NH Council of Churches - NH Religious News January 28, 2011

How to do Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Worship Well


Think MLK Day, Thanksgiving, Holocaust Remembrance Day, local celebrations and public memorials- how do you craft a worship service that includes a diversity of faith traditions in your celebration?  The New Hampshire Council of Churches will be sponsoring a workshop on ecumenical and inter-religious worship on November 4th, 2011, location TBA.

This workshop will be led by the world-renowned Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh, Otis Charles Visiting Professor in Applied Theology and Faculty Emeritus of the Episcopal Divinity School.  Rev. Duraisingh has served with the World Council of Churches for many years and has published essays in the Dictionary of Third World Theologies and the International Review of Mission.
Can We Have Civil Dialogue on Immigration?
RSVP Today!

"Immigration, the Church, and the Bible"

A day-long workshop for clergy and lay leaders 

Friday, March 11, 2011

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wesley United Methodist Church

114 Main St. Worcester, MA 


Presenter: Professor M. Daniel Carroll R., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, Author of Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible


Cost of registration: $20 includes lunch and a copy of Strangers in the Land, the 6-week devotional guide on immigration from the editors of Sojourners. Scholarships are available.


Why attend? You can help shift the conversation about immigration reform. We need to know what our Bible says about this contentious topic. We believe that local congregations can be centers of respectful, honest, biblically-grounded conversation about hard issues. Like most hard choices, there is no room for cheap grace; there is a path to costly discipleship. This workshop and the resources that follow can help.


Click here for a flyer with registration form. Please share this with your networks*. Send a team from your church. We encourage pastors and lay leaders to come together. All participating congregations will be acknowledged in the workshop materials.


Please feel free to contact us with any questions- 603-224-1352 or info@NHchurches.org. We look forward to seeing you in Worcester.




*Sample Bulletin/Newsletter Insert:
 Immigration, the Church and the Bible- Friday March 11, 2011: You are invited to a day-long ecumenical workshop in Worcester, MA on the Christian Churches, the Bible and Immigration Reform, led by Prof. Daniel Carroll of Denver Seminary. $20 includes lunch and a copy of Strangers in the Land, the 6-week devotional guide on immigration from the editors of Sojourners. Pastors and lay leaders encouraged to come as a team. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register visit: www.NHchurches.org or call 603 224-1352.

Military Ministry 
We will be rebuilding the our Military Families and Faith section of the www.nhchurches.org website.  This will make it easier for you to find New Hampshire events and resources that support military personnel and their families in local communities before, during and after active deployment.  You can check out our website by clicking here.  If you know of an event for military personnel and their families, please email: info@nhchurches.org and we will put it on our website!
Public Policy 

BUDGET:  This legislature has a one ton elephant in the room.  Try to think of how $900 million will be cut from the NH state budget with no new taxes and no effect on the poor, the disabled, the needy both temporarily and life long?

DEATH PENALTY:  Please note that the hearing on HB-147, the so-called "Kimberly Cates" bill in last week's alert, has been
changed. The NEW date:  Tuesday, February 1 at 10:00 AM in Representatives Hall in the Statehouse. (House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee) click here for more information.

GAMBLING:  The Council of Churches celebrates the Executive Council voting 5 to 0 to not take money from education to pay a consultant for slot machine and casino regulation.  If you think expanded gambling is dead, think about the budget deficit.  Check out our website here for more information.

If you would like to be informed about these and other New Hampshire public policy issues with high moral content, subscribe to our public policy newsletter and action alerts by clicking here.

NHCC Women's Prison Ministry Needs Your Financial Support!   

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.  Our goal is to raise $25,000 matching funds from faith communities and local organizations.  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.

If your organization and/or church is interested in hearing more about this ministry, please contact us and we will provide you with a speaker.  Our email is:  info@nhchurches.org.


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.


The first gathering of the disaster response chaplains will be in February 2011 location TBA.  If you are interested in attending this gathering please RSVP this week by emailing us at:  info@NHchurches.org.

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.  

Last Chance! Save!  60% off!!!  Biggest NH Bible Sale ever!  Ends February 28th. 

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. 

Author and Holocaust Survivor Alan Rosen to Speak in Manchester - March 6


Alan Rosen will be speaking on: My Speech Lifts, My Speech Sings:  Writing During the Holocaust at the Jewish Federation of NH in Manchester on March 6.  This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of NH and the Cohen Center for Holocaust and genocide Studies.  There is no charge for this event , but reservations are required.  Please call the Federation at 603-627-7679 or email:  office@jewishnh.org


For more information on this event you can download a pdf of the flyer click here.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days slated in DC March 25-28  


Following the State of the Union and as the new 112th Congress gets underway, Christian advocates from across the country are planning to voice their concern for development, security and economic justice, especially for women and girls.


Over 700 persons of faith from across the country will visit Capitol Hill March 25-28, 2011, for the ninth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice Conference.


For more information click here.  To download a copy of the event's brochure click here.

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