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Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series

Exploring Religious Conflict between Christians and Muslims


The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), invites you to participate in the first session of the 2010-2011 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series on Tuesday, October 5, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ET).  Eliza Griswold will lead the conversation on her new book, "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam."  Ms. Griswold will discuss her travels through Africa and Asia along the tenth parallel, where Christianity and Islam collide. She argues that religious conflict is often the result of history, climate change, demography, and the struggle over natural resources.


Please email outreach@cfr.org or call Elizabeth McCourt at 212.434.9535 if you would like to participate in this interactive exchange, and we will send you the toll-free dial-in number and password. This invitation is transferable, but limited to religious and congregational leaders and scholars; we invite you to forward it to any colleagues who might be interested in participating.



The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series seeks to engage religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers from across the country in cross-denominational conversations on global issues. Each call, led by a CFR expert and/or religious community leader, provides a nonpartisan forum for discussion on a broad range of pressing international issues. To access archived audio of calls in this series, along with a wealth of timely CFR content, visit our home on the web at:



Theater of War Event - October 6th at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm


Brought to you by NAMI - NH


Presented throughout the United States and Europe, Theatre of War, a highly acclaimed professional production will be making its first New England appearance in New Hampshire on October 6th. Theatre of War uses readings from Ajax, a 2,500 year old Greek play that timelessly depicts the psychological and physical wounds inflicted by war upon warriors, as a catalyst for engaging the audience in a Town Hall discussion about how combat impacts on today's service members, veterans and their families. The production involves professional actors who read excerpts from Ajax followed by a panel discussion of local service members, veterans, and their family members on how they deal with the emotional and psychological effects of combat and the challenges of homecoming. Questions and comments from the audience will then be encouraged. The goals of this production are to increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, reduce stigma and foster hope and optimism.


There will be two performances of Theatre of War on October 6: 1:00 pm at Grace Capitol Church in Pembroke and 6:00 pm at the Concord High School. Click here for more information

NH Scholarship for Young Adult Experience in Ecumenical Formation 
The NH Council of Churches announces scholarship support for young adults to gather with fellow disciples doing the work of promoting Christian unity and witness in local and regional settings of the United States this November in New Orleans.

The Local and Regional Ecumenism Consultation (November 11-12, 2010) will take place in New Orleans following the Centennial Ecumenical Gathering of the National Council of Churches and Church World Service (November 9-11, 2010). 

Young adults (18 - 35) are invited to apply for scholarship assistance to attend the Thursday noon through Friday 3:30 pm Consultation for focused conversation on local and regional ecumenism.  Information about the Celebration and the Consultation are available at www.ncccusa.org/lre.  Information about the Consultation scholarship is available by contacting the NH Council of Churches.

To apply for young adult scholarship simply submit a letter outlining why you are interested in attending and how you would follow up in New Hampshire.  Deadline for applying is October 10, 2010.

Send your application letter to:  David Lamarre-Vincent, NH Council of Churches, PO Box 1087, Concord, NH 03302-1087, David@NHchurches.org

Understanding Military Culture:  Training Designed for Faith Communities
Families of New Hampshire Service Members face very difficult adjustments when their loved ones are away on duty. Faith Communities can provide vital support to these families during this time.  Come learn how you and your Faith Community can help.

· Learn about the unique challenges military families face during deployment.

· Learn about military culture so you can better assist military families.

· Learn about existing support programs that need volunteers.

There is no cost to attend but you must register.
Call Heather at 1-800-852-3345 x 8560.

Or click HERE to register by email.

(Please give your name, title, organizational affiliation [if any], contact information and which training you plan on attending.  Also, please let us know if you require any special accommodations.)

This training will be offered on the following dates at these locations.

Thursday, October 14
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Durham Evangelical Church
114 Dover Road
Durham, NH

Thursday, October 28
 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
 Gorham Congregational Church
143 Main Street
Gorham, NH

This training is being offered by the Cecil B. Day Foundation
New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services
New Hampshire National Guard

John Dominic Crossan

2010 Wakefield Lectures Theologian in Residence to speak in New Hampshire November 5th, 6th and 7th. 
God & Violence:
The Normalcy of Empire & the Ambiguity of the Bible

john dominic crossan


World-renowned theologian and biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan will be coming to New Hampshire to speak at Plymouth, NH in an event co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Bible Society and the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.

All events are at
The Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
4 Post Office Square
Plymouth, NH

*********Reservations are required for all events******

Friday, 7:30-9:00pm           Lecture #1: Civilization & Empire
Saturday, 9-10:30am          Lecture #2:  Bible & Power
Saturday, 11-12:30pm        Lecture #3:  Jesus & God
Saturday, 1:30-3:00pm       Lecture #4:  Apocalypse & Violence
Sunday, 9:30am                 Preaching Sunday's Service
Sunday 1:30pm                  Lecture #5:  And so... 

******Reservations are required***************

($10/lecture, $35/series *Registration required - click here  to print registration)

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Rev. Judith Gooch at pastor@uccplymouth.org or call the church office at 536-2626.

This event is sponsored by the New Hampshire Bible Society and the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.

You Are Invited to A Spectacular National Conference Exploring Faith and the Death Penalty November 16 - 17, 2010, Atlanta
john dominic crossanNow is a kairos moment on the death penalty.  It's a new day--a special moment--to which more and more religious communities are awakening.

Join conference chair and Dead Man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., leaders and members of national, state and local faith communities and world-renown speakers for an inspirational and educational experience.

This conference is sponsored by People of Faith Against the Death Penalty.

For more information, please visit www.pfadp.org or call 919-933-7567 or email at:  kairos@pfadp.org .

2010 Death Penalty Study Commission Hearings   

The NH Legislature created a Study Commission to evaluate the death penalty and determine whether it is a good policy for New Hampshire.  This is the first time there has been a comprehensive study of the death penalty in New Hampshire.  NHCADP has been working to find qualified experts and those with experience with the death penalty to testify before the study commission.  New Hampshire has not completed an execution since 1939, so there is not a great deal of experience within the state about how the death penalty affects victim family members, corrections workers, the public and family members of those who are executed.  

* Study Commission meetings have taken place monthly beginning at 10 a.m. at LOB 305, with the exception of the public hearings in September. The public hearings will take place in Plymouth, Keene, and Durham, respectively, and will be in the evening.  Remaining dates and topics are as follows:

Remaining hearing dates:

November 5 -- Final meeting

December 2010 -- Commission report is due 

         Please Attend the Hearings!  Consider Testifying

The Study Commission needs to hear from the public in order to fully evaluate this public policy issue.  Please attend the hearings and wear a shirt or button to show your support for abolition. 

If you would like to testify before the Study Commission, please plan your testimony beforehand.  Your testimony should not be longer than 5 minutes, and should include the following information: "Hi my name is xyz and I am a resident of Town, NH. I am asking the Commission to support repeal of the death penalty because *include 1 - 2 reasons why you think the DP should be repealed*" 

After the hearings, please read your local paper and respond to articles or opinion pieces with a letter to the editor. Submit a letter to the editor via your hometown paper's website or send a hard copy in the mail.  Be sure to include your phone number because the paper will usually call to verify your letter before they go to print.  

If you are willing to attend the hearing, testify and/or write a letter to the editor, please contact Barbara Keshen bkeshen@nodeathpenaltynh.org or Katherine Cooper kcooper@nodeathpenaltynh.org  They are available to assist with testimony or help in drafting a letter to the editor.

* For more information on the Study Commission, click HERE.