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Thursday, March 13, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, March 13, 2008

In this message:

- ANTS Welcomes John Bell on April 15
- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- "An Evening with Andover Newton" invitation
- SA Special Election - Treasurer
- Wish List for Gala Giving!
- Town Hall Minutes
- Chapel News (March 9-15)
- Reiki Fellowship
- Field trip to Northfield, MA with Dr. Jeyaraj
- Andover Newton Community Art Show
- Is your church in the ONA/W&A process?
- Organist Needed May 4
- U2charist & Liz Walker event: Churches Unite for "U2charist" to
End the Crisis in Darfur
- Peace Week
- Yellow pages arrived

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.

SA Special Election - Treasurer
This is to announce a special election to fill the position of Student
Association Treasurer for the remainder of the 2007-2008 academic year.

There is one announced candidate, Eric Wasileski, and there is a space
for write-in candidates. Please go to the website below and cast your

I have asked Nancy Nienhuis to have the election website open through
midnight Monday, March 17.

Jason Boyd
SA Vice President

Wish List for Gala Giving!
On April 24, 2008 Andover Newton is hosting a large Gala Fundraiser as
part of our 200th anniversary celebrations. I've been asked to give the
coordinating committee ideas about things people might buy for Andover
Newton that would make students' lives here easier. The committee plans
to have "Giving Trees" at the Gala, upon which will be hung various
items we are hoping for here. Some of the recommendations I've received
thus far include furniture and kitchen items for various residence halls
and for Upper Noyes, a swing set for Herrick House, and so forth. If
you have an idea for something please email me ASAP.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Town Hall Minutes
The minutes from the Town Hall Meeting with the Deans is now available
for downloading. Please check the SA Connect page for the information.

Chapel News (March 9-15)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (Feb. 3-7) will
be offered by:
Monday: Julianna Donofrio
Tuesday: Ned Allyn Parker
Wednesday: Tom O'Brien
Thursday: Tim House
Friday: Kurt Walker

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. Dr. Gary Simpson 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.

The Black Student Fellowship and UUCANS will be offering a joint
worship on Thursday, March 13th. Offering the message will be Bill
Schultz, Executive Director of Amnesty International and the former
president of the UUA. Please note: this event will begin at 12:30, a
half hour earlier than usual.

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
Are you interested in meeting other ANTS students who
share an interest in alternative healing? Reiki is one
of many ways to give and receive energy.

If you would like to gather together to share our
common connection of healing with energy, please
contact Sandy Kindt at

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

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

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

Organist Needed May 4
The organist at Avon Baptist Church in Avon, MA is looking for an
organist to cover for him on May 4th. His usual avenues have provided no
results this time. If you play the organ and might like a chance to make
$150, please contact Tom Hoisington. He can be reached by phone at
508-584-3148 His email address is

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

Yellow pages arrived
Anyone who wants a 2008 yellow pages for the Boston Area or
Newton/Wellesley/Needham Area can come get one in Dabney. They are at
the front desk.