Juneteenth

Article shared from NH UCC’s Racial Justice Mission Group:

The Racial Justice Mission Group Invites the NH Conference ChurchesTo Celebrate Juneteenth

Our Purpose in Celebrating Juneteenth in New Hampshire is based upon our desire for greater visibility, education, and alliance in a state and geographic region that is historically perceived as demographically white. This misperception is perpetuated through the mainstream and local media; socially, culturally, and politically governed institutions; and lack of cultural awareness manifested in expressions of implicit bias. On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill proclaiming an annual observance Juneteenth as an officially recognized state holiday. This act ended many decades of oversight. Juneteenth Commemorates the End of Slavery and the Beginning of a Journey into Freedom-It recalls how the states of Louisiana and Texas heard that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Slavery continued in those two states for more than two years after the proclamation was signed due to active resistance. News of Emancipation had not been fully shared until June 19, 1865. Hence this is the origin of the Juneteenth holiday which is still celebrated in many communities of African American descent. Americans, this is our collective history and a narrative that deserves to be shared. Remember that in NH, slaves were not legally freed until the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, though many NH people fought on the side of the Union. NH was not a free state.  Continue reading.

Full letter and links to Facebook events and additional resources. https://www.nhcucc.org/uploads/documents/weekly-news-documents/Juneteenth_2020.pdf

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.

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church and Around Town

TUE, April 30 – SUN, May 5

Highlights @ JCC: Tue – Daisy Scouts, Mission Team, Thurs – Yoga, AA, Fri – Pastor’s Hours, Family Fun Night, Sat – Church Volunteers at Valley Litter Pick-Up Day, Sun – Worship, Way Station Training Session. Around Town: Wed – Spring Warbler Program (Whitney), Thurs – Toddler Story Hour (library), Fri – First Friday Concert (Brown Church), Sat – Birding (Brownfield Bog) & Litter Pick Up Day (Whitney – starting point), Sun – Way Station Training Session.

TUE, April 30

  • WAY STATION LEADERSHIP MTG
    11am • Way Station / Nativity Lutheran Church, No Conway
  • DAISY SCOUTS
    2:45-4:30pm • Parish House, Jackson Community Church
    Daisy scouts have meeting
  • MISSION TEAM
    3:30pm • Whitney Library (2nd floor), Jackson Community Church
    Review of current projects and priorities.

WED, May 1

  • Community Event: IDENTIFYING SPRING WARBLERS
    7pm • Whitney Community Center, Jackson
    Lifelong birder Will Broussard will help us prepare for the upcoming warbler season with a review of the common and not-so-common warblers of the Mount Washington Valley. All aspects of identification will be examined including field marks, song, and habitat. You can put your refreshed (or newly acquired!) skills into practice with Tin Mountain’s weekly bird walks Thursday mornings leaving from the parking lot on Valley Cross Road in Jackson. All birding levels welcome for both programs.

THURS, May 2

  • BLISS YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • First Floor, Parish House / Jackson Community Church. Beginning stretch, flow and align yoga; safe for new practitioners. Weather dependent; if schools are delayed or closed, the class will be cancelled.
  • Community Event: STORY TIME with TODDLERS
    10:30am • Jackson Library
  • AA
    6:30pm • Second Floor, Church. 

FRI, May 3

  • PASTOR’S HOURS
    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come for caffeine, good food, and conversation.
  • PASTORAL HOURS
    9:30-11:30am • Second Floor, Church
  • Community Event: FIRST FRIDAY with BENNETT & PERKINS (Mountain Top Music)
    Valley favorites guitar duo Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins perform an eclectic blend of original music and their own arrangements.  While folk is a cornerstone influence for the pair, their music borrows from genres ranging from Americana, singer/songwriter, roots, bluegrass, blues and more.
  • FAMILY FUN NIGHT
    6-8pm • Parish House
    Games & pizza. RSVP if you plan to come!

SAT, May 4

  • Community Event: BIRDING at BROWNFIELD BOG (Tin Mountain Conservation Center program)
    7-10am • Meet at G&S Store in Brownfield, Maine
    Join birders of all levels on this weekly bird walk through the bog and view the rich diversity of bird life that makes it way north to rest or nest. Bring binoculars (or borrow ours), rubber boots, and a snack. Our final week will be via canoe!
  • VALLEY LITTER CLEAN UP DAY
    8:30-10am • Register at Whitney Community Center (or other locally designated sites) for trash bags, gloves and road assignments
    10am • Clean up
    2pm • Celebration at Hampton Inn, North Conway; Food music, prizes, water park and more! Ben 7 Jerry’s, Flatbread Pizza, Home Depot Play Station, Educational and Information centers. More info: Facebook.

SUN, May 5

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Gazeboby Jackson Historical Society
  • SUNDAY WORSHIP with COMMUNION
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Organ/piano by Alan Labrie
    * Worship leadership by Rev Gail Doktor
    * Special music by Osborne family
    * Sunday School during worship (RSVP if you will be attending Sunday School)
  • WAY STATION VOLUNTEER TRAINING
    2-3pm • 15 Grove St, No Conway, NH / Nativity Lutheran admin bldg. 
    Jeff Jones, United Way Carroll County Emergency Preparedness Officer will provide basic training about working with homeless/housing-insecure population along with some best practices and safety procedures.

May 2019 Newsletter

Welcome Spring!!!  Link to INSIDE OUT newsletter.

‘There is lots of information in this months newsletter… take a look 😊

Some dates you might want to add to your calendar:  

  • The Mission Committee has their quarterly meeting on Tuesday April 30th – If you’re interested in being involved in the Mission Committee, the meeting begins at 3:30 on the second floor.  All are welcome.
  • We are having a church workday to spruce up the inside and out and do some spring cleaning.  This will be held on Saturday May 11th from 9 to noon.
  • Are you handy with scissors?  The Mission committee will be cutting the material to make stockings for the Peace Greeter program.  The Peace Greeters supply Christmas Stockings to members of the armed forces.  This is Tuesday May 14th from 9:30am to 11:30am.
  • Men…. The Men’s Group will be meeting at the Wentworth Hotel on Saturday May 11that 7:30am for breakfast and conversation.  Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to make it to the church for our workday 😉
  • Ladies… The Women’s Group will be traveling to the Clipper Merchant Tea House on Wednesday May 29th.  Reservations need to be made with Linda Hastings (details inside)

One last thing…. I will be on vacation until Sunday May 12th.  While I am away if you have a question/ comment/ etc please use my personal email address joannemturner@hotmail.comfor a quicker response.  Rev. Gail will also be monitoring the emails.

Joanne Turner, Administrative Assistant, JCC

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