, Derry, New Hampshire

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June 6, 2013

Interfaith campus in Derry celebrates unity

Church, synagogue celebrate strong partnership


“I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “It’s very exciting, very unique and special. I’m glad to be part of it.”

Members of each church are also embedded in each other’s lives, offering comfort, support and helping with whatever is needed, including babysitting, piano lessons and much more.

“We’re all intertwined,” said the Rev. Ray Bonin of the Church of the Transfiguration. “That’s what community is all about. It’s all about friendship.”

Church of the Transfiguration and Etz Hayim not only shared rooms and space for many years, but continue to this day to socialize and work together.

The two congregations maintain warm spiritual and working relationships. They host host regular free community meals, Elijah’s Table, and also host a youth faith-based summer program where children from both congregations study Old Testament lessons and learn about each other’s faith.

The two also host a joint Thanksgiving service and members attend each other’s fundraising events.

Cagle said it’s a relationship that continues to grow and be appreciated by both congregations.

“We have more in common than we have differences,” Cagle said.

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