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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

In this message:

- SA Elections for 2008-9
- 2008-2009 course schedules
- ABC Rep to Host Lunch & Appointments
- Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice
- Want to learn more about Al Qaeda?
- Abbreviated bookstore hours this week
- "The Light"
- From the Registrar's office
- Chapel News (April 20-26)
- Upcoming Thursday UU Worship Services
- The Graduating Senior Breakfast (Updated)
- Children Displaced by Domestic Violence
- Do you have "O-negative" blood?
- 'A Blessing of God's Seeds in our Lives'
- Curriculum Changes Town Meeting Recording and Handout Available
- 22nd Annual Thomas Nevola MD Symposium on Spirituality & Health

SA Elections for 2008-9
The Student Association elections are now taking place, and voting is
on line at the following site:

On the site, you will find a paragraph/biography presented by each
candidate. You may vote for the candidates who have declared
candidacies, or you may also opt to write in another candidate of your
choosing. The candidates are as follows:

President: Liz Miller/Ruth Edens (running as co-Presidents)
Vice President: Jeremiah Rood
Secretary: Liz Garrigan-Byerly
Treasurer: Rasheed Townes
Student Life: Bill Gural and Morgan McLean

Please vote ASAP, as the election website will be shut down on the
morning of Friday, April 25th. Good luck to all the candidates!

Jason Boyd
SA Vice President

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.

Want to learn more about Al Qaeda?
Andover Newton graduate Karen Hernandez-Andrews will give a one hour
talk on
Al Qaeda for Professor Mark Heim's class, Hinduism, Buddhism and
This presentation is open to the entire Andover Newton community.
Karen will
cover the history of the movement, an understanding of Jihad, as well
as bring
a perspective to current world events.
When? Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Where? Davis 201
Time? 2-3PM
Questions can be directed to Professor Mark Heim at

Abbreviated bookstore hours this week
On Thursday, April 24 the bookstore will open at 9:00 am and close at
4:30 pm.

On Friday, April 25 the bookstore will open from 9:00 am - 12 noon.
Staff will be tending a booktable at the TABCOM meeting in Westport, MA,
Friday and Saturday.

"The Light"
"The Light" is a new group who meet on Wednesday by 12.00 for 30
minutes for prayer. We welcome everyone to join us and participate. We
also welcome prayer request. We meet at Noyes Hall, adjacent the School
Bookshop in the same building.
You are welcome.

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 20-26)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (April 21- April 25) will

be offered by:
Tuesday: John Brock
Wednesday: Tom O'Brien
Thursday: Nancy Willbanks
Friday: Jason Boyd

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

Beth Nordbeck will be leading an Earth Day celebration 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
Leslie Becknell-Marx.

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 and check out Chapel Notes 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

Upcoming Thursday UU Worship Services
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

Leslie Becknell Marx will lead worship this Thursday, April 24, on
the theme: "Reflections from the Journey toward Ministry". We'll
consider the transformations that are required as we become ministers
and how those relate to spiritual pilgrimage.

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 Displaced by Domestic Violence
On Friday April 25, 2008 10:00am-12:00pm there will be a seminar in the
Wilson Chapel,
"Children Displaced 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.

There will be a free will offering to benefit H.A.W.C. and Safe Havens
who offer programs for domestic violence victims.

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

Thanks for considering.
Kerri Saucier

'A Blessing of God's Seeds in our Lives'
Worship Service to be held on April 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the Wilson

Come and experience a creative worship service celebrating Rogation, or
the blessing over newly planted fields. Deep within us, God plants
seeds of hope, reconciliation, patience, charity and compassion.
God's intention is that such seeds would take root, grow and bear
fruit. How might we celebrate the growth of such goodness? Come and

The service, with Holy Eucharist, is open to all and will be led by the
Rev. Hannah Anderson, Rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in
Pittsfield, MA. Hannah recently completed her DMin. Thesis entitled:
'The Artist Priest's Guide to Parish Ministry' from Seabury
Western in Evanston, IL. She is a visual artist and founder of a
non-profit called The Blessing Cup where art, faith and advocacy for
children are combined.

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.

22nd Annual Thomas Nevola MD Symposium on Spirituality & Health
22nd Annual Thomas Nevola MD Symposium on Spirituality & Health
Hands-on Spirituality: Clinical Approaches & Personal Resilience.
June 10, 2008, Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Registration is $75
(includes lunch & CE certification). For more information and to
please call 207-626-1889.