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Monday, May 05, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, May 5th, 2008

In this message:

- Jonathan Edwards Society Class of 2008
- Admissions & Recruitment expands efforts in hospitality and
- You are invited to the May 10th Missions Conference!
- Chapel News (May 4-10)
- Commencement Speaker
- Summer Course Canceled
- Farewell Reception for Professor Dixon and Professor Jeyaraj
- From the Registrar's office
- Labyrinth Walk 5/7/08
- May Luncheon with Dr. Mark Burrows
- June Covenant, Community, and Sexuality Conference
- "The Light"
- Hospice volunteer training offered by West River Care
- Andover Newton Community Art show

Jonathan Edwards Society Class of 2008
The Dean's Offices wishes to apologize for the delay in announcing this
year's class of new members of the Jonathan Edwards Society. They are:

Yaroslav Nalysnyk
Victoria Weinstein

Mangyangtemjen Imsong

Ann Aaberg
Erica Baron
D. Regina Boyd
Janet Bush
Joshua Alan Chhin-Lawrence
Mia Douglas
Helen Fields
Mary Helen Gunn
John Christian Mitchell
Irvin W. Morgan
Stacy Swain
Timothy Temerson

Carolyn Roberts

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.

You are invited to the May 10th Missions Conference!
To continue our bicentennial celebrations, on Saturday, May 10th, lay
leaders, local church missions committees, ministers and ministers-to-be
are invited to attend "Majority Speaks: Global Perspectives in Mission."
It will include a keynote address by an international speaker, small
group discussions, panel discussion from an international mission
perspective, workshops, and a missions-inspired worship service in
Wilson Chapel.

Why you should go: To participate in the re-definition of mission(s)
for the 21st century. To hear views of mission from Two-Thirds World.
To learn about and from best-practice churches doing excellent
mission(s) work.

Not to be missed: ANTS student Ruth Edens will be giving a presentation
on her UCC missions work in Lebanon.

ANTS students can attend for $10.00!
For more details and to register, go to

To volunteer (cost waived), contact Jim Hinds at 617-964-1100, x. 280

Chapel News (May 4-10)
Reflections at MORNING PRAYER for this week (May 5- May 9) will
be offered by:
Monday: Michael Hall
Tuesday: Burton Bagby
Wednesday: Bill Gural
Thursday: Liz Garrigan-Byerly
Friday: Kurt Walker

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

Nick Carter will be leading Senior Chapel 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.

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.

Thanks for a great first year in the Wilson Chapel! Seniors, be safe!

Ned Allyn Parker
Admission Counselor / Chapel Steward

Commencement Speaker
The Faculty have asked Carolyn Roberts to be this year's commencement
speaker, and she has accepted. Carolyn is a Master of Arts student, and
a newly-inducted member of the Jonathan Edwards Society. We look forward
to hearing her on May 17!

Summer Course Canceled
Course Canceled- WOTA 728J The Bible of Holywood

Farewell Reception for Professor Dixon and Professor Jeyaraj
Please join us this Thursday, May 8, at 3 p.m. in the Meetinghouse for
a farewell reception for Valerie Dixon and Daniel Jeyaraj.

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

Andover Newton Theological School & Hebrew College - INTERFAITH

The Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education
(CIRCLE) of Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College seeks
applications from qualified students for the Interfaith Fellowship
Program for the 2008-2009 academic year.

These annual fellowships are competitive, and each fellowship carries a
$10,000 stipend. Fellows will be expected to dedicate approximately 10
hours a week to the CIRCLE program, with the understanding that our work
is seasonal and will therefore include periods of more intensive work.

Students in any of the degree granting programs at ANTS or HC are
eligible to apply for this fellowship. The focus of the CIRCLE program
is Jewish-Christian interfaith learning and service, with a desire to
expand our work to include members of the Muslim community. We seek
fellows who identify themselves somewhere in the breadth of either the
Jewish or Christian traditions. They must be adept at organizing and
facilitating religious educational programming, and be committed to
working closely with a team of students and staff from ANTS and HC.

Responsibilities include:

1. Serving on the leadership team of the Journeys on the Hill (JOTH)
program. This includes planning, coordination, and facilitation of
on-campus events with the interfaith leadership team (including students
and faculty advisors) throughout the academic year for ANTS-HC

2. Specific work in one of several areas of the broader CIRCLE program.
These could include:

Website development
Teaching assistantship
Research on interfaith programs at seminary and graduate schools
Conference planning
Development of educational materials for congregations and schools
Outreach to other Jewish, Christian, and Muslim programs

3. Serving as an interfaith ambassador in a variety of religious and
cultural settings off-campus.

Applicants should submit a resume and a letter of introduction
describing their own faith background, their interest and experience in
interfaith work, and the relevant skills they bring to this endeavor.

Application materials should be submitted to Priscilla Deck
( The deadline for applications is Monday, May 12,
2008. Applicants should be available for interviews May 19-20.

Labyrinth Walk 5/7/08
Labyrinth Walk in Wilson Chapel
Wednesday, May 7
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Come anytime to experience this form of walking prayer in the beautiful
sacred space of Wilson Chapel. All are welcome.

Questions? Contact Martha Bays,

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

June Covenant, Community, and Sexuality Conference
The Interreligious Center for Public Life Announces:

Covenant, Community, and Sexuality
June 16-17, 2008

A Conference Sponsored by the Boston Theological Institute and by the
InterReligious Center on Public Life, in partnership with Andover Newton
Theological School and Hebrew College

The religious traditions are nearly at one in their recognition that
their teachings on the dignity of the person have to include persons who
are heterosexual as well as homosexual in orientation and not to
ostracize any person. Dignity of the person is the most fundamental
common theme. On the conclusions such traditions draw from that point
they are much divided and often confused. Various religious bodies, both
Jewish and Christian, have been at this discussion for years and many
still find themselves stalemated. With this conference, we do not intend
to be prescriptive, but to give people of the various traditions a forum
in which to explore these issues within the context of covenant and
community. For more information please see:

Conference participants may elect to take the conference as a part of
credits; open to Hebrew College & BTI students); Instructors: Rodney
Petersen (BTI) and Sanford Seltzer (ICPL) and the Conference Speakers
and Proceedings, "Covenant, Community and Sexuality"; course runs
from 6/16 - 6/26. See course syllabus.

"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