NH Council of Churches News Summer 2013

"...that they all may be one." 
John 17:21


Volunteer Organizing Meeting for the 2014 NH Death Penalty Repeal Campaign, July 30 at St. Anselm College, Manchester 

Join us for food and focused conversation as we gear up for the campaign to repeal New Hampshire's Death Penalty by June 2014!

     We will be discussing our strategy for victory, starting with our Campaign Launch when legislation is filed in September, and other events this fall and winter. You will have the opportunity to meet other activists as well as legislators who are championing the cause. Most important, you will learn about specific things you can do to make repeal happen. With your active involvement, we can win in 2014 and consign this antiquated, unnecessary, and costly punishment to the history books. Food will be served at 6pm. Meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm. Free. For more information click here.

The New Hampshire Council of Churches

Be part of this historic moment!

Let Freedom Ring "from the Prodigious Hilltops of New Hampshire"

Calling Congregations to Ring Bells on August 28, 2013, at  

3:00 p.m.  On August 28, 1963 at 3 p.m. Dr. Martin

Luther King first uttered one of the most powerful and memorable phrases in American history, "I have a dream."

Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech marked a crucial turning point in the American Civil Rights movement and asserted his absolute commitment to a nonviolent approach to confronting America's entrenched system of racial bias. In it, he urged Americans to let freedom ring "....from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire." His words resound through the years, celebrating the progress America has made in the quest for racial justice, and recalling us to the challenges that still confront us as a nation.  

Some ideas from the NH HUMANITIES COUNCIL

           In the spirit of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now," the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change invites people across the country to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's vision by ringing bells at 3 p.m. on August 28th, the 50th anniversary of his speech. New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to announce participation in this anniversary, which will be the subject of an upcoming national campaign by the King Center. 

      Some suggestions for marking the anniversary from the King Center--Get your community engaged!

1.  Ask every church in your community (and other organizations  possessing a large bell)  to ring it on August 28th at 3 p.m.

 2.  Gather people in your community to read or watch Dr. King's speech and pause at 3 p.m. to ring bells.  

3.  Contact your local school to suggest that they organize a viewing or reading of the speech and a bell ringing ceremony at 3 p.m.

4.  If your community doesn't have a facility with a large bell, play a recording of bells ringing.  

5.  Organize other related events including talks by members of the community who were involved in the Civil Rights movement,  

a discussion of a book or film related to Dr. King or Civil Rights, or  

 a vigil that will culminate in the ringing of bells at 3 p.m.     


In addition, please let us at the NHCC know what you have planned, if you are ringing you bell/s-- this will help us track responses and keep others informed. Thanks for your participation.


Annual AFSC Fundraiser, with David Bacon

Saturday, September 14, 2013,  
from 5:30pm - 9:00pm


David Bacon, author of the new book, The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration, will be the guest speaker at the NH Program's annual fundraising event.  As usual, the event will feature a dinner prepared by AFSC volunteers or donated by local restaurants.   The event will kick off David's East Coast tour launching his new book, published by Beacon Press.  Join the festivities at the Concord Unitarian Universalist Church, 274 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301. For more information contact, please call (603) 224-2407 or email: afscnh@afsc.org


New Hampshire's Death Penalty repeal is now gearing up

The Seacoast area coalition is looking for folks join the Coalition members for a little bit of social time, some food, and focused conversation on August 22nd at the Portsmouth Public Library, in the Levenson Community Room. Leadership will share their strategy for victory, including a Campaign Launch when the legislation is filed in September, and other events this fall and winter. You can meet up with other activists and legislators who are championing the repeal cause, and specific things you may be able to do to help make the repeal campaign happen.


      Please consider attending on August 22nd and get involved as a member of the NH Repeal Campaign, because we do need your help!  We will gather for a half an hour of social time and some snacks, and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 PM and will end at 8:00 PM.  To register to attend the meeting click on the link below or email you intent on attending. For more information, visit their event site. 

CROP Hunger Walk--helping end hunger one step at a time

    Looking to make a difference in these trying times, take a walk for hunger. The CROP Hunger Walk walkers raise money to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised here in NH will go to local organizations. Last year, Concord area Walkers raised more than $17,000 in their locally organized CROP Hunger Walk.

    This year Concord and some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Ending hunger one step at a time." Many of the CROP Walkers will be wearing T-shirts, proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live -- as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks, and meal sites here in the U.S. These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.

    The Concord area CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, September 29. To find out more or to get your congregation or group involved, call Gene Taylor, at 219-8396. If you are looking for one close to home-visit CROP Walk, there are twenty-one CROP walks taking place this fall in New Hampshire.


Urge Your Senators to Support Critical THUD Funding Now-- The Senate passed the procedural hurdle needed to bring the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) bill, S.1243, to the Senate floor. The Senate already started consideration of the THUD bill. For more, visit here.

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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