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Alliance of Baptists 2018 Annual Gathering

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Andover Newton's Alumni/ae and Development officer, Ned Allyn Parker, will attend the Alliance of Baptists annual gathering this year in Dayton, Ohio. One of our great alums, Jason Alspaugh, has agreed to host an alumni/ae information session and mini-reunion at his church, FBC Dayton, on Thursday, April 26. If you're in the area and interested in joining us, please email Ned for more information.

70,000-Volume Book Sale

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Because Andover Newton is moving to Yale Divinity School, a selection of some 70,000 books will be available for sale at prices of $3, $5, and $10 starting the morning of our 2018 Commencement.

Topics include theology, Bible, religion, spiritualy, pastoral care, art, literature and more. (No early bird sales, sorry.)

Sale Hours
Saturday, May 19 9 a.m. - noon
Sunday, May 20 Closed
Monday, May 21 8:30 a.m - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22 - Friday, May 25 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Pub Church, Queer Theology, and Emergent Communities

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The Andover Newton community is invited to share lunch with Xochitl Alvizo on Tuesday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School.
 
Xochitl Alvizo completed the Ph.D. in Practical Theology at Boston University with a concentration in Church and Community. She focuses on Congregational Studies, Ecclesiology, Feminist Theology, and the Emerging Church. Her dissertation involved a feminist analysis of the developing ecclesiology of emerging churches. She is in the ordination process with the (Christian Church) Disciples of Christ and co-founder of the Pub Church, Boston. She is also co-founder of and daily project weaver for Feminism and Religion, an international online project that brings together a diversity of voices in feminism and religion at the intersection of scholarship, activism, and community. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
 
Pizza will be provided! If you would like to join us, RSVP by emailing Kathleen Hamilton.
 
We will meet in the RSV Room, which is on the second floor on the south side of The Sterling Quadrangle, above the Andover Newton Offices.
 
 
More About the Speaker: Xochitl will continue to bring a feminist focus to theology and religion through her newly accepted tenure track position at California State University, Northridge. She will begin teaching classes in the fall as the Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the area of Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Gender (LGBT), Sex, and Sexuality. California State University, Northridge ranks 10th in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented minority students, fifth nationally in awarding master’s degrees to Hispanic students, and enrolls the largest number of deaf and hard-of-hearing students of any U.S. state university. Xochitl looks forward to serving this diverse and vibrant community of students as well as continuing her research with Emerging and other new forms of church.
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The final graduating class from the Newton campus will receive degrees on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Newton. Graduates should be at the church no later than 1 p.m.

Graduating student Rachelle Easton (MDiv '18) and Professor S. Mark Heim will be this year's speakers.

Due to the large size of this year's class, each graduating student is allowed eight friends or family members inside the church to comply with fire marshal regulations.

A post-commencement reception will be held on the Quad (weather permitting, otherwise in Upper Noyes). Four tickets per graduate are complementary and included in the robe pack from the Registrar’s office; additional tickets may be purchased at the Business Office in advance for $15 each.

2018 Baccalaureate

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The graduating class of 2018 will join with friends, family, and the Andover Newton community for a service of prayer and celebration before Saturday's commencement exercises.

Baccalaureate will begin at 7 p.m. at the Union Church in Waban, Massachusetts. The speakers will be Professors MT Dávila and Jennifer Peace, who will share the reflection. Parking is on the street, with paid parking available at the MBTA station around the corner.

A reception following the baccalaureate service will take place on the Andover Newton campus in Newton Centre about 8:15 p.m., either on the Quad or in Upper Noyes.

Saturday's commencement speakers will be Rachelle Eaton (MDiv '18) and Professor S. Mark Heim.

Celebrating the Beloved Community

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Don’t Miss the Celebration of the Beloved Community

Friday, May 11, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Pre-celebration gathering to greet friends at Trask with sandwiches (at cost) at noon (pre-register by May 8)

On the Quad or in case of rain Noyes Hall.

It is our hope that we have good weather so that we can hold our event outside and accommodate in an optimal way all who wish to attend. Should inclement weather hit, we will have to have some people watch the program via livestream from the Trask Building. We can only accommodate 250 people in Noyes Hall, which we have already reached in registrations. In the event of rainy weather, people will be seated in Noyes until it fills and then we will have to ask people to go to the Trask Building for the livestream.

For those wishing to join the pick-up choir, please join Burns Stanfield at 12:30 p.m. at Noyes Hall for rehearsal.  

Personal Letter from co-chairs and committee

Dear Members of the Beloved Community,

Don’t miss this moment in our life together. As Andover Newton makes the transition in the life of our school from “the Hill” to Yale Divinity School, it matters to celebrate the beloved community Andover Newton has always been, is, and will be in the future. We invite you to:

  • Come and be with those who have shared and shaped your life.
  • Come and give thanks to and honor all who have knit this incredible community together over time and who have contributed so significantly to this institution.
  • Come and recall together the heart of Andover Newton’s mission, how we have embodied it in the past and will embody it in new ways in our future.
  • Come and worship as we celebrate with gratitude our past, acknowledge the challenge and grief of loss, and offer prayers of hope and vision for the new future of Andover Newton.

We’ll remember and honor all the constituencies who have shaped Andover Newton over the years:

  • Students and alumni/ae
  • Staff
  • Faculty, adjunct faculty
  • Administration
  • Trustees
  • Field education supervisors, mentors and teaching parishes
  • Volunteers and special programs

In other words, YOU!

Register now! See you on May 11 on the Hill.  

With warm greetings, 

Davida Foy Crabtree and Brita Gill-Austern, co-chairs

Planning Committee: Nayda Aguila, Susan Suchocki-Brown, Diane Nicholls, and Roberto Ochoa

Schedule for May 11, 2018

12 p.m.

Pre-Gathering Social with Lunch in Trask Building (small cost)*
12:30 p.m. Pick-Up Choir Rehearsal, Noyes Hall
1:30 p.m. The Community Gathers
1:45 p.m. Program Begins
3:15 p.m. Worship
4:15 p.m. Reception

* Please join us for an Open House gathering in the Trask Building anytime from 12-1:30 p.m. This informal drop-in is an opportunity to visit with staff and faculty, to tour the building that we have spent the last year in, to purchase books from the library's ongoing book sale, and to hang out before the Beloved Community Event. If you desire lunch, you need to RSVP to ssuchocki-brown@ants.edu by May 8.

Register today!
 

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

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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.

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