Open, Welcoming and Affirming Statement
We declare ourselves to be an Open, Welcoming and Affirming theological school, welcoming into the full academic, business and community life of our School persons of every race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, and faith tradition. We are committed to model Christian faith that works toward openness and understanding, offering justice, healing and wholeness for all people. We believe that through our embrace of diversity and meaningful engagement of the other we can all grow in our self-understanding as children of God. From this place we believe we will be better able to practice our faith and fulfi ll our mission to empower church leaders as transformative witnesses of God's abundant grace and love for a broken world.
Andover Newton does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in administration of its admissions or educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, other School-administered programs, or in employment. The School complies with the amended Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Inclusive Language Policy Statement
Language describing the divine is always inadequate and will often differ because of culture, theology, and/or denominational ties. Language about God should, however, be both mindful of and refl ect the diversity and richness of God's nature and creation.
Language both mirrors and constructs social reality, often intentionally or inadvertently determining who is included and who is excluded from important conversations. For this reason, the Andover Newton Theological School community expects its members to listen to and use language that recognizes and promotes the worth, dignity, and image of God in all persons. This will involve paying particular attention to our language in written assignments, classroom discussions and presentations, and in other public settings, including chapel.
Other School Policies
The School also has adopted policies on sexual harassment, student grievances, student discipline and Internet use, all of which are published in the online Student Handbook available on the School's Web site.
For current information and updates to information included in this document, see the Student Handbook section of the Andover Newton web site.
Updated May 11, 2007