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Monday, January 12, 2009

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, January 12th, 2009

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Academic & Facilities:
- Spring 2009 Registration Continues & Full Courses *** Check Daily ***
- Evaluations - Your Participation Counts!!
- Spring 2009 Distance Learning Course to be Offered by CRCD
- New course through BTI offered at BC in the spring term (beginning
January 14)
- 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:
- Vigil and public statement on the Gaza Crisis *** New ***
- Nick Page Power Sing 10:30 am January 14 in Meetinghouse
- "Understanding the Process of Bereavement" Lecture, January 14
- "Looking Back, Looking Ahead": Conversation about Church&Society,
January 20th
- 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
- Creative Writing Group
- 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
- 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
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:
THEO733 - Unitarian Universalist Theologies

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
vartoday, 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.

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. PleasIn 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:
Vigil and public statement on the Gaza Crisis *** New ***
Dear Friends,

There has been a growing cry for a community gathering about the Gaza
crisis that calls for an end to the violence while expressing our
anguish for both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.

Boston-area Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders have jointly written a
statement calling for a cease-fire in Gaza and expressing our desire to
demonstrate that during these most difficult of times we are prepared to
stretch our hands out to each other. The statement with initial
signatures (including mine) is attached.

Join us for a silent INTERFAITH VIGIL to make the declaration public and
stand shoulder to shoulder with members of Boston's Muslim, Jewish, and
Christian communities. Signs (drawn from the statement) will be
provided. No other signs please.

Tuesday, January 13
Park Street Station, downtown Boston

This effort is being organized by a wide range of activists from each
faith group. Boston Workmen's Circle has offered to serve as the contact
for logistics. For up to date information go to;
for questions email

Full copy of statement is attached or visit:
(there is an opportunity for others to sign on).

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
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.

Invitation for women healersInterested 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.

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

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
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 Inc.

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
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.

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 (Residen