, directed the church’s bicentennial celebration including the publication of a church history, organized numerous worship sessions, bazaars, blood drives, and workshops, and, after much examination, she guided the RCC to its vote to become an O&A (open and affirming) congregation, and

Whereas, her denominational roles beyond the RCC have entailed matters of ministerial standards and licensure, planning and directing conferences, and chairing many committees, and

Whereas, when her husband, Rev. Charles M. Purinton, who is a fulltime chaplain for the Vermont National Guard, was deployed overseas in 2005, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton joined the Vermont State Guard as a chaplain, and she has participated in many activities, both religious and civic, to assist and comfort military families and veterans, and

Whereas, she may be one of the few ordained ministers in Vermont who has trained and served as an emergency medical technician, and

Whereas, after 19 years ministering to the spiritual needs of the RCC, Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton will step down from this pulpit on April 30, 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton for her career of dedicated service to her faith and community, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rev. Barbara deBonCoeur Allen Purinton at the Richmond Congregational Church.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont