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Thursday, February 16, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, February 15, 2006

In this message:

- Ritualistic Reinscriptions: Tracing and Rubbing as Artistic Practice
- A Celebration of The Open and Affirming Movement in the UCC
- Clergy Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse
- ANTS Student to go on Mission for Hurricane Relief

Ritualistic Reinscriptions: Tracing and Rubbing as Artistic Practice
Tuesday, February 21, 12:15-1:45 in Worcester 201
Bring your lunch.

A slide lecture by Visiting Artist
Karen Schiff

Tuesday, February 21, 12:15-1:45 in Davis 201
Bring your lunch.

Karen Schiff, a visiting artist at ANTS in Spring
2006, will discuss her recent art projects as rituals
of homage, intimacy, and mourning. The Agnes Martin
Obituary Project, in which she traces the shapes of
obituary articles of her favorite artist, recently
showed in New York, and her large rubbings of the
Tufts Gallery floor and ceiling constitutes her recent
MFA thesis exhibition.

Karen Schiff is in her final semester of the Master of
Fine Arts program at the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston. She comes from New Haven, Connecticut,
and returned to art school after five years of a
professorship in Interdisciplinary Humanities &
Literature. Her artwork is infused with sensibilities
derived from literary study, sitting meditation
practice and Judaism.

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

Nancy Nienhuis

Clergy Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse
The clergy self-help group: Jordan's Crossing, in collaboration with
MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery and Kirkridge Retreat Center,
will offer healing to the men and women of God who are themselves
wounded healers May 26-28, 2006, Kirkridge Retreat Center, Bangor, PA.

This weekend of recovery is being offered for clergy of all faiths who
are survivors of sexual abuse by clergy. Survivor clergy are defined as
present or former priests, ministers, monks, nuns, or their equivalent
from any other religious expression. Confidentiality and emotional
safety will be central to the success of this weekend of recovery.
Personal healing and continued support and connection with Jordan's
Crossing are anticipated outcomes.
This experience provides a way to find words, understanding, and a
sense of community as you continue your experience of psychotherapy or
begin the process of recovery. The weekend, facilitated by a team of
experienced psychotherapists who specialize with survivors, will
provide experiences that complement other recovery work. You will have
the opportunity to tell your story through words, art and movement, and
explore ways to reclaim your personhood, body, self-esteem, mind and

"What an incredibly powerful, healing experience. I'm so grateful that
I went, in spite of how uncertain I was. The facilitators were
amazing, caring, affirming, sincere. I never imagined I'd be able to
be so open and I got in touch with stuff I had never been able to get
to in therapy. " (Retreat Participant)

For further information, visit the Male Survivor website:

or contact
Dale English MS (570-242-6600) or Mikele Rauch LMFT (617-244-4524), or
MaleSurvivor (800-738-4181).

Register online at or by phone at 610-588-1793

ANTS Student to go on Mission for Hurricane Relief
United Church of Christ UCONN (The University of Connecticut) will be
sending a mission team

to Port Charlotte, Florida March 5-11, 2006, and will be joined by ANTS
M.Div student Jason

Bachand. This team of church members, University of Connecticut
students, local residents,

and clergy will be aiding families whose lives have been shattered by
the devastating impact

of last year's hurricane season. Port Charlotte has been hit by 2 major
hurricanes in the

past years. UCC UConn mission team will help rebuild homes and business,
provide tools and

materials for construction, and offer spiritual support to the

Jason welcomes your questions, comments, and especially prayers. You can
reach him at

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