NH Council of Churches - E-News from the NH Council of Churches October 21 2010

Will Your Candidate End Torture? 



Acts of torture violate the image of God in each created person, no matter why the torture is committed or who does it. You can help make sure that the winners in November will end torture by asking them questions about torture, talking to your friends and neighbors about the issue, bringing a delegation from your church to meet the candidates and speaking to reporters about torture. Do you want help raising torture as an issue? Use this kit from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund in the coming weeks.



Naomi Tutu to Speak at Keene State College
Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Truth and Reconciliation: Healing the Wounds

Monday October 25
7:30 PM
Mabel Brown Room
L.P. Young Student Center
Keene State College
Keene, NH

Free and open to the public

For more information or accommodations for disability call Dottie Morris at 603-358-2206.

The 32nd McQuade Concert Presents Concert Organist John Weaver


Dr. John Weaver is a world renown organist who for many years was head of the Organ Departments of both the Curtis School in Philadelphia and Julliard in New York City.  He will be playing this concert with his wife, Marianne who is a concert flautist.  


November 2, 2010
7:30 pm

Community Church of Durham
17 Main St, Durham NH

FREE Concert, Open to the Public

For more information call the church office at 603-868-1230.

The Changing Religious Landscape in the United States 
Part of the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at UNH Manchester


November 2

6:00-7:30 pm


The United States stands out as one of the most persistently religious societies in the Western hemisphere.  Its religious landscape is also highly dynamic and adaptable. 

Recent decades have seen substantial changes in the denominational composition of American religion, the role of churches in anchoring individual and group identity, and in Americans' spiritual practices that place an increasing emphasis on individual autonomy, innovation, and eclecticism rather than the hold of a single authoritative tradition.  This lecture will discuss these changes and probe their consequences for individual and societal well-being.

Presented by Michele Dillon

Professor of Sociology

University of New Hampshire



Third Floor Auditorium

400 Commercial St

Manchester, NH


You Are Invited to A Spectacular National Conference Exploring Faith and the Death Penalty November 16 - 17, 2010, in Atlanta 


Dear Friends,

As a member of the Steering Committee for the NH Coalition to Abolish the

Death Penalty, (NHCADP) I invite you to consider attending the upcoming

Kairos Conference (Kairos Conference Website), which is focused on

mobilizing people of faith on the issue of the death penalty. 


More important, NHCADP asks you to forward this information

to people you know in positions of leadership in your faith community, and

encourage them to attend this event. There is something here for people at

all levels in any community of faith.  Even for those who cannot come to Atlanta,signing up with NH People of Faith Against the Death Penalty is an important step in building our movement and enhancing the available resources for talking about, and organizing to stop, the death penalty from a faith perspective - as a vital part of the broader secular state campaign run by NHCADP's network. NHPFADP has an affinity group of more than four attending so you qualify for reduced registration fee. Scholarships are available from the NHPFADP for travel subsidy.Inquiry by emailing David@NHchurches.org.


I hope to see you in Atlanta.


David Lamarre-Vincent
NH People of Faith Against the Death Penalty

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 .

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.

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

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

For more more information and registration materials click here

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

Military Family Groups
Local support groups for any military family member

If you know someone with a loved one in the military please let them know about these support groups. 


Manchester Parents Group ~

Wednesday: October 20, 2010
Where: Manchester Red Cross ~ 1800 Elm Street.
Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Contact: Kathy Jerome ~ doublebluestarmom@hotmail.com  

or call: 489-1181


Central NH Military Parents Group

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 26, 2010
6 - 8:00pm

Meredith Community Center
One Circle Drive

Contact: Connie Leggett at coconutcongo@aol.com or call 359-5130.

Orientation to Adult and Child Psychiatric Services at NH State Hospital 


November 3rd

Wednesday Morning 

8:45 am - 11: 45 am


New Hampshire Hospital

36 Clinton St.  Concord, NH


Workshop for Clergy

"Supporting Individuals, Families and Congregations Affected by Mental Illness"


Lunch will be provided for those who wish to stay until 12:30 pm


For registration materials click here:   www.nhchurches.org/files/workshop NH State Hospital.pdf


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

Click here for more information and registration materials.

Event - The Catholic Teaching on the Death Penalty:  A Personal Perspective
Saturday November 13 @ St. Anselm College


The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and the Diocese of Manchester are sponsoring "The Catholic Teaching on the Death Penalty:  A Personal and Theological Perspective." featuring presenters:  Vicki Schieber, Rev. Michael Kerper, Robert E. Dunn, Jr. and Bro. Paul Crawford.


Place: The New Hampshire Institute of Politics Saint Anselm College

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010

Time: 8:30 a.m. registration

9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. program


This event is free of charge




Register Online: www.catholicnh.org/publicsquare

By Phone: Bro. Paul Crawford (603) 669-3100, Ext. 148

By E-mail: pcrawford@rcbm.org


For more information you can download the flyer here: 



Your Vision for the Future of Ecumenism

You are invited to participate in the visioning process which will lead up to and flow from the visioning consultation on local and regional ecumenism on Nov. 11-12 in New Orleans. This futuring work will guide the local and regional ecumenical community in the coming years

The consultation will include a panel on the Future of Ecumenism, brief presentations from local and regional ecumenical leaders, and a creative small group visioning process which will engage all of the 100+ participants who are expected to attend the gathering. More information and online registration is at http://www.ncccusa.org/lre/visioning.html. Reserve a room by October 21 to get the hotel discount.
Whether or not you can attend the consultation, please complete a brief visioning survey, which will help to set priorities, elicit new ideas, and give everyone a chance to articulate their vision for the future of ecumenism in local and regional communities.
Please send the survey link to others engaged with Christian unity and common service and witness in local and regional communities: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/lre-vision-survey.

Thank God for Evolution - November 7 
Michael Dowd - America's Evolutionary Evangelist LIVE!
Come hear Reverend Michael Dowd share a gospel that's billions of years old!  Find out why Americans everywhere are engaging in a life-changing new conversation about Creation.  Endorsed by Nobel Prize winning scientists and religious leaders across the spectrum, Michael's bold new book builds bridges, provides guidance and restores realistic hope for people of any religion or belief system.

Community Church of Durham UCC

17 Main St., Durham, NH

Sunday, November 7, 2010  7:00 PM


Potluck at 6:00 pm

All are welcome!


For more information you download the flyer at: 

 www.nhchurches.org/files/michaeldowdevent.pdf or call 603-868-1230


Holiday Stockings for Troops 

WHAT: 12-14" red furry or fuzzy stockings (usually available at CVS, Dollar Stores, and the Christmas Tree Shop). Filled with gifts and food items.(see lists below)

WHEN: Thursday or Friday, November 18th or 19th from 3 pm - 7 pm.
November 18th is the preferred drop off date.

WHERE: National Guard Armory in Nashua NH 03063.

Click here for more information

Welcome them Home, Help them Heal 
Pastoral Care Resource 


Pastoral care and ministry with service members returning from war.

By John Sippola, Amy Blumenshine, Donald A Tubesing, and Valerie Yancey


Working together, compassionate, knowledgeable, and skilled caregivers, friends, and professionals can give veterans life-saving and life-giving care and support.  This is a practical guide for ministering to veterans.  The authors work with denominations throughout Minnesota in workshops, lectures, and other education opportunities.  For more information go to http://welcomethemhomebook.com/.

ABLE NH Annual Meeting Planning
Stakeholders and Convention Planning Meeting


A hands-on community forum for the purpose of planning the first Annual ABLE NH Annual Convention.


Sunday, November 21 - 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Holiday Inn

172 Main Street

Concord, NH


ABLE (Advocates Building Lasting Equality) is an independent grassroots community organization for individuals and families with disabilities.  They are organizing people to build the power to make a difference locally and statemwide in New Hampshire.


For registration and additional information visit www.ablenh.org.


From Mill Yard to Main Street:  Patterns of Immigration in New Hampshire
Lecture at UNH School of Law

November 30
7:00 PM
UNH School of Law Auditorium
2 White St.
Concord, NH


UNH History Professor Lucy Salyer and Immigration Attorney Ron Abramson will make a joint presentation and lead a Q and A session with participants on the subject of immigration in New Hampshire.

Salyer and Abramson will speak on 19th century patterns of immigration, in NH and generally, as well as the foundations of the current immigration law.  The program also will address the political and cultural background of current issues in immigration law, including the Arizon law and the birthright citzenship debates.  Remarks will take into consideration enduring questions about new immigrants and refugees resettling in our state both in an historical and contemporary context.

For more information click here to download a PDF of the poster for the event.