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Thursday, October 19, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, October 19, 2006

In this message:


- A Reminder to Students from the UCC Fellowship
- Request to students for help at the Open House
- Shoebox Ministry for the Homeless Kick-Off
- Construction Update


- Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad
- Costas Lecture Available Online
- New sidewalk being poured this week
- Christmas Holiday: Correction to Academic Calendar
- Evangelical Fellowship Bible Study
- Ordination Ceremony for ANTS Alum Marraine Kettell
- Sabbath for People Who Work on Sunday with Donna Schaper
- In Celebration of Rumi: Poetry, Music and Dance
- Spiritual Journeys with Sze-kar Wan
- Third Annual Community Art/Craft Sale
- Compline Worship Service 10/24
- Attention Seniors - Intention to Graduate Forms Due!
- Registration for Winter Session courses November 1-17

November 10, 11, 12 ANTS

We are called to be Peacemakers - but do we know the things that make for peace?
Come and learn critical skills for peacebuilding and nonviolence as we seek to find ways to build the beloved community wherever we are. Nationally recognized trainers in Nonviolence Ken Butigan, Linda Jaramillo and LR Berger will be leading a workshop you will long remember - it might just change your life!

For more information please see the brochure and registration information on the web. If you register by October 20th, there is a significant discount. Please go to web calendar on home page for more information or see Brita Gill-Austern or David Ames for a brochure.

Brita L. Gill-Austern, M.Div., Ph.D.

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

Margaret L. Carroll
Director of Enrollment
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459-2243
617-964-1100 ext. 294/800-964-2687 ext. 294 /

Shoebox Ministry for the Homeless Kick-Off - October 25 - Dec. 21
It's time to kick off the 3rd Annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry for the Homeless.
Oct 25 - Dec 21

As you prepare your Holiday shoebox for the homeless pray and let the Spirit guide you in its preparation. Trust the Holy Spirit to guide your gift box to the right homeless person. A personal poem or a note written out of prayer and love to the unknown recipient can be life transforming for its recipient. Take some time to meditate and pray before you prepare you box. Use your non-rational being to prepare this gift for your fellow man, woman, or child who must suffer the indignity of life without a place to call home.

More information:

Construction Update

Shamut Construction is now in the process of sealing the foundation of Davis Hall, as part of our refurbishing of that building. This should create a much drier environment in the lower level of Davis. They have also finished running gas, water, and other lines into the new chapel. Thank you for your patience with the disruption of the main road around the quad. By the end of next week they will be done repaving those areas and our roadway should be much cleaner. They are currently pouring new sidewalks in front of Fuller Hall. Please refrain from using these until Sunday to give the cement ample time to set up.

You'll notice that the construction crew has now begun to put sheet rock around the perimeter of the chapel. This is the first step in enclosing it. Construction continues to be on or slightly ahead of schedule. Let me know if you have questions.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life


Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad

Please consider joining the weekly Peace Vigil on the quad on Wednesdays at noon. This vigil will take place every Wednesday throughout the year as we take an hour of our time to stand in unity against various forms of injustice and violence in our world today. It’s a great opportunity to commune with each other and get a chance to hear what the Peace Fellowship is up to if you’re not able to make it to the meetings. Please feel free to bring scripture, poetry or a topic to discuss. Bring signs, songs and smiles.

Jonathan Frerichs – Oct 23rd – Noon to 2:00pm – 1:00pm in Small Dining Room and 1:00pm in the Meeting House

Engaging Nonviolence: Skill Building for the Beloved Community - Nov 10th - 12th, Friday 1-6, Saturday 9-5; dinner and evening program optional, Sunday 1-6. Applications can be found on the ANTS website.

Thank you,


Costas Lecture Available Online

Orlando E. Costas Program Lecture: Dr. Maria Teresa Davila - On October 10, 2006. Dr. Maria Teresa Davila, Ph.D., Boston College spoke on "Latino/a Ethics and U.S. Civil Society: Notes on Shaping Christian Moral Identity for Dialogue and Change."
Read speech:

New sidewalk being poured this week


The construction people will be pouring a new sidewalk in front of Fuller Hall this week, and asked that we refrain from walking on it until Sunday, October 22 at the earliest to give it time to harden.

Building & Grounds

Christmas Holiday: Correction to Academic Calendar

The school will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 for Christmas Holiday. The previous dates reported in in the Academic Calendar for 2006-2007 were incorrect. The school will not be closed on Friday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 27.

For an updated calendar, see the Web site:

Karen Brockney

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

Ordination Ceremony for ANTS Alum Marraine Kettell

Marraine Kettell (ANTS 2006) was called as the Associate Pastor at St. John's United Church of Christ in Emmaus, Pennsylvania in July. She has been serving there since late August. Information about St. John's can be found at Her ordination will be held at Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts on November 5th at 3pm. Rev. Dr. Dean Allen, former Academic Dean of Andover Newton, will be preaching.All clergy are invited to process. We will be gathering in the Gordon Chapel at 2:30pm. The color of the day is red.
Old South is located at the Copley stop on the green line. Validated parking is available at the Prudential Center garage. Please feel free to contact Marraine at with any questions.

Sabbath for People Who Work on Sunday with Donna Schaper
Sunday October 22 at 3 pm through
Monday, October 23 at 1pm
$95 for private room
Mercy Center, Madison, CT

for lay & ordained ministers& those preparing for ministry
“Be still and know…”

Sabbath for Ministers at Mercy Center is an ecumenical program offering ongoing and occasional services and retreats designed specifically for those working in or preparing for active ministry. Its mission is to provide opportunities for ordained and lay ministers to “be still” and listen to the wisdom of the spirit as it continues to call each to health, wholeness and holiness through all the demands and invitations of ministry. For further information on all Sabbath for Ministers services and retreats, contact Claire Rusowicz, Coordinator.

This weekend, after sermons and services are finished for the week, join Rev. Schaper and your peers for time to rest, reflect and encourage one another in Sabbath keeping. We will begin with free private time at Mercy Center to enjoy the beach, share dinner and an evening’s reflection and then spend a stimulating Monday morning looking at our experience and hopes for keeping the Sabbath in our lives. The program concludes with lunch.

To register: Call Mercy Center Guest Services at 203.245.0401 or go to

About our presenter
Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper is Senior Minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City and author of 28 books, notably Sabbath Keeping and the soon-to-be-published Living Well While Doing Good, reflecting on her 30 years as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Married with three grown children, she is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Hartford Theological Seminary from which she recently received the “Significant Ministry” award. Rev. Schaper has written for many publications such as The New York Times and has been a featured commentator for National Public Radio.

In Celebration of Rumi: Poetry, Music and Dance - October 22
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
More information:

Spiritual Journeys with Sze-kar Wan - October 24
4:30-5:45 p.m.
at the President's Home

Six times a year, the President hosts "Spiritual Journeys" in his home. These informed and intimate gatherings feature a member of the Andover Newton faculty who shares his or her personal spiritual journey. Light refreshments are available.

On October 24, Prof. Sze-Kar Wan will share his spiritual journey.

Third Annual Community Art/Craft Sale
Art and Craft Sale - November 28-30, 2006
Andover Newton Third Annual Community Art/Craft Sale
in the Meetinghouse
Tuesday, November 28, (4-7pm)
Wednesday, November 29, (11-1pm and 4-6pm)
Thursday, November 30, (2-6pm)

Want to sell your hand made arts and also benefit a
good cause?
Here’s your chance!!!!

Who benefits? You keep 90% of your profits, while 10%
goes to the Meetinghouse Fund, and the community gets
to buy unique one-of-a kind gifts and beautiful works
of art.

Bring in any of your art forms. You or a person you
appoint must be available to be at your table during
the times designated. You keep track of your sales
and turn in your tithe to the Meetinghouse Fund. If
you don’t have enough art for a whole table, or you
can’t be there during all of the hours, see Joy for a
way you can participate.

Contact: Joy at or
by November 17th to reserve a space

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.

Attention Seniors - Intention to Graduate Forms Due!
From the Registrar's Office

October 30 - Nov 17- M. Div. Seniors anticipating May 2007 graduation shall go over their programs with the Registrar to assure that all course requirements for graduation will be met by the end of the next semester. Please send an e-mail to Nayda Aguila at for an appointment.

October 30-November 17-Statement of Intention to Graduate for 2007 Commencement due in the Registrar's Office. A late fee of $150 is charged after this postmarked date.
Below links for the forms.

Registration for Winter Session courses November 1-17

Registrations must be postmarked by Nov. 17. Late registrations can be accepted on the first day of class, subject to a $150 late fee. In addition to the non-refundable registration fee, the school will retain $100 of the tuition when withdrawals are made. Full payment of tuition and fees is due at time of registration. No refunds will be given after the second day of class.

Registration and payment forms for Winter Term 2007 will be available on the ANTS web site and the Registrar's office by October 25. Students who are interested in housing should contact the Housing Office.

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand