E-News from the NH Council of Churches

Jim Wallis in New Hampshire


Jim Wallis, author of Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street - A Moral Compass for the New Economy, will be in Exeter, NH.


On Sunday, October 10 Jim will speak at the We The People lecture series.  The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Exeter Congregational Church. This is event is free and open to the public.


Jim will discuss his most recent book, Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street - A Moral Compass for the New Economy. While most of us wonder, "When will the financial crisis be over?," Jim will present the more challenging question, "How will the financial crisis change us?"


Oct. 10, 2010 Exeter, NH
We The People present: Rediscovering Values lecture
Exeter Congregational Church - 7 p.m.
Contact: Rick Schubart
Tel: (603) 475-4024

For more information on Jim's upcoming speaking events, please click here.

AFSC-NH Annual Celebration and Fundraiser 
Celebrating 35 Years in New Hampshire
Featuring speaker Dr. Vincent Harding
Noted leader and educator on civil rights, nonviolence and justice. 

"Dreaming a New America"

Friday October 15, 2010
Doors open at 5:30 pm  - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Concord Unitarian Church
274 Pleasant St, Concord NH

Dinner and dessert
Cost: $15

For more information, Contact Maggie Fogarty - AFSC-NH
mfogarty@afsc.org or call 603-224-2407

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth is, New Hampshire's Priorities and Budget

--a panel discussion and community conversation

Claremont: Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center, CCTV Studio

October 14, 7-8:30 p.m

Steve Norton, Executive Director, NH Center for Public Policy Studies

Jacqueline Gillette, Superintendent SAU #6

Suellen Griffin, President/CEO, West Central Behavioral Health

Rep. Raymond Gagnon, former Claremont mayor, moderator

Our state and local budgets are agreements we reach about what is most important to us and how we pay for it.


But it's getting harder and harder to put our money where our mouth is. Our next budget deficit could be $600 million. Decisions at the state level affect us at the local level. Reductions here can mean increases there.


Saving now might cost more later. Today's decisions will ripple out for years to come. We're resourceful in New Hampshire, though; we can face the facts and discuss our options. At these forums, experts will explain the state budget and how it affects local budgets and school funding. They will connect the dots between revenue and services, exploring issues like the courts and corrections; health care, including mental health care; the state retirement system; and the many state programs that invest in people. Panelists will review solution options and take your questions. Come ask yours!

GSOP-UVIP Candidates Forum

Candidates for NH US Representative, US Senate and Governor invited to forum on:


Sunday October 17

3:00 pm




Sweeney Hall

New Hampshire Technical Institute

31 College Drive

Concord, NH


This is not a debate but a discussion with EACH candidate for high office about OUR issues:



Immigration - Refugees


Health Care



A non-partisan event.  For more information download the flyer at: www.nhchurches.org/files/UVIP-GSOP Cand Forum Promo 9-20.pdf 

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 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

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

Lost in Woonsocket 
Screening in Bethlehem NH

Free and Open to the Public

October 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

The Colonial Theater

2050 Main St.

Bethlehem, NH

Lost in Woonsocket  introduces viewers to Normand Cartier. Living in a tent in the woods, suffering from addiction and estranged from his family for over 13 years, Cartier had all but given up hope of recovery. The film crew from the award winning A&E television series Random 1 found Cartier and offered him the chance for treatment, rehabilitation and a fresh start with his family. Originally slated to air on the television show, the resulting footage and concept proved much larger than any show could grasp. Lost in Woonsocket was born.'


Click here to read more

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: 



Are you Under 35?  Want to Go to New Orleans?  Interested in Peace, the Environment, Interfaith Relations, Economic Justice, Radical Diversity in NH?  
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). 

For more information click here.

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 .

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