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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, September 11, 2007

In this message:

- The Financial Aid Office has Moved!
- Prayer Request
- UUCANS events
- Volunteer to help Boston Medical Center Children
- Denominational Receptions
- looking for a mattress
- Celtic Spirituality
- Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 25!

The Financial Aid Office has Moved!
The Financial Aid office has moved from Worcester 101 to Worcester 206! Please see Rosemary Turano, Coordinator of Financial Aid, there when you need to.

Prayer Request
Mary Clare Griffin requests prayer for herself and her son Gabriel. Mary Clare and Gabriel are among those who have had to flee fires raging in the northwest. Although safe, she and her community have suffered from smoke inhalation and the general trauma of an event like this. Please pray for her and Gabriel, and for all those whose lives have been affected by recent fires.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

UUCANS events
September 12, 2007
The UUCANS, Unitarian Universalist Student Fellowship at ANTS is holding its first Potluck Forum on Wednesday September 12 at 6:30 in the Meeting House.
Returning student please bring a dish to share.
We especially want to invite all new students, UU faculty and staff as our guest. Please RSVP to

September 13/07
The First UU Chapel will be held in the Meeting House at 1 pm on Thursday September 13.
We hope to see you at this opportunity to worship in fellowship.

September 17/07
First UUCANS Lunch Meeting held in the small dining room of the Cafeteria from 12pm to 1:30pm.
A hosted weekly event. Days will rotate so if you cannot make this one there will be many opportunities to meet your companions at ANTS.

September 18/07
The First UUCANS Business Meeting. An exciting and worthy opportunity to share in the governance and leadership of your student fellowship. We are coming up on elections. The process will be addressed at this meeting as well as discussion on upcoming events and visions for the year... With attention to accessibility we are in process of securing Upper Noyes or other suitable room. Keep posted.....

Submitted by
Julianna Donofrio and Christina Sillari
UUCANS Interim Leadership Team

Volunteer to help Boston Medical Center Children
Presented by iParty to benefit BMC's Kids Fund

WHO: Volunteers aged 15 and up!
Volunteers can help as a Supplies Team Member, Activity Team Member,
Costumed Character, Information Squad Member, Check-in Crew, Box Office
Team Member, or Entertainment Team Member.

WHAT: Ghoulish games, a monster mash dance party and some crazy
characters, too! A safe and entertaining Halloween extravaganza, complete

with Main Stage performances, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating,
costumed characters, storytellers, costume fashion shows, giveaways and
much more!

WHERE: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston

WHEN: Volunteer Shifts
Saturday, October 27th
Shift 1) 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Shift 2) 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 28th
Shift 3) 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Shift 4) 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.WHY: Proceeds from Halloween Town will
benefit the Kids Fund at BMC, a program that provides a variety of
necessity items - from eyeglasses to winter coats - for the hospital's
pediatric patients. More than 25,000 children receive care at BMC, and
they are among the neediest population in the Boston area. The fund also
supports other BMC programs including the Preventive Food Pantry and
Demonstration Kitchen, the Medical Legal Partnership for Children and the
Child Witness to Violence Project.

HOW: Visit

<> to sign up to volunteer or call Kayla

Rogers at 617-638-6140. If you have a group interested in volunteering,
please call Jessica Orndorff at 617-638-6910.

For tickets and more information, visit

<> or call 617-638-0150.

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

Denominational Receptions
Two Denominational Receptions* will be held on Wednesday, September 12 from 4:50-5:50 pm. You are invited to meet and establish connections with denominational/conference staff, Andover Newton faculty, staff and students. Refreshments will be served.

United Church of Christ (UCC) will be in the Meetinghouse and RSVP's are highly recommended.
It's not too late to RSVP, just email or call Kris LoFrumento, Administrative Assistant for the Pastoral Excellence Program &Program Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry at the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ today! 508-875-5233 x274 or

American Baptist Churches, USA (ABC) will be in the Greene Room, Dabney Hall. No RSVP is needed for these light refreshments.

* All are welcome, regardless of denomination!

Note: UUA reception TBD later in the fall


This January during Winterim
January 21-31, 2008

Led by Professor Brita Gill-Austern


(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.
Approximate cost of two weeks, including airfare, $1500

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

looking for a mattress
Dear Friends

Hi! I am a Hebrew College student living in Fuller on the ANTS campus for my second year.
I am looking for a twin mattress - preferably a foam mattress, as I don't have a bed, but sleep on the floor (so I have more space in my room.)
I would be so grateful if anyone can help out.
You can contact me at this email address, or call me on: 617 964 0946.


Celtic Spirituality
Celtic Spirituality

Are you interested in Celtic Spirituality? Ever had a desire to travel to Ireland and visit some of the ancient holy sites, learn about the history and culture?

Join us for an evening of conversation and possibilities over dinner at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 17th. We will be hosting the Reverend Scott Kavanaugh (ABC pastor of First Baptist Church in Syracuse, NY) and his colleagues Michael and Andrea Beggs, who are the experts in the field and have led a number of trips to Ireland.

Who knows - this just may be the beginning conversation of a FBC Newton Celtic Spirituality Tour to Ireland!

Contacts: Stephen and Mary Jane Ott, 617-527-1812, or

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