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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Tuesday, April 10, 2007

In this message:


- Darrick Jackson is moving on!
- Special Guest Speaker and Invitation - April 19
- Wednesday Chapel Koinonia Preaching Festival
- Spring Fling BBQ!
- Student Association Elections 2007-08 - Call for Candidates


- 2007 Judson Lecture- April 11, 2007
- Peace Fellowship Meeting - Thursday April 12
- Open Labyrinth Walks - Schedule Changes
- The Community Art Show - April 11 – May 21
- Coffeehouse! Wednesday, April 18
- BTI SYMPOSIUM - Wednesday April 11
- LAST CALL For Field Ed Info Session
- Prophetic Hospitality: Welcoming the Stranger - Wednesday, April 11
- An Evening of Retreat - A Symposium with Dorothy Bass - April 24, 2007
- Baccalaureate and Commencement - Ushers Needed
- Discrimination Against Muslims Since 9/11
- Spring into Fun - April 28, 2007
- Andover Newton Indoor Golf Classic - Can You Help?
- Silent Auction Donations for the ANTS Indoor Golf Classic
- PilgrIMAGES - April 12

Darrick Jackson is moving on!

Dear Members of the ANTS Community,

I am writing to let you know that Darrick Jackson has announced he will be leaving his position of Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment at ANTS in mid-May, shortly before he graduates with his Master of Divinity degree! He has accepted a newly created position at the Unitarian Universalist Association as the Assistant Director of Youth Ministries, one for which he is very well-suited.

Darrick began working here as a Student Assistant in October of 2002, and became the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions in June 2004. Darrick has been a trusted colleague and a vital member of the Admissions/Recruitment team, while maintaining his studies and participation in the life of the school as both a student and staff member.

In the coming weeks, please join me in thanking Darrick for a job well-done, congratulating him upon his graduation and his new position, offering him your prayers and good wishes, and bidding him a fond farewell. Although we will definitely miss him, we are joyful about his call to such an important position at the UUA. We will soon share plans about his official farewell party.

Peg Carroll
Director of Enrollment

Special Guest Speaker and Invitation - April 19
Rev. Richard Allen is a graduate of our School (1975). Currently, he is the Senior Minister at the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury in CT. He is known for his mission work both within and outside of the United States. On Thursday, April 19, 2007 from 6 PM to 8.50 PM he will share his experiences in my class "Mapping Mission Motives, Models, Methods of Christians." Our class meets in Davis 203. All interested members of our School are welcome to come to this class.

Daniel Jeyaraj

Wednesday Chapel Koinonia Preaching Festival

Greetings, and Happy Easter!

You are warmly invited to chapel tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/11, at 1pm) for this year's Koinonia Preaching Festival, during which our three finalists will preach three wonderful sermons. Come one, come all! This is always an electric, inspiring service, and a delightful way to celebrate the gifts of our graduating class.

Two of our finalists this year are graduating this May, and one of them will finish her coursework this summer before moving out of state, and so was allowed to enter this year.

Our preachers will be:

Liddy Gerchman
Cheryl Kerr
Jennifer Munroe-Nathans

Spread the word! This one is not to be missed!

Spring Fling BBQ!
Saturday, April 28th
Noon to 2:00 PM
On the Quad

Come join the Student Association's annual end of year celebration! Bring your families and friends! We will be having barbeque, lawn games, and great fellowship followed by the "ANTS Indoor Golf Classic" at 2:00 PM.

Student Life will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, sodas and water. Bring something to share!

Let's celebrate the springtime and end of the semester, and send off our graduates in style!

All students, faculty, administration, staff, families and friends are invited!

Contact: Len Hayward

Student Association Elections 2007-08 - Call for Candidates
Filing Deadline: Friday, April 20th

Your Student Association will be holding elections for the 2007-2008 academic year. The elections will be held from April 30th - May 4th. We are in need of candidates to fill the following offices:

-Vice President
-Student Life Chairperson

Think you might be interested in running? Check out the elections procedures and office descriptions in the Handouts section of the Student Association Group in ANTS Connect: Election Procedures 2007-08.pdf

Letters of intent to run should be emailed to the Student Association at These letters should include a brief paragraph about your involvement on campus and your goals should you be elected.

Letters of intent to run are due Friday, April 20th. Any questions? Email the Student Association (

2007 Judson Lecture
Dr. Narola Jamir, our Judson Professor for 2007-2008, will deliver the 2007 Judson Lecture on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 7 p.m. in the Peck Room. Her topic is "Western Women in Eastern Lands: The Influence of the American Women's Movement in 19th-Century Northeast India."
A reception will follow.

Peace Fellowship Meeting
Easter is past and the end of the semester is coming fast. Let's gather at least one more time to look back and forward.

Thursday April 12 5-6:00 pm in the cafeteria

The main order of business is the transition in leadership for next year. Please join us.
Cynthia Knowles
CELL: 617-838-7294

Open Labyrinth Walks - Schedule Changes

This week's open labyrinth walk will be held on Tuesday, April 10. There will be no walk on Wednesday this week.
Next week, there will be no labyrinth walk so that all may come to the coffee house on Wednesday, April 18 in the Meetinghouse.
The final two walks of the semester will be on the Wednesday nights of April 25 and May 2.
As always, the walks are in the Meetinghouse from 7:30-9:30 p.m. You can come anytime during those hours. All are welcome, especially those who have never walked a labyrinth before!
Questions? Contact Martha Bays at

The Community Art Show - April 11 – May 21
You are invited to visit The Community Art Show at Andover Newton!
This year's exhibit of art done by students, staff, faculty, family and friends of Andover Newton celebrates creation and creativity in many inspired forms including painting, drawing, collage, quilting, assemblage, photography, mosaics and more!

On display in the Meetinghouse, April 11 – May 21

Coffeehouse! Wednesday, April 18
Take a break from the papers and studying!
Come to the Coffee House
(hosted by our own talented musican/performer, Donna (DJ) Collins)
Meet the artists who contributed to this year's art show and share in the performance skills of musicians, dancers, poets, story-tellers, comedians, and other talented people from the ANTS community.
Sign up by emailing Donna (DJ) Collins,
with a brief description of your intended performance or come ready
to be a performer (a few spots will be available)
or come and be part of the audience.
Wednesday, April 18
8:30- 9 pm-snacks and reception
9pm- performances begin
in the Meetinghouse
See Joy for more information.

BTI SYMPOSIUM - Wednesday April 11
Pollard lecture Series
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Sjoerd L. Bonting
"From Providence to Chaos - Following Bill Pollard's Lead"
WHEN: Wednesday, April 11 5 p.m.
WHERE: Boston University School of Theology
Hartman Room
745 Commonwealth Avenue
Lower level

In this second lecture of the William G. Pollard series on science and theology, sponsored by the Boston Theological Institute, Bonting will describe the importance of Pollard in his own (Bontings) quest for ordination in 1964 at the Washington National Cathedral, while he worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Bonting will relate the influence of Pollard's publications, " The Cosmic Drama" and "Revelation and Response" to his own spiritual evolution.

Bontings scientific accomplishments include widely recognized work in active sodium transport, and the biochemistry of vision. Educated at the University of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, where he chaired the Dept. of Biochemiostry, Bonting worked for NASA at Ames Research Center, Mtn. View, CA, and also did research at the universities of Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. He was Section Chief of biochemistry at NIH, Bethesda Maryland.

Bonting has 363 scientific papers and has edited 9 books. He edited Adv. in Space Biology and Medicine ( 7 Vols, 1989-99) and has sponsored 52 PhD dissertations. He holds 10 scientific awards and prizes.

His lecture subject, William G. Pollard, deceased physicist and Episcopal Priest of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, did wartime research in the Manhattan Project at Columbia University, and founded the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Science. He was ordained in 1954 and remained active in science and research management until his retirement in the 80s.

The mission of the Pollard Lecture series is to stimulate and encourage working scientists and science teachers to seriously examine the theological and ethical implications of their scientific work.

LAST CALL For Field Ed Info Session

If you are planning on doing Field Education 2007/2008 and have not yet attended an orientation, you must attend the LAST information session this Thursday, April 12 at 1:00PM in the Peck Room.

If you have a scheduling conflict please contact Debbie Craig at ext 316 or

Debbie Craig
Field Education and DMin Program Administrator
(617) 964-1100 ext 316

Prophetic Hospitality: Welcoming the Stranger - Wednesday, April 11
Loren McGrail and Luis Alvarenga

Wednesday April 11th 5 p.m.
Small Dining Room

Come learn about immigration issues and how people of faith are and can respond. Focus will be on upcoming legislation (the pros and cons of what is being proposed by different groups); May 1 day of solidarity; The New Bedford Raid---what we learned and how we can help; how to prepare your congregation for action;The New Sanctuary Movement

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:

Baccalaureate and Commencement - Ushers Needed

Planning is well underway for festive ceremonies to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2007 as we begin the 200th anniversary year of Andover Newton.

Baccalaureate will take place in the new Wilson Chapel, Friday, May 18 at 7 PM. Commencement on Saturday, May 19 will be on the quad at 2 PM (First Baptist Church in the event of rain). A reception on campus will follow each event.

To join in this wonderful opportunity to celebrate and affirm our classmates, please contact Theresa Stirling, TStirling or Judy Brandon, Ushers are needed for both Baccalaureate and Commencement and the Commencement reception.

Judy Brandon
210 Herrick Road Box 27
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 964-1525

Discrimination Against Muslims Since 9/11
Thursday, April 12, 12:00PM-1:45PM, Davis 201

Join Louis Serio and Karen Hernandez-Andrews for their compelling and informative presentation examining the discrimination Muslims face in the United States post 9/11. Including cases studies and a focus on the media, there will also be one Muslim speaker. Jessica Masse is the Interfaith Coordinator for the Islamic Society of Boston and she will be present to speak and answer questions as well. Please join us. Any questions can be directed to Karen, at or Lou, at

Spring into Fun - April 28, 2007
Fundraiser Benefit For Student Life Needs

April 28, 2007
Upper Noyes Hall
2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Admission: $10

Come to the First Annual ANTS INDOOR GOLF CLASSIC
*Golfing experience may be a hindrance

Support the quality of student life.
Try something new for fun!
Treat yourself to a silent auction item.
Enjoy a few appetizers.
Enrich yourself with good company.
Invest in something positive... future church leaders.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the quality of life for students through the Office of the Dean of Students.

Raffle Tickets for
a Weekend in Maine
1 for $10, 3 for $20

Tickets are available at the reception desk in Dabney Hall and will be sold at the door.

For more information and tickets, call
Mary Herzog
Phone: 617-964-1107 ext. 208


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.

Silent Auction Donations for the ANTS Indoor Golf Classic
Some of the items donated for this event on April 28 include:
1. Noel Welch autographed hockey stick.
2. $100 gift certificate to Whole Foods
3. Joy Honen art print
4. 2 pieces of stained glass
5. $25 gift certificate to Florica
6. $25 gift certificate for helium party balloons
7. Ballroom dance lessons
8. Weekend in a Maine cabin

Can you donate an item or service to this event? All donations will be greatly appreciated!
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.

Mary Herzog
Phone: 617-964-1107 ext. 208

PilgrIMAGES - April 12
Join ANTS student Liddy Gerchman Barlow on Thursday, April 12 for a
journey through England and Wales in photographs, stories, poems, and
songs. Meet Celtic and Saxon saints, explore great cathedrals and
abandoned abbeys, and refresh your spirit at holy wells. Come "kneel
where prayer has been valid" and discover what the ancient practice of
pilgrimage can teach us today. Bring your lunch to Upper Noyes from
12:15 to 1:00 p.m.

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand