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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, January 16, 2007

- CYF Opportunities for UU Seminarians

- WRITING TUTOR on campus Tuesdays in January
- An Evening with Rev. John Thomas - Wednesday, January 17, 2007
- New England Women Ministers Association - January 18, 2007
- Workshop: Renewing Worship Without a Drumset - January 20
- "Curses, Foiled Again! Drama and Melodrama in Red Sox History." - January 31

CYF Opportunities for UU Seminarians
One of the most exciting and revolutionary projects of Unitarian Universalism has just begun in the form of an online church and spiritual community. The Church of the Younger Fellowship is a specialty ministry effort between the Church of the Larger Fellowship and young adult UUs from around the globe. The CYF has nearly four hundred members representing four continents and offers many of us at Meadville Lombard the opportunity to help the CYF and our own ministries.

Currently, the CYF is seeking applicants for several volunteer positions ideally held by seminarians and young-adult ministers. The CYF is looking to create a chaplaincy team of several young adult seminarians who have completed at least one unit of CPE. CYF Chaplains would be charged with responding to pastoral care requests from CYF members via email. CYF members in need may also be referred to Chaplains and be asked to support discussion leaders as need arises.

The CYF is also interested in finding a young adult seminarian or minister who would be willing to lead a "New To UUism" discussion group. Resources and an existing course curriculum are available, as well as assistance in creating new topics relevant to young adults.

As the CYF is currently the fastest growing segment of any church in the UUA and is the most advanced utilization of technology for spiritual outreach throughout the denomination, these two positions are excellent opportunities for any aspiring minister's résumé. Don't miss the chance to become a part of the church that will eventually be taught in UU History in the next generation!

Time commitment is limited to several hours a month and most correspondence will occur via email and the website. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 - 35 and all chaplaincy applicants must have completed one unit of CPE. Please write to to see how you might contribute to this essential ministry and help others to "Keep the Faith."

As always, the CYF is looking for audio, video and text sermons to share with its membership: please write to to find out how you can publish your work.

I thank you for your time and consideration. Please contact me with any questions or contacts.


Kimberlee Tomczak
CYF Facilitator

CMWD Young Adult website:

CMWD Youth Website:

Phone: 608-873-5361

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

WRITING TUTOR on campus Tuesdays in January
Just a reminder that I'll be on campus from 10 to 3 on Tuesdays Jan 9, 16, 23 (and maybe 30). Please feel free to drop in--or make an appointment. If you won't be on campus, but we've already met, feel free to email me with questions about a draft you're working on.

In February, I plan to be on campus on Tuesdays 10 to 3, and either Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. I'll be setting up another writing group (or 2)--email me for details.

Once again, I'm happy to work with any ANTS student, on any issue. If you made a resolution about writing better (or enjoying it more!) now's the time to take action!

Helen Snively
ANTS Writing Tutor, Worcester 302

An Evening with Rev. John Thomas - Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
7:15 - 9:00 p.m.
In the Peck room

An evening with Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ

Join us for a presentation by and conversation with Rev. Thomas, on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, from 7:15 - 9:00 p.m., in the Peck Room (Worcester Hall). John will speak with us about what is "current" in the UCC: the "Still Speaking" identity campaign; plans for the upcoming General Synod in Hartford, CT (June, 2007); etc., and answer questions. The public is warmly welcome. Light refreshments will be served, beginning at 7:15 p.m.

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

Directions to the campus are available on the website, at:

Free parking on campus is available.

New England Women Ministers Association - January 18, 2007
January 18, 2007
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Peck Room

New England Women Ministers Association will be holding their Annual Winter Forum and Luncheon at Andover Newton on January 18, 2007 from 10-2 in the George Peck Conference Room. The theme of this year's forum is Living into Shalom.

Registration is open to all women clergy, religious educators and seminarians

Cost: Fee includes luncheon

Luncheon $25
Students $5

email or call 508-450-0431 for more information

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:

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand