Epiphany, Newport--New Spirit in Song

Epiphany Episcopal Church in Newport, NH, is undergoing a transformation, of spirit and space. The interior of the church is being renovated and they are launching a new youth choir program starting with a summer camp and expanding to a year-round after-school program.

Services are being rescheduled form Sunday mornings to Saturdays at 5 p.m., and will be a showcase of the new UpBeat Youth Choir.

The re-design of the church’s interior came from Richard Giles, former Dean of Philadelphia Cathedral and author of Re-Pitching the Tent: Re-ordering the Church Building for Worship and Mission in the New Millennium. The altar is being made by local craftsman Richard Harbour in Hillsboro to coordinate with the existing lectern and Baptismal font. New seating and a refinished floor will complete the interior transformation.

“We are also overhauling our worship,” explains the Reverend Kelly Sundberg Seaman, the church’s main pastor and priest. "The shape of Holy Communion will be faithful to the church’s ancient tradition, but the service will be more brief, with lots of vibrant singing.”

Kelly continued: “We are sponsoring UpBeat Choir Camp from August 14-18. All Newport kids can attend for five days at a total cost of $15. UpBeat Choir will continue to meet on Fridays after school and will sing during worship on Saturdays at 5 p.m.

The renewal at Epiphany is being funded by the church’s own money, by generous grants from the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire and its Our Kids Commission, and by a gift from St. Andrew’s Church in New London.

Whether you’re a committed Episcopalian or just curious, church members emphasize that you will be welcome at its joyful rebirth on Saturday, August 19, at 5 p.m.

St. Thomas, Hanover, Calls an Associate to the Rector

St. Thomas in Hanover has called The Reverend Jane Milliken Hague to serve as Associate to the Rector. Jane has many years of experience and comes to us from St. Margaret’s Church Annapolis, MD, where she currently serves as the same role. In addition to being an ordained priest, having served in several parishes, she has also served as a chaplain in two schools and as a Spiritual Director. 

She holds a Master of Theological Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary as well as a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She also completed the Education for Ministry (EFM) program, through the School of Theology, Sewanee, TN. Jane will be moving to the Upper Valley in mid-September and will start work at St Thomas on September 25, for the Feast of St Francis (and Blessing of the Animals). 


Applications Being Accepted for Episcopal Representative to the UN Commission on Status of Women

Applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent the Episcopal Church at the 62nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 12-23, 2018.

The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and will represent the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women.

The 2018 UNCSW Priority Theme is “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.” See more here.

Applications are open to an adult or youth (ages 15-18) of any gender who can speak to the Priority Theme and are willing to participate in advocacy at UNSCW.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, preferably a parent or legal guardian. Women and girls from rural communities or with experience living in or working with rural communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a relevant role at the parish, diocesan and/or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a process for reporting back to the local community after participating in UNCSW.

Delegates will be expected to be present in New York City for the UNSCW meetingbetween March 9 - 23 or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates will be responsible for their own travel, housing, program expenses and fundraising.

Following a review of the applications, the delegates will be chosen by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  All applicants will be notified by the end of October.

Application is available here. Deadline is Friday, September 15.

For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Representative to the United Nations.

Youth Representation Needed for General Convention

Applications are now accepted for high school students who want to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP) at the Episcopal Church 79th General Convention to be held Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas).

Applications and information are available here

The Nomination form is here  

“Each General Convention, we look forward to welcoming the members of the Official Youth Presence to the House of Deputies,” said the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, House of Deputies President. “The perspectives and experiences of high school students are critical to our legislative deliberations and make our debates more lively.”

“General Convention resolutions dating back to 1982 provide for an Official Youth Presence,” noted Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Director for Formation, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries, whose office, together with the General Convention Office and President Jennings, coordinates the application and discernment process for teens who want to become members of the OYP. “Under the current Rules of Order of the House of Deputies, members of the OYP are granted seat and voice in that house.”

Skov explained that no more than two high school youth from each of the Episcopal Church’s nine provinces will be selected.


To be eligible to apply, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an active member and communicant in good standing of an Episcopal Church congregation
  • Be at least 16 years old and no older than 19 during General Convention 2018.
  • Be a current high school student enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2017/18 school year
  • Be capable of traveling alone by plane or train to and from the meetings in the United States with no escort
  • Be available to travel to the mandatory orientation and training from April 5 - April 8, 2018 in Austin. This weekend will include community building, worship and training on the legislative process.
  • Be available to be present at General Convention in Austin from July 2 – 13, 2018.

The Episcopal Church budget covers travel, lodging and meals for OYP participants attending the orientation weekend and General Convention.

Deadline for applications and nominations is November 1.  All applicants must identify a non-family member nominator who can complete an on-line essay nomination form by November 1.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee that includes House of Deputies Vice-President Byron Rushing of Massachusetts, Deputy Ariana Gonzalez Bonillas of Arizona, members of the Youth Ministry Network Leadership Council and the Formation Department staff.

