Cathedral adds hiking trail, new events

Organization takes on cultural and environmental missions, reaching out to families

The Cathedral of the Pines may have only added three words to its mission statement, but the results have already made a big difference.

At the Memorial Day Celebration on May 30, the Cathedral honored those who have served the nation, announced the changes to the mission statement, and shared upcoming activities spurred by the changes.

By adding the words “cultural and environmental” to the mission statement, the Cathedral, already a spot known for its spiritual appreciation, is branching out and becoming more relevant, said Robert Schaumann of Jaffrey, Cathedral of the Pines board member.

“It’s not just a place of worship and reflection — we are really trying to draw in more families and children, while still honoring the Cathedral’s rich history,” said Schaumann.

In addition to a opening a new 1.5 mile hiking trail, extending hours to accommodate families who want to picnic, being awarded a new grant to add another 3-mile trail, and additional picnic tables, the Cathedral has planned numerous new events, said Don Upton of Jaffrey, a board member at the Cathedral of the Pines. Events include Blue Grass in the Pines on July 13; Project Shakespeare presents “The Taming of the Shrew” on Aug. 1; and 10K Trail Run/5K Run Walk on Sept. 27.

“We want to be a visible and relevant part of people’s lives,” Schaumann said.

Schaumann fell in love with the Cathedral of the Pines as a child visiting the area from Philadelphia. Three years, ago when he retired, Schaumann moved to New Hampshire and found himself once more drawn back to the Cathedral.

“It’s not really a church — it’s so much more,” he said.

Upton agreed, adding that he hopes to once again see the parking lot filled with cars and families picnicking on the grounds, enjoying the gardens, celebrating the lives of all who have served.

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