Wartime Threat: Increased Fossil Fuel Production at Home
Free UCC Webinar - July 6, 2022 1:00 PM
The fossil fuel industry is using the war in Ukraine to push for ramping up production in the United States. As a result, communities on the frontlines of the industry face the wartime threat of more pollution and more harm to their health. In this webinar, we will learn about the history that shapes the threats faced, and we will hear directly from those fighting at the grassroots to protect their families and communities. Featured speakers will include Roishetta Ozane from Healthy Gulf, Lois Bower-Bjornson from the Clean Air Council, and David J.X. González from the University of California-Berkeley. Even if you can’t make the scheduled time of 1:00 PM ET on Wednesday, July 6th, still sign-up, and we will send you a recording. Register now!
Act Now to Join a Pastoral Leadership Development Group in the Fall of 2022
Brene Brown defines resilience as “…the ability to practice authenticity when we experience shame [or other emotions], to move through the experience without sacrificing our values, and to come out on the other side … with more courage, compassion, and connection than we had going into it” (Daring Greatly, p.76). The practice and experience of ministry, especially in these demanding times, can be overwhelming, confusing, and even painful. Cultivating resilience is a key spiritual practice for clergy.

To foster this trait, the NH Conference and PCS in Manchester offer Pastoral Leadership Development Groups (PLDGs). Meeting ten sessions per year, each group provides a setting to develop resilience personally and professionally in various ministry settings.

All PLDGs are led by skilled trained facilitators. You will see groups for active parish pastors, clergy newly called to ministry and/or the NH Conference, members-in-discernment, retired clergy, and minsters in specialized settings such as chaplaincy, pastoral psychotherapy, spiritual direction, etc. The NH Conference underwrites this program through the Grace Scott Fund, and each participant pays $250 annual tuition (no fee for retirees).

To join a PLDG starting this fall, contact the facilitator of a group that interests you. For general questions about the program, reach out to PLDG Administrator David Reynolds at (603) 533-8377 or [email protected].

Now is the time to join a group, as they fill up quickly. Come and nurture your resilience in a PLDG!

Please Remember in Your Prayers...
Let us offer prayers for the many people of Afghanistan who lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods as a result of a powerful earthquake.

Let us remember in our prayers the Search Committee appointed to select a candidate for the position of Associate Conference Minister.

Let us finally offer prayers for the well-being of our authorized ministers serving in parish and non-parish settings as they attend to the needs of our people in a time of adversity, and endeavor to bring renewed vitality to our congregations in these waning days of the pandemic.

O God, in your tender mercy,
Hear our prayers!
Across Our Conference
The Rev. Dr. James Young Sr., pastor of the New Rye Union Congregational Church in Epsom, has retired from active ministry effective the end of May 2022. The congregation has called the Rev. Raymond Godin to serve as their Pastor and Teacher.

The Rev. Kirsty Depree will conclude her ministry as Interim Minister of the Congregational Church of West Lebanon, United Church of Christ, on July 17, 2022.
Conference Minister
Associate Conference Minister

Sunday Schedule: July 3, 2022

The Rev. Gordon Rankin will be preaching at the Congregational Church of Amherst, United Church of Christ, where Rev. Maureen Frescott serves as Senior Pastor.
Weekly News
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