NH Council of Churches - NH Religious News April 4, 2011

Church Leaders Call House Budget Failure as a Moral Document  
NHCC Leaders Attend Rally for New Hampshire
Bishop Mccormick
Bishop McCormack
NHCC religious leaders attended and spoke at today's Rally for New Hampshire to raise awareness of the urgent needs of increasing numbers of families and individuals as their share in economic recovery deteriorates and need a public safety net of programs and services. Senators were urged to assess New Hampshire's fiscal resources and create a realistic budget that reflects New Hampshire's highest values. They denounced the House budget that downshifts burdens onto the very people most affected by hard times, the mentally ill, physically or developmentally disabled, impoverished elderly and children, and the lowest income households.
Unacceptable, immoral, House cuts reinstate a waiting list for developmentally disabled adults needing support, eliminate state childcare subsidies so poorest parents can work, support their families while children receive safe, quality care. Diverse religious leaders urged the Senate to reevaluate House treatment of significant programs like Medicaid, which allows for no growth over the biennium accomplished by severely reducing eligibility. 

NHCC board member Bishop John McCormack of the Catholic Diocese of Manchester said lawmakers have a constitutional, as well as a moral, responsibility to care for the poor. "Only after funding our foremost obligation to the poor should budget writers proceed to address the needs of the various state departments," McCormack said. 

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The House passed the budget with the $742 million in cuts despite the thousands-strong protest which could be heard from inside the statehouse.  Efforts will continue to convince the state senate to draft a new budget that embodies NH highest values, placing people first and protecting all God's people, especially the most vulnerable in New Hampshire. 

Clergy Meeting With Rockingham State Senators and Representatives 


April 7 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Salem Boys and Girls Club

3 Germonty Drive,

Salem, NH 


This is a significant opportunity for faith communities to share their hopes that the Senate will craft a moral budget with key Senate leaders who have agreed to sit down with clergy. This is an opportunity for clergy to share what they know - the stories of those who come to our churches and food pantries seeking help because they have nowhere else to turn, those whose individual and family challenges are beyond the comprehension of most in our communities. Clergy members understand as few do that despite the daily small miracles performed in their churches from ever-shrinking donation plates, churches cannot match or replace what government can deliver in the way of assistance to all in need, either from a monetary or a coordination standpoint. 


This is an exchange of vital information and learning, and a hopeful, civil dialogue, moderated by Rev. Yasenka, the pastor of Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem NH.


The meeting is open to any interested clergy, and in particular, those in the districts in/surrounding Salem, as they are constituents. Will you please share this and reach out to clergy you may know (or know how to reach) especially in the areas of Salem, Windham, Pelham, Plaistow, Atkinson, Kingston, Hampstead, Derry, and Londonderry.


If you are attending please send your RSVP to Rev. Yasenka at:  Yaz23@comcast.net.  

NHCC in the News

Read all about it at:


The Concord Monitor





The Nashua Telegraph


The Eagle Tribune






The Nashua Free Journal


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
Wednesday May 18, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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.  

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 the following workshop:


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.

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.
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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  


New Hampshire Citizens Alliance

Upcoming Events And Workshops


Thursday, April 7: How the State House Works (a workshop)

4 Park Street, Suite 304B, Concord

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about the state house and how a bill becomes a law.



 to RSVP.

Monday, May 2: Running for Office - leadership workshops for women,

Nashua 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Interested in maybe running for local or state office, or helping someone else who is? Join us on Mondays to learn more and gain critical skills. Attend any or all workshops. Free of charge and non-partisan. Email ozink@nhcitizensalliance.org to RSVP.

Annual 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.  8:00am - 4:00pm  

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.

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