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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

In this message:

- SA Officers for 2008-2009
- Admissions & Recruitment expands efforts in hospitality and reception
- Holocaust remembrance Thursday May 1: service (1:15 pm) and Pianist
movie/dinner with actor (5:30)
- Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice
- Chapel News (April 27-May 3)
- Thursday ANTS UU Worship
- From the Registrar's office
- Retreat: Dancing on Water: Discovering the Sacred in Our Daily Life
- An Evening of Sacred Song with MiXed Company - May 3rd in Wilson
- May Luncheon with Dr. Mark Burrows
- New - December graduation Policy
- "The Light"
- Hospice volunteer training offered by West River Care
- Andover Newton Community Art show

SA Officers for 2008-2009
Please join me in congratulating the newly elected SA Executive Board
for the 2008-2009 year!

Co-Presidents: Liz Miller & Ruth Edens
Vice President: Jeremiah Rood
Secretary: Liz Garrigan-Byerly
Treasurer: Rasheed Townes
Student Life Chair: Morgan McLean

We are truly blessed by their willingess to service, and we are also
blessed by Bill Gural's candidacy for Student Life Chair. While he did
not win, let us also thank him for his willingness to serve and his
stated desire to work with the newly elected Student Life Chair and the
rest of the SA Exec Board to assist in helping make ANTS a better
community for all of us.

Jason Boyd
SA Vice President (not for much longer)

Admissions & Recruitment expands efforts in hospitality and reception
In the next 6 weeks Andover Newton's Admissions & Recruitment team will
take over responsibility for the Dabney reception area, making it a full
part of their operations. As the school seeks to be more pro-active in
its recruitment efforts and leverage its staff as effectively as
possible, this action was embraced as a valuable step forward. Sean
Porter and Nancy Nienhuis shared: "We believe it is critical that
prospective students feel immediately and warmly welcomed by the
Admissions and Recruiting staff, and that has been difficult to achieve
when we're on the 2nd floor--they have to find us first! By
incorporating the Dabney reception area into our office we will extend
the gift of hospitality to people as soon as they enter the front door
of the building, something that is a critical part of what we're trying
to achieve."

This means that the job description and hours for the receptionist are
undergoing significant expansion and change. Unfortunately this also
means that we will be saying good-bye to those who have been serving as
our part-time receptionists. They are Jean Shaw, our long-time afternoon
receptionist, and students Julia Woodward and Dusty Keeton-Williams. The
School thanks them for their valuable service and we wish them well in
their future endeavors.

Holocaust remembrance Thursday May 1: service (1:15 pm) and Pianist
movie/dinner with actor (5:30)
Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day -is Thursday, May 1. Hebrew
College will hold a service in Berenson Hall 1:15 - 2pm.
ANTS students are invited to attend.

In addition, at 5:30 PM
Journeys on the Hill presents "The Pianist" directed by Roman Polanski.
We have a unique opportunity to watch 'The Pianist' with discussion led
by student cantor and actor Jessica Kate Meyer, who stars in this
award-winning movie. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP by Wednesday
noon, April 30to Lisa Barrett: or Joy

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 responsibility inform your political choices? What guidance can we find
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, issue
workshops-including Torah study and organizing training-and planning for
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, Yavilah
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.

Chapel News (April 27-May 3)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (April 28- May 2) will
be offered by:
Monday: Ned
Tuesday: Terri Taylor
Wednesday: Kathy Cunliffe
Thursday: Donna Colltetti Lowre
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

The Koinonia Preaching Festival will be held during 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
April Spencer.

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

Thursday ANTS 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

April Spencer will lead worship this Thursday, May 1, on the theme:
Are we there yet? Reflections for the end of yet another school year.

Here is the remaining schedule for the Spring semester:

May 1 : April Spencer
May 8 : Black Student Fellowship

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

Spring course evaluations will soon be posted online, and your comments
are important!
In the next few days, you will receive an email from Jennifer Shaw,
Administrative Assistant to the Faculty, inviting you to participate in
an evaluation survey for each course you have taken this semester.

When it arrives, please follow the link provided and complete the
survey. Be sure to check your course number to make sure you are
responding to the correct course!

We remind you that all responses will be confidential, and unlike in the
first semester of online course evaluations in the Fall, you need not
provide any documentation to your instructor to inThis new format for course evaluations improves response quality and
makes the collection process more efficient, getting valued feedback
into the hands of our Faculty quickly and clearly.

Note: Jennifer will be using course lists in Connect to send these
surveys to you. If you have not changed your Connect email address to a
preferred alternative, Connect will use your ANTS email account. Please
direct questions about Connect to Evn Tomeny,

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

Retreat: Dancing on Water: Discovering the Sacred in Our Daily Life
Dancing on Water: Discovering the Sacred in Our Daily Life
A Poetry & Spirituality Retreat led by Poets Judith Valente and Charles

The Lay Committee on Contemporary Spiritual-&-Public Concerns (the CSPC
Committee) of St. Paul Parish, Cambridge, in Harvard Square, will hold
the ninth presentation of its series on Saturday, May 3, 2008, 9:00
am-3:00 pm. Poets and Retreat presenters Judith Valente and Charles
on the theme, "Dancing on Water: Discovering the Sacred in Our Daily
Life." They will in corporate poetry, photographic images, and film
clips as aids in revealing the sacred in the everyday. This retreat
will build on the successful poetry panel Valente and Reynard conducted
last year entitled, "On Poetry and Spirituality," when they discussed
Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul (Chicago: Loyola Press, 2005), a book
the pair co-edited. The retreat will be held in the Cullinane
Conference Center of Youville Hospital, 1575 Cambridge Street,
Cambridge, MA, and will require reservations. Please see below.

Judith Valente has built an award-winning journalism career in print and
broadcast media. She has worked for The Washington Post, The Wall
Street Journal, and The Dallas Times Herald, a medium where she has been
twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She is a frequent contributor to the
PBS-TV news program, ôReligion & Ethics NewsWeekly,ö and has been
honored for her work with eight broadcast awards. She is a commentator
for National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio. Ms. Valente will
begin to co-host a new weekly program for Chicago Public Radio called,
"Through the Lens," which will examine the dimensions of religion and
spirituality in current news events. The program is expected to air
this spring.

The Hon. Charles Reynard, an Illinois Circuit Court Judge of the
Eleventh Judicial Circuit, has had the very rare ability to combine a
legal career with the writing of poetry. Judge Reynard was assistant
state's attorney, followed by 10 years in private practice in which he
was also one of several appointed public defenders. He was the State's
Attorney of McLean County, IL, for 15 years (1987-2002). He has been
nationally recognized for his work in child sexual abuse and domestic
violence. He was appointed to the founding Board of Directors of the
Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (1995-2002) and has served as
co-chair of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois, a bipartisan,
nonprofit, anti-crime organization. Since 1999, he has been an active
member of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. Mr. Reynard
co-authored Voir Dire in Child Victim Sex Abuse Trials: A Strategic
Guide for Illinois Prosecutors (1995, 1996 editions) and authored The
Violence Stops Here: Prosecuting Domestic Violence (1999). His passion
for poetry has enabled him to express the extraordinary human suffering
he witnesses in family court. His poems have been published in
AfterHours, The Crab Orchard Review, and also in Illinois Poets: Where
We Live
Ms. Valente and Judge Reynard are married and reside in Chicago and
Normal, IL.

For further information on this and other lectures in the series, please
visit our website:; or to make reservations for
this retreat, please respond to

An Evening of Sacred Song with MiXed Company - May 3rd in Wilson Chapel
The Massachusetts Bible Society hosts MiXed Company in Wilson Chapel,
Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 7:00pm
For more information visit <>

Bill Humphrey III and Jessica Rechner are MiXed Company, a Christian,
married, interracial duo. Jessica is a classically trained vocalist.
is a saxophonist, composer, and arranger. They choose to come together
praise God with each of their own individual gifts. The message they
is "even though we are different, we can still worship together with our
differences intact."

The music of MiXed Company is a unique blend of their separate cultures,
traditions and musical training. As an African American Christian, Bill
felt he had to choose which culture he was going to worship God in.
in an interracial marriage complicated the matter. Bill was called to
create a form of music merging their cultures so they both could worship
together. The result is MiXed Company. We hope you enjoMay Luncheon with Dr. Mark Burrows
The Massachusetts Bible Society hosts a Luncheon with Dr. Mark Burrows
Speaking on the Topic "Can Poetry Save Us?"
Wednesday, May 21, 2008, noon to 1:15pm
Paulist Center, 5 Park Street, Boston <>

Can poetry save us?" Such a question seems initially misplaced, if not
ridiculous. Poetry? As something that saves us? How? And, from what?
Not all artists will understand the purpose of their vocation in this
but the effect of their work often lifts us into a dimension described
one poet as "the only whole thinking." He went on to suggest that "God
the poetry caught in any religion," and "full religion" as he calls it
the large poem in loving repetition" (Les Murray). Perhaps what our
requires is a "salvation" that behaves like a good poem, which points us
toward a truth that lives beyond words, a goodness that is more than
duty, a
beauty that exceeds the reach of concepts. Thus, Murray: "Nothing's
till it's dreamed out in words/ and nothing's true that figures in words

For luncheon reservations, please call 617-542-2230 or email before Monday, May 19th. Suggested Lunch Donation

New - December graduation Policy
The school has institute a December graduation date, with no December
ceremony, to provide an option by which students who have completed
their requirements may have a complete transcript after the fall term.
If you are planning to finish all your degree requirements by the end of
the summer or by the end of the fall semester, please e-mail
( the Registrar to schedule an appointment during the

"The Light"
Please join us every Wednesday
between the hour of 12 to 12.30pm at Noyes Building.
We meet to pray on various issues.
For prayer request, email me at

Hospice volunteer training offered by West River Care
The end of life can be a lonely and frightening time, or a time of
reminiscence, joy and peace. You can make a difference in someone's
life in an hour a week. Volunteers are needed to visit patients at
sites all over greater Boston. Training will be provided for new
volunteers at our Needham office on May 31 and June 7, 2008. Please
contact Alice Hutter (ANTS class of 2003), Volunteer Coordinator, at
781-707-9586 or

Andover Newton Community Art show
Be sure to visit -

The Andover Newton Community Art Show

This year's exhibit of art done by students, staff,
faculty, family and friends of Andover Newton
celebrates creation and creativity in many inspired
forms including painting, sketching, collage,
ceramics, assemblage, photography, mosaics and more!

On display in the Meetinghouse and Wilson Chapel
Gallery now through May 30

Students interested in enrolling in Prof. Burrows's "Reading in Retreat"
(Saturday, Jan. 11, an on-campus orientation, and Jan. 12 - 16, 2009 in
residence at the monastery) will be invited to pre-register in early
September. Those desiring to be alerted to this pre-registration
process should contact the faculty administrative assistant, Ms.
Jennifer Shaw, stating their interest and appropriate contact
information (email, phone number to The course is
limited to 15, and students must have completed a basic course in the
history of Christianity which includes a survey of medieval theology and
history. Students who are in advanced standing will be given priority,
as will those who respond to the request for pre-registration in
September. Several slots are always reserved for "ministers in