NH Religious News December 30, 2010

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Council of Churches


Make a Tax-Deductible* Contribution to the Annual Fund 

The New Hampshire Council of Churches invites you to support the Council's educational programs and activities by making a tax-deductible contribution to its Annual Fundraising Campaign. Read more here

MLK Day and Immigration Reform  

The celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Day is Monday, Jan. 17. The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins Tuesday and concludes Tuesday, January 25. Let us join other Christian churches in our area as we remember the 2011 theme "One in the apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer"(cf. Acts 2:42) . You are invited to participate in these and other ecumenical opportunities.  For resources on MLK and  Christian Unity go to www.geii.org/wpcu_index.htm.


One suggestion is that this year a prayer be included in the worship of Sunday, January 16 that connects the spirit of the Rev. Dr. King with the needs of immigrants.


ENCOURAGE PRAYER for calm and compassionate dialogue about the issues. To assist in prayerful meditation on comprehensive immigration reform, please consider the following: 

  • For our parish (or community) gathered here today, that we may welcome the stranger in our midst with the same love as Christ has welcomed us, we pray to the Lord.
  • For migrants, refugees and strangers in our midst, that they may find hope in our concern for justice, we pray to the Lord.
  • For civic leaders throughout the world, that they work to ensure that citizens have freedom, opportunity and the stability needed to remain in their homelands, with their families and loved ones, we pray to the Lord.
  • For our nation's leaders, that they may protect American citizens, unify migrant families, and grant protection and dignity to those who come to work, we pray to the Lord.
Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King 

Saturday, January 15, 2011  6:00pm


First Baptist Church of Nashua

121 Manchester St.

Nashua, NH


Keynote Speaker

Rev. Dr. Paul G. Gillespie

Retired Activist American Baptist Minister


Click here for more information. 

City of Concord MLK Day of Service
mlkThe Greater Concord Interfaith Council is holding a MLK Day of Service on Monday January 17.

9:00 AM - Service rally at St. John's Activity Center (72 South Main St)
10am - 3pm - Service projects
3:30pm - Celebration worship and a community soup made from the different ingredients participants bring to share!
Southern NH Outreach for Black Unity (OBU) Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Date:  Monday January 17, 2011

Time:  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Place:  Alpine Grove Banquet Facility, Hollis NH 
Cost:     Adults $25.00 Youth/Students $15.00 
Children 4yrs. and under free
Contact the office for advance tickets!
PO Box 3323
Nashua, NH 03061-3323 or call
603 882-8994
OBU is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization

NH Emergency and Disaster Response:  Calling All Pastors and Chaplains


We are creating a 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.

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. 

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.

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.

Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide 

Registrations for the Cohen Center's biennial residential Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide are now being accepted online https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=7779 .


This year's Institute, supported in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council,  will be held from July 10-16, 2011 at Keene State College and features an advanced seminar for Institute graduates. Educators, civic leaders, or those interested in fostering the mission of the Cohen Center are encouraged to apply.

The $250 registration fee includes room and board, texts, and all presentations. Reserve your spot soon! For more information or to register: http://www.keene.edu/cchs/summerinst.cfm

Senate Failure to Pass DREAM a Tragic Loss 
DREAM Fails to Pass Senate Filibuster

BOSTON -- The Senate failed today to overcome a filibuster against the DREAM Act, which would have allowed undocumented immigrant youth to enter a pathway to legalization by attending college or serving in the military. To end a filibuster, 60 votes are needed, and the vote was 55 to 41. New Hampshire senators split their votes, with Jean Shaheen (Dem.) voting yes and Judd Gregg (Rep.) did not vote.  



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