N.H. woman appointed pastor of Riverside UMC

Pastor Shannon Keeney was appointed to Riverside United Methodist Church in Kezar Falls by Bishop Peter Weaver, resident bishop of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Keeney is from Fremont, N.H. She graduated from Hiram (Ohio) College and Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn. She served as chaplain in the cancer and maternity wards at Vanderbilt Medical Center and was college chaplain for the Wesley-Canterbury Fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

The church serves Porter, Parsonsfield and South Hiram. For more information, visit riverside or call 625-4436.


St. Alban’s offers lecture on contemplative prayer

“Introduction to Contemplative Prayer and Practice,” presented by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, features Carl Arico, co-founder and principal service leader of Contemplative Outreach Ltd.

The 6:30 p.m. presentation on the “Lectio Divina Tradition” will follow a public supper that begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Donations will be accepted.

A retreat will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15. The registration fee is $50.

Register online at For information call 799-6412.

St. Alban’s is at 885 Shore Road.


Diocese selling lakeside camp to settle abuse cases

Vermont’s Roman Catholic Diocese has put on the market its 26-acre Camp Holy Cross, located at Malletts Bay on Lake Champlain. The move comes after Colchester residents declined to spend $4.5 million to buy the property.

The diocese is selling the camp to help pay a $17.6 million judgment that settles a series of priest sex abuse cases.