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News from the Hill June 11, 2009 | back to index

Alumni E-News: June 11, 2009

June 11, 2009

Dear Alumni/ae and Friends,

May Campus

See the lovely dappled lawn, on the quad looking toward Wilson Chapel? Such was the scene on a recent Sunday morning. Lately several alums and family members have come by while visiting the area to see the campus and trace old roots. Yesterday, the son of a graduate from ’38 dropped by to see where he was photographed when he was 2 years old, holding the hand of his father who, while dressed in graduation robes, was proudly posing before Colby Hall. It’s great to hear your reminiscences. Please come by and visit!


Devon Bates

Devon L. Bates, Director of Community Relations
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VISIT the Andover Newton booth, luncheon or breakfast at the Baptist Biennial, UCC Synod, and UU General Assembly, June 24-30!

Come by and connect with fellow alumni, staff and friends at these biannual meetings! And, to be in the thick of the action, if you have a couple hours to spare, come volunteer at the Andover Newton booths at the American Baptist Biennial in Pasadena, CA, the UCC SYNOD in Grand Rapids, MI, and the UU General Assembly in Salt Lake City, UT this year. If you are planning on attending and you’re willing to donate an hour or two of your time, please contact Devon Bates at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 617-964-1100 ext. 201 Thanks so much!

The Admissions/Recruiting Office – On the road again!

Ned Parker will be flying to the west coast to Pasadena, CA for the 2009 Biennial of the American Baptist Churches, USA, taking place from June 26-28. Ned doubles as a Master of Divinity student and Assistant Director of Recruitment, he’s a double “PK,” and a great story-teller/preacher as well! Alison McCarty will be heading to Grand Rapids, MI for the 2009 General Synod of the United Church of Christ from June 26-30. Alums will soon find that Alison is an enthusiastic new member of the Andover Newton community. She is brimming with ideas, and thoroughly enjoys listening to each person’s story, taking and posting photos, and talking about Andover Newton. Peg Carroll will be flying out to Salt Lake City, UT for the annual Unitarian Universalist General Assembly taking place from June 24-28 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. She is looking forward to connecting with alums, meeting prospective students, attending part of the Utah Arts Festival, and being at a higher elevation.

We hope you will come by and see us if you are present at any of these events

The Admissions/Recruiting Office – Increasing application numbers for the fall!

Our new Director of Recruiting and Admissions, Alison McCarty knows about numbers, having come to us from the Harvard Business School. Alison went right to work looking at our numbers, making graphs and charts, and figuring out where we were and where we needed to go. Our latest reports are showing increases of 8-12% in the numbers of applications. Now our job is to turn those applications into new students for the fall!!

The Admissions/Recruiting Office – Making contact!

The Recruiting and Admissions staff and other colleagues continue to seek contacts with alums and prospective students at both on and off-campus events. We also have an Information Session scheduled for June 23 from 8:00-10:30 AM. Please keep in touch, let us know what you are doing and/or if you could host an event, and send us those candidates you believe have gifts for ministry!


Summer Institute for Arts and Worship 2009

Don Saliers, keynote speaker

Arts and the Sensual in Renewing Worship

Contact: For more information on leaders, workshops, and registration, please see the Institute brochure , or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Sunday, June 21, 2009 3:00 PM Location: Old South Church in Boston
June 21 - 24, 2009 (students taking for credit must attend June 20 - 25)

Presentations examine the role the senses play in contributing to the lively experience of Spirit in worship, providing intellectual stimulation and practical insights, gathering resources and creating a fruitful space and time for reflection concerning the renewing of worship in local congregations. Throughout the sessions, leaders point to how worship can be aesthetically uplifting and prophetically challenging for faithful Christian witness in these times.

A day-long optional workshop stands as a prelude to the Institute proper (Saturday, June 20, 9:00am – 4:00 pm, at Old South Church in Boston). The Institute opens at 3 pm on Sunday, June 21, and concludes on Wednesday, June 24, with a festival worship service.


Andover Newton opens talks with Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Andover Newton Theological School announced on May 26 that its Board of Trustees has approved initiating discussions with the leadership of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) located in Rochester, NY. The discussions will explore the feasibility of combining the resources of these two historic institutions in a manner which will maximize efficiency, sustain their legacies and advance a common educational mission.

Nick Carter, president of Andover Newton and a graduate of CRCDS, acknowledged that although the process to bring these two institutions together will require discussion and negotiations, “Andover Newton and CRCDS are natural partners. What motivates us is the conviction that our respective institutions, students, alumni and communities they serve would be enriched by the combined resources of these two outstanding schools of theology.”

Citing the many benefits of a partnership, President Carter stated, “The distinctive character of both institutions would be preserved and strengthened, expansion of the breadth and depth of the curriculums would yield instructional vitality and excellence, and significant administrative efficiencies would be realized with all students having access to a world class education and preparation for ministry in an ecumenical and denominationally diverse environment.”

In expressing his enthusiasm regarding the possible partnership, President Carter went on to say, “As a result of the rich history and pioneering spirit which has characterized both Andover Newton and CRCDS, this joint venture may usher in a new model for graduate theological education. What is being announced today places both institutions on the path of discovery and opportunity.”

The CRCDS Board’s decision was also driven by a commitment to strengthen and expand the School’s educational mission and act in accord with the School’s heritage. “Today the landscape of theological education is marked with unprecedented change. In entering these talks, our shared goal is that both of our institutions become more agile, vibrant and better able to prepare transformative leaders for the new horizons of ministry in the 21st century,” stated Eugene C. Bay, president of CRCDS. If a partnership is established, the schools would have a combined endowment of approximately $40 million and an enrollment of 450 students. Andover Newton and CRCDS are both accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.


Messages from our readers:

Thanks so much, very nice edition of the news.
Janet Holden, M.Div 2008
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Many thanks for the update!
John Winham, ANTS, 1971

Andover Newton alums Darcy and Carl Borden have asked for prayers of uplift for the folks in North Dakota who are dealing with severe flooding issues.
Richard Harris was graduated from BU in 1950 & from ANTS in 1954.
He sends his greetings to his fellow classmates, “I want to send a brief message. In April 2008, after the removal of two tumors, I endured 6 months of chemotherapy & now, a year later, I am in remission & doing fairly well. I retired & moved in 1980 to Santa Barbara, CA; then to Hawai’i in 1988; then to Pilgrim Place, Claremont, CA in 1994. Aloha, Richard Harris”
Stay tuned for an article about Richard in a future edition of Alumni News.
Stay tuned for the next issue – featuring photos and articles from Commencement, Baccalaureate and Convocation.
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