NH Council of Churches - NH Religious News January 13, 2011

NHCC Women's Prison Ministry Expanded by NH Charitable Foundation Grant

Through a generous grant of $25,000 by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF), Rev. Beth Richeson is now working full time for the NHCC Prison Chaplaincy program at the NH Women's Prison in Goffstown, NH. 

Half of Beth's position will be funded by NHCF and the other half continues to be funded by individuals, churches, community groups and denominations through the New Hampshire Council of Churches.

We thank the NHCF for their generous donation that will now enable Beth to implement new programs in prison such as leading addiction recovery groups, training volunteers on women and trauma, outreach to faith and community groups to aid reentering women.

The NHCC welcomes donations dedicated to Women's Prison Ministry. To become part of the community reentry network, contact Richeson at PastorBeth@NHchurches.org

 

Civil Discourse Resources For Faith Communities from Faithful Reform 

 

 

The Faithful Reform in Health Care Coalition has provided resources to help your community of faith on our society's journey toward shalom. They say, 

 

"As political tensions remain high, we affirm that one of the greatest gifts that people of faith can offer to the health care justice movement is the ability to create space for dialogue and civil discourse.  Because of our willingness to talk in the midst of our rich diversity, we are uniquely positioned to help move our national focus from debate about what is politically prudent or economically feasible to dialogue which embraces compassion and justice and the common good.

 

 

Read more..."

 

Interfaith Vigils Against Violence

 

Local and Regional Ecumenical and Interfaith Colleagues - Join In

 

Interfaith national groups have invited all who wish to assist in planning "Vigils Against Violence" across the nation. (This has become a working title for the initiative but constructive suggestions for alternative titles are welcome.)

 

The national groups (Jewish Community Public Affairs, National Council of Churches, Islamic Society of North America, & U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops) have been encouraged by local & regional constituents & partners to move forward with this initiative. A national coordinating group will be developing a sample flier, a sample press release, a program template with vigil ideas and prayers, and potentially a website.

 

The hope is that local Christian ecumenical councils, Jewish Federations or other Jewish community groups, local Islamic groups, any other local faith communities, and, of course, interfaith councils will work together to coordinate vigils in as many communities as possible. Each local community will have a different coalition and configuration. It would be good to start reaching out to key faith leaders order to develop a coordinating group for your community.

 

What you can do at this stage:

 

1) Please write to indicate your interest in participating (if you have not already done so) and let us know if there are others in your area we should be including in our communications, from any faith community.

 

2) It would be good to have a couple of local/regional folks who are willing to be involved in the national coordination so local/regional voices are part of the planning - please let me know if you are able to be involved in this capacity over the next week or two. This would likely require reviewing and contributing to resources and participating in conference calls.

 

3) If you can share existing prayers, worship services, songs, or other materials that might be useful for these vigils, please forward them to me and I will share them with the national coordinators. These could be interfaith in nature or rooted in particular traditions. The national coordinators will sort through these as they develop suggested materials. (Please indicate whether permission is granted to reproduce the materials. If the copyright is not owned by you or your group, please indicate who owns the copyright or, at minimum, give the source of the materials.)

 

Ammon Ripple
 
Liaison for Local and Regional Ecumenism

National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
475 Riverside Dr., Suite 800
New York, NY 10115-0050
Phone: 212-870-3417 or 646-596-4750
Fax: 212-870-2817
Email: 
aripple@ncccusa.org

 

Mourning, Healing, Hope Resources

 

The AZ Ecumenical Council's website www.aecunity.net, will host a page specifically related to what happened in Tucson but addressed to all faith communities in the state and country.  The AEC calls it "Mourning, Healing, and Hope" after the name of their several interfaith services that held this week.  Starting today, it will be updated with new materials as they become available.  


 

Washington D.C. Interfaith Prayer Service for Rep. Giffords

Others Killed or Wounded in Tucson, AZ and

Their Families, Those Working on the Hill, and

For Greater Civility and Respect 
 

 
The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) Advancing Justice, Building Community, Nurturing Understanding www.ifcmw.org_ (http://www.ifcmw.org/) held an interfaith prayer service on Capitol Hill for the victims and families of victims of the Arizona massacre.

 

As many know, one of the victims is U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who is a Jewish American and the first Jewish US Representative from Arizona. We pray for her full recovery and healing. Our thoughts and prayers include all the victims and the families of the victims.

 

We reaffirm our commitment to civil discourse and the rejection of violence.

 

We pray for the safety of all public servants as well as for the healing of the Nation and the protection of the democratic process and public civic engagement. 

 

  

MLK Day & Prayer for Christian Unity 
 

The celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Day is Monday, Jan. 17. The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins Tuesday, January 23 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 this year is to include a prayer in the worship of Sunday, January 16 that connects the spirit of the Rev. Dr. King with the needs of immigrants.

 

Sample Prayer for Immigrants and Refugees

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.

Nashua 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

 

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!

 

 

UNH Martin Luther King Jr. Celebratory Events

 
The University of New Hampshire in Durham will be hosting it's 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration with a number of events during January 27 - February 20, 2011.  Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center will be the keynote speaker for this celebration.  Click here for more information and the schedule of events.

Southern NH Outreach for Black Unity 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!
Call 603 882-8994
OBU is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization
Ecumenical Accompaniers of Palestine Available to Speak 
 

Faye and John Buttrick are available to speak  about their three months in Israel, occupied Palestine and East Jerusalem as Ecumenical Accompaniers serving the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).

