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Thursday, November 20, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, November 20th, 2008

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Academic & Facilities:
- Winter 2009 Registration Continues
- From the Registrar's office
- Spring 2009 New Course and Course Corrections
- Award for Dr. Leanne Tigert *** New ***
- For students entering the second required semester of Field Education
this spring *** New ***
- Need Someone to Talk To?
- Archaeological discovery at ANTS!
- Reminder Dining Services
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am *** New

Fellowship News:
- SA Announcements
- Student Association Vice-President Position
- SA Office Hours
- Bill McKibben at ANTS--November 20th, 7 pm
- Sixth Annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry: The Recipe *** Updated
- Thanksgiving Dinner
- Black Student Fellowship and BGLANTS observance of World AIDS Day,
December 1

Prayer Requests:
- Dianne Hollis
- Jen Amaral and her family *** New ***
- Gail and Ray Barrows *** New ***

Other News and Opportunities:
- Recycle your Sneakers! Continues through Thanksgiving.
- The Beacon Coffeehouse presents: Tripping Lily November 21st
- Go to Pres. Obama's Inauguration!
- Do you want to do Supply Preaching?
- Art Night & Weaving Knowledge

Academic & Facilities:
Winter 2009 Registration Continues
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.

Award for Dr. Leanne Tigert *** New ***
As Chair of the Psychology and Pastoral Theology Department it is my
pleasure to announce that Dr. Leanne Tigert, an adjunct professor in our
department and D.Min. Advisor to students in pastoral counseling has
been given the Distinguished Service Award by the Northeast Region of
the American Association of Pastoral Counseling for 2008 at their
November annual meeting. Dr. Tigert is the author of five books,
including a volume to be released in 2009, All Those Whom God Has
Joined Together: Resources for Same-Gender Loving Couples and Clergy.
Her first book was her D.Min. thesis from ANTS. We are grateful for
her many contributions to the field and for her excellence in teaching
here at ANTS.

Brita Gill-Austern

For students entering the second required semester of Field Education
this spring *** New ***
Dear Students,

If you are entering your second required semester of Field Education
this spring, please note two important reminders:

First, you must register for the second semester of Field Ed, even
though it is a year-long course.

Second, if you are unable to participate in any P3 sections, you may
petition to participate in the Integrative Seminar, CMFE 621S, with Dr.
Jeff Jones. Petitions should be in email form (to
and must include why the Integrative Seminar is your best or only option
for meeting the integration requirement for Field Education. I will
notify students as to the outcome of their petitions just before spring
semester registration begins, and petitions that come after that point
will be considered on a case-by-case basis if there is still space in
the Seminar. Students who register without permission will be contacted
and removed from the class list. Please be in touch with any questions
or concerns you may have.

All the best,
Sarah B. Drummond

Need Someone to Talk To?
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

Reminder Dining Services
please post a reminder in enews that the Dining Hall is closed all of
next week.
thanks Linda

Linda Costarides
General Manager of Dining Services
Andover Newton Theological School

Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am *** New
Please note that as stated in the Parking Policy, the Quadrangle and
the front of Fuller Hall are off limits to parking from November 15 -
April 15 between the hours of 11:00pm - 7:00am. Please note that this
also includes the side road by Farwell Hall.

In the winter months we keep these areas open in case of a snow storm.
Once these areas are cleared and the storm is over, you may move your
car from the parking lots to these areas so that the snow crew can start
to clear the parking lots.

Building & Grounds

Fellowship News:
SA Announcements
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.

Bill McKibben at ANTS--November 20th, 7 pm
Climate Science & The New Global Initiative: An Evening with Bill
November 20, 2008, 7pm, Wilson Chapel
Come hear renowned author Bill McKibben and environmental ethicist John
Hart speak about global climate change and religion.

"The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the
amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we
will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. Solutions exist.
All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate
crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This
movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are
activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses,
our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy
advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries.
And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable
for all who come after us."
Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently
writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks
associated with human genetic engineering. Beginning in the summer of
2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against
global warming in American history. McKibben is active in the Methodist
Church. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and
won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000.
Sponsored by the BTI. FMI: 617/527-4880 or 617/338-8131, x202

John Hart, Professor of Social Ethics, Boston University School of
Theology; author of related articles and books, including Sacramental

Sixth Annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry: The Recipe *** Updated ***
Andover Newton Theological School's 6th Annual Christmas Shoebox
Ministry for the local homeless population:
Last year this ministry, thanks to all of your efforts, served over 300
local homeless men, women, and children.

