Religious Coalition Membership

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Religious Affirmation of Marriage

We, the undersigned leaders of New Hampshire faith communities, declare our commitment to marriage, our own and others’. Among the most fundamental of human rights are the rights to love and marry the one we love and to form a family.  Our faith has called us and continues to call us to support, comfort, counsel, and for those who so choose, officiate for gay and lesbian couples as they participate in the sacred and legal institution of marriage.

We acknowledge that debate and discussion continue in many of our religious communities regarding the theological and liturgical issues involved.  We draw on our many faith traditions, however, to arrive at a common conviction:  we are resolved that the State may not favor the beliefs of one religious group over another to deny any individuals their fundamental rights.  The state does not compel faith leaders to officiate for same gender marriages; at the same time the state should not prevent faith leaders from doing so if they choose.  In fact, for many of us, our religious convictions dictate that we officiate for gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry, and to deny us this opportunity interferes with our free exercise of our religion.

As leaders of communities of faith we support the current law that gives gay and lesbian couples the right and freedom to legally marry, and we emphatically oppose efforts to repeal or modify this sacred and legal fundamental right.

We sign below with joyful affirming support for those who have made and wish to make such a lifetime commitment.

Signed,

Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire

Reverend Gary M. Schulte, New Hampshire Conference Minister, United Church of Christ

Reverend Virginia Fryer, Lebanon United Methodist Church, Lebanon, NH

Rabbi Robin Nafshi, Temple Beth Jacob, Concord, NH

Reverend David A. Richardson, Hooksett United Church of Christ, Hooksett, NH

Reverend Dr. Leanne M. Tigert, South Church, United Church of Christ, Concord, NH

Reverend James A Batten, (Ret.) United Methodist Minister, Concord, NH

Reverend Dwight Haynes, (Ret.) United Methodist Minister, Concord, NH

Reverend Frank Gulinello, (Ret.) United Methodist Minister, Goffstown, NH

Reverend Phillip Polhemus, (Ret.) United Methodist Minister, Meredith, NH

Rabbi Beth D. Davidson, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester, NH

Reverend Jonathan Hopkins, Concordia Lutheran Church, Concord, NH

Rabbi Larry Karol, Temple Israel, Dover, NH

Rabbi Joshua Segal, Congregation Betenu, Amherst, NH

Rabbi Louis Rieser, Etz Hayim Synagogue, Derry, NH

Reverend Dr. Frank L. Irvine (Ret.), United Church of Christ, Concord, NH

Reverend Leslie W. Norman, (Ret.), United Church of Christ, New London, NH

Rev. Carlos Jauhola-Straight, South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Concord, NH

Cantor Shira Nafshi, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester, NH

Reverend Terry C. Thomason (Ret.) United Methodist Minister, Meredith, NH

Reverend Jason Wells, Grace Episcopal Church, Concord, NH

Reverend Herbert Sprouse, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord, NH

Reverend Nadine Strout (Ret.) United Methodist Minister, Concord, NH

Reverend Beverly Lindsey, The Congregational and Baptist Church of Chester, Chester, NH

Reverend Charles B. Higgins (Ret.), United Church of Christ, South Danbury, NH

Reverend Barbara Currie, Deering Community Church, United Church of Christ, Deering, NH

Reverend Gina M. Finocchiaro, United Church of Christ, Wolfeboro, NH

Reverend Gray Fitzgerald, United Church of Christ, Concord, NH

Reverend Kurt C. Wiesner, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Littleton, NH

Reverend Eleanor McLaughlin, Ph.D, (Ret.), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, NH

Reverend David B. Keller, First Congregational Church, Concord, NH

Reverend Carla Bailey, United Church of Christ, Dartmouth, NH

Reverend Kent McCusick, Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia, Laconia, NH

Reverend Carolyn H. Keilig, First Church Congregational, United Church of Christ, Rochester, NH

Reverend William Ferguson, First Congregational Church of Pelham, Pelham, NH

Reverend Barbara Mckusick Liscord, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Milford, NH

Reverend Jean Bass, Newfields, NH

Reverend Michael Leuchtenberger, Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, Concord, NH

