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News from the Hill January 09, 2009 | back to index

Alumni E-News: January 9, 2009

Dear Friends and Alumni/ae,

Winter is HERE!  We have had snowstorm after snowstorm over the holidays and last night, it was so slippery after a freezing rain, the sand truck had to sand for itself and back up The Hill.  There is 8 inches more snow and temperatures in the teens predicted for the weekend… Slushy, mushy, slippery, brrrrr!

imageHere is more warm news of upcoming events and opportunities for fellowship in the months ahead!
Please keep in touch!

Happy New Year!

Devon Bates, Director of Community Relations 
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617.964.1100 ext. 201      

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 7-9 PM - The Wilson Chapel
Rev. Dr. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ
“Looking Back, Looking Ahead: A conversation about Church and Society”

Join us for an evening conversation with Rev. John Thomas about what’s happening in the UCC, and beyond, on the evening of Inauguration Day.  John will speak to the issues of the day, and engage us in discussion.  Light refreshments will be served beginning at 7 PM with the program beginning at 7:30 PM.  For more information contact: Jennifer Shaw, 617.964.1100 ext. 228 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Tuesday, January 20-23, 2009, 9am - 4 pm - Davis 201 (video-conferencing available)
The Crisis on Wall Street and the Church on Main Street:  A Theological and Ethical Exploration of the Current Financial Crisis

Professors Nimi Wariboko, Bill Herzog, MT Dávila, Nick Carter, Brita Gil-Austern, Greg Mobley and Robert Pazmiño will explore the current economic crisis in the United States and globally through sociological, biblical, pastoral and ecclesial dimensions. Offering new perspectives for the faithful and the public at large, the course will focus on the impact of this crisis on the local church while examining the complex layers (local, regional, national, and international) involved in a globalized economy.  Contact Nayda Aguila, Registrar, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 617-964-1100, ext. 212.

Spring Classes Start January 26 at Andover Newton!  --January 16 deadline!
Cleanse your mind and spirit with a class in our Spring Term.

Applications accepted for Spring Term classes through January 16, 2009.  Spaces are still available – for you or anyone in your community considering theological studies – many classics and new offerings.   For a complete course listing please visit:

February 16 – April 16, 2009         Reception February 25 - Meeting House
Photographer Mr. Kwesi Arthur will present an exhibition called: "My America"

A Ghanaian visual artist now living in Boston, Kwesi Arthur has spent the last twenty years exploring his own identity as an American through his camera and the music and art of the western world.  The opening reception will be February 25, 2009 5 - 8 pm.  For more information contact Jennifer Shaw at 617-964-1100, ext. 228 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday, March 6, 2009  - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Spring Open House
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. Plan for an evening event TBD.

Monday, March 16, 2009 - 7 pm - Wilson Chapel
Spectrum Singers Concert

The Spectrum Singers, one of Boston’s most adventurous choral groups, will perform choral music from the pre-Renaissance through the 20th century, emphasizing seldom-heard works by master composers.  For more information on tickets, please contact The Arts at Andover Newton at 617-964-1100, ext. 201 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


April 22, 2009, 5-9 PM  –  2009 Gala - Harvard Club, Harvard Hall

Come take back a bit of Harvard!!! 

Our Bicentennial Gala was a huge success and everyone had a fabulous time.  Our one regret was that we sold out before invitations were even printed.  This year, therefore, we are giving alums a sneak preview of this year's party and are guaranteeing alums space if they register by February 15th.  After that date, tickets will be available to the general community.  Pre-sale tickets are $150pp but alums who register early pay only $130!  Don't miss this year's celebration in historic Harvard Hall at the Main Clubhouse of the Harvard Club.  Andover Newton returns!!!  Please contact Institutional Advancement for tickets: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 617.964.1100 ext. 201.  Checks may be sent to: Gala 2009 Tickets, Institutional Advancement, ANTS, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

We are also preparing for this year’s LIVE AUCTION.  If you have an item you would like to donate, please contact us (see above).  Thanks – see you there!

May 14, 2009                      Alumni/ae Day & Convocation

Please reserve May 14, 2009 to return to campus and reconnect with fellow classmates and professors… details will be announced soon.  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!

African American Alumi/ae
Anyone interested in helping to locate and connect African American alums for gatherings of support for new clergy and new graduates, please contact Lewis Mitchell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Alumni News at 617-964-1100, ext. 210 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  Thank you!



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

Alumna Martha Bays, December 6th, 2008 - Plymouth Church, UCC, Shaker Heights, Ohio.  Now serving the Congregational Church, UCC in Killingworth, Connecticut, a beautiful area of CT just east of New Haven.  Martha says: “I am very excited to be returning to New England. I look forward to reconnecting with all my ANTS friends in the area!”  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Student Pulpit Supply Available for Massachusetts Area

There are current students available for pulpit supply at local churches in the Massachusetts area.  Invite one of our dynamic students (soon to be one of your fellow alums!) to your church when you’re away or just need a break.  Students from the Baptist, UCC, UU and other traditions are ready and willing to help. 

Contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office to schedule a student preacher or for more information.  Phone Ned Allyn Parker, Assistant Director of Recruitment at 617.964.1100 ext. 289 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Upcoming Faculty Presentations

Alumni/ae and Prospective Students’ Gatherings may be arranged at upcoming OFF THE HILL faculty presentations.  If you would like an opportunity to attend or host a conversation with our esteemed faculty, fellow alumni/ae, and prospective students when we are in your vicinity, or care to plan an event, please contact Institutional Advancement’s Devon Bates: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 617.964.1100 ext. 201.  We look forward to seeing you!

Professor S. Mark Heim, Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology
January 16-22 in Hong Kong, planning for a study course/trip for ANTS students in January 2010

February 2  in Philadelphia, running a workshop on the atonement during the day for area clergy, and giving a public lecture on my book Saved From Sacrifice in the evening

March 18-22  in Chicago for the Faith and Order commission meetings of the NCCC

March 27-29  in New Orleans at the Southern Baptist seminary as one of the speakers at a conference on religious pluralism.

April 25 in Kalamzoo, MI for another nonviolent atonement seminar

Dr. Margaret Benefiel is an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton in the area of spirituality and congregational/organizational leadership.

January 29, Morgantown, PA. *"The Soul of a Leader."* Author talk at the Village Library.

Upcoming Study Trip to Hong Kong    January 7-17, 2010 (approximate dates)

We are in the beginning stages of planning a study trip to Hong Kong for current students, faculty, and alumni/ae focusing on The Church in China and Interfaith Traditions.  If you think you might be interested, please contact Institutional Advancement’s Devon Bates: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 617.964.1100 ext. 201.  Stay tuned!  More news to follow Professor Heim’s trip to Hong Kong this month!


Rev. Hugh W. Smith, former director of public relations for International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches in the US died in Lansdale, PA on Dec. 15.  He was 81.  He earned his MDIV and was ordained in 1957 while serving as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Providence, RI.  A celebration of his life will be held on January 17, 2009 at the New Britain Baptist Church of New Britain, PA.

Massachusetts Bible Society

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 for more information.

January 14, 2008, Noon  “A History of the Bible in American Culture”

Congregational Library, 14 Beacon Street, 2nd Floor, Boston
Part One of Bible in America, a 2009 Luncheon Series to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Massachusetts Bible Society with Dr. Peggy Bendroth, Director of Congregational Library
For luncheon reservations, please call 617-969-9404 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Suggested donation: $15.00

Thursday, January 22, 2009 (snow date, Jan. 29) 5:00 p.m. Lecture

THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US: An Exhibit and Lecture of the MBS Bible Collection
offered by Amy Phillips, Cartographic Materials Project Cataloguer for the Harvard Map Collection, Marsh Chapel, Boston University

Pulling from primary and secondary resources on missionary and bible societies of New England and beyond, the lecture will highlight the history and founding of the Massachusetts Bible Society. It will also examine the lives of the early founders of the Society. Not only were their lives dedicated to disseminating the Holy Scriptures to everyone who might not have a Bible of their own--the poor, the wealthy, the educated, children, and people of all faiths--but their individual journeys as men and women of faith were an indwelling of Scripture, itself.

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