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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

In this message:

- Non-Violent Atonement Conference
- ANTS Welcomes John Bell on April 15
- Plans for 2008 Commencement Exercises Announced
- Coffeehouse - Wednesday, April 30 in the Meetinghouse
- Koinonia Preaching Festival
- Disabilities and the Religious Education Classroom
- Chapel News (March 30- April 5)
- Labyrinth Walk
- Children of the Incarcerated - The Role of the Church
- Kurt Walker & Kimberly Salico-Diehl in Concert, April 5!
- UUCANS Lunch Gathering Thursday April 3rd 12:00-1:00 Upper Noyes
(then there is worship at 1:00)
- Is Field Education in your future?
- Deadline for art submission for Community Art Show extended to
- Resident Representative Applications Due Tuesday April 15
- Evangelical Fellowship at Andover Newton hosts GLBT African ministry

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.

ANTS Welcomes John Bell on April 15
John Bell of the Iona Community will be coming to ANTS on Tuesday,
April 15th!

From 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Meetinghouse, he will be offering a workshop
"Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones for Worship" on the challenges and
opportunities of using music in worship.

From 7:00 - 9:00 pm that evening, there will be a 'Big Sing' with him
in the Wilson Chapel - a great way to wrap up ANTS Community Day!

A $5 donation is requested for each event; ANTS students are free.
Please contact Jennifer Shaw in the Faculty Office (ext. 228) to
register your name for the workshop.

Plans for 2008 Commencement Exercises Announced
Plans for 2008 Commencement Exercises Announced
Rev. Dr. Mary Luti to speak - International guests to be recognized

President Nick Carter today announced the plans for the 2008
commencement exercises at Andover Newton Theological School. The
commencement will be held on Saturday May 17th at 2:00PM in the
sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Newton. These ceremonies mark
the close of the school's 200th anniversary year celebrations. A
reception for graduates and their guests will be held on the Andover
Newton campus immediately following.

The keynote speaker for Commencement will be Rev. Dr. Mary Luti, Senior
Minister of the historic First Church in Cambridge (UCC). Also being
recognized in the ceremonies will be three international guests, Rev.
Huitung Chan from Tao Fong Shan Christian Center in Hong Kong, China and
Rev. Maung Maung Yi, Academic Dean of the Myanmar Institute of Theology
in Myanmar/Burma, and Dr. Mohan Larbeer, Principal of Tamilnadu
Theological Seminary, Madurai, India. President Carter said, "Mary Luti
is a great example of innovative pastoral leadership and spiritual
vitality for which our churches are so hungry. The school is honored to
invite her to address our graduates." Carter added: "The three
international guests are each distinguished leaders in their own
countries and, given Andover Newton's remarkable history in mission, I
am thrilled that we can celebrate that history in the midst of our 200th
Anniversary year by their presence at our commencement."

The Rev. Dr. J. Mary Luti is the Senior Minister of First Church in
Cambridge, Congregational, UCC, one of the oldest continuing Protestant
congregations in North America. Mary is recognized as one of the leading
pastors in New England. Her abilities in congregational revitalization,
innovative worship, preaching, and spiritual formation have been widely
celebrated. The former Associate Dean of Andover Newton Theological
School, Mary also taught in the Department of the History of
Christianity at the Andover Newton until leaving to serve her parish in
1998. In addition to her service at First Church, she has for many years
engaged in a ministry of speaking, workshop leadership and consultation
in local congregations and with church leaders. She has written on
subjects of Christian life and spirituality, and is the author of Teresa
of Avila's Way, a volume in the series, "The Way of the Christian
Mystics" (Liturgical Press). Dr. Luti holds two masters degrees
(English and Theology) and a PhD (Theology) from Boston College.

