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Celebrating the Beloved Community

Date and Time:

Fri, 05/11/2018 -
12:00pm to 4:30pm



If you have questions, you may send them to belovedcommunity@ants.edu, where your email will reach Brita Gill-Austern and Davida Foy Crabtree, co-coordinators of the event.



With nearly 400 people signed up for "Celebrating the Beloved Community," we have closed registration in order to accomodate everyone safely.. The program will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m., and we encourage you to carpool with other attendees if possible.


Event Details:

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) from 12-1:15 p.m. (registration closed).

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

Sign-in locations are the Trask Building for those who are eating lunch or the tent on the Quad for those who are not eating lunch.

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!

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 for lunch)**
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.

Note that the library *stacks* will not be open for the sale of books until May 19. However, thousands of already withdrawn books and antiquarian books will be available for sale on May 11. Please bring cash or checks to facilitate purchases. Questions? Contact Nancy Lois.

Selected pieces of artwork in the Trask building will be available for purchase. Contact Janeen Hansen with any questions.

** Registration for lunch is now closed. The cost of sandwich and drink is $10 (cash and check only) the day of event. You will sign in and receive your lunch, program, and name tag in the Trask building.

*** We will provide a live stream of the whole afternoon under the tent for those unable to be physically present. Watch the websites and Facebook for updates.

A Note About Parking

Because of the high number of registrants we encourage you to carpool if at all possible, due to the parking and traffic challenges! There will be parking at Hebrew College in addition to ANTS, but it will be tight.


A Note About Construction

Those of you will be coming to campus in the next several weeks will notice as you come up Herrick Road that there is a good deal of construction going on in and around Farwell Hall. This work is not being done by the new owner of the campus. Rather, it is part of a construction project by Benchmark Senior Living for a memory care unit that will be built there. This project predates the sale of the campus. The new owner has not yet announced plans for any work on the campus, except to reiterate that it will be used for educational purposes.

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