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Friday, September 15, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, September 15, 2006 - EVENT BOARD

The Event Board is a weekly listing of outside events of interest to the
Andover Newton Community. It is publsihed on Friday afternoons.

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.

September 23, 2006 (Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm)
One of the ironies of theological education - engaging in study of and
about God - is that God often seems to disappear in the process. This
workshop will offer practical guidance for those who wish to deepen
their relationship with God in prayer in the context of their seminary
Suggested fee: $75 ($40 for full-time students)

At the Monastery Guesthouse of the Society of St. John the Evangelist,
an Episcopal Monastery in Cambridge,

New Orleans Work Trips
Offering Light & Life in New Orleans

The Worcester Area Mission Society, UCC, in
cooperation with the Massachusetts Conference is
organizing work trips to New Orleans with our partner
church, Good Shepherd UCC.

Upcoming trips are:

November 11 - 18, 2006

January 6 - 13, 2007

January 13 - 16, 2007

April 14 - 21, 2007

More info:

Haystack 200th Anniversary - Sept. 22-24
On an August afternoon in 1806, five Williams College students met in a
field, as was their habit, to talk and pray and, like so many young
people, to dream of a better world. When a sudden thunderstorm
interrupted, they sought shelter under a haystack - and there resolved
to offer their lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, to carry their faith
into service "into all the world."

From such humble beginnings the American foreign missions movement was

This fall, Williams College and Williamstown's First Congregational
Church celebrate this important anniversary with a weekend-long
celebration September 22 - 24, 2006 on the Williams College campus in
northwestern, Massachusetts.

or more information on this great moment in church history, contact Ken
Swenson at (781) 320-8100, ext. 110 or visit

Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethic - Oct 3.
Mercy Center Conference and Retreat Center in Madison CT
More info:

with Margaret Farley, RSM , a professor of bioethics at Yale Divinity
Tuesday evening, October 3, 2006, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Wednesday,
October 4, 2006, 9:30am - 3:00 p.m.
Through a series of presentations, small group discussion and time for
individual reflection, this overnight retreat with Margaret Farley, one
of American Christianity's foremost ethicists, offers a unique
opportunity to reflect more deeply on questions of goodness and justice
in sexual relationships.
Based on her latest book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual
Ethics, this program is designed for both professionals and laypersons.

Working From Within: Personal Spirituality and the Healthcare
Professional - OCt. 21
Mercy Center Conference and Retreat Center in Madison CT
More info:

with Kathleen Duffy, RN, MA and Katherine Marschall, MD
October 21 9-4 p.m. This will be a day of prayer, discussion and
reflection for health care professionals, to assist in identifying and
expanding the spiritual dimensions of their work. We will explore
personal and professional experiences as well as the theology and lived
reality of the suffering we daily encounter.

Save the Date - BTI Dinner and Lecture - Tuesday October 3
Please be sure to save the date of October 3 for the annual BTI dinner
and lecture, this year to be co-hosted with Episcopal Divinity School.
Our theme and general venue is as follows:

From Conflict to Communion:

Exploring a Sabbath Way of Life

Tuesday - October 3, 2006

Host: Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass. together with

the Schools of the Boston Theological Institute

and the National Lord's Day Alliance

Featuring: Marva Dawn, The Sense of the Call. A Sabbath Way of Life for
Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World (Eerdmans, 2006); and
Tom Porter, ed., From Conflict to Communion (Methodist Press, 2006).

Before the Amen: Resources for Worship - Seeking Contributions
Pilgrim Press will publish Before the Amen! Resources for Worship in
2008. The editors will be Maren C. Tirabassi and Maria I. Tirabassi.

They are seeking contributions of:
- Calls to worship, opening prayers, confessions and assurances of
grace, dedication prayers and litanies which connect to lectionary
scriptures or are seasonally or scripturally based.
- Creative liturgy for Holy Communion and Baptism.
- Scripted readings, short chancel dramas, interesting worship
- New words for familiar times (such as Advent Wreath, Tenebrae,
Stewardship Sunday), new styles (yoga or hip hop worship), and new
occasions. (healing services, blessings of the animals)
- Brief unison prayers on special issues. (such as prayer at a time of
natural disaster, prayer after domestic violence, prayer before leaving
for college, prayer for a surrogate parent, etc.)
- We are not looking for music or pastoral prayers.

Deadline: October 1, 2006

For more information and how to contribute see:

The Bluegrass Gospel Project - OCt. 6
in concert to benefit
Ecclesia Ministries
providing spiritual community to homeless people since 1994

Friday, October 6, 2006 at 7:30pm
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street (Copley Square), Boston

$15 General Admission / $50 Preferred Seating

for tickets, please mail check to:
Ecclesia Ministries 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
phone 617-247-4927

Islam: A Look at the Intersection of Religion, Culture, and Politics -
Oct. 23
A Lunch Time Lecture with Salma Kazmi of the Islamic Center of Boston

Recognizing that many Americans are unfamiliar with Islam, Episcopal
Divinity School is sponsoring Islam: A Look at the Intersection of
Religion, Culture, and Politics, a lunch time lecture and discussion on
Monday, October 23, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm with Salma Kazmi,
assistant director of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB). In this
lecture, Kazmi will help people see the distinctions between the Islamic
faith, differences in cultural practice among the millions of Muslims
in the world today, and the use of faith in political movements.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch may be purchased in
the EDS refectory.

For more information on this event please contact Craig Maynard at Participants are encouraged to take public
transportation as parking is limited. Washburn Hall is handicap

Upcoming Events From Pastoral Excellence Program, MACUCC
Narrative Approaches to Deep Change
with Rev. Dr. Larry Peers
Thursday, October 12, 2006
at Edwards House on the MACUCC's Framingham grounds

Small Church Vitality
A day long workshop with David Ray for pastor-lay teams
Saturday, October 21, 2006
at the Congregational Church of Weston

Preaching for Advent and Christmas
with Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton
A workshop for clergy, seminarians, and students in care
Thursday, November 2, 2006
at the Congregational Church of Needham

More info:

contact Kris LoFrumento for more information or with questions
508-875-5233 x274 OR

News from TABCOM - American Baptist CHurches of Massachusetts
FACE TO FACE: November 4, 2006
Face to Face is an opportunity for initial contact between church
committees in New England seeking a full-time pastor with clergy
for relocation, seminary seniors or graduates in the ordination
This one-day event, sponsored by the New England regions, will be held
the Church in the Acres, Springfield, MA on November 4. Candidates and
Search Committees will meet for an initial interview of about 45
There will be opportunities for up to 5 interviews during the day. You
bring an up-to-date ABPS profile to the meeting.

International Day of Prayer for Peace - Sept. 21
All are invited to pray for peace in the world on Thursday, September
Sponsored by the World Council of Churches in emphasis of their Decade
Overcame Violence (2001-2010), The International Day of Prayer for
is an opportunity for Christians across the globe to gather, singly or
in small
and large groups, to pray to God remembering the power and promise of
For more information and resources available to download, visit the
Web site at

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