Retirement Party for Brita Gill-Austern


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


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


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


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

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.
Additional information on the program is available at

Climate Change Vigil


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!

Fall Community Day at Andover Newton


Getting Ready to GoMembers of the Andover Newton community work together in service to the school and community on this day. No daytime classes, offices closed. Check with Chartwells dining service and Franklin Trask Library for availability.

Schedule of Events

8:00 am   Registration – Wilson Chapel Lobby

8:30 am   Worship  – Led by Dr. Adam Hearlson, Director,   Wilson Chapel

9:00 am   Welcome - Dr. Mikel E. Satcher, Director of Student Life

Special Remarks,

                        President, Rev. Martin Copenhaver

                        Academic Dean, Dr. Sarah Drummond

                        Dean of Campus Life, Dr. Nancy Nienhuis

9:15 am  Keynote Speaker, Rev. Rahsaan Hall, Esq., Director, Racial Justice Program at American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, and Associate Minister of the St. Paul AME Church of Cambridge MA

10:15 am  Breakout Sessions – Conversations around the All Campus Book, Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine--facilitated by ANTS faculty

12:00 noon  Community Lunch - Cafeteria (Students, faculty, and staff will need to grab a bag lunch to take with them as they travel to an off-campus site for Community Service)

1:00 – 4:00 pm   Community Service at designated partner sites with various off-campus religious and non-profit organizations

All students are required to “register for Community Day as a non-credit requirement through the Registrar.”

Our campus-wide observance of Community Day is a very significant component of our combined efforts in sustaining a Beloved Community.

Exceptions: Co-op M.Div. students & D.Min. students undertaking coursework through an intensive/online cohort are excused from Community Day 

Subverting the Gospel of Guns: A Two Day Summit at Andover Newton Theological School


‘no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth…’

-    Isaiah 65: 19-20

Like Isaiah, we lament the death of too many too soon and long for a day when such suffering will cease. On October 22nd and 23rd, Andover Newton will host a two-day summit for our alumni/ae and friends to participate in an urgent conversation about gun violence in the United States. This gathering will focus on the response by people of faith to the current situation in our country, and will provide action steps for how we can all work together to change the culture of guns and violence in our communities. The event will include keynote speakers, panel discussions, and worship. 

Schedule of Events

Keynote Speakers:

Attorney General Maura Healey, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston

Speakers & Panelists:

The Rev. James Atwood, Board of Directors, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and author of ‘America and its Guns: A Theological Expose’

Dr. Anthony A. Braga, Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

The Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown, President, Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace (RECAP)

Chaplain Clementina Chéry, President and CEO of Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

The Rev. Wayne S. Daley, Community Relations Director, Boston TenPoint Coalition

Dr. Maria Teresa Dávila, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Andover Newton Theological School

Commissioner William B. Evans, Boston Police Department

Superintendent In Chief William Gross, Boston Police Department

Chief Michael Hennessey, Former Assistant Chief, Boston School Police

Pastor Kim Odom, Steven Odom's Mother

Ms. Ruth RollinsWarren Daniel Hairston’s Mother

Mr. John Rosenthal, Founder, Stop Handgun Violence

The Rev. Dan Smith, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational (UCC), Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and Metro IAF’s Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign

Ms. Monalisa Smith, Founder, President, and CEO, Mothers for Justice & Equality

The Rev. Burns Stanfield, Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston; President, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

The Rev. Ellis I. Washington, Senior Pastor, St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Cambridge

We are excited to share that The Rev. Jeffrey Brown, class of 1987, has been selected by the Alumni/ae Association Board to receive the Spirit of the Hill Award. We will honor him and his dedication and service to the wider Church at a special dinner on Thursday night.

Cost is $35. For more information please contact Institutional Advancement. We hope to see you in October!

CIRCLE Chocolate Reception


In the beginning ... was chocolate.

Join us for the annual fall CIRCLE reception. Meet CIRCLE fellows, learn about upcoming CIRCLE opportunities, and enjoy an array of chocolate delights over music and poetry. Faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni/ae of Andover Newton, Hebrew College, and the CIRCLE program are all welcome to this free event!

Boston Interfaith Food Festival to Support CIRCLE


CIRCLE is proud to sponsor with social networking guru, tech entrepreneur, and foodie Mr. Arif Shaikh to host an exclusive benefit dinner for CIRCLE on Saturday, Sept. 26, at sundown (6:45 p.m.) on the historic campus of Andover Newton Theological School.

Join us for a night of food, fun, and interreligious community building to welcome the fall!

We will begin the event with Jewish and Muslim evening prayer options. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal in a unique historic setting. 

The menu includes: Hickory Salmon, Seasoned Rice, Organic Spinach, Homemade Chai, and Peach Pie. Kosher, halal, and vegetarian dishes are available.

Tickets are $35 dollars. For singles, the event is complimentary with a subscription to All net proceeds for the event will support CIRCLE. 

Spaces are limited; please reserve today.

About Arif Shaikh

A longtime Massachusetts resident, Arif has a passion for bringing people together. He leads hikes, retreats, and food events throughout Massachusetts. Among his other ventures, Mr. Shaikh is the founder of, a no-nonsense platform that enables singles to connect using a referral-based, grassroots-driven approach. supports a growing user base in the United States, Canada, and the UK. Out of his passion for good food and good company, Mr. Shaikh also launched the Interfaith Food Festival, an informal organization that enables young and seasoned professionals to build authentic relationships across religious lines through a common appreciation of food,engaging conversation, and inspiring settings.

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CIRCLE: The Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education is a joint venture of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School. Find out about our many programs and how YOU can be involved here.

To Learn More

For further event details, contact Celene Ibrahim, CIRCLE Co-Director and Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College, by email or call (617) 702-2928.


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