In the spirit of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called "the fierce urgency of now", The NH Council of Churches, NH AFSC, and the NH Humanities Council have called for congregations throughout the state to gather and ring bells for 3 minutes @ 3 PM on Wednesday, August 28th. New Hampshire was the first state to announce its participation in this national commemoration called for by MLK Center for Nonviolent Change in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. King's visionary "I have a dream" speech ignited and spurred on the work and witness of many Americans who tirelessly moved for changes in law that would integrate and alter prevalent and divisive segregationist's US policies.
On August 28th - from the "prodigious hills" of Mt. Washington, to the front lawn of the capitol in Concord where Gov. Maggie Hassan will speak, to pulpits and round table conversations-New Hampshire will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this pivotal day when so many marched on the Mall of Washington, DC to demand equal legal rights for all. The ringing of bells throughout the land will remind us and call us again to dream and work still.
For a complete listing of activities planned for the 28th as well as discussions, film-showings etc that will follow up on other dates -please visit NH Humanities Council, at nhcc.org.
Annual AFSC Fundraiser, with David Bacon
Saturday, September 14, 2013
from 5:30pm - 9:00pm
David Bacon, documentary photographer, journalist, 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 delicious dinner prepared by AFSC volunteers or donated by local restaurants. This event will kick off David's East Coast tour launching his new book. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shared Ministry of Support for the
Chaplaincy at Women's Prison
Perhaps you have heard Rev. Beth Richardson speak or preach about ministry at The Goffstown Women's Prison. As Chaplain, Beth has a strong presence of pastoral care and programming with both inmates and staff. She also meets with NH congregations seeking to engage in prison ministries, and helps inmates who have been released resettle into community life. Beth's teaching, advocacy and "connecting" make it possible for many of us to be faithful to the call of Christ to "visit those in prison".
Funding Beth serves 20 hours a week. Ten hours are funded by a special grant and 10 hours are compensated by the Council of Churches. There is presently no state funding for this position (this might change when the new women's prison is completed). To maintain this shared ministry, the NH Council counts on gifts from our member denominations and from individuals. This time of year is very tight. If you are able to make a gift to sustain this ministry, especially now through the end of this year, it would be very welcome. Please access our webpage:www.nhchurches.org
Pastoral Care Open House in Manchester
Manning House, a pastoral care counseling center on Elm Street is holding an open house on Tuesday, September 17 from 7:30 to 8:30am. Manning House is located at Brookside Congregational Church, at 2013 Elm Street. Manning House clinicians provide a training program which provides consultation, education and supervision to interns and residents who are working towards licensure in the counseling fields. Trainees are able to see clients who have no health insurance at a very low rate, starting at $15 per session--a much needed service for many folks. For more information about Manning House services, visit their website.
New Hampshire Peace Action
International Day of Peace
The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire - personal or political. NH Peace Action is hosting an Art Festival in honor of the UN's International Day of Peace. Artwork in all genres and from all ages is welcomed. The theme is "What Does World Peace Look Like to You?" Artwork will be displayed on the State House lawn on September 21, 2013 from noon to 3 pm. Please bring your artwork and bring your family and friends! Please submit an entry form to NH Peace Action, 4 Park St., Suite 210, Concord, NH 03301 before September 15, 2013. Artwork should be brought to the Festival. If you cannot attend, you may deliver it to the address above. Entry/submission forms may be downloaded here: Art-For-Peace Submission Form.
CROP Hunger Walk--Helping end
hunger one step at a time
Again 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 Saturday, September 28. Help spread the word--pick up posters and other materials at Concordia Lutheran Church--call Kris at 224-0277. 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.
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.
ADVENT PREACHING WORKSHOP &
November 2, 2013
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Grace Capitol Church, Pembroke
Co-sponsored by The NH Bible Society/NH Council of Churches/Bread for the World. The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Keynote speaker
Rev. Forbes is a former professor at Union Seminary and Senior Pastor at The Riverside Church, NYC.