Youth Forum on Race and Racism

From the NH Council of Churches:

September 28, 2018
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).

Youth Forum on Race and Racism

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9am-4pm
Manchester Community College, 1066 Front Street, Manchester, NH

Register online here.
Registration deadline is Saturday, October 6, 2018

Can you encourage your church's older youth and college students to participate in this forum? Please share with any youth leaders in your congregation!

Christians of all kinds reject racism in its many forms as a matter of faith. Many denominations in the NH Council of Churches have made explicit anti-racist statements on behalf of their members. Our churches likely can all acknowledge:

  • Although we reject racism, it still persists in our churches.

  • One important way of combating racism is through mutual learning and sharing experiences.

  • Talking openly about race and racism while young makes a big difference on adult understandings of race and racism.


The ACLU-NH provides this Youth Forum on Race and Racism as an interactive, youth-led, and youth-focused forum with a goal of developing an awareness and understanding about ways to continue changing the narrative around race and racism in New Hampshire and to achieve racial equity in our local communities statewide. At this Youth Forum, you will be challenged to analyze power structures that impede upon social equity in preparation to be effective social justice organizers and change-makers. The multiracial team of high school and college age youth and grassroots community organizers, trainers, and facilitators includes people with anti-racist and equity organizing experience. The Youth Forum is for high school juniors and seniors, community college, and four-year university students of color and white students. Youth Forum participants will:

  • Develop a common working definition of racism and an understanding of its different forms, including individual, institutional, linguistic, and cultural.

  • Develop a common language for examining racism in New Hampshire communities.

  • Understand one’s own connection to institutional racism and its impact on their community work.

  • Understand why the role of institutions in exacerbating institutional racism for communities of color and how all of us, including white folk, are adversely impacted by racism every day, everywhere.

  • Address surface assumptions about how your work is (or is not) affected by racism.

  • Gain knowledge about how to be more effective in your work with organizations, communities, and families.

Understand the role of community organizing and building effective multiracial coalitions to achieve racial equity in New Hampshire.

Rest in Peace, Charles R. Meader, M. D.

Dear Friends in Christ,

 I am sad to announce the death of Charles R. Meader, M.D., the beloved spouse of the Rev. Marthe Dyner. Charlie was well known and deeply loved by many in New Hampshire. He was a capable physician and faithful companion to Marthe in her service to many parishes throughout the Church of New Hampshire.  Please read the attached obituary to learn more about his exemplary service as a courageous army physician in Vietnam and about his family and his legacy as a caring friend to many. Obituary:

 A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 6 at 11 am at Union Church, Claremont.

 May Jesus, the Good Physician, welcome Charlie into his embrace with the words, “Servant, well done.”  And please hold Marthe and their family in your close prayers.

 Yours in the Risen Christ,



National Council of Churches' Community Engagement Webinar Series

Beginning Tuesday, September 4th until election day, National Council of Churches will present a webinar series to provide constituents with resources and tools to develop a non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign that can make a measurable different in your community.  To find out more and to register for this five week series, go to:

Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice - August 22 - 25, 2018

Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice:
Manchester to Dover 2018

Save the dates of Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25!Participants will walk the 40 miles from Manchester to Dover over the course of these days and you are welcome to join us! The walk begins in Manchester, where the ICE offices are located. The walk will end at the Strafford County Jail in Dover, where ICE jails people prior to their deportation.

Each day participants will walk 10 miles and stop in towns along the way. In the evenings we will hold educational, prayerful or discussion-focused events for all to come to. Both walking and non-walking volunteers will be needed, so watch for opportunities soon!

International Overdose Awareness Day - August 31st

August 31: International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. The churches of New Hampshire have both felt the pain of the our state’s addiction crisis and have supported a diversity of recovery-related ministries. Christians recognize not only that addiction is an illness but also that Jesus is a healer. As believers in the Gospel, Christians desire to be a part of God’s offer of health and well-being for all people.

The NH Council of Churches encourages your congregation to set aside time on Sunday, August 26 for preaching and prayer on the theme of Overdose AwarenessSee NH Council of Church's website for many worship-planning resources for that day, contributed by NH clergy women.