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Monday, January 28, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, January 28, 2008

In this message:

- Spring 2008 Registration Continues On Connect!!
- For the Beauty of the Earth
- From the Registrar's office
- Chapel News
- Multicultural Festival, Feb. 8!
- Call for volunteers
- How to Check Your Grades on Connect!
- Conference on Ministries
- Open Table Election Night Potluck-Alert #2
- Course Announcement-an Update
- Retreat for New Clergy, Newly Seasoned Clergy and Graduating
- Workshop for Church Sign Language Interpreters
- Can Poetry Save a Life?
- Summer Institute in Art and Worship

Spring 2008 Registration Continues On Connect!!
It is still possible to register for Spring 2008 classes. There will be
a late fee charged for new registrations, but not for those who have
already registered and are now changing their schedule.

Any students who were closed out of courses earlier during
registration, should recheck the courses to see if they have reopened
due to add/drops. 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.

For the Beauty of the Earth
For the Beauty of the Earth
Thursday, January 31, 2008
6-10 PM in the Meeting House

As part of "Focus the Nation" at ANTS, we invite you to an evening
of reverence, gratitude, and affirmation of universal responsibility for
ecological integrity and justice expressed through art, music, ritual,
and a candlelight vigil

ANTS joins over 1,300 other educational, religious, and civic
organizations to "Focus the Nation" on climate change. As we learn
more about global warming, we learn more about the connections between
the Earth and our faith

Schedule of Activities:
Wednesday, January 30
8 pm Screening of "The 2% Solution" (Student Lounge)

Thursday, January 31
8:30 am Eco Morning Worship (Chapel)
12:00 - 1:00 pm "Greening the Curriculum" Forum with Dean Herzog
and Rev. Mary Westfall (Student Lounge)
1:00 - 2:00 pm Eco Worship in the UU tradition (Chapel)
5:00 - 6:00 pm Gratitude Dinner (Cafeteria)
6:00 - 10:00 pm "For the Beauty of the Earth" (Meeting House)
All Day Letter-writing table in Davis Lobby.

For more information: Christina Ray at Tempest
Brevard at

From the Registrar's office
Spring 2008

Courses Closed
CHRS720 - [ELCHRS] Life as Pilgrimage
CMPR 601- Christian Preaching
ETHI 780-With Head and Heart
PSYC 726- Idolatry or Illness:Pastoral Care/Counseling with Addictions
PSYF 684- Love Through the Seasons of Death

P3 OLDT 512
WOTA 776 Creation Spirituality Penfold
NEWT 709 Exegesis: Matthew Pregeant
HIST 628 Women Leaders Coolman

On Wednesday, Febrary 6th there will be a Methodist Student Fellowship
to be held in the dinning hall at 12:00 noon. This meeting is open to
entire ANTS community. For further information contact

Chapel News
Hi All

Big things will be happening in the Chapel this semester. I look
forward to our entire community coming learning and worshiping together
over the coming semester.

A couple of initial dates to keep in mind:

Morning worship will begin on the first day of classes, here is the

Thursday, January 31:
8:00am Music and Meditation
8:30am Worship with a Homily offered by Judy Brandon as a part of the
"Focus the Nation" event

Friday, February 1:
8:00am Music and Meditation
8:30am Worship with a Homily offered by Ned Allyn Parker

Our first Wednesday Community Chapel service will be on February 6th
and lead by Burns Stanfield, with the message offered by President Nick

Ned Allyn Parker
Admission Counselor / Chapel Steward

Multicultural Festival, Feb. 8!
Please Save the Date!

I am writing to invite you to once again participate in the annual
Andover Newton "Multicultural Festival." This year the festival will
be on Friday, Feb. 8, beginning around 5:30 p.m. in the Meeting House.
I hope that many of you will come.

We have a new staff member in the Admissions Office at Andover Newton,
Agnieszka Cram (she goes by Aga). Aga is going to spend part of her
time working with me to support international students and to help with
the Multicultural Festival. If you would like to present something from
your background (poem, music, whatever) please let Aga know and she'll
add you to the program. You may email Aga at In any
case, I hope all of you will come!

For those of you who were able to be with us last year you might recall
that it was a wonderful celebration of the diversity of cultures that is
Andover Newton! Many of you shared something and it was a great evening
for everyone. I hope you will be able to do so again. We want to
celebrate our heritage, regardless of where we might come from. This
will also be a pot-luck once again, so I encourage you to bring
something that reflects some component of your culture. I will also
supply food through my office so if you don't have time to cook, please
come anyway!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Call for volunteers
On May 10th Andover Newton is going to host a major conference on the
future of mission as part of our Bicentennial celebration. The title of
the event is "The Majority Speaks: Global Perspectives on Mission in
the 21st Century". Some of the key program elements for this event
are: a keynote speaker and panel presentations from 2/3 World
representatives, discussion groups with international guests for lay
leaders and pastors, to showcase "best practice" missional programs,
to have 20 workshops on mission programs and resources, to exhibit
information on leading programs and agencies, to have a special
missional worship service and registration.

As you can see we have a full day of activities planned and will need
the help of volunteers with mailings, registration, worship, exhibits
and displays, transportation, promotion, hosting guests and clean up.
If you have a couple of hours to spare between now and May 10th and
would like to give us a hand please contact Rev. Miriam Baez at or at (617) 964- 1100 x280.

How to Check Your Grades on Connect!
1) Log in to Connect!
2) Click on the "Student" tab
3) In the navigation panel on the left, click on "Grade Report and
4) In "Grade Report", change "Term:" to the term whose grades you wish
to see
5) Click on "View Final Grade Report"

If you have any questions, please call the Help Desk at 617-964-1100

Conference on Ministries
Fellow Students,

Andover Newton will be holding its Conference on Ministries/Spring Open
House on February 22nd and 23rd and we need your help.

We all know that discerning a call to seminary is an exciting, scary
and overwhelming process. Your invitation to a member of your home
church, a member of your field education congregation, or any member
inside of and outside of your faith tradition to attend our Conference
on Ministries could be all that she or he needs to take the next step
and respond to God's call. So, we are asking you to do just that -
offer an invitation to anyone seeking to respond to a deeper call,
anyone looking to feed a hunger for intellectual exploration and
spiritual growth to visit your seminary on February 22nd and 23rd.

Participants in our Conference on Ministries will have the opportunity
to meet our faculty, staff, Deans and President Carter, attend sample
classes, interact with current students in small groups, tour the
campus, participate in roundtable discussions on life after college as
well as the transition back to school, worship, and listen to some great
gospel music while in fellowship with our community.

The Conference on Ministries is a wonderful opportunity for prospective
students to share stories and experiences, meet extraordinary people,
and receive answers to their questions about Andover Newton and a
theological vocation. Attached is a flyer with information on the event
and below is a link to the online registration form. Housing is
available for students traveling from a distance. Please pass on the
information and invite someone to respond to their call at your seminary
- Andover Newton.


Sean Porter
Director of Recruitment & Admission
Andover Newton Theological School
617-964-1100 ext. 313

Open Table Election Night Potluck-Alert #2
Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Celebrate the election process in community: come to the Open Table
Tuesday Potluck

What? - Potluck meal to be shared in communion
Where? - 40 Cypress Street, Newton Centre (corner Braeland/Cypress,
bottom of Herrick)
When? - Tuesday, February 5 from 6PM until we all go home
Who? - All ANTS students, faculty and staff
Why? - Good news and bad news deserves to be celebrated and mourned in
How? - We will track the party results in the 24 states and territories
in blue and red.

Interested? Please contact Sherry Thomas at
<> Don't forget to vote!!

Course Announcement-an Update
Spring course

Registration is open for MDiv students. This course does NOT fulfill
your CMLE requirement. It will count as an upper level Ministerial
Practice or a general elective.

CMLE 752/852S
Interim Ministry: Theory and Practice
Thursdays, beginning January 31 from 2:00-5:00 PM for Ministers in the
Vicinity/ DMin students

Transitions between pastors is a unique time in the life of a
congregation. In more recent times this period is getting special
attention because of the issues faced when one pastor leaves and before
another arrives. An interim period well handled can help prepare the way
for the new pastor in such a way that she/he does not become in fact an
"Interim" even though called as the "Settled Pastor."

To help churches move through this period it has been recognized that
special skills are needed so that those who serve as interim pastors can
more effectively lead. Denominations have begun to do more to prepare
both congregations and pastors for this period. Denominations in the
Free Church tradition have long used interims, but are now beginning to
set standards and offer training. The American Baptist Churches of
Massachusetts, the Unitarian Universalist Interim Ministers Guild and
the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ have all
expressed satisfaction that this course syllabus addresses the issues
and demands of interim ministry in a comprehensive way, offering skill
sets the interim minister will need. In addition, we are aware that
those denominations that fall into the connectional system are taking a
serious look at the importance of the interim period and the skills
required to help such congregations.

The team members have considerable experience as pastors, interim
pastors in a number of denominations, and as teachers at Andover Newton.
It is their intention to bring those experiences to the classroom. The
course has been designed to appeal to those doing Interim Ministry as
well as those who are exploring the possibilities of Interim Ministry as
a calling. This course will NOT fulfill the CMLE requirement.

For MIV registration please fill out the MIV form

Retreat for New Clergy, Newly Seasoned Clergy and Graduating
This Odd and Wondrous Calling: A Retreat at Craigville Conference
Center on Cape Cod for New Clergy, Newly Seasoned Clergy (3-5 years),
and Graduating Seminarians

June 5 and 6, 2008 with Martin Copenhaver, Lillian Daniel, and Chris

The fee for the retreat, $120, covers the cost of four meals, an
overnight stay, linens and towels. All other costs are covered by
grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Louisville Institute, and
Church's Wider Mission.

*Please RSVP no later than February 15, 2008. The full fee is due no
later than April 15, 2008.

Some scholarship assistance is available. Contact Kris LoFrumento, for more info or with any questions.

Workshop for Church Sign Language Interpreters
February 8 and 9, 2008
Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Road in Lexington, MA

The Institute for Deaf Ministry Development, Inc. (IFDMD) is sponsoring
a two-day training (6-9 pm on Friday & Saturday 9 am - 4 pm on Saturday)
that will focus on ways to increase auditory memory capacity in order to
produce the equivalent message in American Sign Language (ASL). This
skill-building workshop will include hands-on practice and work in small
groups. The certified instructor is Diane Fowler, who has been
interpreting professionally since 1990.

The registration fee of $125 on or before January 25, otherwise $150
and includes Friday and Saturday meals and workshop materials. Space
limited to 25. Participants who need a sign language interpreter must
make their request by January 25.

For registration form and more information, email <>.
This training is also sponsored by BU Interpreter Education Center,
D.E.A.F., Inc. and Grace Chapel. CEUs or ACET credits are available
through Northeastern University Regional Interpreter Education Center.
More information may be available from

Congregation Or Yisrael Presents AN EVENING WITH DR. SHALOM PAUL DEAD

Monday evening February 11, 2008, 7:30 PM Wilson Chapel

Listen to a dynamic, enthusiastic, insightful and charismatic teacher!
His topic is The Ever-Alive
Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Importance for the Understanding of the Bible,
Early Judaism, and the Birth of Christianity. Internationally renowned
teacher, author and lecturer, Dr. Paul is recognized for his expertise
Bible. He is Bible Department Chairman at Hebrew University and Dead
Sea Scrolls Foundation Chairman
in Jerusalem. You will have the opportunity to talk with Dr. Paul
during dessert and coffee.

25 seats are being saved for students, staff and faculty of Andover
Newton. If you would like to reserve space, please RSVP no later than
February 4, 2008 to

Can Poetry Save a Life?
In her third collection of poems, Susan Deborah King bears witness to
the soul's transformation in the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis and
subsequent mastectomy. The act of writing her latest collection of
poetry, One-Breasted Woman, was an essential part of her recovery. A
teacher of writing, a former Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist,
King leads retreats on creativity and spirituality.

Come meet "Sam" King at the Andover Newton Bookstore on Friday evening,
February 1 at 7 pm as she reads from her latest book. Bring your
friends. Light refreshments will be served.

Summer Institute in Art and Worship
It's coming! Save the dates!

Summer Institute in Art and Worship,
June 22-25, 2008

Our Hearts Ablaze: Encountering Christ,
Renewing Holy Ground

Keynote presenters include:

Marty Haugen, a composer of liturgical music for both
Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations. He has
had over 400 compositions published by GIA, Augsburg
Fortress and various other publishers. For the past 25
years he has presented workshops and concerts across
North America and in Europe, the Pacific Rim, Asia and
Central America for church musicians and anyone
interested in the renewal of worship.

Susan Briehl, a Lutheran pastor for 25 years is an
associate with the Valparaiso Project on Education and
the Formation of People in Faith. Her writings
include: Come, Lord Jesus, devotions for Advent,
Christmas and Epiphany, Turn my Heart: a Sacred
Journey from Brokenness to Healing, (with Marty
Haugen) and several liturgical and hymn texts.

Watch for future mailings and brochures about details
of registration, credits, daily schedules, etc.