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Friday, January 09, 2009

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, January 9th, 2009

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Academic & Facilities:
- Spring 2009 Registration Continues & Full Courses *** Check Daily
- Evaluations - Your Participation Counts!! *** New ***
- Spring 2009 Distance Learning Course to be Offered by CRCDS *** New
- New course through BTI offered at BC in the spring term (beginning
January 14)
- Addendum on the MDiv Curriculum Transition
- Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
- Connect Web Site problem for Winter & Spring Courses
- Important Internet Explorer Update
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Other News and Opportunities:
- Nick Page Power Sing 10:30 am January 14 in Meetinghouse
- "Understanding the Process of Bereavement" Lecture, January 14 ***
New ***
- "Looking Back, Looking Ahead": Conversation about Church&Society,
January 20th
- Living Green Lecture & Workshop, January 22nd, 29th, February 5th
- Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability Conference, end of
- Creative Writing Group *** New ***
- Change of Date Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
- Jim Hinds Called to Ministry
- Call for Submissions: Practical Matters
- Call for Papers: 5th Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Students
Conference in Patristic Studies *** New ***
- BC Gym Parking Costs
- Art Night & Weaving Knowledge

Academic & Facilities:
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
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:
THEO733 - Unitarian Universalist Theologies

Evaluations - Your Participation Counts!! *** New ***
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 *** New
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

Visits to places of worship in other world religions and/or guest
speakers from these traditions will be part of this course. We will
consider the challenges that pluralism poses for people of all faith
traditions in a diverse society. We will examine how the various world
religions are being lived out in this country and throughout the
world. The intent of this course is: (1) to stimulate theological
reflection about our own Christian tradition in light of the wisdom and
insights of other world religions, and ; (2) to provide a brief
introduction to the beliefs and practices of the world religions as they
are lived out in our modern American context, and (3) to consider issues
of globalism and pluralism in the context of Christian ministry and the
relationship of religion to political and economic issues at home and
abroad, considering issues of tolerance of other religions as each
religion expresses or understands it.

New course through BTI offered at BC in the spring term (beginning
January 14)
A new course available through the BTI will be offered at BC in the
spring term (beginning January 14), TH 531 - "Toward an Abrahamic Family
Reunion. Issues in Religion and Identity," taught by a Muslim,
Protestant, Jew and a Catholic.

Jews, Christians and Muslims are commonly referred to as members of the
Abrahamic family of faith. Each faith tradition looks to Abraham as
progenitor. Christianity and Judaism experienced a "parting of the
ways" in the second to the fourth century. Islam emerged as a further
prophecy and self-perceived clarification of earlier prophetic witness
in the seventh century (610 A.D.). Today, at the heart of political and
military tension in the Middle East and elsewhere are deep issues of
religious identity that are either specific to this family of faiths or
particularly exacerbated within the relationships among them. The
purpose of this course is to explore initial family relationships and
the religious issues and tensions that drive these social and political
dynamics. Abrahamic Family relations have enormous implications in
shaping the 21st century for good or for ill.

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

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.

Important Internet Explorer Update
Microsoft released a critical security patch on Wednesday to plug
vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, a move that comes amid malicious
attackers taking advantage of the security flaws. The patch is designed
to prevent attackers from downloading malware onto users' computers if
they visit a malicious Web site, or a legitimate Web site that has been
infected. This zero-day exploit has been in circulation since the first
week of December and potentially could have infected a wide swath of
users. The vulnerabilities are found in not only IE 7, Microsoft's
latest browser, but also Internet Explorer 5.01, Internet Explorer 6,
and Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1.

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:
Nick Page Power Sing 10:30 am January 14 in Meetinghouse
Nick Page, song-leader extraordinaire will visit the WOTA 646 class on
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse. He will
lead a power sing on Spirit. All Andover Newton students and those
outside the school may attend. His website is
Please pass on to friends, family, and students.

Blessings, Nita Penfold, D. Min.

"Understanding the Process of Bereavement" Lecture, January 14 *** New
On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 6:00-8:00 p.m, Dr. Phyllis
Silverman, a noted social work scholar and clinician will deliver a
lecture entitled "Understanding the Process of Bereavement".The focus of
the lecture will be on the process and dynamics of bereavement, with
a special emphasis on the experience of children and families. Dr.
Silverman will discuss the research she conducted as Project Director
for the Harvard/MGH Child Bereavement study. She will also review ways
students can better understand their own feelings and personal
experience with loss, grief and bereavement as it impacts their work in
clinical social work.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center (Main Campus Building), Simmons

Any questions, please contact Suzanne Sankar:

"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.

