NH Religious News December 17, 2010



The Senate vote enabling U.S. high school students of undocumented parents to legally serve in the U.S. military or attend college will be voting on the DREAM Act tomorrow morning Saturday December 18.  Call Senator Gregg because he is one of the key votes.   


Standing in the way of the DREAM Act is Congressional partisan politics aided by people's distrust of government. 


Senator Gregg's objection to the DREAM Act has not changed throughout 2010. He does not object to the purpose of the DREAM Act but to the procedure that has brought it to this point. 

Call now, and you'll be connected to Senator Gregg who is still wavering on the DREAM Act: 866-587-6101.


On Tuesday Rev. Jean O'Bresky, Public Policy Associate for the NHCC joined pastors and faith leaders in Washington DC for an "emergency prayer summit" and press conference on the importance of the DREAM Act.  Afterwards these national faith leaders joined 100 undocumented youth on a "Jericho Walk" around the Senate buildings proclaiming now senators can show moral courage and break down barriers to the DREAM act.  


Rev. O'Bresky and  DREAM supporters Rev. We Chang (UMC), Rev. Florence Li (ABC) joined two DREAM youth, Mr. Jairo Robles and Mr. Justino Mora to see Senators Gregg and Shaheen. 


The DREAM Act, will help upstanding young undocumented immigrants get the opportunity to earn legal status by serving in the military or completing a college education.  Click on these links for a one page information statement on the DREAM act and the 2010 NHCC Immigration Policy Statement for more information.  

Now is the time for people of faith to take action in support of this economically smart and humane bill!  Passing the Senate would be the last step for the DREAM act before President Obama signs this critical measure to law.

Please CALL Senator Gregg NOW: 
Urge him to vote YES.  Call 866-587-6101.

NHCC in the Concord Monitor
By Shira Schoenberg / Monitor Staff  Dec 16, 2010 


pastor jean"Five Questions

The Rev. Jean O'Bresky, a public policy associate for the New Hampshire Council of Churches, traveled to Washington for the Jericho March on Tuesday, a march by faith leaders in support of the DREAM Act. The act, which is pending in the U.S. Senate, would give young, undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship if they complete college or serve in the military.


Why is the DREAM Act important? This is for undocumented immigrants who came over as minors. What they're seeking to do is just be able to get an education and find a way to become a permanent resident of the U.S. But unfortunately, because they're undocumented, they have to live under the radar."


Read more here.

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New Hampshire Medal of Honor - Gold Star Families


On December 11, 2010, 54 military women and men were awarded posthumously the New Hampshire National Guard Medal of Honor.  The Medal of Honor is awarded to any NH citizen who has given his or her life while in the line of duty to protect and preserve the rights and freedoms of the people of New Hampshire.  For the list of recipients click here. 

If interested in aiding military men, women, immediate families and relatives in New Hampshire towns, please call NHCC at 224-1352 or send contact info to info@nhchurches.org.

The next NHCC "Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal" for religious leaders will be meeting in January/February TBA.

NH Emergency and Disaster Response:  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.


Next gathering will be in January or February 2010.  Let us know if you would like to be invited.

Help Wanted - Organizer Position with NHCADP 

The New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is seeking  1 or 2 community organizers to work over the next year with community education and outreach about the death penalty.


Click here for more information.


The National Coalition to Abolish The Death Penalty

2011 Annual Conference
Training for the Long Run: Building Momentum for Repeal
in Chicago from January 13 -16


You can join almost 500 death penalty abolitionists this January in Chicago, where you will hear some of the best advocates speak on repealing the death penalty.


Keynote Speaker:

Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Plenary Speakers:

Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Karen Narasaki, President and Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights

Gary Flowers, Executive Director & CEO of the Black Leadership Forum

Christina Swarns, Director of the Criminal Justice Project of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund

Bob Curley, the father of Jeffery Curley who was murdered at the age of 10

Brian MacQuarrie, Boston Globe reporter and author of The Ride

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Philander Smith College

Wayne McKenzie, Director of the Program on Prosecution and Racial Justice, Vera Institute


Please visit the conference website for more information and registration materials.

2011 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2011 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme chosen for 2011 is "One in the apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer"(cf. Acts 2:42). Throughout 2011, join Christians everywhere in praying "that they may all be one" joining our prayer with that the Lord Jesus Christ.

For more information or 2011 Week of Prayer resources go to the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious website at: http://www.geii.org/wpcu_index.htm

For materials call NHCC at 603-224-1352.  Let us know of your observance!

Save!  60% off!!!  Biggest NH Bible Sale ever!  Save!!  

bible stockEnd of the year Bible inventory sale: ALL EDITIONS, TRANSLATIONS, GLOBAL LANGUAGES. GOOD NEWS - prices on all Bibles, commentaries and dictionaries on hand are 60% off retail price!!!

For example, NIV Learning Bible, $60.00 retail - Sale $24.00.  Contact us to see what's in stock.  Quantities are limited and sold on a first come first served basis. 

Two Special Christmas Offers from The Society of St. Andrew
The Society of St. Andrew, the national gleaning ministry, is now offering its two Christmas-related programs that support the ministry of gleaning fields and supplying fresh food to the hungry.  Details found at www.endhunger.org

21st CCLC Competition Announcement


The New Hampshire Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center Program announces its 2011 competition for an anticipated $1.4 million in funding.  Click here for more information. 

Free Home Energy Savings Workshop.  
Button Up New Hampshire

Clean Air - Cool Planet and the New England Carbon Challenge are proud to announce the second season of Button Up NH, a highly successful home weatherization workshops.

Click here for more information and the list of workshops scheduled.

Video Series Features Conversations with Walter Brueggemann 


Companions on the Way: conversations on money, discipleship and stewardship is a series of four videos, each eight minutes long, are available on the stewardship page of the Episcopal Church website.

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.   For more information you can download the flyer here:  nhchurches.org/files/journey%20to%20turkey.pdf