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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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- "Empire and the Kingdom of God: The Church's Response" Lecture


- A Taste of Italy - Potluck and Pictures
- Military Chaplains in the BTI?
- Bluegrass Gospel Project Concert
- BTI Newsletter Available - Sept. 26, 2006
- Water Line Installation Notice
- Writing Tutor at Andover Newton
- The Church Embodied
- Theologians Under Hitler
- CPE Fair
- UU Worship
- Thursday Art Night

"Empire and the Kingdom of God: The Church's Response"

A Lecture by
Professor M. Douglas Meeks (Vanderbilt University Divinity School)

"Empire and the Kingdom of God: The Church's Response"
How are Christians in the United States to live and interpret the gospel in the current political context? To what kind of witness "among the nations" does the gospel call us?

This event will explore the context of "empire" in a political and economic context shaped by the dominance of the US as the lone superpower, the pressures of globalization on the poor and developing nations, and the political realities of unilateral military actions and the current administration's disregard of international law and agreements governing civil and human rights (torture, detainment, etc.). The lecture probes how the churches might live in such a time, and what role our witness might be in the public arena.

Response by Dean William Herzog II (ANTS)

Stoddard Hall
Monday, 16 October, 2006
7 - 9 p.m.

This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by the United Church of Christ's Division of Wider Church Ministries and the UCC/UEK Working Group.


A Taste of Italy - Potluck and Pictures
Thursday, September 28th
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (approx.)
Sturtevant Student Lounge

Come join us for an Italian potluck dinner (pizza anyone?) - and a slide
show of pictures from Rome, Orvieto and Florence (my summer WOTA class
through Fuller Theological Seminary)

Contact: Carol Hayward

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

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

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:

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