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Friday, October 31, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, October 31st, 2008

In this message:

Academic:
- Winter Registration in Progress
- Winter courses update *** New ***
- Immunization Requirements
- Brita Gill-Austern: Thank You and Welcome *** New ***
- For Students Who Want to Work on Their Writing *** New ***

Fellowship News:
- Special Election Day Worship & Party
- Informal Meeting for Humanists, Non-Theists, and Agnostics at ANTS,
November 11th
- The Great American Book Drive

Staff News:
- VP Robert MacDonald to retire
- Inaugural Director of ANTS new MBS Media Center Hired
- Emily Leavitt promoted to Manager of IT
- Cindy Bolshaw resigned as Head of Circulation

Other News and Opportunities:
- Recycle your Sneakers! Continues through Thanksgiving.
- Pommern Village Choir from Tanzania concert in Natick on Sunday
November 2nd
- Invite...Earth-Care Festival, November 8th
- EDS Lectures, November 13th
- Ethics and Abuse In The Ministerial Relationship, January 20-24
- Housing opportunities
- Donna Colletti Lowre being interviewed on Talk Radio WNTK 99.7 FM
- Anyone with weaving knowledge?
- Art Night

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Academic:
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Winter Registration in Progress
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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.

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Winter courses update *** New ***
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Cancellation of Border Crossing Trip

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Immunization Requirements
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Massachusetts requires that all registered students, regardless of age,
provide proof of immunization for certain communicable diseases
THE LAW STATES THAT WE CANNOT PERMIT YOU TO ATTEND CLASSES UNLESS THIS
DOCUMENT IS ON FILE IN OUR REGISTRAR'S OFFICE.
-- 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine are required for all full time and
part time graduate students.
-- All full and part-time graduate students (whether or not they
reside in campus) must: provide documentation of receipt of one dose of
meningococcal vaccine (within the last 5 years) or As an alternative
students may sign the Meningococcal Information and Waiver form to
indicate that they have read and understood the required information
related to the risks of meningococcal disease, and have elected to
decline the vaccine http://www.ants.edu/pdf/ImmWaiverInfo2005.pdf
-- 1 Td Booster within the last 10 years and
-- 2 Doses of MMR vaccine
If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to
e-mail me at naguila@ants.edu
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Blessings,
Nayda G. Aguila

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Brita Gill-Austern: Thank You and Welcome *** New ***
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By now, you are aware that the program in Faith, Health and
Spirituality will close for the reasons that Brita so eloquently
enumerated in a recent enews column. The influence of the emphasis on
faith, health and spirituality will continue in the new curriculum in
ways that Brita has indicated. But the purpose of this note is to
express my deep and abiding gratitude for Brita's leadership. It was
Brita's vision that gave us the program in Faith, Health and
Spirituality, and it was her vision that encouraged us to relinquish
this program precisely because it had fulfilled its mission and purpose
so well. Now, Brita's vision has led her to provide leadership for the
border crossing experiences and emphases that will be essential to the
new curriculum. She is already investing herself in this new adventure
and exhibiting the combination of insight and intensity that marked her
earlier work. So we can say simultaneously, "Thank you for all you have
given this school, especially the program in Faith, Health and
Spirituality, and welcome to your new role.

Bill Herzog II
Dean of the Faculty

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For Students Who Want to Work on Their Writing
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After some discussion, we have put in place a series of opportunities
for students who wish to work on their writing skills. Judy Brandon,
Brenda Hermanson and Sherry Thomas have agreed to conduct two Group
sessions each week, beginning on Tuesday, November 4 and Thursday,
November 6 in Worcester 303. The Groups will meet from 11:30 am to 1:30
pm, except for the first session which will end at 1:00 pm. The fee will
be $5 per session.

In addition, tutoring will be available on an individual basis. The
first half hour is free. Thereafter, the fee will be $15 per hour or $10
per half hour. Tutoring sessions may be done on line after the first
session which must be done face to face. The cost is determined by the
length of the paper at a fee of $1 per page.

