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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, January 31, 2007

- Episcopal Worship - Tuesday, February 6
- Student Loan Information Session will be held - Friday, Feb. 2 and Tuesday, Feb. 6
- Prof. Kirk Jones' Courses Starting February 15
- Farewell Reception for Sharon Taylor - Feb. 5
- Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Next Session February 8, 2007
- Woodbury Management Workshop - February 8-9, 2007
- UPDATED: From Ashes to Easter: Preaching and Music through the Season of Lent - Feb. 16
- Healing Our Borders: A Faithful Response to Immigration - February 13, 2007

Men's Fellowship gatherings will be on Mondays from 1-1:50pm in the Berkeley Lounge (NOTE: Location changes are TBA). Our first meeting will be on Monday, February 5th. All are invited for times of prayer and open discussion. Interested? Come and see what we're all about!

Questions? Contact Jason Alspaugh at or Amanda Ladegard at

Episcopal Worship - Tuesday, February 6
Please join us for a service of Holy Eucharist on Tuesday, February 6th at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Presiding and preaching will be The Rev. Sheela Jeyaraj. All are welcome.

Student Loan Information Session will be held - Friday, Feb. 2 and Tuesday, Feb. 6
February 2 at 10:30 in Upper Noyes
February 6 at 12:00 in Upper Noyes

Students who did not attend an information session in the Fall must attend one of the sessions in order to have their Spring loan payment credited to their account.

Prof. Kirk Jones' Courses Starting February 15
The following courses will begin on Thursday, February 15:

CMPR 630 - The Jazz of Preaching
ETHI 780 - With Head and Heart: The Writings of Howard Thurman

Farewell Reception for Sharon Taylor - Feb. 5
Monday, Feb. 5
3:30 -5:00 p.m.
Peck COnference Room

As you already know, Dr. Sharon Taylor has resigned her position as Librarian of the Franklin Trask Library to accept a position as Librarian at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

We will hold a Farewell Reception for Sharon on Monday, February 5th from 3:30 to 5:00 in the Peck Conference Room. We hope that you will be able to attend to celebrate Sharon's 17 years of service to Andover Newton Theological School. So put the date on your calendar and come and join us as we honor Sharon and bless her on her way to a new adventure in her life.

Bill Herzog II
Dean of the Faculty

Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Next Session February 8, 2007
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 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
One Badger Road
Framingham. MA 01702

More information and registration form:

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:

UPDATED: From Ashes to Easter: Preaching and Music through the Season of Lent - Feb. 16

Friday, February 16, 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.

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand