Upcoming events and information focused on education, engagement, and mourning: some for COVID and many for racial justice responses.

Some additional educational resources and regional/national events and correspondence focused either on lamentation for COVID or mourning and engagement around racial justice. Use what you find helpful, and please set aside those notices that you find out of alignment with your approach to these events. What is happening in this nation is complicated, and cannot be simplified into absolutes, binary/dualistic categories, or declarations that make us only “either/or”, “good/bad”, “right/wrong”, “in/out”. These can only be viewed and used as starting points for deeper and more comprehensive engagement in our own community.

From our local grammar school, some excellent resources:

  • Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism for families to watch together to begin or support the conversation in your home.

Additional links families (and adults) may find useful, per school leaders:


The NH Council of Churches has written letters and recommended next steps regarding racial justice responses to deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery,. See below.

The NH UCC offers this Theological Roundtable on Racial Justicehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iczYc42Y1Rw&feature=youtu.be. 

  • This video features reflections shared by The Rev. Gordon Rankin, Conference Minister, New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ (NHCUCC); and members of the NHCUCC Racial Justice Mission Group, Kira Morehouse, Member and Delegate, Brookside Congregational Church U.C.C., Manchester; Rev. John Gregory-Davis, Co-pastor, Meriden Congregational Church; Rev. Renee’ Rouse, Pastor, Northwood Congregational Church; Harriet Ward, Member, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Brentwood-Kingston; and Rev. Dr. Dawn Berry, Member, First Congregational Church, UCC, Hopkinton, and Chair, Racial Justice Mission Group.

Other interfaith and Christian organizations have planned national and regional memorial observances for COVID and in remembrance of recent deaths of African American citizens:

  • Sunday, June 7 @ 10am – A National Eulogy and Interfaith Service of Mourning for those who have Died of COVID. The service will be co-led by Revs. Barber and Theoharis and Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Imam Omar Suleiman and Valerie Kaur.
  • Sunday, June 7 @ 2-4pm – Boston Black Memorial for George, Breonna and Ahmaud. See link for details.
  • Monday, June 8 @ 3:30pm –  Peaceful Rally at Schuler Park, North Conway, NH. Details not available, learned of this via colleagues, so not sure of organizer identity or specific focus of rally, assuming a racial justice theme.
  • Monday, June 8 – National Day of Fasting and Focus planned by Poor People’s Campaign.
    • Noon EST/ 9am PST – “We Won’t Be Silent” Virtual Art Buildat  to be together and heal together through art-making, share messages of justice and get prepared for the day of action. Register here.
    • 5-5:30pm – Time of Silence and Liturgy with Dr. William Barber. The Day of Fasting and Focus will culminate at 5pm when we are asking people to stop where you are for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in silence. Event on Facebook.

Local RACIAL JUSTICE RESPONSES and in-depth RESOURCES

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Addressing events surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and resultant nationwide/global protests and demonstrations. Acknowledging the need for racial justice initiatives in our own hometowns as well as regionally and nationally.

Immediate Responses: RACIAL JUSTICE

  • Courageous Conversations: Racial Justice – 6-week dialogue series to be co-facilitated by Jackson Community Church and Jackson Public Library via Zoom on Wednesdays (June 17-July 22). Morning and afternoon sessions will be offered. RSVP to jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org if you’re interested in participating in the morning or afternoon sessions. We will share links as plans progress.
  • Additional programming is under consideration with the support of local advocates, the library, the church and other organizations. We will keep you posted.
  • Local organizers and educators:
    • NH Listens: Carsey School of Public Policy
    • World Fellowship Center also organizes and educates in the valley. More info.
    • Reading lists available through local librayr coop: In an effort to provide further materials, the coop libraries (Jackson, Cook, Madison and Conway) have shared lists for adults, teens and children within our joint KOHA catalog on books across our collections on race, racism and anti-racism.  There is also a list pertaining specifically to children’s books at the Jackson Library on these vital topics.  Numerous online resources are also available.   Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair at the University of South Carolina, has created a list of Anti-Racism Resources for all ages and the National Museum of African American History & Culture has a page called Talking About Race.  While our statewide inter-library loan system remains on hold, if there are other books or informational resources you are looking for, we would like to hear from you so that we can best provide you with the materials you need. You can email us at staff@jacksonlibrary.org, send us a chat, or leave a voice message at 603-383-9731.

NH JUNETEENTH EVENTS: Facebook Page (all events collated at this site)

Become more informed about yourself:

Dive deep through other available resources. Some recommendations on different topics.

Starting-point to talk about race:


The NH Council of Churches has written letters and recommended next steps regarding racial justice responses to deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery,. See below.

The NH UCC offers this Theological Roundtable on Racial Justicehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iczYc42Y1Rw&feature=youtu.be. 

  • This video features reflections shared by The Rev. Gordon Rankin, Conference Minister, New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ (NHCUCC); and members of the NHCUCC Racial Justice Mission Group, Kira Morehouse, Member and Delegate, Brookside Congregational Church U.C.C., Manchester; Rev. John Gregory-Davis, Co-pastor, Meriden Congregational Church; Rev. Renee’ Rouse, Pastor, Northwood Congregational Church; Harriet Ward, Member, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Brentwood-Kingston; and Rev. Dr. Dawn Berry, Member, First Congregational Church, UCC, Hopkinton, and Chair, Racial Justice Mission Group.

Recommended reading: Collected lists for different ages

  • NY Times: These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids
  • USA TodayBooks to Learn More About Anti-Racism
  • Embrace Race: 31 Books for Children about Race, Racism, and Resistance
  • Most lists will include these and many other books to get you started:
    • Fiction: The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas
    • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
    • How to Be an Antiracistby Ibram X. Kendi
    • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
    • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
    • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Learning about the social construct of ‘whiteness’ & race:

  • Scene On Radio presents Seeing White. A series on the history of whiteness as social construct in America.
  • People Talk about White Fragility with Dr. Robin DeAngelo (from White Fragility: Why Its Hard for White People to Talk About Racism)
  • Watch PBS Frontline episodeA Class Divided about Jane Elliot’s 3rd-grade class in Iowa, and the exercise she used to teach them about prejudice, discrimination and implicit bias, by segregating blue-eyed and brown-eyed children.

History and experience of race in America:

Justice System, Policing, and Mass Incarceration:

Activism & Being an Ally:

Movies:

  • Netflix: 13th directed by Ava DuVernay offers documentary summarizing events and experiences since the 13th amendment was passed
  • Amazon Prime: I Am Not Your Negro features links between Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements through the work and words of James Baldwin, featuring the lives of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, and Medgar Evers
  • Disney: Zootopia by addresses racism and prejudice through animated animal narrative. Discussion guide to go with this film.
  • The Hate U Give on Hulu based on the book by Angie Thomas is about a black woman’s struggle to speak out when she witnesses the death of an unarmed friend killed by local police. Book discussion guide.

Churches and faith community resources:

Public policy bodies that are exploring and shaping equity initiatives and conversations in New Hampshire:

Other Organizations.
This list provided through a Jackson resident who is active on racial justice advocacy groups. “I invite you to join me in standing in solidarity with others who are organizing across the USA and the world for racial and social justice …”

  • NH UCC Racial Justice Mission Team: website. Sign up for their emails with recommendations on programming and engagement. The Purpose of the Racial Justice Mission Group is to awaken the NH Conference to issues of racial justice and equality within our churches, state, and country. We are called to be: LEARNERS in a community of mutual accountability studying the impact white privilege and the history of slavery has on racism; INTERRUPTERS of the continued cycle of racism; and  ALLIES with People of Color in challenging race-based injustice in the areas of criminal justice, environmental degradation, economic deprivation, and exclusion from full participation in our communities of faith.
  • White Mountain Action Network is organizing awareness and activism events. You can find them on Facebook or request to be added to their mailing list via white.mtn.action.network@gmail.com.
  • Black Lives Matter / North Conway Edition: See Facebook for organizer / contact info.
  • Poor People’s Campaign: Facebook | Website
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People / NAACP
  • Black Lives Matter: Seeks to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes by combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy.”
  • Girls for a Change: Supports Black girls and other girls of color and inspires them to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development, and social change innovation in their communities.
  • Sistersong: Strengthens and amplifies the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights.
  • The Essie Justice Group: Nonprofit organization of women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration.
  • Higher Heights: Building a national infrastructure to harness Black women’s political power and leadership potential.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE SAT, MAY 30th • 9am-12pm

Corrected date (due to cold spring weather): ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Time: SAT, MAY 30th • 9am-12pm
/ Plant drop-offs 8-9 am
Location: Jackson Community Church parking lot
Raindate: Sun, May 31 • 1-4pm / Plant drop-off 12-1pm

  • Questions? Email Gloria: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org
  • Donate plants: if you are fortunate enough to have an abundance of plants; perennials that need dividing,  extra seedlings, or a healthy houseplant looking for a new home…please consider donating to our sale! If you need pots, please help yourself to the ones under the outside stair at the church.
  • Drop off plants: Leave them at the Jackson Community Church (under the outside stairs) anytime starting Monday, May 18. If you wish to drop them off the morning of the sale, we will have a driv-thru area where we help you unload from 8 – 8:45am on Sat, May 30.  Please identify all plants dropped off.
  • Buy plants: Come the day of the sale to choose from a large selection of locally grown perennials, annuals, seedlings, and houseplants to enhance your home and gardens!
  • Proceeds support food-insecurity programs: The fundraising from this plant sale will help those suffering from food insecurity, both locally and internationally. 
  • Social distancing guidelines will be in place. 
    • No change will be given; so bring cash or checks, round up as needed, and drop your contribution in the container. Plants will be separated onto tables divided by priced.
    • Remember your face mask & gloves!
  • Also accepting shelf-stable food donations to go directly to serve locals with food insecurities. A basket will be placed on-site to collect items such as peanut butter, canned meals: canned soups & chilis, canned pastas, canned chicken or tuna, energy bars/granola bars, hiking snacks (individually packed), peanutbutter or cheese crackers.
  • Note: This fundraising event has been reviewed and approved by the town’s selectpersons and its emergency-response team and may operate with appropriate safety guidelines. It is considered an ‘essential service’ under agricultural functions.