Reverend William Gannon, Trinity Episcopal Church, Hampton, NH

Robin R. Lunn, M.Div., Executive Dir., Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, Milford, NH

Reverend Dr. Gordon Ellis, The United Church of Christ, Keene, NH

Reverend Nancy Rockwell, The Congregational Church in Exeter, United Church of Christ, Exeter, NH

Reverend Steve Notis, Methodist, Hampton, NH

Reverend Maren C. Tirabassi, Union Congregational United Church of Christ, Madbury, NH

Reverend Mark Monson Alley, St. John’s United Methodist, Dover, NH

Reverend S. Benjamin Hamblett (ret) American Baptist Minister, Chester, NH

Reverend David Yasenka Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, Salem, NH

Reverend Anne Roser, Silver Lake, NH

Reverend Donald Blume, Dean of the ECLA NH Conference, Manchester, NH

Reverend Ray Mitchell, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Berlin, NH

Reverend Sharon A. Frank, United Methodist Minister, Lebanon, NH

Reverend Susan Grant Rosen, Charlestown Congregational Church, Charlestown, NH

Reverend Celeste Hemingson, St. Marks Episcopal Church, Ashland, NH

Reverend Curtis Metzger, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Pittsfield, NH

Reverend Susan Langle, Trinity Episcopal Church Claremont NH

Reverend Elaine Peresluha, South Church, Portsmouth NH

Reverend Joshua Gray, United Church of Christ minister, Newmarket, NH

Reverend Mark A. Jenkins, St. James Episcopal Church, Keene, NH

Reverend Susan J. Buchanan, Christ Episcopal Church, North Conway NH

Reverend Kathleen Cullen, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Goffstown, NH

Reverend Gail Avery, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Hampstead, NH

Reverend Frederick Stecker, D.Min; Psya.D. (Ret.), Episcopal, New London, NH

Reverend Derrill P Crosby, (Ret.) All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Peterborough, NH

Reverend Priscilla R. Hull, (Ret.) United Methodist Church, Claremont, NH

Reverend Heidi H. Frantz-Dale, Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Tamworth NH

Reverend John Denson, Christ Episcopal Church, Exeter, NH

Reverend Robert E. Stiefel, Ph.D., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Dover, NH

Reverend Canon Charles D. LaFond, The Episcopal Diocese of New Hamphsire, Concord, NH

Reverend Carolyn Stevenson, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Salem, NH

Rt. Reverend Arthur Walmsley, (Ret.) Episcopal Bishop, Deering, NH

Reverend Kate Atkinson, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord, NH

Reverend Jared A. Rardin, South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Concord, NH

Cantor Claire G. Metzger, Bow, New Hampshire

Reverend Tod L. Hall, Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal), Lisbon NH

Reverend Jeffrey D. S. Thornberg, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, NH

Reverend Miriam Acevedo, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Hampstead, NH

Reverend Tobias Nyatsambo, St. James Episcopal Church, Laconia, NH

Rabbi Hannah Orden, Temple B’nai Israel, Laconia, NH

Reverend Susan de Puy Kershaw, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Walpole, NH

Reverend Sandra J. Whippie, (Ret.) Walpole Unitarian Church, Walpole, NH

Reed J. Loy, Campus Minister, United Campus Ministry to Keene State College, Keene, NH

Reverend Alice Roberts, Epiphany Church, Newport NH

The Rt. Reverend Donald P. Hart, Sharon, NH

Reverend Bill Beardslee, United Church of Christ, Jaffrey, NH

Reverend Rebecca Werner Maccini, Henniker Congregational UCC, Henniker, NH

Reverend Stephen D. Edington, Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, Nashua, NH

Reverend Charles Tirrell, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New London, NH

Reverend David P. Jones, Episcopal, Former chaplain to NH Senate, Concord, NH

Reverend Marthe F. Dyner, Union and St. Luke’s Episcopal Churches, Claremont and Charlestown, NH

Reverend Deacon Joan Barr Smith, Grace Episcopal Church, Manchester

Reverend Fran Gardner-Smith, Rector, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Berlin, NH

