E-News from the NH Council of Churches November 4 2010

Calling All Pastors and Chaplains


The New Hampshire Council of Churches is creating a list of pastors and chaplains who are willing to be called in the case of emergencies or disasters, for specific denomination request at hospitals, hospices and homes and are interested in being pulpit supply pastors.  Please send your information to:  info@NHchurches.org.

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


NH Delegates to Attend The Kairos Conference:  Discerning Justice & Taking Action on America's Death Penalty


Five NH delegates from the NH Council of Churches will be attending the Kairos Conference on Discerning Justice & Taking Action on American's Death Penalty. They include clergy - Rev. Gordon Crouch - UCC Pastor of Hopkinton and Rev. Carla Bailey - UCC Pastor of Hanover, lay leader of a state faith community - Mr. David Lamarre-Vincent NH Council of Churches, Ms. Carol Stamatakis of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and two family members of murder victims -Carol Stamatakis and Margaret Hawthorne. All will bring back to NH ways for religious leaders to  participate in an inspirational and informative experience with other leaders on a crucial moral issue of our time.


The NH People of Faith Against the Death Penalty will enable clergy, religious and lay leaders of local faith community to participate in an inspirational and informative experience with other leaders such as themselves on a crucial moral issue of our time


In order to ensure that as many who would like to attend may be able to attend The Kairos Conference, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty offered scholarships for attending. 


If you are interested in the Kairos Conference, go to www.KairosConference.org.  To join the NH People of Faith Against the Death Penalty send an email to info@NHchurches.org, attention: David Lamarre-Vincent.

NH Delegates to Attend The Promise of Ecumenical Community:  Visioning Our Future 


Three delegates from the NH Council of Churches will participate in shaping a vision for local and regional ecumenism! Thursday November 11, 2010 at noon through Friday November 12, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. New Orleans, Louisiana


President of the NHCC, Rev. Susan Ackley, NHCC Executive Director, and David Lamarre-Vincent will be joined by youth delegate, Rebecca Merrithew who received the NHCC Theological Formation Scholarship.


Merrithew stated that her interest in ecumenical and interfaith work stems from a desire to "have this opportunity to talk with other young people about bringing faith groups together and what that means for the future of our world - what that could mean for the world I will leave my children and my children's children."


This is an opportunity to be a part of a milestone event-a kairos moment-in U.S. ecumenism, to make new connections, to help shape a vision for the coming decades, to begin a sustained process of renewal in the local and regional ecumenical community, and to bring back new energy into ecumenical work in your communities.


The process of preparing for the gathering includes five study groups dealing with crucial themes of our era. Discussion of these topics will occur in the small groups in the brief schedule given above:


· Christian Understanding of Unity in an Age of Radical Diversity

· Christian Understanding of Mission in an Age of Interfaith Relations

· Christian Understanding of War in an Age of Terrorism

· Christian Understanding of the Economy in an Age of Growing Inequality

· Christian Understanding of Creation in an Age of Environmental Crisis.


For more information about the Vision Consultation  go to http://www.ncccusa.org/lre/visioning.html


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.

Event - The Catholic Teaching on the Death Penalty:  A Personal Perspective 

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 BY NOVEMBER 8, 2010.  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: 



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. 

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 list of items needed and 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 statewide 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
Tuesday 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 Arizona law and the birthright citizenship 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.

Progress on Immigration Depends Upon Faith Leaders! 

Take a quick look at  the underlying challenges facing immigration reform. Bread for the World's latest immigration blog post http://notes.bread.org/2010/11/xenophobia-101.html, focuses on the current public attitude toward immigrants in the U.S. and around the world.


Ponder why progress depends on faith based advocates and the public, not just policymakers.

Silent Watch:  Veteran's Suicide Awareness 
Vigil to be held in Veteran's Park, Manchester

There are Approximately 6000+ Suicides amongst Veterans of ALL wars, from ALL branches of service committed EACH YEAR.  IF this number were used for the past 5 years, that would be a Total of 30,000 deaths among veterans.  If there was ONE SECOND of silence to honor each one, the total time of Silence would be about 8 Hours.  We are here for that 8 Hours to remember and honor those Veterans and support their families.


Please join us on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at Veteran's Park in Manchester and stand with us for the special vigil and help us increase the public awareness of veteran suicides.


 It's Time To Help - STOP THIS NOW!!!!


If you would like to sign up for a twenty minute slot and stand for the Silent Watch Vigil, please call Susan at 603-548-8787 or email her at phil413.susan@gmail.com

Journey to Turkey:  March 25-April 3, 2011

Join The Rev. Mary Westfall and members and friends of The Community Church of Durham, NH, for an enriching journey to one of the most fascinating regions of the world - Turkey. Our program combines an exploration of the cities of John and Paul as part of our biblical heritage with visits to sites associated with the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, particularly in Istanbul. Turkey boasts some of the greatest archaeological parks in the Mediterranean and provides unparalleled opportunities to consider the historical and cultural context of earliest Christianity. We will learn about Jewish and Muslim beliefs and practices in the region and visit one of the great monuments of Byzantine Christianity - Hagia Sophia. Throughout we will enjoy first class accommodations, delicious food, local expert guides and the warm hospitality of the Turkish people.  For more information you can download the flyer here:  nhchurches.org/files/journey%20to%20turkey.pdf

Resource from the American Bible Society 

The American Bible Society has a resource for pastors and lay pastoral care providers specifically for the caring for those in your community who have served in the armed forces. 

God Understands Military Portions and Chaplain Guide - The God understand series box set contains biblically based portions that address the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) spiritual injuries veterans deal with upon return from duty:  guilt, anger, grief, meaning and purpose, despair and hopelessness, fairness, doubts and disbelief, and fear of death.  This is an excellent resource that VA chaplains, pastors and family members can give veterans to enhance the treatment of these PTSD issues.  These Scripture Portions are written specifically for veterans with thoughts for reflection, calls to action and guided prayers. 


For more information you can download A Chaplains guide here which include instruction on the special needs of providing pastoral care to veterans of the armed forces.


We have this resource in stock at the New Hampshire Council of Churches' office or you can view this resource and order on-line go at:  www.bibles.com/free.