Coffeehouse - Wednesday, April 30 in the Meetinghouse
Take a break from the papers and studying!
Get ready for the Coffee House, hosted by our own
talented musician/performer, Donna (DJ) Collins.
Meet the artists who contributed to this year's art
show and share in the performance skills of musicians,
dancers, poets, story-tellers, comedians, and other
talented people from the ANTS community.
Sign up by emailing Donna (DJ) Collins,
with a brief description of your intended performance
or come ready to be a performer (a few spots will be
available) or come and be part of the audience.
Wednesday, April 30
8:15- 9 pm-snacks and reception
9pm- performances begin in the Meetinghouse
See Joy for more information.

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

Disabilities and the Religious Education Classroom
Do you want to help lay teachers do their best to effectively welcome
students with hidden and visible disabilities? Do you want to help them
help their students to be inclusive as well?

Come to our display "Differing Abilities - Creating Inclusive
Classrooms" in the ANTS cafeteria, this Tuesday (4.1.08) at noon and
Thursday (4.3.08) at 5 pm. Look at books, watch a short powerpoint
aimed at lay teachers, examine some elementary aged class lessons, and
look over bibliographies to get some ideas. You will be able to take
away a toolkit for your teachers.

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

Labyrinth Walk
Open Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, Arpil 3
The Meetinghouse

Come anytime between 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. All are welcome to come
experience this renewing spiritual practice.

There will be no labyrinth walk in the Chapel on April 2.

Questions? Contact Martha Bays,

The women's retreat "Nourishing the Soul", sponsored by the Journeys
Faith program at First Parish in Weston, is a week away and there are a
spaces left if you¹d like to join us.

Our group is delightfully diverse - cross-generational and
multi-denominational, with a rich set of backgrounds and interests. It
be a treat to be in one another's company; to be served delicious home
cooked meals by the Benedictine monks in our own private retreat home;
to refuel, replenish and re-coop in a sacred circle of fellowship.

We gather at 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 7, in Hingham, MA at the
Abbey and will wrap up by 4:00 p.m. the following day. There will be
for socializing, individual contemplation, and exploration together of
spiritual practices that come from a variety of disciplines, cultures
faith traditions.

If you'd like to join us please be in touch with Carol Hohle
( as soon as possible. Fee: $135.
closes at the end of the day, Thursday, April 3.

Children of the Incarcerated - The Role of the Church
Children of the Incarcerated - The Role of the Church
Justice Matters Presentation
Brenda Hermanson, Ingrid Cyros, and Judy Brandon

When a parent goes to prison the lives of children are profoundly
affected. In many states in the US
there is no group or agency designated to address the concerns of the
Even when processes that address their needs are in place, children
often feel
abandoned and may be ostracized and sometimes blamed by peers. Learn
about the
scope of the problem. How do we promote nurturing communities in the
church and
beyond that accept these families and minister to and with them? How
might the
church provide or participate in outreach and services that meet the
needs of
these families and others? In what way might study and advocacy by the
make a difference?

Thursday, April 10, 12 - 1:30 PM
Upper Noyes Hall

Professors Sharon Thornton and Kirk Jones
offer insight and facilitate conversation.

Kurt Walker & Kimberly Salico-Diehl in Concert, April 5!
On April 5 Andover Newton will co-host an interfaith concert with B'nai
Or, one of the Jewish congregations that worships on campus. Kurt
Walker and Kimberly Salico-Diehl will be representing Andover Newton,
and the B'nai Or Rabbi, Rabbi David Zaslow will represent B'nai Or (an
established musician, Rabbi Zaslow has played with Dave Brubeck, among
others). The evening is called "Psalm Enchanted Evening" and is on
April 5th, 8:00pm, in Wilson Chapel. The event costs $15/ticket,
$10/ticket for students (and I have them in my office if you'd like
one). Proceeds will provide funds for JOTH and other interfaith
efforts. Please join us if you can. For more information, please visit
the B'nai Or website at or call (617) 244-5311. For
tickets--see me!

