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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

In this message:

Academic & Facilities:
- Making Progress on Internet Connection *** New ***
- Winter 2009 Registration Continues
- Spring 2009 Registration
- Spring 2009 New Course
- For students entering the second required semester of Field Education
this spring
- Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus *** New ***
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Fellowship News:
- SA Announcements
- SA VP Election *** New ***
- SA Office Hours
- Thanks for restocking the Food Pantry!
- Study Break Breakfast! - Wed. Dec. 3, 9 pm
- Thursday UU worship, December 4, 1:00 p.m. Wilson Chapel
- Journeys on the Hill fifth annual "Celebration of Light in Darkness,"
December 10 *** New ***
- Sixth Annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry: The Recipe

Other News and Opportunities:
- Ordination for Alumna Martha Bays, December 6th
- The First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist looking for story
teller December 14th
- Ordination of Alumna Toni DiPina, January 25th
- BC Gym Parking Costs
- One Bedroom Apartment on Herrick Street. *** New ***
- Art Night & Weaving Knowledge

Academic & Facilities:
Making Progress on Internet Connection *** New ***
As I mentioned at last night's town meeting, the IT department has been
working on multiple levels of errors within our internet structure -
both on the Dorm and Administrative lines. We are progressing in our
clearing the errors, but the dorm line is still out at this point. We
feel your pain and appreciate your continued support.

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

Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus *** New ***
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 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, where she did an M.Div., her Renewal Area was Faith,
Health, and Spirituality. 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

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

SA VP Election

We are electing a new vice president for the Student Association and we
need your help. Please use the link below or access the link on our
Connect site to vote for a new vice president. Voting is open Wednesday
and Thursday and the result will be announced on Friday.

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.

Thanks for restocking the Food Pantry!

The Student Association would like to thank all those who brought in
food to restock the ANTS Food Pantry. A special thanks to Dean Herzog's
class who took up a special collection and donated $70 dollars, a story
so inspiring that an individual donor more than matched their donations
for a total of $150!!! The Food Pantry, located in the kitchen of Upper
Noyes, will be well stocked for the holidays and school break. Please
take what you need, and continue to give when you can. Many blessings
to all!

Study Break Breakfast! - Wed. Dec. 3, 9 pm

Join in for a study-break with "midnight" breakfast in the Cafeteria,
9-10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3rd! Nothing inspires footnotes
like hot pancakes... And, no need to use your meal plan - this one's on
the Student Association! Join us!

Thursday UU worship, December 4, 1:00 p.m. Wilson Chapel *** New ***
Dear friends and colleagues,

Please join us for UU Worship on Thursday, December 4 at 1pm in Wilson
Chapel. Our service will be led by the Rev. Mark Harris on the theme,
"Experiences as a Minister". As Mark describes: "The year before he died
Theodore Parker published his 'Experiences as a Minister.' In that
work, he recounted his early life, and his education for the ministry.
After thirty-one years in the ministry, I might ask, how was my
education relevant to my 'experiences in ministry'? Does seminary
matter?" Come and join us for this time of sharing and fellowship.

Your worship coordinators
Morgan McLean
Bruce Taylor

Journeys on the Hill fifth annual "Celebration of Light in Darkness,"
December 10 *** New ***
Journeys on the Hill invite you to the fifth annual "Celebration of
Light in Darkness"
Wednesday, December 10, 2008; 5 - 7 PM
ANTS Meeting House

A fun winter gathering in the spirit of Advent, Chanukkah, and
Christmas. Join us for songs, laughter, and a some fun improv theater
connected to the season. Please come together in joy and celebration!

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

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:
Ordination for Alumna Martha Bays, December 6th
I would like to invite anyone who may be in the area to my ordination
which will be held Saturday, December 6 at 2 p.m. at Plymouth Church,
UCC in Shaker Heights, Ohio. I have been called to the Congregational
Church, UCC in Killingworth, Connecticut where I will be their minister
beginning in January. Killingworth is in a beautiful area of CT just
east of New Haven and I am very excited to be returning to New England.
I look forward to reconnecting with all my ANTS friends in the area!
Martha Bays,

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

Ordination of Alumna Toni DiPina, January 25th
After three and a half years of seminary and another year of
discernment, let the dancing begin!
Toni DiPina's Ordination Service: January 25, 2009 at 4pm
Where: Congdon Street Baptist Church
17 Congdon Street
Providence, RI 02904
I hope you will attend the reception after the service.

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. *** New ***
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