UPCOMING SERVICES (all services start at 10 am)
Feb 3 Tara Holmes Ball Suicide: stigma and support
Tara Holmes Ball is the Development Coordinator of Seacoast Family Promise. She is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in applied social sciences. She founded Connor’s Climb, a foundation devoted to suicide prevention after her son’s suicide in 2011. Her work is devoted to advocacy to prevent suicide through evidence-based education in New Hampshire. She has received numerous awards for her effort including the Red Cross Hero Award, The NH Super Champion Award, the Patriots Impact Award, and the Eric Cogswell Award.
Feb 10 Carmen Buford-Paige White privilege
Feb 17 Rev. Maren Tirabassi Changing the world by laughing and rolling together
Maren Tirabassi, the author of twenty books, most recently the anthology A Child Laughs – Prayers of Justice and Hope (with Maria Mankin, Pilgrim Press, 2017) is a writing teacher, new author mentor, and workshop facilitator with prison inmates, new English speakers, recovery groups, cancer patients, and churches, synagogues. After thirty-seven years, she’s retired from parish ministry. She loves quilting, hiking, swimming, beagles and attending science fiction and fantasy conventions.
Feb 24 Julien and Jane Olivier Fifty Years at the Strafford County Jail
Jane and Julien have been volunteering at the Strafford County Dept. of Corrections (County Jail) for about 50 combined years. Their ministry has consisted in listening to people/offering guidance (usually inmates but occasionally also staff); leading in labyrinth meditation and liturgical prayer; and teaching (Scripture class). Jane is known for leading in song with her guitar. The local facility houses persons awaiting trial or sentencing, serving time for misdemeanors; occasional state of federal inmates; and ICE/immigration detainees. Julien has previously volunteered at the Hillsborough County House of Corrections (Manchester) and Maine correctional facilities (men; boys). Jane taught music for many years in local elementary schools. Julien holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and currently serves as Chaplain and Fellow in Hospice and Palliative Care at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
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