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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, April 25, 2006

In this message
- TOMORROW: Al Qaeda-The Radicalization of Islam in the 21st Century

- TOMORROW: Prom 2006: A Hawaiian Lu'au! - April 26
- BTI Newsletter Available - April 25
- Final SA Meeting - May 2
- STUDENTS: Invitation to Spring Convocation - May 18

- Volunteers Needed for Commencement Luncheon
- Seniors Breakfast - May 3
- Vote! Student Association Elections
- Being the Change We Want to See - Conversations, April 24 - 28
- Border Crossing: Inside Christianity, Islam and Judaism - REGISTER

TOMORROW: Al Qaeda-The Radicalization of Islam in the 21st Century
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Davis 201

Want to understand Al Qaeda and their motives?

Then come to a presentation by
Karen L. Hernandez-Andrews
ANTS, M.A. in Research Student '07
in Christian-Muslim Understanding

This presentation is in conjunction with Professor Mark Heim's
course, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, and will consist of a brief
history of how Al Qaeda evolved, the ideology behind the movement, and
an understanding as to how Al Qaeda utilizes the religion of Islam for
political gain.

Karen holds a BA from Wellesley College in Peace and Justice Studies
with a concentration in Islam and understanding conflict in religion.
She did her Honors Thesis on Al Qaeda.

Please bring your lunch and join us.

For questions please contact Mark Heim at _mheim@ants.edu_
( , or
Karen L. Hernandez-Andrews at _kandrews@ants.edu_

TOMORROW: Prom 2006: A Hawaiian Lu'au! - April 26
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Upper Noyes

Come dance the night away during this year's Hawaiian Lu'au Prom. The
tropical event will occur on Wednesday April 26th from 8:00 - 11:00 pm
in Upper Noyes. If the weather permits we'll also spend time in the
quad! Dress as you are or come in spirit wearing your favorite
Hawaiian/tropical clothes and accessories! All members of the ANTS
community (and their friends and families) are welcome to attend!

BTI Newsletter Available - April 25
The April 25, 2006 issues of the BTI Newsletter and back issues are now
available on-line at

Final SA Meeting - May 2
In the midst of the elections (go vote...takes only a second on
blackboard!), it is also time to gather the agenda items for the final
sa meeting of the year.

when: tuesday, may 2
where: upper noyes
time: noon

come and hear the final plans for our spring events and welcome the sa
exec for 2006 - 2007.

please e-mail all agenda items to lella baker by noon (or so) on
sunday, 4/30.


STUDENTS: Invitation to Spring Convocation - May 18
Dear ANTS Students:

You are cordially invited to this year's Spring Convocation entitled
Saints' Rest: Remembering Sabbath on Thursday, May 18th. Register
online at This is an excellent opportunity to share your
ANTS ministries and your Field Ed ministries with churches, alumni/ae,
Board of Trustees and others via an Exhibit Table. Even better: Dean
Nienhuis will cover exhibitor registration costs of student groups

Together we will explore Protestant and Jewish Sabbath experience,
belief and practice in relation to economic justice. We will be join by
Dr. Mobley, Dr. K. Jones, Dr. Benefiel, Rabbi Or Rose from Hebrew
College, Rev. Laurel Scott from the Interfaith Worker Justice Committee,
Dr. Rodney Petersen from the BTI and Dr. Diane Kessler, keynote speaker
and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

We hope you and your churches will join us! For more info: Or come to Dabney, Garden Level OR call Ext. 206.
We'll set ya up!

Rev. Kerrie Harthan

Volunteers Needed for Commencement Luncheon
Volunteers needed to greet and take tickets for the luncheon that
immediately follows graduation in Upper Noyes, May 20,2006 at noon.
Please call or email Judy Brandon if you are able to help. 617-964-1525
or JBrandon

Seniors Breakfast - May 3
May 3, 2006
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
In the Cafeteria

The UCC Fellowship invites all those who are graduating to gather for a
special breakfast.

