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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, March 26, 2008

In this message:

- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- New Summer Course
- Summer Institute is Coming!
- Interfaith Youth Core Presentation
- New Campus Facilities page on the Andover Newton Website
- Chapel News (March 30- April 5)
- Reiki Fellowship (Updated)
- From the Registrar's office
- Evangelical Fellowship brings Other Sheep to Andover Newton @ 3 p.m.,
Sat., April 5
- "Psalm Enchanted Evening"
- Dance lessons FREE
- SA Town Meeting with Dean Herzog and Associate Dean Drummond
- Meet the Accreditation Team over Lunch
- 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

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.

New Summer Course
INTE 690J Covenant, Community and Sexuality-Rodney Petersen (BTI) and
Sanford Seltzer (ICPL)
The religious traditions are nearly at one in their recognition that
their teachings on the dignity of the person have to include persons who
are heterosexual as well as homosexual in orientation and not to
ostracize any person. Dignity of the person is the most fundamental
common theme. On the conclusions such traditions draw from that point
they are very divided and often confused. Various religious bodies, both
Jewish and Christian, have been at this discussion for years and many
still find themselves stalemated. With this conference and its related
course, we do not intend to be prescriptive, but to give people of the
various traditions a forum in which to explore these issues within the
context of the ideas of covenant and community. Course runs from June 16
- 26, with June 16 - 17 as intensive days with full conference
participation expected.

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.

Interfaith Youth Core Presentation
Interfaith Youth Core Presentation

"Raising a New Generation of Interfaith Religious Leaders: The
Youth Core"

Lunch and Discussion
Sponsored by Journeys on the Hill
Tuesday April 1
1:15-2:10 pm
Hebrew College, Lower Level, Room #108

(Enter the main doors by the circular drive, go down the stairs to
left, and turn left down the hallway at the bottom of the stairs)

Please join us for an opportunity to learn from the leading edge
Interfaith Youth Core, who will be visiting our campuses next week
Chicago. Their mission is to
build mutual respect and pluralism among young people from different
religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve
Learn more at <>

We will gather for lunch and a discussion about "Raising a New
Generation of
Interfaith Religious Leaders: The Interfaith Youth Core" sponsored by
Journeys on the Hill, the interfaith student group of ANTS and Hebrew

Please RSVP to so that we'll be sure to order
food for your lunch!

Leslie Becknell Marx

New Campus Facilities page on the Andover Newton Website

The Web Team has posted our new web page at:

This page is designed to answer questions about the new reservation
system. You will find PDF illustrations of the set ups we have
available within the system and blank room plans for custom diagrams.
If you have a question that is not answered on this page please email

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing & Facilities Coordinator

Chapel News (March 30- April 5)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (March 31- April 4) will
be offered by:
Monday: Ned Allyn Parker
Tuesday: John Brock
Wednesday: Bill Gural
Thursday: Donna Colleti-Lowre (p.s.-It's her birthday!!)
Friday: Ian Holland

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

Prof. Nimi Wariboko 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.

Thursday at 1:00 will be worship in the UU tradition with Mark

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.

There are many other worship events scheduled for this week. Please
scroll through the rest of ENews to get more information on them, or see
"Chapel Notes."

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

Ned Allyn Parker
Admission Counselor / Chapel Steward

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.

"Psalm Enchanted Evening"
"Psalm Enchanted Evening"
April 5th, 8:00pm, Wilson Chapel

The Psalms of David, appreciated by people
of all faith traditions will be brought to life by Rabbi David Zaslow
through the use of music, poetry and humor. His performance is both
entertaining and enlightening.

Opening performances by Kimberly Salico-Diehl on piano and tenor
soloist Kurt Walker.

Sponsored by B'nai Or and Andover Newton Theological School, proceeds
will go directly to Journeys On The Hill (the HC and ANTS student
interfaith community).

For more information, please visit the B'nai Or website at or call (617) 244-5311.

Dance lessons FREE
Donna Colletti Lowre is offering dance lessons FREE to students and
called "Stomp and Strut". It is a freestyle of dance that combines
hip-hop and penguin (from Happy Feet the movie!) No experience
Open to all who have the desire to dance away stress, feel joy and have
It will be on April 1st from 7 to 8 in the Meeting House.

SA Town Meeting with Dean Herzog and Associate Dean Drummond
Student Association Town Meeting with Dean Herzog and Associate Dean
Monday, April 14
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Student Lounge - Upper Noyes

Please join Dean Bill Herzog and Associate Dean Sarah Drummond who will
be sharing news about the upcoming curriculum changes. All are welcome
to attend.

Meet the Accreditation Team over Lunch
As you may know, this year marks the school's 10 year accreditation
year, which means two authorizing bodies will be visiting us on April
6-8 to evaluate us and determine whether or not to re-accredit us. The 2
teams are the Association of Theological Schools and the New England
Association of Schools and Colleges. The teams want to meet with
students while they're here. If you would like to participate in a
luncheon with the ATS/NEASC Visiting Teams at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April
8, please email me right away. I have a limited number of spots open
and they will go first come, first served. The lunch will last one hour,
from 1-2 p.m. There will be about 20 students altogether, and 6 members
of the visiting team.

If you would like to read the school's self-study, copies are available
in the library.

Please RSVP to me directly.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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