Fall Break


Fall break. No classes, dining hall closed. Check with Franklin Trask Library and Andover Newton offices for hours of operation.

Veterans Day


Veterans Day holiday. Andover Newton offices will be closed, but classes will meet at their regular times, and the Franklin Trask Library and the Chartwells cafeteria will be open. (Check with cafeteria about hours of operation.)

Columbus Day


New Trask building will be closed in observance of Columbus Day.

Orientation for Incoming Students


This two-day orientation will help incoming students get to know each other, learn about financial assistance options, and more.

2015 Orlando E. and Rose Costas Lecture


The Orlando E. and Rose Costas Lecture is an annual event at Andover Newton Theological School, bringing top leaders in Latina/o religion to campus each October. This year's speaker is Dr. Mayra Rivera, Associate Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies at Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Rivera's talk is entitled “Becoming Flesh: The Socio-Material Implications of the Incarnation”, which will be loosely based on the contents of her forthcoming book Poetics of The Flesh (to be published by Duke University Press in October).

A rising star in the field of theological studies, Dr. Rivera has quickly developed a reputation as an innovative and trend-setting philosophical theologian who fuses together insights from continental philosophy, critical theory, Latin American studies, and constructive theology. Having shown the way in which our prevalent Modern Western understanding of transcendence could be revised to allow for a healthy honoring of the sacredness of the temporal and the material in her earlier work, she has recently turned her attention to a reconsideration of the human body itself.

We invite you to join us for an evening of enlightening reflection, as Dr. Rivera delivers the 14th annual Orlando and Rose Costas Lecture in Latino/a Religion and Theology at Andover Newton Theological School while drawing from her forthcoming book Poetics of the Flesh. The Costas Lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in Wilson Chapel.

A reception will follow the lecture in the foyer of Wilson Chapel, with light snacks provided by the Admissions office. This event is free and open to the public. Download a printable flyer and share the news about this event!

First Day of Classes


First day of classes for Fall 2015 semester. Franklin Trask Library and Chartwells dining hall on normal hours.

Registration for Summer Session courses ends


April 14-30. Registration for Summer Session courses, after which a $175 late fee will apply. Full payment of tuition and fees is due by the first day of class. No refunds will be given after the first day of class.

Labor Day


Andover Newton offices and Franklin Trask Library closed for federal holiday.

Independence Day Observed


Andover Newton offices and Franklin Trask Library closed in observance of federal holiday.

UCC History & Polity at General Synod, June 24 - July 1


Sponsored by Andover Newton Theological School and instructed by the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Nordbeck, Moses Brown Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Andover Newton Theological School, and the Rev. Dr. Jonathan New, chair, Council for Theological Education in New England; Associate Conference Minister for Stewardship and Financial Development (temporary), MA Conference UCC; adjunct faculty, Andover Newton Theological School

Course description

This is your chance to explore UCC polity as it is being experienced and worked out!

With General Synod XXV as both an occasion for and subject of our study, we will examine the history, theology, structures, and practice of ministry in today’s United Church of Christ. What makes this denomination distinctive and innovative, as well as rooted in tradition? How can leaders “make the case” for the UCC as a vital voice within contemporary progressive Christianity? We will deal with these questions and many more in our week of intensive study and shared experience.

You are encouraged to enroll if you are:

  • A seminarian or seminary graduate seeking ordination
  • A clergyperson seeking (or considering) ministerial standing in the UCC through privilege of call
  • A clergyperson seeking dual standing while serving in a federated or union setting, or a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor anticipating ministry in a UCC congregation
  • A person who has been encouraged to take a polity course by your Church and Ministry Committee as part of an alternative route to ordination, or for other reasons, such as commissioning
  • Apastor or layperson who wants to refresh your knowledge about today’s UCC

Students may register either as non-credit certificate students or seminary credit-earning graduate students. Non-credit participants seeking simply to refresh their knowledge of the UCC without completing assignments must receive prior permission from the instructors.

Location and accommodations

The course will take place at the heart of the UCC at the Radisson Gateway Hotel, connected to the UCC headquarters at 700 Prospect Ave. in Cleveland. A block of double rooms at the same hotel will be held for course registrants until May 22. To reserve a room at the Radisson, call (216) 377-9000 and indicate you are part of the UCC/ANTS Theological School group. Looking for a roommate? Visit the UCC Members-in-Discernment Network on Facebook.

Course schedule

  • Wednesday, June 24: 2-5 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 25: 9 a.m. - noon, 2-5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 26: 9 a.m. - noon, 2-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27, through Tuesday, June 30: approximately four hours daily, depending on General Synod schedule and planned special events for Members in Discernment, with specific times to be negotiated with participants after class begins.
  • Wednesday, July 1: 9 a.m. - noon

To register

  • As a non-credit certificate student: Registration fee $700; upon satisfactory completion of work, non-credit certificate students will receive a “Certificate of Completion” by mail
  • As a seminary credit-earning graduate student: $150 exchange student registration fee, or $115 Andover Newton student registration fee, in addition to Andover Newton student/exchange student tuition; upon completion of work, graduate students will receive a grade

Register online. Please note that registrants who wish may pay only the registration fee to hold spaces in the course, with the expectation for payment in-full no later than 5 p.m. May 29, 2015, after which time spaces will be released; choose “pay by check” option. Please note participants must also register for Synod.

For questions

  • About general information: Jennifer Shaw, Academic Program Assistant, (617) 831-2434
  • About registration: Nayda Aguila, Registrar, (617) 831-2435
  • About the course: Please contact one or both of the instructors:


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