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Monday, May 12, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, May 12th, 2008

In this message:

- Andover Newton Trustees Elect Two New Faculty Members
- Please come celebrate our 2008 Unitarian Universalist graduates!
- Gardening at ANTS this summer?
- Convocation
- Volunteer to usher for Baccalaureate and/or Commencement
- Andover Newton Dumpsters
- Library schedule notice
- Have Unneeded Books?
- Summer & AY09 Resident Representatives Announced
- May Luncheon with Dr. Mark Burrows
- J.C. Mitchell Ordination
- Music gig on May 15th
- Andover Newton Community Art show

Andover Newton Trustees Elect Two New Faculty Members
Mary Luti named first Director of Wilson Chapel and Visiting Professor
of Worship & Preaching

Simon Lee appointed to Assistant Professor of New Testament

After receiving enthusiastic recommendations from the faculty and the
President, the Trustees of Andover Newton made two faculty appointments
at its April meeting. The action follows national searches for the
positions; both will begin with the 2008-09 academic year. Following the
Trustee's vote, President Nick Carter said, "Luti and Simon are
wonderful additions to our faculty. Each brings a unique combination of
scholarship, faith, and commitment to the church that will offer our
students exciting educational opportunities. I can't think of a better
way to help celebrate our bicentennial year than to welcome these two
outstanding new leaders to our faculty."

The Rev. Dr. J. Mary Luti has been elected to the position of Director
of Wilson Chapel and Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching. Luti
will serve as the inaugural director of Andover Newton's Wilson Chapel
overseeing the imaginative integration of the modern new chapel into
curriculum and the life of the School community. In addition, Dr. Luti
will teach several courses each year in the areas of worship and

For the past 8 years Dr. Luti has been serving the Senior Minister of
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational (UCC). She 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, Mary also taught in the Department of the
History of Christianity at the School until leaving to work as a church
and leadership consultant 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 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. Luti and her spouse are residents of Cambridge,

Dr. Simon S. Lee has been elected to the position of Assistant
Professor of New Testament. Lee is an outstanding scholar who is
graduating from Harvard this spring with a doctorate in New Testament
and Christian Origins. Simon is a Presbyterian church leader originally
from South Korea who worked for several years as an engineer in his home
country before embarking on a life dedicated to religious scholarship.
He has a Masters of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School, an
MDiv (summa cum laude) from Gordon Conwell, and a BS from Seoul National
University. Lee and his family are residents of Lexington, MA.

Please come celebrate our 2008 Unitarian Universalist graduates!
UUCANS and friends invite you to a ritual farewell and simple breakfast
for our graduating seniors

Friday May 16
9:30am - 11:00am
ANTS Meeting House

Please RSVP to Christina Sillari

Gardening at ANTS this summer?
Dear ANTS folks who will be around this summer,

A few of us in the Emerging Ecology Fellowship have been talking about
doing some gardening this
summer. We'd like to find a few others to help us keep it going. As
you may know, the school designated space
for a garden behind Davis, and we'd like to get started using it,
probably for edibles and a few flowers to make it attractive.

You can email me, or talk to Bill Gural if you see him on campus.


Helen Snively
(also known as the writing tutor)

Last call to register for this Thursday's Convocation (May 15)
Visit the website for the full schedule of activities. If you wish to
attend lunch, the reception and/or dinner, the cost is free for seniors
and $10 for guests and students, but you must register ahead of time so
we can get an accurate meal count. Contact Kerri Saucier or call ext. 206. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer to usher for Baccalaureate and/or Commencement
Volunteers are still needed for Baccalaureate (5:45 p.m. until 8 p.m.,
Friday, May 16) and Commencement (12:45 p.m. until 4 p.m.)

Ushers whose participation is confirmed may attend the receptions in
the tent on the Quadrangle that follow each event.

Please email Burton Bagby at to volunteer.

Andover Newton Dumpsters
'Tis the season to be cleaning out rooms and packing up for the summer.
Please remember that only trash may be thrown into Andover Newton
dumpsters. No furniture, bicycles, or electronics--especially items
like computer monitors, which contain hazardous materials--should be
thrown into the dumpsters. Our trash removal company will not empty
dumpsters into which non-authorized items have been thrown. If you have
any questions about what is allowed in the dumpsters, please contact
your Resident Representative or Amelia O'Dowd in the Housing Office
(ext. 261).

Thank you for your cooperation,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Library schedule notice
Library Schedule
May 10-June 1

Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday closed

The library will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial

Have Unneeded Books?
Andover Newton alumnus Karen Hernandez Andrews is collecting gently
used and new books for 3 schools for children in India: the Zinatul
Islam School for Girls, a school educating Muslim girls and boys in
grades K-12; Guria, a school for the children of sex workers; and the
Mar Thoma Gram Jyoti Schools of Varanasi, a schooling project located in
remote villages, educating Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and more. For
questions please contact Karen at The book
drive ends June 15, and a drop-off bin is located outside my office,
Worcester 104.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

MEDIA MANIA & CHILDHOOD PLAY: A FREE Workshop for Parents sponsored by
Kids As Peacemakers and conducted by TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy
Children's Entertainment) -- May 22 at 7:00 pm at Newburyport Five Cents
Savings Bank, 63 State Street, Newburyport. RSVP to or call Marion Rizzo at 978 499-8290 to reserve

Parents will learn how to deal with the cultural messages in the media
that promote violence and early sexualization of children, and combat
the influence that media, advertisements, and products have on
children's development, learning and behavior.

Call Julia Steer at 978 346-1116 for more information. Visit the Kids
As Peacemakers website for more information
about our youth program -- a terrific (and inexpensive) youth group or
Sunday school opportunity.

Summer & AY09 Resident Representatives Announced
This summer Kurt Walker (Herrick) and Liz Miller (Appleton Chase) will
be serving as the summer Resident Representatives on the campus. Next
fall Resident Representatives will be: Carol and Len Hayward, Fuller;
Jeremiah Rood, Kendall; Liz Miller, Appleton Chase; Kurt Walker,
Herrick; and Andy Edwards and Sharon Houlahan, Farwell.

May 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
ridiculous. Poetry? As something that saves us? How? And, from
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
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

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

J.C. Mitchell Ordination
J.C. Mitchell will be ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of
on Sunday, May 18 at 5:30 pm Hope Church in Roslindale MA
for directions) All are invited and clergy are invited to robe and wear

Music gig on May 15th
We are looking for a couple of musicians to provide background music
for dinner at Convocation - approx. 5-7. We don't have access to a
piano, however, so we are looking for unamplified instruments....$50/hr
with the possibility of playing for the reception prior to dinner too if
you want (the money....)

Contact: Priscilla Deck, x. 209

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