The Meriden Congregational Church, situated in the village of Meriden, New Hampshire, is an Open and Affirming member of the United Church of Christ. Founded in 1780, it has been a beacon of faith in this small community through the generations since.
We currently worship in a sanctuary built in 1898 after fire destoyed the previous building. As an Open and Affirming congregation, we welcome people of all ages, races, lifestyles, and sexual orientation. As our sign says, “All Are Welcome.”
Come worship with us Sundays at 10AM in our stone church at the top of the hill.
Come here our special guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy share with us about “Women and Islam: The Veil and Other Costumes & Customs,” during our service this coming Sunday–October 16th! In M’ellen’s words, “Much controversy is stirring about the Muslim tradition of women’s wearing of a head scarf or veil. What is this about? How do we balance religious tolerance and women’s rights? What do we make of this as westerners? Let’s explore this charged topic together. All are invited to bring a scarf or hat to the service if they wish.” M’ellen is both a Unitarian Universalist minister and also a Sufi minister. She serves as minister for the UU Churches in Springfield and Washington, Vermont. She is founder of “Peace and Unity Bridge,” (PUB), an organization dedicated to cultivating friendship and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims (www.peaceandunitybridge.org).
In anticipation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday—October 10th,
all are welcome to join us for the next movie in our Reel Soul film series:
“Two Rivers –
A Native American Reconciliation”
View Trailer at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1564965/
7:00 PM in the Parish House
with refreshments and discussion to follow!
Part history lesson, part deeply felt emotion, and part fascinating story of an unlikely solution to a dark time in American history, this award winning PBS documentary tells the true story of a Native American reconciliation group in North Central Washington State. Seeking to learn why there has never been any Indian presence or awareness in their community, a white couple begins a journey that starts as a small discussion group in their home. As the regions (and later the Nations) history of cruelty, racism, and ignorance toward Native Americans is told, the whites are deeply affected. Word begins circulating around the reservations that something unusual is happening among a group of whites and Indians. Curious whites hear about Indians traveling to their community, and start attending.
What follows is an amazing story of changed hearts, friendships between enemies, and ultimately, astonishing community renewal and transformation. Two Rivers is a fascinating human story, with large implications: A true story of people from two different worlds who created profound and lasting changes because they were willing to learn new attitudes, new ways of connecting, and to speak, listen, and act from their hearts.
COME CELEBRATE WITH US ON SUNDAY–SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
AS WE RE-GATHER FOR OUR 2016-2017 CHURCH YEAR !!!
Intergenerational, Multicultural Recovenanting Celebration Sunday—September 11th, beginning at 10:00 AM, Featuring African drumming with Steve Ferraris
COMMUNITY PICNIC ON OUR BEAUTIFUL CHURCH GREEN
Sunday–September 11th, from 11:30 – 1:30
Food & Fun for ALL-Come Be our Guest!
Our church’s gift to our Whole Community–Bring Friends and Neighbors!!
Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers, Hot Dogs, & Beverages for all!
Intergenerational Volley Ball!
Please bring a dish to share, e.g., salad, fruit, dessert
Help the planet: bring your own plates/utensils/cups (extras available)
BYO picnic blanket and/or chairs
For more information, please call (603) 469-3235
ALL ARE WELCOME!!
Even as we are enjoying our annual Sabbath camping re-creation, Susan and I, (along with Ian & Erin) are really looking forward to our church’s annual participation next weekend in PADDLEPOWER 2106, a multifaceted event to raise funds for suicide prevention. We are excited about all the members of our Paddle for Jazzie Team this year, and deeply appreciate those of you who have already sponsored our team, whether at the following link, or in some other way. But we do still have one week left to make this our most sponsored year ever, with every dollar we raise being matched by our friends at Positive Tracks in recognition of the number of youth on our team. So…..
On behalf of PADDLEPOWER 2016 Honorary Chair, our own Karen Rogers,
and all of us on our “Paddle for Jazzie” Team,
we urge those who have not already sponsored us to go to
and click on the “sponsor us” tab.
We’re counting on, and so very grateful for, your support!
Tuesday—July 19th, from 5:30 to 6:00 PM
South West Corner of Rte 120 & Main Street, Meriden
(At the Blinking Yellow Light—Parking available nearby at “Poor Thom’s Tavern”)
Study of “The New Jim Crow,” by Michelle Alexander
Meriden Congregational Church Parish House
6:00 -7:30 PM
Refreshments & Continuing Conversation @ “Poor Thom’s Tavern”
19 Bean Road, Plainfield /Across from the Meriden Library
7:30 -8:30 PM
Every Tuesday evening, our Church hosts a weekly Community Vigil at the corner of Main St. and Rt. 120, from 5:30-6:00. This vigil is an extension of the Upper Valley VT-NH chapter of “Showing Up for Racial Justice” (SURJ), and was wonderfully well attended last week! Following the vigil this week, everyone is welcome to join us here in our Parish House to continue our study of Michelle Alexander’s ground-breaking book, “The New Jim Crow,” focusing this week on Chapter 5. Having read at least Chapter 5 would be helpful, but come anyway just to be part of the conversation! At the conclusion of our book discussion, many of us will likely travel back down to “Poor Thom’s Tavern” (19 Bean Rd., Plainfield) for refreshments and/or dinner, and less formal conversation about how we are making sense of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the issues it is raising for all of us.
We have “Black Lives Matter” signs available for folk to hold, but please feel free to make and/or bring your own signs affirming such sentiments as our stance on the side of love, our commitment to disarm hate, and/or our affirmation of solidarity with our black sisters and brothers and all those whose lives have been so tragically taken from us. Come join us for any or all of these Tuesday evening ways to “show up for racial justice” here in our community—come vigil with us, come and study with us, and/or come visit, dine, and converse with us. All are welcome at any and all of these activities!