NH Religious News April 14, 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.  

 Tuesday May 3, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Bring your own lunch)

Greater Laconia Ministerial Association

Laconia Public Library - Rotary Room

695 North Main St.

Laconia, NH

Wednesday May 4, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Newfound Area Churches Bristol

Location TBA


Wednesday May 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge and United Church of Jaffrey

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.


An Opportunity to Learn About The Women's Prison Ministry

The Women's Fellowship of the Congregational Church of North Barnstead, UCC invites you to come spend the evening with Rev. Beth Richeson, prison chaplain for Goffstown prison and Shea Farm Transitional Living House in Concord.  She will speak about the circumstances of these women, her ministry amongst them and the many opportunities for our churches and our denominations to be involved in this important ministry.


St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 50 Main St. Pittsfield

Monday May 2, 2011

7 PM to 8:30 PM


If you have any questions please contact Ethel McConaghy at

 545-5425 or emc@metrocast.net.  

How to do Ecumenical and Interreligious 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 the following workshop:


Doing Ecumenical & Interreligious 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.

Public Hearings on HB1 - HB2 Human Services Bills April 21


The Senate Finance Committee will conduct its public hearing on HB 1 and HB 2 (the budget and the budget "trailer" bill) on Thursday, April 21 from 2 PM - 4 PM and 6 PM - 8 PM in Representatives Hall in the State House.  The budget that passed the House includes drastic cuts to programs serving people with mental illness, the homeless, people with disabilities, at-risk children, legal services for the poor, consumer protection and the Court system, while cutting existing taxes such as the cigarette tax, thus forcing even deeper cuts to programs and services to make up for lost revenue.

There are several ways communities of faith can help make a difference: 
Legislative Advocacy Day at State House


Tuesday-April 19, 2011 

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM 

The Commission for Witness and Action of the NH Conference of the UCC and Economic Justice Ministry Team invites all brothers and sisters of faith to join them in an advocacy day at the State House, for persons of faith to meet their legislators and attend/or speak at hearings on upcoming bills.


Meet at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 27 Pleasant St. in Concord at 8:30 a.m.


For more information click here Advocacy Day at State House

An invitation from Interfaith Voices for a Humane Budget 


On March 30 a small group of faithful New Hampshire citizens began a prayer vigil at the State House seeking a humane outcome to the state budget process.  At the time, the NH House of Representatives was considering a budget that leaves the State's social service safety net in shreds jeopardizing the very lives of some of our most vulnerable residents, and undermines the collective rights of our first responders and other public servants.


Your Invitation:  Because the House has passed its inhumane budget, we need your voice added to this growing chorus.  Whenever possible we will maintain a presence at the chambers where and when the budget is being considered.  Vigil members will, at times, pray and meditate in silence.  We hold only placards that indicate the name of our group, Interfaith Voices for a Humane Budget.  Without being physically disruptive, we wish to make our presence felt while upholding the precepts of nonviolence.  


If this witness remains small, it will remain powerful and have an effect beyond its numbers.  But if this witness becomes an outpouring of the faithful that fills the public spaces of the people's house, the State House, we can have a transformative effect.  Help spread this invitation.


How to Connect:  For more information regarding these vigils and a a schedule of Senate Finance Committee meetings email interfaithvoices@gmail.com.  Participants are asked to show up 15 minutes before the  scheduled meeting of the Senate Finance Committee in Room 103 at the State House.  You can also connect by friending Interfaith Voices for a Humane Budget on Facebook.

Author of Dead Man Walking to Visit the Granite State Wed May 18 - Thurs 19


Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, to Speak at Saint Anselm College on May 18

 On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., will visit New Hampshire for a series of presentations. During her visit, Sr. Prejean will be speaking to local high school students; moderating a panel of New Hampshire religious leaders speaking on the death penalty; and will give the keynote address at the annual NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty dinner.Sister Helen Prejean, the author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and travels around the world giving talks about her ministry. Since its publication, Dead Man Walking has become a movie, an opera, and a play for high schools and colleges. Sr. Helen also is the author of The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, and is presently at work on another book - River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey


The New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NHCADP) is sponsoring two speaking engagements that are free of charge and open to the public.

