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Thursday, January 18, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, January 18, 2007

- Compassionate Visit II - Saturday, March 3

- Keep Our Community From Going Hungry
- Weekly peace Vigil on the Quad
- Workshop: Renewing Worship Without a Drumset - January 20
- "Curses, Foiled Again! Drama and Melodrama in Red Sox History." - January 31
- Woodbury Management Workshop - February 8-9, 2007
- From Ashes to Easter: Preaching and Music through the Season of Lent - Feb. 9
- Healing Our Borders: A Faithful Response to Immigration - February 13, 2007
- Revive Us Again!- February 16-17, 2007 - UPDATED, FEE REDUCTION

Compassionate Visit II - Saturday, March 3
March 3, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Worcester Hall

ANTS and the BTI are sponsoring a session, the Compassionate Visit II, on Saturday, March 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Worcester Hall on the campus of Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA.
This session is free and open to the public.

There are two goals for this session:
1) to initiate visits to the sick, dying or shut-ins and their families or to make existing visits more productive
2) to initiate dialogue between health care professionals and the spiritual leaders of our communities.

To that end, the Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Hindelang, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and Staff Chaplain at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Dr. John R. Siberski S.J., M.D., board certified in internal medicine, psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry with primary interest in dementias, particularly Alzheimer's Disease, and end-of-life issues, will be presenting information drawn from their years of education and experience with the hope of making each of us better informed, better visitors.

For more information and if you have specific questions/issues you would like to have addressed by either Dr. Hindelang or Dr. Siberski, or if you need additional information,
please contact

Iris Brough

Keep Our Community From Going Hungry

Please keep our food pantry in your hearts, minds and hands. A student wrote me today, "I've noticed lately that food is being snapped off the shelf as soon as anyone puts it there. I helped someone carry in three large bags of stuff the other day and it was gone within hours. Food pantry shelves frequently are empty. Scary to think people are going hungry."

An essential part of waging peace in the world is being mindful of those less fortunate. If you have something to spare, please share it. I encourage you all to ask your field ed sites, churches and friends to make contributions as they are able. Please leave non-perishable foods in the food pantry in Sturtevant and clothes, toiletries and hygiene products either in my office on the first floor of Worcester or the donation box for Victory House in the front hall of Stoddard.

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing Coordinator
voice: 617-964-1100 x261
fax: 617-965-3528

Weekly peace Vigil on the Quad
Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad
Every Wednesday from noon to 12:50 p.m.

This humble yet powerful act of witnessing in the ANTS community takes place every Wednesday throughout the year as we take an hour of our time to stand in unity against all forms of injustice and violence in our world today.
Share your concerns regarding any acts of violence and your celebrations regarding any acts of non-violence you've witnessed throughout the week and lift them up in the building of our Beloved Community.
Please feel free to bring sources, signs, songs and smiles.

Contact: Kurt Walker

11 AM to 3 PM

All invited to participate in vigil to support
St. John's Lutheran Church and their Pastor Bradley Schmeling.

August 8, 2006, Bishop Ronald Warren of the Southeastern Synod filed formal charges with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) against Pastor Schmeling because of his committed relationship with Rev. Darin Easler.

Currently, the ELCA has a policy that excludes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in relationships from the ordained ministry. The congregation, which stands in solidarity with Pastor Schmeling, prays the ELCA will change its policy or that Bishop Warren will drop the charges before a disciplinary hearing is scheduled to begin on January 19, 2007.

I will be keeping vigil between 11am and 3pm on Friday January 19. Please bring inclusive spiritual readings to share and of course silence is always welcome.

Please go to to sign up for the prayer vigil and to view the encouraging company you will have. Please sign up even if you are not able to vigil in person but are willing to hold vigil within your hearts and in your own way.

Julianna Donofrio

Workshop: Renewing Worship Without a Drumset - January 20
A Workshop for Clergy and Worship Committees
who haven't given up hope*

January 20, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Meeting House
$35 registration fee includes lunch

Leader: Rev. Dr. Rochelle A. Stackhouse

Are you looking for a way to recharge the energy, meaning, and spirit of your worship services? Are you working with limited resources and a slightly more "traditional" worship framework? In this Saturday workshop, worship leader Rev. Dr. Shelly Stackhouse explores words and silence, sacraments, space and media, music and the arts, and forgotten liturgical traditions to delve into various aspects of worship and how they might be revitalized from within our traditions.
More information:

"Curses, Foiled Again! Drama and Melodrama in Red Sox History." - January 31
The 2007 Crawford Lecture

"Curses, Foiled Again! Drama and Melodrama in Red Sox History."

By William R. Herzog II
Academic Dean, Andover Newton Theological School
At Old South Church in Boston
Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm.

Old South Church in Boston presents the 2007 Crawford Lecturer: William R. Herzog II, Member of Red Sox Nation & author of The Faith of Fifty Million: Baseball, Religion & American Culture, speaking on "Curses, Foiled Again! Drama and Melodrama in Red Sox History." The Crawford Lecture will take place in the main sanctuary of Old South Church on Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm. The lecture occurs on the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's birthday.

More info:

Woodbury Management Workshop - February 8-9, 2007
A Ministerial Leadership Workshop
with President Nick Carter
February 8-9, 2007
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Fact: The church, like the world around it, is undergoing radical change
Fact: Pastors need to be prepared to lead thoughtful, God-centered change
Fact: Change is difficult
Fact: There are insights and skills church leaders can cultivate to help their ministry to thrive in times of change

The ability to function within a changing culture is essential for the 21st century ministerial leader. Understanding how change works is one way in which a pastor can effectively interpret the change taking place in a congregation and lead the change needed for a church's ministry to be vital and relevant.

Participants in the workshop will
- learn ways to assess the organizational dynamics of congregations;
- develop skills for leading change that address those dynamics;
- be introduced to a theology of institutions that both recognizes their fallen state and proclaims the hope for their transformations

More information:

>From Ashes to Easter: Preaching and Music through the Season of Lent - Feb. 9
Friday, February 9, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Meeting House
Prof. Matthew Myer Boulton

In this hands on workshop, we will examine the great scriptural passages, hymns, and spiritual songs of Lent, all with an eye toward renewing Lenten worship life in the church today. Participants will deepen their theological understanding of the Lenten season, explore new worship and musical ideas and resources, and leave the workshop with a personalized preaching and music schedule from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Perfect for clergy, music directors, and lay leaders of all ages. Come ready to sing (or just to listen), and to clarify how this year's season of Lent can renew our life together.

For more information, please contact Ms. Jennifer Shaw, at: (617) 964-1100, ext. 228.
More info:

Healing Our Borders: A Faithful Response to Immigration - February 13, 2007
February 13, 2007
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Peck Conference Room

Rev. Delle McCormick Executive Director of BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona will explore the issues and root causes of immigration and introduce a holistic practice of engaging these issues and living in solidarity with our Latin American neighbors.

Rev. Delle McCormick, is a UCC minister, formerly pastor in Rhode Island and now Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona. BorderLinks is a bi-national non-profit organization that offers experiential educational seminars along the border focusing on the issues of global economics, militarization, immigration, and popular resistance to oppression and violence. Rev.
McCormick has spent many years living and working in Chipas, Mexico and Curnevaca, Mexico. This evening will be a very informative and helpful presentation on how we can deal with immigration issues faithfully within the context of our congregations.

Professors Matthew Boulton and Brita Gill-Austern are taking a group of students on a Borderlinks trip to the border of Nogales Mexico and Arizona at the end of January.

Revive Us Again!- February 16-17, 2007 - UPDATED, FEE REDUCTION
Revival of our Spirit, Revival of our Baptist Principles
February 16-17, 2007
Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass.

This is a gathering of progressive Baptists from around the country, ready to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We are gathering to say that we are Christian, we are Baptist, and we believe our Baptist Principles are foundational to our understanding and sharing of the Gospel.
We are gathering to say that we can be both progressive and evangelical!

Please RSVP to Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell at 508-872-1176
or email by January 31st
with your name, email and phone number.

More info:

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand