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Monday, March 26, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, March 26, 2007 - Events This Week

Art Exhibit: "WomenWatch: A Celebration of Hope."
Community Art Exhibit - Submissions Welcome

- Men's Fellowship - Mondays
- Jonathan Edwards Lecture: Dr. Gilbert Irvin Bond - March 26, 2007
- Jonathan Edwards Society Class of 2007

- Faith, Health, AND Spirituality Center - Office Hours Tuesdays
- Art as Spiritual Practice - Tuesdays
- Mandala Meditation Group
- Community Day - Tuesday, March 27
- Community Day (Indoor) BBQ Dinner - Tuesday, march 27
- Compline Worship Service - Tuesday, March 27th

- Yoga Wednesday Mornings
- The ANTS Community Choir - Wednesdays
- Community Chapel - Wednesdays
- Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad - Wednesdays
- Labyrinth Walk - Wednesdays
- Student Association Town Hall Meeting - Wednesday, March 28

- UU Worship - Thursdays
- Thursday Art Night
- The Spirit Among Us: Group Spiritual Direction at ANTS
- Reception for WomenWatch Art Exhibit - Thursday, March 29, 2007

- The Andover Newton Community Art Show - Deadline for Entries: March 30

Art Exhibit: "WomenWatch: A Celebration of Hope."
March 5 - April 5
Reception: March 29

This week also marks the opening of a new exhibit in the Meetinghouse, a gathering of art celebrating women from around the world: "WomenWatch: A Celebration of Hope." The exhibit has a range of media, and represents ten international artists living and working in the Boston area. It will be up until April 5; a public reception (5 p.m.), with poetry reading (7 p.m.) and international music performance (8 p.m.), will be held in the Meetinghouse on Thursday, March 29. The public is warmly invited.

Men's Fellowship - Mondays
Men's Fellowship gatherings will be on Mondays from 1-1:50pm in the Berkeley Lounge (NOTE: Location changes are TBA). Our first meeting will be on Monday, February 5th. All are invited for times of prayer and open discussion. Interested? Come and see what we're all about!

Questions? Contact Jason Alspaugh at or Amanda Ladegard at

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:

Jonathan Edwards Society Class of 2007
At the Faculty Meeting on March 5, the faculty of Andover Newton Theological School voted to accept the following students into the Jonathan Edwards Society:

Laurence Elizabeth Heckscher
Joanne Hemenway
Dirkje Legerstee
Abiot Moyo
Fairbairn Powers

Lisa Durkee Abbott
Jason Alspaugh
Toni DiPina
Brian Eastman
Liddy Gerchman
Joanne Giannino
Laura Gronberg
Stephanie Haskins
Cheryl Kerr
Cynthia Knowles
Desiree Lawson
Dana Mann

Edith Howe

The new class of Society Members will be formally inducted into the Society at their annual dinner Monday, March 26, 2007.
Just before the dinner, the annual Jonathan Edwards Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Gilbert Bond in Stoddard Hall at 5 p.m. This year's lecture is entitled "Trauma and Reconciliation: The Praxis of Christian Suffering and Transformation." It is free and open to the public.

Congratulations to this year's new Jonathan Edwards Society members!

Faith, Health, and Spirituality Center - Office Hours Tuesdays
Office Hours at the FHS Center in STurtevant
Tuesdays, 2-4pm.
Come up and visit!

Contact Joy Honen (Steward of the FHS Center) at for more information
Brita Gill-Austern, faculty director of the FHS program and ministries,

Art as Spiritual Practice - Tuesdays
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30
in the Studio of the Faith, Health, and Spirituality Center (third Floor Sturtevant)

Come join a small group of creative people exploring art as spiritual practice and meditation. Previous experience with mandalas, illuminating pages, or art as journaling is helpful, but not essential. Time to create and dialogue. Most materials supplied or bring your own. Free will donation. Drop in once in a while or come every week.

Questions? Email Joy at

Mandala Meditation Group
Tuesdays, 6-8pm, February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27
FHS Center: Third Floor Sturtevant, Room 31

Presented by the FHS Visual Arts Ministry
Facilitated by Joy Honen (Resident Teaching Artist)

Come explore the healing and integrative nature of mandala creation. Mandala, which means "circle" or "sacred wholeness" in the Sanskrit language, is a circular creation that can be drawn, painted, collaged or even danced. Mandala art has been used in nearly every place and time in the history of the world as a means of personal growth, spiritual transformation, healing and as a way to connect to earth's energy and the wisdom of nature. Both in their creation and as a focus for meditation, mandalas point us to a center within each of us by which everything is ordered. Mandala creation within this small group will strive to be safe, centering and creative.

No previous artistic experience is necessary.
We are all made in the image of a creating god.
$10 fee to cover the cost of materials.
Limited to 5 participants who can commit to being at all five sessions

Advance sign-up requested with Joy at

Community Day - Tuesday, March 27
It's 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 - beginning today - 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

Community Day (Indoor) BBQ Dinner - Tuesday, march 27
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!

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.

Yoga Wednesday Mornings
8:00 a.m. in the Peck Room

YOGA with Dana Moore, Kripalu Certified Instructor
MTS from Yale Divinity School
Every Wednesday 8 am in Peck Conference Room
FREE to all students, spouses, staff and faculty (mats available)
Sponsored by Faith Health and Spirituality

The ANTS Community Choir - Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 11:50 - 12:15
In the Chapel
Join us for rehearsal from 11:50am to 12:15pm every Wednesday in the Chapel. All welcome! No singing experience necessary! Most Wednesdays, the song we learn and rehearse will also be the anthem in that day's Community Chapel (1pm in Colby). So come out and support community singing, and let a joyful noise resound from the Hill!
Questions? Contact Professor Matthew Myer Boulton:

Community Chapel Chapel - Wednesdays
1:00 p.m.
Colby Chapel

March 28: "Last Words" Service

Weekly Peace Vigil on the Quad - Wednesdays
Join the weekly Peace Vigil on the quad every Wednesday at noon. This vigil will take place every Wednesday throughout the year as we take an hour of our time to stand in unity against various forms of injustice and violence in our world today. It's a great opportunity to commune with each other and get a chance to hear what the Peace Fellowship is up to if you're not able to make it to the meetings. Please feel free to bring scripture, poetry or a topic to discuss. Bring signs, songs and smiles.

Open Labyrinth Walks - WEDS
From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Martha Bays and Theresa Stirling or

Student Association Town Hall Meeting - Wednesday, March 28
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

UU Worship - Thursdays
Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
in the Meetinghouse

Thursday Art Night
Open studio every Thursday in the Lower Studio of the
Meetinghouse, 7-10 pm.
Drop in for as long as you can stay.
Contact Joy, Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS, with questions. (

The Spirit Among Us: Group Spiritual Direction at ANTS
Two groups, Thursdays, Feb. 8 - May 3

"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 Merton

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 School

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 ( 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!

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand