Andover Newton Theological School

  1. Home

Friday, April 18, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, April 18th, 2008

In this message:

- Jonathan Edwards
- 2008-2009 course schedules
- ABC Rep to Host Lunch & Appointments
- Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice
- In Her Own Voice
- Prayer Request
- From the Registrar's office
- Chapel News (April 13-19)
- Thursday UU Worship
- The Graduating Senior Breakfast (Updated)
- Children Misplaced by Domestic Violence
- Do you have "O-negative" blood?
- TABCOM offers professional ethics course
- Curriculum Changes Town Meeting Recording and Handout Available
- Library schedule notice

Jonathan Edwards
On Monday, April 21, Andover Newton will celebrate the induction of new
members into the Jonathan Edwards Society. Each year, no more than
sixteen students are admitted to membership in Andover Newton's honor
society. The criteria include "superior academic achievement, high moral
character, and demonstrated promise of leadership." The faculty of
Andover Newton Theological School elect the members each year in the

The celebration includes two events. At 5 pm on April 21, the annual
Jonathan Edwards Lecture will be held in the Wilson Chapel. This year's
lecture will be given by the Reverent Dr. Barbara Rossing, Professor of
New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. The title
of her lecture is "Apocalypse and Ecology: Is This the End of the

2008-2009 course schedules
Initial drafts of the 2008-2009 course schedules are posted on the
board just outside of the Faculty Office (Worcester 105). Please feel
free to drop by and review them as you are making your plans for the
next academic year.

Jennifer Shaw
Assistant to the Faculty

ABC Rep to Host Lunch & Appointments
On Thursday, April 24 Lynne C. Eckman, ( ) the
Asst. Manager National Ministries and the National Scholarship
Coordinator for the American Baptist Personnel Services, will be on
campus. She invites Baptist students to email her directly if they
would like to meet with her. And if you are free for lunch on the 24th
(which she will host) please RSVP directly to Dean Nancy Nienhuis
( to reserve a spot.

Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice
Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice
National Conference
May 4-May 6, 2008
Hebrew College-Andover Newton Campus
Newton, MA

What is the relationship between your religious identity and your
democratic values? How do issues of social justice and environmental
responsibility inform your political choices? What guidance can we
in classical and contemporary Jewish texts and traditions?

Please join progressive Jewish activists, intellectuals, and religious
leaders from across the country to explore these and other questions
about religion and public life during this historic election season.
The conference will include keynote addresses, panel discussions,
workshops-including Torah study and organizing training-and planning
summer and fall days of action and other voter education and
registration events.

Confirmed speakers and teachers include: Ruth Messinger, Rabbi David
Saperstein, Dr. Leonard Fein, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Reverend Alexia
Salvatierra, Rabbi Or Rose, Idit Klein, Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Daniel
Sokatch, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Dr. Aryeh Cohen, Rabbi Jonah Pesner,
McCoy, Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Nancy Kaufman, and many others.

*To find out more information about the conference and to register,
please visit

**The Righteous Indignation Project is a non-partisan initiative.

In Her Own Voice
Announcing a performance of In Her Own Voice; a one-person play that
gives a distinctive voice to named and un-named women in Scripture.

Donna Colletti-Lowre, M Div graduating senior, wrote and will perform
in the premier of this work-in- progress.
Donna was a professional actress, singer and director in her first
career, before entering seminary in 2004.
She has performed many roles from Shakespeare - commercials; in theater
,TV and film; in New York, LA, Europe and regionally.
Donna would like to bring In Her Own Voice to churches, retreats and
conferences as an educational outreach to women who sometimes feel they
are not seen enough in Scripture and not spoken enough about from the
There will be a Q&A after the performance.

All ANTS students, faculty and staff are cordially invited. Please
extend the invitation to members of your home churches, and the larger

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Place: Wilson Chapel
Andover Newton Theological School.
210 Herrick St.
Newton Center, MA
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free

Prayer Request
Martha Bays' father died suddenly on Wednesday
afternoon in New York. Please keep Martha in your
prayers as she travels to be with her family.

Please join us for informal worship, mingling, and conversations in a
small group format. This is a chance for spouses/partners to meet each
other and share experiences. Seminarians will also share among

3-5 PM


Questions/RSVP to Christina Sillari OR Janet Bush Sponsored by UU Student group at ANTS (UUCANS).

From the Registrar's office
Register for summer classes!
No late fee will be charge.

