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Thursday, May 20

  • 10 am
    Registration and Continental Breakfast (Wilson Chapel)
    Campus tours – Media Center will be open for recording memories
    Bookstore specials
    Meeting old friends
  • 11 am
    Faculty Panel (Wilson Chapel)
    A panel of our illustrious faculty will share insights on their work toward Healthy Communities, Healthy Lives
    Dean Herzog will speak on the New Testament,
    Professor Davila will share her work on ecumenical communities, and
    Dean Nienhuis will have just returned from a trip to Zimbabwe facilitating the restoration, reconciliation and reintegration of women incarcerated for domestic violence related offenses.
    Dr. Priscilla Deck, VP for Institutional Advancement will moderate the panel
  • 12 noon
    Dedication of the Andover Newton Honorary Walkway (Quadrangle)
    Celebrate our past through the engraved bricks that honor our heritage. Several families are dedicating bricks to many generations of graduates from the Andover and Newton seminaries as well as the present Andover Newton Theological School.

    President Nick Carter

    Horace Seldon ’53 will be presented with the 2010 Spirit of the Hill Award

    Horace is known as the founder of Community Change, an organization that addresses racism. He has taught at both Andover Newton and Boston College and worked with the National Parks Service to lift up the Black Historical Trail. He is widely known for his research on William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition Movement and his passion for justice.

    Annual Meeting of Alumni Association
    Remembering the Departed
    Election of Officers
    Changes to the By Laws

    Student Address: Ruth Edens ‘10

    Keynote: Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association

    "The Challenge of Liberal Religion in the 21st Century"
    America is in the midst of a historic demographic and cultural shift. While the appeal of progressive religious community is broad, its cultural expression has been very narrow. What must liberal ministry become in order to thrive in a new America?

  • 3 pm
    Workshops (Davis Classrooms)

    Sarah Drummond, Associate Dean of the Faculty & Assoc. Prof. of Ministerial Leadership
    “Getting a Life: Young Adult Ministers, Post-Seminary”

    How do young, just-graduated seminary students cope with student debt, tithing, and remaining faithful? How can they cope with separation from seminary and keep their faith, mission and calling in the big wide world? How does one continue to serve with lots of other competing demands, such as health care costs, debt and family? How does one balance life (and money issues) with faith after seminary?

    John Hamilton, M.Div. 2003, D.Min. 2010
    "Making Nothing Happen: The Necessary Uselessness of Ministry”

    As a pilot for next year’s planned Research Fair, John Hamilton has been selected by the D.Min. Committee and is honoring John for the quality of his project. John says: “It's actually a work that ends with great hope, so it's not arguing against ministry. Rather, it argues against doing it in a capitalist/consumer, market-oriented way.”

    Rev. Paul Clayton, Emeritus Pastor and Adjunct Faculty
    “Called for Life: Finding Meaning in Retirement”

    Discussing his second Alban book, Paul invites a range of respondents including current students, active clergy, as well as those folks contemplating retirement to discuss the call.

    Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom, Unitarian Universalist Minister and Author
    “A Modern Prayer Practice to Deepen Your Life”

    Can something as traditional as a prayer bead practice speak to the needs of a modern seeker who may bring a plethora of perspectives to this practice? Can something as personal and private bring an individual more deeply in touch with her or his community? This workshop will build upon Erik’s book, Simply Pray: a modern prayer practice to deepen your life.

  • 4 pm
    President’s Reception: Go Sox!

    The fun ramps up at the President’s reception where Nick will coach us on “becoming one” with Red Sox Nation. Red Sox fans will journey down to the T to get to Fenway for the game.

    The Hang-Out Lounge will be available for folks not going to the game. Come relax, sip iced tea, and nibble cookies while meeting old friends and sharing stories.

Friday, May 21

  • 10-11:30 am
    Boston African-American National Historical Site (Downtown Boston)
    Join National Park Service Ranger Horace Seldon ’53, for a guided tour of the Black Heritage Trail. The trail explores the history of the 19th century free Black community of Boston. It consists of 14 sites and begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street (directions will be provided on Thursday).
  • 10-12
    D.Min. Information Session (Wilson Chapel, Small Sanctuary

    Professor Sharon Thornton, D.Min. Committee Chair and Peg Carroll, DMin Admissions

    This session is for alumni/ae who are considering returning to ANTS for their DMin. It will focus on the DMin program as it has evolved and the Admissions process. The DMin program: its goals, prerequisites and application requirements will be discussed.

  • 12 noon
    Faculty, Alumni, Grads, Students and Family Lunch
    In the spirit of sacred hospitality, a special Faculty, Alumni, Graduates, Students and Family lunch is planned. Bring your family and friends, meet up with your professors and classmates, relax, take a tour of campus, visit the Media Center and get yourself on camera.
  • 2-5 pm
    The Hang-Out Lounge
    Come meet old friends and share stories while relaxing, sipping iced tea, and nibbling cookies!
  • 7 pm
    Baccalaureate Service (Eliot Church UCC, Newton Corner)
    This is a lovely service planned by the graduates that you won’t want to miss. A joy-filled celebration! Students requested Professor Greg Mobley as the guest preacher.
  • 8:30 pm
    Baccalaureate Reception (Under the tent on the Quad)
    Celebrate the graduates of the class of 2010!
  • 9:30 pm onwards
    Night Owl's Reception (Union Street Pub, Newton Centre)
    Let the celebration continue for the late night crowd!

Saturday, May 22

  • 9 am-1 pm
    Drop in Brunch
    Before Commencement, we are offering a Drop-in Brunch where graduates, faculty, alumni, family and friends can gather and assemble before walking (or driving) down to the Commencement ceremony at the bottom of The Hill.
  • 2 pm
    Commencement (First Baptist Church, Newton Centre)
    Kenote speaker is President of the Henry Luce Foundation, Michael Gilligan

For a registration form you can print and mail, please click here.

Mail your completed form to:
Convocation/Institutional Advancement
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Rd.
Newton Centre, MA 02459

Honor your graduating student, an alumnus or alumna, professor or pastor, with a brick in the Andover Newton Honorary Walkway! Click here for more.