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News from the Hill: March 8 2010

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News from the Hill

March 8, 2010

Dear Friends,

We have been busy on The Hill shoveling snow and preparing many wonderful events for you this Spring!

Soon after the ground thaws, Andover Newton’s Honorary Walkway will be installed. The Walkway will be a new brick path between Dabney Hall (our main administration building) and Noyes Hall (our Student Lounge, bookstore and cafeteria).

The path will hold tributes in the form of engraved bricks commemorating graduates, pastors, professors, churches, students, trustees, alumni and loved ones.

If you’d like an honorary brick, please purchase one now, before March 26 and come visit on May 20th when we will dedicate the new path at Convocation. Once the walkway is installed, we will continue to offer bricks for engraving, but the price will go up. Blank bricks will have to be removed so that new engraved bricks can take their place.

Reserve your brick today and come see it installed on May 20!

Andover Newton’s Honorary Walkway
Deadline: March 26 - Reserve yours now!

Convocation Banner

Spring Convocation, Alumni Day and Commencement Weekend

Join your friends, fellow alumni, current students, faculty, staff and graduates in a three-day celebration on The Hill. Thursday is Alumni Day featuring our great faculty, notable speakers, lunch with the Presidents of Andover Newton and the UUA, and a Red Sox game, amongst other surprises.

Friday, come to our alumni-faculty-student and friends’ lunch. Don’t miss the Hang-Out Lounge before the Baccalaureate Service and the Night Owls Reception!

Saturday morning, families and friends of graduates are welcome to a drop-in Brunch and tours the campus before Commencement at 2 pm.

Sign up NOW!

And if you want Red Sox tickets , reserve your spot now because they are going fast!

Singing Toward Easter” A workshop with Rev. Burns Stanfield

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Join us for an afternoon workshop with Rev. Burns Stanfield to explore how music guides us in our journey toward Easter.

Singing Toward Easter

Conference on Ministries: March 19-20

“Ministry, it’s how you live”

The Admissions/Recruiting Office


Over the years, many are introduced to Andover Newton through our Conference on Ministries. What a special time this is for participants, meeting others in the discernment process, seeing what it might be like to attend seminary, and listening carefully for the message that speaks directly to their call.

Would you please give some thought to those congregants, friends, co-workers, neighbors and relatives that you know as having gifts for ministry, theological reflection, leading, preaching, teaching, prophesying, praying, and pastoral calling?

Please tell them about Andover Newton and our Conference on Ministries March 19-20. Send them information about this event and encourage them to sign up. Or plan to attend together!

Join us for worship, conversations, and sample classes; meet our deans; and learn more about the application process. This is a great opportunity to meet folks from Andover Newton, experience the community, and find out about all the school has to offer.

This event is free of charge and meals will be provided.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!
Peg Carroll and the Admissions/Recruiting Team: Aga, Alison, and Ned
Email us: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Border Crossing Immersions open to Alums

“Listening to the Tales of Children’s Lives in Appalachia” May 9-20, 2010

Border Crossing Immersions are a number of experiences/classes offered during the year to provide an opportunity to confront the challenges of a social context other than one’s own, for the purpose of social analysis, theological reflection, deeper self knowledge and the development of multicultural sensitivity and skills. This experience/class seeks to deepen commitment to live one’s faith through engaging with vital issues for the church and world with people beyond one’s own social context.

This spring Professors Sharon Thornton and Brita Gill-Austern will be leading a border crossing immersion to Appalachia called “Listening to the Tales of Children’s Lives in Appalachia” from May 9th to May 20th. This immersion will be in partnership with AMERC, Appalachia Ministry Educational Resource Center. The impact of poverty, substance abuse, substandard education, environmental degradation and malnutrition on the lives of children will be explored and how the church is reaching out to children in Appalachia.

The cost of this trip is $950 plus airfare. The application fee for all border-crossing immersions for alumnae is $300. Please call Jennifer Shaw at 617-964-1100 ext. 228 or Professor Gill-Austern at ext. 219 for an application and further information. Applications are due now!

Upcoming Border Crossing Immersions:

2011 January Immersion to Hong Kong and China with Professor Mark Heim

2011 January Immersion to Hawaii with Professor Robert Pazmino and Dean Herzog

2011 January Immersion to the Mexico/Arizona Border with Professor Brita Gill-Austern

For more information contact: Jennifer Shaw at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Beyond the Walls of Our Congregations: Nick Carter and Bill Sinkford

Dialogue on Community Ministry MONDAY, APRIL 12 AT 7 PM at Wilson Chapel

Community ministry takes place beyond the walls of our congregations. In some faith communities it is called public ministry, outreach ministry, ministry at large, the larger ministry, missionary work, social action ministry and more. Community ministry is all about “border crossing” says organizer Rev. Maddie Sifantus. For more information, call 508-358-7091 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Nick Carter is President of Andover Newton Theological School and Bill Sinkford is former President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Sponsored by Andover Newton, the UU Urban Ministry, UUCANS (the UU student fellowship at ANTS) and the UU Society for Community Ministries. A reception will follow.

