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Friday, April 13, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Friday, April 13, 2007 OUTSIDE EVENTS

Grace-Filled Conversations Workshop
Grace-filled conversations improve relationships, generate new possibilities
and foster a peace filled vision of the future. Develop your grace-filled
communication skills and learn how to shift from reactive to generative
conversation at this interactive workshop. Join Leslie Becknell, workshop
facilitator, and explore how to listen and speak to each other with more
grace. [Leslie is a seminarian here at Andover Newton.]
Sunday, April 29th, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Fee: $45.
First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Road, Weston
To register email ? or call 781-893-7798.

"Ancestors and the Legacy of Justice and Democracy in an African Setting"

Wednesday, 18 April 2007
4:00 PM
St. John's Chapel, Episcopal Divinity School
99 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Reception to follow

Tyler Room, Burnham Hall

Jacob K. Olupona, Moderator

Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School

Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Gift Makwasha

Th.D. Candidate, Boston University School of Theology

MSASA Scholar '99-'01

Christine Nakyeyune

M.A.T.S. Candidate, Episcopal Divinity School

MSASA Scholar '05-'07

*Massachusetts Scholarships for Africans Studying in America (MSASA) is a joint program of Episcopal Divinity School and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Looking for Lost Lutherans

The MA Conference ONA Task Force got a request from Minister and
President Jim Antal to help in finding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender pastors and those who wished to be clergy who have left the
Lutheran church because of issues with sexual orientation and gender
identity. Rev. Vicki Peterson, an Evangelical Lutheran clergywoman, is
doing research. Jim asked that we be in touch with any clergy we know
to be LGBT and with ONA churches. We have added known allies to the
contact list. Please forward to those who may be able to help.
Thank you,
The ONA Task Force

Here is the request from Rev. Vicki Peterson (ELCA) :
Are you, or do you know, former Lutherans who had to leave their
rostered ministry, lay or ordained, because of orientation or gender
issues? Your participation and/or help is needed. Read about this
research, "Missing Body Parts of Christ," at, or inquire
with an e-mail to

WANTED: FORMER LGBT LUTHERANS who left, or were removed from, their
rostered ministry, lay or ordained, because of orientation or gender
issues, as well as those who left the pathway to ministry within the
Lutheran church. Read about a research project, "Missing Body Parts of
Christ" at, and e-mail inquiries or referrals to Please refer this information to lay members in your
congregation and UCC clergy who might have an interest in this

UCC clergy and laity are invited to assist important research to locate
former Lutherans who now make their spiritual home in the pews and
pulpits of the UCC. This research, "Missing Body Parts of Christ," is
concerned with gaining an accounting of the many glbt persons who left,
or were removed from, the lay and ordained ministries of the Lutheran
church, the ELCA or its predecessor bodies, as well as those whose
pathway to ministry in the Lutheran church was blocked, due to issues
related to orientation or gender identity. If you know lay members in
your local congregation, or clergy within the UCC, who may be
interested in this research, please have them contact Rev. Vicki
Pedersen at More information about this research is
available on the web page of Lutherans Concerned/North America at


The United Church Of Christ In Massachusetts Is Having A Gathering For
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex,
Same-gender-loving, Queer and Questioning Folk

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

7 pm Refreshments
7:30-9 pm Worship and Conversation

United Congregational Church, UCC

6 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2706
(508) 752-3785

Wheelchair Accessible

Sponsored by the MA Conference United Church of Christ
Open and Affirming Task Force

Please RSVP to
April 25, 2007

New England Association of United Church Educators

May 8-10, 2007

Tuesday, May 8:

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

"A Model of Discipleship for the 21st Century;" A Seminar for Clergy, Judicatories
and Educators with Rev. Dr. Dick Hardel and Rev. Dr. David W. Anderson from the Youth
and Family Institute 

Tuesday, May 8 - Thursday, May 10

NEAUCE Annual Conference on Christian Education
"Catch the Faith----Pass it On"
Registration starts at 1:00 pm on Tuesday and the conference ends at 1:00 pm on Thursday.
Click here []
to learn more about these two events and then register today!

For more information on either of these events please contact Nancy Murdock, Chairperson,
New England Association of United Church Educators at 603-432-2313 or
Your Educational Ministries Team

Massachusetts Conference, UCC
The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

Participate in a Study on religious experience

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Department of
Communication need your help with a study about religous experiences.

The online survey is quick, and painless.

The survey seeks participants of any religious affiliation.. If you are a
member of any religious congregation your perceptions and opinions
are of interest to us.

Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Your responses will be completely anonymous and not linked with your
email address or other identifiers in any way. Email addresses will not
be released to any third parties. Results will be reported only in
aggregate form.

In appreciation for you participation, you can receive an advanced copy
of the research report.

Please click on the following link to participate:

Your help is most appreciated.

Thank you very much!


Bryan McLaughlin
Graduate Student
Department of Communication
University of Illinois at Chicago

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

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:

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

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