Local Projects: The Diocese of New Hampshire, River of Life

The Episcopal Church has approved 44 Stewardship of Creation grants for local projects, many of which your parish or diocese could replicate. Every Thursday, we feature one here!

SOC Grant_ NH River of Life

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The Episcopal Church in New Hampshire hopped into canoes and kayaks to join all the other New England dioceses (as well as our Lutheran brothers and sisters) for a 40-day pilgrimage of renewal and restoration along the Connecticut River. A grant of $7,000 helped the diocese prepare worship materials, rituals, and prayers for the journey, and a second grant of $7,005 allowed them to “create resource materials and handbook for use by other churches and diocese on how to conduct a similar experience to the River of Life event.”

“This is a way to experience God’s love for us, God’s grace, God’s desire to flow in us and around us,” NH Bishop Rob Hirschfeld told Episcopal News Service. “And in our forming a community of pilgrims, my desire was to slow down and put aside our electronic devices, all the busy-ness of our life, and just be fully present with God and each other in the midst of God’s creation.”

Learn more at this link from the Episcopal News Service, where you can also find a link to the prayers the pilgrims used: https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2017/05/30/river-of-life-pilgrimage-down-connecticut-river-offers-40-days-of-prayer-paddling/

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