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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

ANTS Student E-News Tuesday October 31, 2006

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- Border Crossing Trip Applications due today
- Seminarians For Workers Justice - Get Out the Vote on Question 3


- Win a Free Course at ANTS - UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest! - Nov. 1-30
- Be Part of a Digital Photographic Mosaic - Tuesday, October 3
- Art as Spiritual Practice
- Making Peace: A Faculty/Student Conversation - Nov. 1
- Funny Book Draft Available for Editing
- Upcoming Science Religion Events at the BTI - Nov. 5
- Cigarette Ash Containers on Campus
- All Saints Day Labyrinth Walk
- Jazz Music at All Saints Service - Nov. 1
- Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Begins November 9
- SA Meeting - WEDNESDAY November 1, 2006
- Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad
- Community Art Sale

Bordercrossing Trip Applications due today

Applications for Bordercrossing are due to Matt Boulton and Brita Gill-Austern today.
If you have not sent in your application yet please do so today. If you are interested in going but can't get your application in today, please be sure to let Matt or Brita know immediately.

Seminarians For Workers Justice - Get Out the Vote on Question 3
Sunday 11-5-06
Central Congregational Church, Jamaica Plain

Seminarians For Worker Justice is working to help Get Out the Vote for the Yes on 3 for Kids campaign.
We will be encouraging people leaving from church services to vote Yes on 3. We are targeting folks who are most affected by the lack of affordabale child care, those most likely to be using home-based child care.

Please join us in a social justice issue!

This campaign is working to pass a ballot initiative that would allow home-based childcare providers the right to organize for better wages and working conditions, a right they do not currently have under Massachusetts law. Massachusetts has the most expensive child care in the counrty. The average cost of care for an infant is 18% of Massachusetts' median family income.
More than 10,000 children are on the state's child care wait list, leaving these children without the safe, quality care they need.

Contact: Cass Poulos; Christina Findlay


Win a Free Course at ANTS - UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest! - Nov. 1-30
Be a YouTube star! And win a free course at ANTS...

The United church of Christ is looking for home-made clips to celebrate the UCC at 50. These videos will be shared on YouTube.

The most entertaining video entries will be included in a web-cast on November 5 (we've missed the deadline for this early web-cast), and shown at the General Synod in Hartford, CT next June.

Andover Newton wants to get in on the fun, so we are asking for entries from ANTS community members.

- The winning entry will become the "official" Andover Newton video clip for the UCC 50th Anniversary Celebration AND win a free course at ANTS.

- The winning entry and runners-up will be displayed on the Andover Newton web site.

Instructions from the UCC:

The videos can be anything, really, as long as they are fun or meaningful to watch. Ideas might include:

- Silly take-off on a moment in UCC history or a joke about UCC identity.
- Unique, innovative rendition of "This Little Light of Mine," playing on the 50th's "Let it Shine" theme.
- New take on UCC's commercials.
- Animation or claymation.
- A monologue by a "really interesting character" in your school.
- A presentation of what makes your school so special.
- Use your imagination!

Contest Rules:

-Save your videos as either QuickTime .MOV, Windows .AVI, or .MPG files.

-Please create your video at a MINIMUM resolution of 320x240 pixels or the video will be very pixilated on youtube (which displays at 425x350)

-ALSO: There is a production length stipulation -- 30 to 60 seconds MAXIMUM. A lot can be conveyed in a brief time period.

Contest Dates: November 1 - November 30. All entries must be received by Monday, November 30 at Noon. The winner will be announced on December 15.

Submission: Submit your video file to Karen Brockney in Dabney 16. You can submit the file on CD or provide a Web link to a downloadable file.

Tune in to see what others are doing with their videos!

UCC 50th Anniversary Kick-Off
Live Web Streaming Event
All Saints Sunday, November 5
6 p.m. (ET), 5 p.m. (CT) 4 p.m. (MT), 3 p.m. (PT) 1 p.m. (Hawaii)

Questions? Call Karen Brockney at 617-964-1100 ext. 225 or send mail to

Be Part of a Digital Photographic Mosaic - Tuesday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m.
Be a part of a digital, photographic mosaic to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the UCC! Our photo will be combined with others to create a vast mosaic of what it means to be 50 in the UCC.