As soon as this system is in place and working and Helen Snively
returns,, we will turn our attention to arrangements for the Spring
semester. I want to express my gratitude to Judy, Brenda and Sherry for
their interest in contributing to the development of writing skills that
are so essential to ministry.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Dean Bill Herzog II

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Fellowship News:
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Special Election Day Worship & Party
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Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1 pm, Wilson Chapel
A special Election Day worship service, lead by Mary Luti. Prayers for
our nation and Holy Communion.

Election Night Party
Tuesday, Nov. 4. Join the Student Association as we count the red and
blue states! Bring a snack or drink to share, and don't be shy to come
in pj's (in case it's another long night...) The TV will be on all day,
festivities will be full swing at 7 pm! All are welcome!

Thanks!!!
Morgan

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Informal Meeting for Humanists, Non-Theists, and Agnostics at ANTS,
November 11th
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Dear Members of the ANTS Community -

Are you a humanist, non-theist, or agnostic at ANTS who would like to
gather for discussion and perhaps form a fellowship? If so, let's gather
together in the dining hall for an informal meeting on November 11 at
12:00. Bring ideas if you have them, or just join us to talk about what
a fellowship might do for our wonderful community on the hill. All are
warmly welcome.

Contact: Jason Bachand
JBachand@ants.edu

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The Great American Book Drive
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I noticed someone put a postcard out for a book donation for inmates.
I don't know if someone on campus is collecting. If so, let me know.
If not, I will put some boxes out, and deliver them next Sat. to the
Brighton Alston Congregational Church.

Bill 781-698-6753

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Staff News:
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VP Robert MacDonald to retire
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Friends:

I want to share with you the news that our Vice President for Finance
and Operations, Robert MacDonald, has recently informed me of his
decision to retire from Andover Newton after 8 years of loyal service to
the School. Bob will wind up his duties here in mid-November.

While we search for a new Vice President, our controller, Michael
Delfino, has agreed to assist me in ensuring a smooth transition.

I know many of you will want to offer your thanks and best wishes to
Bob as he moves on, so the Senior Management Team will be organizing a
farewell party for Bob in the coming weeks. As details become available
about this event and the transition, we will share them with you all.

Nick

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Inaugural Director of ANTS new MBS Media Center Hired
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President Nick Carter announced today that Robert Craigue, an Emmy
Award winning videographer, editor and producer, has been hired as the
first Director of the Massachusetts Bible Society MEDIA CENTER at
Andover Newton.

Craigue brings more than 30 years of experience to the position. For a
major portion of his career he worked for WBZ-TV (CBS-Boston) as a
videographer, editor and producer, playing a major role in the airing of
programs like "Sundays with Liz Walker," and providing news coverage for
political, sports and community events. Craigue has also worked in set
design and construction for groups like the Boston Ballet and for
feature films like "The Witches of Eastwick." He has been nominated for
13 Emmy Awards (local) and was awarded two for outstanding achievements
in film editing.

Craigue will be the inaugural director of the new Media Center at
Andover Newton, funded in part by a major grant from the Massachusetts
Bible Society. In this role he will have three primary areas of
responsibility: 1. work with students to advance their media IQ and
skills; 2. work with faculty to both enhance their classroom media use
and leverage their scholarship to reach a wider national and
international audience; and 3) work with churches and other non-profits
to produce high quality media resources. Among the things that are
envisioned are a certificate in "Media and the Contemporary Church," DVD
portfolios for every ANTS graduate, a streaming video library, and a
series of DVD and CD resources for use in the local church. Andover
Newton and the Massachusetts Bible Society will also work with Bob to
develop some joint resources targeted at Biblical literacy and giving a
more sophisticated media voice to the progressive church community.

Under Mr. Craigue's direction the school has already purchased a host
of new media resources (high quality digital cameras, lighting, audio
equipment, editing computers and software, etc) and they are just
completing the construction of a state-of-the-art recording and editing
studio. Craigue will be recruiting a cadre of students to work with him
on filming, directing and editing a wide range of resources when he
begins his work January 3rd, 2009.

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Emily Leavitt promoted to Manager of IT
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Emily Leavitt has been promoted to IT Manager, effective October 1,
2008.
We congratulate her and wish her much success in her position.

Robert MacDonald
V.P. of Finance and Operations
Andover Newton Theological School

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Cindy Bolshaw resigned as Head of Circulation
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We regret to announce that Cindy Bolshaw has resigned her position as
Head of Circulation, Trask Library, effective November 7. For the past
11 years Cindy has been an invaluable member of our staff, providing
personable service at the main circulation desk.

Please stop by the Library to greet Cindy and wish her well in her new
position at Goddard Library, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Jeff Brigham
Diana Yount

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Other News and Opportunities:
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Recycle your Sneakers! Continues through Thanksgiving.
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Your fellow student Allen Vander Meulen III just alerted me to the fact
that Nike recycles old athletic shoes and uses them to create basketball
courts, running tracks, and playgrounds. Toward that end I will be
collecting your old sneakers in a box OUTSIDE (!) my office through the
Thanksgiving holiday. Allen will then bundle these up and send them on
to Nike. If you have shoes to contribute please feel free to drop them
by, and if you can also contribute $1.00 toward defraying postage please
give it to Jennifer Shaw in Worcester 105.

Nike has some guidelines about what their shoe grinding machines can
deal-with:
● Athletic shoes only (any brand) ● No shoes containing
metal
● No cleats or dress shoes ● No wet or damp
shoes

For more information see: http://letmeplay.com/reuseashoe/grind.html

So bring me your worn out sneakers and we'll get them off where they
can do some good!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life; Worcester 104

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Pommern Village Choir from Tanzania concert in Natick on Sunday
November 2nd
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Imagine you are sitting next to a small, red brick church in the
Tanzanian sun. A group of villagers, some holding infants, others
holding drums, rattles, reed
shakers, and other ancient rhythm instruments, produce Swahili sounds
which capture your sensibilities. As the group sways and shuffles, their
voices, hands
and feet recreate the roots of rhythm which remain in our familiar folk
and blues, jazz and gospel music. With their blend of folk and sacred
songs, their contagious
energy is transmitted to audiences of all ages.

You can live this wonderful experience directly when the Pommern
Village Choir comes to the First Congregational Church of Natick on
Sunday, November 2nd at 3:00 PM. It's a cross-cultural, musical
experience not to be missed! A free-will offering will be received at
the concert to help support the drilling of wells and provision of fresh
water in Pommern and surrounding villages. The First Congregational
Church of Natick is located at 2 East Central Street in the center of
Natick, at the intersection of routes 27 and 135.

Jason Boyd
Interim Assistant Minister
First Congregational Church of Natick

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Invite...Earth-Care Festival, November 8th
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When: Saturday, 11/8 from 5-8pm
Where: 39 Edwards St., Framingham, MA

-co-sponsored by Edwards Church, UCC & Grace Congregational, UCC,
Framingham

What to expect: Energy saving info. for all budgets, door prizes that
save $ and the planet! Drama by the Just Peace Players that will
entertain & educate (suitable for all ages)

more info: www.edwardschurch.org or www.gracechurchucc.org OR call
Edwards church office: 508-877-2050
Bring a dish for potluck dinner at 5:30, beverages & coffee provided.

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EDS Lectures, November 13th
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Please join us in person, or via a live webcast for...

- The Joanna Dewey lecture in Feminist Biblical Studies:
"Baking Cakes to the Queen of Heaven: God, Goddesses, and Growing up
Black and Female in America," The Rev. Renita J. Weems, Lecturer

- The Carter Heyward Scholars Program Lecture:
"Is Marriage a 'Must' or a 'Bust'? Enlarging the Justice Agenda," The
Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison, Lecturer

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 4:00 - 9:00
For more information or to register please contact Priscilla Burns at
pburns@eds.edu or 617.682.1506. Preregistration is requested.

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Ethics and Abuse In The Ministerial Relationship, January 20-24
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You are invited to participate in an upcoming seminar designed to help
you meet the ethical challenges of congregational life and ministerial
practice.

Ethics and Abuse In The Ministerial Relationship
January 20 to 24, 2009 Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

An ethical analysis of the ministerial relationship, outlining the
ethical risk of sexual and interpersonal abuse inherent in ministerial
practice and highlighting skills and strategies for relational
competence for ministry; designed to help clergy and lay leaders
identify unethical conduct and potentially abusive situations, to
develop preventive strategies and healing skills in theirs and others'
ministries and to engage in ethical and effective ministries.
Theological, ethical, psychological and pastoral concerns are considered
along with related organizational, insurance, legal and public relations
matters. Presentations include videos, case studies, lectures,
role-playing and worship.

The seminar leader is the Reverend Dr. Deborah J. Pope-Lance, a
Unitarian Universalist Minister and Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapist, who has been researching, writing, and teaching in the field
of clergy and congregational ethics since 1985.

Don't Minister In Church or Community Without This Seminar designed to
help you.
To register or for information contact Deborah Pope-Lance at (978)
443-4393 or RevDPL@gmail.com
Cost: $465 plus materials.
Housing available upon request. Financial support for UU seminarians
and ministers through the UUA Ministry & Professional Leadership Staff
Group

Sponsored by UUCANS and held on the campus of Andover Newton
Theological School, Newton Centre, MA. This seminar is not an ANTS
Winterim Course but academic credit may be arranged.

Emily Melcher
54 Wayte Rd.
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 325-1070 (home)
(617) 489-7954 (home)
emilymelcher@comcast.net
www.emilymelcher.com

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Housing opportunities
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Housing opportunity:
-Great 1 bedroom apt. for rent. $780: includes heat & utilities.
-Location: Millis, MA (approx. 35 min. from Newton)
-Smoke free & pet-free environment
-Good storage/closet space
-Quiet, country setting (across from beautiful yoga center/Ashram)
Contact: Guruatma at: 508-353-5327
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Apartment for Rent
Cozy, one bedroom immaculate apartment for rent at Newton Corner. Easy
access to Mass Pike and Route 95. Bus stop to the T, local buses and
buses to downtown Boston is one block from apartment. Walking distance
to many stores and a beautiful park across the street. Quiet, secure
building with laundry on premises. $1100.00 includes heat and hot water.
On site parking is optional and is $75 a month. Move-in date can be
either Nov.15th or Dec.1. E-mail me if interested at
sandlewood32002@yahoo.com or call 617-304-7734.
Mary

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Donna Colletti Lowre being interviewed on Talk Radio WNTK 99.7 FM
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The show is Twin State Journal and will be live Tuesday, Nov. 4 th
from, 6-7pm. The host is Janine Weins who will be talking with Donna
about her one woman play, In Her Own Voice. Donna wrote and performed
in April 2008, while an M. Div senior at Andover Newton.

There has been a lot of interest in the play from churches across the
country (most recently at the ABC Conference in Greenlake, WI).
Donna will be bringing the play, with an interactive workshop, to
churches in the coming months.

Take a break from election night and listen about your bible sisters of
faith!

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Anyone with weaving knowledge?
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The Andover Newton Community Art Studio in the Meetinghouse has both a
floor loom and a table loom. There are several people who are eager to
use these, but we need some knowledgeble person to help us set up and
get started. If you are that person or know someone who might be able
to help, please contact Sandy at fulajoy@hotmail.com or talk to Joy
(Resident Teaching Artist).

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Art Night
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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
(Dhonen@ants.edu)