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Friday, November 02, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, November 02, 2007

In this message:

- BSF sponsored Lecture
- Prayer requested
- Chapel News (Nov. 3 - Nov. 9)
- Spanish Language for Ministry
- Welcome Event in Upper Noyes Friday November 2nd, 6pm-beyond
- Bookstore open during Fall Open House
- UUCANS Events
- Orlando Costas Program Lecture Event
- Two former inmates to speak Nov. 5th
- Annual Shoebox Ministry Kickoff!
- Upcoming Labyrinth Walks

BSF sponsored Lecture
Thursday November 8, 2007
7pm Stoddard Hall
Rev. Dr. David D. Mitchell will lecture and facilitate a discussion on
"The New Face of Grass Roots Organizing around Justice issues and its
implications or possibilities for the Black Church", specifically
addressing the question: How might Church leaders strategically attempt
to address the issue he has coined as, "Destructive Capitalistic
Personality Complex" or (DCPC) for youths in our congregational
organizing efforts? Please see
for further information on this important lecture regarding youths in
your congregations.

Prayer requested
Would you please spare a thought for my wife and our baby that she is
carrying? She is due in six weeks and we just found out that the baby
is still breech. We are blessed that both mother and baby are otherwise
healthy, but thing would be better for them both if the baby would turn
around so that her head is down. Any prayers you could offer would be a
great help.

Thank you.

Tom O'Brien
Jeremiah 20:9

Chapel News (Oct. 29 - Nov. 2)
Dearest Community Members:
In the coming week our new chapel will be hosting a number of special

events, along with our usual weekly services. Please check out our
schedule below to see seven days of worship, fellowship, reflection
and remembrance at the Wilson Chapel.

Please join the admissions team at Open House on Sat. November 3rd as

we welcome prospective students into our worship experience. Morning

worship will be at 8:30 and run by Ned, and our afternoon worship at
2:45 will have a message offered by President Nick Carter and musical

offerings by Burns Stanfield.

Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for the coming week (Nov. 5-Nov. 9)
will be offered by:
Monday: Ned Allyn Parker
Tuesday: Bill Gural
Wednesday: Donna Collins
Thursday: John Brock
Friday: Kurt Walker

EVENING PRAYER (COMPLINE) in the Episcopal tradition:
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays - 9:00-9:15 p.m.
Prayer Room, downstairs in the Wilson Chapel
Hosted by the Episcopal Student Fellowship

Rev. Peter Gomes will be kicking off our Great Preacher Series at

Wednesday Choir Practice will be held at noon in the sanctuary.

Wednesday evening our campus will be hosting "Futuring Orlando
Costas" in the Chapel from 6:30pm to 8pm; this event if free and open

to the public.

Take advantage of the community forum at Morning Prayer and think
about offering a short reflection to your friends and family here on
campus. It's been a beautiful and uplifting experience. With
questions regarding worship in the Wilson Chapel, and upcoming
events, please contact Ned Parker at

Spanish Language for Ministry
The Student Assocation of the Andover Newton Theological School is
pleased to announce a special event which will be taking place on campus
on Tuesday, November 6, at 12 noon in the lecture hall in Stoddard. We
hope as many of you as possible will make an effort to come.

Jorge Torres, Director of the Cetlalic Language School of Cuernavaca,
México, will be on campus to meet with students and talk about the
Spanish Language for Ministry Program at Cetlalic. The Cetlalic program
is the most politically and socially progressive in México, with special
social justice programs focusing on a variety of themes -- including
ministry of course. Note that Cetlalic is also the only "ONA" language
school in México. The instruction is demanding and Paulo Freire's
methodology is applied to the teaching of Spanish as a second language,
where students contribute their insights and ask the questions necessary
for critical analysis. All teachers are native speakers with
professional and special training; CETLALIC is accredited by the
Ministry of Public Education (State of Morelos, México).

The next Spanish Language for Ministry program will take place August 9
- 30, 2008. Program participants are challenged and empowered to
experience the world from the perspective of the marginalized,
critically reflect on that reality and return home inspired to become
more active agents in promoting God's reign through solidarity with the
poor who are engaged in this struggle because they realize that their
very survival is at stake. This program is co-coordinated by the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Cetlalic. For more
information, you can visit the following website:

Please don't miss out on this unique opportunity.

Jason Boyd
Vice President, ANTS Student Association

Welcome Event in Upper Noyes Friday November 2nd, 6pm-beyond
This weekend our campus will be hosting prospective students who are
coming for the Admissions Fall Open House. Please join us in Upper Noyes
on Friday evening for games and socializing. Drop by to say hello or
spend your evening with us!

Thank you,
Admissions Office

Bookstore open during Fall Open House
The bookstore will be open 9 am - 2:30 pm tomorrow during Fall Open
House. Stop by to pick up that textbook you need or Advent planning
material for your field ed site.

Nick Page, song-leader extraordinaire, composer, musician, and
conductor of the Mystic Chorale in Arlington will be leading songs in
the Meetinghouse as a part of the WOTA 646F class on November 15th at
10:30 am. All are invited to participate. See his webpage at

Presentation with David Petee, Monday November 5th 12:00-1:30 PM Peck

David Petee, Director of Ministerial Credentialing will speak about how
navigate through the RSCC, UUA, and MFC. This is not to be missed.
Includes a free lunch sponsored by UUCANS. Please contact
Christina Sillari to register _omkrimkali@aol.com_
( or 203-435-6110

Friday, November 9
Noon - 1:00 ish in the Upper Noyes Student Lounge

Agenda includes updates on the gardening club, the green lunches and
fireside chats, our work with ANTS on recycling, the information
packet, the
upcoming Winterim Eco-Theology course, and other activities.

For other news and information from the ecology fellowship visit our


On Saturday, November 3rd, Americans will demand real leaders on
warming. From coast to coast, we¹ll rally in our communities and
invite our
politicians to join us. We'll see who rises to the occasion and who
has a
real plan to tackle the defining challenge of our time. One year
before the
election, let's make sure the world witnesses our national call to
³Step It Up: It's Time For Climate Leaders²

ANTS Community - Let's Join the Movement! There are 33 events already
the making in Massachusetts, 13 in New Hampshire, 18 in Vermont, and 7
Connecticut. Around the Boston vicinity, the largest rally is
happening in
Concord - an "American Energy Revolution" at the site of the Old North
Bridge at 2:00 p.m. (Several towns are planning to bicycle and
there - including members of the Andover Newton Emerging Ecology

Find out more information about an event near you at OR

Orlando Costas Program Lecture Event
Come join us in honoring the theological legacy of Orlando Costas, on
the occasion of the twentieth year of his passing this coming November
7th. Guest speakers for a public lecture in his honor include Reverend
Luis Cortes, Dr. Daisy Machado, and Dr. Roberto Pazmino. This lecture
event is free and open to the public, and is scheduled for Wednesday
November 7th from 6:30pm to 8pm in the Wilson Chapel.

Two former inmates to speak Nov. 5th
On Nov. 5th Maddie Garcia and Keith Nelson, both graduates of College
Behind Bars and advocates for prisoners, will share their stories of
faith and transformation, and will encourage us to participate in prison
visitation and outreach. Laura Tuach, of Partakers which works in
partnership with College Behind Bars, will introduce the program. This
event is sponsored by the Prison Ministries and Peace and Justice
Fellowships. We'll share supper with Maddie and Keith at 6 p.m. in the
dining room and meet in the Peck Room at 7 p.m. for the talk and
dessert. We welcome your presence!

Contact Bill Gural,

Annual Shoebox Ministry Kickoff!
The fourth annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry is officially underway
today! Please pray for this ministry, for all of the hands that touch
and prepare the boxes, and for the men, women, and children they will
serve. You can begin to drop off boxes at any Wednesday chapel service
today until December 20th. Please get your friends, family, and youth
groups involved! This is a fun activity and a great way to teach and
practice the core principals of faith and the beloved community. We will
arrange to pick up off campus boxes if necessary. The boxes will be
blessed after each Wednesday all school chapel service. If you are
unable to attend Wednesday chapel please drop your box/es off with Nancy
Nienhuis - Worcester 204 anytime. If Nancy is not in her office please
leave them outside of her door. Our goal this year is to serve at least
500 families. Let's grab for the sky and with God's help we will reach
the stars.

Please see the ANTS home page in the next couple of days for the
shoebox recipe.

I have had many ask if we would accept separate, unwrapped, and unboxed
donations for the Shoebox Ministry this year. Thank you for this gesture
but I have decided that this year I will not take any of these types of
donations only because this ministry is meant to be a spiritual exercise
for both the giver and the recipient. The crux of the ministry is to put
yourself in the place of a homeless person while making your box/es and
to be in prayer and meditation while doing so in order to create
spiritual community between yourself, your family, friends, and church
members and your homeless brothers and sisters in the world. You do not
need to fill the box with everything on the list. Be creative! The list
is just a helping tool. Think of what it is like to have to carry all
that you might own with you from place to place. What would you need?
What would be too tedious? What might provide comfort?

The most important thing is that you include your prayers and spirit in
the making of your box/es. This is what is most transformational for its
recipients and yourselves. Perhaps, after spending a few hours in the
mind of a homeless person you might be inspired or pressed by God to
help in other ways, yet unknown. I hope you will do this as a spiritual
activity and be blessed with the knowledge that you have stood in prayer
and in deed with those who are economically, spiritually, and mentally


The Baptist Fellowship and The Black Student Fellowship

Contacts: , ,

Saturday, November 10 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Follow the Star and not the Stress! Maren Tirabassi will be leading a
workshop alive with creative worship planning, resource sharing, and
simple strategies for engaging youth and adults in shaping homemade
Advent liturgy and personal reflection. Resources include weekly
bulletin resources, several new Advent Wreath lighting rituals, new
hymns for "Deck the Halls" events, and at least one sample "Blue
Christmas" service. We will also share a format for a "Simplifying
Christmas" workshop which might be an early gift to church members!
Cost is $35. For a flyer with registration information, please see the
main page of the ANTS website.

Upcoming Labyrinth Walks
Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Meetinghouse
Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Wilson Chapel

Come anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

All are invited. If you have never walked a labyrinth before, we will
be glad to get you started.

Questions? Contact, Martha Bays,