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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

ANTS Student E-News Tuesday, October 17, 2006

In this message:


- Evangelical Fellowship Bible Study
- Ordination Ceremony for ANTS Alum Marraine Kettell
- Border Crossing: Inside Christianity, Islam and Judaism - Fall Evening Classes Start Today
- Community Chapel - WRAP Service with Irene Monroe
- Sabbath for People Who Work on Sunday with Donna Schaper
- In Celebration of Rumi: Poetry, Music and Dance
- Spiritual Journeys with Sze-kar Wan


- "Top Off" The New Chapel Luncheon!
- Episcopal Worship Service
- Episcopal Fellowship Forum
- UU Worship Schedule Update
- Build Homes for Hurricane Survivors with ABC
- 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
- Peace Fellowship Discussion on Middle East Conflict - TIME CHANGE

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.

Border Crossing: Inside Christianity, Islam and Judaism - Fall Evening Classes Start Today

Border Crossing: Inside Christianity, Islam and Judaism
Fall Evening Classes for Adults

Join us for a series of eye-opening short evening classes to learn about
the three Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
- Learn the history of major Islamic religious and political movements.
- Study texts from the Talmud and the Gospels.
- Uncover surprising textual sources for tolerance in the three traditions.
-Experience how unusual sources of spirituality and healing can be applied to our lives.
- Learn the details of the dramatic revolution that has occurred in Christian-Jewish relations since Vatican II, including the stops, starts and detours along the way.

For full course descriptions and registration, go to

An Introduction to the Talmud
Reuven Cohn
Mondays; November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11
7:30-9:00 p.m.

Tolerance and Tradition
Adam Seligman
Tuesdays; October 17, 24 31; November 7, 14, 21
7:30-9:00 p.m.

A New Beginning: Christian and Jewish Relations in the Past Fifty Years
Philip Cunningham
Tuesdays; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12
7:30-9:00 p.m.

An Outsider's View of the Gospels
Gregory Mobley
Wednesdays; October 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29
7:30-9:00 p.m.

Spirituality and Healing: Exploring Connections through Spiritual
Brita Gill-Austern
Thursdays; October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30
7:30-9:00 p.m.

Major Islamic Movements: Where they Came From, Where They are Going
Rumee Ahmed
Thursdays; October 26; November 2, 9, 30; December 7, 14
7:30-9:00 p.m.

For full course descriptions and registration, go to

Sponsored by the Interreligious Center on Public Life at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College Herrick Road, Newton Centre

Community Chapel - WRAP Service with Irene Monroe
October 18
1pm, Colby Chapel

Contact: Cass Poulos

The WRAP ("We're Raising Awareness about Poverty") fellowship group sponsoring the Oct. 18 chapel is bringing in guest preacher Rev. Irene Monroe to do the service, please join us.

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.


"Top Off" The New Chapel Luncheon!

Come Join in the Celebration as we “Top Off” the new Wilson Chapel

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, @12:00p.m.

Shawmut Construction Company (the builder of Wilson Chapel) is hosting a luncheon for all students, faculty, staff, Trustees of the School, other invited guests, and the Company’s construction crew.

The luncheon will be served from 11:30-1:30 in the cafeteria and Noyes will be available in addition to the cafe for enjoying your lunch (traditional or vegetarian) Wednesday afternoon, Oct.18th. At 12:45, we will have a brief “Topping Off” Ceremony just before Chapel. As rain is expected please bring an umbrella. The ceremony will be held under the roof of tghe new chapel which hopefully will be dry! It will be a 15 minute ceremony and will end in time for chapel. We hope that you will attend this event and watch the evergreen tree be placed atop the highest point of construction!

Episcopal Worship Service

Please join us for a service of Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal tradition on Thursday, October 19th at 1:00 pm in the Colby Chapel. Our guest celebrant and preacher will be The Rev. Stephanie Spellers of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston. ALL are welcome.

Episcopal Fellowship Forum

On Thursday, October 19th from noon to 12:45 p.m., please join us in the cafeteria for a discussion forum for Episcopal students (and anyone else who is interested!). The forum will be facilitated by the Rev. Stephanie Spellers of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston. The topic will be "radical welcome." Following the forum, Rev. Spellers will lead a service of Holy Eucharist in the chapel.

UU Worship Schedule Update

Dear friends and colleagues,

Here's the current schedule for the weekly Unitarian Universalist
worship services, to be held each Thursday at 1:00pm during the
school year. Everyone is welcome! This coming Thursday, our worship
will be led by Janet Bush on Psalm 139: Vulnerability and Prayer. We
hope that you will attend this service, and the ones that follow, and
invite your friends.

This Thursday's worship service will be held in the Meetinghouse.

