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Monday, March 17, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, March 17, 2008

In this message:

- ANTS Welcomes John Bell on April 15
- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- "An Evening with Andover Newton" invitation
- Commencement Committee announcement
- Koinonia Preaching Festival
- Upcoming ESF Events -- March 18th!
- Chapel News (March 16-22)
- Reiki Fellowship (Updated)
- From the Registrar's office
- Andover Newton Community Art Show
- The Hispanic Summer Program
- Lost power adapter
- U2charist & Liz Walker event: Churches Unite for "U2charist" to
End the Crisis in Darfur
- Peace Week
- 10 free tickets for concert by Jetro da Silva

ANTS Welcomes John Bell on April 15
John Bell of the Iona Community will be coming to ANTS on Tuesday,
April 15th!

From 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Meetinghouse, he will be offering a workshop
"Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones for Worship" on the challenges and
opportunities of using music in worship.

From 7:00 - 9:00 pm that evening, there will be a 'Big Sing' with him
in the Wilson Chapel - a great way to wrap up ANTS Community Day!

A $5 donation is requested for each event; ANTS students are free.
Please contact Jennifer Shaw in the Faculty Office (ext. 228) to
register your name for the workshop.

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.

"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.

Commencement Committee announcement
The Commencement Committee is pleased to announce that Nancy Nienhuis
has been selected by members of the Senior Class to be this years
Baccalaureate speaker. We thank all the graduating seniors who provided
nominations and suggestions. Nancy was the clear choice among members
of the senior class and we are thrilled that she has very humbly
accepted our invitation to speak. Nancy will use Isaiah 58:6-12 as her
scripture passage and her theme will be around justice in a pluralistic
society. Please join us in congratulating Nancy and mark your calendars
for Friday, May 16 at 7pm for the Baccalaureate.

Koinonia Preaching Festival
During Wednesday Community Chapel on April 30th, our school will be
holding the Koinonia Preaching Festival for graduating seniors. This

is an opportunity to hear homilies from some of our own students
before they graduate and begin preaching in congregations of their
own. There is a small monetary prize awarded by the First
Congregational Church and Society of Rindge, New Hampshire.

If you are interested in participating, you must be a
M.Div. student and a senior who is graduating in the Spring ('08) or

will be completing your course work next Fall.

There will be a round of preliminaries on April 22nd
from 1:00pm-2:30 and on April 23rd from 2:00pm to 3:00. It is from
these groups that the finalists will be chosen for April 30th. If
you would like to participate you need to sign up for one of these
two time slots with either Burns or myself.

Once you are signed up, prepare a ten-minute sermon for
your round of judging. It can be new or a sermon that you have used
in the past. This will not be the sermon that you present on the
30,th if you become one of the folks offering messages on that day.

From this first round, two or three candidate will be chosen to
offer five to eight minute homilies at the end of April.

Contact me or Burns with questions.
Peace and blessings. Take Care - Ned

Upcoming ESF Events -- March 18th!
The Episcopal Student Fellowship will gather for lunch and conversation
in the small dining room on Tuesday, March 18th at 12pm. All are

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated in the Episcopal tradition on
Tuesday, March 18th at 1pm in Wilson Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Richard M.
Simpson, Rector of St. Francis, Holden, and Chair of the Commission of
Ministry for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, will officiate. All
are welcome.

Chapel News (March 16-22)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (March17,18&19) will
be offered by:
Monday: Charlie Nichols
Tuesday: John Brock
Wednesday: Eric Wasileski
Thursday: BREAK (No morning Worship)
Friday: BREAK (No Morning Worship)

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 Peace Week, Prof. Valerie Dixon 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.

Due to Spring Break there will be no worship in either the UUCANS or
BSF tradition on Thursday.

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

Reiki Fellowship (Updated)
Interested in a REIKI fellowship?
Let's gather in the dining hall on Tuesday, April 8 at
5:30. Look for the table by the windows (west wall)
with the card that says REIKI Fellowship.
Bring your ideas and experiences of: Who are we
together as a fellowship? What do we offer each other
and the greater ANTS community?
Thank you for your energy and interest!
Love and Light,
Sandy (

From the Registrar's office
Hot courses for a Cool Summer

The Art of Theological Reflection- Richard Dickey-CMFE734/834J
NEW -Ethics in Literature-This course will read both classical and
contemporary literary works through the interpretative lens of ethics.
Valerie Dixon ETHI767/867J
God At Work-Nimi Wariboko- ETHI785J
Justice Matters-.Nancy Nienhuis -INTE602J
Heroic Traditions in the Bible-GregMobley -OLDT654J
Grounded in God-MargaretBenefiel -PSYF778J
Recovery from Bereavement-J. Earl Thompson,Jr.- PSYP648/848J
Worship & The Arts Summer Institute-"Hearts Ablaze"-Ellen
Writing From the Soul-Bonita S. Penfold-WOTA760J
NEW-The Bible of Hollywood- Briallen Hopper WOTA 728J
Developing the Disciple-Forming Congregation- Jeff Jones- CMLE759J-EL
Introduction to Christian Ethics:Principles and Virtues-James
Be Not Afraid:Introducing the Academic Study of the

To learn more, visit


All* ANTS registrations must be completed online at the following
Connect Website

If you cannot complete registration online, paper registration forms
may be picked up in the Registrar's Office or by sending a
self-address, stamped envelope to:
Andover Newton Theological School, Attn: Registrar, 210 Herrick Road,
Newton Centre, MA 02459

Registration dates are: March 24- April 11
Late Fee applicable after April 11
Add/Drop deadline: First day of class

If you need assistance with on line registration, please contact the
help desk at ext. 314 or at

* Students who are
1) Currently on probation,
2) or registering for CPE
Must contact the Registrar directly at:

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

Andover Newton Community Art Show
Get ready!!!!!!

What? When? Where?
How do I participate?

The Andover Newton Community Art Show

April 20-May 30 In the Meetinghouse

Students, faculty, staff, friends, relatives are
invited to participate
All art forms welcome to celebrate Creation and
Coffee House and/or reception in April (TBA)

How to submit art (on or before Monday, April 7)

1. Fill out an "artist's statement" form
(get one from Joy or in the front lobby of the

2.Bring no more than 4 of your best pieces
(securely framed and ready to be hung) to the
Meetinghouse (follow directions in front lobby)
or to Joy.


3.Email Joy at and set up a time
to deliver your pieces.

Your participation helps support the ARTS at ANTS.

Questions? Email Joy at

The Hispanic Summer Program
The following information has been sent to us from the Director of The
Hispanic Summer Program. Our own Prof. Ben Valentin will be teaching
there this summer:

For our upcoming Summer Program at the University of St. Mary of the
Lake/Mundelein Seminary <> (in Mundelein, IL, June
28-July 11, 2008), *we still have a few slots available for full-time,
master-level, Hispanic students doing theological or similar studies.*
for full-time Masters students -- or higher -- of our sponsoring
institutions <>
tuition, matriculation, room & board for 13 days/nights, AND round-trip
ticket, too!). $550 for students of non-sponsoring institutions, non
full-time students, and Continuing Education (including tuition,
matriculation, room & board for 13 days/nights, but NOT the
to/from Illinois).

We also have SIX slots still available for non-Hispanic Faculty of our
sponsoring institutions to attend our Seminar *Through Hispanic
which will be held this year from July 6-9, 2008, also in Mundelein
Seminary, Mundelein, IL.

Our Governing Board has set strict limits on the number of students we
admit overall (as well as non-degree students, students from
institutions, non full-time students, non-Hispanic students &
Education candidates). At this point, we have *already admitted the
10%* Continuing Education, as well as *the maximum 10%* non-Hispanic
students allotted -- and have a long waitlist (already closed) of
Education & non-Hispanic students in case one of the admitted decides
not to

If you are a full-time master-level (or higher) Hispanic student in
theological and/or religious studies, please submit your paperwork
OTHERWISE, please apply early for our 2009 Program (June 13-26 at
School of Theology in Texas). Check our
website<>as early as November 2008,
when the applications materials should be posted

Lost power adapter
Did anyone find a Dell laptop power adapter in Davis 201 Thursday or
Friday? If so, could you please contact me at


Tom O'Brien
Jeremiah 20:9

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

10 free tickets for concert by Jetro da Silva
10 free tickets available at the ANTS bookstore
( $2 if purchased on the day of the event)

A Brazilian Cushite and Strings
Directed by Jetro da Silva


March 25th at 8:15
Berklee Performance Center

Featuring Jetro da Silva on vocals, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums;
Winston Maccow on bass; Ron Mahdi on bass; Kevin Barry on guitar;
special guest drummer John Blackwell., the Berklee String Orchestra
conducted by Eugene Friesen many others.