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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Re: ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Academic & Facilities:
- New Curriculum on ANTS Website
- Updated Library Schedule
- New Director of IT *** New ***
- Winter Course Evaluations *** New ***
- Current IT Issues
- Buyback of Thurman book
- 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:
- Lost and Found
- Food Pantry
- Wanted for February Fund-Raising Letter
- Two Worship Items
- 2009's First Preaching in the Black Tradition Worship Service,
February 12th @1pm in Wilson
- Multicultural Festival, February 13th
- New Art Exhibit in the Meetinghouse and Wilson galleries, February
16th - April 16th *** New ***
- Prison Ministry Fellowship meeting February 17th
- Introducing the Preacher's Club! Tuesdays in Wilson Small Chapel,
February 17th
- The Bible's Buried Secrets, February 18th
- Art Opening in Noyes Hall, February 19th
- Sacred Opera "The Prioress's Tale," Sunday February 22

Other News and Opportunities:
- Coats, Hats, Mittens Needed!
- God and Global Warming: February 12th
- Chaplaincy panel - Harvard Divinity School, Feb. 12
- Healing Retreats for Christian Women Healing from Abuse, February &
- Art Night Fellowship

Academic & Facilities:
New Curriculum on ANTS Website
An overview of the new curriculum for MDiv Students has been posted on
the school website. Here is the link to go directly to that page;

Updated Library Schedule
The spring semester schedule is:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

New Director of IT *** New ***
It gives me great pleasure to announce the hiring Tim Swansey as IT
Director. He will be starting Feb 17, 2009. Please stop by the IT
Department to welcome him. Tim comes back to Andover Newton with a
vast amount of computer networking knowledge and will be able to help us
get back on our IT feet, sooner rather than later.
Michael P. Delfino

Winter Course Evaluations *** New ***
Winter evaluations have been out for a couple of weeks now. If you took
a winter course, we urge you to take the time to fill one out.

Your feedback is not a pointless exercise; The results are actually used
for course assessments, faculty reviews, and for professor tenure
reviews, as well as a way for the accreditation board and our President
to measure the quality of education we are providing as a school.
Both positive and negative feedback are sought and appreciated. With a
new curriculum coming out, now more than ever YOU have the chance to
influence your experience and that of future students at Andover Newton.

Thank you.
The Faculty Office

Current IT Issues
While we eagerly await improvements to our internet access, the IT
department is working on several other issues that have been noticed by
the students.

Library: The EZproxy link for remote library database access is down.
The databases, however, can be accessed directly in the Trask Library or
in the Computer Lab.

1) Connect business office statements cannot be generated.
2) Connect users may not be able to change their own email address.
3) Connect users may have problems posting messages because of errors
that the text is too long.
Please see the Connect main page for a listing of open issues and

Thank you for your patience as we sort out these issues,
Emily Leavitt
Manager of IT

Buyback of Thurman book
IfAutobiography of Howard Thurman, the bookstore is interested in buying
back copies for current students taking the class. Bring your copy to
the bookstore in exchange for a store credit you can use for future

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 - 25.
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:
Lost and Found
We may have what you've lost at the Lost and Found at the front desk in
Dabney Hall
- A gospel music CD, Smokie Narful
- Saturn key

Food Pantry
Have you been hearing things lately at the grocery store? Do cereal
boxes and soups seem to be calling your name? Well, they might be asking
to be brought to the food pantry. This year the pantry has been in
serious need of your support. For those who do not know, the pantry on
campus is in the kitchen next to the student lounge. Next time you are
at the store please pick up something to give.

Wanted for February Fund-Raising Letter
Our February fundraising letter is going to be a Valentine to our alums
and friends - we would love quotes from students expressing your
appreciation for the scholarships and funds alums and friends make
possible -- if you are willing to be quoted directly, please give me
your name and where you are from - it can be "Jean, from Burlington, VT"
- it doesn't have to be a full name...

Our donors love to hear from YOU!
Email your comments to

Priscilla Conwell Deck
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Two Worship Items
Celtic Evening Prayer Begins THIS WEEK!
Evening prayer is a quiet time to relax and open to the Spirit. The
Celtic tradition delights in God's goodness and reminds us of God's
presence in all of creation. Join us for prayer, music and reflection
every Tuesday evening from 9:00 to 9:25 p.m.

Morning Worship NEW TIME: 8:25 a.m.
Morning Worship continues all semester in the lower level of Wilson
Chapel. Sometimes you need more than a cup of coffee to start the day...
Join us now at 8:25!

Morgan R. McLean

Multicultural Festival, February 13th
Please accept this invitation to the "Multicultural Festival". We are
going to celebrate our cultural diversity on Friday, February 13th, 2009
dinner. At least six international students (ANTS and BC) and a faculty
member are preparing country presentations. We may also host guests from
a Greek-Orthodox Church, who will tell us about they work with Ugandan

Bring your families and friends. Share your favorite dish or present
something from your culture. It is a MULTICULTURAL event, so you don't
need a foreign passport to be a part of it ;-) Embrace diversity!

Questions? Contact:

New Art Exhibit in the Meetinghouse and Wilson galleries, February 16th
- April 16th *** New ***
"My America: An Exhibition of Photographs" by Kwesi Arthur running
February 16-April 16, 2009 in the Meetinghouse and Wilson galleries
Kwesi Arthur is a Ghanaian visual artist now living in Boston. Kwesi has
spent the last twenty years exploring his own identity as an American
through his camera and the music and art of the western world.
A special show opening reception will be held with the artist in the
Meetinghouse gallery, 26 February, 5 - 8 p.m.

Prison Ministry Fellowship meeting February 17th
The Prison Ministry Fellowship will meet Feb. 17th at noon in the dining
We will be talking about the Alternatives to Violence Project, and the
possibility of bringing this training to ANTS.
We will also discuss and plan about prison visitation and ministry for
next year (i.e. partnering with Partakers).
Also we will check in on various prison ministries ongoing with ANTS
Contact Bill Gural at

Introducing the Preacher's Club! Tuesdays in Wilson Small Chapel,
February 17th
The Preachers Club will hold its first event on Tuesday, Feb. 17th from
12 - 1 PM (Lunch time - bring a snack!) Our first Student Preacher will
be Melvin Williams and it will be held in the Lower Chapel. Flyers will
be located through the campus and we can't wait to get started! Please
visit our student page on connect to view the speakers for the next
couple of months!

The Preacher's Club provides Andover students with a nurturing
environment for the development and practice of sermon delivery using
the skills and tools necessary for effective preaching of the gospel in
the African American Preaching Tradition.

The Bible's Buried Secrets, February 18th
A special viewing of the landmark two-hour NOVA special which takes the
viewers on a fascinating scientific journey that began 3,000 years ago
and continues to this day. Where did the ancient Israelites come from?
Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? How did the worship of one god -
the foundation of modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - emerge? The
Bible's Buried Secrets provides unique insights into the deeper meaning
of the biblical texts and their continuing resonance through the

Wednesday, February 18, Wilson Chapel
6:30 refreshments, followed by film
Program will be introduced by Prof. Greg Mobley from Andover Newton
Theological School and Prof. Or Rose from Hebrew College
Screening will be followed by a Question and Answer period with Tristan
Barako, Senior Researcher who worked on the film.
Sponsored by UUCANS and JOTH

Art Opening in Noyes Hall, February 19th
Watercolors & Monoprints
by Virginia Vogel Zanger
Open Reception

Please drop in to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments on
Thursday, February 19th from 6:30 - 8:00pm there will be a reception
in the Noyes Dining Hall to celebrate the opening of a show of
watercolors and monoprints by Jamaica Plain artist Virginia Vogel

Travels in Costa Rica, Patagonia, and Cape Cod inspired her
color-drenched landscapes. This work is her largest to date. "The
majesty of Patagonia just could not be captured on a small scale," says
the artist, who has exhibited widely in Boston and at the PrCommunity Relations for the Boston Children's Museum. Her interest in
children & creativity transcends visually in her whimsical underwater

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

Other News and Opportunities:
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

God and Global Warming, February 12
God and Global Warming: Scientists' and Evangelicals' Common Voice
February 12, 2009, 5:00-6:15PM Sperry Room, Andover Hall Harvard
Divinity School
45 Francis Ave.
Cambridge MA 02138
For more details see:

Event Contact: Meg Thomsen, Program Coordinator, Telephone: 617-384-8533
Email:, Website:

Chaplaincy panel - Harvard Divinity School, Feb. 12
Harvard Divinity School invites you to attend the exciting panel
presentation "So you want to be a chaplain?", a career discernment event
taking place next Thursday, February 12th from 5:00 -6:30pm in Andover
Chapel, on the 2nd floor of Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave. in Cambridge.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet professional chaplains in the
fields of academia, prison, military, and health care. Four
practitioners will provide a snapshot into their everyday work and offer
advice on how to best prepare for a career in this growing profession.
Questions on CPE unit requirements, official sponsorship, and starting
salaries will all be addressed. Jeff VonWald, Protestant Chaplain at
Tufts University, will moderate the discussion. The remaining panelists

- Suzanne DeBuhr, Interfaith Chaplain, Milton Academy, Milton, MA
- Beth Richeson, Ecumenical Chaplain, New Hampshire State Women's
Prison, Goffstown, NH
- Cpt. Myung "Tim" Ryu, Chaplain Resources Manager & Clinician for
Psychiatry, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
- Nancy Smith, Jewish Chaplain, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,
Boston, MA

Healing Retreats for Christian Women Healing from Abuse, February &
Go in Peace: A Weekend Retreat for Christian Women Healing from Abuse

Give yourself a gift of a weekend away to restore your spirit, find
healing and enjoy the company of other women on the journey of healing.
We will explore the three stages of healing through discussion, prayer,
art, music and other healing activities; looking at the intersections of
faith and healing. There will be plenty of individual time to rest, go
for walks and renew your spirit! Space is limited to allow for more
ibelow. The retreat facilitator, Nicole Sotelo, is the author of Women
Healing from Abuse: Meditations for Finding Peace (Paulist Press). A
graduate of Harvard Divinity School (and former student of Dean
Nienhuis), she writes, leads retreats and coordinates the website:

For the first time in the New York City area!, February 20-22, 2009
Mt. Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center, 239 Fingerboard Rd., Statten Island,
718.727.3844 (call for more information or to register)

Within walking distance of the beach on Cape Cod!, March 20-22, 2009
Evensong Retreat Center, 326 Lower County Rd., Harwich Port, MA
508.432.0027 (call for more information or to register)
Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed...
(Mark 5:34)

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