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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In this message:

- Online Room Reservation System
- Healing Waters: Religion & African American Life in Post-Katrina New
- Chapel News (Feb. 25-29)
- SA Town Meeting
- WANTED: Items for Lounge in Farwell Hall
12:30 PM
- UU Thursday worship schedule
- "Worship Buddies" opportunity!
- Message from the writing tutor
- ANTS-HC Worship Exchange Week This Week
- Call for Candidates
- Prison Ministry

State of the art media center to be created in Wilson Chapel

President Nick Carter announced today that the Massachusetts Bible
Society (MBS) is donating $500,000 to Andover Newton in support of the
Wilson Chapel and the creation of a state of the art media center in the
Chapel. The two historic religious organizations also announced a
covenant partnership in media arts and education that will provide a
foundation for the production of a wide range of innovative resources
for progressive Biblical literacy.

The largest portion of the gift will fund the creation of the
"Massachusetts Bible Society Media Center" in Wilson Chapel,
which will have full audio/visual recording, production, and broadcast
capabilities. Not only will the center be able to record programs that
take place in Wilson Chapel, but it will be able to generate CD, DVD,
streaming video and cable programs. President Carter hailed the gift
saying, "This is a wonderful opportunity to prepare our students for
ministry in an increasingly media savvy world. It also enables us to
provide greater access to our outstanding faculty and to serve our
supporting churches more fully. I am thrilled with the vision and strong
leadership the Massachusetts Bible Society is offering. Our histories
are complementary, and now our future endeavors will be also."

The new Executive Director of MBS, Rev. Anne Robertson, said "The
task of increasing biblical literacy is too large for one organization.
We need partners." She went on to note that "our two institutions
share a progressive theological outlook, a commitment to the local
church, and a passion for introducing others to the all-inclusive love
of God. When we heard of Andover Newton's vision for bringing the
mainline churches into the theological conversation happening in and
through the media, it was clear that we could do more together than

Andover Newton is the nation's oldest graduate school of theology.
Founded in 1807, amid its controversial withdrawal from Harvard College,
it established the model for preparing ministers upon which nearly every
seminary in America now follows. Originally two schools, the
Congregational Andover Theological Seminary and the Baptist Newton
Theological Institute, they joined forces in the 1930's and officially
merged in 1965. Andover Newton has been a pioneer in many areas, notably
missions, field education and pastoral care. Recently, its programs in
'Border Crossings' and its unique partnership with neighboring
Hebrew College have drawn national and international attention for
creating new approaches to overcoming religious difference. For more
information contact Nick Carter 617-964-1100 x211.

The Massachusetts Bible Society was founded in 1809 and has maintained
its offices in Boston ever since. It was the third Bible society in the
US, and has a long history in the dissemination of Bibles, Biblical
literature and education. Its mission is: To further biblical and
theological study and reflection through a variety of means -
educational programs, grants, and book services - so that the ecumenical
church is empowered to be faithful; that individuals might have faith
strengthened for service; and that the broad outlines of a biblical
vision of reality be lifted up in the larger world. For more information
go to or call (617) 542-2230.

Online Room Reservation System
As you may have heard, we have installed a new room reservation system
that allows people to check events and reserve rooms online. We have
finally put in place all of the back end systems and stopped using the
"big paper book". Now we are ready to release the system to you
and have you make your reservations through the website system instead
of sending forms via email. We have already started using the web
system. Everyone that makes room reservations needs to get an account so
that they can log onto the system and be trained on that system. Evn
Tomeny is handling the account creation and training, so you need to
contact him at x314 or to schedule a 30 minute
appointment. You will need to come to the IT office during that 30
minute period and get your account information and personal training on
the system. Starting on March 1st, facilities will no longer take paper
forms. Please help us make this system successful by scheduling your
appointment soon.


Evn Tomeny
Help Desk Manager &
Application Support Specialist
Andover Newton Theological School
(617)964-1100 x314

Healing Waters: Religion & African American Life in Post-Katrina New
Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

Thursday, February 28

1:15-2:10 PM

Stone Seminar Room, Hebrew College (between the cafeteria and the
elevator leading to the library)

Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is an Associate Fellow in Religion and
Justice at the Institute for Policy Studies and Senior Community
Minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. In the wake of
Hurricane Katrina, Rev. Sekou moved to New Orleans for six month and
founded the Interfaith Worker Justice Center for New Orleans. He is the
author of the critically acclaimed book, Urban Souls.

*Lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to Or Rose ASAP,

Chapel News (Feb. 25-29)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (Feb. 25-29) will
be offered by:
Monday: John Brock
Tuesday: Ned Allyn Parker
Wednesday: Tom O'Brien
Thursday: Liz Garrigan-Byerly
Friday: Ned Allyn Parker

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
This week, the ESF will also be hosting a service of the Holy Eucharist
on Tuesday, the 26th at 1:00pm.

As part of the Great Preaching Series, Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel 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.

Worship in the UU tradition will be hosted by Duffy Peet and Tim House
on Thursday at 1:00pm.

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.

I apologize for the tardy enews notice and "Chapel Notes." Now
that we have finished up work on the Conference on Ministries I should
be able to get back on track. Thanks for your patience and

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

SA Town Meeting
There will be an Student Association Town Meeting with the Deans in
Upper Noyes
Wednesday March 5th, 2008 from 5-6pm.

All are welcome to attend.

WANTED: Items for Lounge in Farwell Hall
We're looking for items to outfit a new student lounge in Farwell Hall.
The administration has given us two rooms to use as a community
gathering place; we just need to furnish them ourselves. Anything you
think would be useful is wanted! Couches, chairs, a TV, a foosball
table... if you've got anything you'd like to donate, let us know!

Additionally, any donations made to this project are tax deductible!
Let us know if you need more information!


Evn Tomeny
Help Desk Manager &
Application Support Specialist
Andover Newton Theological School
(617)964-1100 x314

I need your help! If you have had an experience as a member of a
Search Committee (either for an interim or settled pastor or any other
church position), I'd like to interview you for about 20 minutes by
I am collecting confidential data for my research paper for my MA in
Theological Studies. I am especially interested in hearing about
when the Search Committee (and the congregation) were disappointed
maybe even surprised) that the candidate did not actually turn out as
Committee hoped after she/he was hired. I also need to hear about

I will call you when you are available. Please send me an email with
phone number and the best times to call during the next couple of
weeks. Or
call me at 978 346-1116. Thanks so much! Julia Steer

12:30 PM
On March 13, Dr. William F. Schulz, a past president of the Unitarian
Universalist Association and former executive director of Amnesty
International USA will be the featured speaker during the 12:30pm
worship service in Wilson Chapel. The title of his presentation is
"Bread Of Course, But Why Roses?" The Unitarian Universalist
Community of Andover Newton Students and the Black Student Fellowship
are hosting this chapel event to which the public is invited. Following
the service Dr. Schulz, along with exhibiting artists, will participate
in a feedback session with the audience to talk about the complexities
of war and the challenges of peacemaking in today's world.

UU Thursday worship schedule
Dear friends,

The ANTS UU student worship services are held each Thursday at 1:00pm
in Wilson Chapel. Everyone is welcome. Come and join with your
colleagues for a peaceful hour, to feed your spirit and refresh your
mind! This week's service will be titled "Time to consider time, or
if not now, when?" and will be led by Duffy Peet, with Tim House
co-leading. Here is the current schedule for the Spring semester:

February 28 : Duffy Peet / Tim House co-leading
March 6 : Julianna Donofrio
March 13 : BSF / UUCANS (William Schultz preaching)
April 3 : Mark Richards
April 10 : BSF
April 17 : Tim House
April 24 : Leslie Becknell-Marx
May 1 : April Spencer
May 8 : BSF

Blessings from the UU worship coordinators,
Bruce Taylor (
Cathy French (

"Worship Buddies" opportunity!
As we prepare to welcome our colleagues at Hebrew College to join in
worship services this week, please let MaryHelen Gunn ( know if you would like to be a Worship Buddy
either Wednesday or Thursday chapel.

Being a worship buddy means, basically:
1. showing up 5-10 minutes before the start of chapel (12:50 or so),
wearing a name tag saying, "I'm a Worship Buddy"
2. keeping an eye out for visitors from Hebrew College, welcoming them
inviting them to sit with you during chapel; depending on how many
Buddies sign up, we'd like to ask you to be prepared to welcome one or
guests to join you.
4. sharing a hymnal and/or helping our guest navigate the liturgy.
5. after the service, inviting questions and responding to any
questions our
guest may ask about the worship experience.
6. extending hospitality by inviting our guest to join us for worship
anytime they'd like.
7. in the spirit of radical hospitality, remember that your welcome
likely make a lasting impression on our visitor/s, even if this is the
encounter you share here on the hill. Shine where you are!

We hope that 10-20 (or more!) Worship Buddies will volunteer. If you've
unable to attend other JOTH programs this year, this is a wonderful
opportunity to share a one-to-one experience with a Jewish colleague.

The many enduring collegial friendships that have grown out of such
experiences are the lifeblood and the raison d'etre of Journeys on the
inter-religious collaborations. Be sure you don't miss out on these
opportunities during your time here on the hill.

You are also strongly encouraged to accept the invitation from our
neighbors at Hebrew College to join in their morning prayer services
7:40am this Thursday 2/28 -- please see the separate posting for
details on

If you have any questions, please email me those, too! And thank you for participating.

Peace on your journey,
MaryHelen Gunn
Journeys on the Hill co-leader

Message from the writing tutor
Just a reminder: I'm happy to work with you on anything you might be

I'm on campus (Worcester 302) most Tuesdays 10 to 3, and occasional
Thursdays 12 to 3 (hours are flexible). I will also be here Wednesday
Feb. 27 and Monday March 3.

Drop in if you like, but it's much better to email me for an
appointment. And yes, we can work by phone and email, once we've met
in person.

I look forward to working with you!

Helen Snively
ANTS Writing Tutor
617-964-1100 x 282

Students who will be attending Andover Newton in the Fall must reapply
for financial aid. You must complete a new FAFSA on line at

You must also complete the Andover Newton Financial
Aid Application which is available on our website. In order for your
application to be complete you must also submit a copy of you 2007
Federal Tax Return. The priority date for Andover Newton aid is April
15, 2008. Applications received after April 15th will not receive
Andover Newton aid unless additional aid becomes available.

ANTS-HC Worship Exchange Week This Week
Hello ANTS colleagues,

Journeys on the Hill (JOTH) is sponsoring a "worship exchange week" in
students from ANTS and HC are invited to visit each other's worship
services. Below is a cordial invitation from our friends at Hebrew
to visit their prayer service on Thursday morning at 7:40am. Please
Lisa if you are interested, just so they can have a sense of numbers.

HC students are also being invited to visit our chapel services on
and Thursday. If you would like to be a 'Worship Buddy', to welcome HC
students 5 mins before chapel begins, sit with them and help them
our liturgy and hymnals, answer any questions after the service, please
me know by Tuesday. This can be such a rich learning opportunity, to
see our
own worship through the eyes of a visitor. Email me at to sign up.

Blessings, MaryHelen Gunn
for J.O.T.H.

Dear ANTS students

JOTH (Journeys on the Hill) is holding a Worship Exchange this week to
create an opportunity for Hebrew College rabbinical students and ANTS
students to experience each other's worship, broaden our appreciation
each other's traditions and feel more comfortable attending each
services should we choose to do so at any point in the future.

You are warmly invited to attend our tefillah (prayer service) this
morning (Feb 28). The service is held in the Hebrew College Beit
(take the elevator up to the 3rd floor and turn right). Please arrive
at 7
40 am. There will be a number of 'Prayer Buddies' waiting to welcome
sit with you and do a minimum amount of explanation.

What to Expect: This will be a regular Hebrew College rabbinical
prayer service, led by two students. (Is is not intended to be a
teaching service for visitors.) It will be mostly in Hebrew, with
perhaps a
little English.There will be a Torah service, with students reading
from the
Torah scroll. You may wish to wear a head covering - this is the custom
men, and optional for women.This would be respectful, though not
as you are visitors.

It would be helpful if you could RSVP to me so we have an idea of
numbers at

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning.

Lisa Barrett

Journeys on the Hill, Interfaith Student Group ANTS & Hebrew College,
invite you to Screening of CONSTANTINE'S SWORD,a documentary film
exploring intolerance and violence in religion.

Wednesday March 5
6:15pm bus to Boston University Morse Auditorium
(leaves from Hebrew College parking lot)
7:00 pm film + Q&A by James Carroll, author of book inspiring the film
Return bus followed by dialogue with ANTS and HC students

If you would like to join us PLEASE RSVP so we know how big a bus to
get -

Synopsis of film:

Constantine's Sword is the story of James Carroll; a former Catholic
on a journey to confront his past and uncover the roots of religiously
inspired violence and war. His search also reveals a growing scandal
involving religious infiltration of the U.S. military and the terrible
consequences of religion's influence on America's foreign policy.

Carroll focuses on Christian antisemitism as the model for all
hatred, exposing the cross as a symbol of a long history of violence
Jews (and, most recently, Moslems). The film brings the history of
intolerance to life, tracing it as a source of the fanaticism that
the world today. At its core, Constantine's Sword is a compelling
narrative - a kind of detective story - as one man uncovers the dark
of his own past, searching for a better future.

Call for Candidates
The ANTS Student Association is placing a call for candidates for the
office of Student Association Treasurer. An election to fill the
position will be held as soon as possible; SA is currently setting up
the date and mechanism, and this will be announced shortly. Any persons
wishing to run for the position, the term of which will last through the
end of this academic year, should contact me as soon as possible

Jason Boyd
SA Vice President

Prison Ministry
Are you interested in finding more about prison ministry and outreach?

ANTS and our Prison Ministry Fellowship is hosting to events with
Partakers Prison Ministry.

Fri. Feb. 29th 1-4 p.m. Lower sanctuary of Wilson Chapel. Leap in
Leap Day with a bound into prison visitation. We have a team already
assembled for visiting an inmate, starting next month. We can use more
visitors, letter writing, and prayer partners. Questions: contact
Bill Gural,, 781-698-6753