Join the ‘WE Are Concord’ conversation

Talks to be held over the next week

“WE Are Concord” is a collaborative effort aimed at getting our community talking together and shaping solutions to promote collaboration and healthy problem solving by building trust, strengthening relationships and increasing understanding in the community.

We invite everyone to join us at a series of community conversations starting Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. for breakfast and conversation at IBEW Local 490, 48 Airport Road.

The series continues Monday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for lunch and conversation at Temple Beth Jacob, 67 Broadway.

And the final installment will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., for pizza and conversation in the Concord High School cafeteria, hosted by Concord High School’s Be the Change club.

Doors open a half hour before each meeting.

Discussions will be in small groups with a trained facilitator who is making sure that everyone is heard and that the conversation remains respectful.

Everyone is welcome – long time and newly resettled residents, business owners, students, families, children, etc. are all invited and encouraged to attend.

Attendees will have a chance to talk about their hopes for the Concord community, share ideas for promoting understanding across differences and identify key issues that impact them.

“Concord has a rich history and continues to grow in diversity, adding culture and vibrancy to our great city,” said Michele Holt-Shannon of N.H. Listens. “We’d like to keep a positive momentum going forward. Listening together and being proactive matters. In general, we need everyone who has a stake in Concord to help shape the future of Concord. We value the principle – “nothing about us without us,” so let’s not have a conversation about our community without key members of our community present. And it’s fun!”

Walk-ins are welcome and events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested by going to bit.do/WeAreConcordNH. Interpretation and child care are available.

WE Are Concord is a collaboration of the following groups: Ascentria Care Alliance, American Friends Service Committee, Be the Change Club at Concord High School, Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire, City of Concord, Concord Community Music School, Concord Multicultural Festival, Concord School District, Concordia Lutheran Church, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, Greater Concord Interfaith Council, Greater Concord Area Task Force Against Racism and Intolerance, New American Africans, NH Catholic Charities, NH Listens, Second Start, South Congregational Church, Temple Beth Jacob, The Over Comers Church, UNH Law School, Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, Welcome Concord and more.

For event questions, please contact Holt-Shannon at 862-0692 or nh.listens@unh.edu

Jessica Fogg Livingston

Author: The Concord Insider

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