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Monday, October 23, 2006

ANTS Student E-News Monday October 23, 2006

In this message:


- SA Elections Cancelled
- BSF Worship Services Postponed until Further Notice
- Fellowship for the Peace Fellowship
- Email Through Connect: Verify Your E-mail Address
- BTI Newsletter Available - October 27
- Preaching for Advent and Christmas - Nov. 2
- Current schedule for Thursday UU worship services
- Wednesday Chapel


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

SA Elections Cancelled

No letters of intent were filled for any of the open SA officer positions. As there are no candidates, the elections have been cancelled.

If anyone is interested in filling the Vice President, Secretary or Student Life Committee Chair positions, please contact the SA Exec at

BSF Worship Services Postponed until Further Notice

BSF Worship Services will be postponed until further notice, due to the need for restructuring and planning. I pray God will burden the heart of the faithful to come forward and lead this portion of the fellowship's ministry soon!

Christo Owens

Fellowship for the Peace Fellowship
Join us for fellowship over dinner as we consider peacemaking on the Hill and beyond. Kurt and Eric have been making connections with other BTI seminaries and have been holding vigils on the Quad. Tim is organizing informal faculty forums around peace issues. We have a weekend workshop on nonviolence planned. What are your interests? How do you promote peacemaking in your family, community, or church?

Our next meeting is Thursday October 26th in the cafeteria at 5:00pm. If you are interested in being part of the Peace Fellowship but can't come to the meeting, please contact me to let me know. Hope to see you next week.

Cynthia Knowles, 617-838-7294,

Email Through Connect: Verify Your E-mail Address

IMPORTANT: E-mail messages from your instructor and class mates will be sent to the e-mail address that is specified in ANTS Connect. If you want to use a different e-mail address to receive mail, you must change your e-mail address in ANTS Connect. Please make sure that your e-mail address is correct and up-to-date.

If you have not been receiving e-mail through Connect, chances are that your e-mail address in Connect is blank or incorrect. Please follow these instuctions to verify your e-mail address:
To change your e-mail address:

1. Click Personal Info next to your name on the title bar.

2. Verify your e-mail address in the Account Info tab.

3. To change the e-mail address, click the Biographical Info tab.

4. Click the pencil icon next to Name and Address.

5. Enter or change your e-mail address and click Submit.

Note: Your e-mail address will not change immediately. Your updated information must be approved by a Connect administrator before the changes are made.

BTI Newsletter Available - October 27

The October 17, 2006 issue of the BTI Newsletter and back issues are available on-line at

Preaching for Advent and Christmas - Nov. 2
with Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton

Thursday, November 2, 2006
Coffee and pastries available at 9AM
at the Congregational Church of Needham

A workshop for clergy, seminarians, and students in care

In this hands-on preaching workshop, we will revisit the history, meaning, and purpose of the Advent season in the Christian calendar, drawing out key themes, stories, and strategies for preaching. Participants will leave the workshop with 1)a deeper theological understanding of the Advent and Christmas season, and 2) having put together a concrete, personalized schedule of ideas for preaching through-out the season.

Cost is $50 per person, includes lunch and materials
Scholarships are available...

contact Kris LoFrumento for more information or with questions
508-875-5233 x274 OR

For complete details and registration form:

Current schedule for Thursday UU worship services

Here's the current schedule for the weekly UU worship services, to be
held each Thursday at 1:00pm during the school year. Everyone is
welcome! Our worship this coming Thursday (October 26) will take
place in the Meetinghouse. It will be led by Carmen Emerson and
titled, "Living a Jack-O-Lantern's Heart". We hope that you will join
us for this worship service, and the ones that follow, and invite your friends.

* September 14: Cathy French and Erica Baron - Ingathering service
* September 21: Bruce Taylor - Poetry
* September 28: Carol Hohle - Experiencing Stillness
* October 5: Marilyn Richards and Bruce Taylor - Acceptance
* October 12: Darrick Jackson and Joanne Giannino - Coming Out Week
* October 19: Janet Bush - Psalm 139: Vulnerability and Prayer
* October 26: Carmen Emerson - Living a Jack-O-Lantern's Heart
* November 2: Patsy Hatch-Reinertson - Saying Yes To Your Heart
* November 9: Rev. David Johnson
* November 16: Rev. Jim Sherblom
* November 23: [No service - Thanksgiving]
* November 30: April Spencer
* December 7: Rev. Maddie Sifantus

The worship coordinators welcome your feedback and suggestions
regarding these Thursday services. If you'd like to lead worship this
coming semester, please let us know. Also, we will appreciate your
recommendations for speakers from the faculty and from the greater UU

The Worship Coordinators
Bruce Taylor (
Marilyn Richards (

Wednesday Chapel
Wednesday's 1 p.m. Chapel in Colby will be led by the Rev. Mark Harris, UU minister and historian.

in peace,


From Ecology Ministry: FREE TICKETS FOR "Planting Peace" - Tuesday, October 24
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: . 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).

Donations for Victory House
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:

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

Evangelical Fellowship Bible Study
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

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

Compline Worship Service 10/24
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.

Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue at Andover Newton - October 25
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:

A Reminder to Students from the UCC Fellowship

An important moment in UCC/UUA history will occur here on the hill!

Historic Dialogue

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

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

Request to students for help at the Open House

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 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 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.

Peg, Darrick and Alex
Admissions/Recruitment Office

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