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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

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Academic & Facilities:
- Dorm Internet Access Coming On Line *** NEW ***
- Winter 2009 Registration Continues
- Spring 2009 Registration
- Spring 2009 New Course
- For students entering the second required semester of Field Education
this spring
- Addendum on the MDiv Curriculum Transition
- Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
- Mail Delivery over Christmas Break
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Fellowship News:
- SA Announcements
- MLK Day of Service Opportunity
- SA Office Hours
- SA Vice-President Results
- Morning Worship Continues Finals Week!
- FEELING STRESSED? NEED A BREAK? Come to Chapel, December 10th
- Journeys on the Hill 5th annual "Celebration of Light in Darkness,"
NEW Location December 10
- BSF Chapel: Preach-A-Palooza Thursday December 11th
- Congratulations to Nayda Aguila
- Beauty For Sale
- Sixth Annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry: The Recipe

Other News and Opportunities:
- ANTS "Field-Trip": Worship December 14th at Old West Methodist Church

- The First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist looking for story
teller December 14th
- Enneagram Workshop led by Herb Pearce, December 15th
- Change of Date Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
- Show your colors at your next slumber party!
- BC Gym Parking Costs
- One Bedroom Apartment on Herrick Street
- Art Night & Weaving Knowledge

Academic & Facilities:
Dorm Internet Access Coming On Line *** NEW ***
Thanks to some dedicated IT and contractor help, the dorm wireless
network is coming back on line. We believe (hope, pray) that all dorms
will have access by the end of the day. If you do not have access,
please feel free to email me at with your dorm and
floor so that I can know where to dispatch help tomorrow.

We still have our underlying limited bandwidth problem. So, please be
gentle in your use of the internet while students are working to
complete projects, papers, etc. I am currently working on gathering
proposals for increasing our bandwidth at the best possible cost ratio.

Thank you for your understand, hopes, prayers and concerns for the
health of the IT staff.
Emily Leavitt
Manager of IT

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

Spring 2009 Registration
Spring 2009 Registration starts
December 1st at 9:00 am for all seniors.
December 8th at 9:00 am for all other students

All* ANTS registrations must be completed online at the following
Connect Website
If you cannot complete registration online, paper registration forms
may be picked up in the Registrar's Office or by sending a
self-address, stamped envelope to: Andover Newton Theological School,
Attn: Registrar
210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Priority registration, especially for Seniors†, cannot be guaranteed
when using paper registration forms.

†Seniors are designated by # credits earned as follows:
MA >= 24, MDiv >= 60, STM >= 12, DMin >= 15
Registration dates are as follows:
December 1-19 All Seniors- start at 9:00 am
December 8-19: All Other Students- start at 9:00 am
After December 19: $150 Late fee apply
Dec. 20-February 6: Add/Drop Period

If you need assistance with on line registration,
please contact the Help Desk at ext. 314 or at
* Students who are
1) Currently on probation,
2) or registering for CPE
3) or registering for a directed study
Must contact the Registrar directly at:

Spring 2009 New Course
INTE 515 Writing Seminar
Helen Snively, Ed.D.

This course is for anyone at ANTS who wants to become a better writer.
By looking together at the drafts you and your fellow students write for
ANTS courses, you learn how to organize and draft a paper, create an
argument, use citations well, make your writing interesting, and
proofread your work. During the semester, each student will offer at
least 2 drafts for others to read; each week we will read 1-3 drafts
that others have offered and prepare suggestions on how to improve them.
We aim to understand the many types of writing students do at ANTS,
including reflections, exegeses, sermons, research papers, and
ordination papers. I will also incorporate brief lessons on elements of
good writing. The course grows out of the less formal writing groups I
offered at ANTS in 2006-2008. Minimum 12 students, maximum 15. No
credit. $250. Register online.
Spring - Tuesdays (or possibly Thursdays), 12:15-1:45pm

For students entering the second required semester of Field Education
this spring
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

Addendum on the MDiv Curriculum Transition
Dear M.Div. students graduating in January 2010 or later:

