• Documentary Screening, Conversation About Guns & Religion, Sunday Afternoon

    The public is invited to a screening of "The Armor of Light," a documentary that follows the life of an evangelical Reverend and a mother of a teenage shooting victim. The film, directed by Abigail E. Disney, will be shown Sunday, January 10, at 1 pm, at the church. Director Abigail Disney, grand-niece of Walt Disney, and the Reverend Rob Schenck, founder of Washington, D.C.-based Faith and Action, are planning to attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A over tea and coffee.

  • Year In Review: A Year Of Grace And Growth For Religious Communities

    Residents worshipped together during a number of special events this year coordinated by Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association and the longstanding local unit of Church Women United. They also met, and said farewell, to some of the town’s clergy.

  • Living Nativities Tell The Story Of Christmas

    A sparkling North Star’s shine washed over the manger where Jesus cried in Joseph’s arms. Mary peered over Joseph’s shoulder, leaning in to kiss the bundled infant. Twice this month a living nativity scene staged the tableau of days past and the story of the birth of Jesus.

  • Comfort And Support Offered At Interfaith Gathering To Memorialize 12/14

    A solo trumpet player standing on the steps of Trinity Episcopal Church, sent notes into the misty night air as people entered the church Monday evening for a solemn but uplifting interfaith gathering of prayer, commemorating the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School, exactly three years earlier. Young and old, they filed quietly into the nave, filling the benches for the 7 pm service offered by members of Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association event.

  • New Nonprofit Launches Thank You Tree For Those Who Serve

    The recently launched nonprofit A Place for Hope and Healing has initiated its Christmas seasonal program of Thanks. Anyone who wants to thank someone who has given their all in service to their family, friends, or community can do so with the Place for Hope and Healing Thank You Tree.

  • Living Nativity At St Rose, Saturday

    Once a year the stable on St Rose Parish grounds comes alive as live animals and people portraying Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds, wisemen, and angels fill the stable with song and scripture as they re-enact the first Christmas. This year’s Living Nativity is planned for Saturday, December 12, beginning at 6:30 pm. All are also invited to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies in the new Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center following the presentation.

  • An Annual Display Of Beauty And Warmth

    C.H. Booth Library is hosting its annual display from Hadassah of Newtown/Greater Danbury of Hanukkah menorahs, or chanukiah, according to a notice within this year’s display. Nineteen examples of the nine-branched candelabrum are on view, and they range in size and style, from a tiny silver traditional example (above) to larger models made of fused glass or glazed clay.

  • ‘The Spirituality Of Waiting’

    St Rose of Lima Church will host a special event, “The Spirituality of Waiting — an evening of reflection,” on Thursday, December 11, at 7 pm. The program will be held in the church’s Holy Innocents Faith Formation Center, 38B Church Hill Road. This is a free event, but reservations are requested in order to assure enough desserts for the post-discussion reception.

  • Interfaith Gathering Planned For 12/14 Anniversary

    On the third anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, faith leaders from the Newtown communities will guide the community by reading from sacred texts, offering prayers for the community, and allowing for times of silence to reflect and/or pray in their own way. An interfaith gathering for peace and comfort will be offered Monday, December 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church.

  • Adath Israel Announces 12/14 Memorial Service

    Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown will mark the third anniversary of 12/14 with a memorial service on Friday, December 11, at 7:30 pm. As part of the synagogue’s regular Kabbalat Shabbat service, guests will join together as a community to remember, to hear the El Malei (mourners prayer) and mark the anniversary (yahrzeit) by reciting the Mourners Kaddish together.