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Saturday, March 29, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, March 28, 2008

In this message:

- Former Andover Newton President David Shannon Dies
- Concert Announcement
- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- 2008 Jonathan Edwards Lecture
- Prayer & Fundraising Request
- Interfaith Youth Core Presentation
- Chapel News (March 30- April 5)
- Labyrinth Walk
- 200th Gala Invitation
- Evangelical Fellowship brings Other Sheep to Andover Newton @ 3 p.m.,
Sat., April 5
- "Psalm Enchanted Evening"
- Dance lessons FREE
- SA Town Meeting with Dean Herzog and Associate Dean Drummond
- Meet the Accreditation Team over Lunch
- SA Meeting - Wednesday, April 2
- Renewal @ Hebrew College

Former Andover Newton President David Shannon Dies
Word has come to the school that this past Saturday morning Rev. Dr.
David T. Shannon died. He had been ill and had open heart surgery two
weeks before, but never recovered. Shannon was the first African
American president of Andover Newton, serving from 1991-1994. He and his
wife Averette had been married for 50 years.

A memorial service for Shannon will be held at the Friendship Baptist
Church in Atlanta, Georgia at 11 AM Thursday, March 28th.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Dr. David T. Shannon
Memorial Trust, PO Box 784, Lithonia, GA 30058. The fund will support
the education of applicants who seek to follow in David's footsteps.


Concert Announcement
The Spectrum Singers come to Wilson Chapel on Monday, March 31st, 8:00
The Spectrum Singers, widely regarded as one of the finest choral
ensembles in the region, will be performing "An American Sampler" in the
Wilson Chapel on Monday, March 31st at 8:00 PM. This concert is part of
Andover Newton's Bicentennial Concert Series which is sponsored by the
Central Congregational Church of Newton Legacy Trust. It is free to all
who want to attend. Please by noon on Monday
if you wish to reserve a seat in advance.

To learn more about the Spectrum Singers:

We are also looking for a few volunteers to help pass out programs and
usher those with reservations to their seats. If you would like to
help, please call or email Kerri Saucier at or
617-964-1100 ext.206 by noon on Monday.

We hope you will join us!

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?)

To Register:
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. A $5 boxed lunch will be offered
or bring a bag lunch.

2008 Jonathan Edwards Lecture
Andover Newton Theological School is proud to announce the details of
the 2008 Jonathan Edwards Lecture, to be given Monday, ApriRossing, Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology
at Chicago, who will offer the lecture entitled "Apocalypse and Ecology:
Is This the End of the World?"

Ordained in 1982, Dr. Rossing served as pastor of a congregation in
Minnesota, director for Global Mission Interpretation for the American
Lutheran Church, pastor at Holden Village Retreat Center, Chelan,
Washington, and chaplain at Harvard University Divinity School.

Dr. Rossing has lectured and preached widely, including synod assemblies
and global mission events for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(ELCA), as well as ecumenical theological conferences. She serves on the
executive committee and council of the Lutheran World Federation, where
she also chairs the Lutheran World Federation's Theology and Studies
Committee. Her publications include The Rapture Exposed: The Message of
Hope in the Book of Revelation (Basic Books, 2004), a critique of
fundamentalist "Left Behind" theology; The Choice Between Two Cities:
Whore, Bride and Empire in the Apocalypse (Trinity Press, 1999); two
volumes of the New Proclamation commentary for preachers (Fortress
Press, 2000 and 2004) and articles and book chapters on the Apocalypse
and ecology.

As always, the lecture is free, and open to the public.

Prayer & Fundraising Request
Donna (D.J.) Collins requests your prayers for her family.

Her great-nephew Mathew is 11 years old and was pushed down the stairs
at school two weeks ago Monday March 10th. He is suffering from
paralysis from the chest down and they almost lost him last Monday as he
has pneumonia and his lung collapsed. He is currently at Mass General
Hospital in critical condition. Since Sunday he has been showing some
long waited for improvement but doctors say he isn't out of the woods
yet. His spinal cord is not severed but is compressed and the longer
he experiences paralysis the more permanent the damage will be.

The Family is low income and lives on the third floor of a tenement in
Lynn. Which means the family will have to move when it is time for
Mathew to come home. Their grandmother (D.J.'s aunt) Julie lives on the
first floor which has been a big help. Mathew and the boys have always
called D.J. aunty Donna. In Spring 2006 Matthew made his first
communion and it was the last class D.J. taught.

Please keep the whole family in your prayers. They are planning a
fundraiser and dance to raise money for the family. D.J. asks that if
you can not attend please consider sending a donation:

Mission of Love Fundraiser and Dance for Mathew Mumbauer

Please Make Plans to Attend a Saturday, April 12th fundraiser
5-8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church
300 Central Street Saugus, Ma. 01906

Cost: $10.00
There will be refreshments served along with an opportunity to purchase
raffle tickets for several prizes. If you cannot attend but would like
to make a donation please call Audrey Spencer: 781-599- 4213 (eves.) or
781-910-7622 (cell).

Interfaith Youth Core Presentation
Interfaith Youth Core Presentation

"Raising a New Generation of Interfaith Religious Leaders: The
Youth Core"

Lunch and Discussion
Sponsored by Journeys on the Hill
Tuesday April 1
1:15-2:10 pm
Hebrew College, Lower Level, Room #108

(Enter the main doors by the circular drive, go down the stairs to your
left, and turn left down the hallway at the bottom of the stairs)

Please join us for an opportunity to learn from the leading edge group,
Interfaith Youth Core, who will be visiting our campuses next week from
Chicago. Their mission is to
build mutual respect and pluralism among young people from different
religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve
Learn more at <>

We will gather for lunch and a discussion about "Raising a New
Generation of
InterfaiJourneys on the Hill, the interfaith student group of ANTS and Hebrew

Please RSVP to so that we'll be sure to order
food for your lunch!

Leslie Becknell Marx

Chapel News (March 30- April 5)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (March 31- April 4) will
be offered by:
Monday: Ned Allyn Parker
Tuesday: John Brock
Wednesday: Bill Gural
Thursday: Donna Colleti-Lowre (p.s.-It's her birthday!!)
Friday: Ian Holland

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

Prof. Nimi Wariboko 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.

Thursday at 1:00 will be worship in the UU tradition with Mark Richards.

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.

There are many other worship events scheduled for this week. Please
scroll through the rest of ENews to get more information on them, or see
"Chapel Notes."

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

Ned Allyn Parker
Admission Counselor / Chapel Steward

Labyrinth Walk
Open Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, Arpil 3
The Meetinghouse

Come anytime between 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. All are welcome to come
experience this renewing spiritual practice.

There will be no labyrinth walk in the Chapel on April 2.

Questions? Contact Martha Bays,

200th Gala Invitation
Students who would like to attend the Andover Newton Bicentennial Gala,
a fundraising and friend-raising event, are welcome to email me. The
Gala is April 24 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, and most of the
tables have been sold out. There will be a limited number of seats
available to students at a reduced price of $50/ticket (normal price is
$150/ticket). If you would like to attend and bring friends whom you
think should know more about Andover Newton, please email me by April 4.
The limited seats will go first come, first served.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Evangelical Fellowship brings Other Sheep to Andover Newton @ 3 p.m.,
Sat., April 5
The Evangelical Fellowship at Andover Newton will host Other Sheep at:

3 p.m., Saturday, April 5
(followed by a potluck dinner at 5 p.m.)
in the Peck Room of Worcester Hall.

Other Sheep is an ecumenical Christian ministry working for the full
inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within their
respective faiths worldwide. Executive Director Steve Parelli and his
life-partner and Africa Ministry Coordinator Jose Ortiz will offer a
presentation on their 2007 six-week summer ministry to Christian (and a
few Muslim) LGBTs in Kenya and Uganda. We invite you to come and learn
about the exciting work of Other Sheep on the frontiers of international
LGBT ministry! For more information on this event, contact Burton Bagby
at or 713-829-1200.

"Psalm Enchanted Evening"
"Psalm Enchanted Evening"
April 5th, 8:00pm, Wilson Chapel

The Psalms of David, appreciated by people
of all faith traditions will be brought to life by Rabbi David Zaslow
through the use of music, poetry and humor. His performance issoloist Kurt Walker.

Sponsored by B'nai Or and Andover Newton Theological School, proceeds
will go directly to Journeys On The Hill (the HC and ANTS student
interfaith community).

For more information, please visit the B'nai Or website at or call (617) 244-5311.

Dance lessons FREE
Donna Colletti Lowre is offering dance lessons FREE to ALL students,
staff, and faculty
called "Stomp and Strut". It is a freestyle of dance that combines tap,
hip-hop and penguin (from Happy Feet the movie!) No experience
Open to all who have the desire to dance away stress, feel joy and have
It will be on April 1st from 7 to 8 in the Meeting House.

SA Town Meeting with Dean Herzog and Associate Dean Drummond
Student Association Town Meeting with Dean Herzog and Associate Dean
Monday, April 14
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Student Lounge - Upper Noyes

Please join Dean Bill Herzog and Associate Dean Sarah Drummond who will
be sharing news about the upcoming curriculum changes. All are welcome
to attend.

Meet the Accreditation Team over Lunch
As you may know, this year marks the school's 10 year accreditation
year, which means two authorizing bodies will be visiting us on April
6-8 to evaluate us and determine whether or not to re-accredit us. The 2
teams are the Association of Theological Schools and the New England
Association of Schools and Colleges. The teams want to meet with
students while they're here. If you would like to participate in a
luncheon with the ATS/NEASC Visiting Teams at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April
8, please email me right away. I have a limited number of spots open
and they will go first come, first served. The lunch will last one hour,
from 1-2 p.m. There will be about 20 students altogether, and 6 members
of the visiting team.

If you would like to read the school's self-study, copies are available
in the library.

Please RSVP to me directly.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

SA Meeting - Wednesday, April 2
Student Association Meeting
Wednesday, April 2
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Student Lounge - Upper Noyes

All are welcome to attend. We will be reviewing the current SA Budget,
vote on postponing the SA Constitution revision, and review the SA

Please submit any other agenda items to no later than
Monday, March 31, Noon.

Renewal @ Hebrew College
Renewal: View the Film, Meet the Filmmaker
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
6:45 p.m.
Free of charge
Hebrew College, Berenson Hall

From mid-western Muslims seeking to bring organic halal food to their
religious community to the Connecticut-based Teva Learning Center's
to teach Jewish teens about nature and waste, Renewal documents how
religious groups across the U.S. are becoming a new force to preserve
protect the environment.

The 90-minute film, directed by Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller,
tells the stories of eight faith-based groups trying to make a positive
impact in their local communities. Described by the Boston Globe as
"earnest, idealistic, and fired with the righteous potential of making a
difference," the film "documents that religious zeal can be yoked to
as well as conservatism, that differing faiths can speak to each other,
that, really, good works are faith these days."

Join Ellen Bernstein and director Marty Ostrow for this special free
screening and a discussion of the emerging faith-based environmental

This presentation, part of Bernstein's new course, The Place of Nature
the Bible, is open to the public. To register, please contact

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