Greetings to you. You received a letter from me in late November that
describes some important information related to the M.Div. curriculum
transition. Please consider this note an addendum to that letter: As you
plan your spring, 2009 courses, please take into consideration that the
new M.Div. curriculum will include one semester of introductory Old
Testament, whereas now students take two. Therefore, if you will change
or might change over to the new curriculum (see the letter to know into
which category you fall), you will maintain more flexibility in the
future if you now take only one 500-level introductory Old Testament
course. Furthermore, the new curriculum will not require students to
take upper-level Ethics, or a 700 option, although many of the options
offered this spring will meet other requirements. Of course, students
will still receive credit for the courses they have taken if they change
curricula, so again, these tips are meant to help students to maintain
maximum flexibility. Please speak with Nayda Aguila or me with your

Sarah B. Drummond
Associate Dean of the Faculty &
Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership
Andover Newton Theological School

Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
I am pleased to announce that Ms. Toni Jean DeLorenzo has joined the
community as our Associate for Spiritual Direction and Pastoral
Counseling. She is available for counseling, as well as both individual
and group spiritual direction. Toni comes to us with extensive
experience. She is trained in spiritual direction through the Shalem
Institute for Spiritual Guidance in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a
psychotherapist in private practice, mental health clinics, McLean
Hospital, and most recently as the Director of Mental Health at Fisher
College. In addition, she has been trained as a clinical practitioner at
the Mind/Body Medical Institute. At Andover Newton she completed an
M.Div. degree. She is particularly interested in contemplative
practices, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body techniques as they
relate to spiritual formation. Toni also has a special interest in
issues of vocational discernment.

If you would like to see Toni you may call her at extension 319 or
email her at Her office is located in Sturtevant
room 38. She is available to students at a reduced rate of $60 per
session, with a sliding fee scale appropriate to need. Counseling
sessions are limited to three meetings per term. She is happy to work
with students to find the right--and affordable--referral if more
intensive work is desired.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Mail Delivery over Christmas Break
Please be advised that since Andover Newton will be closed on December
24 and will not reopen until Monday, January 5, no package delivery will
be available during that time. Regular mail will be delivered to
student boxes 3 times, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you are
expecting important packages you may want to insure that they reach you
prior to Dec. 24 or have them held at the Newton Centre Post Office for
you. If you have particular questions or concerns please contact Mr.
Frank Novo at

Thank you,

Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am
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

MLK Day of Service Opportunity
The City Mission Society of Boston is holding its 2nd annual day of
service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The Student Association is
organizing a group from Andover Newton. If you are interested in joining
us, please email us ( by December 15th so we can RSVP. The
event is on Saturday, January 17th from 9-4 in Boston.

SA Office Hours
There will be regular SA office hours the week of the 8th. After that
there will be no office hours until the Spring semester. As always, we
are available via internet or catch us around campus.

SA Vice-President Results
The Andover Newton community has spoken! 46 people (a possible
record?!) voted in this week's election, and the votes were equally
split between our two Vice-Presidential candidates, Tim Trussel-Smith
and Brandon Harrington. Brandon and Tim have agreed to accept the
position as co-vice presidents. The Student Asocciation sends our
congratulations to them both, and thanks everyone for taking the time to
vote. It is wonderful to witness all the different ways people get
involved on campus--thank you!

Morning Worship Continues Finals Week!
Morning Worship will continue ALL of next week. Join us at 8:15 a.m.
in the small prayer room on the ground level of Wilson Chapel.

Morgan R. McLean

FEELING STRESSED? NEED A BREAK? Come to Chapel, December 10th
(Or bring an instrument to play or a song to offer!)

Wednesday, December 11
1:00 p.m.
Wilson Chapel


And to add to your inspiration, consider participating in two great
opportunities to spread the true meaning of Christmas:

1. Shoebox Ministry (see notice below)
2. Toys for Children of Low Wage Workers
The Eastern Service Workers Association (ESWA), where some of you
volunteered on Community Day, is holding their annual Christmas toy
drive to help low income workers afford toys for their children. So far
they've received requests on behalf of 240 children. They need toys in
the following categories:

Ages 0-12 months, 1-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-15
years, and 16-18 years. The children aged 13-18 have made requests for
CDs, sporting goods, and computer games. Stuffed animals are a commonly
requested item for younger children.

