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Friday, October 17, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, October 17th, 2008

In this message:

- Notice for December 2008 Graduates
- Winter Registration Delayed until October 21st *** New ***
- 4 New Winter Courses *** New Course Added ***
- Interested in Pastoral Counseling/Care?
- Scholarships *** New ***

Fellowship News:
- Important SA Meeting
- October Student Life events
- Calling all Student Pastors to help bring Peace!

Prayer Requests:
- Prayers for Judie Bryant and Family *** New ***

Other News and Opportunities:
- Earn $1,000 Preaching!
- Author Margaret Trost, October 20th, 5pm
- Pax Christi Metrowest hosts a program on immigration, Monday, Oct.
- An Invitation to Quakers at ANTS - Help Plan the Harvard Chapel
Service, Tuesday, Oct. 21st
- "The Eye Hides Not Its Secret" - Tuesday, October 21st
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Candlelight Vigil, Thursday,
October 23rd
- Call for Teens! Boston Interfaith Mural Project, October 28th
- Art Night

Notice for December 2008 Graduates
September 29-October 17

Students anticipating December 2008 graduation shall go over their
programs with the Registrar, to assure that all course requirements for
graduation will be met by the end of the semester. Please send e-mail to
Nayda Aguila at for an appointment.

Winter Registration Delayed until October 21st *** New ***
Due to technical difficulties, Winter registration will not begin until
October 21st.

October 21-November 7; 9:00 am- Seniors registration start for Winter
Session courses .
October 27-November 7- 9:00 am- All other students registration start
for Winter Session courses.

4 New Winter Courses *** New Course Added ***
ETHI711W-The Crisis on Wall Street and the Church on Main Street: A
Theological and Ethical Exploration of the Current Financial Crisis. Jan
19-23; 9-noon; 1-4 pm- Video Conference Course.
The course will explore the economics behind the crisis and how the
crisis will affect the church and its mission. The course will provide
some economic literacy in order to understand the crisis and then
explore its theological, ethical and pastoral dimensions. Throughout the
week, the course will focus on the impact of this crisis on the local

GCIM625W-Your Next Step in Mission- Prof. Heim
January course option for World Christianity or GCIM renewal area
Are you looking for a class to fulfill the World Christianity
requirement or to count in the GCIM renewal area? There is a flexible
January term option. The Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven,
CT offers a series of four one-week seminars in January (two at the
Mercy Center in Madison, CT and two at the OMSC site in New Haven). If
you sign up for one week of your choosing and register at Andover
Newton, you can receive credit for a three credit class. You will attend
the seminar, then meet and debrief with Professor Heim and write a
research paper on some topic flowing out of the seminar. Further
information is available on Professor Heim's section on the bulletin
board outside the faculty secretary's office. If you have questions,
see Professor Heim.

Held at the Mercy Center, Madison, CT or at the Overseas Mission Study
Center, New Haven, CT. Week 1, Jan. 5-9; Week 2, Jan.12-16; Week 3, Jan.
19-23 and Week 4, Jan.26-30, 2009. An intensive, full time, week long
seminar run by OMSC. Andover Newton students must choose and attend one
of four seminars offered, do all the work required of participants and
then additional reflection and research assigned by the supervising AN
In addition to AN tuition and fees, a registration fee and any room and
board costs chosen by the student are the student's responsibility.
Registration with the OMSC for either of the first two weeks is required
by December 1. See information at

GCIM740W-Church and Spirit: Inter-Cultural Studies- Musonda
Bwalya-Visiting Judson Professor; January 12-23, 900 am-noon.
This course is an exploration of the doctrine of the spirit in the
church in its biblical, historical, classical and contemporary witness,
from an intercultural vantage point. It endeavors to make use of these
witness to church and spirit as voices for a critical engagement with a
multiplicity of cultural understandings. in order to illustrate this, it
makes use of the African cosmological vantage point, as a case in point,
in order to enrich other global cultural settings, for an adequate
ecclessiological and pneumatological interpretation.

JUST 634W- When Home is a War Zone: Pastoral Care and Theological
Issues in Domestic Violence
It is estimated that 1 out of 3 people in a congregation will have some
experience with domestic violence. It remains the leading reason women
visit hospital emergency rooms. Although it is less frequent, men are
also victimized. This course will examine the impact of domestic
violence on families and congregations. It will give special attention
to the general problem of domestic violence and to the role that
theological understandings of suffering, obedience, and ownership may
play in such violence. It will utilize pastoral counseling case studies
(video vignettes of actual pastors) to provide those in ministry with
the tools they need to respond to people in their care and understand
how to make appropriate referrals. Special attention will be paid to
the impact intimate partner violence has in immigrant, GLBT, African
American, and Latino/a communities. Although the primary focus of the
class will be on Christian and Unitarian Universalist communities of
faith, we will also look briefly at intimate partner violence in Jewish
and Muslim communities. This course fulfills the Justice Matters
Course will meet Jan. 5-16, 1:00-4:00 pm.

