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Friday, January 16, 2009

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, January 16th, 2009

*** Next E-News: Tuesday, January 20th ***
In this message:

Academic & Facilities:
- The Library and all school offices will be closed Monday, January
19th *** New ***
- Spring 2009 Registration Continues & Full and Canceled Courses ***
Check Daily ***
- Writing Seminar Update
- Evaluations - Your Participation Counts!!
- Spring 2009 Distance Learning Course to be Offered by CRCD
- Connect Web Site problem for Winter & Spring Courses
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Other News and Opportunities:
- Presidential Inauguration in Upper Noyes, January 20th
- "Looking Back, Looking Ahead": Conversation about Church&Society,
January 20th
- BGLANTS cosponsors: An Act of Fath, Jan 21st *** New ***
- Invitation for women healers…The Hara Group, January 21
- Living Green Lecture & Workshop, January 22nd, 29th, February 5th
- Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability Conference, end of
- Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
- Preaching Competition *** New ***
- UCC Scholarships for Ecumenical Advocacy Day, March 13-16 in
Washington, DC
- Art Night & Weaving Knowledge

Academic & Facilities:
The Library and all school offices will be closed Monday, January 19th
*** New ***
The Library and all school offices will be closed Monday, January 19,
in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Spring 2009 Registration & Full Courses *** Check Daily ***
Spring Registration continues for all students through Dec 19th.
After December 19: $150 Late fee apply
Dec. 20-February 6: Add/Drop Period

Please remember that your registration IS NOT complete until you have
completed the "registration and services confirmation form" online in
Connect. Failure to complete this form could result on the loss of
financial aid for the semester, so please do not forget this step. If
you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's office.

Closed Courses:
CHRS723 - [EL] The Practice of Prayer
CMFE621 - Integrative Seminar
CMPR601 - Christian Preaching: Theology and Practice
ETHI776 - Moaning, Singing and shouting: Spiritual Longing &
Enlightenmen in African American Music
HIST609 - Intro. to the History of Christianity I
OLDT636 - The Crossroads:Interpreting the Book of Job
OLDT661 - Prophets and Priests, Patriarchs and Matriarchs:Biblical
Models of Religious Leadership
P3HIST609 - History of Christianity I Practitioner Program
P3THEO614 - Systematic Theology II -Practitioner Program

Cancel Courses:
ETHI746 - Theology of Money *** New ***
PSYF718 - Healing Arts
THEO733 - Unitarian Universalist Theologies

Writing Seminar Update *** New ***
Dear ANTS students,

Apparently the word didn't get out well enough. I'm offering a course
that should be valuable to you now, and in your future. And we have a
good time at it and build community! (What more could you ask for?)
It's based on the writing groups I offered for several years while I was
the writing tutor at ANTS. Please skim the description, consider taking
it, and pass it along to a classmate or 2 who may not have noticed this
announcement. And please feel free to contact me with questions.

Writing Seminar
Helen Snively, Ed.D.
Tuesdays, 12:15 to 1:45, starting January 27

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 2006-08.

Minimum 12 students, maximum 15. No credit. $250. Late fee waived
for this course.


Evaluations - Your Participation Counts!!
All students were e-mailed a link to an evaluation for each course in
which they participated. Please take the time to go online and respond.
Responses are completely confidential, and your feedback is even more
valuable at this time, as our faculty are designing and revising courses
in preparation for a new curriculum.

If you did not receive a link for a class, or have questions, please
contact Faculty Assistant Jennifer Shaw at extension 228 or

Spring 2009 Distance Learning Course to be Offered by CRCDS
Anyone who wants to register for the course, please speak to Nayda in
the Registrar's Office.
Course Number & Title: MS 121 - Living Religions: U.S. & Global
Perspectives and Practices

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough

Day & Time of Class: Mondays, 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.
The first class is February 9 and it runs through May 4, with NO class
on March 16.

Brief Course Description:

In a pluralistic and multicultural society, Christians no longer have
the luxury of pretending that they are the "majority" religion. Doing
ministry in today's world requires knowledge and sensitivity to the
other major world religions that are an integral part of American
culture and of our interconnected global world. This course will
introduce students to the fundamental precepts and practices of a
variety of major religions that are important players in the world
today, both in this country and abroad, including Buddhism, Hinduism,
Sikhism, Jainism, Islam, Judaism, Bahai, Neo-Pagan traditions, and

Connect Web Site problem for Winter & Spring Courses
The IT department is aware of a problem with Connect where the student
courses are not showing up in the correct sessions. In short, the
Academic tab is appears to be listing under "Current Courses" the FA08
and on-campus SP09 courses, and then under "Future Courses" the WI09 and
on-line SP09 courses. This problem has been reported to the vendor. As
long as you are seeing all of your courses under one of these options,
you are all set. Feel free to email the Help Desk,, if
you have questions.

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

Other News and Opportunities:
Presidential Inauguration in Upper Noyes, January 20th *** New ***
On Tuesday morning, all staff, faculty, and students are invited to
Upper Noyes to watch the inauguration festivities. People will begin
gathering at 11am, and there will be patriotic snacks provided. We hope
you will join our community in witnessing this historic event!
Hailing to the Chief,
The Student Association

"Looking Back, Looking Ahead": Conversation about Church&Society,
January 20th
"Looking Back, Looking Ahead": A conversation about Church and
Society with Rev. Dr. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the
United Church of Christ

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Wilson Chapel.

Join us for an evening conversation with Rev. John Thomas about what's
happening in the UCC, and beyond, on the evening of Inauguration Day.
John will speak to the issues of the day, and engage us in discussion.
Light refreshments will be served, beginning at 7:00 p.m., with the
program beginning at 7:30. This event is free and open to the public.

BGLANTS cosponsors: An Act of Fath, Jan 21st *** New ***
Did you know in this day and age people can still be fired, refused
work, denied housing, education or credit simply because of bias against
their gender identity or gender expression? Come and lend your voice as
Massachusetts communities of faith speak out for transgender equality.
Learn how you can take action and help pass a bill that will make
Massachusetts truly a state for everyone.
January 21, 2009 at 7pm in Berenson Hall, Hebrew College 160, Herrick
Road, Newton Centre, MA

Invitation for women healers…The Hara Group, January 21
Interested in sharing your experience as a woman healer in a safe and
meditative environment? (Experience ranges from Reiki, reflexology and
ministry-open to a variety of women holistic practitioners). Our intent
is to share our holistic understandings which will help us better serve
the community. Meeting: this Thursday, 1.22 at 7:30pm. Location:

Contact: Debbie Jenney (certified reflexologist) at: 781-405-2385
Or email Heather Lucas:

Living Green Lecture & Workshop, January 22nd, 29th, February 5th
A three-part program, "Living Green," will be delivered at Concord's
Wright Tavern Center for Spiritual Renewal on three successive Thursday
evenings, January 22, 29 and February 5, 2009.

Visit to learn more.

Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability Conference
Technology and Culture Forum at MIT will be hosting the Boston
gathering for Trinity Institute at the end of January. This year's
topic, "Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability," is critical
and timely. justice and human rights would be a great contribution to
our work and experience.

For details please see the website ( The event
is open to the public.

The Rev. Amy McCreath
Episcopal Chaplain at MIT
Technology and Culture Forum

Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
Toni DiPina's Ordination Service: February 8, 2009 at 4pm
Where: Congdon Street Baptist Church
17 Congdon Street
Providence, RI 02904
Please RSVP if you will attend so they might have a count as we prepare
for the reception. Email is

Preaching Competition *** New ***
The GoodPreacher Seminarian Award

Receive a Complimentary Registration to the Festival of Homiletics in
Atlanta, May 18-22, 2009, a Dorm Room at Emory University, and $200.00
in Expense Money for the Festival and Be Introduced on Monday Evening at
the Fox Theatre during the Festival of Homiletics!

Go to and place your best sermon on upcoming
lectionary texts in
<> Share
It! under GoodPreacher Seminarian Sermons (put text and Sunday in Church
Year at the top). Be sure to select "GoodPreacher Seminarian Sermons"
from the category list. If the sermon is on a text not in the
lectionary, put "Unlectionary" and text at the top. Your sermon will not
appear immediately. The sermon will have to be approved, and we reserve
the right not to approve sermons. The sermons will be randomly sorted
(not by date of submission) in GoodPreacher Seminarian Sermons.

Please remove all full length poems, hymns, etc. from your sermon.
Please quote only small parts of poems, hymns, etc. Quotations from
books should not exceed 50 words and please document sources.

Sermons will be accepted until March 1. A voting system will be in
place on from March 1 until March 8 for GoodPreacher
Seminarian Sermons. The top three sermon writers will then be asked to
prepare a YouTube version of a sermon to be available for viewing by
April 1. A voting system will be in place on from April
1 until April 8 for the three YouTube sermons. If the voting system
results in a tie, a distinguished panel will review the YouTube sermons
and announce the GoodPreacher Seminarian Award winner on May 1.

That person will be awarded the complimentary Festival of Homiletics
registration, etc. (see above).

Each seminarian should submit only one sermon. If you would like to
submit other sermons, you are also eligible for the GoodPreacher Award
(see for more information).

The GoodPreacher Seminarian Award winner may transfer the award to the
2010 conference if unable to attend in 2009. If the winner has already
paid 2009 conference fee, that person will have that fee reimbursed. If
the winner chooses to stay at a location other than Emory, a cash
equivalent will be awarded.

UCC Scholarships for Ecumenical Advocacy Day, March 13-16 in
Washington, DC
Ecumenical Advocacy Days , March 13-16 in
Washington, DC, is a weekend of inspirational worship, insightful
workshops and plenaries, and networking with ecumenical people of faith
around justice issues. It is followed by a day of lobbying on Capitol
Hill (after training sessions during the weekend). This is a very
popular event, typically attended by some 1000 participants. I invite
you to participate in this great event.

The UCC makes available full scholarships (to cover registration,
travel, and housing) to young adults, 18 to 35 years of age. If you are
interested in applying for a scholarship or need more information,
contact Jessie Palatucci in the UCC's Washington, DC office at More information about EAD is available at

Edith Rasell, Ph.D.
Minister for Workplace Justice
Justice & Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
toll-free 866-822-8224, ext 3709; 216-736-3709; fax 216-736-3709

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