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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In this message:

- MIX IN '06 Seminary/Graduate Ministry SCHOLARSHIPS
- UU worship This Thursday
- Entering a Congregation: Thriving as a New Pastor
- Invitation to Spring Convocation
- Vote! Student Association Elections
- Being the Change We Want to See
- BTI Summer Courses Catalog AVailable
- Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light Earth Day Forum
- Community Clothing Drive Extended
- Evangelicals at ANTS?

MIX IN '06 Seminary/Graduate Ministry SCHOLARSHIPS

...does your summer include plans to dream?

Indianapolis-Convention Center-June 21-25, 2006
The Mix in '06 Women's Event is a one time historic gathering of the Disciples of Christ Women's Quadrennial Assembly and The United Church of Christ National Women's Meeting:

discover your dreams - awaken dreams of the holybold vision of God at work on this bluegreen planet - share dreams that you would like to kindle - apply for scholarship support to affirm your dreaming

Scholarships for Graduate Ministry Students Under Care, Theological Faculty and Staff are still available from the Mix in '06 office to help you attend this exciting gathering of women in ministry, leadership, and shared ecumenical reflection and celebration. Consider including a request for funds to help with travel and/or housing costs in addition to registration costs. To apply, download the scholarship documents and return completed forms by May 1, 2006 to the address below, or fax by May 1 to the attention of Dámaris Velez at (216) 736-2281.

Mix in '06 Scholarship Fund
United Church of Christ
Attention: Dámaris Velez
700 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Download the application forms at:

UU worship This Thursday, April 27
Dear ANTS community,

Please join us for UU worship this week on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Meetinghouse. Professor Carol Fontaine will preach, "Just Say NO: Dutiful Dissent to Fundamentalist Theology" and our fellow classmate April Spencer will share a song with us.

Let us worship together and be a positive force for change in our aching world.

Megan and Joanne

Entering a Congregation: Thriving as a New Pastor - April 27, 2006
Thursday, April. 27, 2006
9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with a break for lunch)

-The Pastoral Life as a Good Life
-Pastoral Authority in the United Church of Christ
-Developing Healthy Habits and Practices of Ministry

Leaders: New Clergy Group Facilitators and Newly Ordained Pastors in the
Massachusetts Conference, UCC, and Christina Braudaway-Bauman
Associate for New Clergy Development

More information and registration:

Invitation to Spring Convocation - May 18
Dear ANTS Students:

You are cordially invited to this year's Spring Convocation entitled Saints' Rest: Remembering Sabbath on Thursday, May 18th. Register online at This is an excellent opportunity to share your ANTS ministries and your Field Ed ministries with churches, alumni/ae, Board of Trustees and others via an Exhibit Table. Even better: Dean Nienhuis will cover exhibitor registration costs of student groups

Together we will explore Protestant and Jewish Sabbath experience, belief and practice in relation to economic justice. We will be join by Dr. Mobley, Dr. K. Jones, Dr. Benefiel, Rabbi Or Rose from Hebrew College, Rev. Laurel Scott from the Interfaith Worker Justice Committee, Dr. Rodney Petersen from the BTI and Dr. Diane Kessler, keynote speaker and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

We hope you and your churches will join us! For more info: Or come to Dabney, Garden Level OR call Ext. 206. We'll set ya up!

Rev. Kerrie Harthan

Vote! Student Association Elections
Monday, April 24 - Thursday, April 27
Voting for the 2006-2007 Student Association Elections will take place online in Blackboard beginning on Monday, April 24th at 7:30 a.m. through Thursday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Read voting instructions:

Being the Change We Want to See - Conversations, April 24 - 28
Over the past few weeks a small group of students has been discussing the issues of our institutional culture or the "unwritten curriculum" here on campus. This impromptu conversation has raised many questions about who we are and how we are seeking to Build the Beloved Community. Because we are aware that there are several other impromptu conversations within the student population addressing this same issue, we would like to open the conversation to the entire student body. We do this in the hope that we can not only find the broken places, but begin repairing the breach in order to truly live into the vision of being the place where the "pioneering leadership that is necessary to transform communities of faith in the 21st century" (ANTS Strategic Plan) is formed.

Each day during the week of April 24th there will be an opportunity for the students to be in dialogue with one another about the "unwritten curriculum". By using a set of focusing questions we will begin defining our current situation and dreaming our ideal situation. We will then be asking participants to name what helps or hinders our movement from where we are to where we want to be. At the end of the week we hope to have as broad a picture as possible which will then guide us in determining what comes next.

For now, this will be a student only conversation. The hope is that we can create safe space for all students who want to be heard.

Meeting Location and Times: Upper Noyes

Monday dinner 5-6PM
Tuesday through Friday lunch 12-1PM

Anyone who can't make it to one of these meetings is encouraged to submit materials via email to Erica Baron at

Focusing Questions for the Meetings:

-In relationship to being a student here at ANTS

-What is your current situation?

-What is your ideal situation?

-What factors work against your ideal situation?

-What factors work for your ideal situation?

Facilitators at the meetings:

Erica Baron, Stephanie Haskins, Lisa Kemper, Robin Lunn, and Dawn Sorensen

So, please participate in whatever way you can. There will be an opportunity each day for face to face dialogue as well as the option to send an email response to the questions posed. It is only in our united willingness to participate that we can Build the Beloved Community. Let us all Be the Change We Want to See.

BTI Summer Courses Catalog AVailable
The BTI Summer Courses Catalog is available on line at: (PDF)

Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light Earth Day Forum

Dear friend of Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light:

Come to MIP&L's 5th Annual Forum in honor of Earth Day! This year's event
will be the evening of April 26 (this coming Wednesday) from 7 p.m. - 8:30
p.m. at Eliot Church in Newton. The keynote speaker is the Rt. Rev. Steven
Charleston, the President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School and an
environmental advocate. Also, Eric Olson of the Massachusetts Climate Action
Network (MCAN) will give a presentation on clean energy.
<>; Click here for
the event flyer. <>; Click here to read
more. PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT the flyer and take it to your congregation
this weekend! Help us spread the word.

Registration is Free. Please help us prepare -- if you plan to attend,
please let us know. Either call, fax, or e-mail our office to RSVP. Please
Let us know your name, your congregation, how we can reach you, and how many
people are in your group. Our contact information is at the end of this

AND, to help you in honoring Earth Day in your congregation and community,
MIP&L has prepared a 4-and-a-half minute PowerPoint presentation for your
use. Download it by
<>; clicking here. It
will give you suggestions on ways to take up this Mutual Ministry of
environmental stewardship in your corner of the world. Show it at your
congregation during April or May at coffee hour -- use a lap top and/or a

In faith,


Lara Hoke, M.Div.
Program Director
Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light

Community Clothing Drive Extended

At student's request, we have extended "Spring Cleaning" one more week so that you can all go through your wardrobes. Clothing drop-off continues to be in Sturtevant Lounge. If you find something that you like, please feel free to help yourself. Spring Cleaning will end with a pick-up/charity drive on Monday May 1st so your last chance to dropp-off clothes will be Sunday evening. Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions please feel free to email or call Cristina Cabrera, Ecology Minister at 617-872-8275 (cell)

A simple compline service (evening prayer) following the prayers of Glastonbury Abbey will be celebrated in the Meetinghouse on Tuesday evening, May 2, 2006. 9:15 - 9:45 p.m. Join Professor Burrows and students from "Readings in Retreat" for this simple and poignant service marking the end of the day.

Evangelicals at ANTS?
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." Acts 2:42

Evangelicals at ANTS?

Please join us as we regroup the Evangelical Fellowship at ANTS. The group sponsors scholarly, spiritual, and social activities informed by the perspective of the worldwide Evangelical tradition.

If you're interested in joining, or would like to share your thoughts, please e-mail to let us know of your interest and times you are available to meet on campus. The Evangelical Fellowship at ANTS is affiliated with the Religious and Theological Studies Fellowship of IVCF.

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