Who: Students, staff and faculty

Where: In front of the new Wilson Chapel

When: 1:00 p.m.

What to bring: Wear your ANTS t-shirt or bring a sign that says "Andover Newton" and "Happy Birthday".

Flue and Health Alert

As you know the Influenza season is upon us. Please take proper precautions to avoid getting sick, and remember that the Department of Health and Human Services recommends that those living in residence halls get the vaccine. For more information on avoiding the flu, on the vaccine, and on taking care of someone else who is sick please see

Also, it is important to keep yourself healthy in mind, body and spirit. We know your minds are being challenged, and I trust that through chapel and other worship and meditation activities you are attending to your spirits, but don't neglect the body! For a wonderful place to walk close to campus you can go to the Webster Conservation area, a 300 acre woods with multiple trails throughout only a 15 minutes walk from ANTS. Simply walk down the hill and turn right at the 1st stop sign you come to (at the corner with the big yellow house). At the end of that block cross the street onto Warren Street. Follow Warren Street 3 blocks. It will dead-end at the entrance to the Webster Park. Once there you can walk for as long as you like through beautiful woods on rocky paths.

Take care of yourselves!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Art as Spiritual Practice
beginning Tuesday,
November 7

Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 in the Studio of the Faith, Health,
and Spirituality Center (third Floor Sturtevant)

Come join a small group of creative people exploring
art as spiritual practice and meditation. Previous
experience with mandalas, illuminating pages, or art
as journaling is helpful, but not essential. Time to
create and dialogue. Most materials supplied or bring
your own. Free will donation. Drop in once in a while
or come every week. Questions? Email Joy at

Making Peace: A Faculty/Student Conversation - Nov. 1
Special Guest: Dr. Valerie Elverton Dixon
Wednesday, November 1st, 4:45 – 5:45
Small Dining Room

Join Professor Dixon and the Peace Fellowship for an informal discussion of what making peace means to us as individuals, as members of this community, as future ministers and as educators. Bring your dinner to the small dining room to hear her thoughts and feelings, and share your own.

This is the first in a series of conversations sponsored by the Peace Fellowship, which will bring together faculty and students at Andover Newton to share our understandings of how peace-making fits into our lives personally, politically and theologically. Each conversation will feature a different faculty member as the guest presenter and discussion leader.

However we may understand Jesus from our different denominational backgrounds, his blessing of the peace-makers is indisputable. Peace was at the center of his ministry. Where do we place it in our own? How will we answer his call to make peace?

Wednesday, November 1 at 4:45 in the Small Dining Room. See you there.

Funny Book Draft Available for Editing

Drafts of this year's Funny Book are available at the Registrar's Office, the Trask Library and the front desk in Dabney for students, staff and faculty to look over until Monday November 6th. Please make any corrections directly on the draft or email Please note that photos are not included in the drafts but we will be using ID photos for the published copy.

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing Coordinator

voice: 617-964-1100 x261
fax: 617-965-3528

Upcoming Science Religion Events at the BTI - Nov. 5
The Science and Religion Program at Boston Theological Institute is planning an ambitious fall schedule of symposia and lectures. Put these dates on your calendar.

Sunday, November 5: 7:00 pm
Eighth Annual CHARLES TOWNES LECTURE sponsored by InterFase.
Lecturer: Renowned environmentalist, Mary Evelyn Tucker will speak on the involvement of religion on the environmental future.
For more information:

Wednesday, December 13: 6:30 pm
Symposium: Physics and Religion in a Nuclear Age
Presenter: Dr. Andre deBethune

Cigarette Ash Containers on Campus

In response to need Building and Grounds recently purchased and distributed additional ash containers for cigarette butts. We will continue to have containers in front of Stoddard and outside of Farwell Hall and the Library. We've recently added ash receptacles in front of Sturtevant, Appleton-Chase, and one that Kendall/Fuller will share. We hope this is helpful. We want to keep cigarette butts from being tossed onto the grounds at ANTS. And please continue to remember to smoke away from entrances to buildings.

