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Friday, February 17, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, February 17, 2006 - Event Board

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- Cosmic Disintegration, Ritual Repair,and the Search for Violence in Israelite Religion
- A Celebration of The Open and Affirming Movement in the UCC
- "Faiths of Abraham" Forum to be Held - March 26, 2006
- Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice - March 10-13, 2006
- Major Peace Mobilization Set for April 29

Cosmic Disintegration, Ritual Repair,and the Search for Violence in Israelite Religion

a lecture by Professor Ziony Zevit
Distinguished Professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages
The University of Judaism, Bel-Air, California

Sunday, February 19th, 7:30pm
Boston University
Hillel House, 4th floor
213 Bay State Road
The lecture will be followed by a light reception.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please
contact Cristine Hutchison-Jones at 617-358-1754 or

This lecture is the keynote address of Religion and Violence: the Biblical
Heritage. This conference is co-sponsored and organized by the Departments
of Religion at Wellesley College and Boston University and underwritten by
the Elizabeth Luce Moore Fund for Christian Studies at Wellesley

For more information on conference events, please visit

12-23 June 2006
Orvieto, Italy
Graduate Summer Program in Medieval Art, Theology and Spirituality

Fuller Theological Seminary and the Brehm Center are collaborating on a summer seminary program in the beautiful medieval town of Orvieto. In 2006 two courses will be offered simultaneously in Orvieto from June 12 to 23, and will include events from the medieval feast of the Corpus Christi which will be celebrated June 15, 2006 in Orvieto.

Courses and Faculty:
1.Medieval and Catholic Reformation Spirituality. Taught by Richard Peace, Fuller Theological Seminary
This course focuses on the spiritual understanding and practices of six key figures drawn from the Medieval and Catholic Reformation era studied in the context of medieval developments of liturgy and spirituality: Students will study Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Ignatius of Loyola, and Teresa of Ávila. Offered in Orvieto, Italy the course will include trips to Assisi and Siena as well as involvement in the Feast of Corpus Christi.

2.Medieval Art and Theology. Taught by William Dyrness, Fuller Theological Seminary
This course studies selected texts and artistic programs from the late medieval period 1300-1500 in the larger context of medieval theology and worship. It will feature in depth study of Giotto's "Life of St. Francis" in the Upper Church of San Francesco in Assisi; Ambrogio Lorenzetti's "Good Government and Bad Government" in the Pallasso Pubblico in Siena; and Luca Signorelli's fresco program in the Capella Nuova in the Cathedral at Orvieto. Course will include extended exposure to these works of art as well as work by contemporaries.
- Day trips to Siena and Assisi
- Visiting student enrollment arranged through Fuller (4 quarter units)
- Small seminar sized classes (10-15 in each class)
- Exposure to many events connected with the celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi-mystery plays, lecture by Timothy Verdon and more
- Students live and study in the medieval section of the hill town of Orvieto
- All students will have exposure to material and lectures from both classes, while focusing on one course
- Space available either in low cost convent housing or in reasonably priced hotel nearby

Contact Ryan White (626-304-3724 or email: for details.

April 7-9, 2006 and May 12-14, 2006

Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) is now accepting applications for its spring Bringing the World Home summits in London, United Kingdom, and Madrid, Spain. The summits will assemble high-achieving Americans studying abroad for workshops, speakers, and discussions on how to raise global awareness in the U.S. The summits will take place at the Syracuse University's Centre in downtown London from April 7-9, 2006, and at Middlebury College's Center in downtown Madrid from May 12-14, 2006.

More info:

A Celebration of The Open and Affirming Movement in the UCC
Save the Date!

For a Celebration of The Open and Affirming Movement* in the United Church of Christ
and the Churches and People Who Are and Will Be Part of It

Sunday, April 2, 2006
4:30 pm
Trinity Church, UCC
Northboro, MA
(handicap accessible)

More details will follow during February

*The Open and Affirming Program is part of the Welcoming Movement

"Faiths of Abraham" Forum to be Held - March 26, 2006
At St. Andrew's Church, Framingham

"The Faiths of Abraham," an interfaith forum exploring the influence of the patriarch Abraham on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 3 Maple Street, Framingham, MA, on Sunday, March 26, 2006, from 3 to 5 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public, and will be followed by an informal reception.

Moderator for the forum will be Dr. Lawrence Lowenthal, New England Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee, the pioneer Human Relations Agency in the United States. Dr. Lowenthal has served as AJC Director for the past 14 years.

The panel will consist of Ms. Shaheen Akhtar, Rabbi Deanna Douglas, and The Reverend James M. Swartz. Ms. Akhtar is an Islamic educator with the Islamic Center of Boston and Wayland, and is active in several interfaith groups. Rabbi Douglas, who teaches history at Concord Academy, works with Am HaYam Havurah on Cape Cod, and is a long term member of the American Jewish Committee and the Massachusetts Council of Churches Clergy Dialogue. Reverend Swartz, a retired United Methodist minister, is an active member of the Massachusetts State Council of Churches Christian-Jewish Dialogue group. He is also a member of the Boston Diocese Roman Catholic-Jewish Dialogue group at Stonehill College in Easton, MA.

The forum is sponsored by the Spiritual Life Ministry of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. For further information, call Joan Gay, Spiritual Life Chair, during the day at 508-877-3824, or the church office at 508-875-5095.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice - March 10-13, 2006
- in Washington DC, March 10-13, featuring progressive lobbying opportunities and a conference with EJ Dionne, Dr. Michael Kinnamon, and others.

This is a great way to network within the religious social justice community over 850 people attend! This is also a terrific opportunity to link seminary students to progressive faith-based public policy work in DC.

There is some money for seminarian scholarships available on a first come first served basis. This is the type of event that would cost less and be more fun if you traveled in a group (sharing travel expenses, and room costs).

For more information, contact Alex Kern at Andover Newton, or
Sara Critchfield
Associate for Communications and Young Adult Development
United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries
Associate for International Policy and Young Adult Advocacy
Disciples Center for Public Witness
100 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20002

Major Peace Mobilization Set for April 29
There will be a major national mobilization on Saturday, April 29th. The initiating organizations have agreed to work together on this project for several reasons:

-The April 29th mobilization will highlight our call for an immediate end to the war on Iraq. We are also raising several other critical issues that are directly connected to one another.

-It is time for our constituencies to work more closely: connecting the issues we work on by bringing diverse communities into a common project.

-It is important for our movements to help set the agenda for the Congressional elections later in the year. Our unified action in the streets is a vital part of that process.

April 29th Initiating Organizations:
United for Peace and Justice
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
National Organization for Women
Friends of the Earth
U.S. Labor Against the War
Climate Crisis Coalition
Peoples' Hurricane Relief Fund
National Youth and Student Peace Coalition

More info:

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