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Friday, March 23, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Friday, March 23, 2007

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- Jonathan Edwards Lecture: Dr. Gilbert Irvin Bond - March 26, 2007
- Community Day (Indoor) BBQ Dinner
- Small Standalone DVD Player
- Reception for WomenWatch Art Exhibit - Thursday, March 29, 2007
- The Andover Newton Community Art Show - Deadline for Entries: March 30


- Andover Newton Indoor Golf Classic - April 28 - UPDATED
- Andover Newton Indoor Golf Classic - Can You Help?
- Housing for Commencement Weekend
- Compline Worship Service - Tuesday, March 27th
- Attention all Graduating Students!
- Time to Sign up for Community Day
- New Courses in Summer Session
- Light Shining in the Darkness: Empowering Congregations to Effectively Address Violence Against Women
- Summer Session Registration
- Student Association Town Hall Meeting

Jonathan Edwards Lecture: Dr. Gilbert Irvin Bond - March 26, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
5:00 p.m.
Stoddard Hall

The 2007 Jonathan Edwards Lecture will take place on Monday, March 26, 2007. This year's lecturer is Dr. Gilbert Irvin Bond, founder and President of The Leadership Center for Christian Reconciliation, Inc., of New Haven, CT. Dr. Bond received his Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University, where he served as Assistant Professor before joining the Faculty of The Divinity School of Yale University in 1996. His impressive Curriculum Vitae includes a broad range of teaching experiences, fellowships, awards, publications, presentations and addresses, filmed commentaries, professional associations, workshops, and research projects.

The Leadership Center for Christian Reconciliation trains and prepares leaders to dismantle the walls of alienation between men and women, Blacks and Whites, Jews and Gentiles, Muslims and Christians, rich and poor, and other antagonistic divisions that tear our church and wound our world. The Center is establishing Christian Reconciliation Centers worldwide, and working cooperatively with organizations from different faith traditions.

This year's lecture, entitled "Trauma and Reconciliation: The Praxis of Christian Suffering and Transformation", is free and open to the public. It will be held in Stoddard Hall at 5 p.m. All are heartily encouraged to attend.

More information:

Community Day (Indoor) BBQ Dinner
Tuesday, March 27th
5:00 PM

Journeys on the Hill (JOTH) and the Student Association are hosting a Community Day (Indoor) BBQ Dinner in honor of our volunteers who have participated in the ANTS/Hebrew College Community Day community service. Kosher meals are being provided.

ANTS' own Lisa Durkee Abbott is inviting anyone who wants to bring an instrument to join her in a jam session during dinner.

All volunteers, residents, students, faculty, staff, ANTS & Hebrew College friends and their families are invited. This replaces the regular dinner in the ANTS Dining Hall.

See you there!

Contact: Len Hayward

Small Standalone DVD Player

Will whoever last used the small silver DVD player please return it to either Jennifer Shaw or David Ames.

Thank you.

Reception for WomenWatch Art Exhibit - Thursday, March 29, 2007
THursday, March 29, 2007
5-7 p.m. in the Meetinghouse

Reception, Reading and Concert to Celebrate the Exhibition

"WomenWatch: A Passage to Hope"
1 March – 1 April, 2007
An exhibition of art celebrating women's courage
The Meeting House Gallery
Andover Newton Theological School

New art by Marika Barnett, Steven Bogart, Ricardo Jardin, Eve Chayes Lyman, Isaac Majak, Pamela Marshall, Rania Matar, Segun Olorunfemi, Linda Fisher Privitera, Young Shin, Sirarpi Heghinian Walzer and Zoe Perry Wood. The exhibition will include photographs from Afghanistan, India, Lebanon, Nicaragua and Sudan.

Public reception on Thursday, 29 March 2007, 5 – 7 p.m., together with poets Elizabeth Kirshner and Marjorie Agosin reading their works at 7 p.m., and a musical performance of new music by Pamela Marshall, by the quartet of Jodi Hitzhusen (soprano), Lisa Conley (flute), Jing Li (cello), and Pamela Marshall (piano, and reader).

This event is cosponsored by the Program in Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Andover Newton Theological School, and "Art Without Borders", a collaborative non-profit of artists committed to defending and promoting artists' rights in the world (

All events are free and the public is warmly invited.

The Andover Newton Community Art Show - Deadline for Entries: March 30
April 9, 2007 - Commencement

You (students, faculty, staff, friends and relatives) are invited to submit art for The Annual Andover Newton Community Art Exhibit (April 9- Commencement) to be held in the Meetinghouse.

Each person may submit up to four pieces of any art form.

Please submit art before Friday, March 30 by giving it to Joy, OR bringing it to the Meetinghouse and following directions posted in the front lobby, OR by emailing Joy ( to set up a time to deliver it.

For each piece you submit, please write an "artist's statement" including your name, the name of the piece, the medium, and a short (3-4 sentences) explanation of your process, intent or anything interesting you have to say about yourself or the art.

Support the ARTS at ANTS by participating in this opportunity!


Are you graduating from ANTS this May? Then enter the 2007 ANTS Koinonia Preaching Festival, and share your gifts for preaching!

Entering rounds will be held between now and April 9, 2007, and finalists will preach in Community Chapel on Wednesday, April 11. If you are interested in entering, please contact Prof. Matthew Myer Boulton:

Come celebrate preaching at ANTS!

Andover Newton Indoor Golf Classic - April 28 - UPDATED
April 28, 2007
Noyes Hall
2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
*No golfing experience necessary

Win a Vacation for Two at
The Samoset Resort
On the Ocean
Rockport, Maine
3 days and two nights
plus $300 cash voucher
toward recreation and meals
(Trip to be taken within one year)

The First Annual ANTS Indoor Golf Classic is a fun-filled family experience. You will compete in nine table games that involve rolling a golf ball by hand. Enter the "hole in one" and putting contests, too. Scores are arbitrarily given out by game attendants. If you don't like your score, you can pay an extra dollar for another chance. Anyone can win! Silent auction table and dance lessons for $5 for 15 minutes every hour. Bring the whole family!

Tickets: $10
Raffle Tickets: $10, 3 for $20

For information and tickets, call
Mary Herzog
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Rd.
Newton Centre, MA 02459-2243
Phone: 617-964-1107 ext. 208

On campus, tickets are available from the receptionist at Dabney Hall.

All proceeds will be donated to the Office of the Dean of Students for the purpose of improving the quality of student life.


Andover Newton Indoor Golf Classic - Can You Help?
You can help in the following ways:
1. Help us physically set up the room on the morning of the event.
2. Help us sell tickets…they are $10.00 each.
3. We need items donated for the silent auction. Suggestions are: a theme basket of school or office supplies (or any other theme you have in mine), sports tickets, theater tickets, a weekend get-away, a jewelry item, a musical instrument, etc. We have already received a variety of gift certificates from local stores and businesses.
4. Ask your business or church to sponsor a hole. We will advertise all sponsors in the printed programs that will be given to participants.

Your support of this project will be most appreciated. The ANTS Development Office has provided office space and a phone for Mary Herzog at 617-964-1100, ext. 208 for ticket sales and questions. You can always call Debbi Carter at 617-964-1100, ext. 264.

Housing for Commencement Weekend

Any students interested in renting dorm rooms for friends and family during Commencement (the weekend of May 18 - 20) should get requests into the Housing Office no later than Friday March 30 at 4:00. Any rooms not reserved by students at the end of the day on Friday will be released to alumni/ae for rental.

Rooms in Appleton-Chase and Farwell Hall are available at a nightly rate of $25. These rooms have shared bathrooms and accommodate one person each. Guests must provide their own bedding and towels. Separate linen rental is available from the Housing Office for $25 per person.

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

Compline Worship Service - Tuesday, March 27th
Tuesday, March 27th
Meeting House

Please join Professor Burrows in evening worship. We will close the day together with Compline, pray the psalms as the monks do at Glastonbury Abbey.
All are welcome.

Attention all Graduating Students!

This year Baccalaureate and Commencement will be held on the Andover Newton campus. Baccalaureate will be held on Friday, May 18, in the new Wilson Chapel, with a reception following under a tent on the quad. Commencement will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 on the quad, with a reception following under the tent. Graduating students will need to gather at 1:00 pm in the Wilson Chapel to prepare to process. The Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor will be speaking. If it rains on Commencement Day we will hold the service at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre.

If you have questions or need more information please contact me!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Time to Sign up for Community Day
Its time to sign up for participation in this Spring's 2007 Andover Newton and Hebrew College Community Day of Service and Reflection on Racism and Inter-faith Relationships.

On March 27, 2007 ANTS will partner with Hebrew College for a joint Spring Community Day. In partnership, Andover Newton and Hebrew college will venture forth into a day of active community service, reflection on the effects of racism as a community, and the importance of building interfaith relationships.
All Community service events will take place rain or shine. Sites will be announced and assigned as they become available. All classes are canceled on Community Day and full participation in the events are expected.
Lunch will be provided so bring your smiles, your sweat, and put your faith into action with one another in community

But please e-mail your intent to participate as soon as possible so that preparation for the amount of lunches needed can be made.

Please e-mail Nancy Nienhuis at to register for assignment at a community site (to be announced).

For further questions contact Greg Mobley at

New Courses in Summer Session
The following new courses will be available during summer session:

Theological Themes and Human Dilemmas in Film
The course will view about 10 movies, attending to how they communicate their message as well as what they communicate. The seminar will enable the viewer to become more adept at "reading" cinema and appreciating its special strengths.
June 11-15, June 18-22
1-4 p.m.

[WCHR/GCIM]North American Contributions to World Christianity: A Survey
Andover Newton Theological School has 200 years of mission history. Graduates of our school were involved not only in "Home Mission," but also in "Foreign Mission." Some of them played a pioneer role in promoting Protestant Christianity in several countries including Myanmar, Turkey, Hawaii, and the like where their legacy continues to live on in many different forms. Soon numerous North American mission agencies were formed; their representatives served in almost every known country of the world. The history and the outcome of these missionaries are both praised and severely critiqued. This course, therefore, surveys various theological and ideological motifs for North American missionaries, the methods of their missionary work, the outcomes of their labor, and the future prospects of cross-cultural missionary engagements.
May 29-June 1, June 4-8
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Christian Understandings of the Holocaust
This seminar will explore Christian understandings of the Holocaust and the relevance of the Holocaust for Jewish-Christian relations.
The course will be taught by Robert Erickson, Chair of the History Department at Pacific Lutheran University and the author of Theologians Under Hitler. Dr. Vicki Barnett is Director of Church Relations at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
June 11-15 ; 9-noon; 1-4 pm (all day)

Check out all course listings online at:

Light Shining in the Darkness Empowering Congregations to Effectively Address Violence Against Women

"The number of reported incidents of domestic violence and the brutality of individual attacks has been growing steadily for a decade. Occurrences jumped nearly 50 percent between 1997 and 2006, with the largest increase – 15 percent – recorded between 2005 and last year, according to data from the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and sexual assault." (Burlington Free Press, Feb. 4, 2007)

This and other recent articles in the Burlington Free Press have raised awareness of the prevalence of violence against women in Vermont. Marie Bean, Christina Findlay and Nicole Polycrones, Master of Divinity students at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, MA, have created a retreat for pastors and lay-persons from Vermont and New Hampshire to explore how their congregations and communities can become involved on the grassroots level and make a difference for those in their own communities.

Bean, Findlay and Polycrones are members of Dr. Nancy Nienhuis' Justice Matters course at Andover Newton Theological School and decided to create a retreat focused on violence against women as a project for that class. Bean and Findlay, residents of Vermont, were very moved by the brutal death of Michelle Gardner-Quinn last fall. The brutality of this crime following several other deadly acts of violence against women came as a shock to both of them. After further research into the incidence of domestic violence in Vermont, they, with Polycrones, decided to offer this opportunity.

Plans are to present a program that would give clergy and lay-persons the tools they would need to go back to their congregations and communities and:

o Raise the issue of violence against women in their worship practices;
o Recognize the flags that indicate abuse may be happening;
o Know what can and cannot be done in abusive situations;
o Be able to create a process within their churches to nurture and heal survivors, family members and communities of violence against women.

The retreat will be held at the Atkinson Retreat Center in Newbury, VT on Saturday, March 24, 2007 . Registration begins at 9:30 AM. At 10 AM a panel will present information on various aspects of violence against women. After lunch break-out sessions will explore tools available to pastors and laypersons. The panel consists of:

o Judy Szeg, Domestic and Sexual Violence Specialist for Safeline, Inc.
o Stephen McArthur, Activist & Educator on Domestic Violence,
o Tracy Penfield of SafeArt,
o Gyla Dziobek of Department for Children and Families
o Rev. Sue Marie Baskette, pastor of Bakersfield UCC and UVM Chaplin


A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided.

The retreat is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about what they can do to effectively address violence against women. There is a registration fee of $15 before March 17. Registration after March 17 will be $20. The fee covers the cost of the meals and. materials.

For a brochure or more information, call 617-527-1318 or 802-482-6414 or

Email:, or

Summer Session Registration - Updated

Summer Registration start on Monday, March 19.
Registration materials for SUMMER 2007 are now available on the ANTS web site at:

Add/Drop Form

Summer 2007 Course list

Directions for registration are embedded within the various forms themselves. Please read carefully and refer to the online catalog ( for clarification when appropriate.

Students who are interested in commuter housing should mail the form to the Attention
of Amelia O'Dowd, Housing Coordinator:

Student Association Town Hall Meeting
With Dean Herzog and Dean Nienhuis
March 28th

Dean Bill Herzog and Dean Nancy Nienhuis will be joining us for a Town Meeting in Upper Noyes, Wednesday, March 28th, Noon - 1 PM. This is your chance to bring questions, concerns or suggestions to Bill or Nancy on any topic.

Please bring your lunch and join us!

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

Contact: SA Exec

Please contact Julia Steer to sign up

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