News from the Hill February 04, 2009 | back to index
Dear Friends and Alumni/ae,
Alumnus Wayne Shireman '57 was reminiscing about my report of our snow plow needing to throw sand for itself while backing up The Hill during a recent storm; The Hill was so slippery. He writes: “Thanks for the news. Some of us can remember a storm in the mid-50's when they could not keep the road up The Hill plowed. The fire department had the students out in shifts all night shoveling!”
Andover Newton Alum Rev. Claude Black (’43) of San Antonio, TX was honored with the “Testament of Hope Award” for his work to advance civil rights in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Black, 92, could not attend the ceremony, but in a statement, he said he was considered “rebellious against the establishment and trouble for society.” Former San Antonio mayor, Cisneros called Black the “conscience of the community” in leading the difficult battle against racial injustice in the 1960s, integrating stores and restaurants and, at one point, forcing the removal of water fountains in front of the Alamo labeled “white” and “colored.” Black was born into a segregated San Antonio in 1916, and after receiving degrees from Morehouse College in Atlanta and Andover Newton, he became pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church. Over the course of his career, Black was an associate of Martin Luther King Jr., A. Phillip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Credit: Gary Martin – Express News
Rev. Marcia Ricketts (’85) writes: “Thank you for ATLAS!!!! The disconnect from intelligent resources after leaving seminary in 1985 has always frustrated me. Now I feel as though I can continue to learn, and that the seminary wants to help me to continue to learn. Now, if I can just stop researching and start writing…” Editor’s note: The Andover Newton Library has purchased a subscription for alumni/ae to have free access to ATLAS, the full-text journal article database produced by the American Theological Library Association. http://www.ants.edu/alumni/about-atlas/ Alumni/ae must register through our website to use ATLAS. http://www.ants.edu/alumni/registration/
Alumni/ae are one of our greatest sources of new student referrals. Is there someone who you think might be called to Andover Newton? Send them to our Spring Open House to explore and discern their Ministry. Visitors will experience what it’s like to be an Andover Newton student during this complimentary, day-long event, including meals. Attend sample classes, meet with professors and alumni/ae, worship together, converse with current students, and explore financial aid and housing options. Plans for an evening event TBD. http://www.ants.edu/admissions/spring-open-house/
Through a generous grant from the Massachusetts Bible Society (MBS) a “ribbon-cutting” ceremony will mark the opening of the new state-of-the-art media center and television studio in the lower level of Wilson Chapel on campus. According to Bob Craigue, inaugural director of the Media Center, "Our goal is to build on Andover Newton’s tradition of leadership in theological education by introducing innovative technologies and offer students, ministers, and congregations new ways to experience worship and community life through new media.”
The Media Center has full audio/visual recording, production, and broadcast capabilities. It enables programs to be recorded in Wilson Chapel, and is able to generate CD, DVD, streaming video and cable programs. Already students have produced High Definition videos of events ranging from a performance by Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and documenting a groundbreaking conference of National Baptist and Muslim scholars and religious leaders.
Return to campus and reconnect with fellow classmates and professors. We are preparing luncheons by class, brunches by denominations, and dinners by interest groups, with a field trip before Baccalaureate on Friday, May 15, and Commencement on May 16, 2009. STAY TUNED and RESERVE these dates!
Alumna Toni DiPina, February 8th, 2009 – 4 PM - Congdon Street Baptist Church, Providence, RI
After three and a half years of seminary and another year of discernment, let the dancing begin!
For more information: 401-421-4032
The greater Boston community can take pride in the work of numerous groups, both official and unofficial, that have been outspoken in their commitment to the furtherance of interreligious understanding between the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Yet there have been few opportunities for the leadership of these groups, many unknown to one another, to come together. To bridge that gap, the ICPL has arranged a gathering for an exchange of views on the perils and promises of interreligious dialogue and what participating groups should anticipate as they go forward. Suggested donation: $20 includes supper and materials. Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center-Roxbury For more information: http://www.interreligiouscenter.org/news_and_events/index.html
Thanks to Edith Rasell, Ph.D., Minister for Workplace Justice for passing this along.
Professor S. Mark Heim, Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology
March 18-22 Chicago for the Faith and Order commission meetings of the NCCC
March 27-29 New Orleans at the Southern Baptist seminary at a conference on religious pluralism
April 25 Kalamzoo, MI for another nonviolent atonement seminar
Study Trip to Hong Kong January 7-17, 2010 (approximate dates)
Stay tuned! More news to follow Professor Heim’s trip to Hong Kong!
Alumna Marjorie Scott (MDiv ’79) died on Jan. 29, 2009. Her memorial service will be held Sat. Feb. 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm at The Church of The Covent, 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116. We understand her death notice may appear in the Boston Globe on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.
Alumnus Rev. Floyd LaBombard died on Monday, January 19, 2009 at his home in Bennington, VT at the age of 87 following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Classmate Rev. Dr. Christopher L. Drew, (DMin '91) sent us this news.
Alumna Earline Carol Faulkingham (MDiv ’78), 69, died peacefully on January 12, in a hospice near her home in Rotonda West, FL after a long courageous battle with COPD. She worked as a senior editor for Time Warner-AOL before retiring in 2000. An avid knitter and talented seamstress, she blessed many friends and family members with her stunningly beautiful and exquisitely-made creations.
Wish List - Amply Endowed Chairs???
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
The Soul of a Leader: The Bible and Leadership in America, a luncheon with Dr. Margaret Benefiel
First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, MA (19 Church Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, 508/845-7286)
PAUL, JUDAISM and THE ROMAN EMPIRE -- Amherst College Pauline Symposium
Featuring Paula Frederikson (February 10), Dominic Crossan (February 24), Richard Ascough (March 10), and Karl Donfried (March 24). Sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund and the Religion Department at Amherst College.
Tuesday, February 10, 8:00pm "Gods and Their Humans in Mediterranean Antiquity: The Sacred Surround of Paul's Journey" by Paula Fredrikson, Aurelio Professor of Scripture, Boston University, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Amherst College Free and open to the public, followed by a reception.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 12:00 - 1:15pm
Become the next Young Scholar of the Massachusetts Bible Society! Are you age 17-21? Living in Massachusetts? With an interest in the Bible? (Or know someone who fits this description?) Contact www.massbible.org for more information.
Friday, March 20 at 10:00am to Saturday March 21 Old South Church (Gordon Chapel)
"MBS Bible & Book Fair and 200th Anniversary Event - All Bibles Discounted 20%"
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TELL THE WORLD ABOUT THE BIBLE?
In celebration of our bicentennial, the Massachusetts Bible Society is working with Liz Walker Journey Productions to create a documentary on the Bible called "One Book, Many Voices." The film is being structured around a single question and we are soliciting responses to that question from clergy and scholars of all Christian traditions (we also have some Jewish responses). Responses will be collected and categorized with the final film built to illustrate those categories. Every responder will be listed in the film credits. If you would like to participate, please visit http://www.massbible.org/liz-walker-documentary and http://www.massbible.org/documentary-question-solicitation
Andover Newton is the nation's oldest graduate institution of theological education, founded in 1807. Based in Newton Centre, MA, the school is known for its commitment to the pastoral ministry and the pioneering accomplishments of its graduates in the fields of mission and local church leadership. Historically covenanted with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches USA, Andover Newton now celebrates a student body comprised of more than 30 denominations, including one of the largest concentrations of Unitarian Universalist students in the US.