This Week at JCC and around town: July 20-25

Highlights: Hike, fitness class, yoga, MWV Jewish film forum, music at local venues & Music under the Tent (library), Awareness in Sanctuary series (Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation), C3 conversation, shabbat service, worship and more

TUE, July 20

  • Community Event: CHAIR YOGA – A Healthier You with Anjali Rose
    9:15am • Zoom. (Zoom pre-registration link)
    6-week series/online class sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Center. We explore various exercises to improve posture, balance and strength using the core weight of the body and light hand weights. This fun and insightful class is for all ages and abilities. Simply bring a chair, two blocks, a strap and light hand weights.
  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30-2pm • Zoom.
    Meeting of Clergy of the Eastern Slope for peer work and community networking. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-7pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org

WED, July 21

  • FITNESS with LAURIE McALEER
    9am • JCC Parish House (in-person)
    Join us for a free, gentle fitness class. Please let Laurie McAleer know you will attend. Masking and social distancing required.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    2-5pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Event: FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
    5pm • Zoom. (Zoom Pre-registration link)
    Class sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Center. We will explore the body, mind and soul with mindful movement. These yoga classes are intentionally created with sequences to instill strength, flexibility and mobility. This fun and community oriented class is for all ages and abilities. Simply bring a mat, strap, block and blanket.
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAIN CEILI BAND
    5:30 – 9pm • Wildcat Tavern Dinner reservations required: 800-228-4245 or 603-383-4245.
    The musicians will play on the porch of the Igloo a safe distance from guests and vice versa. Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes. For more information on the White Mountain Ceili Band visit: whitemountainceiliband.com

THURS, July 22

  • Community Event: NATURALIST LED HIKE in JACKSON
  • 10am • Tin Mountain Conservation Center Field Station, Jackson
    Registration required link. Or call Call 447-6991.
    Join Tin Mountain Conservation Center for weekly hikes at the Jackson Field Station property every Thursday in July & August. Highlights include the summit of Tin Mountain, a tin mine on the property, and historic homestead, and a mountain pond. Tin Mountain’s naturalist will explain the historic use of the property, help identify plant species, and point out animal signs. These hikes are a great way to explore the lesser trod trails of the White Mountains and avoid the crowds. Participants of all ages welcome.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-7pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    1pm • Food pickup
    2:30pm • Curbside package preparation
    5pm • Shift at curbside with guests
    @ 15 Grove St, North Conway, NH
    Rev Gail and JCC volunteers serve this weekly outreach to local homeless and housing-insecure residents.
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAINS JEWISH FILM FORUM – AMERICAN PASTORAL
    7:30pm • Register (required) here: Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ode-gpzwqHNMrAgWIy847oogkB4MPSZ2A  Watch the film first on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, ahead of time on your own and then join the group at 7:30pm for a conversation led by author Benjamin Taylor. From Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation: A film based on the novel of the same name by Philip Roth: Seymour “Swede” Levov comes of age just after World War II, in a thriving and triumphant America. A legendary high school athlete, the diligent and successful inheritor of his father’s glove factory, the proprietor of an eighteenth-century stone house in the heart of WASP country, the devoted husband of a beautiful and intelligent wife, and the father of a charming daughter, the Swede appears to have fulfilled the ambitions of generations of struggling forebears. But his carefully constructed life begins to collapse as he and America face the challenges of the turbulent sixties, and he sees his adored daughter, Merry, turn first into a rebellious adolescent and then into a revolutionary terrorist. As Swede Levov watches in bewilderment everything he treasures, everything so industriously created by his family over the course of three generations, is blown up by an angry girl’s bomb. American Pastoral is a wrenching and cathartic piece of work. It is a book about America: about loving and hating it, about wanting to belong and refusing to belong.

FRI, July 23

  • Community Event: AWARENESS in the SANCTUARY — Deep Eyes
    9:30-10:a5am • Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem, NH / Zoom
    Led by Jacki Katzman, Movement Mentor, BHC member and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®.
    Registration Required for All participants. Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUode2rqjkqGtZyCr28HqH3tWbTa1ZGTvRX Questions? Please contact Jacki – jackisue@aol.com. Upcoming sessions:  July 30 – Resting on Inside Eyes, August 6 – Prayer Hand Eyes – Direct Your Attention. A donation to the Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation for the 4-lesson series ($50), or $15 per single session, will be appreciated. Participants  have the option of Zoom or in-person attendance in the sanctuary. Open your eyes to fresh perspectives, guided by principles of the Feldenkrais Method. “Fresh Perspective” begins with a topical reading selected by Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum followed by a guided, body-based meditation. Lessons are appropriate for people of all abilities, body types, levels of fitness, faiths and spiritual orientations. .
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    2-5pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS (zoom link)
    5pm • Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83028442916
    Option: Call in via touch-tone phone: 929.436.2866 Meeting ID: 83028442916 (#)
    Conversation about this week’s scripture.
  • Community Event: SHABBAT SERVICE
    6pm • In-Person @ Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation Sanctuary & Via Zoom
    To join us on Zoom, please register here: bhcsynagogue1920@gmail.com
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR: Mike Malkin & Becca Deschenes
    Evening • Shannon Door

