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Friday, January 26, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, January 26, 2007

- Library Hours During Intersession
- An Evening of Retreat - A Symposium with Dorothy Bass - April 24, 2007

- New Business Hours in the Business Office
- "Curses, Foiled Again! Drama and Melodrama in Red Sox History." - January 31
- Farewell Reception for Sharon Taylor - Feb. 5
- Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Next Session February 8, 2007
- Woodbury Management Workshop - February 8-9, 2007
- From Ashes to Easter: Preaching and Music through the Season of Lent - Feb. 9
- Healing Our Borders: A Faithful Response to Immigration - February 13, 2007
- Revive Us Again!- February 16-17, 2007 - UPDATED, FEE REDUCTION
- Compassionate Visit II - Saturday, March 3
- Military Chaplaincy Recruiting on Campus

Library Hours During Intersession

Trask Library schedule during intersession, January 27-February 4:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday closed

An Evening of Retreat - A Symposium with Dorothy Bass - April 24, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Noyes Hall at ANTS
Free event open to all students, faculty, and community
Presented by the Department of Field Education at Andover Newton

Dorothy Bass is the director of Valparaiso University's Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith and editor of Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People. This book addresses the contemporary hunger for a way of life that can be lived with integrity amidst the many changes of our time by advocating the retrieval of twelve Christian practices.

Mail by April 17th to or
Debbie Craig
Field Ed Department
210 Herrick Rd.
Newton Centre, MA 02459

More info:

New Business Hours in the Business Office
Starting on Monday, January 29, 2007, the Business Office will be open on Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office will not be closed during the lunch hour.

"Curses, Foiled Again! Drama and Melodrama in Red Sox History." - January 31
The 2007 Crawford Lecture

"Curses, Foiled Again! Drama and Melodrama in Red Sox History."

By William R. Herzog II
Academic Dean, Andover Newton Theological School
At Old South Church in Boston
Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm.

Old South Church in Boston presents the 2007 Crawford Lecturer: William R. Herzog II, Member of Red Sox Nation & author of The Faith of Fifty Million: Baseball, Religion & American Culture, speaking on "Curses, Foiled Again! Drama and Melodrama in Red Sox History." The Crawford Lecture will take place in the main sanctuary of Old South Church on Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm. The lecture occurs on the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's birthday.

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Farewell Reception for Sharon Taylor - Feb. 5
Monday, Feb. 5
3:30 -5:00 p.m.
Peck COnference Room

As you already know, Dr. Sharon Taylor has resigned her position as Librarian of the Franklin Trask Library to accept a position as Librarian at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

We will hold a Farewell Reception for Sharon on Monday, February 5th from 3:30 to 5:00 in the Peck Conference Room. We hope that you will be able to attend to celebrate Sharon's 17 years of service to Andover Newton Theological School. So put the date on your calendar and come and join us as we honor Sharon and bless her on her way to a new adventure in her life.

Bill Herzog II
Dean of the Faculty

Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Next Session February 8, 2007
All events take place in the Meetinghouse at Andover Newton Theological School.

Are you graduating from seminary this year? Have you already graduated and are beginning the search process? Come to these upcoming events to find out how to enter the search process, meet with search committees, start your benefits, and enter a congregation!

Though everyone is welcome, these events are designed particularly for graduating seminarians who plan to search for a call as a pastor in a United Church of Christ congregation.

Meeting with Search Committees: Discerning a Match
February 8, 2007 (snow date Feb. 15)
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Spiritual Discernment and the Search Process
- Reading a Church Profile
- Interviewing Skills: How to Answer and What to Ask
Leaders: Associate Conference Ministers of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC

Starting Your Benefits - Establishing Your Future: UCC Benefits and the Pastoral Call Agreement
March 15, 2007
9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Elements of a Pastoral Call Agreement
- UCC Health and Pension Benefits
- Continuing Education and Ongoing Pastoral Formation
Leaders: representative from The Pension Boards, UCC

Entering a Congregation: Thriving as a New Pastor
April 12, 2007
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Forming a Pastoral Identity
- Entrance Strategies for Pastors New to a Congregation
- Developing Healthy Habits and Practices of Ministry
Leaders: New Clergy Group Facilitators and Christina Braudaway-Bauman
Associate for New Clergy Development, MACUCC

Registration to attend all four events is $60. Registration for a single event is $20. (Fees cover the cost of materials and refreshments). Registration is due AT LEAST 1 WEEK before each workshop is scheduled.

