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Friday, October 13, 2006

ANTS Student E-News October 13, 2006 - EVENTS BOARD

Planting Peace: An Evening at with Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai

UCC Massachusetts Conference Environmental Ministries, Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition and Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation are Co-sponsoring.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

7:30 PM

Boston’s Historic Faneuil Hall

Please join Dr. Maathai for an inspiring evening. Dr. Maathai is the first environmentalist and first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was honored for her contributions to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Since 1976, Dr. Maathai and her Greenbelt Movement have assisted women in planting more than 20 million trees in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Lesotho, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Maathai will share her message of empowerment and hope for the future through the simple steps of planting and protecting trees in our communities.

VIP Reception and Tickets

(in Reserved Seating section) - $175

General Admission Tickets - $75

Email: or call 508-698-6810

for ticket information.

Contemplative Prayer and Meditation as an Interfaith Grounding for World Peace

The purpose of this conference is to bring together contemplatives from various faith traditions to deepen dialogue and understanding, and inspire us to continue our work for peace.

Fr. Thomas Keating will be the keynote speaker. Fr. Keating is known worldwide as a Trappist monk, priest, former abbot, and author. He is also the founder of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, a Visiting Scholar and Buddhist Chaplain at MIT, Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, the Outreach Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in New York City, and Imam Salim Chishti, who currently operates the Nur al –Imam Sufi Center in Knoxvillle, TN will each make presentations as well as dialogue with each other and answer questions from the audience.

We also are requesting you to spread the word about this special day by making personal calls to friends, sending them the attached brochure and flyer, and referring people to the Contemplative Outreach web site, clicking on links, New England area, then the event web page. . Pre-paid box lunches will be available at the conference for an additional price of $10. The choices are vegetarian, roast beef, or turkey. Tickets will be mailed or e- mailed to you.

Once again, we are in a critical point in history and this event will be a way of contributing to world peace. If you cannot attend, please help us to spread the word and pray for the success of this conference.

Many blessings to you all,

The Interfaith Conference Committee

The Third Annual Robert C. Baron Lecture

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Antiquarian Hall
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Admission is free. Seating is limited.

The Third Annual Robert C. Baron Lecture
Righteous Empire: The Protestant Experience in America
by Martin E. Marty

In advance of the nation's bicentennial, Martin E. Marty wrote Righteous Empire: The Protestant Experience in America, which won the National Book Award for philosophy and religion in 1972. Now, more than three decades after he gave us this insightful analysis of the evolution of Protestantism in this country, the issues surrounding the role that religion plays in America's cultural and political life are more critical than ever. Professor Marty's Baron Lecture will update his thinking about religion in today's American society and examine, in light of today's events, the conclusions he reached at the nation's bicentennial.
Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. Author of over 50 books and 5,000 articles, he is one of the most prominent interpreters of religion and culture today. Ordained a Lutheran Pastor in 1952, he served parishes in the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago for a decade before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1963. Marty is the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Humanities Medal, the Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the University of Chicago Alumni Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal of the Association of Theological Schools, and the Order of Lincoln Medallion (Illinois's top honor). He has received 75 honorary doctorates.
Named in honor of Robert C. Baron, past AAS chairman and president of Fulcrum Publishing, the annual Baron Lecture asks distinguished AAS members who have written seminal works of history to reflect on one book and its impact on scholarship and society in the years since its first appearance.

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.

School of America Watch - Nov. 17-19
The SOA Watch, seeking the closure of the School of the America, the end to oppressive US policy and the training of foreign military personnel in torture, deceit, political corruption, mass assassination and unlawful incarceration, will be held November 17-19, at Ft. Benning, GA.

For more information, please contact Evelyn Hanneman, Interim Coordinating Director, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America,

Lecture by John P. Meier - October 13
Lecture by John P. Meier, Professor of New
Testament, University of Notre Dame, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of New Testament Abstracts, which is published by Weston Jesuit School of Theology under the editorship of Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and Christopher Matthews. Meier is the author of A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus.

Lecture: "Did the Historical Jesus Prohibit All Oaths?"

Date: Friday, October 13, 2006 at 2 p.m.

Location: Washburn Auditorium, lower level of Washburn Hall located on
the shared campus of Weston Jesuit School of Theology and Episcopal
Divinity School, 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge.

New Church Start in Worcester, MA
Outdoor Christian Church in Worcester, Mass is a new church start in the planning stages. What would church look like if we went to where the people are? Modeled after Ecclesia Cambridge and common cathedral in Boston, we are exploring how to reach people who live with mental illness, addictions, homelessness, poverty, disability, and anything else that pushes them to the edge of society.

If you can offer 8-10 hours a week, including Sunday afternoons, we’d love to have your help. No experience required, but CPE and comfort with Spanish are definite advantages. Contact Liz Magill at or 508-450-0431 if you are interested, or just want to know more.

Katrina Conference for Lay Leaders and Seminarians - Feb 5-8, 2007
The 2007 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference "In the Wake of Katrina: Lest we Forget...Call to Renewal," will be held Feb. 5-8 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. If you would like more information please email, visit the conference web site at or pick up a brochure in the pocket of my office door, 104 Worcester Hall.

Vital Aging: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life
Join Meg Newhouse, Life Coach and Consultant, for a series of interactive presentations about the challenges and opportunities of the Third Age, the post-midlife “bonus years.” The first workshop is an encore presentation introducing participants to the concept of the Third Age, transition into and within it, prerequisites for vital aging and a model for life planning. The second workshop, “Good Work,” will focus on work that answers the Third Age call for meaning, contribution and leaving a legacy. The third session, “Resilience in the Third Age,” will explore how to maximize health and fitness -- physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. All workshops provide opportunity for self-discovery, creating personal goals, and sharing ideas, concerns, hopes and dreams.
September 24, October 8 and 22. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor at First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Road, Weston. Fee: $30/workshop; $75 for all three workshops. To register email or call 781-893-7798.

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand