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Friday, December 15, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, December 15, 2006

In this message:


- E-News to Go on Vacation
- Bookstore Winter Hours
- Andover Newton Divests From Sudan
- Making Space Sacred: Wombs, Tombs, and Rooms From Vezelay to the Wilson Chapel


- Alex Kern is Leaving
- Christmas Community Pot-Luck Supper
- Cafeteria Closing for Winter Break
- Announcing the Winners of the UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest
- Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue Video - Want One?
- Spring Courses Closed
- Holiday Open House

E-News to Go On Vacation
The Student E-News will be taking a much needed vacation during the semester break. There will be no daily e-news, but there may be occasional mailings for special events.

Happy Holidays!

Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand

Bookstore Winter Hours

Dec. 18 - 21: Mon.-Thurs. 10 am - 6 pm
Dec. 22: Fri. 10 am - 4 pm

Closed Dec. 25, 26, 27

Dec. 28, Thurs. 10 am - 6 pm
Dec. 29 Fri. 10 am - 4 pm

Closed New Year's Day

Re-open Jan. 2 with regular hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 am - 6 pm

Andover Newton Divests From Sudan
At the December 13, 2006 meeting, the Board of Trustees of Andover Newton Theological School unanimously voted to divest from Sudan, offering an unequivocal statement of its opposition to the genocide in Darfur. In contrast with other models of divestment, this one is surgically targeted to put direct economic pressure on the government of Sudan while avoiding negative consequences for the already staggering human tragedy there.
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Fri. 10 am - 4 pm

Making Space Sacred: Wombs, Tombs, and Rooms From Vezelay to the Wilson Chapel
December 20, 2006
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Pilgrim Church (UCC) of Sherborn, MA
Prof. Mark Burrows will present a visual presentation that considers how we "make" empty space sacred through the shaping power of the arts. He will explore images from the current building project under construction at Andover Newton Theological School, the new Wilson Chapel (with steel girders up and walls completed), asking what it means to construct a sacred space in our time - and how we might interpret such a project as a mirror of how we "build" the sacred in our own lives.
More information:


Alex Kern is Leaving
Dear Members of the ANTS Community,

I am writing to let you know that Alex Kern has announced he will be leaving his position of Director of Recruitment at ANTS at the end of this month. Although we are sorry to see him go, we are excited about his new call to be the Executive Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) and the Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University. CMM is a 40-year-old interfaith social justice organization based in Newton, with 70 member congregations and a distinguished legacy of promoting racial justice and cross-cultural understanding in the Boston area. Alex tells me that CMM is always seeking volunteers and perhaps field education students (see, for more information), so please be in touch.
Alex has worked tirelessly for Andover Newton during his 4.5 years in the recruiting position but we know he will also be a blessing in his new roles. Please plan to join us for an opportunity to say good-bye to Alex and wish him well this Friday, Dec. 15, from Noon-1 pm in my office. Please drop by when you can.

For those who wish to be in touch with Alex after January 1, he can be reached at, 617-666-8814, or 51 Berkeley Street, Somerville, MA 02143.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Christmas Community Pot-Luck Supper

For those of us remaining on campus on Christmas Day, we will be having a pot-luck supper that evening - 6 PM December 25th, in the Peck Room.

Bring a dish to share - afterwards we may be watching Christmas movies, playing board games, or just fellowshipping.

Please RSVP to Carol Hayward

Cafeteria Closing for Winter Break
Due to Winter Break, the cafeteria will be closed from December 15 to January 2.

When we re-open, we will only be open for continental breakfast and lunch until February.

The hours are Monday thru Thursday:

Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

We all hope you have a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year!

Liz, Maria, Jose, Amanda, Michelle, Andrew and April

Announcing the Winners of the UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest
We recently invited ANTS community members to submit short home-made video clips to celebrate the United Church of Christ at 50. The winning video will be shared on YouTube as Andover Newton's official entry to the United Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ will show the most entertaining video entries at the General Synod in Hartford, CT next June.

Two videographers submitted three clips and we are impressed by the enthusiasm, talent and creative imagination expressed in all entries. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we have selected two official entries and awarded the prize of a free course to both students.

Liddy Gerchman Barlow wins for her video clip, Fifty Years in the Kitchen with the United Church of Christ, an imaginative concoction that serves up a delightful taste of what it means to be UCC. We especially savored the blending of faith and intellect.

Donna Colletti Lowre wins for her video clip, This Little Light of Mine, a spirited rendition of an old musical classic. The distinguished cast of singers added to the warmth and liveliness of this special Birthday greeting.

You can view movies online at

Note: We have requested some additional enhancements to This Little Light of Mine before it is fully ready for prime time.

Historic UCC/UUA Dialogue Video - Want One?
On Wednesday evening October 25th, Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) hosted an historic dialogue between Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the United church of Christ (UCC) and Rev. William Sinkford, President, of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). If you are interested in purchasing this video for $25, please send e-mail to Karen Brockney at If there is enough demand, we will fill video orders.
View video:

Spring Courses Closed

EL- HIST 785 Hist. of Christian Spirituality through the Lives of Women
INTE 770 Spirituality & Social Justice
ETHI780 With Head and Heart:The Writings of Howard Thurman
NEWT 662 Gospels-Prof. Haley
PSYP 607 Pastoral Care-Prof. Gill-Austern

Holiday Open House

Hello Fellow Members of the Beloved Community!

Need a place to celebrate the end of finals and the coming of renewal for the Holiday Season? Well, Jen and I would like to invite you all to our apartment for a Holiday Open House this Sunday, December 17th. Our doors will be open from 2pm- 6pm and we would love to spend time with you all! Come for a few minutes or come for the whole time! We will have festive music, lots of treats and lots of warm feelings to share. Hope to see you on Sunday.


Kurt, Jen, Madeleine and Benjamin Walker

150A Herrick House

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand