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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, October 24, 2006

In this message:

NEW

- Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue at Andover Newton to be Available Online
- BTI Newsletter Available - October 24
- Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Begins November 9
- Food Bank
- Holiday Shoebox Ministry
- SA Meeting - November 1, 2006

REVIEW

- BSF Worship Services Postponed until Further Notice
- Fellowship for the Peace Fellowship
- Email Through Connect: Verify Your E-mail Address
- BTI Newsletter Available - October 27
- Preaching for Advent and Christmas - Nov. 2
- Current schedule for Thursday UU worship services
- Wednesday Chapel
- From Ecology Ministry: FREE TICKETS FOR "Planting Peace" - Tuesday, October 24
- Donations for Victory House
- Compline Worship Service 10/24
- Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue at Andover Newton - October 25
- A Reminder to Students from the UCC Fellowship
- Request to students for help at the Open House

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Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue at Andover Newton to be Available Online
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NEW! Video-on-demand and audio recordings of this event will be available online. Watch for more announcements soon!

October 25, 2006
7:00 p.m.
Noyes Hall

On Wednesday evening October 25th, Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) will host an historic dialogue between the national leaders of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the UCC and Rev. William Sinkford, President, of the UUA, will reflect on the historical affinities and divisions between their denominations, and then go on to explore current realities and future possibilities.
More information: http://www.ants.edu/about/news/2006/102506ucc-uua.htm

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BTI Newsletter Available - October 24
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The October 24, 2006 issue of the BTI Newsletter and back issues are available on-line at
http://www.bostontheological.org/publications/weekly_newsletter.htm

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Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Begins November 9
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"Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - A Series of Events for Seminarians" begins on November 9.

All events take place in the Meetinghouse at Andover Newton Theological School.

Are you graduating from seminary this year? Have you already graduated and are beginning the search process? Come to these upcoming events to find out how to enter the search process, meet with search committees, start your benefits, and enter a congregation!

Though everyone is welcome, these events are designed particularly for graduating seminarians who plan to search for a call as a pastor in a United Church of Christ congregation.

Entering the Search Process: Preparing Your Ministerial Profile
November 9, 2006
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- The In Care Process and the Search Process
- Writing a Ministerial Profile to get an interview
- Navigating the UCC Search and Call Network
Leaders: Associate Conference Ministers of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC

Meeting with Search Committees: Discerning a Match
February 8, 2007 (snow date Feb. 15)
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Spiritual Discernment and the Search Process
- Reading a Church Profile
- Interviewing Skills: How to Answer and What to Ask
Leaders: Associate Conference Ministers of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC

Starting Your Benefits - Establishing Your Future: UCC Benefits and the Pastoral Call Agreement
March 15, 2007
9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Elements of a Pastoral Call Agreement
- UCC Health and Pension Benefits
- Continuing Education and Ongoing Pastoral Formation
Leaders: representative from The Pension Boards, UCC

Entering a Congregation: Thriving as a New Pastor
April 12, 2007
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Forming a Pastoral Identity
- Entrance Strategies for Pastors New to a Congregation
- Developing Healthy Habits and Practices of Ministry
Leaders: New Clergy Group Facilitators and Christina Braudaway-Bauman
Associate for New Clergy Development, MACUCC

Registration to attend all four events is $60. Registration for a single event is $20. (Fees cover the cost of materials and refreshments). Registration is due AT LEAST 1 WEEK before each workshop is scheduled.

Please send a check for the amount due ($60 for all 4 programs or $20 per session), made payable to MACUCC to:

Kris LoFrumento
MACUCC
One Badger Road
Framingham. MA 01702

More information and registration form:
http://www.ants.edu/community/events/2006/110906macucc.htm

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Food Bank
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As the cold weather creeps in on us, I urge you all to remember the members of our community who are less fortunate. Our food bank in Sturdevant is in constant need of stocking. If you have something at home or a little money to spare at the grocery store, please remember that the person sitting next to you in class or living next door may be trying to choose between eating and paying rent.

We welcome donations of any non-perishable foods. The following are high nutrition, low cost suggestions:
canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
peanut butter
canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
pasta, rice, cereal
canned fruits or vegetable
100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
condensed or powdered milk

Please contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns.

With Gratitude,

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing Coordinator

voice: 617-964-1100 x261
fax: 617-965-3528
email: aodowd@ants.edu

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Holiday Shoebox Ministry
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It's time to kick off the 3rd Annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry for the Homeless.
Oct 25 - Dec 21

As you prepare your Holiday shoebox for the homeless pray and let the Spirit guide you in its preparation. Trust the Holy Spirit to guide your gift box to the right homeless person. A personal poem or a note written out of prayer and love to the unknown recipient can be life transforming for its recipient. Take some time to meditate and pray
before you prepare you box. Use your non-rational being to prepare this gift for your fellow man, woman, or child who must suffer the indignity of life without a place to call home.
http://www.ants.edu/community/groups/baptist.htm

Peace

Baptist Student Fellowship
contact: Toni DiPina
metrepwar@prodigy.net

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SA Meeting - November 1, 2006
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Tuesday, November 1st
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dining Hall

Please submit any agenda items to Len Hayward, LHayward@ants.edu, no later than Sunday, October 29th, Noon.

Hope to see you there!

Contact: Len Hayward
Email: LHayward@ants.edu

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BSF Worship Services Postponed until Further Notice
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BSF Worship Services will be postponed until further notice, due to the need for restructuring and planning. I pray God will burden the heart of the faithful to come forward and lead this portion of the fellowship's ministry soon!

Shalom
Christo Owens
Chair

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Fellowship for the Peace Fellowship
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Join us for fellowship over dinner as we consider peacemaking on the Hill and beyond. Kurt and Eric have been making connections with other BTI seminaries and have been holding vigils on the Quad. Tim is organizing informal faculty forums around peace issues. We have a weekend workshop on nonviolence planned. What are your interests? How do you promote peacemaking in your family, community, or church?

Our next meeting is Thursday October 26th in the cafeteria at 5:00pm. If you are interested in being part of the Peace Fellowship but can't come to the meeting, please contact me to let me know. Hope to see you next week.

Cynthia Knowles, 617-838-7294, cynthia@iecc.com

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Email Through Connect: Verify Your E-mail Address
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IMPORTANT: E-mail messages from your instructor and class mates will be sent to the e-mail address that is specified in ANTS Connect. If you want to use a different e-mail address to receive mail, you must change your e-mail address in ANTS Connect. Please make sure that your e-mail address is correct and up-to-date.

If you have not been receiving e-mail through Connect, chances are that your e-mail address in Connect is blank or incorrect. Please follow these instuctions to verify your e-mail address:
To change your e-mail address:

1. Click Personal Info next to your name on the title bar.

2. Verify your e-mail address in the Account Info tab.

3. To change the e-mail address, click the Biographical Info tab.

4. Click the pencil icon next to Name and Address.

5. Enter or change your e-mail address and click Submit.

Note: Your e-mail address will not change immediately. Your updated information must be approved by a Connect administrator before the changes are made.

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BTI Newsletter Available - October 27
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The October 17, 2006 issue of the BTI Newsletter and back issues are available on-line at
http://www.bostontheological.org/publications/weekly_newsletter.htm

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Preaching for Advent and Christmas - Nov. 2
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with Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton

Thursday, November 2, 2006
9:30-2:30
Coffee and pastries available at 9AM
at the Congregational Church of Needham

A workshop for clergy, seminarians, and students in care

In this hands-on preaching workshop, we will revisit the history, meaning, and purpose of the Advent season in the Christian calendar, drawing out key themes, stories, and strategies for preaching. Participants will leave the workshop with 1)a deeper theological understanding of the Advent and Christmas season, and 2) having put together a concrete, personalized schedule of ideas for preaching through-out the season.

Cost is $50 per person, includes lunch and materials
Scholarships are available...

contact Kris LoFrumento for more information or with questions
508-875-5233 x274 OR lofrumentok@macucc.org

For complete details and registration form:
http://www.macucc.org/pep/UpcomingPEPeventinformation.htm

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Current schedule for Thursday UU worship services
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Here's the current schedule for the weekly UU worship services, to be
held each Thursday at 1:00pm during the school year. Everyone is
welcome! Our worship this coming Thursday (October 26) will take
place in the Meetinghouse. It will be led by Carmen Emerson and
titled, "Living a Jack-O-Lantern's Heart". We hope that you will join
us for this worship service, and the ones that follow, and invite your friends.

* September 14: Cathy French and Erica Baron - Ingathering service
* September 21: Bruce Taylor - Poetry
* September 28: Carol Hohle - Experiencing Stillness
* October 5: Marilyn Richards and Bruce Taylor - Acceptance
* October 12: Darrick Jackson and Joanne Giannino - Coming Out Week
* October 19: Janet Bush - Psalm 139: Vulnerability and Prayer
* October 26: Carmen Emerson - Living a Jack-O-Lantern's Heart
* November 2: Patsy Hatch-Reinertson - Saying Yes To Your Heart
* November 9: Rev. David Johnson
* November 16: Rev. Jim Sherblom
* November 23: [No service - Thanksgiving]
* November 30: April Spencer
* December 7: Rev. Maddie Sifantus

The worship coordinators welcome your feedback and suggestions
regarding these Thursday services. If you'd like to lead worship this
coming semester, please let us know. Also, we will appreciate your
recommendations for speakers from the faculty and from the greater UU
community.

Blessings,
The Worship Coordinators
Bruce Taylor (bruce.c.taylor@verizon.net)
Marilyn Richards (Rapunzel22@aol.com)

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Wednesday Chapel
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FYI,
Wednesday's 1 p.m. Chapel in Colby will be led by the Rev. Mark Harris, UU minister and historian.

in peace,
Joanne

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From Ecology Ministry: FREE TICKETS FOR "Planting Peace" - Tuesday, October 24
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An Evening at Boston’s Historic Faneuil Hall with Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
7:30 PM

The Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC Massachusetts Conference Environmental Ministries), Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition and Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation are Co-sponsoring
an exciting major environmental event:

"Planting Peace: An Evening with Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai"
that will take place next Tuesday, October 24th, at 7:30pm at Fanueil Hall in Boston.

Dr. Maathai is the first environmentalist and first African 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.

For more information about this event, please click on the following link: http://www.macucc.org/emj/PlantingPeace2.htm . This event will be an important spiritual and educational event for everyone who attends.

We hope this will be a small step in helping ANTS fulfill its important ministry of educating future ministers about the theological and pragmatic need for the environmental stewardship of our planet for the survival of all creatures, including humankind.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FREE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT CRISTINA CABRERA, ECOLOGY MINISTER ASAP AT 617-872-8275 (cell). FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE (please note that with these free tickets you are saving between $75-$175).

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Donations for Victory House
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Dear Colleagues,

We have begun a relationship with Victory House, residential substance abuse treatment program for men from all cultural backgrounds. You can read more about them at: http://www.vpi.org/programs/victoryhouse/

Their program is committed to providing treatment to individuals who are severely physically or mentally impaired. They are also a leader in serving clients with HIV infection and AIDS. No one is denied admission to Victory House because of these attending health problems or needs. They are in constant need of items for their clients. I have placed a box in the Stoddard Lobby in order to collect donations for them. Donations may be made for women or men. Among the items they need are:

Razors, shaving cream, bar soap, shampoo, T-passes for transportation, white tube socks, t-shirts, toothpaste, tooth brushes, combs, men's underwear, and reading materials (they get plenty of novels so they welcome self-help books, especially about addiction and recovery, inspirational/devotional items and so forth).

They can also use table lamps, sheets, and towels (yard sale items in good shape are fine). Towels and linens are particularly important because when clients graduate from the program Victory House helps them set up an apartment with a few basic items.

If you can donate some items, please do, and thank you.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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Compline Worship Service 10/24
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Please join Professor Burrows in the Meeting House for evening prayer on Tuesday, October 24th from 9-9:30PM. We will pray the Compline psalms as the monks do at Glastonbury Abbey, and end our day together in contemplative service.

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Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue at Andover Newton - October 25
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October 25, 2006
7:00 p.m.
Noyes Hall

On Wednesday evening October 25th, Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) will host an historic dialogue between the national leaders of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the UCC and Rev. William Sinkford, President, of the UUA, will reflect on the historical affinities and divisions between their denominations, and then go on to explore current realities and future possibilities.
More information: http://www.ants.edu/about/news/2006/102506ucc-uua.htm

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A Reminder to Students from the UCC Fellowship
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An important moment in UCC/UUA history will occur here on the hill!

What?
Historic Dialogue

When and Where?
Wednesday October 25th, 2006 , 7:00 P.M. , Noyes Hall

Who?
Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the UCC and Rev. William Sinkford, President, of the UUA, will reflect on the historical affinities and divisions between their denominations, and then go on to explore current realities and future possibilities. This exchange is of interest to clergy and congregants in both denominations because, despite theological differences and the historical controversy that led to their split, in recent years there has been a growing solidarity of the two groups. On a number of issues of progressive religious conviction and social justice the two share common perspectives, and in some communities there are some churches that have become aligned with both denominations.

The program, which will begin at 7:00 PM in Noyes Hall on the Newton campus, will be moderated by Rev. Nick Carter, President of Andover Newton. Joining the principal speakers will be Dr. Elizabeth Nordbeck, Moses Brown Professor of Ecclesiastical History at ANTS (and specialist in New England church history), and Dr. John Buehrens, minister of First Parish in Needham (UUA), author and former president of the UUA. The program is open to the public.

Hope to see you there!

Char Corbett and Cindy Stasko, Co-Moderators
& Dean E. LeFrancois, Treasurer

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Request to students for help at the Open House
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Saturday, November 4:

1) If you represent one of the student groups or fellowships on campus, you are invited to participate in our Fall Open House, either by staffing a table at our Program Fair (Stoddard Lobby or Sturtevant Lounge) on Saturday, November 4 from 11:30-12:30 (followed by lunch!), or, if you can't be there, providing some written material or sending someone in your place. We would like to be able to show our prospective students the various opportunities for fellowship, fun and service available here at Andover Newton. Contact Peg Carroll at mcarroll@ants.edu or 617-964-1100 x294.

2) We may need some help with hospitality for the event, picking and/or dropping off visitors up at the airport or train station (you would go in pairs and can get reimbursed for tolls, parking, etc.) A car is helpful/needed. If you can help with this, please contact Darrick at djackson@ants.edu or 617-964-1100 x289.

We expect to have about 45-50 people on campus, 15 of whom are planning on staying in our residence halls beginning Friday night. If you are around, we hope that you will give them a warm welcome.

Thank you in advance for your hospitality.

Thanks,
Peg, Darrick and Alex
Admissions/Recruitment Office

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