NH Church Council News June 2012


Linda Snyder


The NH Council of Churches and the NH Bible Society have announced that the Rev. Linda Lea Snyder has been named as Interim Executive Director for both organizations, beginning in early July.


In accepting the position, Rev. Snyder said, "I am very excited by this call. Working together in this interim time will allow both the NH Council of Churches and the NH Bible Society the luxury of time and space to discern a clear vision of purpose amid the challenges and realities in a new century."


Rev. Snyder is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church. She began her ministry in New Hampshire as pastor of the Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NH. Since then, she has had extensive experience not only in churches throughout New England, but also on the denominational level. For a number of years she was the Associate Executive Minister for the American Baptist Church in Connecticut, serving 125 churches representing a rich ethnic diversity of pastors and congregations. Most recently she was Interim Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.


Rev. Snyder teaches an ongoing course on Professional Ethics at Yale Divinity School and was a contributing author to the book Temporary Shepherds, published by the Alban Institute. Among her special interests are ecumenical and interfaith relations, program development and retreat planning, and issues around refugee resettlement.


As Interim Executive Director, Rev. Snyder will lead the NH Bible Society during its 200th year of making Bibles available to the citizens of New Hampshire, continuing the organization's efforts to provide free or low-cost Bibles to local churches, communities of new immigrants to New Hampshire, veterans and their families, and prisoners. She will work to facilitate cooperation and collaboration among the ten member denominations of the NH Council of Churches as well as other Christian and interfaith organizations. She will also continue the Council's deep commitment to address vital social issues from Christian theological and Scriptural perspectives.


Rev. Snyder succeeds Mr. David Lamarre-Vincent who recently resigned as Executive Director of the NH Bible Society and NH Council of Churches after 21 years of service.





The new NH Council of Churches website is up and running!   When you check it out, you will note that it's still a lot to do but we're getting there.  Thanks for your patience as we continue to work on it.  Please check it out at NHChurches.org 





End Hunger VBS materials


The Society of St. Andrew in conjunction with End Hunger.org are offering free Sunday School or Vacation Bible School curriculum which can be ordered on-line or downloaded directly from this website: endhunger.org/vbs.htm. It can also be ordered by calling The Rev. Jennifer Vestal Moore at 800-333-4597 or emailing her at Church@Endhunger.org.


All sheets are reproducible and packets include:

  • Short scripture stories
  • Facts about hunger and the SoSA ministry
  • Go Green statistics
  • Mission adventure opportunities
  • A pencil activity
  • Song suggestions
  • Craft ideas
  • Snack choices ideas




Coordinated responses to a number of challenges to state housing policy had a significant impact during the 2012 state legislative session. We are grateful to Housing Action NH members and allies for all of their work on our state legislative priorities. Please see the report and our updated legislative tracker for more detailed information.


At the federal level, the House Appropriations Subcommittees sent the T-HUD and Rural Development Appropriations bills for FY '13 to the full House Appropriations Committee this week. The Senate passed its FY '13 bill in April. 

Stay connected to state and federal legislative priorities and upcoming events at



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New Hampshire's pro-casino candidates for corner office -- Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith, Maggie Hassan, and Jackie Cilley -- all claim to be businesslike when it comes to big-time gambling expansion.


Here's the newest acid test for this all-too-lightly made claim: Are you being suckered by the "destination resort casino" bait & switch?


To find out more about GSCAEG, please visit their website at: noslots.com.





National Religious Campaign Against Torture
June is "Torture Awareness" Month    
With an overall theme of recognizing the degree to which torture has taken root in American culture and consciousness, NRCAT is highlighting the following aspects of our work as opportunities for congregations, religious organizations and people of faith to mark 
Torture Awareness Month:
  • Push back against the public advocacy of torture with a faith-based response
  • Repeal indefinite detention
  • End prolonged solitary confinement
  • Combat anti-Muslim bigotry
  • Pursue accountability for U.S.-sponsored torture

You'll find ways to get involved in one or more of these areas on NRCAT's
 Torture Awareness Month webpage.

New England's Premier Christian Music Festival
"SoulFest" August 4 -11
Gilford NH

SoulFest is designed to bring people into a deeper love with God as we endeavor to celebrate God's love for all.  


For more information go to:  thesoulfest.com  or call 978.346.4577.

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NH Council of Churches Needs You!


The New Hampshire Council of Churches, as the state's ecumenical vehicle for unity and inter-religious actions, needs your support:
  • Prayers.
  • Sharing our concerns and your concerns with each other.
  • Funds to continue incarnating God's annunciation of the Good News.
  • Funds to support out Women's Prison outreach program.
Please send checks made out to: 
New Hampshire Council of Churches 
NHCC, PO Box 1087, Concord NH 03302
Thank you!

New Hampshire Council of Churches 
125 Airport Road                                 PO Box 1087 
Concord, NH  03301                Concord NH  03302
info@nhchurches.org                 www.nhchurches.org
Office hours:  Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm
(Please call before coming!)