Last week in Charlottesville, VA, protests turned violent as white supremacists clashed with counter-demonstrators. Episcopalians across New Hampshire are responding with advocacy, action and prayers for peace and reconciliation. The Rt. Rev A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire, explains, “The sentiments expressed by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and white nationalists threatening the rightful, full and robust inclusion of our Black, Jewish, Immigrant, Muslim, LBGTQ brothers and sisters were nothing short of evil. We will find no compromise with those views. Plain and simple.”
Read Bishop Hirschfeld’s Pastoral Letter about the events in Charlottesville, and the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire’s response and prayer, here: https://www.nhepiscopalnews.org/blog/2017/8/17/a-pastoral-letter-from-bishop-hirschfeld-the-call-of-the-beloved-community-in-the-present-crisis
Last Sunday, the Rev. Alice Courtright organized the state’s first Interfaith Prayer Vigil at St. Paul’s Church in Concord, in response to Charlottesville. To see photos and hear music from that program, and to learn about future events, visit the Episcopal Church of NH’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NHEpiscopal/.
Additional Episcopal parishes are hosting upcoming events and activities:
Sunday, August 20, St. James Episcopal Church, Keene, is honoring Jonathan Daniels' in his home church for a celebration of his life and feast day as a saint of the Episcopal Church. Jonathan Daniels' life is a model for living within one's faith. His calling to travel to and serve in the Deep South allowed him to delve deeper in his faith as he worked for justice and equality for all. This annual commemoration will be part of Sunday services at 9am. You can learn more at their website: https://www.stjameskeene.com/feast-of-jonathan-daniels-2017/
Elijah’s Table, a joint project of Etz Hayim Synagogue and the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Derry, will co-host a free community dinner on Sunday, August 20, from 5 to 6:30pm at Etz Hayim Synagogue, Hood Road, Derry.
The Church of Our Saviour, Milford, is organizing a simple Candle Light Prayer Vigil on Sunday night, August 20, at 6pm in Emerson Park, Milford. This is intended for the whole community and will be ecumenical. It is time for to pray for peace, reconciliation and safety.
All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Peterborough, will open the church on Wednesday, August 23, from 11am-2pm, for drop-in prayer to seek God’s wisdom, discerning our responses to hatred, bigotry, anti-Semitism and white supremacy, and showing solidarity with the Charlottesville community.
St. James Episcopal Church, Keene, and the Keene Interfaith Clergy Association will gather to surround the city in candlelight and love in response to the events in Charlottesville, VA. On Sunday, August 27 at 7:30pm, they will gather in Central Square for a welcome from Mayor Lane, followed by a prayer and create the largest choir Keene has ever heard, singing “This Little Light of Mine” together. More information available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/487251038297692.
All parishes and summer chapels are open for prayer services this week. To find an Episcopal Church near you, visit https://www.nhepiscopal.org/congregations.