NH Council of Churches - Predatory Lending Alert + State Budget Workshops for Religious Leaders



Contact House Members By Wednesday

to Oppose Predatory "Payday" Loans



Earlier this week, the House passed SB 57 (300 percent interest on car title loans) by a very narrow margin:  180-171.  If five legislators on the winning side had voted the other way, the bill would have been defeated.  This sends a strong message to Governor Lynch, who must review the bill next to decide whether to veto it.  


The House will vote on HB 160 (400 percent interest on payday-like "installment" loans) next Wednesday, May 4 on a Commerce Committee recommendation of ought to pass.  


You can make a difference on these bills! 


Before Wed:

Call your House members urging them to vote against SB 160.


Contact the Governor to urge him to veto SB 57.


For more info, contact Sarah Mattson at NH Legal Assistance,  223-9750, ext. 2803 or smattson@nhla.org.


 State Budget Workshops Slated

 "State Budgets & Values - What's Jesus Got to Do With It?

Teaching & Preaching the Message of Micah 6 & Mt. 25"


What does the LORD require of you? 

To act justly, to love mercy 

and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?" Micah 6

'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me." Mt 25:44-45 


Thursday, May 5, 2011

8:30 to 11:00 AM

Church of the Good Shepherd 

214 Main St.

Nashua, NH

RSVP Pr. Odie 




Thursday May 12, 2011

8:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Gethesame Lutheran Church

65 Sagamore St

Manchester, NH

RSVP Pr. Boehringer glcmanchester@comcast.net



Thursday, May 19, 2011

6:00 to 8:00 PM

First UMC

961 Valley St.

Manchester, NH

RSVP Rev. Benavides fumcmanchester@myfairpoint.net



Advance Civil Dialogue and Action for Justice in Your Church & Community!

The NH legislature must present a balanced budget by June 30, 2011 for the next two years. 

· Will legislative leaders' budget priorities match the Gospel's? 

· Will the budget reflect the values expressed by Micah and Matthew? 

· In this time of economic crisis, how can religious leaders with a passionate love for the least among us engage our people in the pews, the public and locally elected policy makers?


· What are the biblical & theological grounds to advocate for humane budgets that reflect Gospel teaching? 

"State Budgets & Values" Workshop benefits for religious leaders:

1. Gives religious leaders knowledge of the budget process and potential human damage the House state budget creates;

2. Grounds Budgets as Moral Documents in the biblical and theological lenses of faith; 

3. Encourages you to help one another in teaching, preaching & advocating for the state's poor and vulnerable;

4. Prepares clergy and lay leaders to teach, preach, and advocate with confidence and knowledge;

5. Fosters a civil dialogue among clergy (and any invited lawmakers).


The NH Council of Churches will partner with faith-based social services and faith communities to incarnate Gospel values through advocacy by providing:

· Knowledgeable panelists and materials;

· A workshop design drawing from biblical & religious tradition, nonprofit & government leaders;

· Follow-up materials for congregation/parish instruction, discussion, and simple actions.


Why Attend a Budget Workshop in your Area?

Inspire others by modeling civil discourse among religious leaders, and invite local lawmakers to take part if you wish. Your people can encourage our political leaders to embody the highest moral values in our State's budget. 

Brought to you by the NH Council of Churches. For more information or to host a presentation, contact Mr. David Lamarre-Vincent, Executive Director, New Hampshire Council of Churches, David@NHchurches.org, 603 496-6989 

Advance Civil Dialogue and Action for Justice in Your Church & Community!



NH State Legislative Calendar

May 25-June 8: Filing period for 2012 session House bills (Senate has not published 2012 bill introduction calendar)

June 23: 2011 Legislative session ends

Legislative Resources



  • Reach your Congressman or Senator by calling the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Or, type in your ZIP code here to link to both NH Senators and your Congressperson's pages.