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Thursday, January 22, 2009

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

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Academic & Facilities:
- Spring 2009 Registration Continues & Full and Canceled Courses *** Check Daily ***
- Library Notice *** New ***
- Writing Seminar Update
- Connect Web Site problem for Winter & Spring Courses
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Community News:
- Methodist Bands
- Prayer Request for Bruce Baker *** New ***

Other News and Opportunities:
- Living Green Lecture & Workshop, January 22nd, 29th, February 5th
- Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability Conference, January 30&31
- Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
- Preaching Competition
- UCC Scholarships for Ecumenical Advocacy Day, March 13-16 in Washington, DC
- 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
CMWO664 - [CMWO664/864]Seasons of Celebration: Worshiping through the Liturgical Year
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
PSYF718 - Healing Arts
THEO733 - Unitarian Universalist Theologies

Library Notice *** New ***
The Library will be closed January 24-25, the weekend between winterim and spring semester.

Writing Seminar Update
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.


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

Community News:
Methodist Bands
Calling all Circuit Riders. The UMC Fellowship would like to start a Methodist band at ANTS. Bands were set up by John Wesley as a way to strengthen people in their faith and assist in spiritual formation. A rotating leader will meet with each member of the band for prayer. The group will also meet periodically to check-in with each other. This is a way for us to practice both "bearing each other's burdens" and also sharing each other's joys. Please contact Barbara Smith at or Bill Gural at

Prayer Request for Bruce Baker *** New ***
Kevin Rooks would like the community to keep his partner Bruce in their thoughts and prayers. Bruce is having surgery on Friday, January 23. Many of you know Bruce and I know we will want to support him and Kevin in any way we can. The surgery is Friday morning, so please say a prayer for Bruce particularly at that time.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of students and Community Life

Other News and Opportunities:
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, January 30&31
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.

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
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!

For more information on the award and how to submit a sermon, go to and click on the "GoodPreacher Seminarian Award" link, and scroll to the very bottom of the page.

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 (