April 4, 2023 | Volume 15 No. 14

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UCC Leaders Call to Action

Nashville School Shooting

β€œThere is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve.” ~ Miroslav Volf, Public Theologian

Every child deserves to make it through the school day alive.

The officers and national staff of the United Church of Christ mourn with those who lament the needless deaths of Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney, Cynthia Peak, Katherine Koonce, and Mike Hill, violently killed at The Covenant School in Nashville, TN.

We grieve for and with the families and friends of those who will never come home again. We lament the tortured thoughts and death of one who lost their way to love of themselves and others. We decry our complicity with providing legal and easy access to weapons no one needs. And we grieve a Congress that lacks the conviction to place the safety of our children and adult citizens above political aspirations.

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Clergy Day Spring 2023

Why Stay in Ministry: Getting Ready for What's Next

Join members of Clergy Support Ministry on Tuesday, May 2nd as we welcome The Rev. Dr Sarah Drummond, Founding Dean at Andover Newton at Yale. We will explore what is needed to become good leaders in the mid-2020s. How do we keep on keeping on? We welcome you to join us in person at Community Church of Durham, NH or over Zoom. This is a hybrid event. Registration will close on Wednesday, April 26. Cost: $35.

Note: This event will count as 4 hours towards your clergy continuing education hours.



Elementary Age Campers Belong at Horton Center

Here are this summer's awesome camp sessions for campers going into grades 3, 4, and 5 in the fall!

Getting Started - Join Dean Kira Morehouse for this special half week camp! It's perfect for first-time campers! See what camp is all about: have fun, new friends, cool worships, and explore the amazing outdoors at Horton Center!

Climate Superheroes - Deans Rob Grabill and Peter Lovett will lead you to learn how to save our earth! Really!! It's the upcoming generation who will be the Superheroes and turn things around so join us and have a great week at camp figuring out a plan!

New Things - Spend a whole week at camp with Dean Becky Beaton and her fantastic counselors and try out lots of new things! Rock climbing, caving, hiking, new games, campfires with smores, and more!

Archery 1&2 - Dean Mike Simons will lead you to learn new skills and awesome memories of fun, safe shooting and more! Since this camp is for 5-12 graders, some time will be together, and some separated by age group.

MADD (Music, Art, Dance, Drama) - Together with world-renowned Storyteller Valerie Tutson (your Dean) you will get your creative juices flowing and be inspired by nature all around you to tell your stories! Find out how you can use the Arts to share your ideas, visions, hopes and dreams with the world around you! 

Wacky Water World - Join Dean Debbie Gline Allen for lots of fun, wacky water games and new ways to have fun with water! Play in it, drink it, splash it, see who's living in it and more! Plus all the usual, fun Horton Center activities.

Hogwarts on the Mountain - Professor Megan Magrauth will bring you into the world of magic and miracles as you learn potions, play quidditch, perfect your spells, and explore the magical grounds and forest around your castle!

HC Remix - Because coming back to camp one more time to finish the summer on a high note is always a great idea! Come be part of this hodge podge of deans, counselors and campers as we remix everything from the whole summer into a fun filled short session for all age campers! NOTE: Short session from August 6-9.

Don't wait! To register CLICK HERE!

Check out our website with videos, photos and more: www.HortonCenter.org


The 7 Deadly Sins of White Christian Nationalism: A Call to Action

A Book By Carter Heyward

Dear local clergy and lay leaders,

Our Justice & Witness Ministry team has purchased eight copies of Carter Heyward's The 7 Deadly Sins of White Christian Nationalism: A Call to Action.

These books are ready to be picked up and passed around our conference in preparation for Heyward's coming to NH late this summer. We ask that you consider going to the office and taking one of these, reading it and passing it along to one of your NHCUCC comrades. These are labeled and ready to be passed around our state! If you have been wondering how to make some racial justice waves, look at Heyward's book. It is extremely engaging and is sure to challenge.


Rev. Sammy Holland on behalf of the Justice & Witness Ministry of the NHC


Immigrant Bond & Support Fund

In Urgent Need of Funds to Bond Immigrants Out of ICE Detention

Our unique NH Conference UCC Immigrant Bond and Support Fund needs an infusion of donations now so we can continue to heed the call of Jesus to "bring good news to the poor" and "proclaim release to the captives...and let the oppressed go free" (Luke 4:18) -- Donate Here to the "Immigrant Support Fund."

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A New Thing Task Force

Church Ministry through Lessons from Theater Improv

New Thing Task Force Promo Video

Story drives our mission and improv adds spice and creativity to our stories

Join A New Thing Task Force Saturday, April 22 from 9-2pm at the First Parish Congregational Church, East Derry for the session "Church Ministry through Lessons from Theater Improv". This session is being led by Rev. Maren Tirabassi and Mr. Don Tirabassi.

ο»ΏFee: $20 per person/session; $50 per church/session; FREE for six or more members from a church.

Please contact ANewThingTaskForce@gmail.com for questions and registration. Payment will be at the door.

For more information click the link bellow.

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The Work of the Search Committee

Wednesday, May 10 7:00 - 8:30pm

Rev. Jeff Nelson will provide an overview of a Local Church Search Committee's work, including reviewing profiles, conducting interviews, and the steps of the Search and Call process. While Rev. Nelson is unable to give specific advice for specific search committees, members of local church search committees are invited and encouraged to attend.



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Theater Improv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Learn More

First Parish Congregational Church . . . . . . . April 22 9-2pm

Clergy Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Learn More

Community Church of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2 9-1pm

NEAUCE Confernece. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Learn More

Swanzey, NH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 4 - May 6

General Synod 34 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Learn More

Indianapolis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 30 - July 4

Clergy Convocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Save the Date

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 18-20




Our teachers and children. God, as we mourn yet another school shooting we pray with hearts cracked open in despair. Help us O Holy One. Help us to see a way forward. Help us to prioritize lives over violence, children over guns, your ways of peace over the ways of the sword. Help us O Holy One. Keep our children safe. Keep our educators safe. Keep our schools sanctuaries where learning and growing and trust and joy may be experienced by the most beautiful and vulnerable of all, our kids.


O God, in your tender mercy, Hear our prayers




The Reverend Brian Donovan concluded his ministry as Pastor and Teacher of the First Congregational Church of Salem, UCC on Sunday, March 26th.

Mr. Jim Wilson has announced his resignation from the position of Pastor of the United Church of Warner, UCC. Mr. Jim Wilson will conclude his ministry at Warner on April 16, 2023.




The United Church of Christ is holding an appeal to support earthquake recovery in Turkey and Syria. Checks may be sent to the Conference Office (140 Sheep Davis Rd., Pembroke, NH 03275) or donations made online. Please mark all donations "Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal".

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