Nominators may be contacted in early January and applicants will be notified of their status in February. The Official Youth Presence team will be announced in March.

Questions should be directed to Skov at  bskov@episcopalchurch.org or 646-242-1421.   

General Convention

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years to consider the legislative business of the church.  General Convention is the bicameral governing body of the Church, comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members. Between Conventions, the General Convention continues to work through its committees and commissions.  The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church carries out the programs and policies adopted by General Convention.

September Faith-Rooted Organizing Training with Alexia Salvatierra

Faith-Rooted Organizing, a training with the Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, author of "Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” and a professor at Auburn Seminary in New York City will take place this September. This workshop is sponsored by The Episcopal Church's Office of Social Justice, the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, and the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire. All are welcome!

September 15 and 16

Friday 5 p.m. to Saturday 3 p.m.

Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center

400 Sawmill Road

Greenfield, New Hampshire

New Englanders of faith are invited to this workshop to develop skills and practices in advocating for our most vulnerable neighbors in the public sphere.

Salvatierra writes: “With so many injustices, small and great, across the world and right at our doorstep, what are people of faith to do? Since the 1930s, organizing movements for social justice in the U.S. have largely been built on assumptions that are secular origin—such as reliance on self-interest and having a common enemy as a motivator for change. But what if Christians were to shape their organizing around the implications of the truth that God is real and Jesus is risen?”

Topics covered:

•   Theological Framework for Faith-Rooted Organizing and Social Justice Advocacy

•   Strategies to Engage Fellow Christians and Community Leaders

•   Next Steps for Action on Specific Public Policy Issues in New England

Participation is limited to 40 people so please register early. The first 25 to register will receive a free copy of "Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World.”

The registration fee of $75.00 includes the program, materials, three meals and refreshments, and double occupancy lodging.

For those commuting or arranging for their own accommodations, the registration fee is $50. Registration is open at https://episcopalmaine.formstack.com/forms/faithrootedorganizing or www.tinyurl.com/FRO-NewEngland.

For more information, contact Heidi Shott at hshott@episcopalmaine.org.

Staff Openings at All Saints', Peterborough

Two lay employees are sought at All Saints', Peterborough. See below for full details, and information on how to apply:

Project Coordinator

Part time, 19 hours per week. Job will focus on current and future projects, requiring project management expertise.

Primary duties include management of: IT and phone systems. Church campus construction and maintenance projects. Fundraising projects. Research projects. Contracts and contractor relationships. Supervise 3 buildings and grounds contractors. Liaison between Rector, Vestry and Buildings and Grounds Ministry. Strong verbal and written communications and report writing skills.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years professional experienceand/or Project Management experience in nonprofit or similar size church.

Competencies: Highly organized and detail oriented. Experience managingindependent contractors and construction projects and meeting with publicofficials. Team oriented. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Flexible and innovative.

Please send cover letter, resume, and hourly rate requirements in confidence by August 17 to:

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, ATTN: Sandi 51 Concord Street, Peterborough NH 03458

Or via email to: admin@allsaintsnh.org subject line: Ministries Coordinator/Receptionist

Ministries Coordinator/Receptionist

Part time, 19 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 10-2pm, and some Sunday mornings. Job will provide support and assistance to the Rector and church leadership. Coordination with 10 Lay Ministries (anticipate needs, weekly check-ins, scheduling, record keeping). Receptionist (answer phones, receive visitors, maintain calendar.) Secretarial (copying, production/mailing, minutes, supplies.)

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years professional experience and/or directly related experience.

Competencies: Highly organized and detail oriented. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Team oriented and flexible. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Please send cover letter, resume, and hourly rate requirements in confidence by August 17 to:

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, ATTN: Sandi 51 Concord Street, Peterborough NH 03458

Or via email to: admin@allsaintsnh.org subject line: Ministries Coordinator/Receptionist


GUEST BLOG: The New Jim Crow--Next Steps

Guest Blog from The Rev. Rosalie Richards, Prison Concerns Committee 

Parishes and individuals who are reading The New Jim Crow have requested ideas and opportunities for what they can do now.  The following are ongoing opportunities for Next Steps, gathered by the Reconciliation Commission, Diversity Committee and Prison Concerns Committee:

1.  The most important support is prayer.  If individuals will commit to this, it is a powerful connection.  
...For People In Prison...A way to enter this is to think about challenges people in prison face and pray for all who struggle with things in particular, such as…
Those on Suicide Watch
Those whose families have cut ties
Those struggling with addiction
Self image
For the families
...For Lawmakers...Prayer is also needed for those who make the laws, that they will understand the damage they are causing our society, that they will find ways to change this.