Interested in Pastoral Counseling/Care?
Come to a meeting about AAPC (The American Association of Pastoral
Counselors) to learn about Pastoral Care Specialists, Pastoral
Counselors, and many more options for ministry!

Monday, October 27, 2008
12.00 noon in the small dining room

For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Leanne M. Tigert

Scholarships *** New ***
Gretchen Hall Memorial Scholarship
$ 300 scholarship offered by The New England Women Ministers
Applicants must be a permanent resident of one of the New England
States and planning to begin or continue a ministry in New England.
Deadline November 1, 2008

American Baptist Women's Ministries Scholarship 2009-2010 Academic
$ 500 Scholarship offered by the American Baptist Women's Ministries of
the Pacific Northwest.
Applicants must be an active member of an American Baptist Church and
preparing for full time Christian service under American Baptist
Churches/USA. Deadline January 30, 2009.

Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office

Fellowship News:
Important SA Meeting
Our next Student Association meeting will be next Wednesday, 22nd from
5-6pm (right before the harvest party!). At this meeting we will be
discussing the budget and our financial systems. The executive committee
will present a proposal to change how our money is held and distributed.
We feel that these changes will positively impact students and the SA.
The full proposal will be on our Connect site by Monday. Please attend
and help direct the future of the SA.

October Student Life events
Saturday Oct. 18
Canoeing on the Concord River, enjoying God's glory of the
foliage. Depart in front of chapel at 10 a.m., rental will be about $12
for two hours. Contact Bill Gural 781-698-6753,

Harvest Party!
Wednesday, October 22 in Upper Noyes 7-10pm. Come in costume
for dancing, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, and more fun, with
tasty treats! Contact Bill Gural 781-698-6753,

Pumpkin Carving:
If you're interested in carving a pumpkin at the Harvest
Party or during the week of the 20th, please sign up at the posting on
the bulletin board leading into the cafeteria, or email Morgan: Pumpkins and carving supplies will be provided by
the Student Association.

Calling all Student Pastors to help bring Peace!
I interned this summer with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute which
works to end violence. It was started by Tina Chery after the murder of
her son Louis.

I thought this might be a great opportunity to colloborate regarding
not only educating congregations about gun violence and restorative
justice, but also to get involved in the work! They can send speakers,
and materials (like posters, a banner with buttons of the deceased, and

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice."
Contact Bill Gural,

Prayer Requests:
Prayers for Judie Bryant and Family *** New ***
Judie Bryant's mother, Lori Larrabee, passed away on Wednesday
afternoon. She was 85 and lived on her own until 2 weeks ago when she
went into the hospital. Please keep Judie and her family members in your
thoughts and prayers as they grieve this loss.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Other News and Opportunities:
Earn $1,000 Preaching!
Once again the Massachusetts Bible Society is hosting their Rev. Dr.
Donald A. Wells Preaching competition. This is a Boston area
competition and was established to honor a student from a BTI school for
a sermon based on a biblical text that raises up an issue of justice in
the contemporary world. Sermons should be no more than 20 minutes in
length and will be judged according to their appropriateness to the
theme, quality of biblical exegesis, and the ability to present the
sermon in an engaging manner. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2009.
Entrants should submit the text of one sermon, and a cover sheet with
name, school, year, degree program, address, phone, and email. Before
Dec. 1 send submission to the Mass Bible Society, 14 Beacon Street Suite
510, Boston, MA 02108, and after Dec. 1 to 199 Herrick Road, Newton
Centre, MA 02459. For more information see

Author Margaret Trost, October 20th, 5pm
Monday, October 20th, 5 p.m., Peck Conference Room

Join us to hear Margaret Trost, author of the just published book On
That Day, Everybody Ate, One Woman's Story of Hope and Possibility in
Haiti read from her book and share the experience which inspired her to
begin a feeding program for children in Haiti. Margaret is the
president of the What If? Foundation, which works in partnership with
the St. Clare's community of Port-au-Prince, pastored by Fr. Gerard
Jean-Juste, one of Haiti's most beloved social justice leaders.
Margaret will share the history of her collaboration and describe her
personal struggle to reconcile her own comparative privilege with the
staggering poverty of Haiti. Her book is a powerful story of courage
and faith that will lift your heart and bring you inspiration.