Faculty Highlights

Prof. María Teresa Dávila

Andover Newton’s assistant professor of Christian Ethics


Prof. María Teresa Dávila will give the Fifth Annual Lecture in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Missions. The Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) at Concordia Seminary , St. Louis, has chosen Dr. María Teresa Dávila, Andover Newton assistant professor of Christian ethics, to be their guest speaker. The theme for this year’s lecture is “Unión, Reunión y Comunión: Latino/a Religious Diversity and the Wager of Ecumenical Communion.”

The annual lecture is designed to raise awareness about issues that affect Latino communities and to highlight the contributions of Latinos and others to the shape of the church’s task in such contexts. The lecture will be held Thursday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Concordia Seminary’s Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium in St. Louis.

On-Line Seminars for Continuing Ed

Here’s what we’ve got planned for spring:

Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations

- look at ways to manage the pressures created by the need to change in order to survive and minister faithfully - April 12-May 7

Teaching Teachers to Teach

- a great seminar for Board of Christian Education members, Sunday school superintends, and CE directors - April 26-May 21

The Hidden Lives of Congregations

- explores not so obvious dynamics of congregational life that influence everything that goes on - April 26-May 21

Becoming the Disciple-Forming Congregation

- uses a model of comprehensive discipleship as the basis for change and growth in a congregation - May 31-June 5

For more information: On-line Learning

Worship and The Arts ~ Summer Institute

“God Surprising” with John Bell of the Iona Community

JUNE 20 - 23, 2010

“Worship that Works (and Plays)” Old South Church, Boston

JUNE 19, 9:00 - 4:30 pm

SIGN UP TODAY! JUNE 19 - 24 for credit

An Evening of Joy and Generosity

with the Duke University Chorale

to benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief

MONDAY MARCH 8, 7:30 PM ~ First Baptist Church in Newton Centre

Have you participated in Summer Institutes for Theology & the Arts?

Joy Honen is a student in the MA Research program and our Resident Teaching Artist. She is working on a history of those 17 Summer Institutes and would greatly welcome your input! Please contact her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Thanks!


Engage your mind and heart this summer!

Introduction to Christian Ethics
Professor Wariboko June 1 - June 11, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Christian Ethics and U.S. Civil Society: Consumerism and the Environment
Professor Dávila June 7 - June 18, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Topics in American Religious History
Professor Nordbeck June 7-18, 9:00 am - noon

Unitarian Universalist History
The Reverend Mr. Harris August 21 - 27 at Ferry Beach Camp and Conference Center

Engaging the History and Legacy of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement
Dean Nienhuis July 5 - 17, the trip portion “down south” is July 10-17

The Theology of Paul
Professor Lee June 7-18, 9:00 am - noon

Backstories: A Thematic and Theological Overview
Professor Mobley June 7-18, 9:00 am - noon

Narrative Therapy: A Generative Resource for Pastoral Care
Dr. Perry
On June 1 the class will meet 9:00 am to 11:50 am and 2 pm to 4:50 pm; June 2-4 and 7-11, it will meet 9:00 am to 11:50 am

Leading for the Future
The Reverend Dr. J. Jones ELearning course - May 24 - July 2

Love and Compassion Across the World Religions
Dr. Gubbins ELearning course - May 24 - July 2.

Sign up now for Summer Courses!

Please forward News from The Hill to your friends and fellows! Let us know of new happenings in your life, keep your contact information current, and share with us your thoughts and prayers.

We are available to come speak with your Mission Committee, at faithful gatherings, meetings of pastors, and congregations who are interested in our work educating ministers, theologians, and those who serve in the parish and beyond. Please contact me, I am at your service!

Thankfully yours,


Rev. Devon L. Bates, Director of Community Relations
Andover Newton Theological School

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Honorary Walkway

Current Prices Expire: March 25, 2010

Join us for the dedication of the new walkway at Convocation and Alumni Day on May 20! Once the walkway is laid, the costs for placing new engraved bricks will increase as blank bricks will be replaced with new engraved ones.

Buy your brick by March 25 to see it laid in May! or call Katya Dreyer-Oren at 617-964-1100 ext. 206