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News from the Hill September 05, 2008 | back to index

Alumni E-News: Sept. 5, 2008

Andover Newton Alumni/ae E-News – Sept. 5, 2008


September 10, 2008 - Fall Convocation
Come kick off the academic school year at Fall Convocation –

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Noon – Lunch on the Quad with colleagues and friends
1 PM – Worship in Wilson Chapel

2 - 4 PM - Afternoon Program with Refreshments for Alumni/ae in Wilson Chapel

· Hear President Nick Carter challenge us to “Ministry in the Borderlands”

Enjoy Community Lunch on the Quad with new and returning students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni/ae

Slurp Ice Cream scooped by members of your Alumni/ae Board and Faculty

Beth Hoffman (’06) and the Alum Board invite all alum to come enjoy a scoop or two.

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Renew ourselves and our community during Worship in our beautiful new Wilson Chapel

…and as students head off to classes…

Join your fellow alumni/ae for a special afternoon program with refreshments entitled: The Role of Tradition in the Renewal of the Mainline Congregation with the new Director of Wilson Chapel, Mary Luti. 

Back to the Future, Again! The role of tradition in the renewal of the mainline congregation.

The renewal of the mainline churches is a subject that has occupied scholars and church leaders in an urgent way during the last 10-15 years. Many have urged a clean sweep of old ways in order to attract new interest in stagnant faith communities. Recently, however, many church leaders have begun to take a different approach, reaching into the church's storehouse of tradition for keys to unlock the door to transformation. Join Mary Luti, newly-appointed Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and Director of the Wilson Chapel, for a discussion of the many ways that "old things" are "making all things new" in some local congregations.

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September 25, 2008 - Spiritual Interpretation of the Arts
Paintings of the Inner Landscape by Trustee Robert Sarly and

Workshop by Ethne Gray of the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston. Reserve your space now by emailing: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

5-7 PM Reception in Wilson Chapel and the Meetinghouse Galleries

7-8:30 PM “Sacred Alchemy in Visions of Unitary Reality” Workshop led by Ethne J. Gray, M.Div., ATR., IAAP.

This facilitated workshop offers a reflection on Robert Sarly’s paintings, and consideration of the ways in which we might glimpse in them archetypal images of transformation in the visible world of matter and nature. This process parallels what C. G. Jung described as the alchemical processes of inner spiritual and psychological individuation. In viewing the images from this exhibit, particular attention will be paid to the alchemical principle of the “uniting of opposites”; that is, “above and below”, “dark and light”, “conscious and unconscious”, “destruction and creation”, “feminine and masculine”, “earth and air”, “fire and water”, etc. Jung suggests that we do not become whole or healed by “imagining figures of light”, but “by making the darkness visible” - a theme that will be explored with reference to Robert Sarly’s paintings. This journey will facilitate our entering imaginal spaces, within and without, where darkness might be faced and thus made conscious, and brought to light through the other numinous images of radiance in his works. 

October 4, 2008 - Noel Paul Stookey Concert (Paul of Peter, Paul & Mary)

Noel Paul Stookey In his fourth decade as the Paul of Peter, Paul, and Mary, Stookeys music continues to challenge, encourage and entertain. His lyrical style, humor, and stage presence have marked the American musical and cultural scene for almost half a century, embodying his passionate commitment to border-crossing through song and witness.

7 PM Wilson Chapel - order your tickets early. This will be a sellout!

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To order tickets, email: with your phone number and your ticket request, or mail your check to Concerts at Andover Newton Theological School c/o Institutional Advancement, ANTS, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459. If you email, we will call you for your credit card information and billing.

September 2 – December 31, 2008

Sacred Time: Sacred Mind – Journeys of Spirit – Wilson Chapel and the Meetinghouse Gallery

An exhibit of paintings by trustee Robert M. Sarly

“…abstract paintings? Do they reveal a form of meaning to us not in discursive language but through the quite different language of the image itself? In other words, do images have their own kind of voice, one closer to that of a poem which reveals its meaning slowly and in a tongue we know not as the poet’s but as our own?

Such questions are unavoidable when [viewing] this impressive and wide-ranging exhibit of Robert Sarly’s paintings. Gathered under the ambitious theme, “Sacred Time: Sacred Mind,” this collection invites us into what the artist calls “journeys of spirit,” with a deliberate emphasis upon plurality…their formal abstraction ask of us an altogether different vulnerability: they invite us to encounter, precisely in the depth of their form, a deep meaning…or form which Mr. Sarly refers to as “the soul’s inner landscape.” …Call it a sense of the numinous held within… Call it prayer.”

