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Friday, April 20, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Friday, April 20, 2007 OUTSIDE EVENTS

A Day of Reflection on Faith-Based Nonviolence and Peacemaking 2nd Annual Nonviolence Conference
sponsored by The Peace With Justice Task Force of the NH Conference United Church of Christ

Saturday, April 28th
Registration is 8:30-9:00am
Conference is 9:00am-3:00pm

WHERE: Hopkinton High School
COST: $15 per person/ $5 per


• Keynote Speaker Workshops
• U.S. Department of Peace Campaign
• Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living
• Democracy in Action: Your Voice and the NH Primary
• To the Village Square: the Clamshell Alliance and the Nonviolent Movement to Stop Nuclear Power
• Beating Swords into Plowshares: Changing America's Budget Priorities

Hopkinton High School Peace Club
NH Council of Churches, NH Faithful
Democracy, NH Sisters of
Mercy, NH Peace Action, Seacoast
Peace Response, Priorities NH, NH
Veterans For Peace, Neighbors
Advancing Nonviolence, Pace e Bene
Nonviolence Education Service,
American Friends Service
Committee's NH Program,
Peterborough UU Social Justice
Wesley United Methodist Church,

Rev. Gordon Crouch
First Congregational Church UCC
1548 Hopkinton Road
Hopkinton, NH 03229

The Crossing Turns the BIG ONE
April 19, 2007
St Paul's Catherdral, 138 Tremont, Boston
More info:

The Crossing is an emergent church with support from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. This Thursday we are celebrating our first year of existence with a PARTY!! Come one and all.
"Where real church meets real life".

Contact: Tempest Brevard

Voices Rising: Now We Become Ourselves

Leora Zimmer, Artistic Director
Jennifer Greene, Accompanist

Sunday, May 6, 3:30 PM
The Congregational Church of Needham,
United Church of Christ
1154 Great Plain Ave., Needham

In Now We Become Ourselves,
Voices Rising sings of our bodies' physical and spiritual triumphs
and perceived failings - a musical examination of self image
and a celebration of beauty and strength.

Voices Rising is a women's chorus, founded upon feminist principles of
community, inclusivity, activism and education. They sing together to
give voice to their lives, identities and beliefs, and to celebrate the
diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and women's communities
in and around Boston.

Immacul*e Ilibagiza: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Sunday, April 22, 2007

4:00 pm

Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston

invites you to

The Dr. Michael and Joyce Kolligian Distinguished Speaker Series

Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston

Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall

145 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Corner of Brattle and Sparks Streets

Reception and book signing follows her talk.

Open and free to the public.

Immacul*e Ilibagiza will share her inspiring and triumphant story of survival and how she discovered God during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. We welcome her visit in April at a time when Armenians around the world will commemorate the 92nd Anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass - Hancock Church Lexington - April 29th
The Chancel and Cantata Choirs of Hancock Church in Lexington invite to enjoy a choral masterpiece with soloists and orchestra on April 29 during the 10:00am worship service. Composed in 1798 by Franz Josef Haydn. The "Lord Nelson Mass" or "Missa in Angustiis" is one of his most exciting works. Opening in the key of d-minor, six movements, only slightly altered from traditional Latin text, it is meant to reaffirm trust and hope in times of uncertainty. The mass concludes in an eloquent plea for peace.

Conductor: Jane Flummerfelt

Soloist: Jennifer Boudette – Soprano
Valerie Arboit – Alto
Kurt Walker – Tenor
Jeramie Hammond – Bass

Choir: Hancock United Church of Christ Chancel Choir and Cantata Choir

The Spring Meeting of the Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers
Wednesday, May 9, 2006, 9:00am - 1:00pm
At First Parish in Milton

"Moulding for Ministry: How Seminarians are formed for Parish ministry"

Speakers: The Rev. Dr. Paul Adkins of the First Congregational Church
in Shrewsbury
And: The Rev. David Johnson, Advisor to UU students at Andover Newton
for the last decade

Theological Education is under pressure from trustees, denominational
authorities, donors, faculty, students and from a changing
theological climate with many conflicting directions and forces. Few
theological schools have the resources they had just a few years ago.

The Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers is an
ancient and honorable body of clergy, inviting and including any
ministers who serve churches that were part of the "Standing Order"
of the Commonwealth before the separation in the early 19th century.
Thus it includes UCC, CCC, NACCC, UUA and potentially other ministers
in its continuing membership. It meets once or twice a year for
programs, business and fellowship.

Reservations: Please call or write:
Rev. David Johnson
P.O. Box 176 , Hudson, MA 01749
(978) 562-9180
e-mail -

9:00 Coffee - Registration - $10
Collegial Gathering
9:30 Worship
10:30 Presentation - Discussion
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Adjournment

Church Address: First Parish in Milton
535 Canton Ave., Milton, MA
Phone (617)698-6329

Unitarian Universalists to Honor Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author April 22

(April 17, 2007) The Unitarian Universalist Association's 2007 Melcher Book Award will be presented to Debby Applegate for her book, The Most Famous Man in America, a biography of the celebrated and controversial minister and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher. The book was recently awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for best biography.

"Henry Ward Beecher is one of the great preachers of the American experience, and a rich source still for American religious thought," the Melcher Book Award Committee wrote, announcing this year's winner. "Only when we understand what happened to American theology in his lifetime, and the leading role he played in it, will we understand the challenging religious situation in which we now live."

The award ceremony, followed by a reading and a question-and-answer session with the author, will be hosted by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, located on Church Street in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass.

The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, and members of the media are invited to attend. The Cambridge Forum, a long-running public affairs program on public radio, will audiotape the event for future re-broadcast. Applegate will also sign copies of her book at the program's conclusion.

In Applegate's words, the biography tells the riveting story of the person Abraham Lincoln called "the most famous man in America" - who became the nineteenth century's most famous preacher, until he was accused of seducing his best friend's wife.

Applegate said it felt ironic that the story of Henry Ward Beecher - whose own father had led the anti-Unitarian movement two centuries ago - should be honored with the UUA's literary prize.

"I am just honored, and surprised, and delighted," Applegate said.

Established in 1964, the Frederic G. Melcher Book Award is given annually by the UUA to a work published in the United States during the past calendar year judged to be the most significant contribution to religious liberalism. Previous recipients include Marilynne Robinson, James Carroll, Richard Rodriguez, Toni Morrison, Dorothy Day and Joseph Campbell.

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.

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

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:

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

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,

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