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Friday, March 10, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, March 10 - EVENT BOARD

In this message
- Saturday, April 1 - "Awakening the Dreamer Symposium"
- Internships in UCC Public Life and Social Policy Office in DC
- MCC People of African Descent Conference
- 2006 African American Seminarians' Contest
- March Events from The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
- "Faiths of Abraham" Forum to be Held - March 26, 2006
- Major Peace Mobilization Set for April 29

Saturday, April 1 - "Awakening the Dreamer Symposium"
First Parish Church
349 Boston Post Rd
Weston, MA
Admission: $60 per person w/Lunch included
(deep discounts for students available upon request)
"Bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet." This event is sponsored by First Parish Church in Weston, MA and co-sponsored by the Ecology Ministry at Andover-Newton Theological School. For more information, please contact the Ecology Ministry at OR visit directly / e-mail
More information:

Internships in UCC Public Life and Social Policy Office in DC
The United Church of Christ Public Life and Social Policy Office in
Washington, D.C. is seeking applications for our 2006-2007 year-long and
summer internship positions.

1. June Summer Plunge for Seminary and College Students (limited to 10)
Term: June 7, 2006 - June 16, 2006
Who can apply: Any current or recently graduated seminary or college
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2006
Description: Summer Plunge participants will be immersed in faith-based
advocacy work on Capitol Hill through a series of presentations by
policy experts, professional development trainings, a national,
three-day political conference, and exposure to the D.C. faith-based
advocacy community. This experience is designed to be both educational
and professionally formative. Housing and conference registration costs
are covered by the UCC.

2. Year-long Assistant for the Justice and Peace Action Network (1
Term: September 1, 2006 - August 30, 2007
Who can apply: Any college graduate, seminary student or graduate
Deadline to apply: April 15, 2006
Description: This year-long intern coordinates and sends out the Weekly
Action to our 20,000 member list by e-mail, administers the database
system, manages the
<> website, works with DC-based coalitions
on behalf of the office and recruits young people to the Justice and
Peace Action Network. The stipend for the year-long internship is
$22,800 - $30,000 depending on experience. This position is based in
D.C.; housing is not provided.

3. Regional Summer Organizers (2 positions)
Term: June 1, 2006 - August 15, 2006 (flexible)
Who can apply: Any current or recently graduated college or seminary
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2006
Description: Regional summer organizers will work on behalf of the UCC's
Our Faith Our Vote voter empowerment program to educate and empower UCC
members in their regions for participation in the 2006 mid-term
elections. This program is part of Justice and Witness Ministries' goal
of "building a Peace with Justice Church Movement" across the nation.
Organizers will focus their work in their own region, and will report to
national staff in the D.C. office. The stipend for the summer
organizer's internship is $2,500.

To apply: e-mail a one-page letter stating your interest in the position
and your resume to Use "Internship" in the subject line.
By mail: Leslie Woods, United Church of Christ, 100 Maryland Ave. NE,
#330, Washington, DC 20002. Phone: (202) 543-1517.

Please Note: The 2006 legislative update to the 2005-2006 Public Policy
Briefing Book will appear as an insert in the April edition of United
Church News. Subscriptions to UC News are free of charge, and this is
the only paper version of this important resource that JPANet members
will receive. Click to
subscribe to UC News today and receive your 2006 Legislative update.

Visit your One-Stop UCC Advocacy Center at
Contact us at

MCC People of African Descent Conference
The Metropolitan Community Church's annual "Ain't No Mountain High Enough! People of African Descent Conference" will be held April 20 - 23, 2006 in Tampa, Florida, U.S.A. This is an experience created for
people of African Descent and our Friends and Allies.
Register on line at:
or call: 213-447-2953 to register by phone.

2006 African American Seminarians' Contest
2006 Seminarians' Contest Information

Submit your sermon to The African American Pulpit Fall 2006 seminarians' issue contest with the opportunity to receive a cash prize and publication of your sermon!

For this special seminarians' issue, The African American Pulpit is offering three cash prizes of $500, $300, and $100 for the top three sermons chosen by the coexecutive editors and selected advisory board members. The top twelve to fifteen sermons will be published in the Fall 2006 seminarians' issue.

CRITERIA Sermons will be judged based upon:
Length: sermons should be no longer than seven double-spaced pages
Focus: how well the sermon concentrates upon the text selected
Flow of the sermon: how well the sermon naturally moves from one point to the next
Creativity used in approaching the text.

All contestants must be eighteen years or older.
All contestants can have no more than five years preaching experience.
We will not accept sermons from pastors who are seminarians.
All submissions must be postmarked and received by The African American Pulpit no later than March 15, 2006.
All contestants may only submit one (1) sermon.
Manuscripts (hard copies) should be no longer than seven double-spaced pages. All hard copies MUST be accompanied by a diskette or CD, and the material should be saved in a Word format. Submissions sent by e-mail will not be accepted. Please be sure to place your name on each page of your sermon.
Along with your submission, please send no more than a 4-6 sentence biographical summary and a recent black-and-white or color photograph. A résumé or vitae in place of the 2-4 sentence biographical summary will not be accepted. Please include your complete contact information: mailing address, home phone, work phone, cell phone, fax number, and e-mail address.
Any material that you submit must be your original work and not published previously. All quoted material must be properly cited. As with all material submitted to The African American Pulpit, the editors may edit your work for conformity to house style.
Submitted material will not be returned.
Please be advised that we will notify only those seminarians whose sermons are selected for publication.

Please mail seminarians' contest information to:
The African American Pulpit
Seminarians' Contest
P.O. Box 15347
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

March Events from The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

March 20, 2006: Pastor and Teacher: Implications of a shared Praxis Approach with Tom
An opportunity to renew the practices of our ministries as pastors and teachers.
More info: (PDF format)

March 25, 2006: Welcoming Children with Special Needs
Welcoming children & youth with special needs into churches requires more than implementing inclusive programs and adopting appropriate teaching techniques. Join Sally Patton, Ed.M. Developmental Psychology at the Epiphany Church in Winchester, MA.
More info: (PDF format)

"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.

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.

Please share the April 29th call widely, and please use the links at the end of the call to endorse this timely mobilization and to sign up for email updates.

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