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Friday, February 20, 2009

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, February 20th, 2009

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Academic & Facilities:
- Writing Seminar, Tuesdays, 12:15 - sign on soon!
- IT Success Stories
- Northern Baptist Scholarships *** New ***
- Divinity Scholarship
- The Summer Institute in Arts and Worship, June 20-25
- Make-Up Day for Wednesday January 28th Canceled Classes, April 8th
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Community News:
- Andover Newton to Survey on Issues of Race *** New ***
- Sacred Opera "The Prioress's Tale," Sunday February 22
- Lost and Found

Other News and Opportunities:
- Installation of Alumna Rev. Toni DiPina, February 22nd
- Ecumenical Advocacy Days, March 13th-16th
- Coats, Hats, Mittens Needed!
- BTI Conference on Ecumenical Dialogue, April 4th
- Join Sojourners at The Mobilization to End Poverty, April 26th-29th
- Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus *** Updated E-mail ***
- Art Night Fellowship

Academic & Facilities:
Writing Seminar, Tuesdays, 12:15 - sign on soon!
Thanks to the deans, this is happening after all. We started yesterday
(Tues 2/17)! So you can still join us. But hurry: contact me by Monday
Feb. 22, at

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. … The course grows out of the less formal writing
groups I offered at ANTS in 2006-08. Meets Tuesdays 12:15 to 1:45,
into early May.

No credit, but it can go on your transcript. $250, no late fee. Contact
me for a fuller description. And I'll tell you how to sign up--for
this, don't use Connect.

Helen Snively, ANTS writing instructor

IT Success Stories
The IT Department has achieved two major breakthroughs this week.

1) The Dorm Wireless Network is up and running as of 10am, Thursday
February 19th. If you are continuing to have problems connecting to the
internet please reboot your computer and try again. Please remember that
we are still running on the 1.5M bandwidth for the dorm. Therefore
access will continue to be slow until the new vendor has installed their
equipment. As a result, limiting your recreational internet use will
help all of us get through the next few weeks. The Help Desk personnel
(x314 or x221) will be glad to help you if rebooting your computer does
not fix your internet access.

2) In Connect, students can now view their billing statement online.

Thank you for your support during these difficult weeks.
The IT Staff

Northern Baptist Scholarships *** New ***
The Northern Baptist Education Society gives out scholarships to ABC
students. Rev Roger Spinney will be making spring semester awards. If
you did not receive a fall scholarship and would like to apply for a
spring semester scholarship you will need to complete the Northern
Baptist Application. You will also need to get a letter of support from
your church. New applicants will also need to meet with Rev Spinney. He
will be in Boston February 26th and March 2nd to meet with students.
Applications are available in the financial aid office.

Students who received a fall scholarship should have received a letter
and application from Rev. Spinney. You will need to have the financial
aid section of the application filled out. If you will not be attending
the dinner you must submit you application to the financial aid office
by Friday, February 27th.

Divinity Scholarship
The Schumaker Foundation offers a scholarship to support seminary
students. The Divinity Scholarship is open to all Christian Seminary
students that plan on full-time graduate or undergraduate study. Minimal
qualifications include a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a
strong desire to pursue the Christian faith. Schools must also be
accredited by The Association of Theological Schools. Scholarship
recipients receive a non-renewable $1,000 annual award towards tuition.
The deadline for applying March 1, 2009. The application form may be
found at:

The Summer Institute in Arts and Worship, June 20-25
Get out your calendar! The Summer Institute in Arts and Worship is

This year's theme, "Arts and the Sensual in Renewing Worship", will
feature Don Saliers, and will include workshops with Ellen Oak, Mark
Burrows, Lisa DiFranza, and Rod Pattenden. The dates for the Institute
are June 21 - 24, with an additional Pre-Institute workshop entitled
"Helping Worship Work (and Play)" on June 20, at Old South Church.
Students taking the Institute for credit must attend from June 20 -
More information will be coming in the weeks ahead.

Make-Up Day for Wednesday January 28th Canceled Classes, April 8th
Please mark your calendars that Wednesday, April 8 will be the make-up
day for Wednesday's classes canceled as a result of the storm. Spring
Break will therefore run from Maundy Thursday, April 9, through Sunday,
April 19.

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:
Andover Newton to Survey on Issues of Race *** New ***
Dear Friends and fellow community members:

From February 23 through the 28 Andover Newton will be conducting an
anonymous survey on race and race relations within the context of our
campus community. Under the leadership of President Nick Carter, the
Anti-Racism committee has worked vigorously with an outside firm to
create a survey that will produce action-oriented results. This historic
venture will not only provide all of us with an assessment of these
topics, but it will also allow us to create concrete goals around these
issues and other issues of diversity on campus.

Instructions and further explanations will be available by Monday
morning and I encourage each of you to participate in this process. The
office of Admissions and Recruitment, under the leadership of Alison
McCarty, has also graciously offered to raffle an iPod Touch as a way of
encouraging all of us to participate in the survey in order to increase
the number of quality submissions.

We are learning daily what it means to build the beloved community and
to cross borders of faith, geography and difference. I ask that you
take this additional step, which will also help each of us reflect
personally on our own experiences around diversity - both on and off of
the Hill.

This campus and community have been a blessing in my life for over
three years now, yet I recognize that we can all do more to make it an
even stronger environment for learning, living and teaching. Let us
stand together and raise our voices; we will do all that we can to
continue these conversations - no matter how difficult. We will
continue to add our own voices to two centuries of community building,
we will lay our own bricks and mortar and we'll do it here and now.

Blessings and take care-

Ned Allyn Parker
Assistant Director of Recruitment

Sacred Opera "The Prioress's Tale," Sunday February 22
ANTS is proud to co-sponsor, with the Massachusetts Council of
Churches, a performance of a new sacred opera "The Prioress's Tale" on
Sunday February 22, 2009 4pm in Wilson Chapel, Andover Newton
Theological School. You are warmly invited to attend. For more
information about the opera see:
A reception will follow. Suggested Donation $10. Andover Newton
Theological School is located at 210 Herrick Rd. Newton Centre, MA, with
parking available. For directions, please check the website

Lost and Found *** New ***
The back panel of a Verizon phone was found on campus and is now at the
front desk in Dabney Hall.

Other News and Opportunities:
Installation of Alumna Rev. Toni DiPina, February 22nd
You are cordially invited to join us on Sunday, February 22nd, at 3pm
when Rev Toni DiPina will be installed as Associate Pastor at Hadwen
Park Congregational Church, UCC ( .
The Rev Dr. Kirk Jones will be preaching and music will be shared by the
choirs of Congdon Street Baptist Church and Hadwen Park. If you are
a minister, go thru the door marked OFFICE and you will see the
conference room where the robing for the processional will occur.
Hadwen Park is an accessible facility. From Mark Siefried, Committee
on Ministry and Rev.Judy Hanlon, Senior Minister at HPC, UCC.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days, March 13th-16th
------------------------ , 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

Coats, Hats, Mittens Needed!
The Eastern Service Workers Association, one of the places we served in
our fall Community Day, is in need of warm clothing. Each winter they
collect good used or new clothing for low income workers who cannot
afford these items for themselves or their children. Given the current
economic reality and our cold winter this need is greater than ever. So
if you have anything you can donate please bring it by my office,
Worcester 104. Please leave a bag in the box outside my door. Obviously
the items should be clean and in good repair, and of course new things
are also welcome.

Many thanks,
Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

BTI Conference on Ecumenical Dialogue, April 4th
How do we work to mend our separated family? On April 4th Holy Cross
Hellenic College will host a conference entitled "New Challenges in
Ecumenical Dialogue". Grad students/ seminarians in the BTI are invited
to present papers on responses to the World Council of Churches
proposals on continuing the process of reconciliation. We also are
invited to present simple ways we students in the BTI can practice
ecumenicity as part of our education and formation.

I know it is a big task, but it seems one worth devoting attention to,
now during formation and learning, and in preparation for later
collaboration. I know this can be a difficult conversation as well
regarding various positions and practices in our neighboring theological
schools and seminaries.

If you like to talk with me about this, please email me or call.
Bill Gural;; 781-698-6753

Join Sojourners at The Mobilization to End Poverty, April 26th-29th
Join Sojourners ( at The Mobilization to End Poverty - April
26- 29, 2009 - a historic gathering of thousands of anti-poverty
advocates in Washington, D.C. Together, we will call on President-elect
Obama and the new Congress to make overcoming poverty a national
priority. We've already invited President-elect Barack Obama to address
The Mobilization and we are working to secure his participation.

Early Bird Registration (through February 23, 2009) is $249 (Regular)
and $140 (Students) with discounts for groups and volunteers. After
February 23, Registration is $299 (Regular) and $169 (Students). For
more information, a complete program, and to register, visit, or call 800-714-7474.

Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus *** Updated E-mail ***
Ms. Toni Jean DeLorenzo, Associate for Spiritual Direction and Pastoral
Counseling, is available for counseling, as well as for both individual
and group spiritual direction. 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

Art Night Fellowship
Art night is a year round, drop in, safe, "no rules," open studio
experience held every Thursday, 7-10 pm in the lower studio of the
Meetinghouse. We are a group of adult artists of all skill levels who
gather to experience revelation, healing, fellowship and fun through
visual arts! Many supplies are available or bring your own. Questions?
Contact Joy (Resident Teaching Artist) at