Source: Dover Community News
On April 16, 2004 Dover Community News reported, "The Dover Area Religious Leaders Association is made up of religious leaders of the First Parish Congregational Church, UCC, St. John’s United Methodist Church, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Union Congregational Church of Madbury, Dover Friends Meeting, Temple Israel, the Bah’a’i Community and the Chaplains at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Strafford County Jail and House of Correction and the Dover Cooperative Ministries Council. In the early 1980s, clergy leaders from Somersworth, Madbury, Durham and Maine started to join what was then the Dover Clergy Association because they didn’t have an organization in their own towns. It wasn’t until 1994 that the organization became a Dover-specific group, and changed its name to the Dover Area Religious Leaders Association to allow non-ordained religious leaders such as the Dover Friends Meeting to join. The association, which meets monthly and is made up of about 15 people, acts primarily as a support group for local religious leaders. Their goal is to support each other in their roles as religious leaders and also to offer interfaith services to the community, such as their Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King services, as well as a Sept. 11 service that is still in the works."