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Friday, November 14, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, November 14th, 2008

In this message:

- Winter 2009 Registration Continues *** Updated ***
- From the Registrar's office
- Spring 2009 New Course and Course Corrections
- Need Someone to Talk To? *** New ***
- Archaeological discovery at ANTS!

Fellowship News:
- SA Announcements *** New ***
- "The Humanist Manifesto" Lunch & Discussion, November 18th, 12noon
- Emergent Worship Service set for 1 p.m., Tues., Nov. 18th
- Beginning Our Third Century!, November 19th
- Politics in the Pulpit: An Interfaith Conversation, November 19th
- Thanksgiving Dinner

Prayer Requests:
- Prayers for Celeste McQuarrie *** New ***

Other News and Opportunities:
- Recycle your Sneakers! Continues through Thanksgiving.
- Join Protest at City Hall Saturday, November 15th
- Tony Campolo to Speak in Bradford, CT, November 16th, 10am
- Expert in Teen Substance Abuse to Speak in Sudbury, MA, November
- The Beacon Coffeehouse presents: Tripping Lily November 21st
- Do you want to do Supply Preaching? *** New ***
- Anyone with weaving knowledge?
- Art Night

Winter 2009 Registration Continues *** Updated ***
November 8-January 5, 2009:
Winter Session Add/Drop Continues - Late fees now apply

Closed courses:
-HIST711W- Reading in Retreat
-CMWO745W- Christian Rituals at the Time of Death

Canceled course:
GCIM740W- Church and Spirit:Inter-Cultural Studies-Prof. Bwalya

From the Registrar's office
November 3 - 28; Monday - Friday

M.Div. Seniors anticipating May 2009 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 next semester. Please send
e-mail to Nayda Aguila at for an appointment.

M.A., S.T.M. and D.Min. Candidates anticipating May 2009 graduation
shall go over their programs with the Program Director to assure that
all course requirements for graduation will be met by the end of the
next semester. Please contact them for an appointment.

Mid-Program Review
After completing at least 40 and not more than 55 credits, each M.Div.
student is required to complete a Mid-Program Review (MPR) to assess her
or his preparation for ministry. The student will meet with the MPR
committee to discern areas of strength and weakness and set goals for
the remainder of his or her studies. Guidelines for the MPR are
available in the Academic Dean's office.
A student who, without approval from the M.Div. Director, fails to
complete the Mid-Program Review within the required time will not be
allowed to take classes.

Spring 2009 New Course and Course Corrections
The current course catalog shows incorrect descriptions for the Spring
courses ETHI 725 and ETHI 742, taught by Professor Davila. Below are the
corrected descriptions for those courses.

ETHI 725S Christian Ethics and US Civil Society: Immigration and Race
Professor Davila
This course introduces the student to social scientific, cultural, and
theological analysis of U.S. civil society as it pertains to Christian
ethics. In particular the course will examine how the issues of
immigration and race have been traditionally debated in civil society,
what is new about the current situation, and how Christian ethics can
inform the national discourse on these issues and vice versa.
Prerequisite: ETHI 601 or 602. This course fulfills the upper-level
ETHI requirement, the Engaging Oppressions renewal area, or a TMPL
Spring - Tuesday 6:00 - 8:50 p.m.

ETHI 742S Christian Approaches to the Use of Force
Professor Davila
This course will detail the historical and theological development of
Christian approaches to the use of force in the three main strands of
pacifism, realism, and just war theory. Emphasis will be given to how
these approaches interacted during major world events of the 20th
century: WWII, the Cold War, and the main challenges of the 1990s
(failed governments - Yugoslavia and Somalia; ethnic cleansing and
genocide - Rwanda; humanitarian intervention). Students will be asked to
engage the three approaches in analyzing contemporary scenarios: war on
terror, Iraq, Sudan, Iran. Prerequisite: ETHI 601 or 602. This course
fulfills the upper-level ETHI requirement or the Engaging Oppressions
renewal area.
Spring - Thursday 9:00 - 11:50 a.m.

A NEW COURSE has been added to the ANTS Spring course schedule:

PSYP 607/807
Psychology and Theology of Pastoral Care and Counseling: Meaning
Making through the Life Cycle
Professor Brita Gill-Austern

Wednesday morning 9-11:50

This course is an introduction to the field of pastoral care and
counseling with particular emphasis on the human activity of meaning
making throughout the natural developmental transitions of life, as well
as times of crisis. The course will give an introduction to theories of
human development and to basic theories of counseling that emphasize
effective helping in short periods of time. Psychological and
theological understanding of the human person and the activity of care
will be explored. This course assumes that pastoral/spiritual care is
the responsibility not only of pastors, but the whole congregation and
will also examine ecclesial models of care. This course will utilize
lecture, role play, small groups, videos and other methodologies to
integrate theory and practice as it relates to diverse persons and
communities. This class meets the psychology and pastoral theology
requirement for M.Div.

