The Rev. Shayna Appel
The Rev. Shayna Appel has served churches in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in both the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. Currently, Appel serves as minister to the First Church in Jaffrey, N.H., along with her wife of 17 years, the Rev. Robin Lunn. She is the Chaplain for both the Peterborough, N.H. Fire Department and the Townsend, Mass. Fire and Rescue as well as serving with the Massachusetts Corps. of Fire Chaplains and the Granite State Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Appel is a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry Team and a trained suicide prevention specialist. She holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the Central Connecticut State University and a Masters in Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological School.
Worship Theme of the Week: Grounding
In a 2013 article from Waking Times, Adam Lanka notes that, “the term grounding means connected to the Earth, and it is one that spans numerous different cultures, traditions, and spiritual practices.” As it is so deeply and directly connected to feelings of balance, connection, centeredness, being anchored and in the flow, or “at-one-ness,” our services of worship for the week will encourage the experience “grounding” and explore what is happening every time we go outside and truly connect with nature.