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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

ANTS Student E-News Wednesday October 25, 2006

In this message:


- Shoebox Ministry Kickoff
- Taking a Stand for Justice
- ANTS Annual Halloween Party
- Jazz Music at All Saints Service - Nov. 1
- End of Life Semina


- Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue at Andover Newton to be Available Online
- Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Begins November 9
- Food Bank
- SA Meeting - WEDNESDAY November 1, 2006
- Fellowship for the Peace Fellowship
- Current schedule for Thursday UU worship services
- Compline Worship Service 10/24
- A Reminder to Students from the UCC Fellowship
- Request to students for help at the Open House

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
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

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

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

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

End of Life Seminar

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Newton Wellesley Hospital

Bowles 3 Meeting Room

2000 Washington Street

Newton Upper Falls, MA

Issues to include: Organ donation

Hospice care, Health Care Proxies


The Protestant Chaplaincy Council

At Newton Wellesley Hospital

Info/RSVP: The Rev. Dr. Fran Bogle



Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue at Andover Newton to be Available Online
NEW! Video-on-demand and audio recordings of this event will be
available online. Watch for more announcements soon!

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:

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

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,

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,

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

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

Cynthia Knowles, 617-838-7294,

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

* 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 (

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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