NH Council of Churches - NH Religious News July 14, 2011

 

NEW! How to be pastoral & protect families after tragedy.

 

Suicide Postvention Training for Faith Leaders.

A Free Workshop Sponsored by NHCC and Connections NH.
 

The first people a family calls after a suicide death are Faith Leaders.

Connect Postvention training offers state-of-the-art pastoral practice for faith leaders who may respond to a death by suicide and play an active role in promoting healing and reducing risk after a suicide incident.

 

The training designed for and by faith leaders, prepares you for a suicide death of in your community.

  • Using nationally designated best practice protocols,
  • Short lectures,

 

You will learn important steps for reducing risk of contagion including

  • appropriate memorial services,
  • safe messaging and
  • media response

 

When:    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Where:  Wesley United Methodist Church

79 Clinton St.  Concord, NH

 

No cost but registration required by September 13 with Bernice Lopez, NEW! How to be pastoral & protect families after tragedy.

Suicide Postvention Training for Faith Leaders.

A Free Workshop Sponsored by NHCC and Connections NH.

The first people a family calls after a suicide death are Faith Leaders.

Connect Postvention training offers state-of-the-art pastoral practice for faith leaders who may respond to a death by suicide and play an active role in promoting healing and reducing risk after a suicide incident.

The training designed for and by faith leaders, prepares you for a suicide death of in your community.

You will learn important steps for reducing risk of contagion including

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Where: Wesley United Methodist Church

79 Clinton St. Concord, NH

No cost but registration required by September 13 with Bernice Lopez, blopez@naminh.org or call 603-225-5359.

* Registration is limited and required.
A Faith-Based Discussion Guide on the NH Hampshire Budget 
 
Are you looking for a way to discuss the NH State Budget with your faith community?

 "NH Faith & Facts" is now available as a printable pdf.  This discussion guide can be used by communities of faith to discuss the moral implications of state and federal budgets and what churches can do to protect the poor and vulnerable. 

 

In addition to this discussion guide, NH CARES has produced a video called  "New Hampshire Can Do Better"  which you can access by clicking on the links below.

  
  
  
Printed copies available upon request to info@nhchurches.org or you can call us at 603-224-1352 and we will be happy to mail copies to you.

NH Circle of Protection

"Budgets and Moral Values"

added to NH Council of Churches Webpage

 

Whatever resources you need regarding the state and federal budgets are available to you with a click of the mouse.  Click here to view our Budgets and Moral Values section of the NH Council of Churches website.  You can also find a link to it on our main page www.nhchurches.org on the right hand panel along with links to public policy alerts and updates.   

 

Faithful Accountability Project Launched by NHCC, Lutheran Social Services & the Sisters of Mercy

 

What will happen in NH communities as a result of deep state budget cuts that took effect July 1? Are churches really equipped to take up the slack of extreme cuts to government programs and services for the poor and vulnerable?

  

The NH Council of Churches wants to understand, quantify, and communicate the human impact of budget cuts made in the name of efficiency and living within our means. Let's track request for assistance by number and dollar cost monthly in 2011.

  

What's Involved? 

  

The Faithful Budget Accountability Project is a simple, monthly electronic data collection of religious human service information and stories.

Once you sign up with your email address, a link to the preliminary survey will be sent to you. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

From there, a monthly follow up survey link will be sent to you via email; the monthly update takes less than 5 minutes. We ask only for information that you likely already have at hand.

  

Whether you're a pastor in charge of a small yearly assistance budget or you oversee a larger, organized social service ministry or assistance program, we need your help to build the data that will help increase awareness of the needs of the vulnerable in our own communities.

  

How to Join:

  • To participate the Faithful Budget Accountability Project,
  • send an email to budget@NHchurches.org with "Budget Accountability Project" in the subject line. 
  • Include your contact information in the body of the email.

 

For more information go to www.nhchurches.org or call us at 603-224-1352.

