NH Religious News October 18, 2011

NHCC/NHBS New Offices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to announce that the NHCC/NHBS offices are now located at 125 Airport Rd. Suite 4, Concord, NH.  Our offices are located on the first floor of the New Hampshire Hospital Association office building.  

 

Our contact information is the same:

 

Phone:  603-224-1352

Fax:  603-224-9161

Email:  info@nhchurches.org

Mailing Address:  PO Box 1087, Concord, NH  03302-1087 

Worshiping Together

Crafting Creative Community Liturgies 

 

People of faith from different traditions often gather together for common worship events, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day as well as in response to crises and disasters.

 

Join us for a day-long workshop in which we'll look at ecumenical and interfaith worship both theologically and practically, guided by the Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh, a noted theologian on mission and the church as well as a charismatic teacher and creative liturgist.

  • How do we create community worship services drawing from the deep wells of our diverse heritages?
  • How can we use symbols, gesture, and movement combine to enrich our communal lives and open participants and wider world to transformation?
  • How do we best work together?
  • What resources are available? 

 

When:  Friday, Nov. 4th, 2011  

            10 AM - 3 PM 

 

Where:  Wesley United Methodist,

79 Clinton St.

Concord, NH

 

Cost: Registration of $30 includes lunch.

 

Limited space is available. Register online at here , email at: info@nhchurches.org or by calling (603) 224-1352. Mail registration fee to "Worshiping Together" NHCC, PO Box 1087, Concord, NH 03302-1087.  Make checks payable to: New Hampshire Council of Churches.

 

For more information click here. 

 

Local Faith Leaders Invited to Discuss National Strategies for Children


The National Movement for America's Children is conducting listening sessions in New Hampshire November 1-3 as part of developing a national strategy for children. Join other people of faith to offer your answer to the BIG QUESTION: How can we ensure that every child has an equal opportunity for healthy growth and development.

 

11/3 11:30-1pm Common Man Restaurant Concord, NH - Faith Lunch - all people of faith including clergy, lay leaders and faith community members welcome. Lunch provided at cost of $10 - pay at door.

 

RSVP required - Limited to 35 participants. Call 224-1279 or email info@nhchildrenstrust.org

Film Matters Oct. 20 Death Penalty Feature Film - Portsmouth & Guest Panel 
 

Film Matters, a wildly popular film series is presenting Conviction on Thursday October 20 at 7:00pm at the Music Hall at 28 Chestnut St. Portsmouth, NH. 

 

The Film:  Working mother, Betty Anne Waters (portrayed by two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank), puts herself through law school in order to represent her brother (Sam Rockwell), who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

 

Post Film Panel Discussion:  Betty Anne Waters; former NH Attorney General Phillip McLaughlin; Richard Miles, a man exonerated after serving 15-year incarceration for a Dallas murder.

 

Presented in Affiliation with:  the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; special thanks to the NH Civil Liberties Union, The NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Northeast Regional Office of Amnesty International USA.

Congregations and Mental Health Workshop - November 2, 2011
 

On Wednesday, November 2, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, there will be a workshop at the New Hampshire State Hospital Hospital in Concord NH on serving individuals and families affected by mental illness. This workshop is intended for ordained clergy serving congregations. Ministry students and endorsed leaders in faith communities without clergy are also welcome to attend. More information is available by Workshop for Faith Communities.

8th Annual NH State Suicide Prevention Conference

 

Friday November 4th, 2011

8:00AM - 4:30PM 

at SERESC Conference Center in Bedford, NH.

 

Presented by NAMI NH, the State Suicide Prevention Council, and the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly.

 

Featuring keynote speakers:  Thomas Joiner, PhD, Robert Bryant and a performance by TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility).  Workshops, plenaries and lunch included.  Click here to download a registration brochure.

Will You Do it?  Take the Food Stamp Challenge 

 

Will you do it? From Thursday, October 27th through Thursday, November 3rd, people of faith across the U.S. are taking on a challenge: Live for one week on the average food stamp allotment. People of faith are taking the Food Stamp Challenge to better understand how the program works on a personal level, and to highlight the continued need for and importance of feeding programs to alleviate hunger in the United States.

 

$31.50 a week.

 

$4.50 a day.

 

$1.50 a meal.

 

Will you do it? Click here to register to take the Food Stamp Challenge, and share this challenge with your faith community, family, and friends.

