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Almost 400 Tribes and Nations Contacted About Artifacts

Grace and peace to you from Andover Newton Theological School.

Special Service of Decommissioning for Chapel and Director

A sacred moment was shared at Andover Newton on May 20, a few hours before Spring Commencement, when the community offered a blessing of Adam Hearlson and a decommissioning service for Wilson Chapel. Community members offered memories. Tears were shed, and laughter was abundant.

Students Honored at Commencement

Andover Newton Theological School held its spring commencement on Saturday, May 20, at First Baptist Church in Newton. The following students received special honors at the ceremony:

Letter from President Martin B. Copenhaver on Andover Newton’s Native American Objects

May 10, 2017

Dear Members of the Andover Newton Community,

There continues to be media interest in our work to return Native American objects in the Andover Newton collection to the rightful owners under federal laws. So I want to take this opportunity to update you on our progress on that project, particularly in light of today’s New York Times story on the subject.

Brown, Mayor Walsh Write Op-Ed on Immigration

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Andover Newton alumnus the Rev. Jeffrey Brown (MDiv '87) wrote a compelling piece about their perspective on immigration for The Boston Globe, published May 8, 2017, under the headline "Boston won't turn its police officers into ICE agents."

An excerpt:

We do not yet know if President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven largely Muslim countries will be deemed legal. We do not need to wait, however, to declare it immoral and worthy of our outrage. The three “Abrahamic” faiths, including Islam, all include the mandate to welcome the stranger. This passage from Deuteronomy is but one example: “The Lord defends the rights of orphans and widows. He cares for foreigners and gives them food and clothing. And you should also care for them, because you were foreigners in Egypt” (CEV).

Mark Heim on Recent Border Crossing Excursion

New Development & Alumni/ae Officer Begins Feb. 6
Rev. Dr. Ned Allyn Parker received his BA from Hampshire College, his MDiv from Andover Newton (’10), and his DMin from Seattle University. The title of his doctoral project was Preaching to Belong: The Practice of Narrative Preaching as an Indicator of Authenticity in the Postmodern Church.
 
Faculty Couple, Son, to Move to Philadelphia

Andover Newton Theological School’s Dean Sarah Drummond has announced that Adam and Christy Hearlson, two cherished educators at Andover Newton, will move to Philadelphia at the close of the 2016-17 academic year. Sarah expressed excitement for the new opportunities Christy and Adam will pursue but also sadness over how much the family will be missed at Andover Newton.

Lead Time is a blog, curated by President Martin B. Copenhaver, chronicling this time of change in the life of Andover Newton.

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