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Monday, March 03, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, March 03, 2008

In this message:

- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- "An Evening with Andover Newton" invitation
- Online Room Reservation System
- Chapel News (March 2-8)
- SA Town Meeting
- Labyrinth Walk
- Answered prayers: a lathe restored
- Young Adults and the Church: Bridging the Gaps
- Urgent Need: Chinese speaker/reader
- UU Thursday worship schedule
- Month by month strategies to eat healthier in 2008 from the cafe
- 3/15 Peace Vigil at St. Paul's Cathedral
- OWL Training

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.

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. 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

Chapel News (March 2-8)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (Feb. 3-7) will
be offered by:
Monday: Ned Allyn Parker
Tuesday: Sean Porter
Wednesday: Bill Gural
Thursday: Ned Allyn Parker
Friday: Sherry Thomas

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. Heidi Neumark 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 Julianna Donofrio 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.

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.

Labyrinth Walk
Open Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, March 5
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Wilson Chapel

Come take a break in the middle of your busy week to center yourself by
walking the labyrinth. Even if you have never walked a labyrinth
before, we will be glad to get you started. All are welcome.

Questions? Contact Martha Bays,

Answered prayers: a lathe restored
My daughter's family in New Hampshire has been without income since
10 because of a devastating fire which destroyed their woodshop and
Don is a skilled wood turner who produces fine Shaker inspired
furniture and
who also provided all the railing spindles for the recent restoration
historic Trinity Church here in Boston. Without his 2 ton/14 foot
century-old Oliver lathe, he was unable to create his art or to feed
family. With the arrival of a replacement lathe on January 30, we
the worst was behind us. But, there was yet another delay as the
power needs of the machine required that service to the barn be updated
a special kind of converter obtained. Imagine the lathe to be a giant
of sewing machine where the electricity comes in uneven bursts as you
the foot pedal. It took consultation from 4 electricians to decide on
right converter which was itself 175 lbs and arrived last Wednesday. I
proud and relieved to announce that Sweet Loretta was fired up and
as of Friday!!

As a student at Andover Newton, I am most thankful from the massive
show of
spiritual support by my seminary community. Rachel, Don, Silas and Ry
you profoundly for the donations sent on their behalf to keep them
during this difficult time. Many blessings to you all, Sherry Thomas.

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.

Urgent Need: Chinese speaker/reader
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd is in need of someone with Chinese
skills who might be willing to read scripture to one of their patients.
Although the patient is Chinese she understands English, and the Hospice
workers felt she might appreciate hearing scripture in her native
language in her remaining weeks. If you or someone you know could help,
please contact me or Rabbi Carol Glass, 617-969-6130, extension 27.

Thank you,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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:

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 (

Month by month strategies to eat healthier in 2008 from the cafe
Each month, make the applicable dietary change while continuing the
ones the previous month. by the same time next year your diet will be
much healthier, and it will not have been difficult to make the change!!
A wise person once said "small things done consistently in strategic
places create major impact" HAPPY NEW YOU!
We are getting a late start but give it a try, maybe we can do it all
January: Eat breakfast every day.
February: have juice with one meal daily(not more than one cup at a
March: eat an apple or some other fresh whole fruit daily.
April: Eat a salad daily.
May: have milk, yogurt, cheese, or soy milk daily.
June:Have one vegetarian meal per week.
July: Switch to lower fat salad dressing.
August: Limit beef to 3 times per week. (have more chicken, fish,and
veggie meals.)
September: Switch to lower fat milk.
October: limit eggs to 3 a week.
November: Limit sweets to once a day.
December: Switch to whole wheat bread,rolls,etc.

Think ahead to 2009!
January: eat fish once a week. (tuna counts!)
February: Drink 20 ounces of extra water daily.

Watch for more in January 2009.

Lets give it a try!

Elizabeth Bostwick
Food Service Director
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick rd
Newton Centre ma 02459
617 964-1100 x303

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.

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.

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

OWL Training
JUNE 6-8 2008 Course and OWL Training (More Information & Registration
- Click here)

Professor Marvin Ellison will be offering a 3-credit intensive course
in Portland on "Teaching
Sexual Health, Ethics, and Justice." One component of the course will
be a weekend module June 6-8,
offering the training for the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education
curriculum for grades
7-9/10-12. Instructors for the OWL training will be Ann Hanson (UCC)
and Rick Kimball (UUA).
Students may register for the OWL weekend only or for the entire
course, which includes the OWL
weekend. Either way, the fee for the OWL training is $75.00 for BTS
students, $175 for non-BTS
students. Space is limited, so register early. Deadline is April 15.
For more information,
contact Professor Ellison at