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Justice and Peace


The Journey

Our church began the journey toward becoming an Open and Affirming congregation in 1988 when use of church premises was denied to a gay alliance.  Questions regarding the policy for making such a denial were raised and a study group was convened by the Church Council to consider "Homosexuality and the Church."  Eventually, an educational process began which would lead to a congregational vote on whether we would become the first Open and Affirming Church in the New Hampshire Conference of the UCC.

At the Annual Meeting in 1992, our church voted by 81 - 15 to become an Open and Affirming Congregation.  The Commitment has been the lens through which we view our ministry.

Today

Today, the church welcomes all people who seek to know God's will in community through the teaching of Jesus Christ.

Our church participates in many social justice ministries:  the Food Depot, Meals for Many, and Second Comings were all started here in our church.  In addition, the Open and Affirming Committee for Justice and Peace coordinates political advocacy at a state and national level, and engages in outreach to other churches and the wider community.  Diversity within our church is reflected in our leadership and in our church school.

The Future

The Open and Affirming Committee for Justice and Peace is prophetically engaged in the struggle to live up to the Commitment to Openness and Affirmation.  It constantly searches for new ways to help our church become inclusive.

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August 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 AA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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2 Alex Ellsworth/Dan Perkins Cello Recital
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 3:00pm

AA meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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3 Nursery Care
Location: FH Nursery
Time: 9:15am

Sunday Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

NA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

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4 TOPS
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

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5 Voc Rehab
Location: CE Room
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Presidential Range NA Group
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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6 Staff Meeting off-site
Time: 9:00am

Spark and Council Meeting
Location: room 202
Time: 5:30pm -7:00pm

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7 Meals for Many
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

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8 AA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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9 AA meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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10 Nursery Care
Location: FH Nursery
Time: 9:15am

Sunday Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

NA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

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11 TOPS
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

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12 Voc Rehab
Location: CE Room
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Presidential Range NA Group
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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13 No Events

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14 Meals for Many
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

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15 AA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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16 AA meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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17 Nursery Care
Location: FH Nursery
Time: 9:15am

Sunday Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

NA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

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18 TOPS
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

CE Meeting
Location: room 202
Time: 6:30pm

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19 Voc Rehab
Location: CE Room
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Nominating committee meeting
Location: Library
Time: 2:30pm -3:30pm

Finance Committee Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 3:00pm

Presidential Range NA Group
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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20 No Events

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21 Meals for Many
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

Music Dir. Audition/Interview
Time: 5:30pm

Adult Choir Rehearsal
Time: 7:00pm

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22 AA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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23 AA meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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24 Nursery Care
Location: FH Nursery
Time: 9:15am

Sunday Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

HR Meeting
Location: Parlor
Time: 11:00am

NA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

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25 TOPS
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

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26 Voc Rehab
Location: CE Room
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm

Mission Committee Meeting
Location: parlor
Time: 7:00pm

Presidential Range NA Group
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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27 Staff Meeting
Time: 9:30am

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28 Meals for Many
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 5:00pm

Adult Choir Rehearsal
Time: 7:00pm

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29 AA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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30 AA meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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31 Nursery Care
Location: FH Nursery
Time: 9:15am

Sunday Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 9:30am -10:30am

Music Search Committee meeting
Location: Room 202
Time: 10:35am

NA Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 4:00pm -5:00pm

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