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In respect of our multi-age audience, we will be asking folks to wear masks at our in-person events.

  • Oyster River Community Read
  • Oyster River Community Read


LECTURE: Tuesday, March 29, 6PMRussia and the Crisis in Ukraine presented by Historian Kurk Dorsey. Durham Public Library.



LECTURE & DISCUSSION: Monday, April 11, 6:30pm. Russia Invades Ukraine: Putin’s Uses of Empire and Abuses of World War II, presented by Historian Cathy A. Frierson. Prof. Frierson completed 30+ research trips to the USSR/post-Soviet Russia from 1984-2013. She authored or edited seven books and numerous articles on Russia’s history from 1861 – 2010. Watch video of this discussion.


WEEKLY COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: Thursdays, 1pm, April 14-May 19. Join us for weekly discussions on a specific topic informed by podcasts, videos, and articles that participants can review before the conversation. Waysmeet Center. Masks required. Register here. Schedule of topics for weekly community conversations (more detailed information is included when you register):

          April 14 - The Big Picture

          April 21 - New World Order 

          April 28 - Sanctions & Economic Impacts

          May 5 -  Just Like Us: Racism & Empathy

          May 12 - Media and Propaganda

          May 19 - Healing


FILM: Tuesday, April 19, 6:30pm. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015). A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich. Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Masks required. 



EXHIBIT: May 1-15. The Forgiveness Project's F-WORD. An international, thought-provoking collection of images and words that explore forgiveness in the face of atrocity. Community Church of Durham. Visit CCDurham.org for exhibit hours


FILM: Monday, May 2, 6:30pm. Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks (1987). This documentary film is the first film made following the nuclear meltdown accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near Pripyat, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, on the 26 April 1986. It focuses on the immediate aftermath of the disaster and the cleanup effort. Presented in Russian with English subtitles. Community Church of Durham. Masks required. 

TV SHOW: Friday, May 13 at 7 pm. Servant of the People, Season 1, Episode 1. A political comedy starring Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Community Church of Durham. Masks required.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sunday, May 15, 1pm. Mercy as a Way of Life: A Conversation.

Online webinar moderated by the Rev. Dave Grishaw-Jones with guests Jo Berry (in Ireland), Robi Damelin (in Israel-Palestine) and Father Michael Lapsley (in South Africa). Guests discuss living through trauma and war and loss, and how to continue to seek hope, reconciliation, and truth. Click here to register. Masks required. 

DISCUSSION: Wednesday, May 18 at 7 pm. War, Justice, and Non-violence: Perspectives and Paradoxes presented by Historian, Dr. Kent McConnell. This program looks at the history of "just war theory," starting in antiquity and following the development of three major elements of just war thinking: jus ad bellum (the right to war), jus in bello (the laws of war), and jus post bellum (justice after war). Highlighting the work of philosophers Larry May, Michael Walzer, and Richard Norman, Kent McConnell focuses discussion on the philosophical and theological foundations of just war thinking and non-violence. Sponsored by NH Humanities. Madbury Public Library. Masks required.


​PANEL DISCUSSION: Tuesday, May 24 from 6-8 pm. Troubled Minds in Troubling Times: Coping with Global Anxiety with Moderator Pastor Dave Grishaw-Jones (Community Church) and Panelists: Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman (Temple Israel, Portsmouth), Professor Paul McNamara (UNH Philosophy Department), Alexandra Shaker, Ph.D. (author and clinical psychologist), John Mince, Ph.D. (Marriage and Family therapist). Community Church of Durham.

Masks required.

BOOK DISCUSSION: Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 pm. "Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets," by Svetlana Alexievich.

An oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia by Ukrainian-born author Svetlana Alexievich who grew up in Belarus and won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Alexievich gives voice to women and men whose stories are lost in the official narratives of nation-states. St. George's Episcopal Church of . Masks required.