Need Someone to Talk To? *** New ***
Dear Students,

Well, you've just survived midterms, the holidays are coming, and I
know this is a stressful time for many of you. If you need someone to
talk to I am here. If you've got unforeseen challenges that have come
up, if you're wondering why you're here, if you're having trouble in
classes, even if things are going well (!), I'm here to talk with you
about anything you like. Simply email me at and
we'll find a time to meet. My primary goal is to support all of you in
any way I can so that you can be successful here. If I can help or if
you'd like someone to talk to, let me know. I am here for you.

Take good care,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Archaeological discovery at ANTS!
Archaeologists excavating in the general area of the Faculty Office
have discovered conclusive evidence that ANTS students wrote papers and
took exams as part of the Hill culture. Academic English translators
confirm that the subject matter clearly indicates that there were
sophisticated theological thought processes taking place as far back as
the pre-bicentennial Fall 2007 semester period....

OR, more to the point: Unclaimed course papers and exams from Fall 2007
and Spring 2008 remain in the Faculty Office (Worcester 105). Please -
PLEASE - stop by and pick yours up.

Jennifer Shaw
Faculty Assistant & Lead Excavator

Fellowship News:
SA Announcements *** New ***
Student Association Vice-President Position

The Student Association regrets to announce that Jeremiah Rood has
resigned from his position as Vice-President. We thank him for the time
and energy he gave and will miss working with him. However, this opens
an opportunity for another student to get involved in the Student
Association. The VP is generally the liaison to Fellowships and
facilitates the election of officers for the following year. However,
the current SA is working under a team model and we share
responsibilities and tasks and we are excited to share in this with

If you are interested in running for the position, please email with a paragraph about yourself and your interest. Please
do this by November 30. We will hear about the candidates at the
December 2nd SA meeting and voting will take place December 3-5.

SA Office Hours

There will be no SA office hours the next two weeks (Nov. 17-28). If
you have questions or concerns, please email us as; we will
be checking this frequently.

Food Drive

Chapel on Wednesday, November 19th will focus on thanksgiving. We
invite you to bring non-perishable donations for the food pantry. These
items will be blessed as part of the service.

"The Humanist Manifesto" Lunch & Discussion, November 18th, 12noon
The nascent Non-Theist, Humanist, and Agnostic group at ANTS cordially
invites all members of the community to join us for light conversation
on "The Humanist Manifesto" next Tuesday at noon in the small dining
room. "The Humanist Manifesto" is a primary document of secular
humanism, suggesting in part that the time for unquestioned theism and
supernatural belief has passed. We will enjoy a meal together and
discuss aspects of document, points of agreement and dissent, and what
role humanism plays in the theology of progressive religious traditions.

Please e-mail Jason Bachand or Steve Schmidt for a copy of the
document, or find it on the web at

We warmly welcome ALL to join us!

Emergent Worship Service set for 1 p.m., Tues., Nov. 18
Come participate in an Emergent Worship Service. The Evangelical
Fellowship at Andover Newton is exploring Emergent worship practices. We
are edge-walkers. We see seminary as a wonderful laboratory where we can
explore this fascinating developing phenomenon.

The service will be at 1 p.m., Tues., Nov. 18 in the sanctuary of
Wilson Chapel.

Please come to our next worship planning meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday,
November 13 in the Small Dining Room of Noyes Hall.

The Evangelical Fellowship at Andover Newton is working to discover how
we can be both progressive and gently evangelical.

Beginning Our Third Century!, November 19th
November 19, 2008
Andover Newton celebrates Beginning Our Third Century!
You are invited…Looking Back at Andover Newton across Two Centuries -
Chapel Service, Recognition Reception, Book-signing, and Tour
12 noon Lunch in Noyes Hall
1 p.m. Worship Service in Wilson Chapel
2 p.m. Book-signing and Reception featuring author Peggy Bendroth,

In honor of Andover Newton Theological School's bicentennial, author
Margaret Lamberts Bendroth has written a compelling account of our
historic institution, established as the nation's oldest graduate
school and the model for theological education the world over. Join us
as we celebrate this evolving and courageous community entering our
Third Century and continuing to make history by reaching across borders
and forging new pathways for living faithfully.

Dr. Bendroth will sign copies of her book: A School of the Church and
the Andover Newton Alumni/ae Board will offer refreshments during a
Recognition Reception honoring distinguished faculty, trustees,
alumni/ae, and guests.

After the reception, President Nick Carter will lead a guided tour of
the new Wilson Chapel and the new, under-construction, ANTS-MBS Media

Come join us for a memorable afternoon …Please bring your friends and

Please RSVP by phone or email.
Phone: 617.964.1100 ext. 298

Politics in the Pulpit: An Interfaith Conversation, November 19
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Andover Newton Theological School
Wilson Chapel

Featured Speaker: Dr. Robert Jones, author, Progressive and Religious
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2008)

Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, MD, Bethel AME Church, Boston
Rabbi Carl Perkins, Temple Aliyah, Needham

In an era in which religion plays a key role in American politics, how
should religious leaders participate in this discourse? Join our
distinguished panel for a thought-provoking conversation on politics in
the pulpit. All students are also invited to attend a reception in the
Berkeley Room at 6:30 pm with the panelists immediately prior to the
program in Wilson Chapel.

