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Friday, September 12, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, September 12th, 2008

In this message:

- Registrar Updates:
- Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through September
- List of Closed Courses: *** Check This Daily ***
- Major Database Upgrade on Sept 12-15; some Connect areas affected
- Parking Permits
- Morning Worship Begins Next Week
- Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 23!
- Northern Baptist Scholarship *** New ***

Fellowship News:
- Prison Ministry Fellowship meeting
- Student Life Activity, Saturday Sept. 13th
- Journeys on the Hill, inter-faith student group of ANTS and Hebrew
College *** New ***

Business Office:
- Q&A on Student Health Insurance (Sept. 16th)
- Board Plan Rates for 2008-2009
- Student Health Insurance: Booklets Now Available in Business Office

Other News and Opportunities:
- Noel Paul Stookey Concert (Oct. 4th) *** New ***
- Prayers for Burton's family (and all others) evacuating to Central
Texas *** New ***
- Prayers for Kim Wadhams
- Ordination and Installation News
- Courageous Conversations (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
- Art Night

Registrar Updates:
- Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through September 20th

- The following courses are closed as of 12-Sept-08
CMFE620: Integrative Seminar
CMPR609: Preaching in the Congregation: An Intro. to the Pastoral
Pract. of Preaching
CMPR625: Holistic Preaching
CMPR730: The Jazz of Preaching
GCIM755: Views of the Messianic Age in Judaism and Christianity
OLDT509: One Love: Intro. to the Hebrew Bible I, Torah and Former
P3ETHI719: Social Teachings of the Christian Churches Practitioner
P3NEWT772: Paul as Pastoral Strategist Practitioner Program
P3OLDT509: One Love: Intro to Hebrew Bib. I The Torah & Former Prophets
Practitioner Program
P3PSYP611: Practices of Care in Congregations Practitioner Program
PSYC735: [PSYC735/835] Sexuality and Spirituality: Pastoral Counsel.
Pastoral & Congregational Care
PSYF762: [PSYF/CHRS/FHSP 762/862] Spiritual Practices for Healing and
PSYH784: [ELPSYH 784/884] The Psychology and Theology of Forgiveness
PSYP611: Practices of Care in Congregations
THEO611: Systematic Theology I

If you were hoping to take one of these classes, please contact Nayda
at as there may be an wait list option for the

Major Database Upgrade on Sept 12-15; some Connect areas affected
The school database will be undergoing a major upgrade over the weekend
of Sept 12-15. The goal is to have everything up and running on Monday
morning, Sept. 15, but we are scheduling an extra day of down time to
ensure a smooth upgrade.

Other than occasional down times, the following areas in Connect should
NOT be affected:
- Academics Tab
- Field Education Tab
- Campus Life Tab
- My Pages Tab

The following areas WILL be affected:
- Student Tab
- Course E-mail or Roster access

Please plan your work accordingly.

Emily Leavitt
Interim Manager of IT

Parking Permits
We are now ready to distribute parking permits. Please stop by the
Building & Ground office during the following times to pick up your

Mon - Thurs. 8:00 a.m. - Noon, and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 am - Noon only

Please note that no permits will be given to any student without a NEW
'09 student ID which can be obtained at the Registrar's office.

Building & Grounds

Morning Worship Begins Next Week
Morning Worship will begin in Wilson Chapel on Monday, September 15 at
8:15 am. Morning Worship is always different, and we hope always
centering. Join us in the small meditation room on the ground floor,
Monday through Friday all semester.
All are welcome!

If you are interested in leading morning worship throughout the
semester, please email Mary Luti

Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 23!
Dear Andover Newton Community,

Community Day is nearly upon us! Mark your calendars for Tuesday,
Sept. 23 and plan to join us. For those of you who are new to the
community, on Community Day we close down classes for the day and go to
learn and do community service work off the hill. Faculty, staff,
deans, and the President all go together! We will be in small teams
heading off to various areas around Boston. This is an excellent way to
spend some out-of-classroom time with faculty and staff, as we all "roll
up our sleeves" for our neighbors in the greater Boston area. The day
will begin with a morning worship service in the Wilson sanctuary, and
end with a reflection once we're all back on campus. Sack lunches will
be provided for all.

This year one team will be going to build a Habitat for Humanity house.
In order to do this we need to raise $750 to cover the building
materials we need that day. If you would like to contribute to this
cost please get a check to me made out to "Habitat for Humanity."

9:30am-10:00am Worship Service, Wilson Sanctuary
10:00am-10:45 am Introduction to the Day (Nancy
10:45am-11:00am Pick up sack Lunches

11:00am-11:30pm Travel to work sites
11:30pm-12:30pm Work at sites
12:30 pm Lunch and Learning at Sites
1:30pm-4:30pm More work at sites

4:30pm-5:00pm Return to Andover Newton (meet on the quad)

You can begin signing up for Community Day now. Just send me an email
and let me know if you have any particular needs or restrictions. Come
for whatever part of the day you can. FYI, we go rain or shine!

