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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, January 15, 2008

In this message:

- Spring 2008 Registration Continues On Connect!!
- Prayer request
- Prayer request
- Course Announcement
- Art Night
- Message from the Writing Tutor
- One Day Training for Ministers
- Workshop for Church Sign Language Interpreters
- Cafateria opening
- Financial Aid Opportunity for those pursuing doctoral study
- From the Registrar's Office - Course Closings
- Summer Institute in Art and Worship
- Bookstore hours for January

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.

Prayer request
Please keep Kurt Walker in your prayers. While traveling in India, he
has become ill with a serious kidney infection. He has been in the
hospital for a few days and is about to be released. He will be staying
in the city of Madurai at the Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary for the
duration of the trip. He will be resting and building up strength for
the trip home on the 19th.

Prayer request
Please keep Rachel de Thomas and Don Allard in your thoughts and
prayers. Rachel is Sherry Thomas' daughter and Don is Rachel's husband.
They recently lost a shop to fire, one where Don had the bulk of his
major woodworking equipment for his business. Among the things they
lost was an irreplaceable 14 foot, 2 ton, century old lathe on which Don
made all the balusters for the recent major renovation of Trinity Church
in Boston. It's a devastating loss financially, as the equipment was not
insured. Please keep Rachel, Don, and Sherry in your thoughts and
prayers as they begin to pull their lives back together in the wake of
this devastating loss.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Course Announcement
Spring course for Ministers-in-the-Vicinity:

Interim Ministry: Theory and Practice
Thursdays, beginning January 31 from 2:00-5:00 PM For Ministers in the

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.

For registration please fill out the MIV form

Art Night
Art Night continues throughout January term.
All are welcome (even if you don't consider yourself
to be an artist)
This is a drop-in open studio opportunity to explore
art in a safe, no rules atmosphere.

Every Thursday night from 7-10 pm
in the lower studio of the Meetinghouse.

All materials provided. Fun and fellowship.
Free will donation.

Contact Joy (Resident Teaching Artist) at

Message from the Writing Tutor
Just a reminder that I'll be on campus from 10 to 3 on Tuesday January
15 would be happy to meet with you. Other dates in January might also
be possible.

In February, the midday writing groups will likely continue on both
Tuesday and Thursday.

In the meantime, I'm happy to comment on your work via email, if we've
already met.

Looking forward to seeing you in the new year.

Helen Snively
ANTS writing tutor
Worcester 302

One Day Training for Ministers

Pre-Marital/Marital Counseling Program
Saturday, March 8, 2008, 8:30AM - 4:30 PM
Tuition: $175 includes all materials.
Berkeley Room (next to Kendall Hall), Andover-Newton Theological School

Directions at; parking available behind building.

Professional seminar director Rev. Robin Zucker teaches students,
clergy and counselors to use a series of respected, religion-neutral
counseling programs with pre-marital and marital couples. This seminar
will expand ministerial competencies, and enrich your counseling and
ministry practice for years to come. BYO Lunch; light breakfast
provided. Information and registration links at:

Contact the Rev, Zucker at, 978-369-0260

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

Cafateria opening
Starting January 4th Please come and enjoy breakfast and lunch in the
cafeteria. we will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30-1:30
Continental Breakfast is served from 7:30- 9:30 including Monday. cost
will be $4.00 all you can eat
Lunch is served from 11:30-1:30 lunch will be salad bar, make your own
sandwhiches, and hot soup. we will have a daily special hot sandwhich
item. The cost for lunch will be $5.75 all you can eat.
beverages and snacks available all day!

if you have any questions please call Liz @ext 303
or check out our web page for the weekly menu

Financial Aid Opportunity for those pursuing doctoral study
The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) offers doctoral fellowships
for racial/ethnic students in religion, biblical studies, and theology.
African-American, Asian-American, Native American and Hispanic students
pursuing a call to scholarship and teaching in those fields maybe
eligible. Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program (Ph.D. or
Th.D. only, D.Min. programs are not eligible) and meet other criteria.
For more information visit

From the Registrar's Office - Course Closings
Spring 2008 Courses Closed

CMPR 601- Christian Preaching
PSYC 726- Idolatry or Illness:Pastoral Care/Counseling with Addictions
PSYF 684- Love Through the Seasons of Death

P3 OLDT 512- Section Canceled

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.

Bookstore hours for January
The bookstore is open its regular hours Mon.-Thurs. 9 am - 6 pm, Fri. 9
am - 4 pm throughout January so you can purchase books for Winterim and
have them shipped to you after you leave campus. Spring textbooks will
begin arriving in early January.

Many Winterim texts are already in; others are arriving daily. If you
want to get a head start on your reading, contact us and we'll get you

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.