Sponsored jointly by Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological

For more information or to register online:
General admission: $5 at the door
Students/faculty: free

Thanksgiving Dinner
Will you be on campus for Thanksgiving. Join us in Upper Noyes Hall for
a festive pot-luck dinner, games and fellowship. Please RSVP if you plan
to come and we will jointly arrive at a time. In past years we have
begun our dinner at 4 or 6 PM.
Contact Judy Brandon: or

Judy Brandon
210 Herrick Road Box 27
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 964-1525

Prayer Requests:
Prayers for Celeste McQuarrie *** New ***
Celeste McQuarrie received word that her Godmother, her Aunt Frances
Stafford, died very peacefully Wednesday night, November 12. She will
be travelling to Albany, New York over the weekend for services on
Monday and Tuesday. She asks the community for our prayers for her and
her family.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Other News and Opportunities:
Recycle your Sneakers! Continues through Thanksgiving.
Your fellow student Allen Vander Meulen III 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.

For more information see:

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

Join Protest at City Hall Saturday, November 15th
Tuesday's historic election brought sadness in some quarters, as
numerous anti-gay measures passed. In response to these developments
this Saturday, November 15th, at 1:30, there will be a nationwide
protest of California's Proposition 8 and other anti-gay measures which
were passed November 4. Thousands of people plan to descend on City
Hall in Boston to demonstrate their opposition to recent gay-marriage
bans and to offer solidarity to those fighting for the repeal of these
laws. This protest is being coordinated by Join the Impact, a national
grass-roots organization created in the days following the election due
to frustration and anger over the passage of discriminatory legislation
across the country. LOCATION: Boston City Hall @ Gov. Center

Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Tony Campolo to Speak in Branford, CT, November 16th, 10am
1009 Main Street - Branford, CT
invites you to worship and lunch with:

SUNDAY, November 16 worship at 10:00

Dr. Campolo will be preaching from Philippians 2:5-10. His sermon
title is, Authority versus Power. After worship, there will be a
luncheon starting about noon, with a presentation by Dr. Campolo
entitled: What does it mean to be Evangelical? How do Evangelical
Christians express hospitality?

Dr. Campolo, Professor Emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in
St. Davids, PA is among the most celebrated and sought-after speakers
and writers in the United States. He has authored thirty-two books, the
most recent of which are: Red Letter Christians, Speaking My Mind, Which
Jesus?, and Revolution and Renewal: How Churches are Saving our Cities.

Expert in Teen Substance Abuse to Speak in Sudbury, MA, November 17th
Talking With Your Teen About Alcohol: "What's Really in that Water
to be presented by Dr. Henry D. Abraham, psychiatrist, author and

Monday, November 17
7:30PM to 9:00PM
At Sudbury United Methodist Church
251 Old Sudbury Road (Route 27)
Sudbury, MA

The Youth Empowerment & Support (YES) Committee of the Sudbury United
Methodist Church invites the public to a lecture and discussion with Dr.
Henry Abraham on "Talking With Your Teen About Alcohol: What's
Really in That Water Bottle?" All are welcome.

Parents are increasingly concerned about the use of alcohol and drugs
among local youth. Teen drinking at high school sporting events, the
death of a teen following a party, and hospitalizations of teens due to
alcohol abuse have prompted the YES Committee to launch a series of
events designed to help parents understand the issues and learn how to
deal with the challenges. This lecture and discussion is the first
activity planned in this series.

Dr. Henry Abraham is a psychiatrist and lecturer, with extensive
clinical experience in substance abuse, and author of the book What's
A Parent to Do? Straight Talk on Drugs and Alcohol. Dr. Abraham will
discuss the environmental factors that lead to experimentation, use, and
abuse of substances by teens, as well as review specific actions that
parents can take to combat these exterior influences.

The lecture and discussion is open to the public.

For more information, contact Andy Andrews
Email: or
Phone: 978-443-4351 ext. 208

The Beacon Coffeehouse presents: Tripping Lily November 21st
Tripping Lily
Wonderful folk trio (or more?)
Friday, November 21st @ 8pm (doors open at 7:30)
Tickets: $15 (call for reservation)

First Baptist Church in Newton
848 Beacon Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459
(Corner of Beacon and Centre Streets in Newton Center)
For more info call (617) 244-2997 or visit

Do you want to do Supply Preaching? *** New ***
From time to time I receive requests from various congregations (all
denominations) looking for supply preachers. If you are interested in
being on my list, please email me. Don't forget to include your

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Anyone with weaving knowledge?
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