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Thursday, August 30, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, August 30, 2007

In this message:

- Small birthday party
- Walk with us!
- P3 CMPR 644 Update
- Help Plan Community Day Worship!
- Help Create New Student Center!
- Reminder to all students about Student Health Insurance.
- Courageous Conversations: Finding the Other without Losing Yourself
- Staff Transitions in Recruiting and Admissions
- Cafateria Employment
- Volunteers Needed for New Student Orientation
- The Provincetown Project

Small birthday party
Good people:

This Friday, August 31, is the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the constitution that brought Andover Theological Seminary into existence. It is one of the many important milestones that we are passing in our bicentennial year.

In recognition of this moment, we've arranged to have a small cake and some light refreshments available on the quadrangle this Friday at 10:30 AM (rain alternative - Wilson Chapel lobby).

We know that it is the beginning of the last weekend of the summer and attendance may be slim, but for the dedicated few who are still here we invite you to drop by and share in this mini-celebration.


Walk with us!
Dear Andover Newton Students, Staff, and Faculty,

Realizing that we are whole people, body, mind, and soul, and that theology school generally does a good job of keeping the mind and soul in shape, we recognize that the body can take a definite hit! A group of us are trying to gather at my office every day to walk for 30-45 minutes. Please join us! We generally meet at noon. You are welcome to join us to walk, or roll, or however you ambulate around the campus Monday through Friday.

I look forward to seeing you,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

P3 CMPR 644 Update
The course P3 CMPR 664 is NOT closed any longer, the student cap was extended.

Help Plan Community Day Worship!
The fall Andover Newton Community Day will be held Tuesday, September 25. We will be planting trees on campus and around Newton Centre. If you would like to help plan the worship service that kicks off the day, please get in touch with me. It will have an ecological focus, and President Carter will be preaching.

Thank you,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Help Create New Student Center!
You are invited to help us assemble and organize the new Student Center in Upper Noyes. Today, a boat-load of new furniture will arrive (thanks to the money raised by the spring Golf Tourney--thanks to Debbie Carter and Mary Herzog). On Friday afternoon please join us as we put the new Student Center in order. I will spring for pizza and beverages. We'll begin at 1:00 pm. With several hands it shouldn't take too long. Come for an hour or the afternoon. We need your help!

See you on Friday,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Reminder to all students about Student Health Insurance.
If you are registered for 9 or more credit hours during the fall semester, not only do you qualify to participate in ANTS Student Health Insurance Plan, but YOU WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN THE PLAN unless you provide proof of other, comparable health isurance coverage. Please make sure you bring in your health insurance card to the Business Office if you do not want to be included in the ANTS plan.

Courageous Conversations: Finding the Other without Losing Yourself
An interactive series at ANTS

October 5, 12, 19, 26th
9 a.m. to 12 noon
(lunch optional 12 to 1 p.m.)

This four-week interactive workshop series, led by Robert Sarly, will help you discover how courageous dialogic conversation can become an important everyday spiritual practice which teaches us how to engage with the other without losing ourselves. Courageous conversation can create new possibilities for connection which leads to healing and to a greater sense of wellbeing for self and other. These classes are intended for pastors, seminarians and laypeople who want to improve their communication skills and become better at the art of healing conversation. The program of workshops is cumulative, so participation in all four sessions is requested.

** Registration is limited to 18 **

The cost of the 4 workshops is $25 for students, $50 for pastors and laypeople. Lunch is in addition to fee. Checks should be made payable to Andover Newton Theological School.

To register please contact Jennifer Shaw at or call 617 964 1100 ext. 228.
For more detail on the Workshop sessions, see the link to this event on the website home page.

Staff Transitions in Recruiting and Admissions
Dear Colleagues,

I am sorry to have to announce that Karen Leslie Hernandez-Andrews is vacating her position of Admissions Counselor/Office Manager at Andover Newton. She is excited to expand her horizons, put her knowledge to work, and do some good in the world. Karen's last day will be sometime near the end of September. We are sorry to see her go, but wish her well and know she will make a positive impact wherever she is.

We are excited to announce that Ned Parker has agreed to join the Recruitment and Admission Office as our new Admissions Counselor. In this newly defined role, Ned will be responsible for recruiting and enrolling students for all of Andover Newton's degree and non-degree programs. Ned is currently enrolled as an Master of Divinity student and will also be doing his field education this year at the Wilson Chapel. We are pleased that Ned will be able to combine this experience, his background in residential life at Hampshire College, and his genuine enthusiasm for our school to effectively communicate Andover Newton's gifts to prospective students. Ned's first day with us will be September 4th. Please feel free to stop by and welcome him in his new role.


Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Cafateria Employment
The Cafeteria is looking for a full time employee? The hours are Monday through Friday 10-6. $10.00 an hour. Full benefits, uniforms,and a great atmosphere to work in.

Please contact Elizabeth Bostwick Food service Director at 617 964-1100 x303

Volunteers Needed for New Student Orientation
The Student Association is helping with the New Student Orientation on
Thursday, September 6th, through Saturday, September 8th. We are in need of
volunteers during all days.

If you are interested in helping, please contact the SA Exec (
by August 31st.

All volunteers will get:
-The new SA T-Shirt to wear during Orientation
- Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday
- Gas money to help with your travel expenses

We need volunteers to help with:
8:00 pm to Whenever = Ice Cream Social
Greet and chat with the new students and answer any questions. EAT ICE

8:00 - 8:45 am = Welcome
Greet the new students and help them to feel at home. Answer any questions
they may have about Orientation, ANTS, faculty and administration, parking,
restrooms, number of carbs in the muffins.

8:15 - 8:45 am = Campus Tour
Help show where to find the Classrooms, Bookstore, Dining Hall, Dean of
Students' office, President's office, Meeting House, Wilson Chapel, Berkeley
Lounge, both Student Lounges, etc.

2:30 - 3:30 pm = SA sponsored Break
Help with the refreshments. Chat with the new students and answer any

6:15 pm = Dinner / SA Town Meeting
As part of the SA Town Meeting, hand out the new SA T-Shirts to the new

After Town Meeting to Whenever = SA sponsored "Unwind Time" / Game Time
Help with the refreshments. Chat with the new students and answer any
questions. Bring your favorite indoor or outdoor game to play after dinner.

8:30 - 9:00 am = Welcome / Continental Breakfast
Say good morning to everyone. Chat with them and make them feel at home.

9:00 - 10:00 am = Concurrent Sessions
1) International Students Discussion: Give some insight and help to
international students.
2) Seminary and Parenting: Give tips and sympathy to parents who are also
3) Life as an ANTS Commuter: Tell what life is like as a commuter. What can
be expected for traffic, parking, how to find resources near home.
4) Being a Spouse/Partner of an ANTS Student: Tips on how to help your
student survive seminary, tips on how students can help their
spouses/partners survive seminary.
5) Walk around Crystal Lake: Show a great place nearby to escape to.

10:00 - 10:30 am = Coffee
Help with the refreshments.

10:30 - 11:30 am = Student Life Panel
Participate in a discussion on how students can make the most of their time
at ANTS and how to navigate the theological terrain. Talk about the
different faith traditions represented at ANTS and how we work toward
understanding and celebration of our differences.

3:15 - 4:15 pm = Discover Newton Centre
Lead a tour of Newton Centre showing the favorite places (that neat
restaurant down the 3-foot wide alley) and the everyday-but-needed places
(pharmacies, banks, Green Line T stop, Peets, JP Licks.).

4:30 pm = Cook-out for everyone!

After the Cook-out to Whenever = Outdoor/Indoor Games
Bring your favorite indoor or outdoor game to play after the Cook-out.

If you are interested in helping, please contact the SA Exec (
by August 31st.

The Provincetown Project
Dear Friends in MA Conference ONA churches and Barnstable Association
UCC and ONA churches,
The MA Conference Open and Affirming (ONA) Task Force is pleased to
send you this description of an exciting project that has grown from a
pure desire to bring the Jesus' Light to all people. The basic intent
is to bring a UCC presence where there is currently none and to create
a unique version of Jesus' presence. We ask your prayers for this

The Provincetown Project
A Presence of the United Church of Christ

One UCC member was inspired by Provincetown, Massachusetts, and by his
denomination to imagine a new thing. Knowing there was no UCC church
in that idyllic, welcoming town, Rick Carson from Florida imagined a
UCC presence in some new and different form. After he contacted the UCC
Coalition for LGBT Concerns, his idea was adopted by the Mass.
Conference Open and Affirming (ONA) Task Force, which made connections
locally and at the General Synod in Hartford this past June. To
shorten a long story, after much discussion and planning, two teams
descended on Provincetown on two weekends in August 11 and 25, 2007.

Both days were picture-perfect. Teams of 5 to 6 people from UCC
churches in Massachusetts, equipped with "God Is Still Speaking" and
"Let It Shine" T-shirts, "LGBT By God!" stickers, national ONA church
lists, 250 homemade rainbow bracelets, and dogs (!), staffed a table,
walked Commercial Street (the main drag in P'town) and the beach, and
visited the Tea Dance. The dogs offered conversational entrees, but
the words on the shirts, displays with "Our faith is over 2000 years
old - Our thinking is not," and the faces of the volunteers helped us
meet and engage with people about their faith, their needs and
questions, the UCC or what a beautiful day it was.

In a total of about 4 hours each day, we interacted with 178 people
from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York,
Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Maryland, Washington, DC,
and North Carolina, as well as from many towns in Massachusetts,
including Provincetown. A few were members of churches going through
the Open and Affirming process. Some were not associated with any
denomination. Some wanted only to talk with another person of faith.
There were people of various ethnicities and races, men and women,
adults and children, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
same-gender-loving and questioning. One father and grown son were
excited to find a Protestant denomination advertising in Provincetown.
We heard comments like these:

"I've never heard of the UCC, but I love your message!" (A woman from
Chicago looking at the God is still speaking T-shirt)

"My daughter just came out. She's not a believer in God right now* but
maybe*" (A mom gratefully took the rainbow bracelet with the message:
"God loves you! Just as you are" and

"Oh, that's my church! It's great they're here."

"We're UCC! Thanks for doing this."

"You made my day!"

"This is the church I told you about, the one with the rainbow flag."

This was the first light of the Provincetown Project. And, if you've
ever been to Provincetown, you know that the light there is like no
other light anywhere. We're counting on that and the presence of the
Holy Spirit, as we plan for the next stage next summer.

For more information, contact MA Conference ONA Task Force Chair:
Kathie Carpenter

Or Project Coordinators:
Rev. Susan Cartmell
Rev. Peggy O'Connor

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