NH Religious News April 25, 2011

Immoral State Budget Cuts Addressed 


Rev. David Yasenka, pastor of Triumphant Cross ELCA recently hosted a community conversation between concerned clergy leaders and legislators to discuss how the NH state budget cuts effect the most vulnerable citizens of the state.
According to Doug Ireland reporter for Eagletribune.com, "There was no name-calling, accusations or even a single argument. Only a week after church leaders were among the thousands who gathered on the Statehouse lawn to oppose lawmakers' budget cuts, there were no clashes between clergy and legislators at a public forum last night. As a matter of fact, it was quite calm as the two groups faced off over the controversial $10.2 billion budget and the millions of dollars in cuts proposed for 2011-13."
Read more about it here.

Bring this Workshop to you. 

"State Budgets as Moral Statements - What's Jesus Got to Do with It?

Teaching & Preaching the Message of Micah 6 & Matthew 25"


Jesus Budget Cuts What? Whom?

Religious leaders can inspire reflection, action and advocacy on behalf of NH's most vulnerable people.
The workshop "State Budgets & Values" will be offered by the NHCC throughout May upon request by hosting clergy groups & ecumenical/interreligious councils.
First presentation to take place first week in May.
  • Knowledge of the budget process,
  • Human toll the House Budget creates, Senate's role in May,
  • Grounding of budgets as moral documents in biblical and theological convictions of faith,
  • Resources for teaching & preaching before this spiritual tsunami places all of NH at spiritual risk.
This 3 hour workshop for religious leaders fosters civil dialogue, knowledge of the process and what's at stake, resources for teaching and preaching in local parish/congregation settings.
Fore information or to host the workshop, contact Mr. David Lamarre-Vincent, Ex. Dir., NHCC, David@NHchurches.org or 603 496-6989.

Immigration Rights Rally 


no human being is illegal



Support Immigrant Families of NH that have been destroyed by deportation


When:  May 2, 2011

Where:  City Hall Plaza

Time:  4:00 PM


Join the AFSC-NH and the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees for the NH Annual Rights Rally.  Twenty immigration detentions in the last two months in the city of Nashua, some immigrants documented, some not. 
People who are suspected of being undocumented are detained by police for traffic violations and other minor civil violations and then are placed in the system so that deportation proceedings begin.
"These people have committed no crime," said Eva Castillo of the New Hampshire Alliance of Immigrants and Refugees. "Being here without a permit is a civil violation, not a crime."


"For a civil violation, everybody gets to pay a fine but for illegal immigrants, there's no way to undo what they did," said Castillo.



For more information:  contact Eva Castillo (603) 661-2872 

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 Monadnock Clergy Association

The Cathedral of the Pines

10 Hale Hill Road

Rindge, NH


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 offer:


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.

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 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, Moore 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 This film explores the impact of murder on four families.  
  • 70 X 7 The Forgiveness Equation  The sequel to The Empty Chair.  This film features two families impacted by murder and explores the topics of revenge and forgiveness.

Discussions to follow the films with: Director Jacqui Lofaro, Murder Victim Family Members: Renny Cushing & Bess Klaussen-Landis, Moderator Selina Taylor.  For more information email:  mahunt@tds.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.

Nursing Rounds Presentation 

"Military Culture - Community Health Care" Ministers and Chaplains Welcome


Thursday April 28, 2011
1-2:30 PM
  NH State Hospital, Clinton St., Concord, NH
Presented by
Brigadier General Debora Carter USAF



This presentation will address the culture of the military and the core values shared by the different military services and how those values can affect reaching out for medical and mental health support. The presenter will share some of her transitional issues she experienced returning from Afghanistan and will provide an overview of mental health strategies for the military returning from war in NH since 2003; what works and what doesn't?
To bring this presentation to your area contact the NHCC at Info@NHchurches.org
Slots are limited - To preregister contact Gisela:

Seacoast Veterans Conference  


Saturday April 30, 2011.  8:30 PM - 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.

Funding Available for Military Youth Projects 
Would you like to find ways to support military children in New Hampshire? If so, consider applying for "partner project" funding sponsored by the NH Operation: Military Kids program (OMK).
Organizations such as Scout groups, Boys and Girls clubs, after-school programs, YMCA/YWCA, school groups, military organizations, 4-H Clubs, County Extension offices, spiritual community groups and others can access up to $400 in funds.
Read more about it here.  

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