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Friday, February 10, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, February 10, 2006 - EVENT BOARD

In this issue
- GRACE CHAPEL Grand Opening Celebration
- Rev. Marta Valentin Shares Her Experiences in New Orleans
- Learning to Nurture Your Inner Voice - February 9 - April 27
- Awakening the Dream, Changing the Dream Symposium - April 1, 2006

GRACE CHAPEL Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We would like to invite our Andover Newton friends to the public Grand Opening event for our new Community Life building in Lexington. The GC community is very excited about the expanded space the good Lord has provided us with, and wants to share that joy with the community at large. It has been nearly 3 years in building, and nearly doubles our space, including a 400-600 seat fellowship hall, full-size gym, café, chapel (approximating the original 1950s Grace "Chapel"), youth center, classrooms, and 1000+ capacity "Kids' Town".

To celebrate, we are inviting everyone to a time of music, food, and entertainment (games, crafts, rides, magic show) for the kids. The drama team will have shows at 11:30 and 12:30, the GC jazz band at 1:00, and others throughout the day. Various ministries - education, local outreach (homeless, prison, urban youth, ESL, etc.), women's and men's, young adults, singles, small group, Alpha, and more, will also have representatives.

GC is located on Worthen Road, one block north of the Lexington Common, between Mass. Ave. and Bedford St. (Rte. 4/225 south off Rte. 128). Website: for more details.

I hope to see you there!

Jeff Brigham

Rev. Marta Valentin Shares Her Experiences in New Orleans
Join us for this lunch time talk to hear stories of courage and hope as Rev. Marta shares her experiences of working to rebuild her congregation.

Thursday, February 16th
12:00 -1:00 p.m.
Episcopal Divinity School, Washburn Lounge

Rev. Marta Valentin, the minister of First UU Church in New Orleans was called to the New Orleans church last spring and had not yet delivered her first sermon as the settled minister when she and her spouse, Alison Chase, had to evacuate the city for Hurricane Katrina. Marta's first service was conducted by conference call. Since then, her ministry has been to a traumatized and dispersed, but resilient and committed, congregation. The congregation is currently making decisions about how to proceed with the decontamination and clean-up of their building, which was flooded with four feet of water.

Other events in the area:

Saturday, February 18th

First Parish UU Church of Arlington MA ( is hosting Rev. Marta Valentin from the First Unitarian Universalist of New Orleans for a slide show followed by a New Orleans style dinner. The slide show illustrates some of the devastation to the church and the surrounding neighborhood. It will begin at 4:00pm, followed by a chance to hear Marta speak about ways that Mass Bay District churches can help. A minimum donation of $10 is suggested. All proceeds directly benefit the New Orleans church.

First Parish, Arlington is located at 630 Mass. Ave. in Arlington, at the intersection of Mass Ave. and Rt 60. Parking is available in the nearby public lots. If you need childcare for this event, please email Jim Austin at

Sunday, February 19th
Rev. Marta will be preaching at the First Parish in Cambridge ( located at 3 Church St. in Harvard Square. The service is at 10:30am. Lunch will be served in the parlor after the service for a suggested donation of $10 to benefit Hurricane Relief Efforts. There is free parking for church attendees in the lot on Church Street until 1:00pm on Sundays just bring your parking ticket in to the building to be stamped. If you plan to stay for the lunch, though, you may want to find on-street parking or use public transportation. Childcare will be available during the service and during the lunch. For more information, contact Rita Butterfield:

Learning to Nurture Your Inner Voice - February 9 - April 27
A class based on the book, The Artist's Way by Julie Cameron

Make the journey that refreshes your creativity, heightens your self-awareness, and nurtures your inner voice. Recommended for anyone in transition or needing a fresh outlook, this class will hone your spiritual intuition and spark your creativity.

The Artist's Way isn't about being an artist per say, or a writer, but it is about creative expression -feeling creative, confident and whole - and relies on writing as a means of facilitating self-discovery. It is a twelve-week program that includes daily journal writing, 7 group meetings and discussion about The Artist?s Way, and other fun and insightful creative exercises.

Classes are held on Thursday evenings from February 9th - April 27th in Weston. Fee: $175. For more information visit

Awakening the Dream, Changing the Dream Symposium - April 1, 2006
Where on Earth are we going? And what can we do about it?

These are two of the questions that lie at the heart of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium.

The Symposium explores the links between three of humanity's most critical concerns: environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. Using video clips from some of the world's most respected thinkers, along with inspiring short films, leading edge information and dynamic group interactions, the Symposium allows participants to gain a new insight into the very nature of our time, and the opportunity we have to shape and impact the direction of our world with our everyday choices and action.

Saturday, April 1, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
First Parish Church
349 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA
Fee: $25 - $85
For more information visit or email,

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney
617-964-1100 ext. 225