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Friday, March 06, 2009

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, March 6th, 2009

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Academic & Facilities:
- Registration for Summer Classes March 9th-April 10th
- Housing Preference Forms due by March 13th *** New ***
- Tenure Review Notification for Professor Nimi Wariboko
- Bookstore: Textbook Returns Underway
- Safari Browser Not Necessarily Working for Webmail

Community News:
- Survey iPod Touch Raffle Announcement, March 11th
- Social Justice and Pastoral Care Event, March 11th
- Journeys on the Hill announces Worship Exchange Week, March
- Community Day, March 31st *** New ***

Other News and Opportunities:
- New worship "event" co-led by Professor Mark Burrow
- Ecumenical Advocacy Days, March 13th-16th
- Ragazzi & Michelin in concert at Brighton Allston Congregational
Church, March 15th *** New ***
- "Radical Enlightenment & Indian Religion" lecture at BU, March 18th
*** New ***
- Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
- Art Night Fellowship

One-Liner Reminders: *** Double Check Events & Dates Here ***
- Scholarship Information on Connect! Public Page
- Coats, Hats, Mittens Needed! Worcester 104
- Make-Up Day for Wednesday January 28th Canceled Classes, April 8th
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am
- The Lost & Found at the front desk in Dabney Hall:
Verizon LG cellphone , eyeglasses, a Saturn key, and a
Smokie Narful cd

Academic & Facilities:
Registration for Summer Classes March 9th-April 10th
Registration for summer 09 classes opens for all students on Monday,
March 9th and will continue until April 10th. The schedule of courses
has been updated on the public Connect page (under "2008-2009 Class
Registrations received after April 10th will be subject to the late
fee. Registration must be completed through the Connect Website:

If you cannot complete the registration online, paper registration
forms may be picked up in the Registrar's Office or by sending a
self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Attn: Registrar

If you need assistance with online registration contact the help desk
at extension 314 or at

Housing Preference Forms due by March 13th *** New ***
Please remember to return your housing preference forms to Frank Novo
in the Housing office by March 13th. These forms determine where you'll
be living for the summer and next Fall. If you did not receive one in
your mailbox, please come in to the Housing office to complete a form.

Tenure Review Notification for Professor Nimi Wariboko
Professor Nimi Wariboko is presently being reviewed for tenure and
promotion on the faculty of Andover Newton Theological School. As part
of this process, ANTS students may offer support and comments in this
regard. This should be done in the form of a personal letter, addressed
to Dean William Herzog and delivered to Jennifer Shaw's office. The
deadline for submission is March 12, 2009. All student comments are

Celeste McQuarrie and Christopher Lanzara
Student Members, Tenure and Promotion Review Committee

Bookstore: Textbook Returns Underway
Unsold, overstock textbooks are being returned to publishers this week
and weeks following. Make sure you have the books you need to complete
your course work. If you are on a tight budget speak to bookstore staff
about reserving books you plan to purchase later.

Safari Browser Not Necessarily Working for Webmail
Some people have reported that Webmail has stopped working in the
Safari browser on Macs. Please use the mozilla Firefox browser instead
while we diagnose the problem. Free downloads can be found at:

Community News:
Survey iPod Touch Raffle Announcement, March 11th
Gracious Community Members:
189 people completed the survey on race and race relations on campus!
The organization helping us with the survey anticipated a 30% response
rate, yet this represents 48% of our campus community. Thanks to all
who participated and to all who entered into dialogue around the
opportunities for both institutional identity and self-reflection.

To those who entered the raffle: we will raffle the iPod Touch before
Wednesday Community Chapel in the Cafeteria at 12:45 on Wednesday, March
11th. We will perform the drawing and then process to Wilson Chapel
where Nancy Nienhuis and current students will be leading us in
Not to worry if you win but aren't present - I'll contact you in
another way.

Blessings and take care-
Ned Allyn Parker
Assistant Director of Recruitment

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
thought. 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.

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

Journeys on the Hill announces Worship Exchange Week, March 16th-20th
Hebrew College - Andover Newton, March 16 - 20

Please plan to attend one of the morning prayer services at Hebrew
College starting at 7:45am or 8:00am until 8:45am, and prepare to
welcome our colleagues from Hebrew College to our worship services that
We will provide the details of the different services each day at
Hebrew College soon. Please mark your calendar for one morning that
week to learn more about Jewish worship practices.
If you would like to help with the organization of this event or be a
"buddy" for Hebrew College students attending our services, then please
send an email to with the subject "Worship

Leslie Becknell Marx
Journeys on the Hill

Community Day, March 31st *** New ***
As you know, Community Day is Tuesday, March 31, and we will be
partnering with the Hebrew College Rabbinical School again. The day
will be dedicated to raising funds for the Macedonian Church of Christ
(MCC) in Springfield, MA, which was burned down by 3 racist arsonists
the day President Obama was elected. I spoke to Bishop Bryant Robinson,
Jr., head of the church, and he is very excited about our supporting
them in this way. They are just completing demolition of the burned
structure, and are hoping to begin rebuilding soon. He or someone from
the church will be with us for the morning worship service (which the
Journeys on the Hill group is planning).

