Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association

  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering Finds Common Ground In The Golden Rule

    This year it was Newtown United Methodist Church’s turn to host the Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering. An annual event presented by members of Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association, the November 22 service was attended by approximately 45 people who enjoyed just over an hour of prayers, music, texts, and readings from myriad faiths, and an offering that benefited one of the town’s food pantries. Many of the town’s religious leaders participated in the Sunday evening gathering, offering words of strength and support, encouragement and friendship.

  • Clergy, Residents Celebrate Passover Seder Together

    Seated at the head table for the Interfaith Seder, as seen during a ceremonial washing of their hands, from left, were Monsignor Robert Weiss, Reverend Leo McIlrath, Reverend Mel Kawakami, Rabbi Shaul Praver, Pastor Kathie Adams-Shepherd, John Woodall, Reverend Caroline Hamilton-Arnold, and Reverend Matthew Crebbin. 

  • Interfaith Seder Being Planned

    The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association and Newtown’s houses of worship will continue their tradition of an Interfaith Seder on Sunday, March 29.

    This year’s event, which will coincide with Palm Sunday, will be hosted by Newtown Congregational Church, at 14 West Street.

    The ceremony of tradition, food and song will begin at 2 pm. It will take place in NCC’s Great Room, located on the upper level of the church.  

    A $5 donation is requested per person.

  • Interfaith Clergy Association Announces Special Gathering, Other Offerings For Second Anniversary Of 12/14

    Newtown’s Interfaith Clergy Association has announced plans for an Interfaith Gathering for Prayer and Comfort to take place on Sunday, December 14, the second anniversary of 12/14.

    “As faith leaders, we come from a variety of religious communities that are diverse in faith and practice. However, we want you to know that we are united in our commitment to offer care and compassion to all of Newtown,” members of the association said via e-mail December 8.

  • Nickel Mines Amish Group Quietly Visits Newtown

    Nearly three dozen residents from the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Penn., were in Newtown last Friday. The group spent about nine hours in town, offering support from an unfortunate point of view. These were people who were also affected by an act of violence that took the lives of five children while they were at school. The incident has forever put the name Nickel Mines into a category that Sandy Hook joined 13 months ago, that of communities rocked by gun violence.

  • Praying For Newtown, Sunday

    Sponsored by Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association to support the healing of the entire community, the next monthly interfaith gathering for prayer is scheduled for Sunday, October 6.

    This month’s gathering will take place at St John’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook. The theme this weekend will be prayers for the harvest and for those who hunger. The event will begin at 4 pm.

    Attendees are asked to consider bringing a non-perishable food items for FAITH Food Pantry.

  • Praying For Newtown, An Interfaith Gathering

    Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will present the next interfaith gathering for prayer on Sunday, August 4, beginning at 4 pm.

    An ongoing monthly series launched in the weeks following 12/14, this month’s gathering will follow the theme “Prayers for Rest and Renewal.” Gatherings are on the first Sunday of each month and rotate between various locations.

  • Two Interfaith Gatherings In June

    The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association is planning two gatherings in June.

    The first will be on Sunday, June 2, beginning at 4 pm. This will be the next in the monthly interfaith services that have been held on the first Sunday of each month at various locations since April.

    This month’s gathering will be hosted by Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road. The theme will be “Finding Our Way in Times of Transition.”

  • ‘Tragedy, Trials & Tribulations: The Grace in Calamities,’ Sunday

    The Al Hedaya Islamic Center in Newtown will host its first conference event on Sunday, May 12. The program, “Tragedy, Trials & Tribulations: The Grace in Calamities,” will be divided in a number of segments, with the first part of the day taking place at Edmond Town Hall and the later portion to be held at The Al Hedaya Islamic Center.