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Friday, March 23, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Friday, March 23, 2007 OUTSIDE EVENTS

Young Adult Service Opportunity (YASO) on Saturday, April 14th

Gather with Young Adults who are affiliated with the United Church of
Christ (UCC) for an afternoon and evening of activism and service. Come
for the whole time or just to a part.

2:00 - 4:00 PM Step It Up 2007: National Day of Climate Action Meet up
at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common to join the "One Earth, One
Climate" rally. We will bring our voices to the cry for an 80% carbon
reduction by 2050. We will also join in a human chain to mark what will
be the new Boston waterline if drastic measures are not taken to help
our climate. [Take the MBTA Red or Green Line to Park Street or park at
the Boston Common public parking lot]. More info can be found here: <>;

4:00 - 5:30 PM Dinner at a nearby location - please bring money to cover
your own expenses.

5:30 - 6:00 PM Drive or take the MBTA Red Line to Quincy Center and the
Prison Book Program.

6:00 - 8:00 PM Volunteer at the Prison Book Program* located in the
basement of the United First Parish Church 1306 Hancock Street Quincy,
MA. We will be sorting, organizing, and/or packing books up to mail out
to prisoners. For more info on this great organization visit: <>;

Please RSVP, to Kris LoFrumento,
<> or 508-875-5233 x274, so we know that
you're planning on coming by Wednesday, April 11, 2007.

*Childcare can be available from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, please let Kris know if
you'll need it as soon as possible, but no later than 4/11/07, as well
as the ages of your child/ren. Children are welcome to join us from
2-6PM under parental or guardian care and supervision.

This event is sponsored by the Young Adult Ministry of the Massachusetts
Conference, United Church of Christ.

Msgr. John Radano, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, to speak May 1, 2007

You are invited to the plenary meeting of the Commission on Christian Unity of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, Tuesday May 1, 2007 from 10:00 A.M. to 12 noon, with lunch to follow. Rev. Msgr. John A. Radano, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will deliver the lecture "'A real, though incomplete communion through our baptism...' How real is it? Ecumenical developments 25 years after Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry." The plenary lecture is hosted by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, 162 Goddard Avenue, Brookline MA. To make a lunch reservation, please RSVP by Thursday April 26, 2007 to the Massachusetts Council of Churches at 617-523-2771 or Information on the lecture and directions to the Metropolis of Boston may be found at the website

Learn the Management of Aggressive Behavior

Disruptive congregants and aggressive interest groups are out there.

Learn techniques for preventing and diffusing aggressive behavior as well as strategies to avoid physical harm.

On Wednesday April 18 from 5:30-8:30, American Women in Radio & Television presents an evening with Bonnie S. Michelman, Director of Police at Massachusetts General Hospital. Bonnie will discuss understanding certain behavior and intervention methods, ways to plan and act, methods of communication, signals to understand, recognizing anxiety, managing verbal aggression and mistakes to avoid when being confronted.

A light dinner and networking will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and the program follows at 6:30pm. This program will take place in Boston and complimentary parking will be available. The rate is $25 for students w/ID and $45 for others. Advance reservations and payment are required.

Register by contacting Melissa Gaudette at and find more information at

The coming Climate Crisis: how we can respond
After the climate walk next week, join us for a presentation about global warming and what we as individuals and as a country can do about it. The Rev. Jeff Barz-Snell is a Unitarian Universalist minister and longtime student of the environment. He spent the last year studying climate change at Tufts University and recently completed an intensive training with Al Gore and his Climate Project group in Nashville, Tennessee. The lecture includes a PowerPoint presentation on the latest scientific research on climate change using some of the graphics featured in the documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth. Because this is a live presentation, time will be given to questions and discussion.
Sunday, March 25
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Road, Weston

Volunteers Needed for SOAR
As you may know, SOAR, Service Opportunities After 55 is an RSVP program of the federal volunteer agency, The Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees VISTA, Americorps, and Learn & Serve America. Members of the SOAR program join nearly 1/2 million citizens, age 55 and over who give their time and talents to their local community.

SOAR, Service Opportunities after Fifty-Five is seeking volunteers to work with children an hour or two a week by helping elementary children with reading or math skills, mentoring a young child who has a parent in prison or teaching them how to protect themselves from assault.

SOAR is also seeking volunteers to work with adults by helping new immigrants improve their lives by tutoring English as a second language, mentoring an inmate who is enrolled in BU's College Behind Bars program, helping a student prepare for their GED (high school equivalency exam), providing companionship to an older isolated person or mentoring a woman as she finds a stable path to self-sufficiency.
No experience is necessary for any of these opportunities. Orientation, training and support are provided. Hours are flexible. Please call Jan Latorre-Stiller at 617-969-5906 ext 120 or email at

St. Andrew's Church to Host U2 Eucharist - Sunday, April 29
In response to the movement to Make Poverty History, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Framingham, MA (508-875-5095, will celebrate a special U2 Eucharist at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at 3 Maple Street in Framingham. This special Eucharist will feature music from the catalog of the world-famous Irish rock band U2, including such favorites as "Where the Streets Have No Name", "Yahweh", "Love and Peace (or Else)", "Pride (In the Name of Love)", "Staring at the Sun", and "One." The Rev. Dr. Paige Blair, New England Coordinator for Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, will be the featured preacher. Dr. Blair's sermon title will be "What Can One Person Do?"

