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Friday, March 07, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, March 07, 2008

In this message:

- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- "An Evening with Andover Newton" invitation
- Wish List for Gala Giving!
- Is Field Education in your future?
- Chapel News (March 9-15)
- Lost/Found
- Field trip to Northfield, MA with Dr. Jeyaraj
- Young Adults and the Church: Bridging the Gaps
- Is your church in the ONA/W&A process?
- UU Thursday worship schedule
- ¡Habla español!
- U2charist & Liz Walker event: Churches Unite for "U2charist" to
End the Crisis in Darfur
- Peace Week
- 3/15 Peace Vigil at St. Paul's Cathedral
- JOTH trip to MFA to view Koran art with curator, Thursday March 13 at

Non-Violent Atonement Conference
Friday, April 11th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Andover Newton Theological School
Wilson Chapel

How can we begin to guide the church away from the wrathful God of
Constantinian Christianity and back into the arms of the loving God of
How can we begin to guide the church away from destructive readings of
the cross and theologies captive to a wrathful God who mandates
A team of speakers organized by the Preaching Peace movement will offer
a day of interactive dialogue with proponents of new perspectives on the
saving work of Christ. Each 20 minute presentation will be followed by
20 minutes of discussion and questions.
Mark Heim (author of Saved from Sacrifice)
Sharon Baker (author of By Grace? (An) Economy of Atonement)
Denny Weaver (author of The Nonviolent Atonemet)
Tony Bartlett (author of Cross Purposes)
Michael Hardin (editor of Stricken By God?)

Experience one full day of interactive dialogue with current writers
and proponents of this view of the saving work of Christ! With ANTS
professor Mark Heim, J. Denny Weaver, Tony Bartlett, Sharon Baker and
Michael Hardin.

For ANTS students, staff and faculty wishing to attend: Please e-mail
Mark Heim at The first 100 people will have their
registration fee waived.

For all others: Please e-mail Rev. Nancy Hitt at or go to the Preaching Peace website at

Registration fee is $30 for seniors and
students; $40 for general admission. Sign up early for a $5 boxed lunch
or bring a bag lunch.

"An Evening with Andover Newton" invitation
The Andover Newton community has the opportunity to welcome prospective
and newly admitted students at

"An Evening with Andover Newton"
Friday, April 11th, 2008

5:00 p.m. Reception
6:00-7:45 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Address (TBA)
8:00 p.m. Concert: A Reformed Cushite Worship Expression
9:00 p.m. Evening Prayers (Compline)

Space is limited; R.S.V.P is required. Please email
to R.S.V.P. by April 1st.

Wish List for Gala Giving!
On April 24, 2008 Andover Newton is hosting a large Gala Fundraiser as
part of our 200th anniversary celebrations. I've been asked to give the
coordinating committee ideas about things people might buy for Andover
Newton that would make students' lives here easier. The committee plans
to have "Giving Trees" at the Gala, upon which will be hung various
items we are hoping for here. Some of the recommendations I've received
thus far include furniture and kitchen items for various residence halls
and for Upper Noyes, a swing set for Herrick House, and so forth. If
you have an idea for something please email me ASAP.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Is Field Education in your future?
The last two information sessions for students that will be entering
into Field Education in Fall of 2008 will be held Monday, March 10th and
Wednesday, April 16th. March 10th will be in the Peck Room from
1:00-2:00pm. April 16th will be in the Greene Room from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
Contact Jen Walker,, with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Chapel News (March 9-15)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (Feb. 3-7) will
be offered by:
Monday: Julianna Donofrio
Tuesday: Ned Allyn Parker
Wednesday: Tom O'Brien
Thursday: Tim House
Friday: Kurt Walker

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. Dr. Gary Simpson 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 offering a joint
worship on Thursday, March 13th. Offering the message will be Bill
Schultz, Executive Director of Amnesty International and the former
president of the UUA. Please note: this event will begin at 12:30, a
half hour earlier than usual.

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

A copy of Engaging the New Testament by Russ Pregeant was found in
Davis 301 after Russ's NEWT 505 class this past Wednesday. To claim it,
please contact David in the Dean's Office.

If you left a watch in the computer lab in Davis, please stop by Dabney
34 to claim it.

Field trip to Northfield, MA with Dr. Jeyaraj
You are invited to join Dr. Daniel Jeyaraj and his class, "North
Contributions to World Christianity: A Survey", on a field trip to
Northfield, MA on April 9, 2008. If you are interested, please contact

Northfield is the hometown of Dwight L. Moody, 19th century evangelist.
Northfield, he founded the Northfield Seminary (later the Northfield
for Girls) and the Mount Hermon Massachusetts School for Boys.

The Mount Hermon School for Boys was the site of Moody's "College
Summer School for Bible Study". At the July 1886 Summer School, the
Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions (SVM) was founded by the
Hermon Hundred"; 100 students who dedicated themselves to foreign
The SVM, in turn, led to the creation of the World's Student Christian
Federation (WSCF) in August 1895.

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

Young Adults and the Church: Bridging the Gaps
Members of the Justice Matters class invite you to a panel discussion

Young Adults and Church:Bridging The Gaps

Monday March 10

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Stoddard Hall

Join panel moderator and ANTS alum Darrick Jackson and a panel of young
adults from various faith traditions as we seek to learn from them:

* How they experience church
* What "church" and "worship" mean to them
* How our churches engage young adults...or not
* Ways to improve our connections to young adults

There will be time for discussion and Q & A so bring your dinner, bring
your questions, and bring a friend to this exciting event on a topic
that will need to be addressed by all future church leaders.

Is your church in the ONA/W&A process?
Is your church in the midst of wrestling with whether to become open
and affirming, or whether to join the Association of Welcoming and
Affirming Baptists, or whatever term your denomination may use? If so I
would like to hear from you. I am part of a committee of the
Interreligious Centre on Public Life (a joint Andover Newton and Hebrew
College entity) planning a June conference on human sexuality. We would
like to extend a special invitation to the conference to those church
bodies that may be struggling with how to respond to this issue. Please
contact me if your church or some other church about which you know is
in this situation now.

Thank you,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

UU Thursday worship schedule
Dear friends and colleagues,

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

Here is the remaining schedule for the Spring semester:

March 13 : BSF / UUCANS (William Schultz preaching)
April 3 : Mark Richards
April 10 : Black Student Fellowship
April 17 : Tim House
April 24 : Leslie Becknell-Marx
May 1 : April Spencer
May 8 : Black Student Fellowship

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

¡Habla español!
Our Tuesday meetings will continue this coming Tuesday, March 11 in the
small dining room in the cafeteria, Last week, we looked at some Bible
passages in Spanish, and plan to do so again this coming week. So if you
are feeling the need to come and practice your Spanish, or even just
want to listen to some Spanish, be sure to come. ¡Nos vemos!

U2charist & Liz Walker event: Churches Unite for "U2charist" to End
the Crisis in Darfur
All Andover Newton community members are invited!

The First Congregational Church in Natick and Edwards Church in
Framingham will host a U2charist and Community Forum on the Crisis in
Darfur in Natick, beginning at 5 PM on Sunday, April 6th. A U2charist is
a dynamic, new worship celebration that puts side by side the powerful
music of U2 with a call to action to rally around the UN's Millennial
Development Goals and reverse the death-dealing effects of poverty by
2015. A Community Forum on the Crisis in Darfur with our special guest,
Liz Walker, will follow the U2charist celebration at 7 PM. There will be
an opportunity to view the documentary, "A Glory from the God" in full,
and hear in more detail about the situation in Darfur and the work of My
Sister's Keeper.

Liz Walker, prominent Boston broadcast journalist, minister,
film-maker, is a human rights activist and co-founder of My Sister's
Keeper. Ms. Walker has seen the effects of poverty and violence in
Darfur first-hand. For five years the Reverend Doctor Gloria
White-Hammond and journalist Liz Walker traveled together extensively to
the Sudan where millions have been murdered, raped and tortured in the
21st century's first genocide. Walker will share some of her
experiences of those affected by this genocide, and preview her new
documentary, A Glory from the God.

The U2charist worship event and forum will be held at First
Congregational Church, located at 2 East Central Street on the corner of
routes 27 and 135 in Natick, across from the Natick Common. The
facilities are handicapped accessible.

Discover what you can do right now to stop the violence and reach out
to those caught in the cross-fire.

Peace Week
Peace Week at ANTS will be Holy Week March 17-21.

On Holy Week we remember the Prince of Peace and his journey toward
Golgotha. The Peace and Justice Fellowship is planning a few modest
events to help us to remember our commitment to a life which brings
liberation and healing, in the the midst of the threat of powers and

March 19th marks the 5th anniversary of the start of the war, and we
have a gathering at the quad at 11:40 for a litany of lament, prayers
for peace, and a short message.

We ask you and your teachers to continue devotions this week which
address our spiritual journey to peace in the midst of a struggle for
justice, for love inevitably leads us to struggle for and with those who
are oppressed.

Morning worship will be lead by the Peace and Justice fellowship. We
also welcome speakers and liturgists for these services, and your
prayers for peace and healing.

Please share your input and participate as you are able.


Bill Gural
Peace and Justice Fellowship

3/15 Peace Vigil at St. Paul's Cathedral
There will be a peace vigil at St. Paul's Cathedral on March 15 from
1-3 pm. All are welcome to participate. For more information please
contact Barbara Walker at

JOTH trip to MFA to view Koran art with curator, Thursday March 13 at
Journeys on the Hill is sponsoring a trip on Thursday, March 13th, to
Boston Museum of Fine Arts for a personal tour by the curator of a new
exhibit of Muslim Kufic Art, beautiful calligraphy of the Quar'an. Our
will leave at 5 p.m. from the main entrance of Hebrew College, and
about 8 p.m. We'll have some time after the presentation to review the
on our own. Free of charge including museum admission. Please let us
know if
you're attending, so we can plan: for ANTS, pls. email Joy Fallon at; at HC, email Lisa Barrett at

The MFA explains: "Kufic Korans," on display in the Islamic Corridor,
features a broad range of visual cultures, from Egypt to Iran, united
by an
appreciation for beautiful Arabic text. Calligraphy serves many
purposes in
Islamic art, from conveying meaning to acting as decoration, and its
importance began in the early days of Islam, when Muslims believe that
first revealed the Koran to Muhammad. The Koran is the holy text and
foundation of Islam, and skilled calligraphers throughout centuries
strived to make the text itself beautiful."