Newtown Middle School student Laura Augenbraun, daughter of Deborah and David Augenbraun of Sandy Hook, recently decided to raise awareness and money for Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs. The decision was for her social service community project, something each seventh grade student at B’nai Israel Religious School in Southbury performs in preparation for becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah, “son/daughter of the commandments.”
The Newtown/Danbury unit of Church Women United is planning its annual May Friendship Day celebration. This year’s event will be Saturday, May 16, beginning at 10 am, in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The theme of the celebration is “Journey Of The Caregiver.” According to program notes published by Church Women United, this year’s May Friendship Day celebration is for all people who struggle with their calling of caring for the needs of others.
Thursday, May 7, will be the nation’s 64th observance of the National Day of Prayer. The theme of this year’s event is “Lord Hear Our Cry,” based on the Scripture of 1 Kings 8:28, and a group of residents are again planning to host a local observance at Edmond Town Hall. All who would like to pray for the nation and community together in a biblical context are welcome.
Guided by Rabbi Shaul Praver, members of the Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association were joined by a few dozen members of the public for the 2015 Interfaith Seder on March 29. As he is known for doing, Rabbi Praver imbued the gathering with his wonderful sense of humor. He repeatedly drew laughter from everyone attending the special event, while also keeping a focus on the solemnity and importance of observing Passover, which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.
On Wednesday of Holy Week, April 1, at 8 pm, the Mystery Players of Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y., will present the Stations of the Cross in a very creative way at St Rose of Lima in Newtown. The Mystery Players bring the stations to the modern level through the use of special lighting, music, pantomime, and paraliturgical readings. It may not be appropriate for children under the age of 10, but all others are invited to attend this unique and powerful prayer experience.
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.
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.”