NH Council of Churches News June 2013

"...for I was hungry and you gave me food, for I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink...I was a stranger and

you welcomed me,... I was in prison and you visited me."   

Matthew 25:35ff


A Word from Rev. Beth Richeson--

Our Shared Prison Ministry   

Read Rev. Richeson's latest report on her
ministry work at the Goffstown NH State
Prison for Women and Shea Farm.


NRCAT logo      June is Torture Awareness Month, and the Board and staff at NRCAT are so moved by the possibilities our good work holds that they have put up $20,000 as a matching grant for fundraising in the month of June with the goal of raising $40,000 for NRCAT's future work.We have had some major successes - President Obama's Executive Order; the law requiring the taping of military interrogations; and the recently released report by the bipartisan task force that states clearly and forcefully the truth about the torture program.  But our work is far from over.  Too many Americans think torture is acceptable; the Senate Intelligence Committee report has yet to be made public; there are legislative loopholes that must be closed.  And our work on solitary confinement in U.S. prisons is just taking off - dramatic achievements and new advocacy efforts are taking place in many states across the country. For more information about NRCAT, visit, nrcat.org.
     Join New Hampshire citizens and gun violence prevention advocates on Tuesday, June 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for a rally as the national "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" stops in Concord at City Plaza (Main Street in front of the State House). This event will remember the thousands of Americans killed by gun violence in the six months since the Sandy Hook tragedy and call for urgent action to reduce gun violence in our communities. To RSVP or to participate in the reading of names of gun violence victims throughout the day, please contact Sean Redding at sredding@maig.org or 847-909-7787.

     Kids4Peace is a international summer camp and year round interfaith program for American youth, and New Hampshire may have the next site. Beginning at age twelve, Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth meet for after-school activities, weekend events, and summer camps locally and abroad. Through a six-year program of learning and dialogue, they form lasting friendships across the lines of conflict and join a community of peacemakers from around the world. Founded on the conviction that peace will come through interfaith understanding and tolerance, Kids4Peace is nonpolitical, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan. To get involved with this interfaith peace camp, please contact Rabbi Robin Nafshi, at rabbi@tbjconcord.org or Reverend Dick Dutton at rdutton@tds.net. Visit Kids4peace to learn more. 

Pastors and Leaders Practicum--with Wayne Cordeiro, Saturday, October 5, at Grace Capital Church, Pembroke.  

     Wayne Cordeiro is the founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii with over 11,500 in weekend attendance.  New Hope is also listed as one of the top ten most innovative churches in America with Outreach Magazine. Wayne has authored twelve books, including such classics as Doing Church as a Team, Dream Releasers, The Divine Mentor, Leading on Empty, and The Irresistible Church. He is also the author of the Life Journal, which is being used by thousands of churches worldwide, is bringing people back to the Word of God. Lunch will be provided, Cost: $15. Register and learn more at Grace Capital Church.  

Bread For The World, The New Hampshire Council of Churches and The New Hampshire Bible Society  
A day of Hunger/Advent Preaching Workshops
on Saturday, November 2
Ecumenical Worship
The Rev. Dr. James Forbes
Keynote speaker
Rev. Forbes is a former professor at Union Seminary and Senior Pastor at The Riverside Church, NYC.
More information to follow.
Please save the date.

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