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Friday, March 30, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Friday, March 30, 2007 OUTSIDE EVENTS BOARD

Stroll-a-thon for Climate Action!
Take action today for our children's future

Saturday, April 14th, 2007
9 - 11 am
Brookline (Coolidge Corner), MA

Registration 9-9:45 am: Singing and dancing with Julia Priest of Music
Together Newton. Come early to join the fun! * The first 100 stroller
teams who register will receive a bag of discounts from local businesses!

Stroll-a-thon kick-off 10 am: StrollerFit's Diane Pokorny Wilson and her
crew will lead the way. Then musicians will get us singing favorite tunes
as we groove thru Coolidge Corner! And Whole Foods will greet us with
snacks and drinks at the finish line!

Global warming is the most urgent issue of our time.

Join other incredible moms (and family and friends) as we empower ourselves,
our children, and our local communities to raise awareness and funds for
Massachusetts Climate Action Network and its local chapters.

Our Stroll-a-thon for Darfur last November had over 200 people and raised
over $5,000.

See what all the buzz is about!

For more info, check out

God, Gays and Faith: Journeys through Challenging Terrain
On Thursday, April 12, Lexington's Respecting Differences Coalition will present "God, Gays and Faith: Journeys through Challenging Terrain". The panel of distinguished clergy from several faith traditions will include: Rabbi Steven Greenberg, an Orthodox rabbi in modern-day Judaism; Rev. Zina Jacque, a Baptist minister and former executive director of Boston's Ten Point Coalition; and Rev. Walter Cuenin, who formerly served the Archdiocese of Boston in several parish ministries including Lexington's Sacred Heart Church, and is currently the Catholic Chaplain at Brandeis University. Maggie Herzig, of the Public Conversations Project, will moderate the discussion.

Panel members will share the stories of their spiritual journeys as they have intersected with homosexuality and gay and lesbian people. The goal of the forum is to illuminate for the audience the journeys of three people deeply engaged in different faith traditions, as their perspective on gay and lesbian people has developed in the context of those traditions and their experiences.

The forum will take place at 7:30 pm at Hancock Church, 1912 Massachusetts Avenue (on Lexington Green) in Lexington, MA and will be followed by a brief reception. The evening will be free, and open to the public.

The speakers are a distinguished, widely diverse group. Rabbi Greenberg, currently the only openly gay Orthodox rabbi in world Judiasm, is a senior teaching fellow at the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Raised in Columbus, Ohio, he received his BA in Philosophy from Yeshiva University, and his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Featured in the acclaimed 2001 film Trembling Before G-d, about gay Jews, Rabbi Greenberg is the author of the groundbreaking book Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), which explores homosexuality and Jewish tradition. He is a founding member and educational advisor of Open House in Jerusalem, an organization that advances the cause of social tolerance.

Rev. Jacque is a Baptist minister and former Executive Director of the Ten Point Coalition, an organization of more than 60 churches addressing issues of youth at risk, and former director of pastoral counseling at Trinity Church in Copley Square. Rev. Jacque also served as Protestant chaplain at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., and as director of Christian education for the First Baptist Church of Melrose, Mass. Before beginning her ministries in the Boston area, Jacque spent 17 years as a college administrator, holding positions at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of California/Santa Cruz and Mills College. A graduate of Northwestern University, she holds a master's degree from Columbia University and a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University.

Father Walter Cuenin is currently the Catholic chaplain at Brandeis University following many years as pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Newton, Ma. Before that, he had also served in Lexington as pastor of Sacred Heart parish. Rev. Cuenin's ministry has been marked by its effort to include gay and lesbian people in worship and dialogue. In 2006, he received the Pride Interfaith Coalition award and spoke at the interfaith service preceding Boston's Gay Pride Parade.

Maggie Herzig, moderator, is one of the founders of the Public Conversations Project, a Watertown-based non-profit that fosters constructive conversations among people with different identities, values and world views. She is co-author of a new book, "Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide from the Public Conversations Project." She has facilitated dialogues on a range of topics including abortion, sexual orientation and scripture, and forestry practices. She has also facilitated interfaith, Arab-Jewish, and Jewish-Muslim dialogues.

