Open and Affirming Mission Group Seeks New Members
We would like to let you know about the work of the Open and Affirming Concerns Mission Group of the NH Conference. Our group focuses on consulting with and supporting local churches in their Open and Affirming (ONA) journey from their first consideration of whether to pursue becoming ONA, and to sustaining them as they live into the covenant that they have adopted. 

We also offer periodic gatherings related to ONA issues. These gatherings are very popular. In January 2021, we will be hosting an on-line gathering featuring Andy Lang of the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ.  We will also have a panel moderated by our Conference Minister, the Rev Gordon Rankin, and a poetry reading by award-winning poet James Crews.  

We need some help. Our hard-working group is small and could use a few new members. Our group meets once a month by Zoom. We are asking you to consider if you or someone in your church would be interested in joining us in our endeavors, perhaps bringing new ideas and energy. If so, would you send your/their name(s) and contact information to John Rowe at or Rev Michael Denney, NH Conference ONA Consultant, at Thank you for your consideration of our request and we look forward to hearing from you. 

John Rowe and Rev Michael Denney, co-chairs.  
The Environmental Justice Mission Groups Announces Opportunities to Learn More About the Rights of Nature
September 30, 2020: 7:30 pm via Zoom

The Environmental Justice Mission Group along with the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College Green Team invite you to an online program with Rev. Dr. Bob Shore Goss, a UCC Environmental Justice Council Trainer; retired UCC clergy/theologian; former pastor of the first Creation Justice Church of the UCC; and current member of the Federated Church of Marlborough, NH.

October 17, 2020: The New Hampshire Conference, UCC Annual Meeting

Rev. Dr. Robert Shore Goss has also submitted a Resolution for the Rights of Nature that the New Hampshire Conference will consider at its Annual Meeting on October 17th.
Bob shares his thoughts on why it is important to publicly support the Rights of Nature in this document.
Environmental Justice Mission Group Shares Information on NH Interfaith Power and Light’s Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign
NH Interfaith Power and Light is the newest of 40 affiliates of Interfaith Power and Light, a national organization whose mission is to inspire people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action to address climate change.  Our NH organization formed last year with the help of a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of NH. This year we received a grant from IPL to allow us to focus on the importance of voting with climate in mind, for the sake of all of God’s Creation including future generations. 

Our campaign is focused on the pledge which follows below, climate conversations with our families and friends on the importance of voting and encouraging others to vote, and working to protect access to the ballot to ensure that everyone has the means to vote including expanding vote by mail. If interested, please click on the link below to make the Climate pledge. If so inclined, please share this information with others in your faith community via your enews.

If you would like more information or to volunteer, please reach out to me, Susan Fuller at

"I am pledging to be a Faith Climate Justice Voter to put love into action for every living creature and for every vulnerable community suffering the impacts of our changing climate, from sea rise, to extreme heat, to devastating droughts, to supercharged storms.
I believe that our nation’s elected leaders and our public policies should reflect our shared values. By pledging to be a consistent voter and vote with climate in mind, I am communicating the values of caring for God’s Creation and our children’s future.”

Please Remember in Your Prayers...
Those who have had their homes, communities, businesses, and churches threatened or damaged by the West Coast wildfires. Those in the Gulf Coast area who are recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Sally.

The citizens of Zimbabwe as they experience deep hunger, isolation, and the crumbling of their medical system. The lack of medications, anesthesia, and a general strike by doctors and nurses is precipitating a devastating health-care crisis for the average citizen.

Those experiencing serious illness, especially Pam, the wife of the Rev. Kevin Pleas; the Rev. Judy Copeland; and any others whose names are not here mentioned; that God’s healing touch and presence might be with them. We also pray for those who have known and loved the Rev. Dr. Avery Post, former President and General Minister of the United Church of Christ. Dr. Post died September 7, 2020, at his home in Hanover, NH. The story of his life and contributions to the United Church of Christ can be found by clicking here.

O God, in your tender mercy,
Hear our prayers!

Across Our Conference
The Rev. Paula Gile has tendered her resignation as Associate Pastor of the Congregational Church of Laconia, United Church of Christ. Her ministry in that setting will conclude on September 24, 2020. 
The Rev. Deborah Knowlton will retire and conclude her ministry as Pastor and Teacher of the First Congregational Church of Hampton, United Church of Christ, at the end of September 2020.
The Rev. Rebecca Maccini has tendered her resignation as Designated Term Pastor of the Congregational Christian Church, United Church of Christ, of West Franklin. Her ministry at Franklin will conclude on October 31, 2020.
The Rev. Dr. Peter Lovett has accepted the call of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Meredith to be their Pastor and Teacher. Peter will begin his ministry at Meredith on November 1, 2020.  

The Rev. Ruth Martz has tendered her resignation from her position as Pastor and Teacher of the Congregational Church of Sanbornton, United Church of Christ, effective November 30, 2020, and is retiring from active ministry. Ruth’s last Sunday at Sanbornton will be November 15. 
Conference Minister
Sunday Schedule: September 27, 2020
The Rev. Gordon Rankin will be worshiping with our NHCUCC congregations via computer from his own home. 
Weekly News
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