SAT, July 24

  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-2pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Event: GARDEN STAGE CONCERT SERIES – TYLER JAMES KELLY
    Evening • Wildcat Tavern
    Link: Tickets and reservations required.
    https://www.wildcattavern.com/events/the-garden-stage-dinner-concert-series-with-tyler-james-kelly/ Two shows per night, 4:30p-6:30p (Seating 3:45p), 7p-9p (6:45p Seating), Tables have a max of 6 people, All Events are 21 years and older only.
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR: Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden
    Evening • Shannon Door

SUN, July 25

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING (ZOOM & IN-PERSON)
    8am • Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center & Zoom
    Zoom link required; Email jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org for info.. Join us for poetry, prayer and conversation.
  • VIRTUAL WORSHIP (ZOOM & IN-PERSON)
    10:30am •  Zoom link required; Email jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org for info.
    • Join us for worship with music, scripture, prayer and reflection.
    • Live music by Alan Labrie
    • Message with Rev Gail Doktor
    • Stay for virtual coffee hour (via Zoom only).
    • Singing in community now practiced.
    • In-person attendance requires social distancing, masking requested for non-vaccinated individuals.
    • Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event). Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • Community Resource: MUSIC under the TENT – Shana Aisenberg (Appalachian & Contra Dance Fiddle)
    4pm • Jackson Library tent and lawn
    Bring chairs and a picnic. Come early for space under the tent.
  • Community Event: MUSIC at SHANNON DOOR: Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden
    Evening • Shannon Door

This Week with JCC and around town: July 13-18

This week: Hikes (Tin Mountain & USVLT), Canoe for a Cause (Upper Saco Valley Land Trust/USVLT), garden tours (MWV Garden Club members only), fitness class, zoom yoga, forest yoga, film festival, Irish music & jazz (Wildcat Tavern), Music under the Tent (library), Awareness in Sanctuary series (Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation), C3 conversation, shabbat service, worship and more

TUE, July 13

  • Community Event: CHAIR YOGA – A Healthier You with Anjali Rose
    9:15am • Zoom. (Zoom pre-registration link)
    6-week series/online class sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Center. We explore various exercises to improve posture, balance and strength using the core weight of the body and light hand weights. This fun and insightful class is for all ages and abilities. Simply bring a chair, two blocks, a strap and light hand weights.
  • CLERGY LUNCH
    12:30-2pm • Zoom.
    Meeting of Clergy of the Eastern Slope for peer work and community networking. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-7pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • DEACONS MEETING
    7pm • Zoom link required for virtual attendance. Email church: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org

WED, July 14

  • FITNESS with LAURIE McALEER
    9am • JCC Parish House (in-person)
    Join us for a free, gentle fitness class. Please let Laurie McAleer know you will attend. Masking and social distancing required.
  • Community Event: PADDLE for a CAUSE
    All Day • Saco Canoe Rental Company
    Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is the featured non-profit for Saco Canoe Rental Company’s Paddle for a Cause on Wednesday, July 14. A portion of the proceeds from every canoe and kayak rental will be donated to USVLT. Invite your friends and go to www.sacocanoerental.com to book your river trip.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    2-5pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Event: FLOW & ALIGN YOGA with Anjali Rose
    5pm • Zoom. (Zoom Pre-registration link)
    Class sponsored by the Friends of the Whitney Center. We will explore the body, mind and soul with mindful movement. These yoga classes are intentionally created with sequences to instill strength, flexibility and mobility. This fun and community oriented class is for all ages and abilities. Simply bring a mat, strap, block and blanket.
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAIN CEILI BAND
    5:30 – 9pm • Wildcat Tavern Dinner reservations required: 800-228-4245 or 603-383-4245.
    The musicians will play on the porch of the Igloo a safe distance from guests and vice versa. Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes. For more information on the White Mountain Ceili Band visit: whitemountainceiliband.com

THURS, July 15

  • Community Event: GARDEN POLLINATORS FIELD PROGRAM
    10am & 11:15am • Albany
    Advance registration required. 10am: Link to register. 11:15am: Link to register. Or call 447-6991.
    Gardens are abuzz with activity this time of year, with pollinators flitting from bloom to bloom in search of nectar. But which insects are attracted to which plants and how do pollination strategies differ? Join Tin Mountain for this unique garden pollinator field program led by Debra Marnich, soil conservationist with NRCS, and Alina Harris, Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management Specialist with the Xerces Society. We will explore what is growing and who it is attracting as well as cover tips and techniques to making your gardens more pollinator-friendly.
  • Community Event: NATURALIST LED HIKE in JACKSON
    10am • Tin Mountain Conservation Center Field Station, Jackson
    Registration required link. Or call Call 447-6991.
    Join Tin Mountain Conservation Center for weekly hikes at the Jackson Field Station property every Thursday in July & August. Highlights include the summit of Tin Mountain, a tin mine on the property, and historic homestead, and a mountain pond. Tin Mountain’s naturalist will explain the historic use of the property, help identify plant species, and point out animal signs. These hikes are a great way to explore the lesser trod trails of the White Mountains and avoid the crowds. Participants of all ages welcome.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-7pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    1pm • Food pickup
    2:30pm • Curbside package preparation
    5pm • Shift at curbside with guests
    @ 15 Grove St, North Conway, NH
    Rev Gail and JCC volunteers serve this weekly outreach to local homeless and housing-insecure residents.
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAINS JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL – SARAH’s KEY
    7:30pm • Register (required) here: Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcuCpqT0sGd1ZLG2J5ce2dB1rm9wYnkXW See the film ahead of time on your own and then join the group at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 15, to welcome Professor Sara Horowitz for a full discussion of this film event.
    • Sarah’s Key, based on the book by Tatiana de Rosnay, revolves around an American journalist, Julia Jarmond played by Kristin Scott Thomas. Julia ends up entangled in her research about the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in France, 1942. She uncovers the story of a girl named Sarah and develops an increasing interest in Sarah’s past as it slowly twists into her own future.
    • Movies of World War Two are endless. But Sarah’s Key tells a unique story from the French perspective rather than the German or American. Although there are other films and documentaries on the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup, this movie builds a personal story to really illuminate the ramifications of this dark chapter in French history.

FRI, July 16

  • Community Event: AWARENESS in the SANCTUARY — Opening to Fresh Perspectives
    9:30-10:a5am • Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem, NH / Zoom
    Led by Jacki Katzman, Movement Mentor, BHC member and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®.
    Registration Required for All participants. Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUode2rqjkqGtZyCr28HqH3tWbTa1ZGTvRX Questions? Please contact Jacki – jackisue@aol.com. Upcoming sessions: July 16 – Faraway Eyes – find internal depths, July 23 – Deep Eyes – where you look from matters, July 30 – Resting on Inside Eyes, August 6 – Prayer Hand Eyes – Direct Your Attention. A donation to the Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation for the 4-lesson series ($50), or $15 per single session, will be appreciated. Participants  have the option of Zoom or in-person attendance in the sanctuary. Open your eyes to fresh perspectives, guided by principles of the Feldenkrais Method. “Fresh Perspective” begins with a topical reading selected by Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum followed by a guided, body-based meditation. Lessons are appropriate for people of all abilities, body types, levels of fitness, faiths and spiritual orientations. .
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    2-5pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATIONS 
    5pm • Zoom link required for virtual attendance. Email church: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org
    Conversation about this week’s scripture.
  • Community Event: SHABBAT SERVICE 7pm • In-Person @ Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation Sanctuary & Via Zoom To join us on Zoom, please register here: bhcsynagogue1920@gmail.com

SAT, July 17

  • Community Event: HIKE DUNDEE – Past & Future
    9am – Noon • Jackson-Bartlett Town Line on Dundee Rd.
    Registration required: email info@usvlt.org.
    The Dundee Community Forest project encompasses fields and forests that were once a thriving farming community. Explore its history, and forces both economic and environmental that brought transitions to the landscape. Board members Peter Benson and Ann Bennett will lead this walking tour along the Dundee Road from the Jackson-Bartlett town line north to the Ham House (several steep hills, otherwise a rolling 3 miles round trip).   
  • Private Event: GARDEN TOURS (Members Only)
    10am-4pm • Varied Locations in Mt Washington Valley
    Locations available only to members of Mountain Garden Club.
  • Community Resource: LIBRARY OPEN
    10am-2pm • Jackson Library
    • Return to full hours of Tu&Th 10-7, W&F 2-5, Sa 10-2. We will continue to close on Sunday for the time being.
    • Masks and distance will be strictly required while in the building. If you’re unable to mask, you can still take advantage of our pickup or delivery service – simply let us know what you need.
    • One family at a time in the kids room.
    • Bathrooms and meeting room remain closed.
    • Contact the library for additional help: 603.383.9731 or by email: staff@jacksonlibrary.org
  • Community Event: GARDEN STAGE CONCERT SERIES – DUKE ROBILLARD
    Evening • Wildcat Tavern
    Link: Tickets and reservations required.
    Duke’s Resume is decorated with Grammy nominations, Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards, and other honors for his artistry, recordings and productions within the United States and internationally. On his latest release, “Duke Robillard and his Dames of Rhythm” on M.C. Records, he wields an acoustic archtop and joins six thrushes for evocative and enjoyable renditions of 1920s and 1930s swing tunes; it’s a worthy successor to his 2016 BMA-winning “The Acoustic Blues And Roots Of Duke Robillard.” Two shows per night, 4:30p-6:30p (Seating 3:45p), 7p-9p (6:45p Seating), Tables have a max of 6 people, All Events are 21 years and older only.

SUN, July 18

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • In-Person @ Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center & Zoom
    Zoom link required for virtual attendance. Email church: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org. Join us for poetry, prayer and conversation. Zoom-only.
  • Community Event: PINE HILL COMMUNITY FOREST YOGA
    8am • On-site
    Space is limited; reservations required. Please email info@usvlt.org to register.
    Join local yoga instructor Sue Faunce and USVLT Board members at the Pine Hill Community Forest. Our time will consist of a mindful morning walk by the river, with an emphasis on the senses and being present in nature. Arriving at our spot on the shore, we will enjoy a gentle yoga practice, about 45 minutes long and a brief period of quiet space for meditation or just enjoying the surroundings. Bring some water, and a towel or mat (it will be on sand).
  • VIRTUAL WORSHIP (Zoom) & IN-PERSON
    10:30am •  Zoom link required for virtual attendance. Email church: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org
    • Join us for worship with music, scripture, prayer and reflection.
    • Live music by Alan Labrie
    • Message with Rev Gail Doktor
    • Stay for virtual coffee hour (via Zoom only).
    • Singing in community now practiced.
    • In-person attendance requires social distancing, masking requested for non-vaccinated individuals.
    • Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event). Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • Private Event: GARDEN TOURS (Members Only)
    10am-4pm • Varied Locations in Mt Washington Valley
    Locations available only to members of Mountain Garden Club.
  • Community Resource: MUSIC under the TENT
    4pm • Jackson Library tent and lawn
    This week’s band is Shark Martin. Bring chairs and a picnic. Come early for space under the tent.

SUNDAY, JUNE 6

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING (in-person @ pavilion & virtually on zoom)
    8am • Pavilion and zoom (password and link required)
    Join us for poetry, prayer and conversation. **We will meet in person at pavilion behind Whitney Community Center or join us by zoom for hybrid gathering experience.**
  • **NO CHOIR TODAY**
  • Virtual  (Zoom) & In-Person WORSHIP with graduating senior CALEB WHITE
    10:30am •  In-person or by zoom (password and link required)
    • Join us for worship with music, scripture, prayer and reflection.
    • Music by Alan Labrie
    • Interview with graduating KHS senior Caleb White facilitated by Rev Gail Doktor
    • Stay for virtual coffee hour (via Zoom only).
    • In-person attendance requires masks and social distancing.
    • Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event). Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • NANCY LUNDQUIST MEMORIAL (private family-hosted function by invitation only due to venue restrictions)
    1pm • Private Event
    Rev Gail officiates. Family is hosting a *private memorial* with restricted attendance list due to venue limitations on seating. They regret that the event couldn’t be open to the whole church community at this time, but COVID precautions remain in place.

Reflections on Memorial Day: those who serve & sacrifice, those who work for peace

Only the dead have seen the end of war. — Plato

This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home … it’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom. — Tamra Bolton

Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed. — Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. — Mark Twain

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. — Adlai Stevenson

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion. — Gandhi

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter – but beautiful – struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons (and daughters) of God, and our brothers (and sisters) wait eagerly for our response. — Martin Luther King

Memorial Day Prayer —Carl Schenck
We gather on a somber holiday.
We remember with sadness those we have loved and lost.
Let us not glorify the conflicts and violence
that tear our loved ones from us.
Let us, rather, give glory to God,
who calls us to use our freedom peaceably.
Our God is a God of all nations and peoples.
May our worship of God unite rather than divide.

