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

Community Clergy and the Military - A training Event and Opportunity for Dialogue 



June 2, 2011

Veteran's Hospital, 718 Smyth Rd., Manchester

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


The program includes a presentation on Military Culture, especially emphasizing the 700+ soldiers who will be returning from overseas deployment, lunch, how the VA, National Guard, and local religious communities can work together to meet the current and future needs of military families.


Parking is in the front lot.  The seminar will take place in the Training and Education Room.  Come in the main (front) doors and the Training Room is straight down the hall. 


Please RSVP so we know how many lunches to prepare (we have received 15 RSVP's so far.  RSVP to:  Gary Rolph, 624-4366, extension 6185 (Gary.Rolph@va.gov)

NH 2011 - What Can You Do to Ensure The Vulnerable Are a Priority?


Please Attend

State Budgets & Values:

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

June onward


Part I:   The NH State Budget Process & Proposals


Part II:  Budgets as Moral Documents - Biblical and theological roots


Part III:  Resources for Pastoral Action Teaching, Preaching and acting upon our religious convictions


This workshop helps religious & lay leaders:

  • Learn the budget process and potential human damage of significant cuts
  • Ground budgets as moral documents in the biblical and theological lenses of faith
  • Join with other clergy and lay religious leaders in teaching, preaching & advocating for the state's poor and vulnerable
  • Inspire civil dialogue

Host a workshop in your area! NHCC will supply hosts with materials and speakers; Hosts supply a location and a group.


For more info, contact:  NHCC Public Policy Associate Laurel Redden at Laurel@nhchurches.org or 425-3855.


****The Senate Budget vote will happen by June 2

****The House & Senate State Budget vote will happen by June 30.

Prayer Vigil for a Humane Budget


On March 30 and 31, the NH House of Representatives approved 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.  Since the budget passed, people of all faiths have gathered as The Interfaith Voices for a Humane Budget to hold prayer vigils outside meetings of the Senate Finance Committee in the State House


Please join the Interfaith Voices group in this important witness and prayerful presence outside Senate Finance Committee office outside State House Room 103.   Vigils will be held throughout the months of  May and June whenever our state leaders meets regarding the state budget.   For more information and times when vigils are taking place: 


1.  Check the vigil calendar by clicking this link.

2.   Join their Facebook group, by searching on Facebook for "Interfaith Voices for a Humane Budget." 

3.   Email Interfaith Voices at interfaithvoices@gmail.com.

Worshiping Together--Crafting Creative Community Liturgies - 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:


Worshiping Together--Crafting Creative 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.
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.  

June is Torture Awareness Month  


Torture has been in the news again recently, with debate about whether its use led to the capture of Osama bin Laden. For people of faith, the serious religious implications of our country's torture practices are paramount. We cannot condone this evil in good conscience. As the Statement of Conscience of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture states, "Torture violates the basic dignity of the human person that all religions, in their highest ideals, hold dear... It contradicts our nation's most cherished values. Any policies that permit torture and inhumane treatment are shocking and morally intolerable."


The National Religious Campaign Against Torture has a variety of resources for congregations to engage the issue of torture during the month of June (and all year). As a first step, you can download  NRCAT's new video Repairing the Brokenness and its companion discussion guide to facilitate a discussion in your congregation. 

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