2.  More reading, adding perspectives to the dialogue, including the following for consideration:

  • *Becoming Ms.Burton:  from Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women," by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn, forward by Michele Alexander. Susan Burton, who has been compared to Harriet Tubman, emerged from substance abuse and multiple incarcerations to founding several safe houses in Los Angeles for former incarcerated women. 
  • *Caught:  The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics," by Marie Gottschalk. The author analyzes shortcomings of two main penal reform strategies of what she names the ever-widening carceral state. 
  • *Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race," by Debby Irving.  A story of how a white woman, working for racial understanding, dug deeply into her own white privilege.  
  • *Just Mercy," by Bryan Stevenson. An award-winning and NYTimes best selling book which makes clear how poor and people of color seldom receive equal justice under the law in the U.S. 

3.  Province 1 of the Episcopal Church taped a webinar on The New Jim Crow. St. Matthew's, Goffstown parishioner and member of the Reconciliation Commission James McKim can tell you more. He can be reached at jtmckim@gmail.com.

4.  State Rep. Wayne Moynihan (Coos Country, District 2) is available to visit interested groups and parishes to discuss and update them on this and other issues around the state. You can email Rep. Moynihan at wayne.moynihan@leg.state.nh.us to request that he come to your parish.  He also has information on an alternative to incarceration, called Drug courts, and can share information with your parishes.

5. SAVE the DATE—November 13, 2017 at 6 pm, the Diversity Committee will be showing a documentary film Thirteenth at the Red River Theatre in Concord.  Please come, and join with others to watch this powerful movie.

We hope it will begin, or continue, a conversation about our history and our present day reality.
This event is one of several events which you will hear about, which are being planned to help the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire fulfill the General Convention Resolution mentioned below, which aims to address prejudice issues that divide the people of God.  

Everyone is welcome to this “by donation” showing.  Please watch for more details from the Diocesan Office and the Diversity Committee.

6.  The Reconciliation Committee is working on next steps, specifics will be shared in the coming months.  This is a based on “Becoming Beloved Community” which a direct response to General Convention Resolution C019 (“Establish Response to Systemic Injustice.” The Reconciliation Committee is including voices from other committees as the goals of Becoming Beloved Community are implemented.  

Below is an introduction to this wide-ranging work which is being fleshed out in our own diocese.  (http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2017/05/03/episcopal-church-releases-becoming-beloved-community-guide-for-racial-reconciliation-efforts/)

“Becoming Beloved Community is designed as a strategic path through distinct phases that lead to personal and structural transformation:
1. Telling the Truth about the Church and Race, via a census to determine church demographics and a Racial Justice Audit to study the impact of racism on the Church’s leadership, organizations and bodies.
2. Proclaiming the Dream of Beloved Community, via a series of regional public listening and learning engagements, starting with a partnership at Washington National Cathedral.
3. Practicing the Way of Love, via a churchwide Beloved Community story-sharing campaign, multilingual and multigenerational formation and training, pilgrimages and liturgical resources.
4. Repairing the Breach in Institutions and Society, via advocacy for criminal justice reform, re-entry collaboratives shaped by people moving from prison back to community, and partnership with Saint Augustine’s University and Voorhees College (the historically black university and college associated with the Episcopal Church).

Many churches request to know what other parishes are doing.  Please email Prison Concerns (c/o Rosalie Richards, RNealRichards@gmail.com) with your reactions and plans. We will continue to post ideas.

September Wellness Conference for CPG Enrollees

Everyone needs a plan.
Church Pension Group (CPG) is offering a free Wellness Conference on physical and financial health on September 14th in Concord, NH for all Lay Staff (Parish Administrators, Sextons, Music Ministers, etc.). The lay employee conference is for lay employees who are enrolled in the Church Pension Fund’s Defined Benefit Plan or Defined Contribution Plan, and are not yet retired.

When: September 14, 2017, 9am-4pm
Where: Holiday Inn Concord 172 North Main Street
Concord, NH 

Fee: There is no cost for you or your spouse to attend. Child and elder care costs can be subsidized up to a certain amount.

Space is limited — RSVP today.
To register or learn more, visit www.cpg.org/pfw or contact us at admissions@cpg.org or
(888) 274-2828.

New Music Director Needed in Dover

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Dover, NH, seeks an enthusiastic and gifted individual as our music director starting this fall.  They are looking for a person who loves music and wants to share his or her talent with a growing and committed congregation.  St. Thomas' worship is rooted in the traditional, but we are open to some contemporary aspects.   The ideal candidate must be proficient organist.  A piano is also available for use during services.  
This part-time position would require the following:
-  10-12 hours a week,
-  planning & executing music for one Sunday morning worship service each week,
-  leading weekly choir rehearsal,
-  collaborating with Rector to plan weekly, seasonal, and special liturgies, such as weddings, funerals, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, Easter,
-  attendance at weekly staff meetings.

Starting Salary is negotiable based on education, skills, and experience.  

The start date of this position is September 6, 2017
Interested applicants should submit a current resume to:
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
Attn:  Office Manager
5 Hale Street
Dover, NH  03820