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.

The speaker is Carol Hohle, Founder and Executive Director of
Inspiration House. She is an educator, environmentalist & spiritual
activist who speaks, and leads workshops and retreats on spiritual
practices and eco-spirituality. She is a graduate of Andover Newton
Theological School, where her studies and thesis focused on the
intersection of faith and ecology. The "Living Green" program draws on
the major insights of her own eco-conversion as well as several
spirit-based ecological paradigm shifts. Hohle¹s organization,
Inspiration House, is dedicated to nurturing spiritual
vitality for a just and sustainable planet. 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.

Drawing on presentations by Majora Carter, Timothy Gorringe, David
Korten, and Nestor Miguez, we will consider together: Is there a
theological basis for living abundantly while striving for justice and
sustainability? 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

Creative Writing Group *** New ***
I am interested in starting a small creative writing group (4-6 bards)
for sharing and critiquing works of fiction: poetry, prose, and drama.
I propose meeting once every two weeks because of our hectic schedules.
I have been in two creative writing groups for a total of about 10
years, which helped me write a novel (unpublished), and get a few
stories and poems published. Writing groups are great creative outlets,
tools of learns and producing, cathartic, good fellowship, and fun!
Please contact Bill Gural at

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand/ And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,/
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour." William Blake

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. 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

Please RSVP if you will attend so they might have a count as we prepare
for the reception. Email is

Jim Hinds Called to Ministry
On Sunday January 4, 2009, Jim Hinds (MDiv 2007) was called by members
of the First Baptist Church of Gardner (MASS) to be their settled
pastor, beginning on Feb 1. Reflecting on the occasion Jim said, "Called
at last, called at last; thank God Almighty, I'm called at last!"

Call for Submissions: Practical Matters
Practical Matters, a new online peer-reviewed journal designed to ask
and provoke questions about religious practice and practical theology,
is now accepting submissions on the theme of Youth for our Spring 2009
issue. We are a multimedia, transdisciplinary journal out of the Emory
University Graduate Division of Religion, funded by Lilly Endowment

We invite submissions that describe and analyze the religious practices
of young people, past and present: their ritual lives, patterns of
belief, forms of community, transformational experiences, meaningful
relationships, sources of inspiration and areas of struggle. We
particularly encourage submissions that engage religion in light of the
broader contextual realities of children and adolescents. We also invite
submissions on the ways that religious communities engage with young
people, looking at the practices through which they shape and form youth
as well as the ways in which youth stretch, critique, and lead their
religious communities. Possible themes to explore might include: rituals
marking adolescent transitions; religious and social influences on young
lives; youth-centered religious experiences such as
youth groups, summer camps, mission trips, service projects, etc.;
contemporary and historical theories and/or theologies of youth; as well
as many others.

The submission deadline is March 1, 2009. For more specific
instructions on possible forms of submissions, more information on our
peer review process, or more details about the issue theme, please visit
our web site at

Call for Papers: 5th Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Students
Conference in Patristic Studies *** New ***
I have found this conference to be both challenging and stimulating,
and a great way to engage in ecumenical dialogue.
Bill Gural

The Fifth Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Students Conference in
Patristic Studies
At Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Brookline, Massachusetts
March 19 - 21, 2009

The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of the Holy Cross
Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce its fifth
annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic
Studies on March 19 - 21, 2009. The purpose of the conference is to
bring graduate students together from the fields of Patristic Studies,
Historical Theology, and the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity
in a collaborative and theological setting to hear and discuss peer
research. The conference will begin on Thursday, March 19, at 5:00
p.m., and ends with dinner on Saturday, March 21.

We are now calling for paper proposals. We strongly encourage all
doctoral and masters students with research interests in Patristics,
Historical Theology, or the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity to
submit a paper abstract of approximately 250 words. Topics relating to
eastern Christianity are particularly encouraged. For examples of the
range of topics, look at the previous titles at Each
presenter will have up to 20 minutes to present, followed by a
respondent's comments and group discussion. Please send abstracts to
Dr. Bruce Beck at by February 1st. You will
be informed about the status of your paper proposal on or before
February 10th. The deadline for completed papers for distribution to
your respondent is March 10th.

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

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