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Friday, February 03, 2006

ANTS Student E- News - Friday, February 3, 2006 - EVENT BOARD

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- Ecumenical Trip for Young Adults - June 3 - June 13, 2006
- Make Homelessness History: Legislative Action Day at the State House
- GRACE CHAPEL Grand Opening Celebration
- Material Witness - Discount on Liturgical Arts
- Lecture: Karen Lebacqz on Stem Cell Research - Feb. 8
- Interfaith Symposium on Teen Dating Violence - March 16

Ecumenical Trip for Young Adults - June 3 - June 13, 2006
The Heart of Christ: finding your way home
An Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the Taize Community, France and Paris

This pilgrimage is primarily for young people age 17 - 29.
Adult participation (age 30 and over) is limited.

Deadline for application: March 1, 2006

The trip includes a week in Taize, plus a couple of days in Paris for a cost of only $1970. The cost includes airfare, lodging, bus and train fares, transfers from airport and most meals.

For more information and registration:

Make Homelessness History: Legislative Action Day at the State House
February 28, 2006

o Come learn why an increasing number of individuals and families are homeless and important steps lawmakers on Beacon Hill can take to remedy the situation.

o Hear an exciting keynote speaker (9:30am - 11:00am) and eye-opening panel discussions on: Is Poverty Solvable? (12:30pm - 2:00pm) and Regionalizing Family Shelter and Prevention Programs: Benefits and Risks (2:15pm to 3:45pm).

o Visit your legislators (phone Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries for consultation)

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) encourages everyone to attend this Action Day sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

CMM will have a "CMM contingent" gathering during the event, time and place to be announced. Please let us know if you and others from your congregation plan to attend.

Contact Miriam Stein, CMM's One Family Project Director, at or 781-648-0255. Come for all or part of the day, as your schedule permits.

For more information and a registration form, go to:

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

Material Witness - Discount on Liturgical Arts
Deborah Rose, M. Div. ' 89, D.Min. '96 founded "Material Witness," a new ministry of liturgical arts, in 2005. She creates custom fabric pieces for churches and clergy, as her witness to God's deep gladness. For more, see her web site: Deborah was recently featured in a story in the publication, The Fig Tree. News feature:

Deborah is offering a 15% discount on each custom-created piece to ANTS-related ministers.

Lecture: Karen Lebacqz on Stem Cell Research - Feb. 8
At Episcopal Divinity School
4:00 pm: Lecture
6:00 pm: Dinner ($10)

Karen Lebacqz is the Robert Gordon Sproul Professor of Theologic Ethics (Emeritus) at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Lebacqz is a member and former chair, Geron Ethics Advisory Board; Co-editor of The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate (MIT Press); Former Commissioner, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research; and Bioethicist-in-Residence for 2005-2006, Yale University. She is a member of QUASAR, the UCC Task Force on Science and Religion.

Please RSVP prior to February 3, 2006 at

Interfaith Symposium on Teen Dating Violence - March 16

Thursday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.

81 Elm Street, Concord

Featured Presenter: Joanne Patterson
Jo is the Community Programs Intern for REACH, a domestic violence agency located in Waltham. As their primary teen dating relationships educator, she works with MetroWest high schools and colleges to educate youth about the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Who should attend? All who are concerned with teenage relationships and the need to understand the dynamics of abusive dating behavior:
Clergy, Pastoral Staff, Youth Ministers, Pastoral Associates,
Directors of Religious Education, Lay Leadership

Pre-Registration requested
Suggested Donation: $20.00
Light Lunch Included

Network for Women's Lives
A non-profit volunteer organization of citizens dedicated to the
eradication of domestic violence in our communities
through education for prevention.

P.O. Box 276
Concord, MA 01742

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