For High School Students Only

Date: May 18, 2011

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Place: NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College

For the General Public

Date: May 18, 2011

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Place: NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH


NHCADP Annual Meeting - General Public

Date: Thur. May 19, 2011 7:00 PM

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 PM

Place: Red River Theater, Main St., Concord NH

Prejean will be the keynote speaker at the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty dinner. There are 150 seats for this free event.  RSVP by sending email to kcooper@nodeathpenaltynh.org



Death Penalty Films - Family Members and Forgiveness - Jacqui Lofaro Event 

April 26th, 7:00 at Dartmouth College Campus
Filene Auditorium, Monroe Hall
Admission Free...Donations Accepted
Documentary filmmakers Jacqui Lofaro and Victor Teich address the the death penalty and 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: Director Jacqui Lofaro, Family Members: Renny Cushing & Bess Klaussen-Landis, Moderator Selina Taylor.  For more information email:  mahunt@tds.net.

No Labels - Civility in NH Politics


You are invited to a moderated discussion on how to approach the politics of problem solving featuring John Avlon, founding leader of the group No Labels, CNN contributor and Senior Political columnist for the Daily Beast.  


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

Civility in NH politics  

New Hampshire Institute of Politics  

Saint Anselm College

NHIOP Auditorium 100 St. Anselm Dr., 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.


RSVP by sending email to Adele Wick: awetwo@comcast.net  


Governor's Conference on Volunteerism 


Pursue A Fresh Perspective in Volunteer Excellence!




When: Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Where:  NHTI, Concord's Community College

31 College Drive, Concord, NH 03301  


Conference Fee  $70.00

View Event Schedule and other links 

RSVP Saturday, April 30, 2011


The Annual Governor's Conference on Volunteerism is a service that is critical to the health and vibrancy of New Hampshire's non-profit community. Every year the conference provides relevant training to approximately 300 volunteer managers, nonprofit staff, and volunteers who serve hundreds of communities and thousands of New Hampshire citizens.

Seacoast Veterans Conference  


Saturday April 30, 2011.  8:8 am - 4:00 PM  

Pease Air National Guard Base - Building 149 Portsmouth, NH


Clergy and churches please join us in reaching out to older era veterans and their families - especially those who may have fallen through the cracks.  A special welcome is also extended to all agencies and provider groups that provide services and care for NH's older era veterans.


Keynote presentations from General William Reddel, Dr. Dan Potenza (Nationally Recognized Expert on PTSD Among Older Veterans) and  Dr. Marc Levenson.  Dr. Levenson will be joined by a panel of VA Experts who will be available for questions and additional information.


3 Round Table Presentations on: Independence, Health and Money.  The afternoon will also include Interactive Stations on:   VA Enrollment, Benefits & Claims Process, Vet Center, NH State Veterans Cemetery, NH Veterans Home, Suicide Prevention, ServiceLink and AARP. The Mobile Vet Center will be on site for both a tour and outreach.


Registration and lunch are free.  To register, click here.  Please provide  contact information and veteran status. Any questions, please call Sue at 800-852-3345 x 4301 or 271-4301 (NH Relay) 711  Transportation is available upon request.

The Month of the Military Child 


April marks the nation's "Month of the Military Child," a month long celebration to honor youth impacted by the deployment of a family member. In celebration, New Hampshire Operation Military Kids will be partnering with multiple groups across the state to hold special events during the months of April, May, and June. Our most widespread event will be "Purple Up! For Military Kids" on April 15th. This will be a day we can publicly recognize military children for their sacrifices as we encourage all to wear purple in order to spread awareness and show support of these amazing youth.


Additional programs and events for military youth and families:

May 14th, 1-4 pm on the UNH Campus in Durham, join us for fun on the Indoor Climbing Wall. 


April 29th, 7-10 pm at the Laconia Middle School, bring the family to a Military Family Dance.


Memorial Day Weekend, visit the Children's Museum in Dover and enjoy free admission. 


June 21st, 6:30 pm, come to the Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton for a fun ice-cream social!


June 26th-29th is the annual 4-H Teen Conference, located on the UNH Campus in Durham.


For more details and registration info, check out nhomk.com or call Operation Military Kids at (603)862-2297.

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