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Monday, September 10, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, September 10, 2007

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- JOIN US FOR MORNING PRAYER
- UCC and ABC receptions
- BORDER CROSSING: A TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY FHS 759 W and TCPL 759W
- Business Office hours
- Swing Dance Lessons in the Chapel
- Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 25!


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JOIN US FOR MORNING PRAYER
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We will be gathering for Morning Prayer daily (Monday-Friday) in the Wilson Chapel. All are welcome!

8:10 Doors open
8:20 Meditation with Special Music
8:30-8:50 Liturgy (In time to get to class, of course!)

Our first gathering will be Monday Sept. 10th (First day of classes). We look forward to seeing you!
Please note that this Thursday (Sept 13), Morning Prayer will be held in the Berkley room. Thanks!!

If you have questions or would like to participate as a leader, please contact Ned Parker at NParker@ants.edu.

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UCC and ABC receptions
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Greetings!

You are cordially invited to attend one or both of the Denominational Receptions* to be held on Wednesday, September 12 from 4:50-5:50 pm. Meet and establish/re-establish connections with denominational/conference staff, Andover Newton faculty, staff and students. Refreshments will be served.

UCC will be in the Meetinghouse
ABC will be in the Greene Room, Dabney Hall

* All are welcome, regardless of denomination!

Note: UUA reception TBD later in the fall

Peg, Sean, Karen and Ned
Recruitment/Admissions


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BORDER CROSSING: A TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY FHS 759 W and TCPL 759W
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TAKE A JOURNEY THAT JUST MIGHT
CHANGE YOUR LIFE

This January during Winterim
January 21-31, 2008

Led by Professor Brita Gill-Austern

BORDER CROSSING: A TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY FHS 759 W and TCPL 759W

(Meets the requirement for Justice Matters, TCPL, FHS Renewal Areas - Permission of instructors required)

Meeting for interested students Wednesday 12 p.m. September 12th the small dining room

Application Required by September 17th with $100 nonrefundable deposit

This year's Border Crossing trip will take place on the border between Mexico and the U.S. with a substantial part of our time being spent in Nogales, Mexico, a border town near Tucson, Arizona. The focus of this class and trip will be on immigration and the related issues of global economics and the militarization of the border. We shall study multiple perspectives on immigration and the popular resistance to oppression and violence as it relates to immigration. With immigration occupying the spotlight in public and political debate, it is more important than ever that US citizens and the church witness first hand a reality affected by our policies and lifestyles. We will be joining with the bi-national, non-profit organization of Borderlinks for our time at the border.
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Approximate cost of two weeks, including airfare, $1500

For more information or to express interest contact:
Brita Gill-Austern - bgillaus@ants.edu, or ext. 219

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Business Office hours
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Until the end of September, the Business Office will remain open during the noon hour from 12 to 1pm. Beginning October 1, the Office will resume its normal hours, closing from 12 to 1.

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Swing Dance Lessons in the Chapel
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Want to learn to dance? There will be Beginner Swing Dance Lessons in the Wilson Chapel Sanctuary on Monday nights. The lesson will be from 7:00-8:00PM with open dancing from 8:00-9:00PM. No experience or partner is necessary, just a positive attitude and a clean pair of dance shoes to change into. Dates are Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 22, 29. For more information contact Evn Tomeny at ETomeny@ants.edu

Thanks,

Evn Tomeny
Help Desk Manager &
Application Support Specialist
Andover Newton Theological School
(617)964-1100 x314


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Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 25!
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Dear Community Members,

On Tuesday, September 25 we will be holding our fall Community Day in lieu of classes. I encourage all of you to participate. The activities will begin at 9:00 am in the Wilson Chapel sanctuary. After a worship service and some general instructions we will head out for the day. We should return to campus by 4:30 or 5 pm, and dinner will follow. For those who wish, we will be having some teams involved in projects on campus that are relatively sedentary. If you prefer to be involved in this, just let me know. Please RSVP directly to me at nnienhuis@ants.edu if you plan to attend any part of Community Day. Lunch and dinner will be provided for all participants.

This fall we are partnering with the City of Newton on a project to plant trees in Newton Centre. On Tuesday, Sept. 25th we will plant 40 trees, providing aesthetic and health-related improvements to Newton and the surrounding region. Newton mayor David B. Cohen will join us at some point during the day. (On Saturday, Sept. 29 another group will be planting more trees.)

All participants will be divided into teams. If you would like to be a team leader you will need to attend a 2 hour training session (please see schedule below). Each team leader will instruct his/her group on the steps involved in planting the tree. Each group will plant 4 trees, and we will need 10 groups of 5-6 people each to get this job done. If you would like to lead a team please let me know what training session you plan to attend.

Training Dates & Times:
Saturday, Sept. 15 10:00am-12:00noon

Tuesday, Sept. 18 12:00noon-2:00pm

Wednesday, Sept. 19 5:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday, Sept. 20 12:00noon-2:00pm

Saturday, Sept. 22 2:00pm-4:00pm

All training sessions will be on campus. Please choose a time to attend and let me know so facilitators can plan accordingly.

The project is funded by the MassReLeaf Ministry which is a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the United Church of Christ. The school received funding from the MassReLeaf Ministry. This was due to the work of Christina Cabrerra, our student Ecology Minister. The MassReLeaf Ministry mission is to provide funding and technical support to religious organizations and their municipal partners for real, hands-on tree-planting projects in public areas across Massachusetts. The Newton city arborist is also providing funding (and a back hoe to dig the holes for the trees).

Although Hebrew College will not be joining us for the fall Community Day (the 25th is the 2nd day of their fall semester and the eve of Sukkot), they will join us in the spring (Tuesday, April 15). However, we will be joined on the 25th by volunteers from various local churches.

I look forward to your involvement on Community Day!

Nancy Nienhuis