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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

In this message:

- Andover Newton Trustees Elect Two New Faculty Members
- Prayers for Myanmar
- You are invited to the May 10th Missions Conference!
- Chapel News (May 4-10)
- News from the Gala, and Thanks
- Summer Course Canceled
- Farewell Reception for Professor Dixon and Professor Jeyaraj
- Labyrinth Walk 5/7/08
- May Luncheon with Dr. Mark Burrows
- June Covenant, Community, and Sexuality Conference
- "The Light"
- 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.

Prayers for Myanmar
Good people:

The news from Myanmar is heart-rending. The latest reports are that in
the wake of the deadliest cyclone in that country's history, there are
more than 22,000 people dead and more than 40,000 people missing. All
indications are that the numbers will continue to rise. Much of the
country is without electricity, communications and transportation.

I have been asked by Andover Newton student Ai Doh for "prayers for our
people and especially our Pwo Kayin Theological Seminary where Dr. Maung
Maung Htwe and Dr. Soe Thi Ha are teaching." Ai Doh shares the sad news
that all staff buildings are destroyed and roofs at that seminary were
ripped out by the storm.

In addition, this next week Dr. Maung Maung Yin from Myanmar Institute
of Theology will be on campus for our Mission Conference (May 10) and
for Alumni/ae Convocation (May 15). Dr. Yin is still anxious about
members of his family, about whom he has heard nothing for the past 4

We will accept donations for Myanmar relief in the President's office
for the next week.

Please include all the people of Myanmar in your prayers this week.



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

News from the Gala, and Thanks
As many of you know, the school recently held a Gala to celebrate its
200th anniversary and to invite new people to get to know who we are.
This "friend raiser" was a great success, and you are already beginning
to reap the benefits (the new Adirondack chairs on the quad and some new
landscaping you'll soon see are a result of money that was raised
there). There will be many more changes, additions (Bibles and hymnals
for the chapel) and updates that occur during the summer, so stay tuned!

But as you get the chance please say a huge word of thanks to Vice
President of Advancement Priscilla Deck and her team (especially Kerri
Saucier, Evan Page, Mary McKearney, and Devon Bates-new to the staff).
They all put in countless hours to make this happen, and we owe them a
huge debt of thanks. Advancement so often works behind the scenes, but
the Gala is a good example of how tied their work is to your everyday
experiences at Andover Newton. Many thanks, Priscilla, Kerri, Devon,
Evan, and Mary!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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.

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

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