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.


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 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, 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 Justice 

  • 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:


  • 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
  • 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.


Note: Rev Gail will be away with family for the upcoming weekend, due an extended family health concern. Gerry Tilton will provide guest preaching, church deacons will facilitate worship.

TUE, Mar 3 

    12:30pm • Brown Church
    Clergy gathering to plan ecumenical events. Rev Gail attends.
  • Community Event: BOOK GROUP – Living on the Wind
    4pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albnay, NH
  • Community Event: CRAFTERNOON
    Noon • Jackson Public Library
    Bring an unfinished craft to the library and work with others while you visit, too.
  • Community Event: BINGO for a CAUSE
    6pm • Red Parka, Glen, NH
    Benefits the Retired Service Volunteer Program (RSVP). More info.
    6:30pm • Starbucks, North Conway
    Max Lucado’s book Jesus. Moves to Conway Public Library next week. Bring your own copy of the book. Runs through April 7.

WED, Mar 4

  • TUNE UP FITNESS with Laurie McAleer 
    9am • Parish House. 
    Fitness class. Free; open to public. Stretching and fitness workouts with certified fitness coach Laurie McAleer. Exercises can be adjusted to individual needs. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, class is cancelled.

THURS, Mar 5

  • Community Service: WAY STATION
    9am & 5pm • 15 Grove St, No Conway
    Friends, members & staff of Jackson Community Church are among volunteers to staff these shifts. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, Way Station is closed.
  • YIN RESTORATIVE YOGA for the Mindful Body with Anjali Rose9am • Jackson Community Church
    Note: 6 weeks $60. Contact Anjali Rose for more info. Weather-dependent; if school is cancelled, yoga is cancelled.
  • Community Event: TODDLER STORYTIME
    10:30am • Jackson Public Library
  • Community Event: EVENING CRAFT-UP
    4pm • Jackson Public Library
    Bring an existing craft to do with neighbors at the library!
  • AA
    6:30pm • Jackson Community Church, 2nd Floor
  • Community Event: MOUNTAIN SAFETY & RESCUE: Beyond the 10 Essentials
    6pm • Tuckerman Brewing Company
    More info. What happens when you do it all right and things still go wrong? Join this forum to hear stories from the front lines of accidents and adventures Includes: Snow Rangers, Mountain Rescue Service, Conway Fire Department, and NH Fish and Game.
  • Community Event: TANZANIA – Birds, Big Game and a Taste of Maasai Culture7pm • Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Nature Learning Center, Albany
    Based on a Feb. 2019 trip to Tanzania, TMCC member and volunteer Charlie Nims will share his birding safari adventure through the Northern Circuit of Tanzania including Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, finishing with a quick visit to Zanzibar. More info.

FRI, Mar 6

  • Community Event: FIRST FRIDAY CONCERT – The Pete and Justice Show.
    Noon • Brown Church, Conway Village.
    Sponsored by Mountain Top Music. Performance in the tradition of Seeger and Guthrie, with Greg Huang-Dale and Tom Rebmann.

SAT, Mar 7

    7:30am • Meet at Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Nature Learning Center to carpool
    Heading to the coast of Maine in search of harlequins, scoters, eiders, long-tailed ducks, and mergansers. More info.

SUN, Mar 8

    8am • Old Red Library
    Come for poetry, prayer and conversation. Tish Hanlon facilitates the gathering this Sunday, since Rev Gail is out of town.
    10:10am • Jackson Community Church
    Come learn songs early and help as song leaders for congregation.
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Guest preacher: Gerry Tilton
    * Music director & instrumentalist: Alan Labrie
    3:30pm • Jackson Public Library
    Fourth of 6-part series to hold conversations on racial justice and how our community can become more self-aware and active around this issue. Joint program sponsored by Jackson Public Library & Jackson Community Church. If you haven’t already joined us and want to attend,  RSVP to learn what we covered in the earlier sessions and feel free to join us for as many conversations as possible! Free and open to public. Co-faciliatted by librarian Meredith Piotrow and Extravagant Welcome team member Claire Mallette.
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