Mark S. Burrows, curator and Professor of the History of Christianity

October 21, 2008 – Lecture by Dr. Lionel Corbett

5-7 PM Art and the Embodiment of Spirit – Wilson Chapel

Dr. Lionel Corbett, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute (CA). A medical doctor and certified Jungian analyst, Dr. Corbett's wide-ranging interests explore the religious function of the psyche (the title of one of his recent books), the interface of analytical psychology and psychoanalytical theories, and the nature and shape of what we speak of the numinous and our apprehension of it in the form of religious experience.

Save These Dates!

May 14, 2009 - Alumni/ae Day 2009 – Stay tuned for new activities and festivities!
May 16, 2009 - Commencement


Spirit of the Hill Award – 2008: The Ministry of Alan and Sally McCain

imageAlan McCain and Sally Bliss met as students at Andover Newton in 1964 and after graduation went to Tarsus American College in Tarsus, Turkey as missionaries of the United Church Board for World Ministries. Returning to the US in 1974, Mick and Sally served UCC churches in Wells River, VT, Bath, NH and Rochester, MN. In 1988, they returned to Turkey. When a devastating earthquake hit northwest Turkey in 1999, Mick and Sally jumped into action. With a small grant from Global Ministries, Sally helped organize a local women’s cooperative to decorate colorful scarves. The Turkish Scarf Project provided income for the crafters, for education courses, and for a women’s center with a library, classroom, kitchen, and playroom. Sally brought hundreds of Turkish scarves to the 23rd General Synod in 2001 which were quickly adopted. She looked forward to returning to Kaynasli, but unfortunately Sally died unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage. Back in Turkey, Mick coordinated an ecumenical service of remembrance after the attacks of September 11, 2001. He wrote in his newsletter: “The church was full. For the first time in Istanbul, Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergymen prayed together, took comfort from the holy writings, and gave support to those bereaved by the terrorist attacks. …many tongues in that place affirmed the presence of the transcendent God.”

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The Rev. Dr. Richard French Wilcox
With great sorrow, the Andover Newton Community notes the passing of the Rev. Dr. Wilcox. Trained in anti-submarine warfare, Wilcox was also a navigator and US Naval Reserve Surface Division Officer. He served the IBEW-AFL CIO and the executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, and still had time to be a popular radio personality and composer of musicals. In 1958, he followed his faith and enrolled at Andover Newton Theological School, receiving the Bachelor of Divinity in 1961. This was followed by a Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1973 and a Doctor of Ministry degree. The Rev. Dr. Wilcox was at the center of the ANTS Psychology Department as a lecturer and leader of the Pastoral Counseling Training Consortium and Andover Newton’s CPE establishment. The recipient of many honors, including the “Cutting Gold Medal for Religion and Medicine,” he was known and loved for his extraordinary pastoral care and his ability to inspire others to pursue a life of service in the ministry. Andover Newton celebrates the life and career of this extraordinary man, and offers prayers and consolation to his family.


Dr. Nimi Wariboko, the Katherine B. Stuart Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, came to ANTS 2007/2008.

Since coming to the Hill he has published three books in quick succession:

  1. God and Money: A Theology of Money in a Globalizing World (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008). This book explores the significance and theological-ethical implications of money as a social relation in light of the dynamic relations of the triune God. The author analyzes the dynamics at work in the global monetary system and argues that the monarchical-currency structure of the dollar, euro, and yen may be moving toward a trinitarian structure of a democratic world currency.
  2. The Depth and Destiny of Work: An African Theological Interpretation. (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2008). It develops a pneumatological theology of work by drawing from an African traditional religion’s concept of spiritual force.
  3. Pattern of Institutions in the Niger Delta: Economic and Ethological Interpretations of History and Culture. (Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Onyoma Research Publications, 2007). This book about the troubled oil region of Nigeria provides an account of the basis on which the Ijo people in the area sustain orderly activities and relationships among themselves. This account is shot through with thick descriptions and explanations that attempt to identify the sources and carriers of meaning and normativity in the Ijo community.

Dr. Nimi’s books are available for sale in the Andover Newton Bookstore:

ANTS Faculty Share Gracenotes

Gracenotes, biweekly blog from the Andover Newton faculty, consists of poetry, prayers, liturgical pieces, and theological potpourri. View this blog and learn more about blogging at Andover Newton.

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LEARN On-Line Continuing Education Seminars

Choose from an exciting array of on-line continuing education seminars for both clergy and laity.

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ATLAS Database
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