Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement on the release of prisoners from Cuba:
"I give thanks for the release today of prisoners held by Cuba and the United States.  The return of Alan Gross and the remaining three of the Cuban Five to their homes will bring great rejoicing to their families and their nations.  This action also opens the door to regularized relations between these two countries for the first time in 50 years.  The Episcopal Church rejoices with these families and we have deep hope for the possibilities of reconciliation and exchange between the divided parts of the Church and humanity."
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

 

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The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Episcopal Bishop of NH, has taken a leading role in the fight to end homelessness in our state's capital.  As a part of the city's Taskforce to End Homelessness, Bishop Rob, alongside community leaders, advocates and business professionals, is engaged in study and discernment on this important issue. Learn more at http://concordhomeless.org.

The Concord Monitor has taken on this issue, too, in a multipart series. You can read more HERE, and follow the Monitor's reporters on Twitter at #homelessinconcord. The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire will continue to share updates of Bishop Rob's work.

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The Taskforce for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC), which includes our own Canon for Mission Resources/CFO The Rev. Canon Kevin Nichols, has issued 'A Word To The Episcopal Church' concerning the release of the final report.

"The members of TREC commend our report to the whole church, and specifically to the 78th General Convention. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the church in this way. While we have consulted widely, listened deeply, and debated vigorously over the past two years, we also understand that our proposals are a first step in the ongoing process of re-imagining the church. The conversation that takes place at many levels of the church between now and the 78th General Convention will inevitably challenge, enhance, supplement, and change our proposals. We trust the Holy Spirit will be present in this ongoing process, and will help us all to follow Jesus most faithfully in our own day.We recognize that our call to action for the Church to engage in a deep discernment process around the reimagination of dioceses, clergy preparation, the use of our sacred buildings, and other issues is broad and in some cases general.  We hope that the resolutions we proposed will be a jumping off point for this discernment process, which we hope will engage Episcopalians both within the General Convention context and far beyond."

TREC members added, "We will be sharing our specific proposed changes to the constitution and canons with experts in canon law in the coming weeks and months to help ensure internal and technical consistency. We felt it was important to share our report with the whole church now, even though some of the more highly technical aspects might need further perfecting between now and next year's General Convention."

For more information, questions or comments, contact TREC members at reimaginetec@gmail.com

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On Sunday, December 21, at 5pm, St. John's Episcopal Church, at 101 Chapel Street, in Portsmouth will host a Service for Blue Christmas. The Blue Christmas service is a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God. Some may be experiencing a sense of loss: loss of a job, loss of health, loss of a relationship. It is not accidental that this service coincides with the winter solstice – the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In this service of prayer, candlelight, and quiet music, we gather with neighbors and strangers, a family made one by our brokenness. All are welcome to seek comfort that we are not alone, we come with our hearts full of hope and we invite our great sign of hope, Emmanuel, God-with-us, to break through the darkness of our lives. More at St. John's, Portsmouth.

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For over a decade the Reverend John Yen has been a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester, NH.  He and his family fled the Sudan many years ago during a period of massive unrest.  It took the Yen family nine years, mostly by foot, to traverse from the Sudan (by way of Egypt) to arrive as refugees in New Hampshire. Father John Yen is the only Anglican, Sudanese priest in the three state region of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.  He travels far and wide, presiding at the baptisms, weddings, and funerals of Sudanese refugees his native tongue of Dinka all over New England.

Father John Yen is seeking a donation of a used car to help him both in his vocations as priest and also as a parent of eight children.  If you have a used car you are willing to donate, please contact The Reverend Dr. Marjorie Ann Gerbracht-Stagnaro, Rector, Grace Episcopal Church.

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Trinity Institute's 2015 conference (TI2015), Creating Common Good, will be broadcast live from New York at St. James Episcopal, Keene, January 23 and 24, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

TI2015 is practical conference for economic equality. The event recognizes that many of us feel fearful and hopeless about economic inequality in the U.S., and we wonder what the Church can do to effect change. This theological conference will bring together action-oriented experts to provide hopeful, clear, practical tools that can be used in our communities to make a positive economic impact. 

The event is free of charge. Please download and share this poster to learn more.

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The Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES) has awarded the 2014 Morgan Directors' Award to Rev. Stephen Blackmer, founder of the Church of the Woods, Canterbury, NH.  This Award is is given annually to as many as three grantees whose work is deemed an exemplary fulfillment of EES objectives for innovative ministry projects and gospel proclamation. Rev. Blackmer received two previous EES awards as a Yale Berkeley Divinity School student. For more information about the Church of the Woods, visit www.kairosearth.org.

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You can read Bishop Rob's Advent Message at his blog, Tending the Vine

Excerpt about being "witness" to recent actions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, NY:  "May God loosen our tongues, and open the ears of those who can hear the cry of the poor and the disenfranchised in our land.  May we, like John the Baptizer, prepare the way of God’s realm by crying out in this wilderness.  Though we may do that from the margins of our society, (the church is now, blessedly, more and more on those margins), may our testimony be as enduring and shimmering as those unheard of  women in Jesus’ day: Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna, each of whom rejoiced at the arrival of the Holy One in their day."

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Our new website has launched, as you can see! Please share our site with your colleagues and parishioners by sending a link: www.nhepiscopal.org. On our homepage, you'll see buttons to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram--please join the conversation! 

Our new news blog--The Bulletin--is available for subscription. You can fill in the subscription information and you will receive news updates as they are posted. 

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 The chaplaincy and choirs of St. Paul’s School invite the public to their annual Festival of Lessons and Carols to herald the feast of Christmas. The service will be held this year at 5pm on the Third Sunday in Advent, December 14, 2014 in the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul. Admission is free and doors open at 4:20pm. 

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