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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

In this message:

- Notice for December 2008 Graduates
- Attention all MARE students
- Applications for Border Crossing to Mexico in January DUE Oct 8th
- Winter Registration starting Oct 20th *** New ***
- New Director of Admission and Recruiting & Ned Parker Promotion ***
New ***

B&G, Facilities and Parking:
- No Parking Behind Davis Classrooms for Jewish High Holy Days
- Parking Permits: Grace Period coming to and end
- Wanted: Nightwatch Person
- Dorm Wireless Still Having Problems
- Packages Now Available in Dabney

Prayer Requests
- Another Update on Kim Wadhams *** New ***

Fellowship News:
- SA Announcements
- Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, October 9th, 12-1 in the Cafeteria ***
New ***
- Preaching In The Black Tradition - Thursday, October 9th in Peck Room
*** New ***
- International Lunches
- TAIZE Worship Thursdays at 8 p.m.*** New ***
- UUCANS Forum presents The Rev. Mark W. Harris October 15th *** New
- 2 Student Life events for October
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Calling all Student Pastors to help bring Peace! *** New ***

Other News and Opportunities:
- The Distinguished Speaker Series at Grace Chapel, October 10th ***
New ***
- Author Margaret Trost, October 20th, 5pm *** New ***
- Free Women's Health & Environment Conference
- Seminarian Assemblies of God Conference
- Calling United Methodist Students!
- 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.

Attention all MARE students
CMED 734/834 (Seminar on Problems & Issues in Religious Education) will
be offered on Wednesday afternoons in the Spring 09 semester by
Professor Pazmino. It provides an important option for students
completing the required Integration Essay for the degree and is only
offered every 2 or 3 years.
Please contact Professor Pazmino about taking the course that is also
open to experienced students who desire to do advanced work in Religious
Education while possibly meeting their educational requirement in the
MDiv program.

Applications for Border Crossing to Mexico in January DUE Oct 8th
APPLICATIONS FOR THE WINTERIM CLASS " Border Crossing: A Transformative
are due on Wednesday October 8th with $50 deposit to Professor Brita
Gill-Austern. If you need application, scholarship or information,
please see Professosr Gill-Austern or the Faculty Bulletin Board in
Dabney on first floor.

This class counts for 3 renewal areas, FHS,GCIM,PTL or for Justice
Matters course.

Don't miss the opportunity to travel to the border of Mexico this
January to learn more about immigration, to see the human face behind
the immigration debate, to understand the economics that drive it, to
face the reality of the militarization of our border to the south and to
learn about how the churches have and have not been involved in facing
one of the most pressing issues in our country.

Brita L. Gill-Austern, M.Div., Ph.D.
617 964 1100 ext. 219

Winter Registration starting Oct 20th *** New ***
October 20-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.

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
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 faculty.
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.

New Director of Admission and Recruiting & Ned Parker Promotion *** New
Dear Andover Newton Community Members,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Ms. Alison McCarty will be
joining the Andover Newton community as the new Director of Admission
and Recruitment. Alison brings extensive experience with her. Most
recently she's served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions,
Harvard Business School, where she was responsible for processing
8-10,000 applications annually! She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard
Business School and the SB from M.I.T. Prior to her work in admissions
Alison worked in market analysis and development and growth strategy in
a Fortune 500 company, among other things. I am confident that our
recruitment efforts will flourish under her capable direction.

Although Alison has not been a student at Andover Newton, she already
has a close connection to the school. Her father was a UCC pastor and
as a youth she was greatly impacted by Andover Newton seminarians who
served as her youth directors. She is eager to join the community.
Alison lives with her husband Mark and 3 children in West Newton. She
will begin on Nov. 3. I know you will join me in giving her a warm

I am also pleased to announce that Ned Parker will move from serving as
an Admissions Counselor to Assistant Director of Recruiting. Ned has
been doing terrific work for us and will be able to do even more in this
new capacity. Please extend your congratulations to Ned as well.

Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

B&G, Facilities and Parking:
Parking Permits: Grace Period coming to and end
Andover Newton typically has a grace period at the beginning of each
semester in which no towing will take place in order to give students
time to get their parking permits. That grace period is running out,
and will be up on October 10. If you have not already done so, we
encourage you to stop by the Building & Grounds office between the hours
of 8:00am - Noon and 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday - Thursday and Friday from
8:00am - Noon only.

If for some reason you cannot make it to the office during these times,
please call Tricia at extension 265 to see if other arrangements can be

Building & Grounds

No Parking Behind Davis Classrooms for Jewish High Holy Days
Due to the Jewish High Holy Days, please make every effort to avoid
parking in the lot behind the Davis classrooms on the days of Monday,
September 29, Tuesday September 30, Wednesday October 8 and Thursday
October 9. There will be worship services occurring in Wilson chapel
and Stoddard auditorium.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

Wanted: Nightwatch Person
Building and Grounds is looking for a nightwatch person to start as
soon as possible. Some mechanical skills are desirable. Candidates
must be willing to adhere to a set schedule (usually every other week)
and be willing to respond to emergency calls from our after-hours
answering service. There are a total of two (2) tours per day; 6:00pm
and 10:00pm, Monday - Friday and 8:00am and 10:00pm, Saturday and
Sunday. If you are interested in this position, please contact Frank
Cavaco, Director of Building & Grounds at extension 266.

Dorm Wireless Still Having Problems
Dear Patient Students,

We are still having problems getting the wireless nodes up and running
on a consistent help. We are working as quickly as possible to determine
the underlying cause of this complex problem.

Prayers for Divine intervention may be appropriate :)
Emily Leavitt

Packages Now Available in Dabney
Starting on Monday, October 6, all packages can be picked up at the
front desk of Dabney. We are excited to bring you this increase in
service, as now residents will be able to pick up packages from 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We hope this simplifies
people's lives considerably. As usual students will receive a pink slip
in their Sturtevant mail boxes alerting them that they have a package.
There will be no package pick-up on Saturday, but students can always
ask someone else to pick up their package for them on a week day.

Let me know if you have questions or concerns,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Prayer Requests
Another Update on Kim Wadhams *** New ***
Darlene Wadhams, wife of Kim Wadhams, just called to say that moments
after fellow Andover Newton student Kim received his new heart Sunday
morning it started beating. He was out of bed already yesterday and is
doing amazingly well. They believe he'll be home next week! Please
continue to keep them all in your thoughts and prayers. If you would
like to send Kim a card you may do so at:

Yale Hew Haven Hospital
CTICU, Room 16
20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Student

Fellowship News:
SA Announcements
Fellowship Budgets Due
The Student Association reminds all fellowship groups that budgets for
the 2008-2009 fiscal year are due by October 10, 2008 (next Friday). You
will find the form on the SA Connect site. If you have any questions,
please email us at
Did you Know?
The Student Association has a grill that any and all students can use.
It is behind the bushes to the left of Upper Noyes. If you use the
grill, please remove your ashes appropriately and return the grill to
its place.

Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, October 9th, 12-1 in the Cafeteria *** New
Please join the Student Association this Thursday, October 9, 2008 from
12-1 in the Cafeteria for our first Town Hall Meeting. This is an
opportunity to bring your questions, concerns, and undying love to our
President and Deans. See you there!

Preaching In The Black Tradition - Thursday, October 9th in Peck Room
*** New ***
Preaching In The Black Tradition - Thursday in Peck RoomThis month's
Black Student Fellowship Chapel - Preaching in the Black Tradition -
will take place Thursday October 9th in the Peck Room. Our own Brenda
Hermanson will be bringing the Word and April Spencer will be singing.
All are welcome.

International Lunches *** New ***
The whole Andover Community is invited to the weekly INTERNATIONAL
LUNCHES-ANTS cafeteria - small dining room. Every Tuesday from 12-1PM
you will have an opportunity to meet with international students that
live on campus.

Please, bring your own lunch or just purchase one from the cafeteria.

