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Monday, September 08, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, September 8th, 2008

In this message:

- Registrar Updates:
- Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through September
- List of Closed Courses: *** Check This Daily ***
- Error in BTI Catalog *** New ***
- Cancellation of Writing Tutorial
- International Study Buddy & Hospitality Program
- Bookstore Launching Used Textbook Buy-Back and Resale!!!
- Library Updates Access to Databases
- Library Hours
- Major Database Upgrade on Sept 12-15; some Connect areas affected

Fellowship News:
- United Church of Christ Fellowship Meeting (Sept. 10)
- Baptist Fellowship Meeting (Sept. 10)
- Prison Ministry Fellowship meeting *** 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
- 2007-08 Student Health Insurance Claims

Other News and Opportunities:
- Calling All Singers! Community Choir for Convocation! *** New ***
- The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Dialogue (Wed., Sept. 3rd)
- Installation of Donna Colletti Lowre (Sept 14)
- A Celebration of the Life of Edie Howe (Sept. 14th)
- Ann Aaberg is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st)
- Irvin Morgan is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st)
- Courageous Conversations (October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) *** New ***
- Art Night *** Updated ***

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

- The following courses are closed as of 8-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
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
PSYF762: [PSYF/CHRS/FHSP 762/862] Spiritual Practices for Healing and
PSYC735: [PSYC735/835] Sexuality and Spirituality: Pastoral Counsel.
Pastoral & Congregational Care
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

Error in BTI Catalog *** New ***
I would like to inform you that the 2008-2009 Cross-Registration
Calendar printed in the on the inside cover of the 2008-2009 BTI Course
Catalogue has the wrong listing for Boston College School of Theology
and Ministry (BC STM). I would sincerely like to apologize for the
inconveniences that this error might have created. Please let your
students and faculties know that the correct schedule is the one listed

Marian Simion

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Registration
FALL: April 19-Sept 10 SPRING: Nov 13-Jan 23

Classes Begin
FALL: Sept 2 SPRING: Jan 14

Exam End:
FALL: Dec 11-18 SPRING: May 5-12

Spring Break:
March 2-6

Cancellation of Writing Tutorial
Owing to budget restraints, it has been necessary to cancel the Writing
Tutorial ably staffed by Dr. Helen Snively. We know that this will
cause a hardship for some students, and we will look for ways to lessen
that hardship. This year has brought a share of budget challenges, and
this decision represents one response to this difficult situation.

Dean Bill Herzog II

International Study Buddy & Hospitality Program
The Dean of Students' Students Services Team would like to invite you
to participate in a new opportunity on campus. We are looking for
returning students, international and non-international., with relevant
experience or a willingness to help, to act as BUDDIES. Our goal is to
help incoming international students adjust to their new environment on
the Andover Newton campus. We would also like to extend the opportunity
to make new friends and/or learn about other cultures, and foremost to
strengthen a sense of community. This year we have four
international/exchange students coming to Andover Newton from Korea,
India, Germany and South Africa!

As a buddy, you are invited to attend various social events:
*1 hour orientation session, September 6th
*Luncheon September 15th
*Community Day, Tuesday September 23rd
*Monthly lunch gatherings
*Monthly international film nights and pot lucks
*Multicultural Festival, Friday, January 30th, 5-9 in Peck Room

If you are interested in being a buddy, contact Aga Cram at
In your e-mail, please answer the following questions:

Last Name:
First Name:
E-mail address:
Year in School:
Field of Study:

Please summarize some interests of yours outside of school, such as
music preference, personality, etc. In addition, please summarize the
reasons for your interest in this program. This is just to help make
the matching better for you and the international students!

We appreciate your consideration of this invitation,

Nancy Nienhuis, Dean of Students
Brita Gill-Austern, Faculty Liaison to International Students
Aga Cram, International Student Liaison
Ming-Wei Tsai, International Student

Bookstore Launching Used Textbook Buy-Back and Resale!!!
In an effort to help students lower the costs of their textbooks,
Andover Newton Bookstore will buy-back select texts now through
September 12 (the end of the first week of classes). The list covers
selected texts from several courses being taught this fall semester so
you will have an opportunity to reduce your expenses for the fall.

When you sell your books back to the Bookstore, you will receive a
store credit which can be used for any store purchase, whether books or
non-book items. The used books will be available for purchase as soon
as possible after the buy-back.

Look for the list on campus and dorm bulletin boards, CONNECT (within
the next day or two), or email for a copy.

Please note our new store hours beginning Sept. 2: We will open each
morning at 8:30 am if you need a quick stop before you go to 9 am
classes. We will close at 5:30 Mon-Thurs, at 4 pm on Fridays.

In addition we will be open extended hours during Student Orientation:

Friday Sept. 5, 8:30 am-6:00 pm
Saturday Sept. 6, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Stop in during those two days to beat the rush the first week of

Library Updates Access to Databases
Over the summer we have been working on enhancements to your online
library experience. Now we have one-stop authentication for remote
access to all databases. You login just one time--no more different
passwords for different databases. Call Library Circulation Desk for
password information: 617 964-1100 ext. 251. Use of all database
products is limited to students and faculty because of license

On August 1 we will add a Biblical studies and worship resource,
iPreach. iPreach provides full text of several commentaries, including
New Interpreter's Bible. There are also lectionary commentaries,
theological dictionaries, and sermon aids. A trial version of iPreach is
available on the Library web site now.

Beginning with the fall semester many reserve readings will be
available as pdf files in Connect course sites, when fair use guidelines
of the copyright law permit.

In light of these additional full text resources, beginning August 1
all campus student printing will be centralized at the computer lab in
Stoddard Hall.

Library Hours
Library hours August 30-September 7:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday closed

The academic session schedule begins Monday, September 8:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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

Fellowship News:

United Church of Christ Fellowship Meeting (Sept. 10)
You're invited... to the United Church of Christ gathering at Andover
Newton Theological School on Sept 10th (Convocation Day) from
4:45-6:00PM in the Meetinghouse.

We'll gather together to: meet other UCCers, learn more about the UCC,
meet some of the Massachusetts Conference staff people and learn about
opportunities available in MA, ask questions about the in-care process,
and more.

There will be refreshments provided.

We'd love to know if you're planning on joining us - please RSVP to
Kris LoFrumento, or 508-875-5233 x274 by Sept 9th
if possible.

We'd love to have you join us for the whole time, but we know some of
you will be coming from afternoon classes and others will be headed to
evening ones - come for whatever time you can!

Baptist Fellowship Meeting (Sept. 10)
The Baptist Fellowship Group will be meeting and greeting some ABC
denominational representatives on Wednesday, Sept. 10th. Come and start
some new friendships or renew some old ones. All are welcome - any
denomination, new and returning students, faculty & staff. Light
refreshments will be provided.

Drop in at any time!
Greene Room
Top Floor of Dabney Hall

Emily & Jim Leavitt
Coordinators of the Baptist Fellowship Group

Prison Ministry Fellowship meeting *** New ***
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.

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.

2007-08 Student Health Insurance Claims
A number of students who participated in ANTS Student Health Insurance
Plan for the 2007-08 academic year have recently had their insurance
claims denied by United Health Care Student Resources (uhcsr), the Plan
Administrator, which has asked students to submit proof of their
enrolled status at ANTS in order to process claims. The Claims
Department at uhcsr informs us that these student status verification
letters were sent out in error; they are no longer sending the letters
out to ANTS students and are releasing and/or reprocessing any claims
that were pended for a response to them. If you receive or have
received one of these letters, you do not need to respond to it;
however, you may call Peter Gibson in the Business Office (617 964 1100
x218) if you would like him to contact uhcsr to make sure that your
claim is processed correctly.

Other News and Opportunities:
Calling All Singers! Community Choir for Convocation! *** New ***
From Burns Stanfield ....
Attention everyone who would like to form part of the community choir
for ANTS' Fall Convocation on Wednesday, September 10 at 1:00 pm.
You are invited to gather at 11:45 a.m. sharp in the Wilson Chapel on
Wednesday, Sept 10, for a half-hour rehearsal prior to the service.

The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Dialogue (Wed., Sept. 3rd)
Dr. Eboo Patel and Rabbi Or Rose
Moderated by Dr. Jennifer Peace

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hebrew College
Berenson Hall
7:30 p.m.

$10 general admission; $5 students

Please register online by copying and pasting the following link:

Why have relations between Jews and Muslims been so complicated over
the centuries? What lessons might we learn from our shared history? How
might we forge a new path together, engaging in honest, respectful, and
mutually enriching ventures? Join us for an exciting evening as two
leading young religious leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities
for interreligious cooperation among Jews and Muslims in the
contemporary world.

Hosted jointly by Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School,
in partnership with Brandeis University Interfaith Leadership
Development Program and Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries.

Installation of Donna Colletti Lowre (Sept 14)
Donna Colletti Lowre will be installed at the First Baptist Church of
Lyme, NH on Sunday September 14, 2008 at 4pm. If you are interested in
attending, please RSVP to:
First Baptist Church of Lyme
PO Box 108
Lyme Center, NH 03769

Congratulations Donna!

A Celebration of the Life of Edie Howe (Sept. 14)
Join family and friends from Andover Newton, Hebrew College, the
Daughters of Abraham, and First Church in Cambridge in giving thanks for
the life of ANTS M. Div. student and interfaith champion, Edith Crary
Howe, who died peacefully at her home in Cambridge, MA, on July 6, 2008.
The celebration will be held in the Wilson Chapel at 4 p.m. on Sunday,
September 14, followed by a reception hosted by Edie's family. All are

Ann Aaberg is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st)
I am pleased to share some good news from Ann Aaberg. She has
accepted a call to be the Pastor at Mystic Congregational Church in
Mystic, CT, beginning in mid-October. Her ordination will take place at
her home church, North Community Church UCC in Marshfield Hills, MA on
Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 PM. Let's keep Ann in our thoughts and
prayers as she moves into this next stage of her ministry. If you would
like to send Ann words of support and congratulations her email address

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Irvin Morgan is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st)
Irvin Morgan is getting ordained into the American Baptist Churches on
September 21, 2008 at 3:00pm.
Myrtle Baptist Church
21 Curve Street
West Newton, MA

All are welcome to attend.
Congratulations Irv!

Courageous Conversations (October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) *** New ***
Courageous Conversations: Finding the Other without Losing Yourself
Led by Robert Sarly
In the Peck Room, 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 *** Updated ***
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