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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

In this message:

Academic:
- Registrar Updates:
- Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through September
20th
- List of Closed Courses: *** Check This Daily ***
- Error in BTI Catalog
- Major Database Upgrade on Sept 12-15; some Connect areas affected
- Parking Permits ***New***
- Morning Worship Begins Next Week *** New ***
- Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 23! *** New ***

Fellowship News:
- UU ingathering service, Thursday 9/11 1:00p.m. Wilson Chapel
- Prison Ministry Fellowship meeting *** New ***
- Showing Our Support for Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree *** New ***
- Student Life Activity, Saturday Sept. 13th *** 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:
- Prayers for Kim Wadhams *** New ***
- Ordination and Installation News *** Updated ***
- A Celebration of the Life of Edie Howe (Sept. 14th)
- Courageous Conversations (October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
- Art Night *** Updated ***

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

- The following courses are closed as of 10-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
Prophets
P3ETHI719: Social Teachings of the Christian Churches Practitioner
Program
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
Wholeness
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 naguila@ants.edu as there may be an wait list option for the
courses.

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Error in BTI Catalog
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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
below.

Sincerely,
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

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Major Database Upgrade on Sept 12-15;
some Connect areas affected
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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

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

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

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Morning Worship Begins Next Week *** New ***
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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 mluti@ants.edu

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Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 23! *** New ***
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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
Nienhuis)
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

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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Fellowship News:
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UU ingathering service, Thursday 9/11 1:00p.m. Wilson Chapel
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Dear friends and colleagues,

The Unitarian Universalist Community of Andover Newton Students
welcomes everyone to the first UU Worship of the year, Thursday, Sept.
11 at 1:00 p.m. in Wilson Chapel. We'll thank our outgoing leaders
and commission our incoming leaders, advisor and liaisons.
Singer/songwriter and M.Div. Senior, Emily Melcher, will provide special
music and preach "Plucking Plums," on ministerial formation as a
process of spiritual maturation.

-- UUCANS Worship coordinators: Morgan McLean, Bruce Taylor

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

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 wgural@ants.edu or 781-698-6753.
Shalom.

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Showing Our Support for Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree ***New***
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Friends,

A few weeks ago, Davida Foy Crabtree, UCC Conference Minister for CT
and ANTS Trustee announced that she was beginning treatment for breast
cancer. Please hold her in prayer, especially throughout her treatments
over the next few months.

Kathy Cunliffe has assembled a special set of prayer beads and
Swarovski crystal angel earrings. She has also purchased the CD, Deep
Peace by Bill Douglas, featuring the Ars Nova Singers and invites all
members of the ANTS community to pray over the beads, write a prayer or
message in a small journal, and/or contribute toward the expenses of
these items. If contributions exceed the cost of materials and the
other gifts, she will purchase a gift certificate for one of Davida's
favorite restaurants so that she and her husband can enjoy an evening
out.

If anyone would like to join in this expression of support for Davida
as she journeys toward healing, please see Kathy or Cindy Stasko in
Wilson Chapel before or after Community Chapel on Wed. 9/10. If you
have any questions please contact Kathy at kcunliffe@ants.edu.

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Student Life Activity, Saturday Sept. 13th *** New ***
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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
towel.

RSVP: Bill Gural at 781-698-6753, wgural@ants.edu.
Also contact Morgan McLean at mmclean@ants.edu for suggestions for
other activities.

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Business Office:
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Q&A on Student Health Insurance (Sept. 16th)
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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

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Board Plan Rates for 2008-2009
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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.

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Student Health Insurance: Booklets Now Available in Business Office
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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 www.uhcsr.com
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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.

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Other News and Opportunities:
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Prayers for Kim Wadhams *** New ***
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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
(kwadhams@ants.edu) 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

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Ordination and Installation News *** Updated ***
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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
aaaberg@aaberginc.com.

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

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A Celebration of the Life of Edie Howe (Sept. 14)
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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
welcome.

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Courageous Conversations (October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
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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 JShaw2@ants.edu or call 617
964 1100 ext. 228.

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Art Night *** Updated ***
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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
Meetinghouse.

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
(Dhonen@ants.edu)