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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, September 26, 2006

In this message:


- Military Chaplains in the BTI?
- BTI Symposium: Science and Religion - Tomorrow
- Bluegrass Gospel Project Concert
- BTI Newsletter Available - Sept. 26, 2006
- Water Line Installation Notice
- Writing Tutor at Andover Newton


- New Employee Welcome
- A-C and Farwell Have New Locks!
- SA Meeting - October 3, 2006
- BTI Student Retreat
- The Church Embodied
- Mandala Meditation Group
- Theologians Under Hitler
- CPE Fair
- UU Worship
- Thursday Art Night

Military Chaplains in the BTI?
Tom Porter (BUSTh) and Rodney Petersen are working with some students from Harvard and BUSTh to collect names of military chaplains who are in BTI schools (whether or not they have served in the Gulf War or Afghanistan). As you know such persons, please forward their names.


Rodney L. Petersen, PhD
Executive Director, Boston Theological Institute

BTI Symposium: Science and Religion - Tomorrow

Wednesday, September 27: 4:30 pm

Symposium: Chemical Systems and The Origins of Life - Philosophical and Theological Musings on the Origin of Life

Presenter: Dr. Ross Stein

Place: Episcopal Divinity School - Washburn Lounge

Dr. Stein is Director of the Laboratory for Drug Discovery in Neuroregeneration at the Harvard Center for Neuroregeneration and Repair. Following a long career in pharmaceutical industry, where he performed ground-breaking research and was instrumental in developing several drugs, Dr. Ross accepted his position on the Harvard research staff and duties as Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Stein has profound philosophical ideas on the origin of life based on his scientific research and his position as a person of faith. He will share these ideas with us in this fascinating symposium.

Lecture at 4:30 will be follwed by an optional dinner. the dinner is free to BTI Certificate Students. All others: $10.

Bluegrass Gospel Project Concert
October 6

The Bluegrass Gospel Project is getting rave reviews all over New England. ANTS students, staff and faculty are being offered free admission to their Friday, October 6 concert at Old South Church in Boston. The concert is at 7:30. If you would like to attend please e-mail Jeff Jones at by Wednesday, October 4 to insure that your name is on the list for complimentary admission. All you'll need to do is give your name at the door.

Jeff Jones
Director of Distance Learning

BTI Newsletter Available - Sept. 26, 2006
The September 26, 2006 issue of the BTI Newsletter and back issues are available on-line at

Water Line Installation Notice

Due to the installation of the water line for the new Chapel, the road at the end of the Quad in front of the Chapel will be closed to all traffic. Traffic may exit through Hebrew College or come around the buildings and exit in front of the Library. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Building & Grounds

Writing Tutor at Andover Newton

I welcome EVERY ANTS student, whether or not you think you have a ‘writing problem.’ I believe everyone can become a better writer, and am happy to help you figure out how. So please come see me, and send your friends!

I’m in Worcester 302 every Tuesday 10 to 3, and alternating Thursdays 12-3.

Drop by if you like. To be sure of an appointment, email me:
I can work with you by email, but let’s meet in person first.

And note that I will be missing for a couple weeks in late Oct/early Nov.--so think about coming in soon!

Helen Snively


New Employee Welcome

It gives me great pleasure to announce Peter Gibson as our new Accountant-Receivable and Student Accounts person. Please stop by the Business Office to welcome and introduce yourself to our new staff member.
Thank you

Michael P. Delfino
617-964-1100 Ext 284

A-C and Farwell Have New Locks!

This past spring and summer all the locks in Farwell and Appleton Chase Halls were changed. We made these changes in response to residents' concerns about security and safety. What this means practically is that those of you with an EX-1 key will no longer be able to enter those buildings with your keys. Please be sure and call ahead to have the person you're visiting ready to let you in.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

SA Meeting - October 3, 2006
Tuesday, October 3rd
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dining Hall

Please submit any agenda items to Len Hayward,, no later than Sunday, October 1st, Noon.

Hope to see you there!

Contact: Len Hayward

BTI Student Retreat - Sept. 29 - Oct 1
The deadline for the following BTI Student Retreat has been extended until Tuesday, September 26, 2006.

A BTI Student Retreat for Creation Consciousness
Friday-Sunday: 29 September - 1 October
Camp Wilmot (2 hour drive: near New London, New Hampshire)

Begin the school year with an engaged spiritual journey focused on caring for the commons and the common good, as you engage nature in a new way with Professor John Hart (Boston University School of Theology), Rodney Petersen (BTI Director), and Rob Mark (Camp Wilmot Director and BU graduate) - and a crew of students from the BTI schools!

Cost $55.00 (payable to the BTI) for two nights lodging in rustic cabin; 5 meals included, with complimentary copy of Sacramental Commons. Participants should bring warm clothes, sleeping bag, flashlight, and rucksack with personal items. Additional information will be available upon registration.

Persons intending to join us in this BTI Retreat should make application to the BTI
Office (210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459): 617-527-4880;

Plan to attend now - We are limited in the number of persons who can be involved in this event!

More information:

The Church Embodied - October 2-5
Interplay Workshop with Randy Newswanger & Robin Lunn
Have you imagined Christian worship that is fully embodied, that can truly integrate body, mind, heart and spirit, that can incorporate the wisdom and participation of the entire community?
More info:

Mandala Meditation Group - Tuesdays in OCtober
Tuesdays, 6-8pm, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
FHS Center: Third Floor Sturtevant, Room 31

Presented by the FHS Visual Arts Ministry
Facilitated by Joy Honen (Resident Teaching Artist)

Come explore the healing and integrative nature of mandala creation. Mandala, which means “circle” or “sacred wholeness” in the Sanskrit language, is a circular creation that can be drawn, painted, collaged or even danced. Mandala art has been used in nearly every place and time in the history of the world as a means of personal growth, spiritual transformation, healing and as a way to connect to earth’s energy and the wisdom of nature. Both in their creation and as a focus for meditation, mandalas point us to a center within each of us by which everything is ordered. Mandala creation within this small group will strive to be safe, centering and creative.

No previous artistic experience is necessary.
We are all made in the image of a creating god.
$10 fee to cover the cost of materials.
Limited to 5 participants who can commit to being at all five sessions
Advance sign-up requested with Joy at

Theologians Under Hitler - October 5
October 5, 2006
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Stoddard Hall

A New Documentary Film Based on the book by Robert P. Ericksen

A Special Viewing of this New Film
Followed by a Panel Discussion

Emanuel Hirsch, Gerhard Kittel and Paul Althaus were three of the most prominent Christian scholars in twentieth century Germany. They were also outspoken supporters of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. How did this happen? What relationship exists between their political choices and their scholarship? This provocative film asks questions that are of importance for every community of theological education.

Panel Members
Prof. Gordon Kaufman, Harvard Divinity School
Prof. Sharon Thornton, Andover Newton Theological School
Prof. Dick Pierard, Gordon College
Professor Rick Lints, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
Moderator, Prof. Mark Heim, Andover Newton

Sponsored by the Boston Theological Society and The Boston Theological Institute

CPE Fair - October 11, 2006
OCtober 11, 2006
Noyes Hall

The CPE Fair for Fall 2006 will be October 11th in Upper Noyes. The display tables should be set up by around
11:00-11:30 and the formal presentation will start around noon. All will be concluded before Chapel at 1:00.

Sharon (Thornton)

UU Worship - THursdays, Sept. 28
Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
in the Meetinghouse

September 28: Carol Hohle - Experiencing Stillness

We hope you will come to this week's service, "Experiencing Stillness". Carol Hohle will be hosting the student-led service that includes song, meditation, reflection and pondering space, and time to share insights, joys and concerns. Come join us and feel the energy of stillness together.

Thursday Art Night - Sept. 28
Open studio every Thursday in the Lower Studio of the
Meetinghouse, 7-10 pm.
Drop in for as long as you can stay.

Featuring Beginners’ Mosaic Technique (all tools and materials supplied) and other easy to learn art forms

Or come and do your own art form in a community of safe, “no rules” artists.

Some supplies provided or bring your own. Free will donation (to provide supplies)
Contact Joy, Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS, with questions. (

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