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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, January 22, 2008

In this message:

- Spring 2008 Registration Continues On Connect!!
- From the Registrar's office
- Multicultural Festival, Feb. 8!
- Ellis Oliver Ordination
- Job Opening in the Mail Room
- Conference on Ministries
- Open Table Election Night Potluck-Alert #1
- Course Announcement-an Update
- Art Night
- Wilson Chapel wins award
- One Day Training for Ministers
- Workshop for Church Sign Language Interpreters
- Interruption of electrical service
- 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.

This coming Wednesday & Thursday (January 23 & 24) we will be priming
and painting the basement lounge of Appleton-Chase. Please come and join
in as we will need as many helping hands as possible! We will begin
around 11 and finishing up (hopefully) around 5 each day. Pizza and beer
will be provided to those who can help!!

If you have any questions please contact Ruth Edens at

From the Registrar's office
The following courses have low enrollment and by next Wednesday,
January 23, the Dean's office will decide if the courses will be

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

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

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

Ellis Oliver Ordination
Ellis Oliver (Ollie) Jones, M.Div. 2006, has been called by the people
of Faith Lutheran Church, East Hartford, Connecticut, to serve as their
pastor. He will be ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament in
the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, on Sunday, January 27th, at
4pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 170 Old Westford Rd, Chelmsford, MA
01824, (978) 256-6300. All are welcome!

Job Opening in the Mail Room
Mailroom Clerk

There is an opening for a mailroom clerk on the ANTS campus for the
spring semester. The job entails sorting and delivering mail on campus
and handing out packages to students two days a week from 11 to 4. If
you are interested, please send a short biography and your student
schedule to: Please use "Mail Room Clerk" in the
subject line.

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 #1
Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Celebrate the election process in community: come to the Open Table
Super 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
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

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

Wilson Chapel wins award
From hundreds of nominated projects, Andover Newton Theological School
- Wilson Chapel has been chosen as a Building of America project and
will be featured in the upcoming Real Estate & Construction Review-2008
New England Edition. Each Building of America project is highlighted in
a case study that intertwines the words of the project's
owner/developer, consultants, architects and contractors to explain how
the teams worked together to design and build one of the region's most
important, innovative or unique new construction or renovation projects.

The Real Estate & Construction Review has been published by
Construction Communications since 1997. Each edition is published
annually and features the region's top projects as determined by our
editorial board. The publication is read and referenced by leaders
within the region's local governments, economic development groups,
financial institutions, owners, architects and contractors. Each edition
will also be available online at The
website, accessed by industry leaders and decision makers throughout the
country, combines more than 30,000 links and millions of searches each
year. In January 2008 the company will begin a massive public relations
campaign utilizing PR Newswire. The campaign is designed to bring
millions of new viewers to the website.

We want to be sure that interviews will be available from the
owner/developer, architects, construction managers and/or general
contractors for the Andover Newton Theological School - Wilson Chapel
project. The writer assigned to this case study will be in contact with
your organization within the next few months. If you have any questions
or comments, feel free to contact Julie Zulch any time at 248-945-4700
ext. 115 or We look forward to working
with you.

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

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

Interruption of electrical service
We have just received notice from our electricity provider (NSTAR) that
they are going to be making improvements to their system, but in order
to do so, they may need to interrupt electrical service for short
periods of time on Thursday morning, January 24 between the hours of
Midnight and 6:00am. They say these interruptions will only occur a
couple of times during this time span and should only last about 30

Building & Grounds

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.