NH Council of Churches - NH Religious News March 25, 2011

Ministry to NH Military Families - Workshop For Religious Leaders 


Welcome them home and help them heal!  

The NH National Guard currently has the largest deployment to the Middle East in NH NG history. Before and during deployment, community and church help is needed. After deployment, church outreach could save lives and marriages of our citizen soldiers. Our soldiers will return in the next  weeks and months.  


Be prepared to adjust your ministry and the faith community's life to the "new normal" of constant readiness and periodic deployments. 


Come and learn how you and your faith community can help.

  • Learn about the unique challenges military families face during deployment.
  • Learn about military culture so you can better assist military families.
  • Learn about existing support programs that need volunteers.

 Scheduled to date: 

Saturday April 9, 9:00am - 12:00pm
First Baptist Church New London
461 Main St.
New London, NH 
 Tuesday May 3, 12:00pm - 3:00pm (Bring your own lunch)
Laconia Public Library - Rotary Room
695 North Main St.
Laconia, NH
Tuesday, May 3, Noon
Greater Laconia Ministerial Association
Location TBA

Wednesday May 4, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Newfound Area Churches Bristol
Location TBA
If you are interested in attending any of these events or hosting a workshop in your area, email us at info@nhchurches.org.  

NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Needs You to Get Involved. 


This is proving to be a tumultuous and difficult year for those of us who are fighting for abolition of the death penalty in New Hampshire.  The NH Legislative Study Commission on the Death Penalty voted to retain New Hampshire's death penalty and NH Governor John Lynch has indicated support for a legislative bill aimed at expanding New Hampshire's death penalty (HB 147). 

What can you do to get involved? 

  • Become a member of NHCADP! 
  • Make a donation to NHCADP. 
  • Talk to your legislator.  
  • Come to a vigil! NHCADP hold a vigil against the death penalty the 4th Friday of each month from 12-1 p.m. on Main Street in Concord, NH in front of the State House. 
  • Help plan an event in your town to talk about the death penalty.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your newspaper.   
  • Volunteer.
For more information check out the coalition's website at www.nodeathpenaltynh.org
Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking book and movie) Coming to NH!  Save the Date. 
  The NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is thrilled to report that Sr. Helen Prejean will be coming to New Hampshire this May. Sr. Helen has agreed to be our key note speaker at the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Annual Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 19th. [time and place to be announced].  If you have never heard Sr. Helen speak about the death penalty, you will not want to miss this. More information will be posted on the NHCADP website at:  www.nodeathpenaltyNH.org.

How to do Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Worship Well - Save the Date 


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

Doing ecumenical and inter-religious worship well

a workshop on community liturgies

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.
NAMI NH:  Annual Conference

March 26, 2011 


This year's conference theme is "Mind and Body Connection". The day will include workshops on a wide range of topics, resource exhibits, NAMI NH Volunteer Recognition and the presentation of NAMI NH Annual Awards. New this year ~ a special Youth Track for youths (14-18). First 25 youth receive Free registration.

8:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH


Click Here for more details about the NAMI NH Annual Conference!


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NH Department of State Dissolves 3,500 Nonprofits - Was One of them Yours? 

The NH Department of State, Corporate Division, has dissolved approximately 3,500 nonprofits this year pursuant to failure to file reports in 2010.


RSA 292:25 requires that all nonprofits file nonprofit reports & $25.00 filing fee with the Department of State in 1990, and every five years thereafter (1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and will again in 2015). Thus, all nonprofits had to file a nonprofit report last year (2010).  The report was due December 31, 2010. 


Notices were sent in early January 2010 reminding the nonprofits that they were required to file. In October another reminder was sent to organizations who hadn't filed yet.  All of the notices (including the dissolution notice) were sent to the same address.


If your address has changed and you have not filed a change of address with the Department of State in the past five years, these mailed reminders may not have reached you. Considering that there are approximately 8,000 nonprofits in NH and 3,500 have been dissolved, it is a good idea to check your records to ensure that you have filed the required documents.  For more information click here. 

Lecture on the Death Penalty at

Plymouth State 


"Do We Need the Death Penalty?"
Robert Bohm, Professor of Criminal Justice University of South Florida

Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Smith Recital Hall,

Silver Center for the Arts


Research shows that most people have a definite opinion about the death penalty, even though they know little about it. Moreover, for many people who think they know about the death penalty, what they know is often inaccurate. Bohm's lecture will address the many reasons given in support of the death penalty, the evidence that contradicts those reasons, and why those reasons do not justify the continued use of the death penalty in the United States.

The Jacqui Lofaro Event 

April 26th, 7:00 at Dartmouth College Campus
Filene Auditorium, Monroe Hall
Admission Free...Donations Accepted
Jacqui Lofaro and Victor Teich have directed two films addressing the impact of the death penalty on murder victim family members. The Empty Chair, Death Penalty---Yes or No and 70 X 7 The Forgiveness Equation.  Discussions to follow the films with: Jacqui Lofaro, Renny Cushing, Bess Klaussen-Landis and Selina Taylor.  For more information email:  mahunt@tds.net.
Faith-Based Organizations:  Techsoup.org is Here For You!
Techsoup.org has developed resources to help faith-based nonprofits help identify technology products that they can request at deep discounts.  There are a plethora of software available to faith-based organizations including:  
  • Fundraising and Donor Management
  • Organizational Management
  • Financial Management Software
  • Web and Email Tools
  • Productivity Tools

For more information check out Techsoup's Serving Faith-Based Organizations page. 

Is NH Any Different?


Can NH elected officials and party leaders who represent the Conservative Right, the Conservative Center, the Liberal Left, and the Liberal Center sit down together on a stage before an equally diverse audience, and discuss

  • what motivates them politically,
  • expectations for the New Hampshire political process,  
  • go about the governance of the state with civility,
  • better represent the best interests of constituents?


Join your elected officials,and party leaders for a moderated discussion on  

Civility in NH politics  

New Hampshire Institute of Politics  

Saint Anselm College in Manchester,  

Tuesday, April 19, 7 PM  

The conversation will be moderated by Neil Levesque, Executive Director of the Institute.  Sponsors hope a series of forums will create a less contentious atmosphere in the NH Statehouse, eliminate hyper-partisanship,reward constructive efforts by the legislature's members and achieve solutions to problems their constituents sent them to Concord to deal with.


For additional information please contact:

Howard Morse howmorse77@aol.com 

Adele Wick       awetwo@comcast.net  

Steven Borne   nhd1nhaip@yahoo.com  


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