 

 

 

 

Stories Can Make A Difference 

  • College now out of reach for your family?
  • Seen the cost of health care driven up?
  • Lose support from the Unemployed Parent Program?
  • Denied help by elimination of funding for the Tobacco Prevention/QuitLine and the Farmers Market Program?
  • Affected by loss of the NH Foster Grandparent Program,
  • RSVP, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Caregiver Program,
  • and Congregate Housing Supports?

 

How did your people lose their benefits and what are the consequences?

 

How do these things affect your people? 

 

We are assembling stories of families and individuals in crisis to help others see the real stories behind the budget issues in New Hampshire. 

 

Please send your stories, contacts and other information to the NHCC at info@nhchurches.org.

 

This is part of the Faithful Budget Accountability Project 

of the NH Council of Churches

NH Religious Leaders - Sign the National Circle of Protection Letter 

 

Last month the NH Budget Accountability Project (Budgets State Our Moral Values) asked you to join Budget Accountability Project and send individual stories of impacts of state budget cuts.

 

Today we come asking for you to join the national Circle of Protection, http://www.circleofprotection.us/pdf/Circle-of-Protection-Statement.pdf

 an open letter from clergy across the United States, asking Congress to protect programs that assist the poor.

 

We need 400 religious leaders of NH to sign this letter as soon as possible, by joining the Circle of Protection project or signing the Religious Leaders Circle of Protection letter you join 10,000 clergy standing up for the poor and vulnerable:

 

+Sign the statement to join the Circle of Protection and

Sign the clergy budget letter  coordinated by Sojourners.

 

Initiated by every major denomination and faith-based service provider - after one week more than 3,000 pastors added their names!


NHCC denominations plan to join the Religious Leader Open Letter to run in an important Washington, D.C. newspaper this week to ask lawmakers to remember their values when they make budget decisions. 

 

Last year, hundreds of you stood up for the inalienable right to life and called for abolition of the death penalty. Now the focus has shifted from the Statehouse to the Congress.

Worshiping Together--Crafting Creative Community Liturgies - Save the Date 

Join us for a day-long workshop in which we'll look at ecumenical and interfaith worship both theologically and practically, guided by the Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh, a noted theologian on mission and the church as well as a charismatic teacher and creative liturgist.

 

When:  Friday, Nov. 4th, 2011

Where:  Concordia Lutheran Church,

North Main St., Concord, NH

Time:   10 AM - 3 PM         

 

Cost: Registration of $30 includes lunch.

 

Limited space is available. Register by calling (603) 224-1352 or emailing info@NHChurches.org. Mail registration fee to"Worshiping Together Well," NHCC, PO Box 1087, Concord, NH 03302-1087.  Make checks payable to: New Hampshire Council of Churches.

 

For more information click here. 

 

  • People of faith from different traditions often gather together for common worship events - Marriages, Funerals, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Martin Luther King Day, Holocaust Remembrance Day, community prayer memorial services, as well as in responses to crises and disasters like 9/11, floods, ice storms.

    • How can we create community worship services that draw from the deep wells of our diverse heritages?  
    • How can symbols, gesture, and movement combine to enrich our communal lives together and open both participants and the wider world to transformation?
    • How do we best work together?
    • What resources are available? 

    Join us for a day-long workshop in which we'll look at ecumenical and interfaith worship both theologically and practically, guided by the Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh, a noted theologian on mission and the church as well as a charismatic teacher and creative liturgist.

     

    When:  Friday, Nov. 4th, 2011

    Where:  Concordia Lutheran Church,

    North Main St., Concord, NH

    Time:   10 AM - 3 PM         

     

    Cost: Registration of $30 includes lunch.

     

    Limited space is available. Register by calling (603) 224-1352 or emailing info@NHChurches.org. Mail registration fee to "Worshiping Together Well," NHCC, PO Box 1087, Concord, NH 03302-1087.  Make checks payable to: New Hampshire Council of Churches.

