Sept. 23: Interfaith Women of NH: Purposeful Faith – Pivotal Moments

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Interfaith Women of NH invites all women to “Purposeful Faith: Pivotal Moments” on Monday September 23, 2019 at 6:45 p.m. at Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm Street, Manchester NH 03104. The program features three women of faith in different leadership roles speaking about what brought them to this role, followed by a panel discussion.

Speakers are Rev. Cynthia Bagley Senior Minister, United Church of Christ, Keene NH; Susan McKeown, A.P.R.N., C.P.S., Author and Co-Founder of F.A.S.T.E.R., a family based response to substance use disorder; and, Major Armida Harper of the Salvation Army, Manchester.

Rev. Bagley spent twenty years as a corporate and independent consultant when a series of challenging events inspired her to pursue a career in ministry. Balancing three children and a terminally ill husband, she enrolled full-time as a Merit Scholar at Boston University School of Theology. 2019 marks Cindy’s 16th year as an ordained Minister, Currently serving the United Church of Christ in Keene NH, she is the first female Senior Pastor in that Church’s 281 year history!

Susan McKeown,

Susan McKown, A.P.R.N., C.P.S., St Catherine of Siena Parish, Manchester NH, practiced as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 41 years. As a Certified Prevention Specialist she is passionate about issues related to substance use disorder and mental health. She has worked with families dealing with substance use disorder since 2002 and co-founded F.A.S.T.E.R., a family-based response to substance use disorder. Susan and her husband have worked with the Family Life Ministry, Diocese of Manchester, to prepare engaged couples for marriage over decades. She is the author of “Beyond the First Dance – A Guide for Couples to Think Beyond Their Wedding Day”.

Major Armida Harper, Salvation Army, Manchester NH

Major Armida Harper of the Salvation Army is an ordained officer in the Church serving Manchester with her husband since 2016. She has ministered for more than 18 years serving in four U.S. States, in Kenya, Africa, and in India, Hong Kong and China on short term assignments. Armida holds a B.S. in Education and a Masters in Social Work. The Harpers have four children and three grandchildren.

The Mission of Interfaith Women of NH is to share religious beliefs, cultures and traditions among women of diverse faiths in order to develop understanding and friendship among us and within our community.

Register for the event at or call 603-315-9386. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.. Program begins at 6:45 p.m.. Stay for refreshments and social after the formal program.