This weekend with JCC and around town: June 18-19 (including Father’s Day and Juneteenth Observances)

SAT, June 18

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: Soggy Po’ Boys (Mountain Top Music program)
    7:30pm • Majestic Theater
    The Soggy Po’ Boys serve their jazz messy, mixing brass-fueled mayhem with spirituals, Meters-style old-school funk, and the Caribbean side of the New Orleans tradition.On the Main Stage of the Majestic Theatre.  Admission to limited to those over 18 or accompanied by parent / guardian.  Doors and Majestic Cafe concessions open at 6:30 pm, music at 7:30 pm. Info & ticket:
    • Shannon Door:Mike & Becca • 7-10pm
    • Wildcat Tavern: Carolyn Ramsay Band • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Wooden Nickles • 8-11pm


    8am • Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center (and zoom)
    • in-person & zoom
    • Gather for poetry, conversation and prayer
    • Zoom link and password required
    10:30am • JCC (in-person & zoom)
    • Zoom link and password required
    • Guest Pianist: Maisie Brown
    • Father’s Day Message with Stephen Weeder
    • Minister: Rev Gail Doktor
    • Reception to enjoy friends, members, and special out-of-town guests follows the service
    • Shannon Door: Mike & Becca • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Greg Walsh  • 4-7pm

About Juneteenth

What this day means and how we observe it in NH


June 19:

Through June 20:


Fury & Faith —  Amanda Gorman

You will be told this is not a problem, 
Not your problem. 
You will be told now is not the time
For change to begin, 
Told that we cannot win. 

But the point of protest isn’t winning; 
It’s holding fast to the promise of freedom, 
Even when fast victory is not promised. 

Meaning, we cannot stand up to police 
If we cannot cease policing our imagination,
Convincing our communities that this won’t work, 
When the work hasn’t even begun,
That this can wait, 
When we’ve already waited out a thousand suns.
By now, we understand
That white supremacy
& the despair it demands
Are as destructive as any disease.

So when you’re told that your rage is reactionary,
Remind yourself that rage is our right.
It teaches us it is time to fight.
In the face of injustice,
Not only is anger natural, but necessary,
Because it helps carry us to our destination.

Our goal is never revenge, just restoration.
Not dominace, just dignity.
Not fear, just freedom.
Just justice.

Whether we prevail is not detemined
By all the challenges that are present,
But by all the change that is possible.

& though we are unstoppable,
If we ever feel we might fail,
If we be fatigued & frail, 
When our fire can no longer be fueled by fury,
We will always be fortified by this faith,
Found in the anthem, the vow:

Black lives matter,
No matter what.
Black lives are worth living,
Worth defending,
Worth every struggle.
We owe it to the fallen to fight,
But we owe it to ourselves to never stay kneeling
When the day calls us to stand. 

Together, we envision a land that is liberated, not lawless.
We create a future that is free, not flawless.
Again & again, over & over,
We will stride up every mountainside,
Magnanimous & modest.
We will be protected & served
By a force that is honored & honest.
This is more than protest
               It’s a promise.

Articles and information about Juneteenth:

Statement from NH UCC’s Racial Justice Group:

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.
      The truth is that people of African heritage have always been part of New Hampshire history. The narrative of enslaved African people and their descendants is far too often untold and denied. We appreciate the ongoing efforts of our allies to preserve these stories. We embrace Juneteenth as an opportunity to request that EVERYONE participate and join us in celebration for the whole month of June.

Opening worship for the national Synod gathering of the UCC (United Church of Christ)

SYNOD Begins Today: WORSHIP featuring Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
You can view it as a Facebook event or on Youtube live event at 5pm EST today, Sunday, July 11.
Live chat is disabled for this event, but you can participate:

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.’s history in the United Church of Christ and the Civil Rights Movement go back years and reflect a legacy of justice orientation and activism. Chavis was a part of the Wilmington 10, a group of civil rights activists who were wrongly convicted of arson and conspiracy in 1972 after deadly racial conflicts in 1971. Chavis, a staffer with the UCC’s Commission for Racial Justice (CRJ), received a 34-year sentence. CRJ came to their defense, and the 1977 General Synod meeting in Washington, D.C. held a march outside the White House for their release. Their sentences were commuted in 1978, their convictions overturned in 1980, and in 2013, the state’s governor pardoned them. Chavis was a youth organizer in North Carolina for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., served as Executive Director of CRJ from 1985 to 1993, headed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1993 to 1994, served as national director of 1995 Million Man March in D.C., co-founded the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, and now leads the National Newspaper Publishers Association. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Duke Divinity School and holds a D.Min. degree from Howard University. Originally published in 1983, Chavis’ Psalms from Prison is available for pre-order at The Pilgrim Press:

This Week at JCC and Around Town: MON, Oct 19 – SUN, Oct 25

MON, Oct 19

  • Statewide Event: MOURNING with UNITY (NH Council of Churches)
    6pm • Zoom:
    This event will be held  outdoors @ Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford, NH
    and on Zoom.“Mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). Mourning Into Unity is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unvoiced grief so many of us feel. The pandemic has laid bare cruel fissures in our society. So much loss is being endured: loss of life, loss of jobs, loss of health insurance, loss of safe schools. When we grieve as one, we reject efforts to use the ravages of this disease and its cruel and disproportionate impacts on the most vulnerable to divide us.Churches, synagogues, and mosques across the country will be hosting two candlelight vigils outside their houses of worship (HOW) on two successive Mondays: October 12th and 19th.These vigils will bring us together as a nation to mourn our devastating losses and declare our unity as Americans and people of faith. When we see our shared humanity, we strengthen our commitment to each other and our democracy.

TUE, Oct 20

  • Community Event: BIBLE STUDY ‘Christianity’s Family Tree’
    9:30am • ZOOM.
    Contact Center Conway United Methodist Church, which is hosting this study of Christianity’s Family Tree with the resource of the same title by Adam Hamilton.
    12:30pm • Zoom
    Local clergy gathering for meal and discussion.
    2-6pm • Jackson Public Library
  • Community Event: YOGA with Anjali Rose (Friends of Whitney Community Center event)
    4:30pm • Zoom
    Free to participants. Register in advance of the Tuesday class:
    5pm • Zoom.
    Discussion of worship and community care updates.

WED, Oct 21

    Noon • Jackson Community Church
    5:30pm • Zoom.
    Facilitated 6-week conversation series co-sponsored with Jackson Public Library. Starting 4th week of conversation.
    7pm • Zoom.
    Church staff, officers and lay leaders gather to review and make decisions about operations and missions of the church. Open to the public.

THURS, Oct 22

  • Community Event: YIN/RESTORATIVE YOGA with Anjali Rose
    8am • Zoom (Link provided once participants complete health waiver is sent to and registration/payment for class received.) See Anjali’s website for full list of classes offered and instructions to register. 
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
    2-6pm • Jackson Public Library
  • Community Service: WAY STATION SHIFT
    3pm • Curbside package preparation
    5pm • Shift at curbside with guests
  • Community Event: WINTER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PART 2 (Tin Mountain program)
    7pm • Zoom Link:, Meeting ID: 934 6621 1255
    Focused on emergency preparedness, focusing on back-up power supplies. A panel of industry professionals representing utility companies, electricians, gas, and solar will present viewers with information every homeowner should know about how to ‘weather the storm’ of no electricity. Part II focuses on comparing generators with battery back-up systems, including Tesla Powerwalls. Info for purchasing, installing, running and maintaining all of these power back-up systems.

FRI, Oct 23

    9:30am • Location to be announced (weather permitting).
    Face coverings needed for times when 6+’ distancing is not feasible. Work to prepare XC trails. Contact Ellen Chandler at JXC for more info:
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Private Event: WEDDING REHEARSAL
    4:30pm • JCC 

    Rev Gail facilitates wedding rehearsal.
    (adjusted time due to private event at church)
    ** 6pm • Zoom.
    Gather to focus on one of the Epistles of Paul, enjoy beverage of choice, and share in conversation and learning.

SAT, Oct 24

    10am-2pm • Jackson Public Library
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Community Event: WINTER WEEDS & SEEDS (Tin Mountain Conservation Center program)
    10am • Rockwell Sanctuary
    Join Executive Director, Lori Jean Kinsey for a walk through the fields and forests of the Rockwell Sanctuary in search of winter weeds and seeds. Space is limited & reservations required. Call 603-447-6991.

SUN, Oct 25

    8am •  Zoom & Pavilion behind Whitney Community Center
    Small group gathering outside at pavilion. Use social-distancing protocols: bring your own mask and chairs. Join us for poetry, worship, and prayer.
    9am • Zoom.
    10:30am •  Zoom & In-person in Jackson Community Church sanctuary.
    • Join us for worship, music, reflection, prayer, scripture. Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event).
    • This week includes a focus on our partnership with the Ukanga Church in Mutare, Zimbabwe.
    • If attending in person, social distancing and mask required. 
    • Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to channel & channel.
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • Private: WEDDING
    2:30pm • Jackson Community Church
    Rev Gail officiates at private wedding ceremony.
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