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Commencement Service and Reception

Saturday, May 18, 2013

10:00 AM

2013 Graduation

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10:00 am – 12:00 pm Family & Friend Brunch
Upper Noyes Hall

2:00 pm Commencement Service
First Baptist Church of Newton Centre

Graduates will gather at 1:00 PM at First Baptist in the chapel area behind the main sanctuary

Commencement Speaker: Dr. Harvey G. Cox, Jr.
Harvey Cox is Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard, where he began teaching in 1965. An American Baptist minister, he was the Protestant chaplain at Temple University and the director of religious activities at Oberlin College; and a professor at Andover Newton Theological School. His research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of religion, culture, and politics.

4:30 pm Commencement Reception
The Commencement reception will be in Upper Noyes and on the quad at Andover Newton following the Commencement Ceremony. As graduating seniors you will each receive four tickets to this reception when you pick up your gowns (one for you, and three for guests). Additional tickets may be purchased online or at the Business Office for $10.00 each. Please let us know if you intend to come, and how many guests will be coming with you.

Parking for Commencement Service & Reception:
Please plan to park on the Andover Newton or Hebrew College campuses for Commencement. It works well if the driver drops everyone off at the church, goes and parks and then walks down the hill for the service. Immediately following the service you will be lined up at First Baptist for a class picture, which will give the driver ample time to retrieve the car and come down and pick up your party. Another option is to park in the Newton Centre parking lot in the downtown Newton Centre area. There is very limited parking in the First Baptist Church parking lot, and most of this will be reserved for people with disabilities or other special needs. Please email Frank Novo at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). if you or your guests need special parking accommodations.

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HARVEY COX The 2013 Commencement Speaker for Andover Newton will be Dr. Harvey Cox, former ANTS professor, internationally known theologian, and now Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard.

It is 50 years since Cox was installed as a professor at Andover Newton, an event he missed because he had been arrested as part of a civil rights demonstration and was in jail in North Carolina at the time of the ceremony. Cox’s appearance at the 2013 Commencement will provide a time for the school to revisit that missed opportunity with joy and humor.

An American Baptist minister, he was the Protestant chaplain at Temple University and the director of religious activities at Oberlin College, before coming to Andover Newton. His research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of religion, culture, and politics. Among the issues he explores are urbanization, theological developments in world Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations, and current spiritual movements in the global setting (particularly Pentecostalism). He has been a visiting professor at Brandeis University, Seminario Bautista de Mexico, the Naropa Institute, and the University of Michigan. He is a prolific author. His most recent books are Lamentations and the Song of Songs: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (with Stephanie Paulsell; Westminster John Knox Press, 2012) and The Future of Faith (HarperCollins, 2009). His Secular City, published in 1965, became an international bestseller and was selected by the University of Marburg as one of the most influential books of Protestant theology in the twentieth century. His other books include When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Decisions Today, The Feast of Fools; The Seduction of the Spirit; Religion in the Secular City; The Silencing of Leonardo Boff: Liberation Theology and the Future of World Christianity; Many Mansions: A Christian's Encounters with Other Faiths; Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality; The Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-First Century; and Common Prayers: Faith, Family, and a Christian's Journey through the Jewish Year.


MARK HEIMS. Mark Heim is the Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology at Andover Newton. Each year the graduating class votes to select a professor whom they would most want to address them during the Friday evening Baccalaureate Service, which traditionally takes place on the evening before commencement. 

Dr. Heim is a highly respected professor and theologian. He is deeply involved in issues of religious pluralism, Christian ecumenism and the relation of theology and science. He is author of Salvations: Truth and Difference in Religion, The Depth of the Riches: A Trinitarian Theology of Religious Ends and, recently, Saved From Sacrifice: A Theology of the Cross, as well as several other publications and articles. He has taught, studied and lectured in India, Israel, China, Europe, Malaysia, Thailand and the Fiji Islands.

His course on the relation of science and theology won a Templeton Foundation award in 1998 as one of the 12 outstanding courses that have been developed in this field. He received a Pew Evangelical Scholars Research Fellowship in 1997-98, and a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology for 2009-2010. He is one of the keynote speakers in a national series of conferences on nonviolent atonement. He also has been selected to serve on the core instructional faculty of an AAR program of summer seminars for seminary and university professors on Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology.

Mark is a graduate of Amherst (BA) and Andover Newton (MDIV and PhD). An ordained American Baptist minister and former pastor of a New Hampshire church, Heim has served as chair of the American Baptist Churches Committee on Christian Unity and represents his denomination on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council and World Council of Churches. He came to Andover Newton in 1982.


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