Election Week--Episcopal Events across NH

Episcopalians can live out our call to care for our neighbors as ourselves by engaging in the public square. This November 8, our nation will head to the polls to decide a number of important elections, and there are many opportunities for Episcopalians to engage in this electoral process. In New Hampshire, Episcopal Churches are opening their doors for prayer meditation, vigils, coffee conversations and breakfasts to prepare for election week.

Official Episcopal policy recognizes voting and political participation as acts of Christian stewardship, calling upon congregations to engage in conversation on public policy issues, to develop voter registration and issue education campaigns, and to advocate for protection of voting rights.  

The Episcopal Public Policy Network explains, "A faithful commitment to political participation aligns with our Baptismal Covenant’s promise to 'strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being'." You can learn more about EPPN resources at their webpage, http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/EpiscopaliansVote.  You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #EpiscopaliansVote.

As Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said earlier this year, "If we who are Christians participate in the political process and in the public discourse as we are called to do — the New Testament tells us that we are to participate in the life of the polis, in the life of our society — the principle on which Christians must vote is the principle, Does this look like love of neighbor?" 

Here is a list of participating Episcopal parishes in New Hampshire hosting events for the Election:

MONDAY

Prayer Vigil for Peace

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Londonderry

3 Peabody Road, Londonderry, NH

Monday, November 7, 7pm

The Reverend Colin Chapman

603-437-8333

http://stpeterslondonderry.org

Election Eve Prayers

5pm

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith

93 Route 25 East, Meredith

603-279-6689

The Reverend Robin Soller

http://www.trinitymeredith.org/church/

Prayer Vigil

6-7 pm

Christ Episcopal Church, Exeter

43 Pine Street, Exeter

603-772-3332

The Reverend Mark Pendleton

http://christchurchexeter.org

A Service of Prayer

St. John the Baptist, Sanbornville

188 High Street, Sanbornville

7 pm, Monday, November 7

The Reverend Sue Poulin

603-522-3329

http://www.stjohntb.com

A Service of Prayer for Our Nation

St. Matthew’s, Gofftown

3 N. Mast Road, Goffstown

Monday, November 7, 5:30 pm

The Reverend Celeste Hemingson

603-497-2003

http://www.stmattsepiscopal.org

Rising Above the Rancor, Facing the Election Together with Faith--Pre-Election Prayer Vigil

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord and Grace Episcopal Church, East Concord participating

Hosted by Greater Concord Interfaith Council

Monday, November 7, 6:30-7:30 pm (with Muslim Isha prayers following at 7:30 pm)

Temple Beth Jacob, 67 Broadway, Concord, NH

603-228-8581

TUESDAY

Praying Our Way through Election Day

St. John's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth

101 Chapel Street, Portsmouth
7:30 am Morning Prayer
12:15 pm Noonday Prayer
5:30 pm Evening Prayer
8:30 pm Compline

The Reverends Rob Stevens and Anne Williamson

603-436-8283

http://www.stjohnsnh.org

Hourly Prayers and Bell Ringing
All Saints' Church, Peterborough
49 Concord Street, Peterborough
7am – 7pm
The Reverend Jamie Hamilton
603-924-3202
http://allsaintsnh.org

Public Prayers

St. James Episcopal Church, Keene

44 West Street, Keene

Tuesday, November 8, every hour on the hour, 7 am to 7pm

The Reverend Elsa Worth

603-352-1019

http://www.stjameskeene.com

Open Doors for Election Day

Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Weare

118 Center Road, Weare, NH

Tuesday, November 8

The Reverend Winnie Skeates

603-529-1042

http://www.holycross-weare.org

Open Prayer

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hanover

Church open until 3 pm 

9 West Wheelock St., Hanover

The Reverend Guy Collins

603-643-4155

http://www.saintthomashanover.org

Election Day Open Church

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Hampstead

187 East Road, Hampstead

Tuesday, November 8

8:30 am - 6pm

The Reverend Miriam Acevedo

603-329-4974

http://www.st-christophers-nh.org

Silent Prayer for Election Day

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New London

52 Gould Road, New London

Tuesday, November 8, 9am – 9pm (church will remain open as an oasis of silence and prayer)

The Reverend Jay MacLeod

The Reverend Kelly Sundberg Seaman

603-526-6344

http://standrewsnl.org/Contacts.html

Prayer Vigil on Election Night

Church of our Saviour, Milford

10 Amherst Street, Milford

7-8 pm, Tuesday, November 8

The Reverends Hank Junkin 

603-673-3309

www.coosmilford.org

Election Day Open Doors

Trinity Episcopal Church, Claremont

120 Broad Street, Claremont

10 am – 4 pm

The Reverend Janet Lombardo

603-542-2103

http://www.trinityclaremont.org

WEDNESDAY

Post-Election Unity Breakfast

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord and the Greater Concord Interfaith Council

21 Centre Street, Concord

Wednesday, November 9, 8 –9 am

The Rev. Kate Atkinson

603-224-2523

http://www.stpaulsconcord.org

Prayers for Healing and Communion

St. James Episcopal Church, Keene

44 West Street, Keene

Wednesday, November 9, noon

The Reverend Elsa Worth

603-352-1019

http://www.stjameskeene.com 

Post-Election Prayer Service for Peace and Reconciliation

St. John's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth

101 Chapel Street, Portsmouth
6pm

The Reverends Rob Stevens and Anne Williamson

603-436-8283

Additional information from the wider church:

·      Presiding Bishop Curry offers a video election message here. 

·      Information on non-partisan election engagement practices are here and here. 

·      Election engagement is here.