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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, March 18, 2008

In this message:

- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- "An Evening with Andover Newton" invitation
- UCC History, Theology and Polity Course
- Summer Institute is Coming!
- Koinonia Preaching Festival
- Library notice
- Chapel News (March 16-22)
- Reiki Fellowship (Updated)
- From the Registrar's office
- Evangelical Fellowship brings Other Sheep to Andover Newton @ 3 p.m.,
Sat., April 5
- Andover Newton Community Art Show
- The Hispanic Summer Program
- Bookstore hours for Thursday and Friday
- Summer Justice Matters Civil Rights Course
- Peace Week
- 10 free tickets for concert by Jetro da Silva

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.

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 Easter Week:
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday-Sunday closed

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 16-22)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (March17,18&19) will
be offered by:
Monday: Charlie Nichols
Tuesday: John Brock
Wednesday: Eric Wasileski
Thursday: BREAK (No morning Worship)
Friday: BREAK (No Morning Worship)

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 Peace Week, Prof. Valerie Dixon 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.

Due to Spring Break there will be no worship in either the UUCANS or
BSF tradition on Thursday.

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 (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.

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

The Hispanic Summer Program
The following information has been sent to us from the Director of The
Hispanic Summer Program. Our own Prof. Ben Valentin will be teaching
there this summer:

For our upcoming Summer Program at the University of St. Mary of the
Lake/Mundelein Seminary <> (in Mundelein, IL, June
28-July 11, 2008), *we still have a few slots available for full-time,
master-level, Hispanic students doing theological or similar studies.*
for full-time Masters students -- or higher -- of our sponsoring
institutions <>
tuition, matriculation, room & board for 13 days/nights, AND round-trip
ticket, too!). $550 for students of non-sponsoring institutions, non
full-time students, and Continuing Education (including tuition,
matriculation, room & board for 13 days/nights, but NOT the
to/from Illinois).

We also have SIX slots still available for non-Hispanic Faculty of our
sponsoring institutions to attend our Seminar *Through Hispanic
which will be held this year from July 6-9, 2008, also in Mundelein
Seminary, Mundelein, IL.

Our Governing Board has set strict limits on the number of students we
admit overall (as well as non-degree students, students from
institutions, non full-time students, non-Hispanic students &
Education candidates). At this point, we have *already admitted the
10%* Continuing Education, as well as *the maximum 10%* non-Hispanic
students allotted -- and have a long waitlist (already closed) of
Education & non-Hispanic students in case one of the admitted decides
not to

If you are a full-time master-level (or higher) Hispanic student in
theological and/or religious studies, please submit your paperwork
OTHERWISE, please apply early for our 2009 Program (June 13-26 at
School of Theology in Texas). Check our
website<>as early as November 2008,
when the applications materials should be posted

Bookstore hours for Thursday and Friday
On Thursday, March 20 the bookstore will close at 4:30 pm and remain
closed for Good Friday, March 21. Regular hours resume Monday, March
24: 9-6 pm Mon-Thurs., 9-4 Friday. Easter Blessings to all.

Summer Justice Matters Civil Rights Course
I've been receiving some questions about the summer version of Justice
Matters. First, the complete cost for the trip (excluding round-trip
airfare to Atlanta and tuition) is $500. That fee covers your meals,
sleeping accommodations, entrance fees into all museums, etc., and so
forth. The only money you'll need is for extras you may want. Everyone
will make their own reservations to Atlanta and back. The Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) staff will have all our flight
info (they will ask all participants to arrive within a certain window
of time) and they will pick us up at the airport as we arrive. Second,
this trip is open to people of all denominations. Members of the class
will be on the trip with people from all over the United States and from
various denominations. The only time we as a class will be apart from
other members of the group is in the evenings when we break out to
discuss the day. In our lodging, travel, and everything else we will be
mixed in with the larger group. Third, last year we never slept on the
floor--always in beds. We had a couple nights in a youth hostel and all
the rest were in hotels. We had people as old as 70 on the trip and the
organizers are very good about making appropriate accommodations for
people so that shouldn't be an issue. You can let them know directly
about any accommodations you may need.

Their web site is:
Remember, you have to apply to the UUSC directly and be accepted on that
trip to take this course (and you'll pay the $500 directly to them.).
They are holding 20 spots for Andover Newton participants so space is
limited. If you have other questions or concerns please email me
directly at

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students
Faculty of Theology

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

10 free tickets for concert by Jetro da Silva
10 free tickets available at the ANTS bookstore
( $2 if purchased on the day of the event)

A Brazilian Cushite and Strings
Directed by Jetro da Silva


March 25th at 8:15
Berklee Performance Center

Featuring Jetro da Silva on vocals, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums;
Winston Maccow on bass; Ron Mahdi on bass; Kevin Barry on guitar;
special guest drummer John Blackwell., the Berklee String Orchestra
conducted by Eugene Friesen many others.