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Thursday, May 15, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, May 15th, 2008

In this message:

- CHOIR Needed for Graduation!!
- Thank You from Valerie Dixon
- Please come celebrate our 2008 Unitarian Universalist graduates!
- Gardening at ANTS this summer?
- Invitation to Dedication of Edie's Garden
- Volunteer to usher for Baccalaureate and/or Commencement
- Andover Newton Dumpsters
- Library schedule notice
- Summer & AY09 Resident Representatives Announced
- May Luncheon with Dr. Mark Burrows
- J.C. Mitchell Ordination
- Andover Newton Community Art show

CHOIR Needed for Graduation!!
If you would like to sing in the ANDOVER NEWTON COMMUNITY CHOIR for
Graduation or Baccalaureate, please see the following:

Calling all singers, especially seniors for Baccalaureate choir:
Rehearsal Friday at 6pm in Wilson.

Calling all singers for Commencement: Rehearsal Saturday 1pm at First

Please email Ned with Questions:

Ned Allyn Parker
Admission Counselor / Chapel Steward

Thank You from Valerie Dixon
To the Andover Newton Community:

I have been trying to think of something elegant and eloquent and
memorable to write to you that will express my deep gratitude to you and
to God for your kind thoughts and words, for the gifts and for the love
that you have given me as I prepare to leave Andover Newton. Words are
too weak for this task. So, I will simply say: Thank you. Know that I
love you all with a Radical Love.

Valerie Elverton Dixon

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)

Invitation to Dedication of Edie's Garden
Journeys on the Hill Interfaith Dialogues invites the communities of
Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College and Daughters of
Abraham to join us in dedicating the ground for:

Edie's Garden - a sacred grove to be planted in honor of Edie Howe and
her abiding commitment to interfaith dialogue adjacent to the
President's House at Andover Newton Theological School and to Hebrew
College on the hill in Newton Centre.

Ceremony of Dedication at 8:30am, Friday, May 16th.

Due to health considerations, Edie will be unable to attend this event.
At Edie's request, her daughter-in-law Jennifer Peace will speak on
Edie's behalf. Family and friends of Edie are invited to bring and share
a word of consecration.

RAIN OR SHINE--in case of rain, bring umbrellas to share! This event
will be video-recorded.

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

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

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