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Friday, April 21, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, April 21, 2006 EVENT BOARD

In this message:

- New Jobs on the Web Site
- UPCOMING EVENTS from the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
- UPCOMING Events from TABCOM, the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts
- March for Peace, Justice and Democracy for April 29
- "Steering Your Way Through the Storm: Leadership in Times of Congregational Conflict"
- Lecture: "Answering the Top Ten Lies About Church and State"

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New Jobs on the Web Site
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Visit the Jobs Board on the ANTS web site at:
http://www.ants.edu/blogs/jobs/index.html

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.

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

Sabbatical Planning Retreat
http://www.macucc.org/pep/documents/SabbaticalPlanningRetreat5.4.06.pdf
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
http://www.macucc.org/pep/documents/MargaretBenefielMayLayandClergyincolorFINAL.pdf
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
http://www.macucc.org/pep/documents/AppreciativeInquiryUpdated.pdf
This day long workshop will introduce participants to the positive and powerful approach of Appreciative Inquiry.

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UPCOMING Events from TABCOM, the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts
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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 jm01821@verizon.net or Oceanwood/Grotonwood at 978-448-5763, e-mail bill@grotonwood.org.

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 www.ministerscouncil.com/WaitontheLordInformation.aspx.

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March for Peace, Justice and Democracy for April 29
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Sponsored by United for Peace and Justice

Join Us on Saturday, April 29, in New York City

Assemble: 22nd Street and Broadway, 10:30AM onward
March: At noon down Broadway to Foley Square
Grassroots action festival: 1:00-6:00PM, Foley Square

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: http://www.april29.org/

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"Steering Your Way Through the Storm: Leadership in Times of Congregational Conflict"
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June 5-8, 2006
9-5 and the evening of June 7

Bement Conference Center
Charlton, MA
www.bementcenter.com


"Walking in the Way," Christian peace-building for Churches is a unique approach to understanding and responding to conflict which teaches the basic skills, theory and theology of conflict transformation while inviting participants to engage their hearts, minds and bodies in the process, opening the way to personal transformation.

We will explore the five facets of congregational life that must be engaged in order for conflict transformation to occur. We will also assist participants in developing a plan to implement these five critical streams of activity in their own congregations. Come walk with us as we explore "Walking in the Way."

Who should come? All pastors, interims, seminarians, denominational representatives, especially those actively involved with parish ministry and others who want to have a better understanding of conflict, their own reaction to it, and how it can be used as a positive force for transformation.

Cost is $500 (does not include accommodations)

Contact:
The Brookfield Institute
Karen Nell Smith
E-mail: choresis@verizon.net
Phone: 508-331-3081

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Lecture: "Answering the Top Ten Lies About Church and State" - April 30
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Sunday, April 30
3:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church in Newton

J. Brent Walker, Executive DIrector of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, will speak on "Answering the Top Ten Lies About Church and State."

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney
617-964-1100 ext. 225
kbrockney@ants.edu