NH Religious News September 28, 2011

NHCC/NHBS On the Move























In 1959 two boards worked together to build a partnership between the Bible Society and the Council of Churches of New Hampshire.  In 1996 this partnership decided that it was better stewardship for the organization to rent space rather than own and maintain a building. 


Now we are excited to announce that we will be moving to an office near downtown Concord.  We have attained a centrally located space that is easily accessible to all New Hampshire religious organizations, non-profits and most importantly the State Capital where we do much of our work.


Starting October 1, 2011 our location will be:


125 Airport Road

Concord, NH  03301


Our phone number, mailing address, and email addresses will remain the same. 


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ who has provided us with a good home for many years
NHCC and NHBS offices will be closed from October 3 -7 while we transition into our new offices.  The offices will be open on October 10.
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.   

in 2011.

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

Worshiping Together

Crafting Creative Community Liturgies 


People of faith from different traditions often gather together for common worship events, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day as well as in response to crises and disasters.


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:  Wesley United Methodist,

79 Clinton St.

Concord, NH


Cost: Registration of $30 includes lunch.


Limited space is available. Register online at here , email at: info@nhchurches.org or by calling (603) 224-1352. 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. 


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!

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 the2nd Annual Conference on Spirituality and Psychotherapy.  The keynote speaker will be 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.

National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding


The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding will be observed on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Mental illness networks and faith leaders are urged to work together so that they recognize and prepare for this day in a way that works best for each faith community. The prayers and actions of both faith communities and secular organizations are needed to restore mental wellness in America. By seeking God's guidance we can recommit ourselves to replacing misinformation, blame, fear and prejudice with truth and love in order to offer hope to all who are touched by mental illness.


If you would like to learn more about how your faith community can observe this day,  visit NAMI's website:  http://www.naminh.org/national-day-of-prayer.


NHCC in the News 


Letter to the Editor: They Are a Blessing

By David Lamarre-Vincent / For the Monitor

Created 09/22/11


My heart grieves for Manessee Ngendahayo his family and the other families targeted by these outrageous acts ("Refugee homes targeted," Monitor front page, Sept. 20).


Ngendahayo and the other victims of this vandalism know only too well what can happen to a nation when hatred seizes control of hearts and minds. They have come to the United States to find safety and build new lives. Their presence has been blessing for all of Concord and New Hampshire.


Read more here.

Diversity Conference Call for Presenters

Casey Family Services is pleased to present our seventh Diversity Conference, "Beyond the Comfort Zone: The 2012 Diversity Experience". This event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10, 2012.


You are invited to submit a response to the Call for Presentation to be considered as a conference speaker. Submissions are accepted through September 30, 2011. Speakers will be notified by November 1, 2011. We encourage you to share this information with others. All presenters are welcome to attend other workshops and conference activities at no additional fee.  For more information and application please click here.

Will You Do it?  Take the Food Stamp Challenge 


Will you do it? From Thursday, October 27th through Thursday, November 3rd, people of faith across the U.S. are taking on a challenge: Live for one week on the average food stamp allotment. People of faith are taking the Food Stamp Challenge to better understand how the program works on a personal level, and to highlight the continued need for and importance of feeding programs to alleviate hunger in the United States.


$31.50 a week.


$4.50 a day.


$1.50 a meal.


Will you do it? Click here to register to take the Food Stamp Challenge, and share this challenge with your faith community, family, and friends.

Grace and Peace,

Michael Livingston

Director, National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative



The NCC Poverty Initiative's role in raising the awareness and will of Christians to act to reduce poverty is more crucial than ever. Please consider how God might be calling you and your church to join together with the NCC in the work to end poverty.  May our voices grow louder and stronger as we amplify God's call for justice and righteousness.


Read the September NCC Poverty Initiative newsletter here. 

White Mountain Winter Adventure Camps for Military Teens  


The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) 4-H Youth Development program is preparing for its 2012 White Mountain Winter Adventure Camps for teens living in military families.  These four camps will take teens, ages 14 to 18, to the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center in beautiful Bretton Woods, where they will enjoy classic winter sports and activities as they build friendships with other military teens. Activities will include Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, sled hockey, tubing, and snowshoeing. The camps are designed for military youth with and without disabilities, giving everyone a chance to join in the fun!

The camp session dates are as follows:

  • Session 1 (only for teens with physical disabilities) -- January 6-9, 2012
  • Session 2 (only for teens with cognitive or developmental disabilities) -- January 20-23, 2012
  • Session 3 (for teens without disabilities) -- February 19-22, 2012
  • Session 4 (for teens without disabilities) -- February 26-29, 2012

UNHCE 4-H Youth Development is very excited to bring these one-of-a-kind experiences to military youth!  Visit www.nhomk.com or http://extension.unh.edu/4H/4H_OMK/4H_OMK.htm for more information and to register.

Film Matters 

Film Matters, a wildly popular film series is presenting Conviction on Thursday October 20 at 7:00pm at the Music Hall at 28 Chestnut St. Portsmouth, NH. 


The Film:  Working mother, Betty Anne Waters (portrayed by two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank), puts herself through law school in order to represent her brother (Sam Rockwell), who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.


Post Film Panel Discussion:  Betty Anne Waters; former NH Attorney General Phillip McLaughlin; Richard Miles, a man exonerated after serving 15-year incarceration for a Dallas murder.


