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Thursday, March 06, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, March 06, 2008

In this message:

- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- "An Evening with Andover Newton" invitation
- What People of Faith Need to know about Immigration
- Is Field Education in your future?
- Chapel News (March 2-8)
- Adjunct Professor Allie Perry burned out of CT home
- Field trip to Northfield, MA with Dr. Jeyaraj
- Young Adults and the Church: Bridging the Gaps
- Is your church in the ONA/W&A process?
- UU Thursday worship schedule
- ¡Habla español!
- Women's World Day of Prayer: Friday, March 7
- Peace Week
- 3/15 Peace Vigil at St. Paul's Cathedral
- JOTH trip to MFA to view Koran art with curator, Thursday March 13 at

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.

What People of Faith Need to know about Immigration
What People of Faith Need to know about Immigration: Border Crossers to
Present on March 14

All are invited to a presentation by students who completed the
US-Mexico "Border Crossing" trip led by Professor Brita Gill-Austern
and Dean of Students Nancy Neinhuis during the winterim session this
past January. On Friday, March 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. in Davis 201,
as guests of the "Justice Matters" class, the group will present
their findings and impressions of their study of immigration issues at
the southern border of the United States, specifically those relating to
southern Arizona.

With the issue of immigration being one of the primary topics in the
upcoming 2008 Presidential election, this presentation promises to be
timely, informational, and provocative. The group will address
immigration from a variety of perspectives and will offer concrete
action steps to be taken to raise awareness and encourage policy reform.

Is Field Education in your future?
The last two information sessions for students that will be entering
into Field Education in Fall of 2008 will be held Monday, March 10th and
Wednesday, April 16th. March 10th will be in the Peck Room from
1:00-2:00pm. April 16th will be in the Greene Room from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
Contact Jen Walker,, with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

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

Adjunct Professor Allie Perry burned out of CT home
Word has come to the campus that popular adjunct professor Allie
Perry's home suffered significant fire damage. Fortunately, she and her
husband, Charlie Pillsbury, are OK. The fire was electrical in origin.

We call upon the entire Andover Newton to keep Allie and Charlie in
their prayers during this difficult time.

For more information, read the article in the New Haven Independent
Peace (House) Out

New Haven Independent - CT, USA

Field trip to Northfield, MA with Dr. Jeyaraj
You are invited to join Dr. Daniel Jeyaraj and his class, "North
Contributions to World Christianity: A Survey", on a field trip to
Northfield, MA on April 9, 2008. If you are interested, please contact

Northfield is the hometown of Dwight L. Moody, 19th century evangelist.
Northfield, he founded the Northfield Seminary (later the Northfield
for Girls) and the Mount Hermon Massachusetts School for Boys.

The Mount Hermon School for Boys was the site of Moody's "College
Summer School for Bible Study". At the July 1886 Summer School, the
Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions (SVM) was founded by the
Hermon Hundred"; 100 students who dedicated themselves to foreign
The SVM, in turn, led to the creation of the World's Student Christian
Federation (WSCF) in August 1895.

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

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.

Is your church in the ONA/W&A process?
Is your church in the midst of wrestling with whether to become open
and affirming, or whether to join the Association of Welcoming and
Affirming Baptists, or whatever term your denomination may use? If so I
would like to hear from you. I am part of a committee of the
Interreligious Centre on Public Life (a joint Andover Newton and Hebrew
College entity) planning a June conference on human sexuality. We would
like to extend a special invitation to the conference to those church
bodies that may be struggling with how to respond to this issue. Please
contact me if your church or some other church about which you know is
in this situation now.

Thank you,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

UU Thursday worship schedule
Dear friends and colleagues,

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

Here is the remaining schedule for the Spring semester:

March 13 : BSF / UUCANS (William Schultz preaching)
April 3 : Mark Richards
April 10 : Black Student Fellowship
April 17 : Tim House
April 24 : Leslie Becknell-Marx
May 1 : April Spencer
May 8 : Black Student Fellowship

Blessings from the worship coordinators,
Bruce Taylor (
Cathy French (

¡Habla español!
Our Tuesday meetings will continue this coming Tuesday, March 11 in the
small dining room in the cafeteria, Last week, we looked at some Bible
passages in Spanish, and plan to do so again this coming week. So if you
are feeling the need to come and practice your Spanish, or even just
want to listen to some Spanish, be sure to come. ¡Nos vemos!

Women's World Day of Prayer: Friday, March 7
Friday, March 7 is a very special day because it commemorates the
World Day of Prayer, a tradition which has an almost 200 year history.
Beginning in 1812, women in mission auxiliary associations began
prayer. By 1861, against opposition of all male mission boards, women
founded their own organizations for foreign and domestic mission
directly with women and children. In 1887, Methodist and Presbyterian
called for dedicated days of prayer in support of home and foreign
work and the Baptists followed suit in 1891. A coordinated effort of 6
denominations was begun in 1897 and finalized in 1912 when The Women's
of Foreign Missions declared a world-wide united day of prayer.
( )

Since 1927, prayer themes for individual countries have been
This year, the intercessory country is Guyana, one of the few
countries in South America, and the theme is, "God's wisdom provides

A special morning worship service is planned in Wilson Chapel this
beginning with meditation from 8:00-8:20AM and liturgy from
Please join us in solidarity with our sisters around the world as we
pray at the same time for the same purpose.

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

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

JOTH trip to MFA to view Koran art with curator, Thursday March 13 at
Journeys on the Hill is sponsoring a trip on Thursday, March 13th, to
Boston Museum of Fine Arts for a personal tour by the curator of a new
exhibit of Muslim Kufic Art, beautiful calligraphy of the Quar'an. Our
will leave at 5 p.m. from the main entrance of Hebrew College, and
about 8 p.m. We'll have some time after the presentation to review the
on our own. Free of charge including museum admission. Please let us
know if
you're attending, so we can plan: for ANTS, pls. email Joy Fallon at; at HC, email Lisa Barrett at

The MFA explains: "Kufic Korans," on display in the Islamic Corridor,
features a broad range of visual cultures, from Egypt to Iran, united
by an
appreciation for beautiful Arabic text. Calligraphy serves many
purposes in
Islamic art, from conveying meaning to acting as decoration, and its
importance began in the early days of Islam, when Muslims believe that
first revealed the Koran to Muhammad. The Koran is the holy text and
foundation of Islam, and skilled calligraphers throughout centuries
strived to make the text itself beautiful."