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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, November 07, 2007

In this message:

- Winter Registration Is Online!!
- Dr. Mitchell's Lecture rescheduled
- Prayers for Carole Wright and Family
- Chapel News (Nov. 3 - Nov. 9)
- Art & Spirituality panel discussion
- Jonathan Daniels Lecture at Episcopal Divinity School
- From the Registrar's Office
- New Arrival on campus
- Orlando Costas Program Lecture Event
- Youth/Adult Spiritual Journey to the Andes Mountains, Chile February,
- Annual Shoebox Ministry Kickoff!
- Message from the Writing Tutor

Winter Registration Is Online!!
Winter 2008 Registration Is On Connect!!

Winter Registration for all students begins on November 13th, 2007 and
will continue until November 30th, 2007. The final add/drop date for
Winter Registration is the first day of classes, January 7th, 2008.

Please note that Winter '08 Registration will be completed on Connect!
You can access Connect at using your Username
and Password. This Username and Password are the same ones that you used
for Fall Registration on Connect. If you do not have your Username and
Password for Connect, please call the Help Desk at 617-964-1100 x314.

There are detailed instructions for Online Registration on the main
page of the Student tab in Connect. Once you have logged in, click on
"Student" at the top of the page. You will be redirected to a page
containing the directions for Registration, Online Bill Payment, and the
Online Add/Drop procedures. Follow these instructions for registration.
PLEASE NOTE: Your Winter '08 Registration is not complete and will not
be finalized until you have filled out the Winter 2008 Registration and
Services Confirmation Form.

If you have any questions about this process that are not answered in
the Registration Instructions found on the Student Page in Connect,
please contact the Help Desk at 617-964-1100 x314.

Dr. Mitchell's Lecture rescheduled
Dr. Mitchell's Lecture has been rescheduled for Wednesday 11/14/2007
from 6:30 -8:30 in Wilson Chapel due to a pastoral care emergency.

Prayers for Carole Wright and Family
Please pray for Carole and her family. Carole has recently experienced
some urgent health concerns, and she asks for your prayers for her
healing. She has also just learned that her mother Carolyn is in
intensive care in Tennessee, and they are uncertain whether she will
pull through. Carole will be heading to Tennessee to be with family
there. Please keep her and her family members in your thoughts and

Thank you,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Chapel News (Nov. 3 - Nov. 9)
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

Art & Spirituality panel discussion
Join some of this year's Resident & Visiting Artists for a discussion
of how
artwork might intersect with spirituality.

Joy Honen, Faith Johnson, and Karen Schiff will show artwork/slides and
brief talks, with plenty of Q&A and general discussion.

Thursday, 11/29/07
5:15 p.m. 'til 6:30 p.m.
Small chapel (downstairs)

You don't have to be part of Worship, Theology & the Arts to attend!
for a fresh perspective!!

8:30 to 11:00pm
Tuesday, November 13th
Meeting House

Come share your talent. Whether it be poetry, dance, song, a
instrument playing or other visual art!

All are invited to come and participate.

This is an opportunity for you to share with the rest of the ANTS
a piece of who you are and of what makes you YOU.

Bring your berets, prepare your fingers for snapping and your hands

Food and drink will be provided.

Jonathan Daniels Lecture at Episcopal Divinity School
Civil rights attorney Charles Walker Jr will present the Jonathan
Lecture at Episcopal Divinity School on Thursday, November 15 at
Walker's topic, Gay Marriage: Challenges to Extending the Road to
Rights, comes at a time of great controversy regarding the legal
over gay marriage. Walker's work in civil rights enforcement embodies
mission that EDS represents in honoring Jonathan Daniels, an Episcopal
Theological School student who was killed in Alabama in 1965 while
civil rights work.

For more information, please contact Priscilla Burns at
call 617.682.1506.

From the Registrar's Office
May 2008 Graduation

October 29 - Nov 30
M. Div. Seniors anticipating May 2008 graduation shall go over their
programs with the Registrar to assure that all course requirements for
graduation will be met by the end of the next semester. Please send an
e-mail to Nayda Aguila at for an appointment.

D. Min. Candidates anticipating May 2008 graduation shall go over their
programs with the Director of the D. Min. Program to assure that all
course requirements for graduation will be met by the end of the next

MA Candidates anticipating May 2008 graduation shall go over their
programs with the Director of the MA Program to assure that all course
requirements for graduation will be met by the end of the next semester.

Oct 29-Nov 30 - Statement of Intention to Graduate forms for 2008
Commencement due in the Registrar's Office.

November 30-Certificate students anticipating May 2008
graduation-Statement of Intention to Graduate forms due in the
Registrar's office.

Mid-Program Review for MDiv students

After completing at least 40 and not more than 55 credits, each M.Div.
student is required to complete a Mid-Program Review (MPR) to assess her
or his preparation for ministry. The student will meet with the MPR
committee to discern areas of strength and weakness and set goals for
the remainder of his or her studies. Guidelines for the MPR are
available in the Academic Dean's office.

The MPR committee chair will supply a report of the meeting for the
student's permanent file. The report may suggest or mandate certain
binding actions that must be fulfilled before graduation. The student's
academic advisor will monitor the fulfillment of all such requirements.
If there is disagreement among the parties, the student may offer a
written response.

A student who, without approval from the M.Div. Director, fails to
complete the Mid-Program Review within the required time will not be
allowed to take classes. The student will be permitted only to register
"on leave" (if "on leave" registration would otherwise be allowed) until
the review is satisfactorily completed.

Student Responsibilities:
Student contacts the Academic Dean's office to obtain the MPR
guidelines and for faculty chair assignments (please e-mail David Ames
for assignments at
Students contacts Faculty chair, advisor, denominational
representative and the student peer to arrange date and time.
Student reserves a meeting room.
Student assembles documents for review: unofficial transcript,
curriculum worksheet, admissions essay, preparation for ministry

New Arrival on campus
The newest arrival to the ANTS community is almost here.

Dusty and Nicole Keeton-Williams are over-due and expecting the arrival
their beautiful baby girl any day now. They live in 146C Herrick
When the time comes, please think about offering a meal, a hug, a warm
and an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on as they transition into
unchartered territory of parenting and all of the joys and sleepless
that that entails. I'll make sure I post an update when the baby
makes its arrival.

Business Meeting, 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.

Ecology Film Series Launches Thursday, November 15
6:30 p.m. (location tba)
"Kilowatt Ours" - an up-and-coming documentary that traces the wires
your light switch to their energy source and along the way finds
top removal, childhood asthma, global warming, and hope!

Fireside Chat with Rev. Mary Westfall, Thursday, November 29
6:30 p.m. (location tba)
Save the date for a special opportunity to meet with the instructor of
Winterim's eco-theology course.

For more information about these events and other eco-news (including
from 11/3 rally in Concord) visit

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.

Youth/Adult Spiritual Journey to the Andes Mountains, Chile February,
Youth/Adult Spiritual Journey to the Andes Mountains, Chile February,
Help To Build Centro Shalom
February 16-26, 2008

Spend 10 days in the Andes Mountains of Chile working with members of
the Pentecostal Church of Chile helping to build Centro Shalom.

Centro Shalom, when complete, will be a unique center where people can
experience a renewed relationship with God, themselves, others, and
nature while surrounded by the beauty of the Andes Mountains. An
educational center is planned with Biblical and Christian foundations,
where programs, camps, retreats and workshops will be held and the
theories, practical techniques, and group dynamics will be explored to
develop stewards committed to Shalom and to the culture of peace, the
care of the earth and spiritual development.

NEEDED: 5 YOUTH, 1 FEMALE ADULT LEADER (she must be fluent in Spanish)
We are seeking a small and very select group of participants to work on
the first cluster of buildings for Centro Shalom. Participants will be
involved in, but not limited to, painting, landscaping, hanging sheet
rock, installing finish floors and other types of finish work in the new
Visitor Center and surrounding buildings. A willingness to work as part
of a team is far more important than specific skills in carpentry or

This trip is not for everybody…., but for those seeking a spiritual
renewal through working in the pristine Andes Mountains with like-minded
souls, this could be the trip for you. Working conditions as well as
living arrangements may be somewhat primitive with camping being the
most likely accommodation. Participants should be in reasonably good
physical condition.
Interested? Space is limited. Applications are now being accepted.
The cost is $2,300 per person and includes travel and all
accommodations. Would you like more information? Please email Terry
Hall at

Sponsored by The Chile Mission Partnership Committee, Commission for
Mission and Justice Ministries of the Massachusetts Conference, United
Church of Christ.

Tom O'Brien
Jeremiah 20:9

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.

Message from the Writing Tutor
Just a reminder: I'm happy to work with you on anything you might be
writing (or contemplating writing!)

I'm on campus Tuesdays 10 to 3, and alternate Thursdays 12 to 3, in
Worcester 302. I'm happy to talk with you once, or regularly, on any
topic related to writing at ANTS. You can feel free to drop by, but
it's usually wise to make an appointment.

Why not come fairly soon, and talk about/plan out those challenging
papers for the end of the semester?

Helen Snively
Ants Writing Tutor
617-964-1100 x 282