Songs for Memorial Day Weekend

Film Clips

Protest & Peace Songs:


Memorial Day (excerpt)— Michael Anania … We know the stories that are told,
by starts and stops, by bent men at strange joy
regarding the precise enactments of their own
gesturing. And among the women there will be
a naming of families, a counting off, an ordering …


Peace — Langston Hughes
We passed their graves:
The dead men there,
Winners or losers,
Did not care.
In the dark
They could not see
Who had gained
The victory.


Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.
— Wallace Bruce


You silent tents of green,
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Notes on Memorial Day (excerpt) Lillian Daniel

Memorial Day began after the Civil War as an effort toward reconciliation between the families of veterans in the North and the South. After the war, there was already a tradition in the North of decorating soldiers’ graves, called “Decoration Day.” But in 1868 an organization of Northern war veterans decreed it ought to be a national holiday. May 30 was carefully chosen as the date because it was not the anniversary of a specific battle, and therefore would be a neutral date for both sides. But human beings hold on to their wounds, and reconciliation takes time, grace and mercy…

Memorializing Rightly (excerpt) — Debra Dean Murphy

… much of our memorializing will trend, as it always does, toward … the simplistic, the cliche-riddled hyperpatriotism that does a disservice to the women and men who fight and die in wars conceived by powerful men … Surely it’s possible to honor the selflessness that’s part of soldiering and to mourn the fallen without slipping into the kind of sentimental white-washing that denies the complexities and ambiguities, the compromises and betrayals, both large and small, that the war dead knew well? Why, then, can’t we–in their stead, on their behalf, for their sake–be honest enough to honor such truths? … May we remember and memorialize … all deaths, this day and every day, with the truth-telling they deserve.

On Those Who Serve & Sacrifice

Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history. — Mary Roach

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result. — Gandhi

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. — Winston Churchill

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. — G.K. Chesteron

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.  — Joseph Campbell

Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise
that every human life is of inestimable value. — Bishop Desmond Tutu

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived. — George S. Patton

Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well. — Jennifer Granholm

Work for what you believe in, but pick your battles, and don’t burn your bridges. Don’t be afraid to take charge, think about what you want, then do the work, but then enjoy what makes you happy, bring along your crew, have a sense of humor. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. — Harry Truman

Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have
and all that they are. — Hafsat Abiola

It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. – General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. — Martin Luther King

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! – Maya Angelou

I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone. It’s teamwork. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it. ― Wangari Maathai

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. — John F Kennedy

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. — Gandhi

Peace Workers

On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live. — Eric Burdon

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. ― Malala Yousafzai

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. — Nelson Mandela

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. —John F. Kennedy

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. — Eleanor Roosevelt

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. — Henri Nouwen

We must pursue peaceful ends by peaceful means. I’m committed to nonviolence absolutely … I will continue to preach and teach it… I plan to stand by nonviolence. …(because) only a refusal to hate or kill can put an end to the chain of violence in the world and lead toward community where people live together without fear. — Martin Luther King

Today, we are truly a global family. What happens in one part of the world may affect us all. This, of course, is not only true of the negative things that happen, but is equally valid for the positive developments. … But war or peace; the destruction or the protection of nature; the violation or promotion of human rights and democratic freedoms; poverty or material well-being; the lack of moral and spiritual values or their existence and development; and the breakdown or development of human understanding, are not isolated phenomena that can be analysed and tackled independently of one another. In fact, they are very much interrelated at all levels and need to be approached with that understanding…  Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each one of us individually. Peace, for example, starts with each one of us. — Dalai Lama

When you have a conflict, that means that there are truths that have to be addressed on each side of the conflict. And when you have a conflict, then it’s an educational process to try to resolve the conflict.
And to resolve that, you have to get people on both sides of the conflict involved so that they can dialogue. — Dolores Huerta

The answer lies in the last word of the priestly blessing: shalom, peace. In a long analysis the 15th century Spanish Jewish commentator Rabbi Isaac Arama explains that shalom does not mean merely the absence of war or strife. It means completeness, perfection, the harmonious working of a complex system, integrated diversity, a state in which everything is in its proper place and all is at one with the physical and ethical laws governing the universe. — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Violence and nonviolence agree that suffering can be a very powerful social force. But there is a difference. Violence says suffering can be a powerful social force by inflicting it on somebody else, so this is what we do in war… The nonviolent say that suffering becomes a powerful social force when you willingly accept the violence on yourself, so that self-suffering stands at the center of the nonviolent movement… There is no easy way to create a world where people can live together… but if such a world is created…it will be accomplished by persons who have the language to put an end to suffering by willingly suffering themselves rather than inflicting suffering on others… Unearned suffering is redemptive. — Martin Luther King
 

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