Matthew 25: 35 - 41
§ Each night, over 6,500 adults in Boston have no place to call
§ There are an estimated 22,000 homeless individuals in
§ The average age of a homeless adult is 24 years old and recent
years have seen a dramatic increase of homeless young adults in their
late teens and early twenties.
§ Families with children are the fastest growing group of the
homeless population. They make up approximately 40% of the homeless.
There are over 2,000 homeless families in Boston.
We are asking that you participate in the 6th Annual Christmas shoebox
ministry drive to assist Homeless families. Here is what you'll need
to do:
§ Decorate a Shoebox for a Man, Woman, Child or Family - Be
creative, Have Fun!
§ Write a Prayer or letter for whoever receives your box gift and
include it inside the box.
§ Fill the box with the suggested toiletries below - don't
forget safe small toys for child recipients.
§ Involve your church. This is a great youth ministry. Last year
we received over 35 boxes from youth who wanted to share their faith
with families in need.
§ Drop boxes off during Wednesday Chapel services or anytime in
Nancy Nienhuis' (Dean of Students) office -Worcester 204. Drop offs
began November 17, 2008 and will continue until December 12, 2008. Do
be sure your box is wrapped when you drop it off, and please only
include NEW items.

This year's Shoebox recipients:
Casa Myrna Vasquez Inc., Pine Street Inn, & Victory House
Our Goal is 500 boxes

Print the Shoebox Formula below as a guide to help pack your decorated
A Shoebox Recipe - General
Fill a shoebox with the following ingredients:

● 1 magazine/reading material (i.e.: Reader's Digest)
● 1 bottle of shampoo (or several travel size)
● 1 bottle of hair conditioner (or several trial size)
● 1 can of shaving cream*
● 1 tube of toothpaste
● 1 adult toothbrush
● 1 month's supply women's sanitary items*
● 1 deodorant*
● 1 large bar of soap (in a plastic zip lock bag)
● 1 hair comb or brush
● 4 individual Band-Aids
● 2 disposable razors
● 1 body lotion (or several travel size)
● 1 pocket-size packet of tissues
● 1 pair of socks* (new or clean used)
● 1 washcloth (new or clean used)
● 1 mending/sewing kit
● 1 small packet of laundry soap
Optional ingredients if available:
● 1 shower cap*
● 1 bath gel/beads/foam*
● 1 trial-size hair spray*
● 1 small notebook and pen
● Stationary w/stamped envelopes
● Any other misc. grooming items for a woman or man
● Vary above star marked items accordingly for a woman or man

**if making a "family kit" include 2- adult toothbrushes, 2-child
toothbrushes, 2-deodorants, 3-disposable razors, child's toy or
coloring book w/crayons.
This is a great ministry to get your youth groups involved with. Have
fun while teaching the core principles of Christ's ministry.
Contact: Dean Nancy Nienhuis at

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

Black Student Fellowship and BGLANTS observance of World AIDS Day,
December 1 ------------------------
On Monday Dec. 1st at 1pm in the Wilson Chapel there will be a time of
pray and candle lighting for all who have love ones affected by the HIV

HIV/AIDS has been correctly described as the greatest threat to human
well-being and public health in modern times. The response to AIDS
depends on the strength of individuals and communities. To halt the
epidemic, it is essential to eliminate the social and economic
inequalities and injustices that fuel its spread. We as faith based
leaders are called to empower individuals and communities to respond to
AIDS, it is a critical and a fundamental part of respecting, protecting
and promoting their human rights.

"Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise."-the World AIDS Campaign (WAC)

Prayer Requests:
Dianne Hollis
Fellow student Dianne Hollis is experiencing some medical concerns and
asks the community's prayers on her behalf. Please keep her in your
thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Jen Amaral and her family *** New ***
Prayer Request for Jen Amaral and her family as her father makes his
way to God.

Gail and Ray Barrows *** New ***
Gail Barrows requests prayers for her husband Ray, who has been
diagnosed with a bone infection and will remain hospitalized until
Friday. Please keep Ray, Gail, and the rest of the family in your
thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students

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

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

Go to Pres. Obama's Inauguration!
Rev. Irv Cummings (Old Cambridge Baptist Church) is heading an effort
to reserve an Amtrak train car to Washington DC for the Inauguration.
It's an historic moment and it would be fun to be a part of the crowd to
soak in the moment. The cost is $87 each way ($174). Everyone is on
their own for housing and food. Checks would be made out to Rev.
Cummings and he would write one check to AMTRAK.

Departure is Sunday afternoon, January 18 at 3 p.m. from South Station,
Return would be Wednesday, leaving at 8:35 a.m. from Union Station

If you would like to go please email Rev. Cummings at Once you confirm that there is room for you
in this, checks can be mailed to him at:

Rev. Irv Cummings
150 Dudley Street, # 2
Cambridge MA 02140

Do you want to do Supply Preaching?
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

Art Night & Weaving Knowledge
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.

** We're also still looking someone with weaving knowledge. 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).

Contact Joy (Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS) with questions