The mission of the Respecting Differences Coalition of Lexington is to affirm the dignity of all human beings by educating the community about issues relating to the safe and respectful treatment of all community members, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

For more information call Meg Soens, 781 863-2753

Health Care Chaplaincy and CPE Supervision
Friday, April 13 (Please RSVP to Jeff VonWald by Tuesday, April 10 using
Noon-1 pm
Andover Hall 103
Harvard Divinity School
45 Francis Avenue; Cambridge, MA

About the guest speakers:

Michelle DeCoste. Rev. DeCoste is clinical pastoral education supervisor
at Havenwood Heritage Heights, a continuing care retirement community in
Concord, New Hampshire. A graduate of Episcopal Divinity School, where
she focused on feminist theology, she recently was certified as an
associate supervisor in the certification process through the
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. She is also an ordained
minister in the United Church of Christ and has a passion for
spirituality and aging and incorporating arts into pastoral care.

Gordon Postill. Rev. Dr. Postill is the Massachusetts state
representative for the Association of Professional Chaplains, an
association of nearly 4,000 members involved in pastoral care,
representing more than 150 faith groups. A board-certified chaplain, he
is also spiritual counselor at Old Colony Hospice in Randolph,
Massachusetts; a pastoral care specialist with the American Association
of Pastoral Counselors; a member of the American Red Cross Critical
Response Team; and ordained minister in the United Church of Canada.

Please join us!

Nine Themes in April: A Free Conference Guided By Catholic Social Teaching

Seeking and Working for Social Justice and Peace as Guided by Nine Themes of Catholic Social Teaching: An Easter Novena and Conference at Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, Massachusetts

April 10-21, 2007

* See ( for directions).

The conference is dedicated to the memory of the late Joe Fahy, CP, priest of the poor and Elizabeth (Thomas) Bailie, lay anchoress

The Theology and Religious Studies and Campus Ministry Community at Anna Maria College in Paxton invite you to a multi-day conference on the nine themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Each day of the conference is devoted to one of the nine themes. This spring conference purposely coincides with the production of Anna Maria's student musical, "Cotton Patch Gospel", by Harry Chapin, which will be presented on the evenings of Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 at 7 PM.

The Novena/Conference aims to increase understanding of and enthusiasm for the faithful pursuit of social justice and peace called for by Scriptural inspiration and admonition, Christian tradition, and the century-plus old promulgation of social encyclicals issued by recent Popes. The Conference will also attend to the documents of the Ecumenical Councils and select pastoral letters issued by Bishops' conferences.

Our conference is also purposely coincidental with and supportive of the College of the Holy Cross' conference to be held on April 13-14 honoring the life and work of Dr. David J. O'Brien, Professor of History and Loyola Professor of Roman Catholic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross and the liturgical celebration of Anna Maria College's 60th anniversary year on Saturday, April 21, celebrated by Bishop Robert J. McManus.

Exhibits reflecting Catholic Social Teaching and apostolic labors for justice and peace will be on display in the Mondor-Eagan Library. The exhibits will run April 10 - April 22.

For further information, contact Dr. Michael Boover at (508) 849-3431 or e-mail or call Harry Duchesne, campus minister, at (508) 849-3205 or e-mail .

Events from the Massachusetts Conference, UCC
Read the Pastoral Excellence Program Newsletter

New England Association of United Church Educators - May 8-10, 2007
Save the date: NEAUCE at Craigville
May 8-10, 2007

Catch the Faith---Pass it On with Keynote Speakers and Worship Leaders from The Youth and Family Institute. More information to come but now is the time to mark your calendar.

For more information:

New Jobs on the Web Site
Visit the Jobs Board on the ANTS web site at:

Several new job opportunities were posted this week.

There is a link to the Jobs Board from the ANTS Home page under Student Quick Links in the right column.

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

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.

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.

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand