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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

ANTS Student E-news - Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - Happy New Year!

In this message
- Shoebox Ministry
- New England Women Ministers Association - January 18, 2007
- Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Spring Events
- Lenten Retreat - March 11-13, 2007
- A Cure for Budget Woes
- An Evening with Rev. John Thomas - Wednesday, January 17, 2007
- Workshop: Renewing Worship Without a Drumset - January 20
- Woodbury Management Workshop - February 8-9, 2007

Shoebox Ministry
Dear Fellow Members of the ANTS Beloved Community:

On the morning of December 21st members of the Student Baptist Fellowship along with faculty and staff members loaded and delivered 317 Christmas and Holiday Shoeboxes to Pine Street Inn, Victory House, and the women and children of Casa Myrna Vazquez Inc. The directors of these agencies have asked me to pass along their gratefulness for your efforts. Many persons, families, and children were - through your caring action - reminded of their membership in God's beloved community. For people who are homeless, the hardship of not having a place of their own to lay their heads down in peace continues, but it is a small comfort to know people are thinking about them and their plight. Thank you all for extending a piece of hope to people who happen to be homeless during this past Season. I hope this annual exercise will continue and serve as a means to keep our minds and our energies focused on fighting the structural causes of homelessness and poverty.


Toni DiPina
ANTS Baptist Fellowship Group

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.

The day will begin with welcoming refreshments followed by an interactive presentation with Beverly Preswood Taylor, Executive Director of the Brookfield Institute, a nonprofit organization which strives to builds peace through integrating the practices for becoming healthy persons, healthy communities and a sustainable earth.

A buffet luncheon will follow the program. The event will end with a brief interfaith worship service.

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

Cost: Fee includes luncheon

Luncheon $25
Students $5

Mail to:
Rev.Liz Magill
168 Church St.
Waltham, MA 02452
on or before January 11, 2007

email or call 508-450-0431 for more information

SAVE THE DATE: NEWMA RETREAT at Miramar in Duxbury
APRIL 24-26, 2007

Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Spring Events
"Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - A Series of Events for Seminarians"

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.

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 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 ($20 per session), made payable to MACUCC to:

Kris LoFrumento
One Badger Road
Framingham. MA 01702

More information and registration form:

Lenten Retreat - March 11-13, 2007
A Lenten Retreat of Poetry and Prayer

Professor Mark S. Burrows
Glastonbury Abbey
11 - 13 March 2007

Lent: a tender season when we chart the depths of Spirit in our lives, renew our sense of proportion, attend to the "space" of the heart, and reflect on the fragile and precious beauty that is ours.

This retreat of poetry and prayer focuses on one the great poems of the 20th century, "East Coker" from T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets. It will structure our gathering as we read and reflect upon the poem and hear in it Eliot's call to "arrive where you are, to get from where you are not" (here citing St. John of the Cross). No prior knowledge of or experience with Eliot's poetry is expected.

Meditative in tone, the retreat will blend talks on the poem, conversation with other retreatants, and time and space for one's own reflection.

This two-day retreat begins on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., at the guesthouse of Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA. It concludes on Tuesday, after lunch. All retreatants have private rooms (shared baths); the cost ($175) includes all meals.

Space is limited to sixteen.

To register and reserve a space, please contact:
Ms. Jennifer Shaw, at: (617) 964-1100, ext. 228; or

A Cure for Budget Woes
Are church budget challenges making the new year something less than happy? Andover Newton has an on-line continuing education seminar that can help. It's "'Prophetable' Stewardship: What Every Pastor (and Church Leader) Needs to Know about Church Finance." You can check it out, along with other continuing education opportunities, at The registration deadline is February 2, so act quickly!

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.

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:

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:

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand