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Friday, October 20, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, October 20, 2006

NEW
- From Ecology Ministry: FREE TICKETS FOR "Planting Peace" - Tuesday, October 24
- Donations for Victory House

REVIEW
- In Celebration of Rumi: Poetry, Music and Dance - October 22
- Peace Fellowship Discussion on Middle East Conflict - TIME CHANGE
- Evangelical Fellowship Bible Study
- Compline Worship Service 10/24
- Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue at Andover Newton - October 25
- A Reminder to Students from the UCC Fellowship
- Request to students for help at the Open House

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From Ecology Ministry: FREE TICKETS FOR "Planting Peace" - Tuesday, October 24
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An Evening at Boston’s Historic Faneuil Hall with Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
7:30 PM

The Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC Massachusetts Conference Environmental Ministries), Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition and Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation are Co-sponsoring
an exciting major environmental event:

"Planting Peace: An Evening with Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai"
that will take place next Tuesday, October 24th, at 7:30pm at Fanueil Hall in Boston.

Dr. Maathai is the first environmentalist and first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was honored for her contributions to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Since 1976, Dr. Maathai and her Greenbelt Movement have assisted women in planting more than 20 million trees in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Lesotho, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

For more information about this event, please click on the following link: http://www.macucc.org/emj/PlantingPeace2.htm . This event will be an important spiritual and educational event for everyone who attends.

We hope this will be a small step in helping ANTS fulfill its important ministry of educating future ministers about the theological and pragmatic need for the environmental stewardship of our planet for the survival of all creatures, including humankind.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FREE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT CRISTINA CABRERA, ECOLOGY MINISTER ASAP AT 617-872-8275 (cell). FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE (please note that with these free tickets you are saving between $75-$175).

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Donations for Victory House
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Dear Colleagues,

We have begun a relationship with Victory House, residential substance abuse treatment program for men from all cultural backgrounds. You can read more about them at: http://www.vpi.org/programs/victoryhouse/

Their program is committed to providing treatment to individuals who are severely physically or mentally impaired. They are also a leader in serving clients with HIV infection and AIDS. No one is denied admission to Victory House because of these attending health problems or needs. They are in constant need of items for their clients. I have placed a box in the Stoddard Lobby in order to collect donations for them. Donations may be made for women or men. Among the items they need are:

Razors, shaving cream, bar soap, shampoo, T-passes for transportation, white tube socks, t-shirts, toothpaste, tooth brushes, combs, men's underwear, and reading materials (they get plenty of novels so they welcome self-help books, especially about addiction and recovery, inspirational/devotional items and so forth).

They can also use table lamps, sheets, and towels (yard sale items in good shape are fine). Towels and linens are particularly important because when clients graduate from the program Victory House helps them set up an apartment with a few basic items.

If you can donate some items, please do, and thank you.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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In Celebration of Rumi: Poetry, Music and Dance - October 22
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Sunday October 22, 2:00pm
The Meetinghouse at Andover-Newton

Please join us for a special program of worship through traditional Sufi music (live), the dancing of dervishes, and inspiring readings from the work of 13th century Sufi mystic Jelaluddin Rumi, whose poetry is filled with a longing for God the Friend and the Beloved. The programs will close with a traditional Dervish Zikr ceremony.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $7 for seniors and for ANTS students, faculty, and staff. Advance ticket purchase is recommended by October 12th.
For information, contact: 617-277-0036 or ruahspirit@hotmail.com
More information: http://www.ants.edu/community/events/2006/102106rumi.htm

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Peace Fellowship Discussion on Middle East Conflict - TIME CHANGE
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Monday, OCTOBER 23rd

Jonathan Frerichs
World Council of Churches
Ambassador-Middle East for 15 years

Informal Discussion on Peace
SMALL DINING ROOM
Noon to 1:00pm

Discussion on Middle East Conflict
Meeting House
1:00pm -2:00pm

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Evangelical Fellowship Bible Study
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Monday October 23
5:00-5:50pm in the Small Dining Hall

The Evangelical Fellowship at ANTS cordially invites you to a weekly
Bible study beginning Monday, October 23 at 5:00pm in the small dining
hall. Refresh your mind and strengthen your walk with God with reading
and prayer over dinner. The focus of discussion this week will be Isaiah
6.

All are welcome to attend. Also, please login to ANTS Connect and join
our Fellowship group for announcements, events, and discussion.

"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the
fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." Acts 2.42

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Compline Worship Service 10/24
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Please join Professor Burrows in the Meeting House for evening prayer on Tuesday, October 24th from 9-9:30PM. We will pray the Compline psalms as the monks do at Glastonbury Abbey, and end our day together in contemplative service.

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Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue at Andover Newton - October 25
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October 25, 2006
7:00 p.m.
Noyes Hall

On Wednesday evening October 25th, Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) will host an historic dialogue between the national leaders of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the UCC and Rev. William Sinkford, President, of the UUA, will reflect on the historical affinities and divisions between their denominations, and then go on to explore current realities and future possibilities.
More information: http://www.ants.edu/about/news/2006/102506ucc-uua.htm

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A Reminder to Students from the UCC Fellowship
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An important moment in UCC/UUA history will occur here on the hill!

What?
Historic Dialogue

When and Where?
Wednesday October 25th, 2006 , 7:00 P.M. , Noyes Hall

Who?
Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the UCC and Rev. William Sinkford, President, of the UUA, will reflect on the historical affinities and divisions between their denominations, and then go on to explore current realities and future possibilities. This exchange is of interest to clergy and congregants in both denominations because, despite theological differences and the historical controversy that led to their split, in recent years there has been a growing solidarity of the two groups. On a number of issues of progressive religious conviction and social justice the two share common perspectives, and in some communities there are some churches that have become aligned with both denominations.

The program, which will begin at 7:00 PM in Noyes Hall on the Newton campus, will be moderated by Rev. Nick Carter, President of Andover Newton. Joining the principal speakers will be Dr. Elizabeth Nordbeck, Moses Brown Professor of Ecclesiastical History at ANTS (and specialist in New England church history), and Dr. John Buehrens, minister of First Parish in Needham (UUA), author and former president of the UUA. The program is open to the public.

Hope to see you there!

Char Corbett and Cindy Stasko, Co-Moderators
& Dean E. LeFrancois, Treasurer

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Request to students for help at the Open House
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Saturday, November 4:

1) If you represent one of the student groups or fellowships on campus, you are invited to participate in our Fall Open House, either by staffing a table at our Program Fair (Stoddard Lobby or Sturtevant Lounge) on Saturday, November 4 from 11:30-12:30 (followed by lunch!), or, if you can't be there, providing some written material or sending someone in your place. We would like to be able to show our prospective students the various opportunities for fellowship, fun and service available here at Andover Newton. Contact Peg Carroll at mcarroll@ants.edu or 617-964-1100 x294.

2) We may need some help with hospitality for the event, picking and/or dropping off visitors up at the airport or train station (you would go in pairs and can get reimbursed for tolls, parking, etc.) A car is helpful/needed. If you can help with this, please contact Darrick at djackson@ants.edu or 617-964-1100 x289.

We expect to have about 45-50 people on campus, 15 of whom are planning on staying in our residence halls beginning Friday night. If you are around, we hope that you will give them a warm welcome.

Thank you in advance for your hospitality.

Thanks,
Peg, Darrick and Alex
Admissions/Recruitment Office

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