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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

In this message:

- Winter 2009 Registration Continues
- From the Registrar's office
- Spring 2009 New Course and Course Corrections
- Dr. Mary Luti to speak at Spiritual Journeys program, November 18th,
4:30pm *** Today ***
- Need Someone to Talk To?
- Archaeological discovery at ANTS!
- Reminder Dining Services *** New ***

Fellowship News:
- SA Announcements
- Student Association Vice-President Position
- SA Office Hours
- **Special Food Drive for Tomorrow's Worship**
- Beginning Our Third Century!, November 19th
- BGLANTS Movie in Upper Noyes, November 19th, 5pm *** New ***
- Politics in the Pulpit: An Interfaith Conversation, November 19th
- UU Worship Thursday, November 20th at 1:00 P.M., Wilson Chapel ***
New ***
- Thanksgiving Dinner

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

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.

Dr. Mary Luti to speak at Spiritual Journeys program, November 18th,
4:30pm *** Today ***
Visiting Professor of Preaching and Director of Wilson Chapel, Dr. Mary
Luti, will be the featured speaker at the upcoming "Spiritual Journeys"
program this Tuesday, November 18th at 4:30PM. The program, held in
President Carter's home, is open to all students, staff and faculty.

Attendees usually gather between 4:30 and 4:45 and then the guest
speaker is introduced. The program is usually concluded by 5:30PM. The
setting is informal.

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 *** New ***
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

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.

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.

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

BGLANTS Movie in Upper Noyes, November 19th, 5pm *** New ***
BGLANTS is pleased to present "Still Black" a documentary featuring
Louis Mitchell. Louis is a MDiv student here at Andover Newton. Excerpts
of the movie will be shown in upper Noyes at 5pm on Wednesday November
19, 2008. Louis will also host a discussion after.

STILL BLACK: a portrait of black transmen, is an alternative
feature-length documentary that explores the lives of six black
transgender men living in the United States. Through the intimate
stories of their lives as artists, students, husbands, fathers, lawyers,
and teachers, the film offers viewers a complex and multi-faceted image
of race, sexuality and trans identity.

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

UU Worship Thursday, November 20th at 1:00 P.M., Wilson Chapel *** New
Dear friends and colleagues,

Please join us for UU Worship on Thursday, November 20 at 1:00 P.M. in
the Wilson Chapel. Our service will be led by Tim House. As Tim
describes: "The writer and wit, G.K. Chesterton, says that 'Paradox is
truth standing on her head to attract attention.' This Thanksgiving,
I'm remembering a simple, paradoxical gift I received last Thanksgiving.
A simple truth. A simple gift. Up-side-down, maybe, but the gift of a
lifetime." Come and join us for this time of sharing and fellowship.

From the UU worship coordinators
Morgan McLean
Bruce Taylor

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

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! *** New ***
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