On Monday, March 30, beginning at 7:30 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church will host a service of Taizé for Holy Week. This tradition of musical worship began years ago in the ecumenical French monastic community called Taizé. Held at Trinity Episcopal Church in the darkened, richly resonant space, the local Taizé services provide an uncomplicated framework for quiet meditation, reflection, readings and music.
The cable television program "Unity in Diversity" can be viewed on Charter Community Vision (channel 192) each Monday at 12:30 pm and again on Wednesday at 5:30 pm. The program features interviews with prominent pastors, rabbis, imams and other spiritual leaders of a variety of local faith communities.
The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will continue its tradition of an interfaith Seder, this year being planned for Sunday, March 29. The 2015 event, which this year coincides with Palm Sunday, will be hosted by Newtown Congregational Church. The leader of the town’s synagogue, Rabbi Praver thinks the interfaith Seders have been popular in recent years for a few reasons.
A small group of women and men gathered in the Nunnawauk Meadows Community Building on March 7 to join a Human Rights Celebration hosted by the local Church Women United unit. While small in number, those in attendance appeared to enjoy celebrating the afternoon’s theme, “Journey Toward Peace.” They also honored the late Jeanette Mayer, who had been invited to keynote on Saturday afternoon but died unexpectedly nine days earlier. In place of Mrs Mayer, Elizabeth Ricci spoke about her friend and longtime CWU member. Darlene Jackson, the president of CWU/Newtown-Danbury, said that Mrs Mayer had been selected to be honored on Saturday in part because “all of her life she was very concerned with human rights.”
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. A $5 donation is requested per person for the ceremony of tradition, food and song, which will begin at 2 pm.
The annual Church Women United Human Rights Celebration, this year following the theme “Journey Toward Peace,” will be held in the Community Room at Nunnawauk Meadows on Saturday, March 7, from 1:30 to 3 pm. The guest speaker for the local celebration being hosted by the CWU/Newtown-Danbury unit will be Elizabeth Ricci. Mrs Ricci is stepping in for the local unit after the unexpected death on February 26 of Jeanette Mayer, who had been planning to serve as the program’s keynote. In honor of Mrs Mayer, attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of pennies for Saturday's Fellowship of the Least Coin offering.
For local women who need a day of spiritual renewal, St Rose Parish, in unity with other women, will offer for a one-day retreat on Saturday, March 7. The special event will run from 8 am until to 5 pm, and will include 4:00 Mass. It will be primarily in r on the parish grounds, 38 Church Hill Road.
The annual Church Women United Human Rights Celebration, this year following the theme “Journey Toward Peace,” will be held in the Community Room at Nunnawauk Meadows on Saturday, March 7, from 1:30 to 3 pm. The guest speaker for the local celebration being hosted by the CWU/Newtown-Danbury unit will be Jeanette Mayer. A member of the local unit, Ms Mayer will share her life experiences through out her journey. Guests will also view a video from youthforhumanrights.org, about the history of the human rights movement.
St John’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook, will hold its 58th annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 17. From 5 to 7 pm in the church hall, members of the church will be serving all-you-can-eat dinners of pancakes, applesauce, and beverages. After a one year hiatus, Bruce Moulthrop’s home-style corned beef hash will return to the menu. Diners can opt for the hash or sausage as their side.
Caroline Hamilton-Arnold enjoys rock climbing, reading, camping and dreaming. She also loves myriad forms of music, from electronic to folk, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s pre-"Sherlock" show "The Last Enemy." She is not a fan of cold weather, however, which would be an issue for the newest staff member at Newtown Congregational Church if she had not already fallen in love with the town where she now spends much of her time. Rev Hamilton-Arnold has not yet been formally installed, but the 25-year-old has been serving as the church’s transitional associate minister since September 1. That was the day after she had presented her Candidate Sermon.