This year the Senior Breakfast will be held in the cafeteria on May 3
from 8 am to 11 am.

Seniors please feel free to bring your spouse/partner to this farewell

Check your ANTS email for your invitation.

Duane Romberger

Theresa Stirling

Vote! Student Association Elections
Monday, April 24 - Thursday, April 27
Voting for the 2006-2007 Student Association Elections will take place
online in Blackboard beginning on Monday, April 24th at 7:30 a.m.
through Thursday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Read voting instructions:

Being the Change We Want to See - Conversations, April 24 - 28
Over the past few weeks a small group of students has been discussing
the issues of our institutional culture or the "unwritten curriculum"
here on campus. This impromptu conversation has raised many questions
about who we are and how we are seeking to Build the Beloved Community.
Because we are aware that there are several other impromptu
conversations within the student population addressing this same issue,
we would like to open the conversation to the entire student body. We
do this in the hope that we can not only find the broken places, but
begin repairing the breach in order to truly live into the vision of
being the place where the "pioneering leadership that is necessary to
transform communities of faith in the 21st century" (ANTS Strategic
Plan) is formed.

Each day during the week of April 24th there will be an opportunity for
the students to be in dialogue with one another about the "unwritten
curriculum". By using a set of focusing questions we will begin
defining our current situation and dreaming our ideal situation. We
will then be asking participants to name what helps or hinders our
movement from where we are to where we want to be. At the end of the
week we hope to have as broad a picture as possible which will then
guide us in determining what comes next.

For now, this will be a student only conversation. The hope is that we
can create safe space for all students who want to be heard.

Meeting Location and Times: Upper Noyes

Monday dinner 5-6PM
Tuesday through Friday lunch 12-1PM

Anyone who can't make it to one of these meetings is encouraged to
submit materials via email to Erica Baron at

Focusing Questions for the Meetings:

-In relationship to being a student here at ANTS

-What is your current situation?

-What is your ideal situation?

-What factors work against your ideal situation?

-What factors work for your ideal situation?

Facilitators at the meetings:

Erica Baron, Stephanie Haskins, Lisa Kemper, Robin Lunn, and Dawn

So, please participate in whatever way you can. There will be an
opportunity each day for face to face dialogue as well as the option to
send an email response to the questions posed. It is only in our united
willingness to participate that we can Build the Beloved Community. Let
us all Be the Change We Want to See.

Border Crossing: Inside Christianity, Islam and Judaism - REGISTER NOW
**Classes are filling up quickly for this event!

May-June, 2006

Border Crossing: Inside Christianity, Islam, and Judaism
Springtime Evening Classes for Adults
Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College

Join us for a series of eye-opening short evening classes to learn
about the three Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Study texts from the Quran and the Hebrew Bible, compare Christian and
Jewish thinkers such as Heschel and Neibuhr, understand what
differentiates Evangelicals from fundamentalists and other Christian
denominations and explore the real story of how women in Islam are
building bridges between modernity and tradition.

Muhammad and the Quran: An Introduction to Islamic Thought with
Dr.Tariq Jaffer (Monday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: May 1, 8, 15, 22; June 5)

Giants of 20th Century Jewish and Christian Thought: Heschel and
Neibuhr with Rabbi Or Rose (Monday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: May 1, 8, 15, 22;
June 5)

Reading Between the Lines: Jewish Interpretations of the Hebrew Bible
with Rabbi Reuven Cohn (Tuesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m., May 2, 9, 16, 23; June

Biblical Crossroads: Christian and Jewish Approaches to the Book of Job
with Dr. Gregory Mobley (Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: May 3, 10, 17, 24;
June 7)

One God, Many Denominations: History and Composition of the Christian
World with Dr. Rodney Petersen (Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: May 3, 10,
17, 24; June 7)

Beyond the Veil: Women, Modernization and Islam with Dr. Deina Ali
Abdelkader (Thursday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 8)

For full course descriptions:

To register:

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney
617-964-1100 ext. 225