All Saints Day Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, November 1
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Meetinghouse

Walk the labyrinth in memory of loved ones who have gone before you. Come anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Contact: Martha Bays,

Field Ed Information Sessions

To all students considering Field Education for 2007:


Please attend a one-hour information session with the Field Education Program Staff.
All sessions will be held in the Peck Room at 1PM
October 31
November 30
February 15
March 15
April 12

Debbie Craig
Field Education and DMin Program Administrator
(617) 964-1100 ext 316

Free Database at University of Tubingen

Marian Simion of the Boston Theological Institute has shared this great new resource.

The University of Tubingen is working on a database called "Index Theologicus" which is similar to ATLA, with the difference that about 30% of their collections are not listed into ATLA. This FREE database is still under development, and it includes journal literature indexes articles in festschriften and other similar multi-authored monographs, conference papers, and a significant amount of European literature.

Marian was fascinated to see a lot of material in a variety of European languages which can't be found in ATLA.

You can access this database at:

Shoebox Ministry Kickoff

The third annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry is officially underway today! Please pray for the ministry, for all hands that touch and prepare the boxes, and for the men, women, and children they will serve. You can begin to drop off boxes at any Wednesday chapel service today until December 21st. Please get your friends, family, and youth groups involved! This is a fun activity and a great way to teach and practice the core principals of faith and the beloved community. We will arrange to pick up off campus boxes if necessary. The boxes will be blessed after each Wednesday all school chapel service. If you are unable to attend Wednesday chapel please drop your box/es off with Nancy Nienhuis - Worcester 204 anytime. If Nancy is not in her office please leave them outside of her door. Our goal this year is to serve at least 500 families (pay no attention to the measly 250 goal printed on the flyer). Let's grab for the sky and with God's help we will reach the stars. See the link below for further information:

I have had many ask if we would accept separate, unwrapped, and unboxed donations for the Shoebox Ministry this year. Thank you for this gesture but I have decided that this year I will not take any of these types of donations only because this ministry is meant to be a spiritual exercise for both the giver and the recipient. The crux of this ministry is to put yourself in the place of a homeless person while making your box/es and to be in prayer and meditation while doing so in order to create spiritual community between yourself, your family, friends, and church members and your homeless brothers and sisters in the world. You do not need to fill the box with everything on the list. Be creative! The list is just a helping tool. Think of what it is like to have to carry all that you might own with you from place to place. What would you need? What would be too tedious? What might provide comfort?
The most important thing is that you include your prayers and spirit in the making of your box/es. This is what is most transformational for its recipients and yourselves. Perhaps, after spending a few hours in the mind of a homeless person you might be inspired or pressed by God to help in other ways, yet unknown. I hope you will do this as a spiritual activity and be blessed with the knowledge that you have stood in prayer and in deed with those who are economically, spiritually, and mentally oppressed.

Peace and Love.

Taking a Stand for Justice

November 2, 2006 Thursday

More info:


Harold Adams, Boston University Prison Education Program graduate and founder of the Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners will speak about his experiences of getting a college education inside the walls and about the organization he recently founded--The Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners (CFROP)
"The struggles on the inside and outside start from the same place. The stark economic realities know no walls--friends and relatives of prisoners are affected and their problems spread into the community and society at large."
Come hear how you can get involved!
This event is co-sponsored by the ANTS Prison Ministry Fellowship and Partakers.

Contact: Beth Richeson

ANTS Annual Halloween Party
Monday, October 30, 2006
7pm - 11pm
7PM for Families, 8PM for Adults
Sturtevant Student Lounge

Take a little break from studying!!! Come dressed in the costume of your choice and enjoy games, music, and dancing. This is also a family-friendly event with fun and games especially for kids from 7-8pm. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

If you would be willing to help set up or tear down for the party please contact Evn Tomeny or Jason Alspaugh via email at or etomeny@ants.

