Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Revive Us Again! Progressive Baptists Gather in February


Revive Us Again!
Revival of our Spirit, Revival of our Baptist Principles
February 16-17, 2007
Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass.
(Andover-Newton Theological School outside Boston is an ecumenical seminary connected with both the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches, USA. ANTS is a merger of the two oldest free-standing theological seminaries in the U.S.: Andover Theological Seminary, founded by Congregationalists [most Congregationalists are now part of the UCC] and Newton Theological Institute, the oldest Baptist seminary in the country.)

This is a gathering of progressive Baptists from around the country, ready to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We are gathering to say that we are Christian, we are Baptist, and we believe our Baptist Principles are foundational to our understanding and sharing of the Gospel.
We are gathering to say that we can be both progressive and evangelical!

Speakers include:
Rev. Cynthia Maybeck, pastor, Trinity Church in Northborough, MA
Rev. Nancy Hitt, pastor, First Baptist Church of Natick, MA
Rev. Dr. Liliana Da Valle
Rev. Alan Newton, Executive Minister, ABC of Rochester-Genesee
Rev. June Cooper, Minister of Outreach, First Baptist Church in Framingham, MA and Executive Director, City Mission Society, Boston, MA

Friday, February 16th, 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
Healing Service and Worship, led by the Rev. Cynthia Maybeck

Saturday, February 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Bible Study and Discussion Groups
Afternoon Workshops
Forum: Update on ABC-USA
Closing Revival Worship 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Newton

There will be a registration fee (to cover the cost of meals on Saturday) of approximately $30.

For accommodations, please see the separate Travel and Accommodations notice.

Revive Us Again!
is endorsed by the following churches and organizations:

The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts,
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
The Samuel Stillman Association (MA)
First Baptist Church, Framingham, MA
First Baptist Church, Greenfield, MA
Please RSVP to Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell at 508-872-1176 or email fbcframingham@verizon.net by January 31st.

Revive Us Again!
February 16-17, 2007 ~ Travel and Accommodations

GETTING TO AND FROM ANDOVER NEWTON THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL

Andover Newton Theological School is located in Newton, Massachusetts. Directions and maps are available on their website, www.ants.edu, and on the left-hand side of the home page, click on "Directions and Map."

Airports: Boston Logan Airport is the closest with public transportation available. T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH are about an hour’s drive away. There are bus services from T.F. Green and Manchester into Boston.

Via public transportation, the "T" (the Boston subway system) has free shuttle buses from the airport to the Airport T stop on the Blue Line. At Government Center, switch to the Green Line, "D" Train. It will take about
10-15 minutes between the Airport and Government Center, and about 30-40 minutes from Government Center to the Newton Centre T stop. As you get off the train in Newton Centre, follow Herrick Road (which crosses the tracks) up the hill to Andover Newton. It is about a 5 minute walk, but it is a steep hill. There is a taxi company on Union Street next to the station (next door to Starbucks). As of January 1, 2007, the T will cost you $1.70 from the Airport station to Newton Centre (inbound from Newton Centre to the airport is approximately twice that). For latest information on fares, maps and schedules, go to www.mbta.com.

Taxi fare from Boston Logan Airport to Newton Centre will run approximately $45.

PARKING

There is limited parking at Andover Newton, due to construction. Please do NOT park at Hebrew College (their campus is adjacent to Andover Newton). You may park at First Baptist Church in Newton, located on the corner of Beacon and Centre Streets, and is about a 10 minute walk to campus. There is parking in Newton Centre; however, most of the parking is metered.

For those traveling from out of town and not staying overnight, you may want to park at the Riverside T Station, located on the Grove Street exit off of
I-95 (two exits south of the interchange with ! I-90) an d then take the T into Newton Centre from there.

ACCOMODATIONS

Andover Newton Theological School is located in Newton, Massachusetts, and hotel costs will be fairly high due to the close proximity to Boston.

ANDOVER NEWTON, 210 HERRICK ROAD, NEWTON CENTRE, MA 617-964-1100 x261 There are a limited number of single-occupancy dorm rooms available for $25 a night on campus. You must supply your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel. There is a bed and mattress, desk, chair and lamp in each room, with bathrooms and showers down the hall. Please call 617-964-1100 x261 to speak with Amelia, the housing coordinator. You will need to send a check payable to Andover Newton Theological School in advance.

WALKER CENTER, 171 GROVE STREET, NEWTON, MA
617-969-3919 x11
The Walker Center is a conference and retreat center in Newton. It is located close to I-95 and I-90, and is about a half-mile walk from the Riverside T Station. The Walker Centre also functions as a Bed and Breakfast, with single rooms for 2007 rates starting at $60 a night, $75 for two to a room. Please call 617-969-3919 x11 for more information.

HOLIDAY INN NEWTON, 399 GROVE STREET, NEWTON, MA 1-888-HOLIDAY The Holiday Inn is located right off of I-95 at the Grove Street exit, and right next to the Riverside T Station. Rooms run from $105-$140 per night.

SHERATON HOTEL NEWTON, 320 WASHINGTON ST, NEWTON, MA
800-346-8357
The Sheraton Hotel Newton is located at the Newton Centre Exit off of I-90 (east from the I-95 interchange). It is not located near a T stop, but is about a 5-10 minute drive to Andover Newton down Centre Street. Rooms run from $119-$149 per night.

BOSTON MARRIOTT NEWTON, 2345 COMMONWEALTH AVE. (RT 30), NEWTON, MA
800-236-2427
The Boston Marriott Newton is located at the interchange of I-90 and I-95 (follow the signs for Rt. 30 East). It is not located near a T stop, and is a 10 minute drive to Andover Newton. Rooms run from $125-$180 per night.

OTHER ACCOMODATIONS
If you are traveling by car, you may want to check accommodations in the neighboring cities/towns, such as Waltham or Dedham. Natick and Framingham are communities less than ½ hour away. The cost may be significantly less.
[Now I have a dilemma. This sounds like a very important conference, but the schedule conflicts with another conference I am trying to attend in Toronto. I do hope some "Mainstream Baptists" will be represented.]

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