 

They also are able to share their experiences of hospitality, Palestinian Christian life and activities of Israeli peace organizations.  From Bethlehem and the farming community of Jayyous, they tell the stories of Palestinians in their struggles with access to their farm land, travel restrictions, occupation of their land by Israeli settlements, Israeli soldiers' late night  incursions into their villages, arrests of young boys, Palestinian children's limited access to schools, and demolitions of their homes.

 

The Buttricks are available on Sundays, January 16 or January 23 .  They are available on weekdays except January 11 and on Fridays.

 

Contact them at: john buttrick <buttrickfj1@att.net>

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.

Compassion Fatigue Workshop 
 
The Department of Health and Human Services is offering the following training to members of the Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team and other health professionals.

Friday February 4, 2011 in Keene  1:00 - 4:15

Friday February 11, 2011 in Portsmouth 1:00 - 4:15

 

Compassion fatigue has been defined as "A combination of secondary traumatic stress (vicarious traumatization) and burnout both of which negatively impact on care giving skills (Figley, Baranowsky). This lack of empathy, care and concern may come from overexposure to the suffering of others compounded by the emotionally draining effects of prolonged service". Compassion fatigue is not a character flaw but is a risk for those who care for others

 

Click here for more information and registration information.  

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. 

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

Check Out Our Website 
 

www.nhchurches.org

 

If you have ideas or events to share with us, please send your information to info@nhchurches.org or call Jean at 603-224-1352.  Thanks!
 
New Hampsire Council of Churches
140 Sheep Davis Rd. Suite 1

 
Pembroke, NH 03275
 
603-224-1352  *   603-224-9161 (FAX)
  

Office hours: Mon-Thurs, 9 to 2



Civil Discourse Resources For Faith Communities from Faithful Reform 

 

 

The Faithful Reform in Health Care Coalition has provided resources to help your community of faith on our society's journey toward shalom. They say, 

 

"As political tensions remain high, we affirm that one of the greatest gifts that people of faith can offer to the health care justice movement is the ability to create space for dialogue and civil discourse.  Because of our willingness to talk in the midst of our rich diversity, we are uniquely positioned to help move our national focus from debate about what is politically prudent or economically feasible to dialogue which embraces compassion and justice and the common good.

 

 

Read more..."

 

Interfaith Vigils Against Violence

 

Local and Regional Ecumenical and Interfaith Colleagues - Join In

 

Interfaith national groups have invited all who wish to assist in planning "Vigils Against Violence" across the nation. (This has become a working title for the initiative but constructive suggestions for alternative titles are welcome.)

 

The national groups (Jewish Community Public Affairs, National Council of Churches, Islamic Society of North America, & U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops) have been encouraged by local & regional constituents & partners to move forward with this initiative. A national coordinating group will be developing a sample flier, a sample press release, a program template with vigil ideas and prayers, and potentially a website.

 

The hope is that local Christian ecumenical councils, Jewish Federations or other Jewish community groups, local Islamic groups, any other local faith communities, and, of course, interfaith councils will work together to coordinate vigils in as many communities as possible. Each local community will have a different coalition and configuration. It would be good to start reaching out to key faith leaders order to develop a coordinating group for your community.

 

What you can do at this stage:

 

1) Please write to indicate your interest in participating (if you have not already done so) and let us know if there are others in your area we should be including in our communications, from any faith community.

 

2) It would be good to have a couple of local/regional folks who are willing to be involved in the national coordination so local/regional voices are part of the planning - please let me know if you are able to be involved in this capacity over the next week or two. This would likely require reviewing and contributing to resources and participating in conference calls.

 

3) If you can share existing prayers, worship services, songs, or other materials that might be useful for these vigils, please forward them to me and I will share them with the national coordinators. These could be interfaith in nature or rooted in particular traditions. The national coordinators will sort through these as they develop suggested materials. (Please indicate whether permission is granted to reproduce the materials. If the copyright is not owned by you or your group, please indicate who owns the copyright or, at minimum, give the source of the materials.)

 

Ammon Ripple
 
Liaison for Local and Regional Ecumenism

National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
475 Riverside Dr., Suite 800
New York, NY 10115-0050
Phone: 212-870-3417 or 646-596-4750
Fax: 212-870-2817
Email: 
aripple@ncccusa.org

 

Mourning, Healing, Hope Resources

 

The AZ Ecumenical Council's website www.aecunity.net, will host a page specifically related to what happened in Tucson but addressed to all faith communities in the state and country.  The AEC calls it "Mourning, Healing, and Hope" after the name of their several interfaith services that held this week.  Starting today, it will be updated with new materials as they become available.  


 

Washington D.C. Interfaith Prayer Service for Rep. Giffords

Others Killed or Wounded in Tucson, AZ and

Their Families, Those Working on the Hill, and

For Greater Civility and Respect 
 

 
The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) Advancing Justice, Building Community, Nurturing Understanding www.ifcmw.org_ (http://www.ifcmw.org/) held an interfaith prayer service on Capitol Hill for the victims and families of victims of the Arizona massacre.

 

As many know, one of the victims is U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who is a Jewish American and the first Jewish US Representative from Arizona. We pray for her full recovery and healing. Our thoughts and prayers include all the victims and the families of the victims.

 

We reaffirm our commitment to civil discourse and the rejection of violence.

 

We pray for the safety of all public servants as well as for the healing of the Nation and the protection of the democratic process and public civic engagement.