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Thursday, December 14, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, December 14, 2006

In this message:


- 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
- Commuter Students Key Return
- The Spirit Among Us: Group Spiritual Direction at ANTS
- Special Spring Course -"Eros and the Poetics of the Search: Augustine and Rilke"
- Special Winter Course - "Contextual Theologies of the Third World"
- Workshop: Renewing Worship Without a Drumset - January 20
- Woodbury Management Workshop - February 8-9, 2007
- New Spring Course Show Me the Money! With Nick Carter

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

Commuter Students Key Return
Attention Part-time Residents of Appleton-Chase and Farwell,

The end of the semester is here. Please find time to return your keys to my office, Worcester 101, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday December 15, 2006. If you do not return your keys on the 15th, you will be charged a daily late fee $10 (maximum charge is $50). If you have a conflict of any sort and do not want to be charged the late fee, please contact me immediately so we can make alternate plans.

Please be sure to remove all your belongings from your commuter room unless you have a contract for the same room during Winterim. All trash must be removed and the room dusted and cleaned (bathrooms also in Appleton Chase) before you leave. There is a closet with cleaning materials on each floor. Please see the resident representative if you have questions (Kate Johanson in AC 202 or Chandra Bellamy in Farwell 412). If rooms are not clean there will be a cleaning fee.

Please make sure both your room key and the exterior door key are clearly marked with your name and room number to ensure that you are not charged the late fee.

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing Coordinator
voice: 617-964-1100 x261
fax: 617-965-3528

The Spirit Among Us: Group Spiritual Direction at ANTS

"Spiritual Direction is a way of leading us to see and follow the real
Director - the Holy Spirit - hidden in the depths of our soul." Thomas

This is a unique opportunity to explore our own relationships with The
Holy and to learn more about accompanying others on their spiritual
journeys. Spiritual Direction helps participants enhance their
awareness of God or the Sacred in every day experiences and make life
affirming responses to the gifts of Grace. Following the tradition of
the Desert Mothers and Fathers, these group experiences will focus on
self-discovery and reality as paths to choosing "Life."

Two groups will begin in February, 2007
Meeting in Sturtevant Hall: Center for FHS, 3rd Floor, Room 32
Each group is limited to 8 participants.
Cost for 6 sessions: Sliding Scale: $40-$80

Group for all denominations: Thursdays: 10AM - Noon
2/15, 3/01, 3/15, 3/29, 4/19, 5/3

Group for Unitarian Universalists: Thursdays: 10AM - Noon
2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26

Directed by The Rev. Jade Angelica, certified spiritual director,
Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Rev. Angelica received her
MDIv from HDS in 1992, is a UU Community Minister, and is currently
enrolled in the DMin program for Faith, Health and Spirituality at ANTS.

To register for the group, please contact Rev. Angelica (781-648-1525
or Financial Assistance is available.

So all may attend in good health, groups will be fragrance free.

Sponsored by Faith, Health and Spirituality, Andover Newton Theological

Special Spring Course -"Eros and the Poetics of the Search: Augustine and Rilke"
Join Professor Mark Burrows and a dozen apostles of the arts for a unique venture exploring the constructions of two theologians living at the boundaries of cultural change: the epochal theologian Augustine, whose "Confessions" stand as a marker at the turning of a cultural era; and, the brooding genius Rainer Maria Rilke whose poetic works began to chart the path beyond "modernity" through a radical project of reimagination. This course is limited to an apostolic 12; permission of the instructor required. Fridays, 9 - 12 and two additional sessions; course ends on April 13 (three additional sessions planned, one of which will be a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts).
Course Description:

Special Winter Course - "Contextual Theologies of the Third World"
Announcing: A new once-in-a-lifetime course with Professor M. P. Joseph, on "Contextual Theologies of the Third World."

Dr. Joseph is one of the leading voices among liberation theologians writing today. Having grown up in Kerala, India, and received his informal theological training by living with poor fishermen in the southwestern coast of India, Dr. Joseph earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and has taught at various universities and seminaries in North America and Asia. He is among the leading voices in the EATWOT, the "Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians," and currently teaches at Tainan Theological College and Seminary in Taiwan. His course explores emerging, radical voices in the global theological scene, and the unique methods employed in their theological method and approach. A course not to be missed; spaces are still available.

For further information, contact the registrar at ANTS: Class begins on Monday, January 15, and concludes on Friday, January 26, 2007.
Course Descripion:

Workshop: Renewing Worship Without a Drumset - January 20
A Workshop for Clergy and Worship Committees
who haven't given up hope…

January 20, 2007
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Meeting House
$35 registration fee includes lunch

Leader: Rev. Dr. Rochelle A. Stackhouse

Are you looking for a way to recharge the energy, meaning, and spirit of your worship services? Are you working with limited resources and a slightly more "traditional" worship framework? In this Saturday workshop, worship leader Rev. Dr. Shelly Stackhouse explores words and silence, sacraments, space and media, music and the arts, and forgotten liturgical traditions to delve into various aspects of worship and how they might be revitalized from within our traditions.
More information:

Woodbury Management Workshop - February 8-9, 2007
A Ministerial Leadership Workshop
with President Nick Carter
February 8-9, 2007
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Fact: The church, like the world around it, is undergoing radical change
Fact: Pastors need to be prepared to lead thoughtful, God-centered change
Fact: Change is difficult
Fact: There are insights and skills church leaders can cultivate to help their ministry to thrive in times of change

The ability to function within a changing culture is essential for the 21st century ministerial leader. Understanding how change works is one way in which a pastor can effectively interpret the change taking place in a congregation and lead the change needed for a church's ministry to be vital and relevant.

Participants in the workshop will
- learn ways to assess the organizational dynamics of congregations;
- develop skills for leading change that address those dynamics;
- be introduced to a theology of institutions that both recognizes their fallen state and proclaims the hope for their transformations

More information:

New Spring Course: Show Me the Money! With Nick Carter

CMLE 658 - Show me the Money!- N. Carter-Th; 6-8:50
After establishing the theological grounding for giving, class particicipants will examine the major approaches to and tools for funding-raising, as well as the place of restricted and unrestricted giving in the sustainability of churches and other non-profit settings. It is suited both to those preparing for ministry and those engaged in helping ministries. This course fulfills the CMAD/CMLE requirement. Limit: 20. Priority will be given to Seniors.
Course option: students may take the course for free if they commit to an active fund raising project during the course (all proceeds go to students' personal scholarship support).

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand