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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

In this message:


- Writing Tutor at ANTS
- Earn Money for the Holidays and Help Gabe Fackre!
- Spring Course Update
- Town Meeting Hall with the President Carter, Dean Herzog and Dean Nienhuis
- MA students Lunch Meeting tomorrow
- FREE Books at the Bookstore!


- Correction to Winterim Course
- Bookstore hours during fall break
- Weight Watchers Update
- The Vagina Monologues are coming to ANTS!
- 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
- ANTS Community Holiday Dinner
- Give thanks! Thanksgiving potluck supper
- Episcopal Worship - Thursday, November 16th
- Episcopal Student Forum
- Student Loan Information Sessions
- Win a Free Course at ANTS - UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest! -Nov. 1-30

Writing Tutor at ANTS

Yes, folks, Andover Newton has a writing tutor!

I'm Helen Snively at
Find me in Worcester 302 (617 964-1100 x 282)

I’m on campus every Tuesday 10 to 3, and alternating Thursdays 12-3

Drop by if you like. To be sure of an appointment, email me. If I don't respond in 2-3 days, try I can work with you by email, but let’s meet in person first.

I welcome EVERY ANTS student, whether or not you think you have a ‘writing problem.’ I believe everyone can become a better writer, and am happy to help you figure out how. We can meet once, or now and then, or in a weekly group-whatever works for you.

So come see me-and encourage your friends!


Earn Money for the Holidays and Help Gabe Fackre!
Gabriel Fackre, Abbot Professor of Christian Theology Emeritus, and spouse, the Rev. Dorothy Fackre, send out a Theology and Culture Newsletter every Advent to friends and former students (3200 on the list). They are updating it, but need the current addresses of about 100 Andover Newton students that are available from the ANTS alum lists. They will pay at $10 an hour any student who can take the time to chase down these addresses from the current School alumni/alumnae directory. If interested, please contact Kerri Saucier at as soon as possible.

Spring Course Update

HIST 769 [HIST/WOTA769/869] Eros and the Poetics of the Search: Rilke & Augustine : Limit:12
Permission for Instructor Required. Please contact Prof. Burrows at

Town Meeting Hall with the President Carter, Dean Herzog and Dean Nienhuis

President Nick Carter, Dean Bill Herzog and Dean Nancy Nienhuis will be joining us for a Town Meeting in Upper Noyes, Wednesday, November 29th, 5 PM - 6 PM. This is your chance to bring questions, concerns or suggestions to Nick, Bill or Nancy on any topic.

Please bring your dinner and join us!

Any questions about the meeting, please contact the SA Exec (

MA students Lunch Meeting tomorrow

All MA students are invited to bring their lunch to Worcester 303 tomorrow, Thursday November 16, from 12 to 1:30 for an informal gathering to create community and share common interests and concerns.

Brita Gill-Austern
MA Director

FREE Books at the Bookstore!
Free books at bookstore! Several hundred dollars worth of books were damaged by a water leak in the bookstore. Now dried out, they are yours for the taking. Stop by at the bookstore and check out the black metal bookcase of books.


Correction to Winterim Course
Please note that OLDT 657W, Exegesis: Proverbs, to be taught by Prof.

Fontaine, has had incorrect dates listed on the website. The correct

dates are: January 2 - 5 and January 16 - 19.

Thank you,

David Ames
Assistant to the Dean

Bookstore hours during fall break
The Bookstore will be open the following hours during fall break:

Monday, November 20, 10 am - 6 pm
Tuesday, November 21, 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday, November 22, 10 am - 1 pm

Closed Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24.

Look for early arriving winterim books the week following break. Not

all lists are in, so not all books will be immediately available.

Weight Watchers Update
We have enough interested participants to request a Weight Watchers

meeting on campus. Employees of ANTS who have HMO Blue health care are

covered up to $150.00 for using Weight Watchers. If you are not an ANTS

employee, check with your health insurance provider - many insurers

will cover some costs of weight loss programs.

We are thinking that Tuesday or Thursday between the hours of 11:30

-2:30. Meetings run for 45 min.
Feeling thinner already!

More information from Weight Watchers:

"Weight Watchers requires a minimum of 15 participants and it is a

prepaid program. Cash, check, Master Card, Visa, Discover and American

Express are all accepted forms of payment. The minimum number of weeks

for a series is 10; however, the group can determine how many weeks

they would like the series to be. The cost averages out to be $13/week

prepaid. That means a 10 week series is $130, 11 weeks is $143, 12

weeks $156, etc.

Weight Watchers will also be running a promotion of a "free meeting"

added on to any series that begins or renews between October 15th and

December 17th (that means a 10 week series @ $130 will now be 11 weeks,


More information and forms on the Weight Watchers site:


Mary McKearney
617-964-1100 ext. 285

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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.

Win a Free Course at ANTS - UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest! - Nov.

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


- 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

- 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


-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

UU Worship

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