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Friday, February 27, 2009

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, February 27th, 2009

In this message:

Academic & Facilities:
- Professor Mark Heim named for national honor
- MDiv curriculum discussion in Connect
- Planned Network Maintenance, March 3rd *** New ***
- Scholarship Information on Connect! Public Page *** Updated ***
- Make-Up Day for Wednesday January 28th Canceled Classes, April 8th
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am
- 2009 Commencement Weekend Activities: Save the Date!

Community News:
- Survey on Race and Race Relations *** Survey Ends Saturday, 5pm,
February 28th ***
- Movie Night, March 4th *** New ***
- Social Justice and Pastoral Care Event, March 11th
- Interested in joining a chaplaincy networking group?
- Prayer Request *** Updated ***
- Lost and Found

Other News and Opportunities:
- 11th Annual Kerwin Lecture, March 5th
- Ecumenical Advocacy Days, March 13th-16th
- Coats, Hats, Mittens Needed!
- Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
- Art Night Fellowship

Academic & Facilities:
Professor Mark Heim named for national honor

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr. Mark Heim, Andover
Newton's Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology, has just been
named as one of six professors from across the country as a 2009-2010
Henry Luce Fellow in Theology. Selected on the basis of the strength of
his proposal to conduct creative and innovative theological research,
Heim will engage in a year-long study of his own design focusing on
Buddhist and Muslim insights on Atonement. This is the 16th class of
scholars appointed since the program began in 1993. Mark's appointment
follows the previous appointments of Professors Fontaine and Burrows.

Please join me in extending congratulations to Mark for this fine
recognition of his scholarship.

Nick Carter

MDiv curriculum discussion in Connect
Would you like to learn more about the M.Div. curriculum to be launched
in the fall of 2009? Do you want to know how the changeover to a new
curriculum affects you? Join an ongoing Web discussion on Connect by
adding yourself to the group, Master of Divinity Curriculum Transition.
Resources there will be updated daily as new information is available.
See you there!

Sarah B. Drummond
Associate Dean of the Faculty

Planned Network Maintenance, March 3rd *** New ***
The IT Department has been informed that our Internet Service Provider
(ISP) will be performing planned network maintenance on March 3rd, from
3-6am. During this maintenance window, you will experience one or more
brief interruptions in service while they complete the maintenance
activities; the interruptions are expected to last less than 2 hours
total. However, due to the complexity of the work, your downtime may be

Scholarship Information on Connect! Public Page
Andover Newton Theological School is often contacted about scholarship
opportunities for our students. As a new Connect! service, we will try
to update you on the latest information on a regular basis. However,
please contact Rosemary Turano at or x296 for the
latest scholarship and financial aid information. A list of the
2009-2010 scholarships can be found on the public Connect! page @

Items in this section include:
- Spring 2009 Northern Baptist Scholarships: Applications due February
27, 2009
- $5,000 Grant Possibility from Jenzabar Foundation: Nominations due on
March 31, 2009
- 2009-2010 Scholarships: Various application due dates.

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.

Building & Grounds

2009 Commencement Weekend Activities: Save the Date!
More information will be coming soon, but for now please reserve the
following dates on your calendars (and congratulations to all graduating

May 13, 7-9 p.m. in Wilson Chapel: Andover Newton Hymn Sing
May 14, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Spring Convocation and Alumni Day on
the Andover Newton quad (tickets required)
May 15, 7:00 p.m.: 2009 Baccalaureate Service, Wilson Chapel.
Graduates will gather at 6:30 p.m. to prepare for the processional.
May 16, 2:00 p.m.: 2009 Commencement service, First Baptist Church,
Newton Centre. Graduates will gather at 1:00 p.m.

Early in March I'll be sending complete information on all of these
activities by snail mail to all graduating seniors. If you have
specific questions please don't hesitate to email me.

Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Community News:
Survey on Race and Race Relations *** Survey Ends Saturday, 5pm,
February 28th ***
If you haven't taken the Survey on Race and Race Relations yet, please
do so at:
And don't forget to enter the raffle for the iPod Touch!

Ned Allyn Parker
Assistant Director of Recruitment

Movie Night, March 4th *** New ***
You're Invited!

What: Movie Night featuring "Dogma"
When: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 7:00pm
Where: Appleton-Chase Dorm, Lower Lounge

Please bring snacks or drinks to share! Stay after and let's discuss!

Join fellow students for an informal viewing of the 1999 "theological
comedy" "Dogma" starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Alan
Rickman, Salma Hayek, Jay and Silent Bob and more. Two banished angels
find a loophole that could get them back into Heaven, but it will
destroy existence in the process. An unwilling mortal is called upon by
God to intercept the Angels to save the world, aided by the thirteenth
apostle, two unlikely prophets and a former muse. Featured appearances
include a Catholic Cardinal launching a marketing campaign (George
Carlin) and God (Alanis Morrissette)! This comic fantasy also asks some
probing theological questions - come and see!

Social Justice and Pastoral Care Event, March 11th
Our congregations are filled with mothers and fathers, aunts and
uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers. Many of our cherished
relationships begin at birth, yet childbirth is rarely given much

You are invited to raise your awareness of the increasing injustice in
maternal health and how this effects us all, whether or not we are
child-bearers. How do we minister to mothers and families who have
suffered traumatic birth experiences? The first step is learning that
these individuals exist, and likely they are or will be members of our
own congregations.

Speakers will include: Nancy Wainer, author and midwife; Robin Hutson,
from the Massachusetts Friends of Midwives, Sharon Thornton, Andover
Newton Professor of Pastoral Care and Ethics; along with verbal and
visual testimonials of women and men who have endured childbearing pain
and loss.

The Silent Cry of Women: Pastoral Approaches to Childbearing is on
March 11th from 9am-12pm in the Wilson Chapel at Andover Newton
Theological School . Light refreshments will be served and RSVPs are
greatly appreciated. Please contact Courtney Stange-Tregear at
617-447-5086 or

Interested in joining a chaplaincy networking group?
Let's gather to share info on credentialing, chaplaincy careers and
venues, self-care and others issues.
Please respond to with your topics of interest and
whether M,T, W, or Th at noon in the cafeteria meeting room works best
for you.
Look forward to sharing with you!
Jim Crary

Prayer Request *** Updated ***
Due to complications, Billy Abdalla, the youngest son of Ulil and
Ienas, has been transferred to Mass General Hospital to resolve the
issue with his abscessed appendicitis which will be drained tomorrow in
preparation for it to be removed a few days from now. He is room
Ellison 1806. Please take a moment, as you are able, to offer prayers
and support for Ulil and Ienas as they go through this very stressful
time in their lives.
You can also send them any prayers via email to


Lost and Found
The Lost & Found at the front desk in Dabney Hall has a pair of
eyeglasses, a Saturn key, and a Smokie Narful cd. If any of these
things are yours, please come pick them up.

Other News and Opportunities:
11th Annual Kerwin Lecture, March 5th
Andover Newton alum and LEARN Instructor Karen L. Hernandez-Andrews
('07) will give the 11th Annual Kerwin Lecture for the Weston-Wayland
Interfaith Action Group on Islamophobia. Entitled "Islamophobia:
Understanding the roots of Prejudice Toward Muslims and the Religion of
Islam," her lecture will discuss the history of Islamophobia, the
current situation surrounding Islamophobic actions and events, as well
as some personal stories of Muslims who have dealt with the prejudice of
simply being Muslim. When? Thursday, March 5th. Time? 7:30 - 9:00 pm.
Where? Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton Street, Weston.
Light refreshments will be served. For further information contact Lynn
Retik 781-647-0051, or Karen at

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

Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
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