One of the blessings of this series is how we're helped along the way with the music of Mark Miller. And I hope we can see our African-American, gay brother as he writes about the weight of discrimination and negative consequences of white superiority on his life and ministry. I have been inspired by his music and ministry. For many years, he has been the Music Director at Annual Conference and you often hear folks exclaim how attending Annual Conference is worth it if only for the worship: singing his songs, being a part of the pick-up choir he directs every year, and hearing his stories.
Here's one of the videos produced for the Vital Conversations study guide to accompany our Roll Down Justice series. Take a listen and pray with him and the Psalmists.
Early registration (with a discount) ends March 31. Registration closes May 31.
From ADL New England and the New Hampshire Council of Churches:
Building Bridges in the Human Family: Setting the Table to Talk About Race
Curious about the anti-black, anti-white divide? Want to discuss race and racism but are afraid to say the wrong thing or offend someone? Want to discuss how we can move on from our tragic past? How the past impacts us today? How can we be united if we are divided by race? Join us for a dialog series for people who genuinely want to listen, learn, and be heard. Facilitated by NH Listens, and co-sponsored by multiple community organizations.
Join us at 4 PM on Sundays: March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, and June 18th. Attend for one session, or all four!
The proposed Temple St. Asphalt Plant will go before the Planning Board for the first time on: March 23, 2023 at 7:00 in the City Hall Auditorium.
Newport Construction has proposed the construction of an asphalt plant on Temple Street, which will be as close as 100' from nearby properties that have been approved for redevelopment as badly needed housing. Construction of all previously approved housing development in the area–hundreds of new units–have been put on hold, as developers believe the proposed plant will destroy their property values. Newport Construction has a poor reputation in Westford and Chelmsford, MA, where they have another plant and have created problems for residents. The issue is non-partisan. Construction of this plant is bad for Nashua.
A visibility event opposing the plant will be held THIS Friday (3/17) in conjunction with a number of community groups. Please reach out to Pastor Kristy Besada (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details, which are developing now.
Another visibility event will be held at City Hall immediately prior to the Planning Board meeting (3/23), and we will be asking folks to bring signs and stand outside City Hall in a show of support for the neighbors who will be affected if the plan is approved. Some will meet at the church and walk down together.
This is a developing situation. Please watch next week's blast, social media and worship announcements for more details with regard to the ways you can help.
And as always, please write to the planning board at email@example.com to register your concerns with the board.