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Friday, May 11, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Friday, May 11, 2007 OUTSIDE EVENTS

NHCC Celebrates Gay Pride Month With a "Shower of Stoles"

During the first two Sundays in June, the Newton Highlands Congregational Church at 54 Lincoln St. will celebrate its "Open and Affirming" commitment with a display of 30 ministerial stoles from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender persons active in the faith communities around the world. The stoles will be displayed in the newly renovated Great Hall on Sunday, June 3 from 12:30 to 2 PM and Sunday, June 10 during the Highlands Village Day from 12 PM to 3 PM. The display is open to the public free of charge. Donations to support the Shower of Stoles Projects will be gratefully accepted. All are welcome.
"The Shower of Stoles is a collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. These religious leaders have served in twenty-six denominations and faith traditions, in six countries, and on three continents. Each stole contains the story of a GLBT person who is active in the life and leadership of their faith community in some way: minister, elder, deacon, teacher, missionary, musician, administrator, or active layperson. This extraordinary collection celebrates the gifts of GLBT persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity."
The Newton Highlands Congregational church is handicapped accessible on the first floor from the ramp on Lincoln St. For further information or questions, please check the NHCC web site at or call the office at 617-527-3898.

Creative Worship Planning Retreat
Stewardship often hard to talk about. Stewardship, however, is not all about money, but more importantly it is about faith formation - what we believe and how we live out those beliefs. We will come together this day, as clergy and lay leaders, to talk about how we can incorporate stewardship into the lives of our churches including in our worship services. It is in Sunday worship, where most people, encounter the Word and can be transformed by the message.

All the details:
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
(9 AM coffee, tea, and pastries)
at Edwards House on the MACUCC's Framingham grounds
$35 covers materials and lunch
*scholarship money is available...just email or call Kris LoFrumento, 508-875-5233 x274
Two ways to register:
-Email Kris LoFrumento so materials can be prepared for you and bring a check to the event to cover the registration fee OR
-Register online and pay with a card by visiting

March with the UCC at the Boston Pride Parade
Saturday, June 9!
12 Noon

Individuals and church groups are encouraged
to march with the MA Conference UCC float.
Bring your church banners, wear fabulous t-shirts, bring sunblock!
No cost to march with the float - the fees have been paid.

Please email Kathie Carpenter
ASAP, but no later that May 30, 2007 to sign up:
- your name, email and phone (must have this for last minute info)
- the name of your church
- your guess as to the number of people attending
- whether you will carry your church banner

More info to follow after you sign up,
including info on the new parade route,
new location for the Pride Interfaith Service,
and where to gather before the parade.

Sent from the MA Conference Open and Affirming (ONA) Task Force

Conferences at Yale Divinity School
Dear colleagues,

I would like to call your attention to 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. 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

2. 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:

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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Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand