The Building a Culture of Peace Forum, our former Film Series, celebrated
its 9th year of gatherings in 2017!
We have grown from our modest first free community monthly gatherings (9 faithful
attendees) to a circle of 40-70 evening participants, drawing from over 200 different folks who have joined us over these years and who are now on our email list. Our programs remain free and open to all, and are supported by generous offerings to our donation basket.
Our vision and mission has been to offer a place to learn about the history of successful social justice campaigns and movements, about nonviolence as principle and practice, and to offer youth and adults an opportunity for a circle conversation that leans away from debating positions and into exploration, questions, concerns of the heart. Our gatherings offer opportunities to connect with contemporary campaigns, local and national, and has spawned new study and action groups, as well as offered participants opportunities to join existing justice groups in NH.
Our Forum cosponsors have included AFSC NH, NH Conference UCC, Sierra Club, NH Peace Action, Concord UU Church, NAACP NH, 350.orgNH, Temple Beth Jacob, Concord Quaker/Friends, Campaign Nonviolence/Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, Srs. of Mercy NH Justice Committee, the Sierra Club and others. We have been especially grateful for the donation of space and hospitality over the years from the Concord UU Church, Temple Beth Jacob and South Congregational Church of Concord. Our planning committee is a faithful volunteer driven group of committed community members, often from cosponsoring organizations, and the Forum is a labor of love.
L.R. Berger is the New England Associate with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, a member of the NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates, and serves on the AFSC NH Support Committee. If you are interested in this project we encourage you to contact LR Berger: firstname.lastname@example.org