An Invitation to You

You can participate in 2 ways--of course I hope all of you will be on
one of the teams that goes out to do service and learning. Our intent
is to solicit 10-12 projects that need to be done at private homes,
churches, or synagogues. We would send a team out to complete each
project and in return the home owner or church would make a contribution
to the MCC for the rebuilding of the church. Of course you are welcome
to make a donation to the church, and leave it with me.

My second invitation to you is to help us locate suitable projects. It
could be anything that could be completed by a team of 6-8 people (or
fewer or greater!) over the course of 4-5 hours. Possibilities include
yard work, cleaning out a garage or attic, painting something, getting
out a mailing, or almost anything you can imagine. The project site
should be within "T" or relatively easy driving distance from the
school (we always have sites in Boston so that is not too far). Do you
or someone you know have something which could be a site for us? If so
please let me know as soon as possible.

Thanks so much for your help with this,

Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life; Faculty of Theology

Other News and Opportunities:
New worship "event" co-led by Professor Mark Burrow
Announcing a new venture co-led by Professor Mark Burrows: a worship
"event" called OpenSpirit, held each Sunday evening (gathering music at
6:50 p.m.; worship from 7 - 8 p.m.) in Framingham. The site is a "black
box" theater at the Performing Arts Center, 140 Pearl Street; entrance
from Pearl Street at the "red door." OpenSpirit is a blend of jazz music
shaped by a reflective voicing of ancient scriptures and modern poetry
and story. The worship brings together word and world, meditation and
engagement, all held in the simple shape of prayer and praise, word and
silence, sound and image. This is not a "church," and will not become
one; it is meant for seekers and those yearning for a service that is
shaped by the sounds of jazz and a reflective style of worship. For all

This Lent, we are exploring each week different themes related to
journeying in desert spaces; this coming Sunday, 8 March, the theme is
"water from the rock."

For further information, check the OpenSpirit website, at

All are warmly invited to come - once, or more regularly Please share
this invitation with friends who might be looking for something new,
different, fresh, engaging, and spirited.

Dr. Mark S. Burrows

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

Ragazzi & Michelin in concert at Brighton Allston Congregational
Church, March 15th *** New ***
Performing their original music based on South American rhythms and
also performing music by Astor Piazzolla and Egberto Gismonti. Claudio
Ragazzi and Nando Michelin will present the March concert in the series
"Music at Brighton Allston Congregational" in the sanctuary of Brighton
Allston Congregational Church, 404 Washington Street, Brighton Center,
on Sunday, March 15 at 3:00. The church is accessible by MBTA bus routes
57 and 86. Parking is available next door in the parking lot of Citizens

General admission to the concert is $10; students and seniors are $5;
low income is free. Proceeds from the concert series will be used to
help renovate the Community Supper kitchen.

"Radical Enlightenment & Indian Religion" lecture at BU, March 18th ***
New ***
The Boston University Department of Religion cordially invites you to a
Radical Enlightenment and Indian Religion: The Curious Case of Bernard
and Picart
By Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Professor and Doshi Chair of Indian History at

Wednesday, March 18, at 5pm
Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue
(for directions, visit

The lecture will explore the construction of Indian religion in
publisher Jean Frédéric Bernard and engraver Bernard Picart's
multi-volume work on religious ceremonies and customs across the globe,
Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde
(1723-1743). Professor Subrahmanyam has written extensively on religion,
trade, and politics in early modern India (15th-18th centuries) and the
Indian Ocean region more broadly. His multifaceted and interdisciplinary
approach to the study of religion in economic and political transactions
holds broad implications for our understanding of the impact that
religion has on other aspects of culture. Professor Subrahmanyam has
served as Directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences
Sociales in Paris, and as Chair in Indian History and Culture at the
University of Oxford; he currently holds the Navin and Pratina Doshi
Chair of Indian History at UCLA.

The lecture will be followed by a light reception. This event is free
and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia
For more information please contact Wendy Czik at or
or visit the Religion Department's Web site at

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