Let me know if you have questions,


Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Northern Baptist Scholarship *** New ***
Northern Baptist Scholarship Applications are available in the
Financial Aid Office. Any ABC-MDIV student may apply. Students must
submit a letter of support/endorsement from their home church along with
their application. Application and letter must be returned to the
Financial Aid Office by October 1.

Rev. Roger Spinney will be on campus to interview students Thursday,
October 2, 2008, 9:30 to 4:30.

Please stop by the Financial Aid Office to schedule an interview.

Fellowship News:
Prison Ministry Fellowship meeting
I heard on the news the other day that a local women's prison is now
doubling women in cells. The story went on to say that the prison
population in the state is as high as it has ever been.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice."

Contrary to popular misinformation and well intended wishful thinking,
racism is very alive and functioning today. 43% of the prison
population is African American while the African American population in
the country is about 12%. It was only recently that a federal judge
overturned the sentencing laws for crack cocaine. One had to have 100
times the weight of powder cocaine to get the draconian sentences.

"Visit those in prison."

We need to visit those in prison for our salvation both in the
therapeutic and the soteriological sense (hey, I'm making use of this
theology degree!). Getting behind the bars opens our eyes to the
dynamics of power and privilege. We get converted as much as we

We will meeting soon as the prison ministry fellowship-likely early
afternoon on a Tues. Stay tuned.

Also Mark Hemenway of New England Prison Ministries will be visiting
Monday Sept. 29 at 5:30 for dinner and conversation in the dining room.

Questions? Contact Bill Gural at or 781-698-6753.

Student Life Activity, Saturday Sept. 13th
Trip to Walden Pond: this Saturday Sept. 13th.

This is the first of a series of monthly outings for the ANTS community
sponsored by the office of Student Life.
Meet at the chapel end of the quad at 10 a.m. Bring your swimsuit and

RSVP: Bill Gural at 781-698-6753,
Also contact Morgan McLean at for suggestions for
other activities.

Journeys on the Hill, inter-faith student group of ANTS and Hebrew
Upcoming Events:

- Memorial Service celebrating Edie Howe
We gather to honor the contributions of Edie Howe, a founder and
leading member of JOTH
Andover Newton, Wilson Chapel
Sunday September 14, 4pm

- Labyrinth "Spiritual Return"
Learn about JOTH and walk the labyrinth
Wednesday September 17, 6:15-8pm
Andover Newton Meeting House

- Opportunity to apply to participate in year-long monthly InterFaith
Learning Groups:
A particularly meaningful way to become involved is to participate in
an ongoing dedicated Interfaith Learning Group. This year we will have
two or three groups with ten students in each group, five from ANTS and
five from HC. These groups meet about six times to eight times per year
for evening meetings of three hours during which the members share a
meal and discuss topics of mutual interest, providing opportunities for
deeper and more intimate exchanges on matters of importance to the
religious traditions of the participants. Each participant plans and
facilitates one meeting with a partner from the other school. Students
who participate report that the connections made and the in-depth
learning will carry forward into their ministries.

To ensure a balance of backgrounds and commitment to the process, we
request that anyone interested complete an application by September 23,
2008. Groups will begin in October.

To apply for the Interfaith Learning Group, please complete the online
application by clicking on this link:

Business Office:
Q&A on Student Health Insurance (Sept. 16th)
On Tuesday, September 16, from Noon-1:30 p.m., Mr. Scott Collins will
be available to give a general overview of the student health insurance
plan and answer any questions you may have. Mr. Collins is a Sr.
Account Executive with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. This conversation
will occur in Upper Noyes in the Student Center. Please feel free to
bring your lunch.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Board Plan Rates for 2008-2009
Board Plan rates for the 2008-09 academic year were announced as
subject to change, and have now been revised to reflect an increase of
5%. The new rates now in effect are as follows:

1 Meal Plan $127 per semester (up from $121)
3 Meal Plan $367 per semester (up from $349)
Full Meal Plan $759 per semester (up from $723)

If you have already been billed for the previous amount, the increase
will appear as an additional charge to your student account.

Student Health Insurance: Booklets Now Available in Business Office
All Registered Students taking 9 or more credit hours are automatically
enrolled in the School Plan.
Massachusetts state law now requires all students not enrolling in the
student health insurance plan must bring physical proof of insurance to
the business office.
The premiums for the Student Health Insurance 2008-09 policy year (Sept
1 to Aug 31) are:

Student: $ 944.
Spouse: $3752.
Each Child $1878.

Starting this year, students enrolled in the plan may elect to cover a
domestic partner at the spousal rate. The web site for the insurance
carrier, United Health Care Student Resources, is
Student Health Insurance Plan booklets are now available in the
Business Office. These booklets explain in detail what and who is
covered ANTS' Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan for the
Academic Year 2008-09, and how much it will cost to participate.
Included are the forms you will need if you decide to include your
spouse, domestic partner, or dependent children in the plan.

Student registered for 9 or more credits for the upcoming Fall Term
will be automatically enrolled in the Plan. If you have other medical
insurance and want to waive this automatic participation, you must
provide proof of this insurance (your insurance card will do) to the
Business Office,even if you did so last year. Your proof must be
renewed every year in the fall before the end of the Add-Drop Period.

