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Friday, May 12, 2006

ANTS Student E- News - Friday, May 12, 2006 - Event Board

In this message
- Star Island This Summer
- NCC organizes Habitat Building project in Armenia
- 2006 Young Adult Stewards program of the NCC
- WCC INternship Program - Deadline June 15
- Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries - Workshop May 24

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Star Island This Summer
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Attention ANTS students, faculty, staff, and friends!

If you haven't heard about Star Island, now's your chance! Star Island
is one of the wind-swept, rocky Isles of Shoals located off the coast of
Rye, New Hampshire. For over 100 years, summers here have provided
individuals and families with a welcome respite from their busy mainland
lives. Star Island Corporation is a non-profit organization, which
maintains the island and its facilities and provides hospitality
services for visitors.

There is much to do on Star Island and it is a great place to bring your
spouse, partner, or family! Throughout the summer season there are many
conferences to choose from, but I'd like to highlight those related to
the United Church of Christ.

UCC Family Conference 1 (August 6 to August 12, 2006) will
have the theme "A Bible, a Hymnal, and the Great Wide Open: The Harmonies of
Christian Life". Our program leader is ANTS' own Rev. Dr. Matthew
Myer Boulton. Our morning Chapel services will be led by Rev. Elizabeth
Myer Boulton. Join us for these programs as well as traditional softball
games, High Tea, walking the Labyrinth, a performance by "Sweet the
Sound", sitting and rocking on the front porch, and much, much more!

UCC Youth Conference 1 (August 6 to August 12, 2006) open to youth who are entering grade 9 through their first post High School summer. This
year's theme will be: Your Faith in Reel/Real Time.

UCC Family Conference 2 (August 12 to August 18, 2006) has
the theme of "On the Corner of Faith and Main". This program will be led by Rev. Alan
Froggatt, Sr. Minister at Second Congregational UCC in Beverly, MA.
The chapel services will be led by Revs. Abby Henrich and Jon Paul
Sydnor, co-pastors of Union Congregational Church in East Walpole, MA

UCC Youth Conference 2 (August 12 to August 18, 2006) will
have the theme of exploring religions and
spiritual practices from around the world.

Weekend Conference of the Laity (August 18 to August 20) ***
This is a great opportunity to experience the Island for
a weekend and get a taste of what Star has
to offer! The theme this year is "Sailors, One and All: The Drama
of Life" and will be led by the Rev. Dr. John Danner who is the senior
pastor at Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport, CT.

For complete information and details please visit:
http://www.starisland.org/StarIsland/Conferences/Register.htm

If you have questions, feel free to contact any of those listed at the
above link or Kris LoFrumento, lofrumentok@macucc.org, 508-875-5233 x274
who is one of the co-chairs for the UCC 1 Family Conference as well as
on staff at the Massachusetts Conference, UCC.

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NCC organizes Habitat Building project in Armenia
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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, vmanning@ncccusa.org).
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.

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2006 Young Adult Stewards program of the NCC
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Dear Colleagues - For the fourth year, the General Assembly of the
National Council of Churches/Church World Service will sponsor the Young
Adult Stewards program for young adults ages 18-30. I realize that your
seminary population does not all qualify for this age category, but I am
certain that there may be several in your student body who would be
eligible for this enriching opportunity.

I encourage you to distribute this information throughout your seminary
community. The application form can be found at:
http://www.ncccusa.org/pdfs/2006stewardsapplication.pdf

Several of our past stewards have been seminary students, and three of
our forer stewards are entering seminary this fall. They each credit the
stewards program as a factor that influenced their decision to go to
seminary. One of the 2006 senior stewards is currently a student at
Princeton Theological Seminary.

I appreciate your support of this program.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Garland
Pierce by email at gpierce@ncccusa.org or by phone at 212-870-2267.

Sincerely,

Patrice L. Rosner
Associate General Secretary for Education
Education and Leadership Ministries Commission
212-870-2738
212-870-3112 fax
www.ncccusa.org/elmc

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WCC INternship Program - Deadline June 15
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We are happy to inform you about the ways young adults can be
involved with the World Council of Churches' Central Committee
meeting and year-long Internship Programme in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WCC will invite twenty-five young people (between the ages of
18-30 years) to participate in the Stewards Programme which includes
a week-long ecumenical learning programme and work on several
logistical tasks with WCC staff at the Central Committee meeting
itself. The Stewards Programme starts on August 20th 2006 (arrival)
and ends on September 8th 2006 (departure). Stewards will be part of
a unique ecumenical and international community of young people and
gain exposure to the WCC's work. The application deadline is 15 June
2006.

More info and application form for download:
http://www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/jpc/youth-e.html#stewards

The WCC will also invite three young adults for the Internship
Programme which is an opportunity for ecumenical learning and work
with the Council. The program begins in October 2006 and ends in
September 2007. The application deadline is 15 July 2006.

More info and application form for download:
http://www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/jpc/youth-e.html#interns

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Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries - Workshop May 24
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Dear CMM Members and Friends,

CMM is blessed with a membership of 68 churches, synagogues and mosques who
have a strong commitment to social justice and social action. The following
workshop is an opportunity to learn new skills that will assist congregational
volunteers and members of Social Action/Mission/Outreach Committees with
planning and executing projects and programs that are sensitive to the cultural,
emotional, and material needs of the people they seek to help.

ADVOCACY TRAINING

~Learn skills on how to work with people in crisis
whether guests from the Gulf Coast or neighbors in need.~

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
8AM - 12Noon

CENTRAL BOSTON ELDER SERVICES
2315 Washington St., Roxbury, MA (DUDLEY SQUARE)
Parking available

~~If you watched the horrors of Katrina unfold and wondered,
"What can I do to help?", this training is for you.~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
~Service Providers working with Katrina Survivors
~New Orleans/Gulf Guests living in Massachusetts
~Community Volunteers working with neighbors in need
&
~Members of congregations who serve on Social Action/Mission/Outreach
Committees

Topics covered:
* Understand your Role as an Advocate
* Key Skills, Qualities, and Best Practices
* Emotions & Expectations of Advocacy
* Moving Beyond Case Management
* Know your Clients Needs
* Prepare for Sustained Advocacy & Public Policy

There is no cost for this training, but registration is required because capacity is limited.

For more information and/or to register, contact
Tommie Hollis-Younger
Tommie@haymarket.org 617-522-7676 ext 104

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