NH Religious News August 12, 2011

Faith-Based Access to Recovery Services

Informational Meeting

Aug. 23, 2011 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

CenterPoint Church, State St., Concord, NH

Faith based groups play natural roles in providing support for individuals to sustain recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

NH's new Access to Recovery provides people in recovery with vouchers for support services.


Support includes

  • spiritual counseling
  • parenting
  • anger management
  • budgeting
  • child care
  • transportation

More faith-based service providers will increase client choices in NH-ATR program.

 Learn more about this new opportunity for your faith-based organization. RSVP to Jaime.Powers@dhhs.state.nh.us

Suicide Postvention Training for Faith Leaders

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

12:00 PM-4:30 PM

Wesley United Methodist Church

79 Clinton Street, Concord, NH


 Participants be led by trainers with pastoral experience and a suicide family member. Learn


  •  Ways that your response promotes healing after a suicide.
  •  Skills to coordinate a safe and supportive faith           community response.
  •  How to encourage help-seeking, reduce stigma and promote healing for survivors of suicide loss.

Register by September 13th with Bernice Lopez at blopez@naminh.org or call 603-225-5359.  

This is a FREE workshop, but registration is limited and required.


Sponsored by:  The New Hampshire Council of Churches and

National Alliance on Mental Illness -  New Hampshire, Connect Project.

Worshiping Together

Crafting Creative Community Liturgies 

People of faith from different traditions often gather together for common worship events, Crises, Disasters,  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.


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.

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

When:  Friday, Nov. 4th, 2011  

10 AM - 3 PM 


Where:  Concordia Lutheran Church,

North Main St., Concord, NH




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" NHCC, PO Box 1087, Concord, NH 03302-1087.  Make checks payable to: New Hampshire Council of Churches.


For more information click here. 


We need your input - Join the Faithful Budget Accountability Project 

Are churches really equipped to take up the slack of extreme cuts to government programs and services for the poor and vulnerable?


Help us understand, quantify, and communicate the human impact of budget cuts by tracking requests 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.


To sign up or find out more information about this project and to join click here and fill out the online form or email us at budget@nhchurches.org and send us your contact information. 

Stories Make A Difference 

How did people you know 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 Circle of Protection

"Budgets and Moral Values"

added to NHCC Webpage

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.   

Lifespan Respite Care Consumer Needs Survey 

The NH Department of Health and Human Services is reaching out to caregivers across New Hampshire to determine the statewide need of respite services.

Respite literally means a time of rest or relief. 

If you know a family caregiver to someone with special health care needs (young to old), please have them state their needs in a survey. Responses will be confidential. 

If you would like additional information or a paper copy of the survey, please contact Maggie Bernard at 603-271-3783 or mbernard@dhhs.state.nh.us.


Family caregiver feedback is very important to help direct future resources into NH's respite care services.


Click this link to begin the survey:



Thank you for your time!

Coalition on Human Needs - Free Webinar on The Deficit Deal Explained


Thursday, August 18, 1:00 p.m. EST
 Register  here: https://chn.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=9034

The Budget Control Act new law sets up critical action by Congress between now and the end of this year that will affect all of us for a long time.  Learn how the new Budget Control Act works - or might not work - and what you can do about it, in this wonk-free webinar.  Get the scoop from Debbie Weinstein, the Coalition on Human Needs' executive director, who makes a specialty of translating complex budgetspeak into plain English.  The moderator will be Ellen Teller of the Food Research and Action Center, who will make sure that lots and lots of questions are answered.


Register for the webinar today and please forward this message to colleagues and friends.

Labor Day Program Resources From Interfaith Worker Justice


Interfaith Worker Justice sponsors Christian-Jewish-Muslim Labor in the Pulpits / on the Bimah / in the Minbar program which includes resources and ideas for local faith communities who want to lift up justice for workers around the Labor Day holiday this year. This is a joint program in cooperation with AFL-CIO and Change to Win and includes information about the Faith Advocates for Jobs groups.


