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Monday, August 28, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, August 28, 2006

NEW in this message:
- Student Volunteers Needed for Orientation
- Maintenance Work on Buildings This Week
- IPOD Found at Herrick House
- New Interfaith Courses for 2006-2007
- CPE Extended Program at Havenwood-Heritage Heights, Concord, NH - Opening for Sept. 19

Student Volunteers Needed for Orientation
The Student Association is helping with the New Student Orientation on Friday, Sept. 8th, and Saturday, Sept. 9th. We are in need of volunteers during both days.

All volunteers will get:
-The new SA T-Shirt to wear during Orientation
- Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner both days
- Gas money to help with your travel expenses.

We need volunteers to help with:


8:00 - 8:45 am = Welcome
Greet the new students and help them to feel at home. Answer any questions they may have about Orientation, ANTS, faculty and administration, parking, restrooms, number of carbs in the muffins*

8:15 - 8:45 am = Campus Tour
Help show where to find the Classrooms, Bookstore, Cafeteria, Dean of Students' office, President's office, Meeting House, Colby Chapel, Berkeley Lounge, the tunnel between Noyes and Davis*

2:30 - 3:30 pm = SA sponsored Break
Help with the refreshments. Chat with the new students and answer any questions.

6:00 pm = Dinner / SA Town Meeting
As part of the SA Town Meeting, hand out the new SA T-Shirts to the new students.

After Town Meeting to Whenever = SA sponsored "Unwind Time" / Game Time
Help with the refreshments. Chat with the new students and answer any questions. Bring your favorite indoor or outdoor game to play after dinner.


8:30 - 9:00 am = Welcome / Continental Breakfast
Say good morning to everyone. Chat with them and make them feel at home.

9:00 - 10:00 am = Concurrent Sessions

1) International Students Discussion: Give some insight and help to international students.

2) Seminary and Parenting: Give tips and sympathy to parents who are also students.

3) Life as an ANTS Commuter: Tell what life is like as a commuter. What can be expected for traffic, parking, how to find resources near home*

4) Being a Spouse/Partner of an ANTS Student: Tips on how to help your student survive seminary, tips on how students can help their spouses/partners survive seminary.

5) Walk around Crystal Lake: Show a great place nearby to escape to.

10:00 - 10:30 am = Coffee
Help with the refreshments.

10:30 - 11:30 am = Student Life Panel
Participate in a discussion on how students can make the most of their time at ANTS and how to navigate the theological terrain. Talk about the different faith traditions represented at ANTS and how we work toward understanding and celebration of our differences.

3:15 - 4:15 pm = Discover Newton Centre
Lead a tour of Newton Centre showing the favorite places (that neat restaurant down the 3-foot wide alley) and the everyday-but-needed places (pharmacies, banks, Green Line T stop, Starbucks).

After the Cookout to Whenever = Outdoor Games
Bring your favorite outdoor game or indoor game, if it rains.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Len Hayward, SA President ( as soon as possible.

Maintenance Work on Buildings This Week
During this week Frank and the staff at BUilding and Grounds will be doing some work on several of the campus buildings. Weather permitting, Frank will have his men paint the front of Appleton-Chase House. We will be painting only white areas including the overhang. Time permitting they will also start painting the white entrance doors to Kendall, Fuller, Noyes and Dabney.

The roofing company B&G uses will also be on campus to start work on Dabney Hall, Noyes Hall, and Herrick House. Down at the Herrick House they will be working on some valleys, and will be replacing a lot of missing slate.

Frank is on a well-deserved vacation this week, so please hold any questions for him until his return on Sept. 5.


Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

IPOD Found at Herrick House
One of the residents found an IPod on the ground outside of Herrick House this morning. Please e-mail Toni DiPina ( or Adam Marx ( ) if you have lost yours and it will be returned immediately.

New Interfaith Courses for 2006-2007
Major Themes in Jewish and Christian Theology
Langer and Cunningham
Fall Semester, Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm
HC - INTD 527

Interreligious dialogue requires interreligious understanding. This course will build a foundation for genuine dialogue between Jews and Christians by posing fundamental theological questions in a comparative context. Students will gain an understanding of the other tradition while also deepening their understanding of their own, discussing such matters as the human experience of God, the purpose of human existence, the nature of religious community, and the ways that communities respond to challenges, both contemporary and ancient.

The People of the Book: An Introduction to Jewish Sacred Texts for Christian Clergy
Rose and Staff
Winter Seminar
January 2-5, 8-12
9:00 am-12:00 pm

How do you read a page of Talmud? What is midrash? Why are the teachings of Kabbalah so popular today? In this intensive introduction to classical Jewish literature, we will explore the history, theological content, and normative applications of the seminal works of the Jewish religious tradition. At the heart of this course will be a discussion of how and why Judaism evolved into a text-centered tradition. This will include conversation about the cross-fertilization of beliefs and practices among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious thinkers.

Spirituality & Social Justice: Martin Luther King, Jr. & Abraham Joshua Heschel
Rose and Kirk Jones
Spring semester, Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 pm
HC - INTD 560

Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel were two of the most significant religious leaders of the twentieth century. While these men came from very different backgrounds--Heschel from Eastern Europe and King from the American South--they worked closely together on a number of social justice issues throughout the 1960's. In this course we will examine critically the lives & writings of Heschel and King, exploring areas of commonality and difference. How did these men read the sacred texts of their traditions? Who were their teachers and spiritual guides? Where do Heschel and King fit within the history of American religion? What are the legacies of these extraordinary figures in their respective communities and beyond?

CPE Extended Program at Havenwood-Heritage Heights, Concord, NH - Opening for Sept. 19
Are you looking for an innovative CPE extended program focusing on Spirituality and Aging for this fall? We are looking for students to join our CPE extended Unit September 19th, 2006 to April 6th, 2007 at Havenwood-Heritage Heights in Concord, NH. Havenwood-Heritage Heights is a UCC-affliated retirement community of over 600 vibrant retired people ranging from mid-60's to over 100 years old where CPE is an integral part of the Pastoral and Spiritual Care Department. It offers a unique experience in older adult ministry. Students are commissioned as chaplains and do pastoral visiting to residents in their homes, their apartments, Health Center and Concord Hospital. Students also conduct worship and memorial services and groups for residents. The program is 16-hr per week with some weekend worship responsibility. Seminar meetings will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays mornings.

For more information contact: Rev. Michelle DeCoste at 603-224-5363 x 1409 or

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Karen Brockney
617-964-1100 ext. 225