E-News from the NH Council of Churches December 2010

Please Support the New Hampshire

Council of Churches


Make a Tax-Deductible* Contribution to the Annual Fund 

Dear New Hampshire Council Friend and Supporter:

The New Hampshire Council of Churches, established in 1945, is conducting its Annual Fundraising Campaign. The goal is to make it possible for the New Hampshire Council to continue contributing to the state's dialogue on America's issues of peace, poverty and care of the planet earth.  I invite you to support the Council's educational programs and activities by making a tax-deductible contribution to this campaign. The New Hampshire Council's Annual Fund provides critical resources for Council programs, and your gift will help enable the Council to build as many new bridges, and strengthen as many existing ones, as possible. To this end, it will enhance the Council's ability to expand its signature educational programs and activities - specifically:


The challenges and opportunities embedded in these possibilities are complex and compelling. They require renewed leadership from all of us to ensure that the faith community speaks and acts ................ If the Council is to continue to make a difference, your support is needed at this extraordinary moment.

The New Hampshire Council Board and staff continue to explore ways to become even more effective and efficient stewards of the New Hampshire Council's resources.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution online by clicking here to our website. Alternatively, you may mail a contribution to the New Hampshire Council of Churches, P.O. Box 1087, Concord, NH 03302-1087.

Thank you for your time, generosity, and investment in what the New Hampshire Council seeks to accomplish.



David Lamarre-Vincent
Executive Director

P.S. - Your support is needed now more than ever! Please help us with whatever gift you can.

Action Alert - The DREAM Act 

In a matter of DAYS the DREAM Act will come to a vote.  This could be our last chance to help undocumented youth.

The purpose of the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, also called the DREAM Act, is to help those individuals who meet certain requirements, have an opportunity to enlist in the military or go to college and have a path to citizenship which they otherwise would not have without this legislation. Supporters of the DREAM Act believe it is vital not only to the people who would benefit from it, but also the United States as a whole. It would give an opportunity to undocumented immigrant students who have been living in the U.S. since they were young, a chance to contribute back to the country that has given so much to them and a chance to utilize their hard earned education and talents.  Click here for more information regarding this act. 

The New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees urge you to take action in support of this economically smart and humane bill!

Urge them to vote YES.  Call 866-996-5161.


Urge her to push the house vote to YES.  Call 202-225-0100.

Attention American Baptist Churches!!!

A denominational innovative use of the Internet to weave NH churches together.

The Networking and Fellowship Group of the American Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire seeks to communicate and network among individuals and ABC/VNH churches for Christian ministry in the 21st century and to help these churches to be more united in Christ through their new website All Things New.

Please visit thier website and give feedback to this working group to let them know the ways in which the ABC/VNH Region and churches can use this technology.  For more information please click here.

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.

 Button Up NH presenters will conduct free home weatherization workshops across the state this fall/winter.

Each workshop will include information on how simple household adjustments and modest investments can lead to significant energy savings over the long haul.

Workshop topics will include:

  • residential heat use and loss
  • the short term benefits of simple do-it-yourself weatherization
  • the value of a professional home energy audit
  • the long term benefits of extensive professional energy retrofits
  • the technical and financial resources available to make it happen

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

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.

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, based on conversations with Brueggemann conducted by the Rev. Laurel Johnston, Episcopal Church Program Officer for Stewardship. The series is available on the stewardship page of the Episcopal Church website.

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

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.

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