Grace and Peace,

Michael Livingston

Director, National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative

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The NCC Poverty Initiative's role in raising the awareness and will of Christians to act to reduce poverty is more crucial than ever. Please consider how God might be calling you and your church to join together with the NCC in the work to end poverty.  May our voices grow louder and stronger as we amplify God's call for justice and righteousness.

 

Read the September NCC Poverty Initiative newsletter here. 

New Catholic Bishop Named  
 

On September 19, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Peter A. Libasci as the tenth Bishop of Manchester. He will succeed Bishop John B. McCormack. Bishop McCormack, who has served as Manchester's bishop since September 1998. Bishop-designate Libasci is currently an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He will be installed at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on December 8, 2011. For more information go to the Roman Catholic diocesan website, www.catholicnh.org, in the coming weeks. Visit the diocesan website for a full biography, photos, and video of Bishop Libasci.

 
White Mountain Winter Adventure Camps for Military Teens  

 

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) 4-H Youth Development program is preparing for its 2012 White Mountain Winter Adventure Camps for teens living in military families.  These four camps will take teens, ages 14 to 18, to the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center in beautiful Bretton Woods (NH).


There is only a $20 fee to cover the cost of camp mementos.  All food, lodging, lift tickets, equipment rental, and lessons are free. Transportation assistance is also available, including limited airfare funding for January sessions. The camp session dates are as follows:

  • January 6-9, 2012 - For teens with physical disabilities
  • January 20-23, 2012 - For teens with cognitive disabilities
  • January 20-23, 2012 - For teens without disabilities
  • February 26-29, 2012 - For teens without disabilities

UNHCE 4-H Youth Development is very excited to bring these one-of-a-kind experiences to military youth!  Go to www.nepassage.org/ for more information about Northeast Passage. Visit www.nhomk.com for more camp information and to register.  

Does Your Church Have a Food Pantry  

 

If your church is located in western Rockingham county, the Western Rockingham Coalition of Care would like to invite you to this month's meeting to talk about your work and how the coalition can help.

 

Wednesday October 19, 2011

10:30 -12:00 noon

Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church

171 Zion Hill Road

Salem, NH

 

The Coalition of Care meeting brings together people from the community who are interested in helping our community meet the demands for housing (all support that goes with housing i.e. food, utilities, etc.) in western Rockingham County. They are working to provide housing alternatives for families and individuals in need of adequate housing options. They are social workers, politicians, clergy, business men and women, educators, land lords, realtors, counselors and concerned citizens interested in helping with the housing crisis in our communities.

 

For information contact:

David Yasenka

603-275-6382

Yaz23@comcast.net

Local Faith Leaders Invited to Discuss National Strategies for Children


The National Movement for America's Children is conducting listening sessions in New Hampshire November 1-3 as part of developing a national strategy for children.  Join other people of faith to offer your answer to the BIG QUESTION:  How can we ensure that every child has an equal opportunity for healthy growth and development. 

 

11/3 11:30-1pm Common Man Restaurant Concord, NH - Faith Lunch - all people of faith including clergy, lay leaders and faith community members welcome.  Lunch provided at cost of $10 - pay at door.

 

RSVP required - Limited to 35 participants.  Call 224-1279 or email info@nhchildrenstrust.org

 

Other events in New Hampshire:

 

11/1 11:30am-1pm Luncheon in Claremont Common Man Inn - everyone welcome - capacity for 150!  Lunch will be provided at a cost ($15) - folks will pay at door - RSVP required-Need name, how many people and whether they are vegetarian or have other dietary restriction.  (Would like to find underwriter so parents can attend for free)

 

11/1 6pm Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive Salem NH - No RSVP required - all welcome.  Just show up! 

 

11/2 9:30 am Exeter Town Hall, Main Street Exeter - NO RSVP required all welcome

 

11/2 6pm UNH Memorial Union Building, Theater II.  83 Main Street Durham NH - NO RSVP required all welcome

 

11/3 Hanover location and time to be announced.

Training Program on Refugee Issues

 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Concord is planning to host a training program this fall for anyone interested in learning more about refugee issues and how to assist new refugees arriving in the Concord area. The training will be, on a date to be decided, conducted by staff from Lutheran Social Services. There will be a single training session, lasting about 3 hours, and there is no fee. Please contact Shawn LaFrance at ministry@stpaulsconcord.org with "LSS Training" in the subject line by October 20, if you are interested in participating.

 

Children's Sabbath 

 

October 21 through 23 at your faith community

NOW is the time to start planning how your congregation will celebrate Children's Sabbath. This year's theme is "Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue: Answering God's Call to Protect Children." Click here to download the 2011 Children's Sabbath Manual (this year the manual is only available in digital format).

Bishop Gene Robinson to Receive NHCLU Bill of Rights Award 

 

gene robinsonBishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire since 2004, will receive the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union's Bill of Rights Award at NHCLU's annual Bill of Rights dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Fratello's in Manchester.  The award will celebrate Bishop Robinson's courage, leadership and wisdom as a social justice activist locally and nationally throughout his career.  Jon W. Davidson, the national legal director for Lambda Legal, the largest and oldest LGBT advocacy group in the United States, will be the lead speaker at the event, which begins at 6:00 PM.  Tickets are $50/person and are available by calling the NHCLU at 603-225-3080.

Post Traumatic Stress & Integrated Awareness Training 
 

When: November 2-4, 2011

Where: N.H. Audubon Center

84 Silk Farm Road

Concord, NH 03301

 

What: An opportunity to participate in an Integrated Awareness PTS Healing program.

Who: Those suffering with acute Post Traumatic Stress. Veterans who served in the Middle East will be given priority in Sponsorship.

 

Click here for more information. 

Week-long Gamaliel Training for Leadership in the Public Arena

 

ABLENH is offering a training by the Gamaliel Foundation, an international organizing institute established to train leaders and organizers for the increasingly difficult task of building strong, stable and effective institutionally based power organizations that can transform congregations and communities.

 

This seven day training will be held at Best Western Executive Conference Center in Manchester NH November 6-12. 

 

Topics include:

  • Institutional organizing.
  • Tools to make and sustain relationships.
  • Building support with money and media.
  • Metropolitan political and economic analysis.

 

Participants include clergy and lay leaders as well as leaders from community organizations, unions and other community based institutions. 

 

The cost of the training is $600 for members of Gamaliel-affiliated groups, which is half the cost for non-members. Anyone who wishes to attend can become a member of ABLE (www.ablenh.org) for $60, and then be eligible for the $600 rate. This includes training and materials, hotel and all meals. 
 

Click here for more information.

Granite State Fair Tax Coalition Annual Meeting November 9, 2011

 

Business Meeting, 5:00 p.m.  

Reception/Dinner and Program, 6:00 p.m.

St. Andrew's Church, 354 Main Street, Hopkinton, NH

 

Advance reservation by November 4, $25 suggested donation

At the door, $35 suggested donation.  Click here for reservations and more information.

The Unimaginable Journey of an American Peacemaker - A Talk with Brian Willson

 

Author of Blood on the Tracks, Brian Willson is a Vietnam Veteran and trained lawyer whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary nonviolent pacifist.

 

When:  Saturday  October 22 2011 7-9PM

Where:  South Congregational Church 27 Pleasant St, Concord NH 

 Free and All Welcome

 

Sponsored by: NHPeace Action. Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, and Seacoast Peace Response

 

Read more about this event by clicking here. 

Veterans and Military Service Members Job Fair  
 
Frank Guinta Military Veterans and Military Service Members Job fair will be held November 10, 2011 from 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Manchester Community College
1066 Front St
Manchester, NH  03102
For additional information please contact:

David Tille at: david.tille@mail.house.gov

Ashley Pratt at: ashley.pratte@mail.house.gov or call (603) 641-9536

Trauma Informed Care Training 
 

Trauma and its Neurobiological Effects, Self-Regulatory Tools, Trauma and Recovery/ Healing Through the Arts

 

October 31, 2011

12:30-4:30

Bedford Community Church

56 Old Bedford Road, Bedford, NH 03110

$10 per person

Register online at http://moorecenter.org/training or call 603-206-2753

Please register by October 21

 

Sponsored by The Moore Center


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Local Faith Leaders Invited to Discuss National Strategies for Children


The National Movement for America's Children is conducting listening sessions in New Hampshire November 1-3 as part of developing a national strategy for children.  Join other people of faith to offer your answer to the BIG QUESTION:  How can we ensure that every child has an equal opportunity for healthy growth and development. 

 

11/3 11:30-1pm Common Man Restaurant Concord, NH - Faith Lunch - all people of faith including clergy, lay leaders and faith community members welcome.  Lunch provided at cost of $10 - pay at door.

 

RSVP required - Limited to 35 participants.  Call 224-1279 or email info@nhchildrenstrust.org