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Monday, November 13, 2006

ANTS Student E-News Monday, November 13, 2006

In this message:


- The Vagina Monologues are coming to ANTS!
- Sharon Taylor Resigns to Accept New Position
- New Orleans Trip with Danah Cox
- Making Peace: A Faculty/Student Conversation
- There’s a Meeting Here Tonight! - Nov. 18
- Need Creative Plans for Lenten Worship?
- Weight Watchers at ANTS - Thank You


- Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad
- ANTS Community Holiday Dinner
- Give thanks! Thanksgiving potluck supper
- Episcopal Worship - Thursday, November 16th
- Episcopal Student Forum
- Weight Watchers at ANTS
- Student Loan Information Sessions
- Winterim Commuter Housing
- Win a Free Course at ANTS - UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest! - Nov. 1-30

The Vagina Monologues are coming to ANTS!
The Vagina Monologues will be performed at ANTS in late February. The history of the monologues is one of interest. Every year, The Vagina Monologues are performed around the world to educate all on the heinous violence women suffer on a daily basis. Through humor, tears and relative stories, the Vagina Monologues is for anyone who needs and wants to understand women, their feelings about their bodies and their very being.

With the theme, Until The Violence Stops, The Vagina Monologues are based on real women's stories so it allows women who hear the stories to know that they are not alone in their own experience. It helps people who have experienced violence heal. It inspires people - women AND men - to get involved in V-Day’s efforts to stop violence against women and girls. It removes the shame often associated with the word "vagina" and the vagina itself and instead celebrates the word and it celebrates women.

Please welcome this amazing opportunity to bring awareness, and work together to end violence against women and girls. Even if you aren't excited about this opportunity, many people in your congregations and young adult groups will be seeing, or have seen this production, and it may be important to know what they are seeing and how you might incorporate a discussion of the Vagina Monologues into the life of your church.

Auditions will be held in December, (date TBA). I am counting on men to become involved also, by working in whatever capacity they feel comfortable working in.

More news in the coming week, but in the meantime, please direct any questions to Karen L. Hernandez-Andrews at or

Sharon Taylor Resigns to Accept New Position

Sharon Taylor has resigned her position as Director of the Franklin Trask Library, a position she has held for more than seventeen years, to accept a position as Director of the Library at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Under her leadership the Trask Library has flourished and occupies a central place in the life of the school. During her tenure at Andover Newton Theological School, Sharon has been a tireless advocate for the library and the resources needed to maintain its prominent place on our campus and in the BTI as well.

We will have an opportunity to recognize Sharon’s service to Andover Newton Theological School before she begins her service at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. I will begin working on a plan of transition with Sharon and the Library Staff to insure that our library services will continue to meet the needs of our students and faculty.

We are pleased that her gifts and abilities have been recognized by her new school but we will miss her competent and friendly leadership. We wish her well as she accepts the new challenges that await her in Pittsburgh.

William R. Herzog
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
617-964-1100 ext. 215

New Orleans Trip with Danah Cox






Then join Danah Cox for a trip home. Danah is planning to drive down on Saturday, November 18th

and return on Saturday, November 25th and is looking for 2-3 people to join him. Danah will supply a place to stay once in New Orleans and an insider’s view of different neighborhoods affected.



CALL: 617-547-0706




Making Peace: A Faculty/Student Conversation
Special Guest: Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton
Wednesday, November 28th, 5 pm to 6
Small Dining Room

Join Professor Matthew Boulton and the Peace Fellowship for another
informal discussion about 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 his thoughts and
feelings, and share your own.
This is the second in a series of conversations sponsored by the Peace
Fellowship, which is bringing 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 28 at 5 pm in the Small Dining Room. See you
Dr. Sharon Thornton will be joining us on December 11th as the third
guest in our series.


In the Spirit of Peace

Tim House, for the Peace Fellowship

"Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and
demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of
justice and mercy." - Wendell Berry

There’s a Meeting Here Tonight! - Nov. 18
Saturday, November 18, 2006
7:30 pm
First Baptist Church in Newton

A Production of Revels Circle of Song

The well known traveling singing troupe of the 19th century, the Hutchinson Family Singers of New
Hampshire sang for concert audiences and appeared at Abolition and Women’s Suffrage rallies.
“There is a Meeting Here Tonight” recreates a reunion after the Civil War where family members
reminisce about their experiences. The cast of characters includes P. T. Barnum and Frederick Douglass.

About Revels Circle of Song -
The ensemble of 40 adults and children presents costumed staged performances based on cultural, historic, and seasonal
themes that incorporate rich singing, dancing and storytelling. Ideal family events, the programs are interactive and
appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up.

Ticket Prices
Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at door
Children 6-16: $5 in advance, $7 at door

Pre-paid tickets will be held at the door

Sponsored by:
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Worship, Theology and the Arts Program at Andover Newton

More info:

Need Creative Plans for Lenten Worship?
Is developing creative plans for lenten worship a yearly challenge for you? Is it difficult to keep coming up with creative ideas? Why not do your planning with others this year? ANTS is offering an on-line seminar in which you can do that with the guidance from a well-known author and workshop leader. Check out this and other LEARN seminars at

Weight Watchers at ANTS - Thank You
Thank you for the response about having a group on the "Hill". We have 13 that would like to attend.
I have to get back to Weight Watchers to see how many bodies they want.

If you haven't yet responded and you want to join Weight Watchers, please respond now!

An Invitation for all Students, Staff and Faculty


There are a few of the staff at ANTS that would like to have Weight Watchers come to the "Hill" to help us with our growing problem. At this age it is no longer "baby fat" and I do not expect a growth spurt any time soon.

So if you would like to make the Hill lighter, please e-mail me as we will need a head count before they commit to coming to us.

Mary McKearney (Gifts and Records)


Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad

Peace Fellowship at ANTS

Join the weekly Peace Vigil on the quad every Wednesday from noon to 12:50. This humble yet powerful act of witnessing in the ANTS community 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. Share your concerns regarding any acts of violence and your celebrations regarding any acts of non-violence you’ve witnessed throughout the week and lift them up in the building of our Beloved Community. Please feel free to bring sources, signs, songs and smiles.

ANTS Community Holiday Dinner
Tuesday, December 5th
5:00 PM

You are cordially invited by the Student Associaton to the Annual ANTS Community Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, December 5th at 5:00 PM in Upper Noyes. This invitation is for all students, residents, faculty, administration, staff, family and friends are invited. Please note that the Dining Hall will be closed for dinner.

If you will be joining us, please RSVP by November 27th with how many will be coming; include yourself in the count along with your family and friends. We want to be sure we have enough for everyone. Please RSVP by email to

We hope you will join us for this holiday celebration.

Contact: SA Exec

Give thanks! Thanksgiving potluck supper
If you are planning to stay on campus over the Thanksgiving holiday, please join us for a time of food and fellowship at a Thanksgiving potluck supper on Thursday, November 23th at 6pm in the Peck Room. This event is open to students, family, friends, staff, faculty, etc…..

Please RSVP by Mon. November 21st so we know how big a turkey to get!


Episcopal Worship - Thursday, November 16th

Please join us for our monthly service of Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal tradition on Thursday, November 16th at 1:00 pm in the Chapel. Our guest celebrant will be The Rev. Heidi Fieldston. Our preacher will be Janice Ford. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Episcopal Student Forum

On Thursday, November 16th from noon to 12:45, please join us in the cafeteria for our second Episcopal student forum. Our topic for discussion will be "entering the ordination process in the Episcopal Church." All are welcome.

Weight Watchers at ANTS
An Invitation for all Students, Staff and Faculty


There are a few of the staff at ANTS that would like to have Weight Watchers come to the "Hill" to help us with our growing problem. At this age it is no longer "baby fat" and I do not expect a growth spurt any time soon.

So if you would like to make the Hill lighter, please e-mail me as we will need a head count before they commit to coming to us.

Mary McKearney (Gifts and Records)

Student Loan Information Sessions

Student loan informations session will be held in the Peck Room

Thursday November 16 12:00 to 1:00
Friday November 17 12:00 to 1:00

Students who have not attended a session must attend one of the sessions in order to receive a spring loan payment.

Orphaned Coffee Mugs

I have a growing collection (now 2) of orphaned thermal coffee mugs - one (brushed stainless steel & black plastic) was left in my office at the end of last week; the second (red & black plastic, OXO by name) I found this afternoon on the Quad.
They're quiet at the moment, but if I end up having to wash their mouths out with soap I may consider them mine...

David Ames

Winterim Commuter Housing

New forms for Winterim commuter housing are available outside of the Housing Office, Worcester 101. Please be aware that if you picked up a form before October 31, it was incorrect. Please take a moment to pick up and fill out the new, corrected form. Thank you for your patience - I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing Coordinator

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

Dear friends and colleagues,

Our Unitarian Universalist worship this coming Thursday (November 16)
will take place in the Meetinghouse. Everyone is welcome. The Rev.
Jim Sherblom will lead this service, titled "Stranger in a Strange
Land", on what it means to train for the UU ministry at Andover
Newton. Jim Sherblom is a graduate of Andover Newton, and co-minister
with Martha Niebanck at the First Parish in Brookline. We hope that
you will join us for this worship service, and the ones that follow,
and invite your friends!

Here's the current schedule for the weekly UU worship services, to be
held each Thursday at 1:00pm during the school year.

* November 16: Rev. Jim Sherblom - Stranger in a Strange Land
* 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 (

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand