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Friday, December 07, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, December 07, 2007

In this message:

- Spring 2008 Registration Is On Connect!!
- Course Evaluations Online
- Northeastern Sufi School Conference
- Potluck - December 21st - 5:00 to whenever
- The First Annual ANTS SWAP
- From the Registrar's Office
- New Spring Course!
- Sunday night - Decorating Upper Noyes
- Holiday Party
- Chapel News (Dec. 3 - Dec. 7)
- Messiah for the campus
- Stafford Loan Info
- UUCANS Potluck Forum With President Nick Carter
- Events for UCC Students

Spring 2008 Registration Is On Connect!!
Spring Registration for seniors begins on December 10th, 2007 and for
all students on December 15th, 2007. Registration will continue until
December 28th, 2007. The final add/drop date for Spring Registration is
February 15th, 2008.

Please note that Spring '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 and Winter 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 Spring '08 Registration is not complete and will not
be finalized until you have filled out the Spring 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.

Course Evaluations Online
Greetings in this season of hope and waiting. I hope this email finds
you well and bringing the term to a happy ending.

As you might have learned already, the Dean's Team is working this year
to move what once were paper, in-class evaluations onto the Internet.
Please keep your eyes peeled for emails from Jennifer Shaw,
Administrative Assistant to the Faculty.

We are using Connect to email students. If you did not enter an
alternate email into Connect, the message from Jennifer will come to
your ANTS account. Please direct questions about Connect to Evn Tomeny, The emails contain links you will follow to
confidential course surveys. These evaluations are required and provide
a huge service to the academic life of the school.

Emails will arrive in the next few days. We had some minor technical
problems early on, but we have addressed most of them. Your feedback and
suggestions on the process have been helpful and are welcome.

Again, these surveys are not only required (just as in-class
evaluations were completed by all in attendance in the past), they are
essential to our work as a school.

Thank you for working with us as we seek to improve our evaluation
process. All the best to you and yours!
Sarah Drummond

Northeastern Sufi School Conference
Dear ANTS Community:

We have been cordially asked to make a request for hospitality for
several attenders of the Northeastern Sufi School Conference featuring
teachings by Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal from Jerusalem. This is a most
exciting opportunity to learn across religious boarders and to be
introduced to the heart centered teachings of Islam's mystical

Several of those attending require housing. Should you feel the
call to offer hospitality, please let the housing coordinators of the
Conference know as soon as possible.

You will of course be required to file the form with the housing
office regarding overnight guests.

Should you live in either Kendall, Herrick or Fuller are willing to
share space from; Friday Dec. 7/07 through Monday morning Dec. 10/07.

To respond to either request please contact Ayyub, the housing
coordinator at 802-257-5739 or Zahra Carol Lee, main event coordinator
617-721-5215 as soon as possible.

Please email me directly should you have any other questions.


Potluck - December 21st - 5:00 to whenever
Please join us for an evening of fun and festivities in the Student
on Friday, December 21st. We'll be playing games, making Holiday
crafts and
eating whatever you bring. The convection oven bakes too...think

The First Annual ANTS SWAP
ave something in your room that you really can't stand to look at any

Have something in your room that you really want to air out, even if
only for two hours?

Have something in your room that you know someone else will really want

Come to the ANTS Student Lounge on Friday, December 7th and Saturday,
December 8th from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Bring with you whatever you would like to buy, sell or trade from
love seat or light shade!

Rules of the game:

1) You must bring the item yourself
2) You must take the item back home if no one wants it
3) No items can be left behind after 1:00pm for later pickup

From the Registrar's Office
SPRING 2008, all* ANTS registrations must be completed online at the
Connect Website

If you cannot complete registration online, paper registration forms
may be picked up in the Registrar's Office or by sending a
self-address, stamped envelope to:
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Attn: Registrar
Priority registration, especially for Seniors†, cannot be guaranteed
when using paper registration forms.
†Seniors are designated by # credits earned as follows:
MA >= 24, MDiv >= 60, STM >= 12, DMin >= 15
Registration dates are as follows:
December 10 - 14: Seniors
December15 - 28: All Other Students
After December 28: Late fees apply
December 29 -February 15:Add/Drop Period

* Students who are
1) Currently on probation,
2) Need to register on-leave, or
3) Need to register for special directed study courses or CPE
Must contact the Registrar directly at:

How to Register for Field Education, Second Required Semester **

1. Register for CMFE 601Y (1.5 credits) in the spring.
2. Register for one regular (3 credit) Spring course that is designated
"P3" for the Professor-Practitioner Program. This course will meet
the related curricular requirement.
3. In addition, register for that course's P3 section, which carries
an additional 1.5 credits.
4. If you are unable to take any of the P3 courses/sections, you may
register for the stand-alone Integrative Seminar, CMFE 621. To receive
permission to pursue this option, you must submit a curriculum worksheet
or transcript to Sarah Drummond and, in most cases, meet with her.
5.**Must enroll ON LINE in ONE required orientation session, which
focuses on boundaries training:
Orientation Session Day/ Time
CMFE01 February 4, 6-8:50 p.m.
CMFE02 February 5, 9-11:50 a.m.
CMFE03 February 5, 2-4:50 p.m.

New Spring Course!
Introduction to Contemporary Islam
Professor Farid Esack
Wednesday 4:15-6:15 p.m.

This course is intended to provide students with knowledge of and
insight into developments and debates in the contemporary Muslim world.
These issues are shaped by local and global socio-historical
developments that are often lived out in tension with other communities,
nations or business interests. Students will examine some of the
critical issues that arise from the Islamic encounter with modernity and
post-modernity as Muslims struggle to remain faithful to tradition as
well as to their awareness of the inalienability of human rights and the
interrelatedness of the destiny of humankind.
** Note: This course is open to students at Hebrew College and Andover
Newton Theological School. Enrollment with permission of interfaith
faculty advisor-Dr. Gregory Mobley (ANTS) and Rabbi Or Rose (HC).

Sunday night - Decorating Upper Noyes
Sunday night we'll Deck the Hall....Upper Noyes Hall that is.... Help
trim the tree. Bring ideas and supplies for decorations or a few you
have made. We'll have Christmas music to set the mood for a much
deserved break from writing papers and studying for finals. Bring snacks
to share. Come, join in the festivities.

Contact Judy Brandon

Holiday Party
December 11th - Holiday Party - Meeting House - 5:00 pm to whenever

We will be holding the annual Holiday Party in the Meeting house this
year. on December 11th. This is a buffet Dinner with holiday music in
the back ground playing. It will be a time to give and receive christmas
good wishes, cheers and ados in celebration of the holiday season and
the close of the fall sememser.
Because of the space change we will need a head count. Keep your eyes
open for more info in the up and coming weeks. The party is sponsored by
Student Life and will be free of charge. For more info you can contact or

Chapel News (Dec. 3 - Dec. 7)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for the coming week (Nov. 26-Nov. 30)
will be offered by:
Monday: Ned Allyn Parker
Tuesday: Bill Gural
Wednesday: Ned Allyn Parker
Thursday: Kurt Walker
Friday: Jason Boyd

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

Professor Brita Gill-Austern will be sharing the message at WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY CHAPEL, which gathers every Wednesday of the academic year
@ 1:00pm.

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

The Black Student Fellowship will be holding worship Thursday, Dec.
6, at which Toni DiPina will be preaching.

Please remember that we will be hosting a Sufi event on campus
beginning on Friday. All are welcome. Please see the website for

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

Messiah for the campus
Do you like to sing? Are you going to be around campus during the
holidays? Would you like to join an "open sing/open table" in the
spirit of holiday hospitality? I invite those who would like a venue in
which to sing the Messiah (or for those who would like to listen, as
singers always appreciate an audience!) to come to my home for a
community sing. All voice parts welcome. What I envision is gathering
around my festive defunct fireplace with a score in one hand and eggnog
in the other singing along to Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony.
We'll provide nativity noshes and welcome while you provide your voice
and appetite for celebration. This invitation includes students, staff,
faculty and families. The location couldn't be closer: the corner of
Braeland and Cypress, literally at the bottom of the hill. The day and
time will consensus-driven according to participants' schedules. The
purpose will be to join in an informal religious community celebration
of the season. If you are thinking of coming, please contact me, Sherry
Thomas, either via email:, or phone message:
617-965-2165. Kiri te Kanawa and the rest of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
can't wait to see you!

Stafford Loan Info

As of January 1, lenders will be taking fees out of new Stafford
Loans. All loans approved prior to January 1 will not have any fees
taken out.

If you need a Stafford Loan or need additional funds, I will need to
have the loan paperwork by December 14th.

Rosemary Turano
Coordinator of Financial Aid

The Sacred Journey: Leading a Congregation Through Lent
Saturday, January 26, 2008 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$40 includes lunch

How does your congregation observe the season of Lent?

In this workshop, led by Shelley Stackhouse, we will explore both
ancient and new traditions for walking the journey through Lent on
Sunday mornings. We will also discuss other possible observances in
worship, prayer and other disciplines that might happen throughout the
Since the journey has a destination, if not an ending, we will also
focus on how to celebrate Palm Sunday and shape a rhythm of worship
through the other Holy Week services culminating in Easter.

See the website for a flyer and registration form.

UUCANS Potluck Forum With President Nick Carter
Monday December 10th 5:00-7:00 PM Peck Room

All are welcome. Please let us know if you are coming by
contacting Christina or 203-435-6110.
Bring food to share if you can and your own plate or bowl.

Events for UCC Students
As an In-Care UCC student or upper-level seminarian we would like to
invite you to join us at a workshop entitled: Search and Call:
Preparing Your Profile. This event will focus on the

In-Care and Search Process, Writing a Ministerial Profile to get an
Interview, and

Navigating the UCC Search and Call Network. This is a great
to ask all those questions you have about the Profile in particular!

This workshop will be held on Monday, January 28th at the Wellesley
(Village) Congregational Church. Coffee, juice, and pastries will be
by 8:30 AM and we will start the program promptly at 9:00 AM and will
conclude at 12:30 PM. Wellesley (Village) Congregational Church is
located at

2 Central Street (Route 135) Wellesley, MA.

*****Please note: This is a repeat of the workshop that was offered on
November 14th, 2007.*****

There are two additional event scheduled in the Search and Call

February 13, 2008: Search & Call - Meeting with Search Committees

Location: ANTS Peck Room 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Topics will include: Spiritual Discernment and the Search Process,
Reading a Church Profile, Interviewing Skills: How to Answer & What to

March 5, 2008: Search & Call - Benefits and Call Agreement

Location: ANTS Peck Room 9:00 - 12:30 PM

Topics will include: Elements of a Pastoral Call Agreement, UCC Health
and Pension Benefits

General Information:

* All sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 AM with introductions and a
time of worship.

* Breakfast goodies will be available by 8:30 AM.

* Leaders will include: Associate Conference Ministers of the
Massachusetts Conference,

UCC as well as representatives of the Pension Boards, and others.

* Directions to Andover Newton can be found here:


Registration details: These events are $20 each OR $50 for all three.
The cost includes all materials and breakfast items (bagels, pastries,
fruit, juice, coffee, and tea). Please register by sending a check,
payable to MACUCC, NO LATER THAN one week prior to the event you want
attend to:

Kris LoFrumento


One Badger Road

Framingham, MA 01702

* Please note which sessions you will be attending in the memo line*

There is scholarship money available, please contact Kris LoFrumento - or 508-875-5233 x274 for more information or
with any questions.

Blessings, Kris (on behalf of the Massachusetts Conference, United
Church of Christ)