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Monday, October 27, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, October 27th, 2008

In this message:

- Winter Registration in Progress
- 4 New Winter Courses
- Immunization Requirements *** New ***
- Scholarships
- Closing of the Center of Faith, Health and Spirituality

Prayer Requests:
- Prayers for Christopher Gazarian

Fellowship News:
- New Television *** New ***
- Calling all Student Pastors to help bring Peace!

Other News and Opportunities:
- Transforming Shoes into Playgrounds: Recycle your Sneakers!
- Pommern Village Choir from Tanzania concert in Natick on Sunday
November 2nd
- Invite...Earth-Care Festival, November 8th *** New ***
- EDS Lectures, November 13th *** New ***
- Invitation for women healers…The Hara Group
- Anyone with weaving knowledge? *** New ***
- Art Night

Winter Registration in Progress
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
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.

Immunization Requirements *** New ***
Massachusetts requires that all registered students, regardless of age,
provide proof of immunization for certain communicable diseases
-- 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
-- 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
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Nayda G. Aguila

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

Closing of the Center of Faith, Health and Spirituality
Dear Members of the ANTS Community,

In 2000 the Center for Faith, Health and Spirituality was opened to
provide co-curricular offerings that could enhance students'
background and experience in the integration of spirituality and healing
in their personal lives, in the lives of their congregations and in the
world. For many years students and other members of our community
have benefitted from the ministries offered through the Center. In the
last few years several changes have happened on campus that have
directly impacted the operation of the Center. At the time of the
Center's founding there was far less attention given to spiritual life
on campus and there was no open space for meditative prayer or times for
informal group meditative or guided prayer. Now with the presence of
Wilson Chapel and it becoming the spiritual heart of the campus with
vibrant community worship, space for individual and small group
meditation and other worship experiences, as well as other important
events vital to the life of our community, it makes the Center less
necessary. The Dean of Students has now picked up the responsibility of
spiritual formation with the formation of student groups so that the
spiritual companioning groups offered by the center are no longer
needed. The Center housed the Ecology Ministry for several years and we
are grateful that its presence has helped assist this institution to
adopt core values and policies through the Board of Trustees that
commits ANTS to environmental responsibility in the years to come.
Although the Ecology Ministry has been discontinued as a field education
site, there is now an active Ecology Fellowship on campus that continues
the consciousness raising and ecological activism on campus, but this
does not require an office on campus. The Center housed the Reiki
Ministry up until last year, but with no continuity of leadership this
ministry has been closed. The Labyrinth Ministry will continue, if
there is adequate interest, under the auspices of the Director of the
Chapel. Joy Honen's deep commitment to using the arts as vehicle for
healing continues in her work with Worship, Theology and the Arts and
for the time being she will continue to use the art room with small
group workshops on the third floor of Sturtevant.

With these many changes it no longer seems a wise use of resources, in
both personnel and campus space to maintain a Center for Faith, Health
and Spirituality. This space, until future plans are announced, will
house an office (Rm.38) for Toni Di Lorenzo for the offering of
spiritual direction and pastoral counseling to students on campus, a
quiet room for meditation and two meeting rooms (Rm.39 & 32) that may
be reserved through the housing office, or used on a first come basis if
no one has reserved them or is meeting there. There will continue to
be special programs, workshops and offerings through the Chapel, Dean of
Students Office and the Psychology and Pastoral Theology Department that
will continue to weave the concern for the integration of faith, health
and spirituality into our life together on campus as well as into our
curriculum. Please contact me at extension 219 if you have any
questions, interests or concerns related to Faith, Health and

I wish to express my deepest thanks to the school for allowing this
unused space in Sturtevant to be transformed into the Center for Faith,
Health and Spirituality, to Mary Macrina Cowan for her vision and early
leadership of the Center, to Joy Honen for her faithful and caring
stewardship of the space of the Center for the last few years, to the
many students who have offered their gifts and talents to the leadership
of the Ecology, Reiki, Labyrinth, Healing Arts and Spiritual
Companioning Ministries and to the many students who have blessed this
space with their own work and healing.

With gratitude,

Professor Brita Gill-Austern

Prayer Requests:
Prayers for Christopher Gazarian
Please keep fellow student Karl Gazarian's son Christopher and the
entire family in your prayers. As you know, Christopher was recently
diagnosed with leukemia. This Friday he must undergo another surgical
procedure as part of his on-going cancer treatment.

Fellowship News:
New Television *** New ***
Notice anything different in the Upper Noyes Student Lounge? We have a
new, digital TV! The TV was purchased with money donated at the spring
Gala. Thanks to the Devleopment and Student Life offices for making this


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,

Other News and Opportunities:
Transforming Shoes into Playgrounds: Recycle your Sneakers!
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

● Athletic shoes only (any brand)
● No shoes containing metal
● No cleats or dress shoes
● No wet or damp shoes

...and here's what the ground-up shoes are made into:

The following list shows approximately how many pairs of recycled
athletic shoes generally go into making each surface:
● Outdoor basketball court: 2,500 pairs
● Outdoor tennis court:2,500 pairs
● Full Field or soccer pitch: 50,000 - 75,000 pairs
● Mini soccer field: 10,000-20,000 pairs
● Running track: 75,000 pairs
● Playground: 2,500 pairs
● Indoor basketball court: 2,500 pairs
● Indoor synthetic basketball court: 2,500 pairs

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

Pommern Village Choir from Tanzania concert in Natick on Sunday
November 2nd
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

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

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

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

EDS Lectures, November 13th *** New ***
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 or 617.682.1506. Preregistration is requested.

Invitation for women healers…The Hara Group
Interested in sharing your experience as a woman healer in a safe and
meditative environment? (Experience ranges from Reiki, reflexology and
ministry-open to a variety of women holistic practitioners). Our intent
is to share our holistic understandings which will help us better serve
the community. The Hara Group meets Thursdays, 7:30pm - generally 1 or
2x per month. Location: Belmont.

Contact: Debbie Jenney (certified reflexologist) at: 781-405-2385
Or email Heather Lucas:

Anyone with weaving knowledge? *** New ***
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 or talk to Joy
(Resident Teaching Artist).

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