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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, March 04, 2008

In this message:

- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- "An Evening with Andover Newton" invitation
- What People of Faith Need to know about Immigration
- Online Room Reservation System
- Chapel News (March 2-8)
- SA Town Meeting
- Labyrinth Walk
- Young Adults and the Church: Bridging the Gaps
- Call for Candidates - Final
- UU Thursday worship schedule
- Month by month strategies to eat healthier in 2008 from the cafe
- Women's World Day of Prayer: Friday, March 7
- 3/15 Peace Vigil at St. Paul's Cathedral
- Weight Watchers at Work

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.

Online Room Reservation System
As you may have heard, we have installed a new room reservation system
that allows people to check events and reserve rooms online. We have
finally put in place all of the back end systems and stopped using the
"big paper book". Now we are ready to release the system to you
and have you make your reservations through the website system instead
of sending forms via email. We have already started using the web
system. Everyone that makes room reservations needs to get an account so
that they can log onto the system and be trained on that system. Evn
Tomeny is handling the account creation and training, so you need to
contact him at x314 or to schedule a 30 minute
appointment. You will need to come to the IT office during that 30
minute period and get your account information and personal training on
the system. Facilities will no longer take paper forms. Please help us
make this system successful by scheduling your appointment soon.


Evn Tomeny
Help Desk Manager &
Application Support Specialist
Andover Newton Theological School
(617)964-1100 x314

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

SA Town Meeting
There will be an Student Association Town Meeting with the Deans in
Upper Noyes
Wednesday March 5th, 2008 from 5-6pm.

All are welcome to attend.

Labyrinth Walk
Open Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, March 5
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Wilson Chapel

Come take a break in the middle of your busy week to center yourself by
walking the labyrinth. Even if you have never walked a labyrinth
before, we will be glad to get you started. All are welcome.

Questions? Contact Martha Bays,

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.

Call for Candidates - Final
As I posted to enews last week, the ANTS Student Association is placing
a call for candidates for the office of Student Association Treasurer.
An election to fill the position will be held as soon as possible; SA is
currently setting up the date and mechanism, and this will be announced
shortly. Any persons wishing to run for the position, the term of which
will last through the end of this academic year, should contact me as
soon as possible ( I have set a deadline of 10pm
Wednesday, March 5th for those interested to place their names up for

Jason Boyd
SA Vice President

UU Thursday worship schedule
Dear friends,

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
mind! This week's service will be titled "Time to consider time, or
if not now, when?" and will be led by Duffy Peet, with Tim House
co-leading. Here is the current schedule for the Spring semester:

March 6 : Julianna Donofrio
March 13 : BSF / UUCANS (William Schultz preaching)
April 3 : Mark Richards
April 10 : BSF
April 17 : Tim House
April 24 : Leslie Becknell-Marx
May 1 : April Spencer
May 8 : BSF

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

Month by month strategies to eat healthier in 2008 from the cafe
Each month, make the applicable dietary change while continuing the
ones the previous month. by the same time next year your diet will be
much healthier, and it will not have been difficult to make the change!!
A wise person once said "small things done consistently in strategic
places create major impact" HAPPY NEW YOU!
We are getting a late start but give it a try, maybe we can do it all
January: Eat breakfast every day.
February: have juice with one meal daily(not more than one cup at a
March: eat an apple or some other fresh whole fruit daily.
April: Eat a salad daily.
May: have milk, yogurt, cheese, or soy milk daily.
June:Have one vegetarian meal per week.
July: Switch to lower fat salad dressing.
August: Limit beef to 3 times per week. (have more chicken, fish,and
veggie meals.)
September: Switch to lower fat milk.
October: limit eggs to 3 a week.
November: Limit sweets to once a day.
December: Switch to whole wheat bread,rolls,etc.

Think ahead to 2009!
January: eat fish once a week. (tuna counts!)
February: Drink 20 ounces of extra water daily.

Watch for more in January 2009.

Lets give it a try!

Elizabeth Bostwick
Food Service Director
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick rd
Newton Centre ma 02459
617 964-1100 x303

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.

Journeys on the Hill, Interfaith Student Group ANTS & Hebrew College,
invite you to Screening of CONSTANTINE'S SWORD,a documentary film
exploring intolerance and violence in religion.

Wednesday March 5
6:15pm bus to Boston University Morse Auditorium
(leaves from Hebrew College parking lot)
7:00 pm film + Q&A by James Carroll, author of book inspiring the film
Return bus followed by dialogue with ANTS and HC students

If you would like to join us PLEASE RSVP so we know how big a bus to
get -

Synopsis of film:

Constantine's Sword is the story of James Carroll; a former Catholic
on a journey to confront his past and uncover the roots of religiously
inspired violence and war. His search also reveals a growing scandal
involving religious infiltration of the U.S. military and the terrible
consequences of religion's influence on America's foreign policy.

Carroll focuses on Christian antisemitism as the model for all
hatred, exposing the cross as a symbol of a long history of violence
Jews (and, most recently, Moslems). The film brings the history of
intolerance to life, tracing it as a source of the fanaticism that
the world today. At its core, Constantine's Sword is a compelling
narrative - a kind of detective story - as one man uncovers the dark
of his own past, searching for a better future.

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

Weight Watchers at Work
Hebrew College is offering a Weight Watchers at Work program and has
invited Andover Newton to

The program runs for 10 weeks @13 per week. If you are currently
enrolled in a Blue Cross Blue Shield
plan, you most likely will be eligible for up to $150 weight loss

The meeting would take place around lunch time,probably on a Wednesday
or Thursday, lasting 30 minutes.

They can only offer this program if they have the commitment of 15
people.Enrollment period ends
on March 7 ,2008.

If you need additional information , please contact Steffi Bobbin at
Hebrew College