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Friday, April 27, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Friday, April 27, 2007 OUTSIDE EVENTS

Conferences at Yale Divinity School
Dear colleagues,

I would like to call your attention to three upcoming events at Yale
Divinity School, both free and open to the public, that may be of
interest to your communities. Please feel free to publicize as

1. A national forum on "Faith and Citizenship" will be held at YDS
May 3-4. The keynote speaker will be E.J. Dionne of The Washington
Post and Brookings Institution. Panel discussions will be held on
"Faith and Citizenship in Global Perspective" and "Faith and
Citizenship in the United States." Further information at

All sessions will be
webcast live at

Attached is a poster for the event.

2. The Yale Center for Faith and Culture is hosting a national
conference May 17-19 on "Equipping Pastoral Leadership." Workshops
and small group conversations will focus on family, work, civil life,
and the arts, all centered around dynamic worship and music. Keynote
speakers will be Miroslav Volf, director of the Center, and Craig
Dykstra, vice president for religion at The Lilly Endowment. A
downloadable conference brochure and other information is available

3. Summer Term and Summer Languages 2007

In June 2007, Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music,
in cooperation with Berkeley Divinity School, will offer an exciting
series of weeklong courses in a variety of fields, including biblical
studies, worship, music, environmental and sexual ethics, pastoral
care, art, and ministry. Three sessions are planned in New Haven,
coinciding with the city's annual International Festival of Arts &
Ideas: June 4-8, June 11-15, and June 18-22.

In addition, a special two-day theological update course will be held
June 20-21, taught by Dean Harold Attridge, Miroslav Volf and other
senior Yale faculty. And, independent of the three-week Summer Term,
language courses in Greek, Hebrew and Latin will also be offered May
29-July 11. Language courses may be taken for regular academic

Further information, including a schedule of fees, is posted online at

Summer Term brochures can be
ordered at 203-432-5358 or

Best regards,

Gus Spohn

Gustav Spohn
Director of Communications and Publications
Yale Divinity School

Pray Daily for Peace
Have you ever wondered what you can do to promote
peace in the world?

Are you often too busy with life's important
obligations ~ family, worship, work or school ~ to
participate in organized peace actions?

Pray Daily for Peace gives you the opportunity to
express your desire for peace in a personal and
powerful way, designed to fit your individual

To support this ANTS student-led initiative,
during lunch in the ANTS cafeteria on Tuesday, May
1st, stop by our table to:

- Put on a peace armband
- Pick-up a Pray Daily for Peace brochure
- Provide your church's e-mail address so we can
tell them about Pray Daily for Peace
- Commit to ask your congregation to join in the
daily prayer effort and the UN International Day
of Peace, September 21, 2007.

For more information visit:

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

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.

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

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.


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

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,

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