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Friday, March 31, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, March 31, 2006 - EVENT BOARD

In this message
- New Jobs on the Web Site
- A Celebration of The Open and Affirming Movement in the UCC - April 2, 2006
- Sweet The Sound Concert - April 8
- Author/Artist talks and book signing - April 23
- How To Develop a Coaching Ministry - May 23, 2006
- Trip to Armenia - Sept. 1-10, 2006
- UPCOMING EVENTS from the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
- UPCOMING Events from TABCOM, the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts
- Major Peace Mobilization Set for April 29

New Jobs on the Web Site
Visit the Jobs Board on the ANTS web site at:

Several new job opportunities were posted this week.

There is a link to the Jobs Board from the ANTS Home page under Student Quick Links in the right column.

A Celebration of The Open and Affirming Movement in the UCC - April 2, 2006
After 20 Years of Open and Affirming
Let¹s Worship and Celebrate

The Open and Affirming (ONA) Settings
In the MA Conference, UCC

Journey, Justice and Joy
Sunday, April 2, 2006

Trinity Church, UCC
Northborough, MA
(handicap accessible)

4:30 pm

Light Refreshments following Service

Free will offering to support MA Conference ONA work

ONA banners may be carried in the processional by a representative from your
church or setting*

Please reply to by March 22 to
With number of attendees and name of church or setting
*Let us know if you¹ll be bringing a banner

Open and Affirming is the name for congregations and other settings in the
United Church of Christ that have adopted an ONA statement, publicly
welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people into their full
life and ministry.

Sponsored by the MA Conference ONA Task Force

Sweet The Sound Concert - April 8
April 8, 2006
7:30 p.m. at UCC Boxborough

"Sweet the Sound" will be performing on Saturday, April 8th, at 7:30 p.m. at UCC Boxborough. This free concert is a musical project directed by Prof. Matthew Myer Boulton.

"Sweet the Sound" will bring their repertoire of "forgotten" songs--including American gospel, blues, country, "old time", shape note, and other forms of American music to this concert. Matt and his talented group seek to make great music, to recover forgotten music and ways of singing, and to inspire spirituality through music. A free will offering will be received.

UCC Boxborough is located at 723 Massachusetts Ave., Boxborough, MA.
Questions? Contact Susie Allen at

Author/Artist talks and book signing - April 23
"Two Authors, an Illustrator and a Photographer"

April 23rd 2006, 1:30 PM
Zecco Auditorium, Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, Massachusetts

Please join us for a special gathering of authors/artists on Sunday afternoon, April 23rd, at Anna Maria College. Sponsored jointly by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Mondor-Eagen Library, we invite you to hear and meet faculty authors Reverend John J. O'Brien and Michael O'Laughlin; faculty artist, Tom Lewis, along with photographer, Peter Weiskel. Together, these Christian scholars have produced a body of literature and art worthy of our attention and celebration.

At 1:30 PM, Passionist Fr. John J. O'Brien, college chaplain at Anna Maria, will discuss his book, George G. Higgins and the Quest for Worker Justice: The Evolution of Catholic Social Thought in America.

At 1:50 PM, Dr. Michael O'Laughlin, adjunct faculty in Theology, will discuss his work with spiritual author, Henri J.M. Nouwen, through the lenses of his books about the Dutch priest and mystic, God's Beloved and The Life and Vision of Henri Nouwen, as well as through his editing of Henri Nouwen's Jesus: A Gospel.

At 2:15 PM, faculty artist and illustrator, Tom Lewis, will speak about his collaboration with Jesuit priest and author, Daniel Berrigan, in their shared work, Ezekiel: Vision in the Dust and display some of his original art work prepared for the book.

At 2:30 PM, photographer Peter Weiskel will show slides and provide commentary on the recently republished labor of Henri Nouwen's and his, Love in a Fearful Land, a book about Mayan life, Christian discipleship, martyrdom and hope in Guatemala.

*A reception with refreshments will follow at 3 PM in the Mondor-Eagen Library, and books will be available for purchase and signing. For further information, please contact Dr. Michael Boover at 508-849-3431, or Library Director Ruth Pyne, 508-849-3406, both at Anna Maria College.

How To Develop a Coaching Ministry - May 23, 2006
Facilitated by
Rev. Jim Griffith,

Jim is the founder of Griffith Coaching Network. A practitioner, Jim has coached hundreds of new starts and turnarounds across 30 + denominations. He has trained hundreds of coaches, conducting Coaching Tune-Ups on a regular basis.

A New England Training Event*
*Hosted by the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, and Rev. Paul Nickerson, Conference Director for Congregational Development

Tuesday, May 23, 2006
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Massachusetts Conference Center, 1 Badger Road, Framingham, Mass.

Effective Coaching is essential for any church turnaround or new start. New Start & Turnaround pastors who receive regular coaching have a much higher rate of success. If you are considering designing, or having, a coaching ministry, this workshop is for you.

Registration Information:

Cost: $199 per person (includes materials & lunch)
Early Registration before April 1, 2006: $159 per person.
Registration deadline is May 19th.
More information:

Trip to Armenia - Sept. 1-10, 2006
Persons looking for new ways to express their faith while visiting one of Christianity's oldest homelands will have an unusual opportunity this September 1-10.
The National Council of Churches USA is facilitating a trip to historic Yerevan, Armenia to tour some of the world's oldest Christian sites, meet with His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of the Armenian Church, and build houses with Habitat for Humanity International.
Space is limited, so interested persons are encouraged to contact the NCC's Vicki Manning as soon as possible (212-870-2025,

The total cost of the trip is $3,000, plus money for dinners and spending. The cost includes:
-The 5 Star Yerevan Hotel for nine nights ($940 double occupancy, $1360 single occupancy)

-Full transportation (first class) and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary

-Breakfast and Lunch

-Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations

-Tour guide (Armenian and English)

-The airfare is approximately $1300 round trip.

-There is a $500 fee to Habitat for Humanity International

September 2 through 4 will be a tour of religious sites and audiences with prominent clergy including the Catholicos. The build will take place on September 5 - 9, 2006. September 1 and 10 will be travel days.

UPCOMING EVENTS from the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
May 4, 2006

Sabbatical Planning Retreat
All clergy who are planning a sabbatical are invited to this event to learn how to design a sabbatical plan for themselves and their congregation.

May 6, 2006

Soul at Work: Spirituality in Organizations
Join lay leaders and clergy from around the Conference, as we learn together how to live out our faith within different types of organizations.

May 17, 2006

Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Purposeful Change
This day long workshop will introduce participants to the positive and powerful approach of Appreciative Inquiry.

UPCOMING Events from TABCOM, the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts
Oceanwood Family Work Weekend, May 20 - 21, 2006
In preparation for the 2006 Summer Camping Season Oceanwood is sponsoring a Family Work Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2006. We will be getting the camp ready to open for the summer and renovating one of our small Ataloa cabins. This is a great opportunity to meet and fellowship with other supporters of Christian Camping while enjoying a spring weekend in Maine. Lodgings for Friday and Saturday nights as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday will be provided.

To register or for more information please contact John Mulloy at 508-423-4069, e-mail or Oceanwood/Grotonwood at 978-448-5763, e-mail

WAIT ON THE LORD, Spiritual Formation Conference
Presented by American Baptist Churches USA, April 17-20, 2006, Orlando.
Psalm 27:14: "Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!"
More information

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