Please see these program websites for resources and information:


Labor in the Pulpits / on the Bimah / in the Minbar Program Overview - http://www.iwj.org/index.cfm/labor-in-the-pulpits


Labor Day 2011 Overview - http://www.iwj.org/template/page.cfm?id=287

Labor Day 2011 Resources - http://www.iwj.org/template/page.cfm?id=288
    (flyers, scriptures, organizing tools, and links to resources from many churches and other faith groups)

Resources for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is coming up.  Do you know of events in the works around New Hampshire that the NHCC could promote to help mark this important day?


There are many stories all of us are aware of surrounding that day.  This is also an opportunity to talk together about the implications of terrorism upon our lives and faith; an opportunity for interfaith dialogue; an opportunity for reconciliation; an opportunity to address the myths of prejudice that continue this day between the faiths. 


Knowing that the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be a time of deep spiritual reflection for all who were touched by these events, the NHCC has found resources for pastors and churches to use or to modify as they are led.


Christian - ecumenical & Interfaith resources available for worship and other events  Resources for local churches and faith groups to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks go to  http://www.ncccusa.org/news/110725nineelevenresources.html . Additional resources are added to the list as they become available.


To download resources to organize a service project day click on the following hyperlink: www.911day.org


The National Religious Coalition Against Torture provides resources for community gatherings and worship services in congregations - click here for links to those resources. You will also find pastoral care materials and age appropriate resources for children.  The National Religious Campaign Against Torture has prepared a litany appropriate for interfaith gatherings or community prayer services. 

National Medicare Train the Trainer Course in Portsmouth 

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.  
Amnesty International NH State Meeting  

Saturday September 17, 2011

10:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

(details to follow)


Please join AI activists from around the state for AI's Fall Meeting

This is a great opportunity to meet other AI activists in your community, learn more about AI campaigns, resources, important dates, and skills essential to effective human rights advocacy through grassroots action.  The afternoon session will be dedicated to a workshop on NH death penalty abolition!


Refreshments & Lunch will be served


If you have any questions please contact:

Cynthia Gabriel Walsh
Northeast Field Organizer, Amnesty International USA 
58 Day Street, Somerville, MA 02144
cgabriel@aiusa.org or 617-623-0202

North American Academy of Ecumenists 2011 Annual Conference 


Called Together: Identity, Accountability, Hospitality

Allentown, PA

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.

The Theology of Immigration


The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and the Diocese of Manchester are sponsoring the program, "The Theology of Immigration."  Rev. Daniel G. Groody, CSC, PH.D., professor at the University of Notre Dame and an expert on immigration issues will be the key note speaker.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
8:30 registration, 9 A.M. - 12 P.M. program
The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Corner of St. Anselm Drive and Rockland Ave., Manchester, NH
This event is free of charge.
REGISTER on or before September 16, 2011
by phone: Bro. Paul Crawford (603) 669-3100, ext. 148
by e-mail:  pcrawford@rcbm.org
or on the Diocese of Manchester's website:
Sharing the Gifts - A Collaborative Ministry Conference
September 26-28, 2011
Camp at Eastward, Starks, Maine

Come for three days of information on Shared Ministry, collaborative parishes, multi-church ministries and pastoral staff groups.  The conference will also include good food, fellowship and fun in beautiful rural Maine.  This conference is FREE for all participants.  Lodging and meals are included if staying at the camp.

Keynote Speaker: 
Rev. Scott Planting

Executive Director Maine Sea Coast Mission

Conference speakers will be members of the College of Pastoral Leaders Grant for Pastoral Excellence. 


For more information or to register please contact Anne Marie Simone at pastorannmarie@gmail.com or call her at 207-779-7305. 

When Helping Hurts

The relationship between ministry 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.
Congregations and Mental Health Workshop - November 2, 2011
On Wednesday, November 2 from 9:00am-3pm, the Pastoral Services Department at the New Hampshire State Hospital will be hosting a free workshop for all clergy on Congregations and Mental Illness.  For more information contact either:

8th Annual NH State Suicide Prevention Conference


Friday November 4th, 2011

8:00AM - 4:30PM 

at SERESC Conference Center in Bedford, NH.


Presented by NAMI NH, the State Suicide Prevention Council, and the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly.


Featuring keynote speakers:  Thomas Joiner, PhD, Robert Bryant and a performance by TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility).  Workshops, plenaries and lunch included.  Click here to download a registration brochure.

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