The Art of Theological Reflection - Integrate faith practices and
ministry development. Perfect for those preparing for ministry and those
engaged in the ministry of assisting other in reflecting theologically
on their ministry experiences. Richard Dickey (CMFE 734/834J)

God At Work - Situate Christian theology of work within the multiple
contexts of the current "faith/spirituality at work" movement in
pluralistic corporate settings of the United States, the economic
globalization process, and human flourishing. Nimi Wariboko (ETHI 785J)

Justice Matters - Take a personal tour of civil rights landmarks in
Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Engage history and consider the
legacy of civil rights for ministry today. Nancy Nienhuis (INTE 602J)

Heroic Traditions in the Bible - Learn to read the Bible as an
adventure story with attention to popular culture, mythology, and
comparative literature. Greg Mobley (OLDT 654J)

Ethics in Literature - Read both classical and contemporary literary
works through the interpretative lens of ethics. Valerie Dixon (ETHI

Grounded in God - Consider structures and processes of
twenty-first-century congregations and organizations and explore how
spiritual discernment practices can be integrated into decision-making
processes. Margaret Benefiel (PSYF 778J)

Recovery from Bereavement - Learn about the psychology of loss, types
of loss, trauma theory, phases of bereavement, disordered mourning,
dynamics of grief in families, and pastoral care to the bereaved.
J. Earl Thompson, Jr. (PSYP 648/848J)

Worship & The Arts Summer Institute - "Hearts Ablaze". Focus on the
renewal of worship through the creative use of the arts. Featuring Marty
Haugen and Susan Briehl, the Institute offers a blend of varied forms of
worship, keynote addresses, workshops, and informal occasions for
discussion and interaction on issues related to hymnody, music, and
worship. Ellen Oak (WOTA 715J)

Writing From the Soul- Reach deeply into your soul and practice
language as a transformative medium. Bonita S. Penfold (WOTA 760J)

Developing the Disciple-Forming Congregation - Explore the key elements
of discipleship and the qualities that are essential to being a
disciple-forming community. Jeff Jones (CMLE 759J [EL])

Introduction to Christian Ethics: Principles and Virtues - Be
introduced to key theories, methods, figures, and terms of Christian
ethics. Most readings are in the primary works of significant authors in
the field. James Gubbins (ETHI 640J [EL])

Be Not Afraid: Introducing the Academic Study of the Bible - Be led
through an encounter with the major issues and methods of Old Testament
scholarship. Greg Mobley (OLDT 515J [EL])

The Bible of Hollywood - Develop and impart critical skills for
analyzing the role of the Bible and religion in popular culture through
our analysis of influential biblical blockbusters. Briallen Hopper (WOTA


Registrar's office will be closed from April 18-22.

Chapel News (April 13-19)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (April 14- April 18) will

be offered by:
Monday: Ned Allyn Parker
Wednesday: Ellen Quaadras
Thursday: Tim House
Friday: Carol Steinbrecher

Monday at 1:00 the Evangelical Fellowship will be hosting a special
worship service at which Tony Campolo will be speaking.

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. Kyle Childress 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 Worship will be held in the UU tradition and led by
Tim House.

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 opportunities this week, please continue
to watch ENews for updates.

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

Thursday UU Worship
Dear friends and colleagues,

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

Here is the remaining schedule for the Spring semester:

April 24 : Leslie Becknell-Marx
May 1 : April Spencer
May 8 : Black Student Fellowship

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

The Graduating Senior Breakfast (Updated)
The Senior Breakfast is for all of the graduating seniors-all
denominations-all programs. It will be on May 7th @ 8AM in the dining
hall. RSVP by 4/25 to This event is sponsored by the

Children Misplaced by Domestic Violence
On Friday April 25, 2008 10:00am-12:00pm there will be a seminar in the
Wilson Chapel,
"Children Misplaced by Domestic Violence."
Heather Ramsey, Courtney Stange-Tregear,and Bob Ingalls from Justice
Matters class will be presenting this seminar to the ANTS Community and
to the local community.

Do you have "O-negative" blood?
A young girl in my congregation has recently been diagnosed with a rare
blood decease, aplastic anemia. While she is waiting for a match for a
bone marrow donor, she has to have frequent blood transfusions. She
needs "O-negative" blood type, and Children's Hospital has said that
those with this type can donate blood and have it specifically
designated for her. If you can help, please contact me with at Our church is gathering names which her
parents will then provide to Children's Hospital to go on an approved
donor list for her. Once that list is created, we will let you know
where and how to donate the blood.

For those of you that do not have O-negative blood, please know that
blood donations of any type are always needed! Visit ( ) for the Red Cross listing of blood
donation sites.

Thanks for considering.
Kerri Saucier

TABCOM offers professional ethics course
The American Baptist churches of Massachusetts is offering a course on
Professional Ethics. This course, a requirement for ordination in
Massachusetts With the American Baptist Churches, will be held at West
Medford Baptist Church on Saturday May 3rd and Saturday May 10th.
Attendance on both Saturdays is required. The cost of the course is
$150. Please contact Rev. E. Darlene Williams as soon as possible to
sign up for this course. She can be reached at
The deadline for signing up is this week end.

Curriculum Changes Town Meeting Recording and Handout Available
A recording of the April 14th Town Meeting with Dean Herzog and
Associate Dean Drummond on the upcoming curriculum changes is now
available, along with the handout, on the Student Association Group
Connect page.

Library schedule notice
The Library will have expanded Saturday hours beginning April 12
through the end of the semester. Saturday hours will be 10:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m.