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Monday, March 31, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, March 31, 2008

In this message:

- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- ANTS Welcomes John Bell on April 15
- 2008 Jonathan Edwards Lecture
- Coffeehouse - Wednesday, April 30 in the Meetinghouse
- Prayer & Fundraising Request
- Disabilities and the Religious Education Classroom
- Chapel News (March 30- April 5)
- Labyrinth Walk
- 200th Gala Invitation
- Children of the Incarcerated - The Role of the Church
- Kurt Walker & Kimberly Salico-Diehl in Concert, April 5!
- UUCANS Lunch Gathering Thursday April 3rd 12:00-1:00 Upper Noyes
(then there is worship at 1:00)
- Is Field Education in your future?
- Meet the Accreditation Team over Lunch
- SA Meeting - Wednesday, April 2
- Catholic Worker Cathy Breen

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.

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.

2008 Jonathan Edwards Lecture
Andover Newton Theological School is proud to announce the details of
the 2008 Jonathan Edwards Lecture, to be given Monday, April 21 at 5
p.m. in Wilson Chapel. This year's speaker is the Reverend Dr. Barbara
Rossing, 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.

Coffeehouse - Wednesday, April 30 in the Meetinghouse
Take a break from the papers and studying!
Get ready for the Coffee House, hosted by our own
talented musician/performer, Donna (DJ) Collins.
Meet the artists who contributed to this year's art
show and share in the performance skills of musicians,
dancers, poets, story-tellers, comedians, and other
talented people from the ANTS community.
Sign up by emailing Donna (DJ) Collins,
with a brief description of your intended performance
or come ready to be a performer (a few spots will be
available) or come and be part of the audience.
Wednesday, April 30
8:15- 9 pm-snacks and reception
9pm- performances begin in the Meetinghouse
See Joy for more information.

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).

Disabilities and the Religious Education Classroom
Do you want to help lay teachers do their best to effectively welcome
students with hidden and visible disabilities? Do you want to help them
help their students to be inclusive as well?

Come to our display "Differing Abilities - Creating Inclusive
Classrooms" in the ANTS cafeteria, this Tuesday (4.1.08) at noon and
Thursday (4.3.08) at 5 pm. Look at books, watch a short powerpoint
aimed at lay teachers, examine some elementary aged class lessons, and
look over bibliographies to get some ideas. You will be able to take
away a toolkit for your teachers.

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

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

Children of the Incarcerated - The Role of the Church
Children of the Incarcerated - The Role of the Church
Justice Matters Presentation
Brenda Hermanson, Ingrid Cyros, and Judy Brandon

When a parent goes to prison the lives of children are profoundly
affected. In many states in the US
there is no group or agency designated to address the concerns of the
Even when processes that address their needs are in place, children
often feel
abandoned and may be ostracized and sometimes blamed by peers. Learn
about the
scope of the problem. How do we promote nurturing communities in the
church and
beyond that accept these families and minister to and with them? How
might the
church provide or participate in outreach and services that meet the
needs of
these families and others? In what way might study and advocacy by the
make a difference?

Thursday, April 10, 12 - 1:30 PM
Upper Noyes Hall

Professors Sharon Thornton and Kirk Jones
offer insight and facilitate conversation.

Kurt Walker & Kimberly Salico-Diehl in Concert, April 5!
On April 5 Andover Newton will co-host an interfaith concert with B'nai
Or, one of the Jewish congregations that worships on campus. Kurt
Walker and Kimberly Salico-Diehl will be representing Andover Newton,
and the B'nai Or Rabbi, Rabbi David Zaslow will represent B'nai Or (an
established musician, Rabbi Zaslow has played with Dave Brubeck, among
others). The evening is called "Psalm Enchanted Evening" and is on
April 5th, 8:00pm, in Wilson Chapel. The event costs $15/ticket,
$10/ticket for students (and I have them in my office if you'd like
one). Proceeds will provide funds for JOTH and other interfaith
efforts. Please join us if you can. For more information, please visit
the B'nai Or website at or call (617) 244-5311. For
tickets--see me!

Here is more on Rabbi Zaslow: During his years as a poet-in-the-schools
for the southern Oregon region, David Zaslow wrote and edited more than
a dozen of books of poetry as well as two albums of children's music for
publishers like Good Apple; Harcourt Brace Javanovich; and Scott
Foresman. In the late 1970s David, along with partner Steve Sacks,
co-created what became the Peter Britt Jazz Festival by bringing jazz
legends like Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Woodie Herman,
and dozens of other jazz greats to southern Oregon for the first time.
Along with poet Lawson Inada, in 1988 he was awarded an American Book
Award for educational materials for a project he co-produced featuring
Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows to music composed by Patti McCoy.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

UUCANS Lunch Gathering Thursday April 3rd 12:00-1:00 Upper Noyes (then
there is worship at 1:00)
UUCANS Meeting: Tuesday April 8th 12:00 - 1:30 PM Upper Noyes
Follow-up on the bi-law changes and discussion and planning of the our
next event.
Please come if you are on campus. UUCANS Leadership Team.

A Workshop for Seminarians and Their Partners and Spouses. April 20th
3:00-5:00 PM
This workshop will focus on the challenges both seminarians and their
partners undergo while working through seminary, as well as our hopes
and questions about what will happen when seminary is finished. We will
worship together, engage in small group conversations, and have time for
fellowship. All are welcome to attend regardless of faith, sexual
orientation, and type of partnership.

Is Field Education in your future?
The last information session for students considering Field Education
in Fall of 2008 will be held Wednesday, April 16th. The session will be
in the Greene Room from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Contact Jen Walker,, with any questions or concerns.

Deadline for art submission for Community Art Show extended to
Get ready!!!!!!
What? When? Where? How do I participate?

The Andover Newton Community Art Show
April 20-May 30 In the Meetinghouse and Wilson Chapel Gallery

Students, faculty, staff, friends, relatives are invited to participate
All art forms welcome to celebrate Creation and Creativity!
Coffee House and/ reception on Wednesday, April 30

How to submit art (on or before Monday, April 14)

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

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

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

Your participation helps support the ARTS at ANTS.

Questions? Email Joy at

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.

Catholic Worker Cathy Breen
Catholic Worker Cathy Breen is giving a talk about spending 3 months
Jordan assisting Iraq refugees at St. Paul Parish in Cambridge 3:30-5
Saturday April 13th.