** The Bookstore will have books on hand for purchase and signing.

Pax Christi Metrowest hosts a program on immigration, Monday, Oct.
Pax Christi Metrowest hosts a program on immigration, Monday, Oct.
20th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central
Street in Natick:

"Illegal Immigrants? Undocumented Workers? or Our Neighbors? Looking
at Immigration Through the Lens of Faith"

After approximately six months of prayer and study, our local Pax
Christi group is organizing an educational program on
Immigration. Patty Kupfer of America's Voice will be the keynote
speaker and will speak about immigration reform
from a faith perspective.

Patty Kupfer is the Manager of Partnerships at America's Voice, where
she supports religious leaders and organizations in building the power
to pass fair and humane immigration reform. She has worked as an inner
city educator. She has coordinated educational delegations in Mexico
with Witness for Peace and done policy and organizing work promoting
small scale agriculture. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

America's Voice is the newly founded communications campaign working to
win commonsense immigration reform. America's Voice conducts cutting
edge public opinion research, undertakes public education and provides
comprehensive media analysis on the current state of the immigration
debate. Their goal is to build the public support and political power
necessary to enact comprehensive immigration reform that restores the
rule of law and includes earned citizenship for the estimated 12-million
immigrants working and living in the U.S. without proper legal status.

Jason Boyd
Interim Assistant Minister
First Congregational Church of Natick

An Invitation to Quakers at ANTS - Help Plan the Harvard Chapel
Service, Tuesday, Oct. 21st
Dear Students -

The Quaker Students at Harvard Divinity School will be planning and
sponsoring Harvard's Noon Chapel Service on November 12, 2008. The first
planning meeting will be held next Tuesday, October 21, from 5-6PM. This
event is open to BTI students, so if you're Quaker or a friend of the
Friends, please consider being a part of this event. The Harvard Noon
Service is held every week from 12-12:45 and often features the world's
most distinguished clergy and scholars. November 12 is also Theology Day
and the chapel service is sure to be attended by many of Harvard's
faculty and guests.

Jason Bachand will be attending is happy to carpool or meet with other
ANTS students to travel to Harvard. Tuesday's meeting will be held in
Andover Hall on 45 Francis Street. If you'd like more information,
contact Jason at

"The Eye Hides Not Its Secret" - Tuesday, October 21st
"The Eye Hides Not Its Secret": Reflections on Art, Religion, and

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
5:00 PM in Wilson Chapel, lower level
A free public lecture by Russell Holmes in conjunction with the Robert
Sarly exhibit

Russell Holmes is a Jungian analyst practicing in Jamaica Plain, MA. A
student at Andover Newton in 1968 - 69, he graduated in1979 from the C.
G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland, and is currently a member of
the New England Society of Jungian Analysts, the Guild of Psychology and
Spirituality (London), and a faculty member at the C. G. Jung Institute
in Newton, MA. He was an ordained member of the Discalced Carmelite
Order of Friars from 1960 - 1993, and in that capacity engaged in
religious and spiritual formation. He has a long interest in the arts
and their relation to religious and creative consciousness.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Candlelight Vigil
What: Candlelight Vigil
When: Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: First Church in Roxbury, John Eliot Square, 10 Putnam St.,
Roxbury, MA 02119

The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM, is
hosting a candlelight vigil in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness
Month. The vigil will include poetry, music and personal words from
Renewal House (UUUM's domestic violence shelter) staff, volunteers and
former residients. On display will be the Silent Witness project, a
nationwide traveling exhibit of freestadning, life-size wodden
silhouettes. Each witness represents a woman, child, or man who was
murdered in Massachusetts due to acts of intimate partner violence.

If you are interested in attending and have questions please contact
Seth Carrier (

Call for Teens! Boston Interfaith Mural Project, October 28th
The 2008 Boston Interfaith Youth Project is looking for teens (ages
14-18) from Jewish, Muslim and Christian backgrounds to create a public

START DATE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008 @ 7PM for 6 wks

Beyond creating a collaborative work of art, this is an exciting
opportunity for teens and adult leaders to learn about people from other
religious communities.
- Teens need not have extensive art training
- Should have an interest in making friends and learning about other
- Must be available to meet Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm for 6-8
- Must be willing to design and produce a mural based on interfaith
discussion/imagery that will hang publicly
- Limited to 5 participants from each faith

TO SIGN UP, PLEASE CONTACT: Matt Carriker by October 14 at or 774-270-2185

This project is funded by Interfaith Youth Core, Islamic Society of
Boston, and the Charles S. and Zena A. Scimeca Charitable Fund in
partnership with Art Builds Community, Center for Jewish-Muslim
Relations, Islamic Society of Boston, Muslim American Society,
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, and Congregation Dorshei Tzedek.

Art Night
Art Night is a drop-in open studio opportunity to explore art in a
safe, no rules atmosphere. We meet every Thursday night from 7-10 pm in
the lower studio of the Meetinghouse. All materials provided. Fun,
fellowship and theological reflection. Free will donation.

Contact Joy (Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS) with questions