Questions? Contact Aga Cram at or call 617-964-1100,
ext. 0.

TAIZE Worship Thursdays at 8 p.m.*** New ***
Please join us to relax, pray, and refresh in the Holy Spirit.
Contact: Bill Gural,

UUCANS Forum presents The Rev. Mark W. Harris October 15th *** New ***
UUCANS Forum presents The Rev. Mark W. Harris, 2008 Minns Lecturer,
Adjunct Professor-UU History, Andover Newton Theological School -
Lecture 5: "A Faith for a Few?"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 7pm-9pm | Wilson Chapel - Andover Newton
Theological School | Free Admission

Please join us on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from 7pm-9pm in Wilson
Chapel at Andover Newton Theological School when UUCANS will host The
Rev. Mark W. Harris, Minister of First Parish Watertown, for an encore
presentation of his fifth lecture from the 2008 Minns Lecture Series,
"Unitarian Universalism and Class: A Faith for a Few?" (originally
presented at General Assembly, 2008).

From the Minns Lecture website (
Lecture 5 - A Faith for a Few?: This lecture will ask, what are some of
the historical ramifications of our faith? How is class reflected in our
worship and our words? Do we believe we are the best people, liberals
who can save the world?
What has been our relationship to issues of race, and why have we been
more successful with the gay and lesbian community in attracting
newcomers? What would an anti-classist UUA look like?

Carmen Emerson

2 Student Life events for October
Friday Oct. 10th Swing Dancing
Somerville City Club
20 Inner Belt Road
near Sullivan Square, Somerville
7:30 p.m. lesson
8:30-12 dancing with live band
$10 with student ID

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,

Hispanic Heritage Month
The Latino and Latina Student Fellowship at Andover Newton Theological
School invites you to
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: September 15th - October 15th

Other activities/events:
ANTS Cafeteria: Spanish lunch: TBD
ANTS Bookstore: Books of Latino and Latina Theologians

For more information contact:
Ramona: or Jetro:

Calling all Student Pastors to help bring Peace! *** New ***
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:
The Distinguished Speaker Series at Grace Chapel, October 10th *** New
The Distinguished Speaker Series at Grace Chapel, Lexington, hosts Sam
Rodriguez, President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership
Conference, speaking on "Immigration: Building Fences...or Bridges?"
Friday, October 10 at 7:30 PM, 59 Worthen Rd. This event is free of

A participant at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions, Mr.
Rodriguez is sought out by national political leaders as a spokesperson
for Hispanic issues. Newsweek Magazine reported presidential contenders
from both the Democratic and Republican Parties have courted Sam "with
ingratiating calls, offers to meet and VIP invitations to debates."

Author Margaret Trost, October 20th, 5pm *** New ***
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.

Free Women's Health & Environment Conference
Friday, October 31, from 9 am to 3 pm the 12th Annual Women's Health
conference will be sponsored by the Heinz Family Philanthropies at the
Westin Waterfront Hotel. Online registration is at Special guests include Nena
Baker, author of "The Body Toxic," Diane MacEachern, author of "The Big
Green Purse," and Nancy Nichols, author of "The Lake Effect." Lunch is
included and there is no registration charge.

Seminarian Assemblies of God Conference
The Alliance for Assemblies of God in Higher Education is sponsoring
its sixth Seminarians Conference July 5-17, 2009 in Springfield, MO.
Students who attend the conference receive 6 semester hours of seminary
level credit from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, accredited
by the Association of Theological Schools. They also have a weekend
retreat where they dialogue with denominational executives. Students
have everything paid at the conference except air fare to get there.
For more information or to get on the list of attending students please
contact Dr. Marilyn Abplanalp, Assistant Vice President for Faculty a dn
Student relations, at or at 417-862-2781, ext. 3315.

Calling United Methodist Students!
Editors at the United Methodist newsletter publication "Catalyst:
Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians"
would like to send you 4 free issues of their publication. If you would
like to receive these issues please contact Mr. Michael Walker,
Production Editor, at For more information on the
publication please see

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