Presented in Affiliation with:  the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; special thanks to the NH Civil Liberties Union, The NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Northeast Regional Office of Amnesty International USA.

New Catholic Bishop Named  

On September 19, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Peter A. Libasci as the tenth Bishop of Manchester. He will succeed Bishop John B. McCormack. Bishop McCormack, who has served as Manchester's bishop since September 1998. Bishop-designate Libasci is currently an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He will be installed at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on December 8, 2011. More information about the installation NH Catholic diocesan website, www.catholicnh.org, in the coming weeks. Visit the diocesan website for a full biography, photos, and video of Bishop Libasci.


Advocacy in Action - Be Heard 


We are pleased to announce the return of the Nonprofit Capitol Exchange Program on October 18 with US Congressman Frank Guinta from New Hampshire's 1st District.  


This leadership series brings together nonprofit leaders, advocates and business partners to learn about current challenges and updates from our elected and professional government officials. A lively Q&A session is always part of the program. 
They will welcome Representative Guinta to hear of his 'state of the state' perspective from DC and New Hampshire's 1st District alike. 
Click here to register online.


Please note: This is a date change from the original October 4 date.


Tuesday, October 18

7:45 - 9:00A.M.
Sulloway & Hollis Law Firm, Concord 

Birddogging and More

The presidential primary season in NH provides an unparalleled opportunity for nonprofit leaders to educate the candidates (and, perhaps more importantly,  their audiences) about the vital importance of the nonprofit sector

The NH Nonprofit Primary Project is all about putting the spotlight on the nonprofit sector throughout this important primary season. There are easy ways for you, your volunteers and other staff  to engage.

You are invited to participate in the upcoming free orientations sessions with Ann McLane Kuster of Newfound Strategies and our Advocacy team. During the session we will talk about the questions to ask, how to  "birddog" and ways you can replicate this effort on the local level.




Wednesday, October  5

10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Community Campus



Friday, October 14
9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M

Click here to register online.

Legislative off-session 

The New Hampshire Legislature isn't in regular session, but there's still news that's coming out of Concord this week.

Legalized gambling is back on the table, to no one's surprise.

Perhaps feeling the pressure of neighboring states Maine and Massachusetts moving closer to establishing casino gambling, state legislators say they want to start hearings on legalizing video slots at various locations.

Rep. Steve Stepenak. R-Milford, told WMUR his proposal would be to use gambling revenues to lower taxes on New Hampshire businesses.

"Which is important, especially for the business enterprise tax, because that impacts every small business in the state, which is our lifeblood," he said.

News from NHCADP

Barbara Keshen, the chairperson of the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, is pleased to announce the formation of the Coalition's Faith Initiative standing committee. The Faith Initiative brings together Coalition members whose faith shapes their position on repeal of the death penalty. Faith Initiative members educate the public about the ways their faith supports ending the death penalty in New Hampshire and the United States. Actions of the Faith Initiative are consistent with the Coalition's overarching mission of providing public education about the death penalty.


The Faith Initiative's educational actions include a speaker's list of people from various religious beliefs and different personal and professional backgrounds who are available to lead local discussions on the death penalty. The speakers can address the impact the death penalty has on murder victim family members, the moral choices implicated when government spends millions of dollars on the death penalty while cutting basic services to the most vulnerable in our society, and the government's role in killing its citizens, rather than allowing them to further develop their humanity.


Barbara also announced the creation of a Faith Initiative page on the Coalition's website.


For more information, please visit the Coalition's website www.nodeathpenaltynh.org. To set up a presentation in your community or if you would like more information about the Faith Initiative Commitee please contact Ray Bilodeau, community organizer, at Rbilodeau@nodeathpenaltynh.org

Speakers on the Holocaust in NH 


The Holocaust by Bullets:  An Evening with  Father Patrick Desbois


Father Desbois, a French Roman Catholic priest and the president of  

Yahad-In Unum, has devoted his life to confronting anti-semitism and furthering Catholic-Jewish understanding. Since 2001, he has led the truly historic undertaking of identifying and locating undiscovered mass graves of well over 1.5 million Jews killed during the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.


Monday, October 10, 2011

7 p.m., Mabel Brown Room

Lloyd P. Young Student Center

Keene State College

Free and open to the public



Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony:  The Case for the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps.  Author and Scholar Christopher Browning.


Mr. Browning will be accompanied by Yechiel Eisenberg, a survivor of Starachowice, the subject of Mr. Browning's latest book Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp.


Sunday October 16, 2011

1:30 pm Temple Beth Abraham

4 Raymond St.

Nashua, NH

Free and open to the public

Please RSVP by calling 603-883-8184

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Faith and Labor Come Together Oct. 18


New Hampshire faith leaders are invited to join a discussion linking our values and traditions to the rights of workers to unite in support of justice.   Over lunch and through invigorating dialogue, we will share ideas and visions for how we can discover commonality and build solidarity in forming a more perfect union of communities of workers and communities of faith.


Please join us as we come together at Temple Beth Jacob, 67 Broadway in Concord on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 12 noon - 3:00 p.m. Our desire is to ensure the rights of all God's people to live with dignity and hope in the mainstream of our society.


 To ensure that we have an adequate lunch and set-up for all attendees, please confirm your attendance by contacting Judy Stadtman at (603) 479-7217 or jstadtman@nhaflcio.org.

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call Jean at 603-224-1352.  Thanks!

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