A light supper will follow the service. Reservations are required. Call St. Andrew's Church (508-875-5095) between April 1st and 22nd to make a reservation.

Sexuality and the Church
Three sessions in Lent focusing on the theology and psychology of sexuality, gender-consciousness, marriage, and their effect on how we do church. Sponsored by the Western Area Leadership Academy. Sat Mar 17, 9-3 Rev. Leanne Tigert (writer, activist, member of Andover Newton faculty) A Theology of Sexuality: Pastoral Care in Relation to Marriage, Divorce, Premarital Sex, Infidelity, Infertility and Abortion; Sat Mar 24, 9-1 Rev. Ann B.Day (Pastor, Past Coordinator of UCC's ONA Program) Sexual Orientation and the Open and Affirming Church; Sat Mar 31, 9-1 Rev Nancy Taylor (Pastor of Old South Church Boston, Past Minister and President of MACUCC) Marriage, Sexuality, and the Church.
All sessions will be held at Easthampton Congregational Church, UCC, 112 Main St, EAsthampton, MA
To register: Send check for $120* (made out to Western Area Office, UCC) along with your name, address, phone and email to Western Area Office, UCC, P.O. Box 443, Ludlow, MA 01095 *Scholarships are available. Contact Rev. Peter Wells at 413-589-7034 for more information.

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) Launches the Interfaith Youth Initiative (I-FYI)
July 7-15, 2007 and beyond!

Save the date! Nominate youth and young adults today!

I-FYI is a uniquely powerful and transformative experience designed for teens (ages 15-18), as well as college and graduate students serving as mentors and staff.

The theme is "Living the Beloved Community." Together we will update and enact Dr. King's radical spiritual vision of justice and peace, through the eyes of the millennial/Hip-Hop generation.

I-FYI will focus on 5 Core Values: Building Bridges, Training Leaders, Engaging Faith, Making Peace, and Serving Others.

This program offers a powerful, fun, and dynamic mix of community building, workshops, service experiences, and learning trips which will engage urban and suburban realities. Participants will learn about their own leadership and peacemaking styles and develop new skills for transformation in their schools, communities, and congregations. Youth will create film, art, poetry/spoken word, dance and theological reflections on our vision of justice and peace.

Participants will come from diverse religious backgrounds and grow more deeply in their own faith traditions through dialogue and action with others. Leadership will come from the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. All are welcome.

Come join us for this nine day residential immersion experience (July 7-15), with ongoing opportunities in the academic year for mentoring, retreats, and support in pursuing your academic and professional dreams.

For more information: contact Alexander Levering Kern and Matt Carriker at Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM), 474 Centre St. Newton, MA 02458, 617-244-3650, or,

Queering the Church: Changing Ecclesial Structures

April 18th and 19th

Speakers: Mark D. Jordan, Emory University
Marcella Althaus-Reid, Professor of University of Edinburgh
Kelly Brown Douglas, Goucher University
Robert Goss, MCC Valley, North Hollywood
Carter Heyward, Episcopal Divinity School
Irene Monroe, Pine Manor College

The format of the conference is a conversation among pastoral leaders, practical theologians, systematic theologians, and critical theorists.

Synopsis: The conference will raise several important questions in its panels. What happens to the church when it is queered, where queering as a verb can denote a rethinking of sexual identities as well as a challenging of normative understandings of ecclesiology and liturgy? Can a queering of theology do more than critique and deconstruct traditional church structures, practices, performances, and self-understandings by pointing the way forward to the renewal of the church by suggesting new, more liberating and truthful structures, practices, performances, and self-understandings? Is ecclesiology a good meeting place for queer, practical, and classical theologies?

Boston University
745 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Registration Fee: $60.00
Student Fee: $25.00
BU Student Fee: $15.00
Note: Scholarship available if attendance requires significant travel expense

To Register and RSVP visit us at or e-mail

Contact: Alex Hivoltze-Jimenez, Associate Director
Telephone: 617-358-3954
Fax: 617-353-3061

New England Women Ministers Association Annual Spring Retreat
April 24-26, 2007

Miramar Retreat Center
121 Park St.
Duxbury, MA 02331

The NEWMA (New England Women Ministers Association) is an organization of lay ministers, ordained clergy and religious from Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox backgrounds. Their purpose is to affirm the ministries of individual women, and to strengthen the ties which bind women ministers together. They are involved in many kinds of ministries: counseling, religious education, parish ministry, writing, arts, seminary teaching, social outreach, healing, music, hospice, hospital and institutional chaplaincy, and more.

They offer an annual Spring retreat at the Miramar Center in Duxbury, MA, and would like to invite women in ministry to join them at their retreat this year, entitled "Seeds of Shalom", to be held April 24-26, 2007. Please contact them with any questions you may have.

Email or call 508-450-0431 for more information . Checks made out to NEWMA; Mail to:
Registrar, NEWMA
168 Church Street
Waltham MA 02452

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.

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Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand