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Monday, March 24, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, March 24, 2008

In this message:

- SA Election News
- UCC History, Theology and Polity Course
- Summer Institute is Coming!
- Koinonia Preaching Festival
- Library notice
- Chapel News March 24-28
- Reiki Fellowship (Updated)
- From the Registrar's office
- 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

Community Day is nearly upon us! Mark your calendars for April 15 and
plan to join us. Once again we will close down classes for the day and
go to do community service work off the hill, partnering with the
Rabbinical students at Hebrew College. We will be in small teams
heading off to various areas around Boston. This is an excellent way to
spend some out-of-classroom time with faculty and staff, as we all "roll
up our sleeves" for our neighbors in the greater Boston area. The day
will begin with a morning worship service (put together by JOTH), and
end with the John Bell Song event at 7 pm. Come for whatever part of
the day you can. More information will be coming soon!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

SA Election News
Eric Wasileski has officially been elected to the position of SA
Treasurer for the remainder of the 2007-8 academic year. Congratulations

Shortly after we return from break, I will be sending out a Call for
Candidates for Student Association elections for the 2008-2009 academic
year. If you are interested in running, please begin to think about
which office you might like to seek (President, Vice President,
Secretary, Treasurer, Student Life), as well as thinking about a
1-paragraph statement you would want to share with the Andover Newton
community regarding your candidacy. I will be asking you for these in
early April, and anticipate elections toward the middle of the month.

Jason Boyd
SA Vice President

UCC History, Theology and Polity Course
UCC History, Theology and Polity Summer Course at Geneva Point Center
June 9- June 20, 2008. Registration Forms available at the Registrar's
office or at

The 2008 Summer Institute is designed as a two-week experience. Classes
will not be
held on the weekend. All students are expected to do all of the
assigned work. They will be
available after May 1, 2008. Syllabi will be available from the
Registrar's Office at Bangor
Theological Seminary after April 1, 2008. Students have until three
weeks after the
end of the sessions to complete their written work. There are no
Tuition & Fees: Tuition for the Summer Institute is $350 for the two
weeks. ($175 per week). A $50.00 registration deposit must be paid at
the time of registration. (Non-refundable after May 31, 2008)
The Summer Institute may be taken for 3 semester units of academic
credit by doing additional work and paying additional tuition to the
sponsoring seminary. Anyone wishing to register for academic credit
should contact the Registrar at Bangor Theological Seminary, PO Box 411,
Bangor, Maine, 04402; telephone (207) 942-6781 or
(800) 287-6781, Ext. 136.
Room and Board:
Geneva Point Center has a variety of accommodations Housing information
will be sent
upon receipt of your registration and fee. Commuters should plan to
spend all day
(including lunch and dinner) at Geneva Point Monday through Friday.
Weekend church
visits to nearby congregations can be arranged for students from
outside New England. The commuter rate is $10 per day.

Summer Institute is Coming!
Summer Institute is Coming! June 22 - 25

Registration for Summer courses is approaching, and with it the
opportunity to sign up for the ANTS Worship and the Arts Summer
Institute. This year's theme is "Our Hearts Ablaze: Encountering Christ,
Renewing Holy Ground".

The institute presenters will be Marty Haugen and Susan Briehl. The
structure of the Institute offers a blend of worship, morning keynote
presentations, time for questions and small group discussion, afternoon
workshops, and events, all focused on renewing the vitality, beauty, and
faithfulness of worship.

The morning keynotes will look back at the earliest roots of Christian
worship; consider the current reality of worship in U.S. culture today;
and offer a vision of how worship can be relevant, life-giving and
prophetically challenging to the future of the world. There will be
additional public events on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.

Students signing up for this course for credit must attend from June 21
through June 26, and there is an additional Program Fee of $135. When
registering online, look for course WOTA 715J.

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

Please contact Ned at

Library notice
Library schedule Spring Break Week:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Chapel News March 24-28

There will be no morning worship or Wednesday Community chapel this
week due to the break.
Rest and peace to each of you-

Ned Allyn Parker
Admission Counselor / Chapel Steward

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:

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" - 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 is both
entertaining and enlightening.

Opening performances by Kimberly Salico-Diehl on piano and tenor
soloist 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 students and
called "Stomp and Strut". It is a freestyle of dance that combines
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
tells the stories of eight faith-based groups trying to make a
impact in their local communities. Described by the Boston Globe as
"earnest, idealistic, and fired with the righteous potential of making
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