Please send a check for the amount due ($60 for all 4 programs or $20 per session), made payable to MACUCC to:

Kris LoFrumento
One Badger Road
Framingham. MA 01702

More information and registration form:

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:

>From Ashes to Easter: Preaching and Music through the Season of Lent - Feb. 9
Friday, February 9, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Meeting House
Prof. Matthew Myer Boulton

In this hands on workshop, we will examine the great scriptural passages, hymns, and spiritual songs of Lent, all with an eye toward renewing Lenten worship life in the church today. Participants will deepen their theological understanding of the Lenten season, explore new worship and musical ideas and resources, and leave the workshop with a personalized preaching and music schedule from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Perfect for clergy, music directors, and lay leaders of all ages. Come ready to sing (or just to listen), and to clarify how this year's season of Lent can renew our life together.

For more information, please contact Ms. Jennifer Shaw, at: (617) 964-1100, ext. 228.
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Healing Our Borders: A Faithful Response to Immigration - February 13, 2007
February 13, 2007
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Peck Conference Room

Rev. Delle McCormick Executive Director of BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona will explore the issues and root causes of immigration and introduce a holistic practice of engaging these issues and living in solidarity with our Latin American neighbors.

Rev. Delle McCormick, is a UCC minister, formerly pastor in Rhode Island and now Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona. BorderLinks is a bi-national non-profit organization that offers experiential educational seminars along the border focusing on the issues of global economics, militarization, immigration, and popular resistance to oppression and violence. Rev.
McCormick has spent many years living and working in Chipas, Mexico and Curnevaca, Mexico. This evening will be a very informative and helpful presentation on how we can deal with immigration issues faithfully within the context of our congregations.

Professors Matthew Boulton and Brita Gill-Austern are taking a group of students on a Borderlinks trip to the border of Nogales Mexico and Arizona at the end of January.

Revive Us Again!- February 16-17, 2007 - UPDATED, FEE REDUCTION
Revival of our Spirit, Revival of our Baptist Principles
February 16-17, 2007
Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass.

This is a gathering of progressive Baptists from around the country, ready to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We are gathering to say that we are Christian, we are Baptist, and we believe our Baptist Principles are foundational to our understanding and sharing of the Gospel.
We are gathering to say that we can be both progressive and evangelical!

Please RSVP to Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell at 508-872-1176
or email by January 31st
with your name, email and phone number.

More info:

Compassionate Visit II - Saturday, March 3
March 3, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Worcester Hall

ANTS and the BTI are sponsoring a session, the Compassionate Visit II, on Saturday, March 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Worcester Hall on the campus of Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA.
This session is free and open to the public.

There are two goals for this session:
1) to initiate visits to the sick, dying or shut-ins and their families or to make existing visits more productive
2) to initiate dialogue between health care professionals and the spiritual leaders of our communities.

To that end, the Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Hindelang, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and Staff Chaplain at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Dr. John R. Siberski S.J., M.D., board certified in internal medicine, psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry with primary interest in dementias, particularly Alzheimer's Disease, and end-of-life issues, will be presenting information drawn from their years of education and experience with the hope of making each of us better informed, better visitors.

For more information and if you have specific questions/issues you would like to have addressed by either Dr. Hindelang or Dr. Siberski, or if you need additional information,
please contact

Iris Brough

Military Chaplaincy Recruiting on Campus
We have had requests from various military offices to allow recruiting at ANTS for the military chaplaincy. Many of us have problems with the current war, and some of us have made a decision of faith and conscience to oppose war in general (and violence) as a means for the resolution of conflict. In a diverse campus body such as ours we have people of faith who have made/are making decisions of conscience about difficult issues every day. Some have made the decision to oppose war, while others, even as they object to war, still feel called to minister to those who serve in the armed forces and their families. Indeed, there are many distinguished ANTS alums who have served (and continue to serve) honorably and courageously for many years as chaplains.

The decision to allow recruiters to come to our campus for brief periods each year acknowledges that some in our community may be called to this kind of ministry. What this decision does not do, however, is attempt to make a statement about our collective opinions about this war or any other, or our students, faculty or staff who have heard differing calls for their ministry.

We know that some of you may have strong feelings about this decision, and we urge you to voice them. Toward that end we have set up a discussion thread in Connect. To access this forum:

1. Log in to Connect.
2. Click Campus Life.
3. Join a discussion under Community Discussions.

We always want to hear from you.

Nick Carter, William Herzog, II, Nancy Nienhuis, Desne Crossley, Robert MacDonald
ANTS Senior Management Team

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