     

    For more information click here. nsformation?
  • How do we best work together?  
  • What resources are available? 
Flood Buckets Needed
 
The Lutheran Disaster Response team with their partner Church World Service is requesting materials to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after the floods in these past months all over the United States.  Please click here for more information on how your faith community can help out. 
  
Buckets are being collected at the NH Conference UCC office at 140 Sheep Davis Rd, Pembroke NH through the month of July.  Groups should call the conference at 603-225-6647 or toll free at 888-642-8229 for more information on dropping off buckets.

Operation: Military Kids is Offering a Family Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee- Pass the Word!

 

Military Family Camp...

An overnight weekend camp where military families can spend

some quality time together and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities

including hiking, canoeing, campfires and much more!

  

6:00 PM Friday August 19 to Noon Sunday August 21

Geneva Point Conference Center

Moultonborough, NH

http://www.genevapoint.org/

 

For directions:  http://www.genevapoint.org/directions.html

North American Academy of Ecumenists 2011 Annual Conference

 

Called to be One Church

Sept 23-25

The 2011 NAAE Conference will study possibilities for mutual accountability,  analyze specific forms of ecclesial identity and query the habit of hospitality toward one another as a means for realizing how "The Church's oneness is an image of the unity of the Triune God in the communion of the divine Persons."

 

For more information click here.

Ministry to NH Military Families - Host a Workshop For Religious Leaders and Volunteers

 

Invite your faith community and colleagues to welcome them home and help them heal! by hosting an NHCC panel presentation. 

 

 

The largest deployment to the Middle East in NH NG history returns this fall. Before, during and after deployment, community and church

Save the Date - "When Helping Hurts"  


The relationship between self care, growth and boundaries

 

Presented by the Pastoral Counseling Services, this workshop will explore why those in ministry have the highest rate of burnout. 

 

When:       Friday, September 30, 2011, 1:00-4:00PM

 

Where:     The Highlander Inn & Conference Center at the Manchester Boston Regional  Airport

  

This is the 2nd Annual Conference on Spirituality and Psychotherapy By Dr. David Olsen, LICSW, LMFT Executive Director The Samaritan Center of the Capital Region Scotia, NY 

 

For more information contact:  Dr. David Reynolds at dbr@pcs-nh.org or call him at 603-627-2702, Ext. 113.

 

 

National Medicare Train the Trainer Course in Portsmouth
 

We're pleased to announce registration for the 2011 National Medicare Train-the-Trainer Workshop is now open. This Northeast U.S. workshop will be this year in Portsmouth, NH. 

The workshops share consistent, accurate, current information with partners who help Medicare beneficiaries make the best choices for their healthcare coverage and are an excellent way to educate partners who train others.

 

When:       Tuesday, August 30- Thursday, September 1, 2011

 

Where:       Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

and Conference Center

250 Market Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801

 

Meeting Information and Registration

Click on the following link to access the workshop web site and to register online:  http://2011nationalmedicaretrainingprogram.blsmeetings.net/.   The password for registration is:  maureen1.  If you have any questions call Sydney Vranna at 301-577-0244, Ext. 2800.  
Focus on Palestine:  Hosted by Palestine Education Network, NH Citizen Action 
 

 

Policies, Laws & Morality: US Aid to Israel

Palestine Statehood, Settlements and Obama

Friday-Sunday July 22 - July 24, 2011

 

World Fellowship Center

Friday dinner at 6 p.m. through Sunday lunch at 12-1 p.m.


Special guest and presenter:
Josh Ruebner, national advocacy director of End the Occupation.

 

World Fellowship Center

368 Drake Hill Road, Albany NH 03818

 

For information contact Andrea or Andy Walsh at (603) 447-2280 or at reservations@worldfellowship.org.

 

Note: $50/night in a WFC cabin includes 3 delicious meals a day.