This weekend (virtually) with JCC & Around Town: Mar 27-29

SATURDAY, MARCH 28

  • Community Event: BERNERHOF INN FREE BREAKFAST
    7-10am • Curbside @ Bernerhof Inn, 342 US Route 302, Glen, NH 03838
    Free blueberry pancake breakfast (take out) for families and seniors affected by COVID19 pandemic and economic setbacks.
  • Community Fundraiser: TIN MOUNTAIN’s FIRST SEASON ONLINE AUCTION
    Starts: 5pm, Sat, March 28 – Ends: 5pm, Sun, April 5
    Go to https://www.tinmountain.org/ and bbove the photo of crocuses in the snow, click on First Season ONLINE Auction

SUNDAY, March 29

What Else We’re Doing When You’re Not Looking

  • Changing the hopeful message board in front of the church
  • Sending out daily Lenten reflections by Facebook and posted to the website
  • Recording music as video & audio files with community performing artists to share in worship and spiritual settings. (Psssst: Would you share yourself playing your instrument or singing for us? We’d like to include you in worship over the next several weeks! Contact Rev Gail!)
  • Passing along donations of food and supplies from local businesses made to the church, which are then re-distributed through SAU9 (school district) for families needing additional support. Other donations have gone to individual Jackson and Bartlett families and more  meals have gone to people staying at Starting Point’s domestic violence shelter
  • Running modified shifts at the Way Station, supporting people living in tents, cars, couch-surfing or temp housing such as motels
  • Calling neighbors to check-in on each other and run errands for each other. If you need someone to pick up mail or groceries, or help you out, contact Rev Gail or make your need known through the Jackson Bridge (community listserv project of library to match helpers with those who have specific requestsand more info on our the library’s new Jackson Bridge webpage.)
  • Planning social programming (virtual gatherings for fun and enrichment) and worship with new technology, learning and adapting as we go!
  • Organizing (with other churches) valley-wide trivia tournament among faith communities!
  • Attending emergency management meetings (via Zoom) with ministry colleagues, healthcare providers and nonprofits who are collaborating to provide safety nets for residents of the valley
  • Implementing action plans to help vulnerable people

NOT SO TRIVIAL
Valley-wide Multi-church

TRIVIA TOURNAMENT
— also known as Interdenominational Trivia Rumble —
JCC’s Trivia Event: Tue, April 7
3pm via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/2113197275.


The Clergy of the Eastern Slope (our valley’s ecumenical group of ministers and churches) is taking up the challenge of Nativity Lutheran to hold trivia tournaments within our own faith communities. Then we send our winning church team into a valley-wide interdenominational trivia ‘rumble’ (sorta like March Madness, without courts, sneakers, or basketballs).

This is all handled in virtual, remote settings, of course! Please contact Trivia Captain Fred Tompkins if you’d like to be on a team! Winners may receive … prizes that resemble coveted items like toilet paper!Proposed format via Zoom:

  • Divide people into teams and use the breakout room feature in Zoom (sounds hard, but its easy, the Zoom host organizes all of this).
  • For each question we will give one minute’s deliberation.
  • The teams come back together and one person from each team reports the answer. 
  • Zoom Info (please RSVP to Fred Tompkins in advance so we’re prepared for participants) — Participate via Zoom app on computer, pad or smart phone: https://zoom.us/j/2113197275. Or dial in 929.436.2866 with Meeting ID: 211 319 7275.

VIRTUAL WORSHIP
LIVE STREAMING via Facebook or Website (10:30am only):

ZOOM WORSHIP (8am & 10:30am):

  • 8am Zoom Interfaith Circle @ https://zoom.us/j/827449013
    (
    Option for audio-only from any touch-tone phone – dial: 929.436.2866, Meeting ID: 827 449 013, press #)
  • 10:30am Zoom Worship @ https://zoom.us/j/142985761
    (Option for audio-only from any touch-tone phone – dial: 929.436.2866, Meeting ID: 142 985 761, press #)

JACKSON / BARTLETT FOOD PANTRY REQUESTS

  • Hannafords / Grants gift cards (any denomination, indicate value on card or on envelop in which you donate it)
  • Otherwise: Continue to donate canned goods.
  • The Bartlett-Jackson Food Pantry, located at the Glen Baptist Church, will continue to operate with curbside pick-up on Saturdays from 10am-Noon until further notice.  Those needing food assistance outside of regular hours, please call Brenda at 603x383x9246.

Do you have any helpful resources you’ve been using online? If so, feel free to recommend them to share with others in upcoming email messages!

Spiritual Resources beyond JCC:

TONIGHT: FRIDAY, NOV 15 @ 7pm 1950s & 1960s CONCERT by Mountain Top Music Vocal Workshop Members

Hosted at Jackson Community Church
The Mountain Top Adult Singers’ Workshop led by Mary Bastoni presents a program of classics and oldies. Suggested donation at the door = $10/p. Proceeds support Mountain Top Music.
Place & Time: 7pm at Jackson Community Church, Fri, Nov 15.
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