If you would like to contribute a toy please bring it unwrapped either
to the Wednesday Community Worship service or to Dean Nancy Nienhuis'
office (Worcester 204) by Tuesday, December 16.

For any questions about either of these opportunities please contact:
Dean of Students Nancy Nienhuis at

Journeys on the Hill fifth annual "Celebration of Light in Darkness,"
NEW Location December 10
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
5 - 7 PM

Please join Journeys on the Hill for the fifth annual "Celebration of
Light in Darkness" winter gathering in the spirit of Advent, Chanukah,
and Christmas.

We'll sing songs, share stories, see some fun improv theater and
journey round the world to experience varied ways people connect to this
holiday season.

Plus delicious latkes (potato pancakes traditional to Chanukah),
holiday treats and warm drinks.

Please come together in joy and celebration!

Journeys on the Hill is the interfaith student collaboration between
Andover Newton and Hebrew College. All students, staff, faculty, and
friends are warmly welcome.

Berkeley Lounge is at the end of the quad near Wilson Chapel on the
Andover Newton campus. Enter the door between Kendall Hall and Fuller

Leslie Becknell Marx
404-583-6064 | | 148C Herrick Rd. |
Newton, MA 02459

BSF Chapel: Preach-A-Palooza Thursday December 11th
Join us for the last Chapel service of the semester!

Preach-A-Palooza will feature several 5 minute Sermonettes from ANTS
students and special musical guests.
Preaching in the Black Church Tradition at Andover-Newton Theological
School is a monthly worship service that was started by former professor
of preaching, Dr. Eddie O¹Neal more than 29 years ago. It continues to
provide an open and responsive space for those seeking to participate in
the unique preaching, practices and worship experiences founded and
grounded in the history, traditions and culture of the African American

Congratulations to Nayda Aguila!
The Latino y Latina Student Fellowship wants to Congratulate on the
birth of granddaughter of Nayda Aguila .They have a beautiful new baby
born this past Saturday at 3:00am. Stop by the office and Congratulate
Nayda on being a new Grandmother.

May God bless them with good health, love and happiness always.

Latino y Latina Student Fellowship

Beauty For Sale
Well, paintings for sale, actually. In support of the arts program at
Andover Newton, Robert Sarly has offered to sell any of his paintings
for half the marked price, to ANTS students, faculty, staff, or alums -
with all proceeds going to the school. If you have enjoyed the show, and
discovered a canvas you'd like to live with - or give to someone you
love - then here is your chance. Contact Jennifer Shaw, at ext. 228, or
Mark Burrows, ext. 235, with your wishes. It's not quite Santa's Hot
Line, but close. The exhibit closes on 31 December.

With holiday greetings, and thanks.

Sixth Annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry: The Recipe
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 home.
§ There are an estimated 22,000 homeless individuals in Massachusetts.
§ 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

This year's Shoebox recipient is 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*
● 1 washcloth ●
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

Other News and Opportunities:
ANTS "Field-Trip": Worship December 14th at Old West Methodist Church
*** New ***
Our Own Marion Easterling has invited us to fellowship at Old West
Methodist Church ( where he pastors for
their 11am service on Sunday December 14th. Our own Ngozi Robinson will
be the preacher of the hour!

This is a great opportunity to praise God for making it through the
semester and to spend some time with each other. Join us and bring a

Please contact Ngozi Robinson with any questions (
You can also RSVP on Facebook at

Old West Church is located at the corner of Cambridge Street and
Staniford Street, near Government Center, Massachusetts General
Hospital, and the Holiday Inn. The map below indicates our exact
location. We are able to provide validated parking on Saturday and
Sunday for 50¢ at the Charles River Plaza UNDERGROUND parking garage
(not the above-ground parking lot). Be sure we stamp your parking claim

The MBTA offers four subway stations that are a ten minute walk from
the church.
*Green and Blue lines - Government Center
*Blue line - Bowdoin Station is open Monday - Friday until 6:30 pm
*Red line - Charles/MGH
*Orange line - North Station & Haymarket

First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist looking for story teller
December 14th
The First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist is looking for a story
teller for their December 14, 2008 service (The scheduled story teller
needed to cancel). The story teller would need to provide four short
and seasonal stories (8-10 minutes each) from four different
traditions. The story telling is one part of the service. The entire
congregation will participate. The congregation is willing to pay
$400.00. The story teller would need to arrive at 10 am and participate
to 11:45 am on the day of the event. If you are interested please
contact CJ McGregor at ASAP!