Reverend Dr. Guy Collins, St Thomas Episcopal Church, Hanover, NH

Reverend William M Romer, (Ret.), Episcopal Diocese of NH

Reverend Susan Ackley, Ecumenical Officer, Episcopal Diocese, Ashland, NH

Reverend Randolph K. Dales, All Saints Episcopal Church, Wolfeboro, NH

Reverend Anne Thornberg, Christ Episcopal Church, Exeter NH

Rt. Rev. Douglas E. Theuner, VIIIth Bishop of New Hampshire, Episcopal, (Ret.), Concord, NH

Reverend Jane W. Van Zandt, Grace Episcopal Church, Manchester, NH

Reverend Noel Bailey, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, NH

Reverend Caroline Fairless, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New London, NH

Reverend Willis Ottery, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord, N H

Reverend Richard C. L. Webb (Ret.), Episcopal Church, Jaffrey, NH

Reverend Robert B. Lee, The Border Parish, Episcopal, NH

Reverend Sarah Rockwell, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Londonderry, NH

Reverend Hays M. Junkin, Church of the Holy Spirit, Episcopal, Plymouth, NH

Reverend Grace Pritchard Burson, Grace Episcopal Church, Manchester, NH

Reverend Henry F. Knight, Episcopal, Keene, NH

Rabbi Barry Krieger, Temple Israel, Portsmouth NH

Reverend Anne S.N. Webb (Ret.), Jaffrey, NH

Reverend G. Richard Siener, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, NH

Reverend Canon Timothy T. Rich, The Episcopal Diocese of NH, Concord, NH

Reverend William E. Exner, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Goffstown, NH

Reverend Dr. Jennifer H. Stiefel, (Ret.), Episcopal, Dover, NH

Reverend Dr. Mary Westfall, Community Church of Durham, Durham, NH

Reverend Michael Spencer, St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

Reverend Peter Hey, Wesley United Methodist Church, Concord, NH

Reverend John Gregory-Davis, Meriden Congregational Church, UCC, Meriden, NH

Reverend Susan Gregory-Davis, Meriden Congregational Church, UCC, Meriden, NH

Reverend Telos Whitfield, Walpole Unitarian Church, Walpole, NH

Reverend Darrell Huddleston, Grace Episcopal Church, Manchester, NH

Arne Alpert, American Friends Service Committee, Concord NH

Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett, Concord NH

Reverend Earle Custer (Ret), United Methodist, Dover NH

Reverend Gail Kindberg Lee Church Congregational, Lee NH

Reverend Leslie MacGregor, Meriden Congregational Church, Meriden, NH

Reverend Dr. Dawn C. Berry, Brookside Congregational Church, UCC, Manchester, NH

Reverend Allan Knight, (Ret.), Grace Episcopal Church, Manchester, NH

Reverend Melvin Burrowes, Canterbury United Community Church, Canterbury, NH

Reverend Gordon L. Crouch, First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, UCC, Hopkinton, NH

Reverend  Alanna M. Van Antwerpen, The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Nashua, NH.

Fritz Weiss, Clerk, Hanover Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Hanover, NH

Reverend Kristine Bowen, United Church of Christ Minister, Concord, NH

Reverend Kent C. McKusick, Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia, Laconia, NH

Reverend Richard G. Leavitt, The Congregational Church of Amherst, UCC, Amherst NH

Reverend Judith Smith-Valley, Interim Minister, Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, Keene, N.H.

Reverend Kevin Nichols, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Hopkinton, NH

Reverend Dawn Shippee, Portsmouth, NH

Reverend Dr. Pete Lovejoy, (Ret.) United Church of Christ, New Boston, NH

Reverend Steve Garnaas-Holmes, United Methodist Minister, Concord, NH

Reverend Mark Kozielec, Trinity Episcopal Church, Tilton, NH

Rt. Reverend Donald P. Hart, (Ret.) former Rector St. James Episcopal Church, Keene, NH

Reverend Carol Snow-Asher, Center Harbor Congregational Church, Center harbor, NH

Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin, Keene, NH

If you are a faith leader and would like to join Standing Up for New Hampshire Families’ Religious Coalition and sign onto the letter above, please click here.