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Andover Newton Archives Reception at YDS Library

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  • 4:30 p.m.: Reception in the Yale Divinity School Library for an exhibit celebrating Andover Newton and Yale’s historical ties. This exhibit will celebrate the arrival of the archive at the Divinity Library and will spotlight the institutional history and rich special collections and archives of Andover Newton Theological School.
  • 6 p.m.: Stay after the reception and join us for our weekly Emmaus gathering with faculty, staff, and students. A free dinner will be served, and Prof. Mark Heim will be offering his testimony during worship. (Please RSVP for Emmaus by emailing Ned Allyn Parker.)

About the Exhibit (runs Nov. 13, 2017 - April 30, 2018)

In 1808, Andover Theological Seminary began offering graduate coursework for students preparing for the Christian ministry. Founded by New England Congregationalists, the school was a harbinger for graduate education in the United States. Prior to Andover’s founding, American Protestant ministers attended undergraduate colleges and then went on to work under the tutelage of active clergy appointed to local churches and parishes. Andover helped changed this model of education by offering graduate coursework for prospective clergy.

The original faculty of Andover had left Harvard College over theological concerns related to growing academic interest in Unitarianism. These faculty were intent on creating their own space for graduate education, establishing a department of divinity, and raising funds for the creation of the first endowed professorship in North America. Andover was the first seminary to offer a formal graduate degree with courses that included the Bible, Church History, Doctrinal Theology, and Practical Ministry. This model became a curricular example for Protestant seminaries and divinity schools throughout the United States.

In 1825, Newton Theological Institution was founded as a Baptist seminary built upon the same curricular model as Andover and committed to supplying ministers in towns and cities throughout New England. In 1965, Andover Theological Seminary and Newton Theological Institution merged to form Andover Newton Theological School. The School has been located on “the Hill” in Newton Centre, MA, and is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches USA.

In July 2017, Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity School agreed to a formal affiliation. Students have begun their theological education at Yale Divinity School, and Andover Newton’s special collections and archives have become part of collections of the Divinity Library. This exhibit will celebrate the arrival of the archive at the Divinity Library and will spotlight the institutional history and rich special collections and archives of Andover Newton Theological School.

Franklin Trask Building Dedication

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We hope Andover Newton's new and returning students in Newton Centre will be able to join us for one or both of our planned events on campus the first week of classes. (Alumni/ae in the area are welcome as well!)

Tuesday, Sept. 12

A brief ceremony at noon on the first day of classes will dedicate the Trask Building to its new mission of housing the entire school under one roof. This will be followed by a community pizza lunch. Stay late, if you've just had a morning class, or come early if you have an afternoon class!​

Additionally...

Our Opening Convocation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Free ice cream sandwiches will be available in the Student Lounge freezer throughout the first week.

Other events are planned to allow students to become familiar with the new configuration and use of the Trask Building. Information will be available at the Reception Desk.

Art Sale Plus

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Andover Newton’s relocation to New Haven, CT, requires that we find good homes for many pieces of art that belong to the school. We are hosting a sale of art (PLUS) many other fun and interesting pieces.

June 7 and 8

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., or by arrangement

Meeting House

There will be a silent auction of fine art, a table of Andover Newton memorabilia (mugs, photos, etc.), and a section of “Special Treasures.”

Come see what we have and join in the fun! Help us find new homes for some very special pieces.

Questions: Contact Janeen Hansen at jhansen@ants.edu or (617) 831-2399.

Art Sale Plus

Category: 

Andover Newton’s relocation to New Haven, CT, requires that we find good homes for many pieces of art that belong to the school. We are hosting a sale of art (PLUS) many other fun and interesting pieces.

June 7 and 8

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., or by arrangement

Meeting House

There will be a silent auction of fine art, a table of Andover Newton memorabilia (mugs, photos, etc.), and a section of “Special Treasures.”

Come see what we have and join in the fun! Help us find new homes for some very special pieces.

Questions: Contact Janeen Hansen at jhansen@ants.edu or (617) 831-2399.

Retirement Party for Brita Gill-Austern

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Dear Members of the Andover Newton Community:

On Friday, May 5, Andover Newton will celebrate the professoriate and ministry of Brita Gill-Austern as she moves into phased retirement at the rank of Distinguished Professor. Please gather from 4-5:30 p.m. on the Quad for a Cinco de Mayo themed party with food and festivities. (Our rain location is the CIRCLE House.)

Brita’s legacy of hospitality in this community will live on, and please come wish her well.

Yours truly,

Brita’s retirement party planning committee: Jenny Peace, Adam Hearlson, Mark Heim, Celene Ibrahim; Sarah Drummond ex officio

Senior Chapel Day, Spring 2017

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Andover Newton's 2017 commencement season begins in earnest on Wednesday, May 3:

  • 12 p.m.: The entire Andover Newton community is invited to attend the free Senior Lunch on the quad (rain location: Upper Noyes).
  • 1 p.m.: Join us for Senior Chapel in Wilson Chapel, our final community worship service for the academic year, led by the senior management team.

Prayer for Peace After Orlando Shootings

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Dear Members of the Andover Newton Community,

On this day of mourning for those whose lives were taken brutally and senselessly early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida, please join together for a time of prayer, silence, and togetherness today -- Monday, June 13 -- at noon near the peace pole in the greenspace between Dabney and Worcester Halls on the Andover Newton campus.

Our remembrance time will be a short but important pause during a time when all are in shock, yet feeling the pain nonetheless.

With prayerful care and concern,

Dr. Sarah B. Drummond

Alumni/ae Board Meeting and Election

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Join us on Wednesday, April 13th, for a special meeting to vote on members of the Alumni/ae Board of Directors. Alumni/ae will be electing new members to serve as representatives of the alumni/ae community.

Vote online for new board members by completing the survey at the bottom of the page.

Bob MacFarlane, MDiv ‘71

Virginia Child, MDiv ’80, STM ‘86

Kurt Walker, MDiv ‘10

Dan Baker, MDiv ‘15

Madelyn Hennessey, MDiv ‘82

Phillip Mayfield, STM ‘63

Peter Christian Olsen, MDiv ‘69

Karen Hodges, MDiv ’11, MATS ‘12

Free Suicide Prevention Training Course

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Free QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Friday, April 15, 12-2 p.m. (it's ok to leave for 1 p.m. class!)

In collaboration with Newton Cares (a City of Newton collaboration for suicide prevention and mental health), the April 15 Hot Topic Lunch will offer "Question, Persuade, Refer" (QPR) training for suicide prevention.

QPR is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Offer hope
  • Get help and refer
We will meet in Noyes Hall from noon - 2 p.m., with free lunch provided. The facilitators are aware that some students will need to leave early for 1 p.m. classes but will also be prepared to continue the discussion. The session includes a 60- to 90-minute interactive presentation followed by discussion and Q&A.
 
PLEASE REGISTER at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QPRApr15 TO LET US KNOW THAT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.
 
Additional information on the program is available at https://www.qprinstitute.com/about-qpr.

Climate Change Vigil

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Concerned about global climate change, especially its effects on impoverished people worldwide? Come commemorate the victims of climate change past, present, and future at a vigil service hosted by the Green Team. We will meet in the interfaith garden (the one with a spiraling path) at 7:30. We will hold candles, pray, sing, and hear readings and reflections. We hope to see you there!

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