Jazz Music at All Saints Service - Nov. 1
The annual All Saints Service, held each year at ANTS since 1994, will be held this year on All Saints Day, Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. in the Meetinghouse. This year's celebration will include jazz music by Willie Sordillo, John Hamilton (ANTS '02), and company, with dance by Dana Mann (ANTS '06). The service will begin outside the Meetinghouse with a blessing of the water, and an asperging (sprinkling) as we enter singing and recalling the mark of our baptism. Come to sing a joyous song, and raise the rafters with us!

For further information, contact Professor Mark Burrows at

Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Begins November 9
"Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - A Series of Events for Seminarians" begins on November 9.

All events take place in the Meetinghouse at Andover Newton Theological School.

Are you graduating from seminary this year? Have you already graduated and are beginning the search process? Come to these upcoming events to find out how to enter the search process, meet with search committees, start your benefits, and enter a congregation!

Though everyone is welcome, these events are designed particularly for graduating seminarians who plan to search for a call as a pastor in a United Church of Christ congregation.

Entering the Search Process: Preparing Your Ministerial Profile
November 9, 2006
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- The In Care Process and the Search Process
- Writing a Ministerial Profile to get an interview
- Navigating the UCC Search and Call Network
Leaders: Associate Conference Ministers of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC

Meeting with Search Committees: Discerning a Match
February 8, 2007 (snow date Feb. 15)
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Spiritual Discernment and the Search Process
- Reading a Church Profile
- Interviewing Skills: How to Answer and What to Ask
Leaders: Associate Conference Ministers of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC

Starting Your Benefits - Establishing Your Future: UCC Benefits and the Pastoral Call Agreement
March 15, 2007
9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Elements of a Pastoral Call Agreement
- UCC Health and Pension Benefits
- Continuing Education and Ongoing Pastoral Formation
Leaders: representative from The Pension Boards, UCC

Entering a Congregation: Thriving as a New Pastor
April 12, 2007
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Forming a Pastoral Identity
- Entrance Strategies for Pastors New to a Congregation
- Developing Healthy Habits and Practices of Ministry
Leaders: New Clergy Group Facilitators and Christina Braudaway-Bauman
Associate for New Clergy Development, MACUCC

Registration to attend all four events is $60. Registration for a single event is $20. (Fees cover the cost of materials and refreshments). Registration is due AT LEAST 1 WEEK before each workshop is scheduled.

Please send a check for the amount due ($60 for all 4 programs or $20 per session), made payable to MACUCC to:

Kris LoFrumento
One Badger Road
Framingham. MA 01702

More information and registration form:

Food Bank

As the cold weather creeps in on us, I urge you all to remember the members of our community who are less fortunate. Our food bank in Sturdevant is in constant need of stocking. If you have something at home or a little money to spare at the grocery store, please remember that the person sitting next to you in class or living next door may be trying to choose between eating and paying rent.

We welcome donations of any non-perishable foods. The following are high nutrition, low cost suggestions:
canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
peanut butter
canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
pasta, rice, cereal
canned fruits or vegetable
100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
condensed or powdered milk

Please contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns.

With Gratitude,

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing Coordinator

voice: 617-964-1100 x261
fax: 617-965-3528

SA Meeting - November 1, 2006
Wednesday, November 1st
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dining Hall

Please submit any agenda items to Len Hayward,, no later than Sunday, October 29th, Noon.

Hope to see you there!

Contact: Len Hayward

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

Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad

Join the weekly Peace Vigil on the quad every Wednesday 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 all 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.

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

What? Andover Newton Community Art Sale
Where? In the Meetinghouse
When? Tuesday, November 28, (4-7pm)
Wednesday, November 29, (11-1pm, 4-6pm)
Thursday, November 30, (2-6pm)
Who benefits? You keep 90% of your profits, while 10%
goes to the Meetinghouse Fund
Tell me more!!!
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.

Contact Joy at
with questions about buying or selling
or to reserve a table (by November 18)

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand