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Monday, November 06, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, November 6, 2006 - EVENTS THIS WEEK

Annual Shoebox Ministry to the Homeless - Starts October 25
Art Exhibit: Views from "Down Under" - October 2006 - January 2007
UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest! - Nov. 1-30

- Yoga Monday Mornings
- Evangelical Fellowship Bible Study - Mondays

- SA Meeting November 7, 2006
- Art as Spiritual Practice - Tuesdays, Nov. 7
- Witnessing Peace through Fasting - November 7th and 8th

- Wednesday Morning Meditation - Wednesdays
- Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad - Wednesdays
- The ANTS Community Choir - Wednesdays
- Community Worship - Nov. 8
- Labyrinth Walk - Wednesdays

- Entering the Search Process: Preparing Your Ministerial Profile - November 9
- Pastoral Counseling as a Vocation - November 9
- UU Worship - Thursdays
- Thursday Art Night

Friday - Sunday:
- Engaging Nonviolence: Skill Building for the Beloved Community - Nov. 10-12

2006 Shoebox Ministry for the Homeless
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.

Rev. Toni DiPina

More information:

Art Exhibit: Views from "Down Under" - October 2006 - January 2007
October 2006-January 2007
in the Meetinghouse

New Paintings from Recent
Artists-in-Residence at Andover Newton

Douglas Purnell
“Singing the Silences”


Wesley Campbell
“Grief 2006”

The paintings shown in this exhibit are recent acquisitions of Andover Newton Theological School, the new work of visiting artists Douglas Purnell and Wesley Campbell. In style and form, these painters from “down under” approach their medium from widely differing points of view. More information will be available soon on the Web site.

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 (no more than 30-60 seconds) 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.

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.

More information and contest rules:

Yoga Monday Mornings
8:00 a.m. in the Peck Room

YOGA with Dana Moore, Kripalu Certified Instructor
MTS from Yale Divinity School
Every Monday 8 am in Peck Conference Room
FREE to all students, spouses, staff and faculty (mats available)
Sponsored by Faith Health and Spirituality

Evangelical Fellowship Bible Study - Mondays
5:00-5:50pm in the Small Dining Hall

The Evangelical Fellowship at ANTS cordially invites you to a weeklyBible study on Monday evenings. Refresh your mind and strengthen your walk with God with reading and prayer over dinner. All are welcome to attend. Also, please login to ANTS Connect and join our Fellowship group for announcements, events, and discussion.

Office Hours at the FHS Center in STurtevant
Tuesdays, 2-4pm.
Come up and visit!

Contact Joy Honen (Steward of the FHS Center) at for more information
Brita Gill-Austern, faculty director of the FHS program and ministries,

SA Meeting November 7, 2006
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dining Hall

The new SA budget will be reviewed.

Please submit any other agenda items to Len Hayward,, no later than Sunday, November 5th, Noon.

Hope to see you there!

Art as Spiritual Practice - Tuesdays, Nov. 7
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

Witnessing Peace through Fasting - November 7th and 8th
Members of the Peace Fellowship at ANTS are inviting you to participate in a Fast as a communal act of conscience against all forms of violence in our world today.

Please consider whether or not you would be interested in acting with us, whether it be for two hours or twenty-four hours, all are welcome.

Whether or not you are participating, we will be gathering at the Peace Pole on the ANTS Quad on Tuesday evening at 6:00pm and ending at 6:00pm on Wednesday at the Peace Pole.

We invite all members of the ANTS community the opportunity to hold in prayer those participating in the Fast as well as the opportunity to offer up prayers, as you feel led, so that we may help bring peace and justice to our suffering world as one community. If you so desire, please fill out and tear off a prayer slip(s) (attached) and bring them to the start of the Fast on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:00pm at the Peace Pole. These Prayer Requests will then be distributed to the participants of the Fast so that they may pray over them and lift them up to the Lord during our time of self-sacrifice.

Matt 4:4 “But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

Wednesday Morning Meditation - Wednesdays
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
In the Meditation Room (Room 37), Third floor Sturtevant
Every Wednesday morning during the semester there will be a time of morning prayer and meditation led by Brita Gill-Austern. No previous experience in meditation necessary.

Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad - Wednesdays
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 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.

The ANTS Community Choir - Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 11:50 - 12:15
In the Meetinghouse
Join us for rehearsal from 11:50am to 12:15pm every Wednesday in the Meetinghouse. All welcome! No singing experience necessary! Most Wednesdays, the song we learn and rehearse will also be the anthem in that day's Community Chapel (1pm in Colby). So come out and support community singing, and let a joyful noise resound from the Hill!
Questions? Contact Professor Matthew Myer Boulton:

Community Worship - Wednesday, Nov. 8
Colby CHapel
1:00 p.m.
Worship leader: Greg Mobley

Open Labyrinth Walks - WEDS
From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Martha Bays and Theresa Stirling or

Entering the Search Process: Preparing Your Ministerial Profile - November 9
November 9, 2006
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In the Meetinghouse

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

- 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

More information and registration form:

Pastoral Counseling as a Vocation - November 9
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

UU Worship - Thursday, Nov. 9
Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
in the Meetinghouse
November 9: Rev. David Johnson

Thursday Art Night - Nov. 9
Open studio every Thursday in the Lower Studio of the
Meetinghouse, 7-10 pm.
Drop in for as long as you can stay.
Contact Joy, Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS, with questions. (

Engaging Nonviolence: Skill Building for the Beloved Community - Nov. 10-12
November 10-12, Friday 1-7, Saturday 8:30-6 and Sunday 1-7 with optional Saturday dinner and program

Don't miss this event!!! You will leave with skills and practices that you will want to take with you wherever you go in furthering peacebuilding in our world. Nonviolence isn't simply a tactic, it is a way of life we learn in order to live toward the Beloved Community. It is not too late to register. $100 for the weekend includes the book "Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living" This is an opportunity to learn from Ken Butigan, nationally known, teacher of Nonviolence. You can find registration form on the ants webpage or on the table on the 3rd floor of Worcester Hall.

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand