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Monday, May 22, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, May 22, 2006

In this message
- Summer Course Closed
- Celebration! An Invitation - May 24
- Are We A Christian Nation? - Thursday, May 25, 2006
- Raise a song! - A Public Hymn Sing with Don Saliers - June 25
- Crazy Faith: A Festival of Biblical Stories with Susan Smith - June 27
- Summer Institute for the Worship and the Arts - June 25-28, 2006
- Faith Youth Institute - July 8-16, 2006

Summer Course Closed
EL ETHI640J- Intro to Christian Ethics is closed.

Celebration! An Invitation - May 24
We're Giving Thanks to the ANTS/HC Community
For its warm, welcoming support for
SophiaRose Naima Gunn Laurence - and her parents and family!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
MeetingHouse, ANTS campus

Hosted by Matt Laurence and MaryHelen Gunn

Please bring just yourself*

we'll have an informal ceremony and refreshments will be offered

Hope we'll see you there!

RSVP: or 978-314-2360

This invitation is being sent to JOTH and UUCANS listservs and to ANTS e-news;
please consider yourself doubly invited if you receive it more than once!

Are We A Christian Nation? - Thursday, May 25, 2006
The Moral Nation: Alternative Voices

Thursday, May 25th
7:30 P.M. in Stoddard Hall

What do preachers mean when they call for a new morality? What do they mean when they refer to the United States as a "Christian Nation?" What would the impact of a "Christian Nation" be on America's diverse population? Speakers: Diana Eck. Ph.D., Harvard University; the Rev. Arthur Kennedy, University of St. Thomas; Rabbi David Gordis, president, Hebrew College. Moderator: President Nick Carter, Andover Newton Theological School.

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Raise a song! - A Public Hymn Sing with Don Saliers - June 25
Sunday, June 25, 7:30-9 p.m.

The psalmist invites us to "raise a song" (Ps. 81. 1), and we all know what this means. It is the rhythm of singing we practice week by week as we gather for worship. It is the call that rises within us from the dark places of fear and worry, and in the bright moments of exuberant joy. It reminds us that how we sing our lives lies at the heart of our faith. How do we come before God in our singing, learning to cry out from the places of human pain and moral complexity for the mercies of God?

How do we name the joyful elements of our lives, and find language and melody for praise, blessing, and thanksgiving? This hymn sing will give voice to such questions, in our music-making and hymnsinging, as we sing together and reflect upon hymns as one of the great gifts of our faith. We will explore the contrasts between laments and doxology, with a selection of new hymns mixed in with some classics, as well as a touch of Taizé and Iona along the way.

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Crazy Faith: A Festival of Biblical Stories with Susan Smith - June 27
Tuesday, June 27

Why be ordinary? The biblical stories are anything but * ordinary: full of wild happenings, some terrible and others wonderful. To guide us in entering this strange and marvelous world, this session explores the power and promise of stories from the Bible. As a preview of her forthcoming book, Crazy Faith, Susan Smith will engage us in the drama of scriptural narratives, helping us to glean from them the power they hold and apply their lessons "from of old" to our present day lives and challenges.
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Summer Institute for the Worship and the Arts - June 25-28, 2006
"Cry Mercy, Shout Glory"
Worship Come to Life

with Professor Don Saliers
June 25 -28, 2006

Don Saliers is William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship at Candler School of Theology, and is director of Emory University's Master of Sacred Music program. His publications include A Song to Sing, a Life to Live (2004), coauthored with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls; Worship Come To Its Senses (1996); Worship As Theology (1994); Worship and Spirituality (1984); and, Soul in Paraphrase: Prayer and Religious Affections (1980, 1991). He is currently working on issues of liturgy and culture.

For a complete brochure and registration material, contact Judy Medeiros at, 617-964-1100, ext 228.

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Faith Youth Institute - July 8-16, 2006
To all ANTS community members:

Faith Youth Institute for the upcoming year will be from the dates of July 8-16, 2006!

If you know high school youth (between the ages of 15-18) who are interested in their faith, who have questions, or who want to go deeper into their spirituality: please nominate them for FYI 2006! This experience will be a wonderful opportunity for young persons who are looking for a supportive, nurturing, faith-filled community in which to explore, question, and grow. Please save the date this summer and spread the word to all persons or communities who you think might be interested. Many thanks to you!

Questions or concerns? Please call or email Alex Kern (x.313, or Matt Carriker (x.267,

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