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ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, February 14, 2008

In this message:

- Tuesday's Spiritual Journey to feature ANTS professor Dr. Robert W.
- Future of Great Preaching series to feature outstanding UUA minister
- School closed Monday, February 18
- Support the Andover Newton Bookstore!
- Upcoming ESF Events -- February 26th!
- Chapel News (February 17-23)
- Is Field Education in your future?
- Between Places: The Spiritual in Art
- Book Study with Prof. Mark Heim
- Conference on Ministries
- A Prayer for the students and families of the Illinois University
- Reiki Opportunity
- Dreyfus Exhibit Preview, "Dreyfus is all about doubt"
- Prison Ministry Fellowship events Feb. 26th and Feb. 29th
- Gender and Religion: Authority, Power, and Agency

Tuesday's Spiritual Journey to feature ANTS professor Dr. Robert W.
This Tuesday, February 19th, at 4:30PM, the next program in the series,
Spiritual Journeys, will be held at President Carter's home. The
featured guest will be Dr. Robert W. Pazmiño, the Valeria Stone
Professor of Christian Education at Andover Newton.

Dr. Pazmiño's research on diverse forms of Christian education and
his interests in multiculturalism and mentoring help to shape his work
with various groups and schools in the U.S.

His books include Latin American Journey: Insights for Christian
Education in North America, and By What Authority Do We Teach? A second
edition of his widely used text, Foundational Issues in Christian
Education, was published in 1997. His recent works include Basics of
Teaching for Christians (1998) and God Our Teacher (2001). An ordained
American Baptist minister, he joined the faculty in 1986 after teaching
five years at Gordon-Conwell Theological School.

The long-awaited new website is live. The
expanded goal of the new site is to help the outside world discover
and support Andover Newton, in addition to providing the information
the Andover Newton community is accustomed to finding. We have tried
to streamline and upgrade navigation and services, and further
enhancements will be rolled out over the coming months. We hope you'll
take time to explore it, and we truly appreciate all the help we've
received in putting the new site together (more than 30 people
contributed feedback!).

We've tried to make the launch as painless as possible. Hopefully,
you'll find the site intuitive and easy to use. Please take a few
moments to surf the site and discover where your favorite sections are
now located. However, if you have difficulty finding things, you might
try the Search function, which is greatly improved over the old search
system. You'll find a Search box at the top of each screen. Links for
and Connect are in the footer on every page as well as in the
"Current Students - Online Resources" section.

Content updates in cooperation with senior administration are ongoing
and will continue over the next few months. In a site as large and
complex as this, there may be a few errors, despite our best efforts.
We ask for the help and indulgence of the Andover Newton community in
discovering them. We all want to make this a great website! Please
direct all feedback to If you find an error, please
forward the relevant page address along with your comment, by copying
and pasting it from your browser's address bar (it starts with
http://). That way we can most quickly find and correct it.

Thank you for your support during this exciting transition.
-- the web team

Future of Great Preaching series to feature outstanding UUA minister
February 20 Rev. Gary Smith
A native of Maine, Gary came to the First Parish of Concord, MA in 1988
after serving congregations in Middletown, Connecticut and Bangor,
Maine, as well as a stint at our Unitarian Universalist Association
headquarters in Boston. He has been President of the national Ministers
Association and is currently teaching a seminar in preaching at Harvard
Divinity School.

School closed Monday, February 18
The library and all school offices will be closed Monday, February 18,
in observance of Presidents' Day.

Support the Andover Newton Bookstore!
Please remember to support our bookstore. It has a wide range of gift
items so if you're looking for a Valentine's gift for that special
someone, or as anniversaries and birthdays come around please consider
shopping in our store. We are one of only 3 remaining theology school
bookstores in New England. And we are hoping that we will be able to
keep our bookstore open, so please support us in this endeavor.
Please remember this too as you shop for books for classes. Your
patronage allows us to maintain this service on campus. If you have any
questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Upcoming ESF Events -- February 26th!
The Episcopal Student Fellowship will gather for lunch and conversation
in the small dining room on Tuesday, February 26th at 12pm. All are

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated in the Episcopal tradition on
Tuesday, February 26th at 1pm in Wilson Chapel. The Reverend Dr.
William C. Bergmann, Chair of the Board of Examining Chaplains for the
Diocese of Western Massachusetts, will officiate. All are welcome.

Chapel News (February 10th-16th)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for the coming week (Feb. 18-23) will
be offered by:
Tuesday: John Brock
Wednesday: Carmen Emerson
Thursday: Nancy Willbanks
Friday: Ned Allyn Parker
Saturday: Special Morning Worship as part of the Conference on
Morning Worship begins at 8:30 am and ends in time to get to class.

EVENING PRAYER (COMPLINE) in the Episcopal tradition:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9:00-9:15 p.m.
Prayer Room, downstairs in the Wilson Chapel
Hosted by the Episcopal Student Fellowship

As part of the Great Preaching Series, Rev. Gary Smith 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 12:40pm in the sanctuary.

The Black Student Fellowship and UUCANS will be holding worship
together on Thursday,
February 21st.

There will be a special worship on Saturday February 23rd as part of
the Conference on Ministries.

The Korean Evangelical meets twice weekly in the lower sanctuary in
the Wilson Chapel. Bible study is at 7:30 pm on Wednesdays and
worship is Sunday mornings at 11:30am.

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

Is Field Education in your future?
Is Field Education in your future?

An information session for students that will be entering into Field
Education in Fall of 2008 will be held Tuesday, February 19th. It will
be held in the Peck Room from 1:00-2:00pm. Contact Jen Walker,, with any questions or concerns.

Between Places: The Spiritual in Art
Between Places: The Spiritual in Art

Presenting Film and Video works by The School of the Museum of Fine
Arts community members:

Krista Caballero
Micheal Collins
Faith Johnson (ANTS artist in residency)
Taraka Larson
Kathy Rugh
Amelia Saint Peter Blair
Karen Schiff (former ANTS artist in residency)

February 21, Thursday 7pm

At: The Meetinghouse
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459

Free, and open to the public.

Directions to the campus at:

Accessible by the Green "D" line, at the Newton Centre stop

Join us for a casual evening of Film, Video, and sharing between the
SMFA and ANTS community. Plus…Free Snacks!!

Sponsored by the Worship, Theology, and the Arts Program at Andover
Newton Theological School; for further information, contact Ms. Jennifer
Shaw, at: (617) 964-1100, ext. 228.

Book Study with Prof. Mark Heim
First baptist Church of Newton cordially invites you to a Book Study
with Andover Newton Professor
and member of FBC Newton, Mark Heim and his book, "Saved from
Sacrifice: A Theology of the Cross"
Date: March 2, 9, and 16 during Sunday school in the chapel.
Please contact Mary Jane Ott for further Information and to sign up.
email: or phone: 617-527-1812

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

A Prayer for the students and families of the Illinois University
Dear God, our prayers surround the victims and families of this
horrible senseless act of violence in Illinois. Oh God we ask that you
wrap your loving and healing love around the families as the suddenness
of this violent act becomes reality this day.
Oh God we do not understand what would make a person want to commit
this act of sin, we can only ask that we as your children are able to
forgive and go into your understanding as we invite you into our midst
as we also walk through this time of healing.
We pray for healing and comfort for the families as they try to come to
understanding and peace that their loved ones have been called home to
your kingdom.
Dear God we pray for forgiveness and

Bob Ingalls

Reiki Opportunity
ahel Warshaw-Dadon, Reiki Master and Director of Reiki for Peace

Will be visiting the Boston area from Jerusalem February 20-29, 2008

WHAT IS REIKI? Reiki is the Japanese word for 'universal life force
energy'. We all have it; we can all use more. When this energy passes
through our hands into our bodies, we use it to heal ourselves
physically, emotionally, and spiritually, eventually bringing ourselves
to a state of balance, calm, and inner strength. We can also provide
this energy to others so that they can heal themselves. Reiki
treatments can be surprisingly powerful and effective, in not only
relieving symptoms, but increasing relaxation, easing pain, and
strengthening our immune systems. With training from a Reiki Master,
anyone can learn to treat one's self and others with Reiki.


Introductory Presentation: Reiki and Reiki for Peace with hands on
demonstrations of Reiki
Reiki for Peace is a non-profit organization working with Israeli Jews,
Israeli Arabs, and Palestinians from the West Bank. Rahel is the
founder and director.
When: Thursday, February 21, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Kavod Jewish Social Justice House, 165 Winthrop Road, Apt. B,
Brookline (near Green Line C Tappan St. Station)
Free to the public; Contributions to Reiki for Peace will be gratefully
received. Please RSVP to

First Degree Reiki Course:
When: Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24,
9:00 am - 7:00 pm both days; with breaks for shared meals.
Where: TBA
Cost for Reiki I: $200 for adults; $175 for children
Second Degree Reiki Course is available if there is interest. Classes
will be scheduled based on students' availability on February 22 and
Interested students should contact Rahel directly at .

For more information and registration contact Rabbi Michael Swarttz at or call 617-558-1404

Contact Rahel directly at ;

Dreyfus Exhibit Preview, "Dreyfus is all about doubt"
We would like to invite you to a special preview of: "The Power of
Prejudice: The Dreyfus Affair" on February 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the
808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, at Boston University.

This is a history exhibit with attitude! PHOTO BLOWUPS-VIDEO LOOPS-
FILM-ARTIFACTS bring the history of the Dreyfus story alive.

The themes of this true story of a 19th century Jewish captain in the

French military, convicted of treason, sent to Devil's Island, then
found to be innocent, resonate today: judgment by military
commission, trial by media, separation of Church and State, anti-
Semitism and the foundation of Zionism.

Speaking at the preview will be Hélène Hoog, curator of the
exhibition, which premiered at the Museum of Art and History of
Judaism in Paris, as well as Lorraine Beitler, whose collection of
postcards, posters and documents form the visual parts of this show.

The Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University, The New
Center for Arts and Culture, and Boston University are presenting the

exhibition which will run from February 27 through April 6. It is
free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to if you can attend.

As Alan Dershowitz, who is featured in one of the videos in the
exhibition, says, "Dreyfus is all about doubt. Doubt is essential to

Prison Ministry Fellowship events Feb. 26th and Feb. 29th
Discussion with Rev. Laura Tuach, Partakers; Harold Adams, Committee of
Friends and Relatives of Prisoners, Our Prison Neighbors, & Louise D.
Brown Peace Institute.

Andover Newton School of Theology
Co-sponsored by: ANTS Prison Ministry Fellowship & Partakers

Feb. 29th 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Partakers Orientation for Prison
(Likely the Peck Room. I will confirm.)

Remember those in prison, and those dealing with the prison industrial

Questions? Contact Bill Gural:

Gender and Religion: Authority, Power, and Agency
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study's Seventh Annual Gender
Co-sponsored by Harvard Divinity School

Thursday, April 3, 2008
1:30-5:30 pm

Friday, April 4, 2008
9 am-4 pm

Radcliffe Gymnasium
10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Admission is free, and registration is required.
<> Click here to
register <> .

The Radcliffe Institute's seventh annual gender conference,
co-sponsored by
Harvard Divinity School, examines the persistent entanglements of
and gender, with a particular focus on women's agency. Panels will
religious law, religion and the gendered body, challenges to religious
authority, and the complexities of freedom and submission in religious
contexts. The conference includes presenters who grapple with gender
both in
their scholarship and as leaders within their religious communities.
studies will draw on medieval Japanese Buddhism, contemporary India,
nineteenth-century Sudan, Orthodox Judaism, the Caribbean diaspora,
diverse Christian and Muslim contexts.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

1:30 pm Welcome and Introduction

Barbara J. Grosz, Interim Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences, Harvard University
Ann D. Braude, Director, Women's Studies in Religion Program; Senior
Lecturer on American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School,

1:45 pm "Gender Defines Religion, Religion Defines Gender"

Convener: Shaye Cohen, Nathan Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature
Philosophy; Director, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University

Panelists: Bernadette Brooten, Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt
Professor of Christian Studies and Professor of Women's and Gender
Brandeis University
Elizabeth A. Castelli, Professor of Religion, Barnard College at
Madhu Kishwar, Professor and Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of
Developing Societies; founder, editor, Manushi: A Journal About Women
Society; founder, president, Manushi Sangathan: A Forum for Democratic
Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and of the Studies of Women,
and Sexuality, Harvard University

3:30 pm Break

3:45 pm "Religion and the Gendered Body: the Work of Caroline Walker
in 21st-century Perspective"

Convener: Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University and
Professor of History, Harvard University

Panelists: Gannit Ankori, Henya Sharef Professor of Humanities, Hebrew
University of Jerusalem
Carol B. Duncan, Associate Professor of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid
Laurier University
R. Marie Griffith, Professor of Religion, Director of the Program in
Study of Women and Gender, Princeton University
Caroline Walker Bynum, Professor of Medieval European History,
Institute for
Advanced Study, Princeton; University Professor Emerita, Columbia

5:30 pm Reception

Friday, April 4, 2008

9 am Welcome

William A. Graham, Dean and John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity,
Divinity School, and Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern
Studies, Harvard University

9:15 am "Gender and the Structures of Religious Authority"

Convener: Lisa McGirr, Professor of History, Harvard University

Panelists: Catherine Brekus, Associate Professor of the History of
Christianity, the Divinity School, University of Chicago
Fiona Griffiths, Assistant Professor of Medieval History, New York
University; 2007-2008 Humboldt Fellow, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Eve M. Troutt Powell, Professor of Middle Eastern History and Africana
Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Barbara Ruch, Columbia University

10:45 am Break

11 am "Gender and Challenges to Religious Authority"

Convener: Harvey Cox, Hollis Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity
Harvard University

Panelists: John Demos, Professor of History, Yale University
Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Michelene Pesantubbee, Professor of Religious Studies, University of
Amina Wadud, Visiting Scholar, Starr King School for the Ministry;
of Islamic Studies, School of World Studies, Virginia Commonwealth

12:45 pm Break

2 pm "Gendered Freedom/Religious Freedom"

Convener: Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian
Studies in
the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Member of the Faculty of Divinity,
Divinity School, Harvard University

Panelists: Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology,
Janice Love, Dean, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Ingrid Mattson, Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam
Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary
Tamar Ross, Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Bar Ilan University

3:45 pm Concluding remarks

For more information, please visit <> or call 617.495.8600.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is a
scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a
range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Within
broad purpose, the Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the
of women, gender, and society.