Other News and Opportunities:
Noel Paul Stookey Concert (Oct. 4th) *** New ***
In his fourth decade as the 'Paul' of Peter, Paul, and Mary,
Stookey's music continues to challenge, encourage and entertain. His
music has spanned a spectrum from 'I Dig Rock And Roll Music', his
'60's satire on pop trendiness, to one of the best loved solo
records, 'The Wedding Song', which reached the top 30's of the pop
charts in the early '70's. His lyrical style, humor, and stage
presence have marked the American musical and cultural scene for almost
half a century, embodying his passionate commitment to border-crossing
through song and witness.

Saturday, October 04, 2008
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: Wilson Chapel

Tickets at the door (if available): $30

Advanced ticket sale prices are:
$25 general admission
$20 seniors and students
$20 per person for groups of 5 or more

To order tickets in advance: email with your name,
phone number, and number of tickets requested. We will call you for
credit card purchases and billing information. Or mail your check by
Sept 10th to: Concerts At Andover Newton, c/o Institutional Advancement,
210 Herrick Road, Newton, MA 02459.

This concert will sell out quickly, so order today!

Prayers for Kim Wadhams
Dear Community Members,

Many of you know that Kim Wadhams has been facing some heart problems
over the past few years. He just learned that he must now undergo a
heart transplant. He will enter the Yale New Haven Hospital next
Tuesday to await a heart. The average wait is about 90 days, although
of course it can be shorter or longer. Kim is feeling good now, but
this is something he needs to do.

Kim would like you to keep him in your thoughts and prayers, and he
welcomes hearing from you. He will have email access
( and a land line in his room--the main phone
number for the hospital is (203) 688-4242. Ever the faithful pastor,
while he waits he will be emailing sermons to his congregation for
someone to read on Sundays! I'll be in touch and will post updates to
Enews. He has felt warmly embraced by this community. I know you will
join me in continuing to extend Kim prayers and other support.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Prayers for Burton's family (and all others) evacuating to Central
Texas *** New ***
Please remember my family and friends in Houston in your thoughts and
prayers as they evacuate Thursday and Friday to Central Texas. A trip
that normally would take four hours was apparently going to take eight
hours due to heavy traffic as literally millions of Houston area
residents fled Hurricane Ike today.

Our Aunt Dorothy's surgery went well Monday, but she has stage three
cancer and must now endure months of chemotherapy and radiation. Thanks
so much for your personal words of support as well as your prayers.

God has blessed us with a wonderful community of faith and care here at
Andover Newton.

Grace and Truth,

Ordination and Installation News
Judy Hanlon: Ordination on Sunday September 14, 2008 at 4:00pm.
Location: Salem Covenant Church (UCC)
215 E Mountain St
Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 853-4071

Donna Colletti Lowre: Installed on Sunday September 14, 2008 at 4pm.
Location: First Baptist Church of Lyme
PO Box 108
Lyme Center, NH 03769

Ann Aaberg. Ordained on Sunday, September 21 at 3pm
Location: North Community Church UCC
Marshfield Hills, MA

Irvin Morgan: Ordained on September 21, 2008 at 3:00pm.
Location: Myrtle Baptist Church (ABC)
21 Curve Street
West Newton, MA

Courageous Conversations (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
Courageous Conversations: Finding the Other without Losing Yourself
Led by Robert Sarly
In the Peck Room, 9:00 am - noon, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

This five-week interactive series will help you discover how courageous
dialogic conversation can become an important everyday spiritual
practice which teaches us how to engage with the other without losing
ourselves. Courageous conversation can create new possibilities for
connection which leads to healing and to a greater sense of wellbeing
for self and other. These classes are intended for pastors, seminarians
and laypeople who want to improve their communication skills and become
better at the art of healing conversation.

* The program of workshops is cumulative, so participation in all four
sessions is requested. Registration is limited to 18.

The cost of the 4 workshops is $25 for students, $50 for pastors and
laypeople. Scholarships are available if needed.

To register please contact Jennifer Shaw at or call 617
964 1100 ext. 228.

Art Night
We are ALL made in the image of a creating God! A special welcome to
new students and a welcome back to returning students!

Art night is a year round, drop in, safe, "no rules," open studio
experience held every Thursday, 7-10 pm in the lower studio of the

Art Night consists of a group of adult artists ranging in skill level
from complete beginners to professionals who gather to explore a wide
range of visual arts for the purpose of experiencing revelation,
healing, fellowship and fun! Work on class assignments, special
projects you've always wanted to explore, or come and be inspired by
others in the group.

Sometimes there is a learning theme (paper making, mosaic fundamentals,
finger painting, etc.) and sometimes it's completely open ended.
Watch for flyers about workshops each semester on topics like mandala
creation, beginners' manuscript painting techniques, journal making
and collaging.

Many supplies are available (acrylic paint, brushes, water colors,
markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, various kinds of paper, mosaic
supplies and tools, collage papers, paper making materials, some beading
equipment, etc.) or bring your own.

Free will offering for supplies.

Contact Joy (Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS) with questions