CJ McGregor

Enneagram Workshop led by Herb Pearce, December 15th
10am - 3pm Monday, December 15th
Center Congregational Church-Lynnfield
5 Summer St
Lynnfield, MA 01940

Are you a Reformer, a Helper, an Achiever, an Individualist, an
Investigator, a Loyalist, an Enthusiast, a Challenger, a Peacemaker?

Find out about your personality type and how you can identify and
relate to others.

Herb Pearce, has been practicing psychotherapy and teaching workshops
and trainings for 25 years. He is well-known as an Enneagram teacher and
trainer, having led over 1500 workshops and trainings on this topic
locally and nationwide.

Sliding fee based on number of attendees.

Limit of 20 people
Registration required by noon on Thursday, December 11th
Includes lunch
Contact Amy at 603.890.6767 x 106

Change of Date Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
Toni DiPina's Ordination Service Date has been Changed from 1/25/ 09 to
February 8, 2009. The Ordination Service will be at Congdon Street
Baptist Church. After three and a half years of seminary and another
full year of discernment, let the dancing begin!

Toni DiPina's Ordination Service: February 8, 2009 at 4pm
Where: Congdon Street Baptist Church
17 Congdon Street
Providence, RI 02904

Toni will be the first woman to be ordained in this Historic one
hundred and ninety year old American Baptist church -- which is the
oldest African-American church in RI. She looks forward to seeing you
all there and hopes you will also plan to attend the reception after the
service. There will be plenty for all!

Everyone is also invited to Toni's Installation Service at Hadwen Park
Congregational Church in Worcester, MA on 2/22/08 at 3PM where she will
be installed as the Associate Pastor and Director of Youth and Christian
Education. This will be the only UCC church in the country with a white
UCC Woman (Rev. Judith Hanlon, Sr. Pastor) and a black Baptist Woman in
Pastoral Leadership. The Preacher of the afternoon will be The Rev.
Dr. Kirk Byron Jones, who will be joined by the very talented
saxophonist Kathleen Abel. A reception follows. Please RSVP if you
will attend so they might have a count as we prepare for the reception.
Email is

Show your colors at your next slumber party!
Flannel pajama pants embossed with "Andover Newton" have just arrived
in the bookstore--Black Watch plaid in sizes S-XL. Make great Christmas
presents for your loyal family and friends. Come and see!!

BC Gym Parking Costs
Many of you have lamented the fact that Boston College has begun
charging for parking, giving you an extra cost when you go to their gym
facilities. Thanks to some sleuthing by Frank Novo we've discovered
that you can park at a discount. Here's what you need to do to purchase
a parking permit that gives you unlimited parking for $11.42/month (you
have to pay by check). Go to the membership desk at the Plex and give
your name, license plate information, start date and end date. The
representative will then send that information to the parking office and
you'll be set up in the system. Once in the system you go over to
Student Services in Lyons Hall to obtain your parking permit and
transponder. You will then have designated parking spaces: in the
garage on Beacon Street, directly behind the Plex, and in a 2nd garage.

Happy Exercising!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

One Bedroom Apartment on Herrick Street.
One bedroom apartment in Newton Centre, steps from the Newton Centre T
stop, shopping, restaurants and coffee shops in a great building with
loads of character, and inside the building is very quiet alongside of
activity going on outside in the center.
Very spacious bedroom, eat-in-kitchen, and living room with bay windows
overlooking the shops on
Union Street. ANTS is just up the hill. Hard wood floors throughout
the apartment and 10+ foot ceilings. Very spacious feel and filled with
sunlight. Municipal parking lot behind the building so parking is
rarely an issue; overnight parking in this lot is free and year-round
with a City of Newton resident sticker. Laundry in the basement.

The rent is $1375/month and includes heat, hot water and cable TV.
Free internet for the past four years from the nearby shops. Available
as of Feb. 1 but possibility of January 1.
Please contact:
Chris Kowalcky

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