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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, March 19, 2008

In this message:

- Make a Difference in Someone's Life
- 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
- Domestic Partner Health Insurance
- The Hispanic Summer Program
- Bookstore hours for Thursday and Friday
- Summer Justice Matters Civil Rights Course
- SA Meeting - Wednesday, April 2
- Renewal @ Hebrew College

Community Day is nearly upon us! Mark your calendars for April 15 and
plan to join us. Once again we will close down classes for the day and
go to do community service work off the hill, partnering with the
Rabbinical students at Hebrew College. We will be in small teams
heading off to various areas around Boston. This is an excellent way to
spend some out-of-classroom time with faculty and staff, as we all "roll
up our sleeves" for our neighbors in the greater Boston area. The day
will begin with a morning worship service (put together by JOTH), and
end with the John Bell Song event at 7 pm. Come for whatever part of
the day you can. More information will be coming soon!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Make a Difference in Someone's Life
Make a Difference in Someone's Life

David, a developmentally disabled man who lives in his own home in
Newton Centre, is losing his companion and needs another. There is an
opportunity to live in his home with him, within walking distance of the
school. David is 46 but developmentally in his 20's. He is bright and
understands things around him very well, but has difficulty expressing
himself. His mother, Sylvia Nierman, is looking for someone (and it
could be a couple) to help David with the following activities: some
tutoring, communication skills, and any activities that might enhance
his life, including adaptive sports. You might also help him with some
personal care activities, but this is optional. Indoors David uses a
walker, but if he's going long distances he uses a chair. He has a
vehicle that can accommodate him but he doesn't drive, so if you do that
would be very helpful. If you're interested in living in for a short
period they would consider someone who could be with him through the
summer, while they look for permanent assistance. If you don't want to
live in but would like to work with David, the following options are
possible: weekends, or part of Tuesday, or one or more evenings a week
midweek. If you live in they would find people to cover while you're in
classes or otherwise gone. If you're interested in becoming a part of
David's life, please contact Mrs. Nierman at 617-332-0623. Andover
Newton students have done this in the past and made a great difference
in David's life, so Mrs. Nierman is hoping to find another such person.
Inquiries from men or women or couples are welcome. Pay is

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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.

Domestic Partner Health Insurance
Dear Students,

Our health insurer does cover Domestic Partnerships. Since this hasn't
been as clear as it should be the insurer will alter their future
materials to show that partners of students may be covered at the same
rate as other spouses. If any of you should want to add your partners
to your current insurance plan please contact Peter Gibson in the
Business Office,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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

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.

Renewal @ Hebrew College
Renewal: View the Film, Meet the Filmmaker
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
6:45 p.m.
Free of charge
Hebrew College, Berenson Hall

From mid-western Muslims seeking to bring organic halal food to their
religious community to the Connecticut-based Teva Learning Center's
to teach Jewish teens about nature and waste, Renewal documents how
religious groups across the U.S. are becoming a new force to preserve
protect the environment.

The 90-minute film, directed by Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay
tells the stories of eight faith-based groups trying to make a
impact in their local communities. Described by the Boston Globe as
"earnest, idealistic, and fired with the righteous potential of making
difference," the film "documents that religious zeal can be yoked to
as well as conservatism, that differing faiths can speak to each other,
that, really, good works are faith these days."

Join Ellen Bernstein and director Marty Ostrow for this special free
screening and a discussion of the emerging faith-based environmental

This presentation, part of Bernstein's new course, The Place of Nature
the Bible, is open to the public. To register, please contact