Or support the local cabins: Sunnybrook & Tanglewood, or The Lazy Dog Inn.

 

 

National Medicare Train the Trainer Course in Portsmouth
 

We're pleased to announce registration for the 2011 National Medicare Train-the-Trainer Workshop is now open. This Northeast U.S. workshop will be this year in Portsmouth, NH. 

The workshops share consistent, accurate, current information with partners who help Medicare beneficiaries make the best choices for their healthcare coverage and are an excellent way to educate partners who train others.

 

When:       Tuesday, August 30- Thursday, September 1, 2011

 

Where:       Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

and Conference Center

250 Market Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801

 

Meeting Information and Registration

Click on the following link to access the workshop web site and to register online:  http://2011nationalmedicaretrainingprogram.blsmeetings.net/.   The password for registration is:  maureen1.  If you have any questions call Sydney Vranna at 301-577-0244, Ext. 2800.  

People of Faith Come Together for a Moral Debt Relief  
From Washington Word July 12, 2011

 

Congressional Republicans and President Obama are locked in a high-stakes debate with potentially disastrous consequences for the most vulnerable Americans. GOP leaders have intentionally pushed our economy to the brink by refusing to raise the federal debt ceiling unless the White House agrees to drastic cuts that would harm struggling families and seniors. And they know what's at stake -- House Speaker John Boehner admits that not raising the debt ceiling could cause a crisis.

 

read more here... 

NHCC Public Policy Update 
 
Public Policy E-News will be on hiatus until December.  Meanwhile NHCC E-News will keep you abreast of political action and the faith community. 
  
The Live Free or Die Alliance
  
Check out The Live Free or Die Alliance, this organization has grown to become a major host for people of all faiths and values.  You can check out their website at:  http://www.livefreeordiealliance.org/

NH CARES briefing on Managed Care

 

Tuesday, July 19 10:00AM to 12 noon

Granite State Independent Living 21 Chennell Dr., Concord

 

Medicaid Care Management in New Hampshire will review the basic elements  of managed care and highlight select contracting and RFP issues consumer stakeholders should be aware of as well as select challenges for special needs populations within a managed care context.  Presented by NH Fiscal Policy Institute

 

Please RSVP to LightfootJ@cfsnh.org to ensure sufficient handouts for all.

National Council of Churches Initiative to End Poverty 
 

From the July 2011 NCC Poverty Initiative Newsletter:

  
Take Action
  

Click here to sign a letter to President Obama calling for him to re-state his commitment to addressing poverty in the U.S.

 

Click here to learn how to host a prayer vigil on the budget in your own faith community.

 

Click here to download the Faith Advocates for Jobs congregational toolkit. Learn how your church can form a network of support and become more educated about the economic crisis' relationship to unemployment, under-employment, job insecurity, and poor labor standards.

 

To read the full newsletter click here. 


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If you have ideas or events to share, send your information to info@nhchurches.org or
call Jean at 603-224-1352.  Thanks!
 
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NH Council of Churches Needs You!

 

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  • Prayers
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New Hampshire Council of Churches

PO Box 1087

Concord, NH  03302-1087

Focus on Palestine:  Hosted by Palestine Education Network, NH Citizen Action 

 

 

Policies, Laws & Morality: US Aid to Israel

Palestine Statehood, Settlements and Obama

Friday-Sunday July 22 - July 24, 2011

 

World Fellowship Center

Friday dinner at 6 p.m. through Sunday lunch at 12-1 p.m.


Special guest and presenter:
Josh Ruebner, national advocacy director of End the Occupation.

 

World Fellowship Center

368 Drake Hill Road, Albany NH 03818

 

For information contact Andrea or Andy Walsh at (603) 447-2280 or at reservations@worldfellowship.org.

 

Note: $50/night in a WFC cabin includes 3 delicious meals a day.

Or support the local cabins: Sunnybrook & Tanglewood, or The Lazy Dog Inn.