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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

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Academic & Facilities:
- Spring 2009 Registration Continues & Full and Canceled 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
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Other News and Opportunities:
- "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
- Change of Date Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
- UCC Scholarships for Ecumenical Advocacy Day, March 13-16 in
Washington, DC *** New ***
- Creative Writing Group
- 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:
PSYF718 - Healing Arts *** New ***
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
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.

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:
"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 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.

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

Change of Date 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

UCC Scholarships for Ecumenical Advocacy Day, March 13-16 in
Washington, DC *** New ***
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

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

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
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 (Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS) with questions