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Friday, January 26, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, January 26, 2007 - EVENT BOARD

The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain
Friday, February 2, 2007 at 7 p.m.

Our times challenge us to find ways to address injustice. Come hear inspirational and challenging stories from one person's spiritual journey on the road towards justice and peace, "Martin & Me: Confessions of a Born-Again White Boy."

Rev. George Williamson's personal journey includes everything from civil rights sit-ins to anti-war protests and a full embrace of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons. In these movements, he has witnessed the Movement and Spirit of God.Rev. George Williamson, retired pastor of the First Baptist Church, Granville, OH, was the founding president of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America.

The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain will sponsor the storytelling of Rev. Williamson Friday, February 2, 2007 at 7 p.m. at 633 Centre Street across from the Post Office.

Jazz and gospel music will be performed by Geoff Hicks, Beatrice Greene and others. The event and reception following are free. Come join us for a hopeful evening!

For more information, contact the First Baptist Church office, 617-524-3992 or

Interactive Workshop: Creating Peace Through Conversation - Feb. 4
Sunday, February 4, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Road, Weston.
Fee: $45

Peace on a local and global scale flows from the many expressions of justice, equity and compassion each of us communicates in conversation every day. Develop your non-confrontational communication skills and become a more effective instrument for peace in your home, your community and your world.

Workshop facilitator, Leslie Becknell (ANTS student), trains and coaches leaders. She draws on broad corporate and seminary experience as well as her deep understanding of personal development to help individuals learn to engender peace throughout their interactions.

The workshop will draw from Speak Peace in a World of Conflict by Marshall Rosenberg. You will gain fresh communication skills enabling you to defuse emotionally charged situations, reduce conflict at home or work, and help stay calm under stress.

To register call 781-893-7798 or email

Taize Youth Gathering in Montreal in April
April 27-29, 2007

Some of the brothers of the Taize Community in France are coming to Montreal in April for a weekend gathering for youth and young adults. It will be a weekend full of song, prayer and fellowship.
More information can be found at:

Feel free also to contact Melissa Kreider at if you're thinking of going.

Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue - March 16-24
Author and activist Bill McKibben invites you to join the Interfaith
Walk for Climate Rescue, Northampton to Boston, March 16-24, 2007.

You can walk for an hour, an afternoon, a weekend, or the whole
nine days. You can walk as an individual, a family, or a team
from your community, school, or congregation. You can be of any
faith or none.

We'll call for swift, bold, and comprehensive political action
to address global warming. By the time we get to Boston on
Saturday March 24, we expect the largest global warming
demonstration in the history of the United States.

To learn more, walk, help, donate, or organize a team, please visit

Events from the Massachusetts Conference, UCC
Read the Pastoral Excellence Program Newsletter

The Teaching Ministry of Pastor and Educator - February 9 & 10, 2007
The Teaching Ministry of Pastor and Educator
with John and Caroline Westerhoff

Register today!

Please register by January 15th.

Between January 15 and 31, add $10 for a late

This event will take place at...
Hancock United Church of Christ
1912 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, Massachusetts 02421
February 9th and 10th, 2007
Friday 6:00 - 9:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Register now for this wonderful event which features two of the leading minds in the fields of Christian formation and education and lay leadership within the church.

This event is open to all...we encourage you to come as a team from your local church setting and include the pastor/s, Christian Education professional, and lay leaders (members of the CE Board, Deacons, or others).

More info:

New England Association of United Church Educators - May 8-10, 2007
Save the date: NEAUCE at Craigville
May 8-10, 2007

Catch the Faith---Pass it On with Keynote Speakers and Worship Leaders from The Youth and Family Institute. More information to come but now is the time to mark your calendar.

For more information:

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.

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand