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Monday, September 17, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, September 17, 2007

In this message:

- From the Registrar's office
- Minimum Payment for fall
- Andover Newton's new Field Ed program wins national award
- Spiritual Journeys begins 2007-2008 program Sept 18th
- Check out Professor Dixon's website
- Black Student Fellowship
- Join us for Wednesday Chapel!
- No Choir on the 19th
- Evening Prayer Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
- Thursday UU worship schedule
- Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 25!

From the Registrar's office
Friday, September 21- 4 p.m.
Last day for late registration.
Add/Drop Forms due in Registrar's Office. Forms must be postmarked by this date.
Last day for Pass/Fail requests.

Minimum Payment for fall
Students who register for the fall term must have paid (and/or have had credited to their student accounts from student loans, ANTS financial aid, or outside aid) at least 25% of their total charges for fall, by September 28, 2007, or they will risk being dropped from their fall courses. Resident students who fail to meet the 25% requirement may also lose their privilege to stay in ANTS housing. Please contact Peter Gibson in the Business Office (617 964 1100 x218; if you have questions about the amount you owe on your bill for fall.

Andover Newton's new Field Ed program wins national award
Andover Newton has a long and respected history of pioneering new efforts in Theological Field Education. The latest chapter in that history involves a new approach to the on-campus portion of field education, which is the area of the Program where students draw out connections between classroom and experiential learning. The new approach, otherwise known as the Professor-Practitioner Program (P3), requires students in Field Education to participate in specially-designated courses where Professors team with Resident Ministry Practitioners (or RMPs). Students then meet in small break-out sessions with RMPs for peer supervision, mentoring, and exercises that encourage the integration of classroom theory with ministry practice.

This week P3 was named as a recipient (one of four) of the Theological Educational Renewal Award. This award, which is administered through the Faith As a Way of Life Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, is designed to "encourage reform in theological education by offering awards for seminary and divinity school courses that investigate the ways in which faith is connected to the practices of daily life." You can read more about this initiative at:

We salute Dr. Sarah Drummond who directs the program as well as Kathy Windsor, Dean Bill Herzog, our faculty and the many pastor-practitioners who have given (and continue to give!) so much to shaping this latest pioneering effort at Andover Newton.

Spiritual Journeys begins 2007-2008 program Sept 18th
Each year for the past two years President Carter has hosted a gathering in his home which features of member of the Andover Newton faculty who shares his or her personal spiritual journey with students and other interested guests. The informal program usually lasts only about an hour from 4:30 - 5:30, with the presentation time being from about 4:45 to 5:15, followed by 15-20 minutes for questions.

This Tuesday, September 18th, the program will feature our Academic Dean Bill Herzog. All are welcome.

Check out Professor Dixon's website
Please take a look at Dr. Dixon's website for more information on here work here at ANTS and in the greater community.

Black Student Fellowship
ANTS students of African descent are invited to share their lunch hour, 12-1pm, on Wednesday, September 19th, in the ANTS cafeteria. We will renew connections, meet and welcome new students, and organize the BSF for service and action during the 2007-08 school year.

Please plan to attend the Chapel Service immediately following the meeting, from 1-2pm.

Questions? Contact Regina Boyd;

Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for the week of September 17-21 will be offered by:

Monday: Chris Findlay
Tuesday: Ned Parker
Wed.: Ned Parker
Thursday: Kurt Walker
Friday: Tom O'brien

8:10 doors open > 8:20 music and meditation > 8:30-8:50 Liturgy
What a way to start the day!

8:10 Doors Open
8:20 Special Music and Meditation/Prayer
8:30-8:50 Liturgy

Join us for Wednesday Chapel!
This Wednesday (Sept. 19) we will hear special music from Donna Colleti-Lowre and the message will be given by Bill Herzog, Dean of the Faculty.

Wednesday Chapel services fit quite nicely between lunch and class, gathering from 1pm to 2pm in the Wilson Chapel. Join us for this time of worship and fellowship.

No Choir on the 19th
There is no choir this week (Sept. 19), but we will meet again on Sept. 26, 11:50-12:10. All welcome. We'll meet every Wednesday in that time slot at Wilson Chapel.

UU SPIRITUAL DIRECTION GROUPS - we still have room for one more participant in the UU Spiritual Direction Group that begins meeting on 9/20/2007. For more information contact Carmen Emerson at or 617-923-1311.

Evening Prayer Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
You are warmly invited to evening prayer (Compline) in the Episcopal tradition.
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
9:00-9:20 p.m.
Prayer Room, downstairs in the Wilson Chapel
Hosted by the Episcopal Student Fellowship
All are welcome!

Thursday UU worship schedule
Dear friends and colleagues,

The ANTS UU student worship services are held each Thursday at 1:00pm
in Wilson Chapel. Everyone is welcome. Come and join with us for a
peaceful hour, to feed your spirit and refresh your mind!

Janet Bush will lead this week's service on the theme of Restorative
Justice. Hear about the beginnings of this movement and the work of
people committed to restorative justice practices in our criminal
justice system and beyond.

Here is our current schedule for the fall semester:

* Sept 20 - Janet Bush (restorative justice)
* Sept 27 - Nancy Banks
* Oct 4 - Christina Sillari
* Oct 11 - Julianna Donofrio
* Oct 18, 25: (open)
* Nov 1, 8, 15, 29: (open)
* Dec 6, 13, 20: (open)

As you can see, there are plenty of open dates available starting in
mid-October. Would you consider preaching or leading a service? Here
is a golden opportunity to get some practice, to try out new worship
ideas, and deepen fellowship. We also invite worship leaders from the
faculty and the greater community to participate in these services.
Please let us know if there's somebody you'd like to bring in to preach.

From your worship coordinators:
Cathy French (
Bruce Taylor (

Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 25!
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 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
Dean of Students and Community Life