Here is more on Rabbi Zaslow: During his years as a poet-in-the-schools
for the southern Oregon region, David Zaslow wrote and edited more than
a dozen of books of poetry as well as two albums of children's music for
publishers like Good Apple; Harcourt Brace Javanovich; and Scott
Foresman. In the late 1970s David, along with partner Steve Sacks,
co-created what became the Peter Britt Jazz Festival by bringing jazz
legends like Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Woodie Herman,
and dozens of other jazz greats to southern Oregon for the first time.
Along with poet Lawson Inada, in 1988 he was awarded an American Book
Award for educational materials for a project he co-produced featuring
Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows to music composed by Patti McCoy.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

UUCANS Lunch Gathering Thursday April 3rd 12:00-1:00 Upper Noyes (then
there is worship at 1:00)
UUCANS Meeting: Tuesday April 8th 12:00 - 1:30 PM Upper Noyes
Follow-up on the bi-law changes and discussion and planning of the our
next event.
Please come if you are on campus. UUCANS Leadership Team.

A Workshop for Seminarians and Their Partners and Spouses. April 20th
3:00-5:00 PM
This workshop will focus on the challenges both seminarians and their
partners undergo while working through seminary, as well as our hopes
and questions about what will happen when seminary is finished. We will
worship together, engage in small group conversations, and have time for
fellowship. All are welcome to attend regardless of faith, sexual
orientation, and type of partnership.

Is Field Education in your future?
The last information session for students considering Field Education
in Fall of 2008 will be held Wednesday, April 16th. The session will be
in the Greene Room from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Contact Jen Walker,, with any questions or concerns.

Deadline for art submission for Community Art Show extended to
Get ready!!!!!!
What? When? Where? How do I participate?

The Andover Newton Community Art Show
April 20-May 30 In the Meetinghouse and Wilson Chapel Gallery

Students, faculty, staff, friends, relatives are invited to participate
All art forms welcome to celebrate Creation and Creativity!
Coffee House and/ reception on Wednesday, April 30

How to submit art (on or before Monday, April 14)

1. Fill out an artist's statement form (get one from Joy or in the
front lobby of the Meetinghouse)

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

3. Email Joy at and set up a time to deliver your

Your participation helps support the ARTS at ANTS.

Questions? Email Joy at

Resident Representative Applications Due Tuesday April 15
For the 2008-2009 academic year the Dean of Students office will hire
six Resident Representatives, two in Farwell and one in each of the
other residence halls. Applications will be available Tuesday April 1,
2008 at the Housing Office (Worcester 101) and are due Tuesday, April
15, 2008.

Living in community in ANTS can be one of the most meaningful
experiences ANTS students have while pursuing their degrees. Resident
Representatives (RRs) play a critical role in the fostering and
nurturing of community life. Resident Representatives are ANTS students
who are employees of the ANTS Dean of Students and Community Life office
(DOS) and work closely with the Housing Coordinator to supervise and
facilitate the day-to-day operation of ANTS residence halls. Being a
Resident Representative provides an excellent opportunity to exercise
the gift of hospitality, among others. The selection process is open.
Current RRs are encouraged to reapply; their experience and performance
will be taken into consideration; and they are in full competition with
other applicants.

Students hired on as RRs will be expected to live in housing and work
as RRs from Monday August 25, 2008 through Saturday May 31, 2009.

Please contact Amelia O'Dowd in the Housing Office if you have any

Evangelical Fellowship at Andover Newton hosts GLBT African ministry
The Evangelical Fellowship at Andover Newton is hosting Other Sheep
this Saturday at 3 p.m.

The program will be followed by a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. The event
will be 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. Begun in Latin America in 1992, its purpose
is to network with and equip those who seek to challenge existing
prejudices and discriminatory practices, especially in the areas of
theological and pastoral training, human and civil rights, and HIV/AIDS
prevention and care.

STEVE PARELLI, Executive Director of Other Sheep, and JOSE ORTIZ, his
life partner and Other Sheep co-Coordinator for Africa 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. For more information about Other
Sheep, visit

The Evangelical Fellowship at Andover Newton is working to explore how
to be both progressive and gently evangelical in today's world. For more
information, visit: