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Friday, May 04, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Friday, May 4, 2007 OUTSIDE EVENTS

Message from the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry

The Next Constitutional Convention is Scheduled for May 9th
MassEquality has once again reserved space in front of the State House
for people to Rally. Presently the consensus is that the Constitutional
Convention will be postponed to a later date, however that doesn't mean
the legislators don't need to see and hear your support. Our opposition
has been urging their supporters, through radio ads and bulletins, to
contact their legislators to take a vote on the 9th. So please make an
effort to come by the State House on the 9th, and be sure to wear your
vestments. If you are planning on attending please send us an email and
we'll keep you informed on the day's events.

Go to to find out what you can do.

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:

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.

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

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

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:

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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