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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, December 05, 2007

In this message:

- Course Evaluations Online
- Prayers requested
- Northeastern Sufi School Conference
- Potluck - December 21st - 5:00 to whenever
- The First Annual ANTS SWAP
- From the Registrar's Office
- SA Treasurer Resignation and Call for Candidates
- New Spring Course!
- Holiday Shoebox Ministry
- Holiday Party
- Chapel News (Dec. 3 - Dec. 7)
- Finding Light In The Darkness
- Stafford Loan Info
- Upcoming Labyrinth Walks
- Events for UCC Students

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

Prayers requested
We ask the thoughts and prayers of the Andover Newton Community for
Mary McKearney's daughter, Kerrie, recently diagnosed with lymphoma and
currently undergoing chemotherapy.The miracle of prayer is that it
begets more prayer and somehow we are held up during times of trial.
Please add your prayers to the wings holding up Mary and her family.
Thank you.

Priscilla Deck for the Institutional Development team.

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.

SA Treasurer Resignation and Call for Candidates
We are sorry to report that Cristina Cabrera has found she needs to
resign as Student Association Treasurer. Due to technical difficulties,
all SA Fiscal files had to be completely reconstructed twice during this
semester. The additional work from this on top of Cristina's classes and
other commitments has proven to require more time than she has
available. We thank her for the work she has put in to reconstruct the

The Student Association will be holding elections to fill the Treasurer
position for the remainder of the 2007-2008 academic year. Think you
might be interested in running? Check out the Treasurer description in
the SA Constitution in the Handouts section of the Student Association
Group in ANTS Connect. Letters of intent to run should be emailed to These letters should include a brief paragraph about
your involvement on campus and your goals should you be elected.

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).

Holiday Shoebox Ministry
We have almost completed November and so far we have 50 promised
shoeboxes on the way. Our goal is 500 boxes. Remember this is a great
activity for your youth groups. Thank you to all who have contributed
thus far. As we head into December the Black Student Fellowship and the
Baptist Fellowship would like to remind you that shoeboxes can be
dropped off on Wednesdays at All School Chapel services and also anytime
during the week in Nancy Nienhuis' office. We would like to thank all of
the professors, staff, and students who are supporting us in our efforts
with this Ministry. We look forward to receiving your boxes and we hope
you will make this a part of your Thanksgiving rituals this year.

Peace and Blessings,

ANTS Baptist Fellowship
ANTS Black Student Fellowship

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

Finding Light In The Darkness
This program, sponsored by Journeys On The Hill, is Thursday, December
at 5:00pm in the Wilson Chapel.

Come join us as students and faculty from Andover Newton and Hebrew
seek to learn more about each other's faith traditions at this special
of year.

The evening will start with a light seasonal dinner and informal
conversation surrounding various questions including: What is a
holiday custom in your family? What are the responsibilities for
clergy in
your tradition at this time of year? What aspect of the holiday in
tradition is often misunderstood by people of other faith traditions?
will then spend time looking at the traditions of Hanukkah, Winter
Advent and Christmas through familiar songs and texts of our

This event is FREE. This event is open to all students, faculty and
administration of ANTS and HC and no signup is required.

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.

Upcoming Labyrinth Walks
Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Meetinghouse

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.
This is a great way to reduce end of the semester stress!

Questions? Contact, Martha Bays,

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)