* 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 (

Build Homes for Hurricane Survivors with ABC

As we mark the one year anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita much still needs to be done in the Gulf Coast. On behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, National Ministries is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to sponsor the building of seven homes in Gautier, Mississippi, through Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Home Delivery program.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness around the world. Habitat invites volunteers, skilled and unskilled, to partner with them to build simple and affordable homes as they seek to end homelessness. Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, Habitat launched Operation Home Delivery, an unprecedented effort to rebuild as many homes along the Gulf Coast as possible.

Gautier sits one hour west of Mobile, Alabama, and less than two hours east of New Orleans, in the center of Jackson County on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, one of the worst hit areas battered by Hurricane Katrina. Here National Ministries and Habitat for Humanity will build seven homes, beginning in November 2006 and continuing through Spring 2007.

National Ministries’ Volunteer Ministries is seeking your help to spread the word. We are currently identifying persons and groups (4 to 15 persons) who may be interested in this extraordinary opportunity. Those interested must be 18 years or older; this is a Habitat mandate and no exceptions are allowed. Construction skills are not required; but any knowledge or experience is appreciated, and skilled laborers such as electricians, plumbers and carpenters are greatly needed. Each individual is responsible for their transportation to and from Gautier as well as to and from the worksite. Food and lodging are available at the Salvation Army Volunteer Village for a nominal cost of $20 per night. Other accommodations are available upon request.

As American Baptists continue to minister around the issue of Children in Poverty, I believe this to be an excellent way to live out the words of Jesus that we find in Matthew 25:40 “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto me.”

For more information and applications for the upcoming builds, please contact Victoria Goff, national coordinator of Volunteer Ministries at or 1-800-ABC-3USA, ext 2449.

Serving together,

Victoria J. Goff
National Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries

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.

New Winterim Class - Border Crossing on the Mexican Border to Arizona

If you are interested in the Winterim class "A Border Crossing: A Transformative Journey" from January 22 to January 31 on the border of Mexico and Arizona please see Matthew Boulton or Brita Gill-Austern for information and registration information.

Brita L. Gill-Austern, M.Div., Ph.D.
Austin Philip Guiles Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Theology
210 Herrick Rd.
Newton Centre, MA 02459
617 964 1000 ext. 219

Pastoral Counseling as a Vocation

Interested in Pastoral Counseling as a vocation? Come to an informational meeting about the American Association of Pastoral Counselors on Thursday, November 9, 2006, from noon -2:00 p.m. in the Green Room in Dabney Hall. Bring a lunch!

Leanne Tigert

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.

New Course Offered for Spring 2007
PSYC 729/829S
Pastoral Psychotherapy with Couples
Dr. Tigert
Th. 9-11:50
(Prerequisites: PSYP 607, PSYP 611, or permission of the instructor)

The present social/religious/psychological constructions and conflicts concerning marriage and family require a level of proficiency in skills and articulate insight on the part of religious leaders. The focus of this course centers upon the psychology and theology of couple relationships within this context. We will study theological understandings of sexuality, marriage, coupling, and relationship that inform pastoral and therapeutic interventions. Participants will learn psychological coupling theory, diagnoses of couple dynamics, and models of clinical treatment. We will study critical events and crises in the lives of couples (divorce/mental illness/ sexual identity/blended families/etc), and effective response on the part of the pastor, faith community, and pastoral psychotherapist. Finally, we will look at our own histories of family/sexuality/relationships and how they inform our work as professionals.

Peace Fellowship Discussion on Middle East Conflict - TIME CHANGE

Monday, OCTOBER 23rd
Jonathan Frerichs
World Council of Churches
Ambassador—Middle East for15 years
Informal Discussion on Peace
Noon to 1:00pm
Discussion on Middle East Conflict
Meeting House
1:00pm -2:00pm
Come join other seminarians for PEACE as our prayers
come to fruition through our efforts of conscience;
marches, vigils, US flag washings and fasts; All in the name
of bearing witness to today’s atrocities.

SA Town Meeting with the Deans, Tue Oct 17th
Nancy Nienhuis, Dean of Students, and Bill Herzog, Dean of Academics, will be joining us for a Town Meeting in the Dining Hall, Oct 17th, 5 PM - 6 PM. This is your chance to ask the Deans unscripted and unvetted questions on any topic.

Any questions about the meeting, please contact Len Hayward (

God's Eyes Over the Chapel - Community Art Project

God’s Eyes

Over the Chapel

An ANTS community craft project

To protect the construction in progress

Join Visiting Artist Karen Schiff to learn about the traditions behind God’s Eyes and to make your own fluorescent versions using construction materials. Our God’s Eyes will be mounted on the fence surrounding the Wilson Chapel construction site, to protect the

building project throughout the year.

Make God’s Eyes:

Tuesday, 10/10, noon- 6PM, on the quad

(bad weather location: cafeteria)

Thursday, 10/12, 7-10PM, Meetinghouse Studio

(as part of Art Night)

Install God’s Eyes:

Tuesday, 10/17, Wilson Chapel construction fence.

For more information, write to, or

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand