On May 16, 2013, the Rev. Veronica "Ronny" Lanier ('69) was presented with the 2013 Spirit of the Hill Award.
Ronny's service to the church has included 22 years of service as a guide and facilitator to American Baptist International Ministries missionaries who visit Massachusetts, 25 years as Minister of Education for the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, and interim ministry at numerous churches. She opened a mission house in Melrose in 1995 to provide a living space for visiting missionaries on home assignment in the Boston area.
Association of Andover Newton Theological School Alumni/ae Spirit of the Hill Award
On May 20, 2010, Horace Seldon ’53 was 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.
About the Spirit of the Hill Award
The Association of Andover Newton Theological School Alumni/ae seeks to recognize an alum who evidences in his/her ministry the capacity to fulfill the mission of Andover Newton Theological School and contributes to fulfilling the purpose of the Alum Association.
This will be a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School who, in faithfulness to his/her call, is a leader who demonstrates in his/her ministry one or more of the following:
- Devotion to the renewing of church and society through ecumenical witness and creative expression of the Gospel and commitment to enacting God’s ways of justice and love in the world;
- Faith and courage of liberating visions that compel them toward thoughtful, compassionate, and timely responses to cultural and religious conflict;
- Ability to respectfully cross borders within and across religious traditions and help others do the same, thus being repairers of the breach;
- Promotes fellowship among the ANTS Alums and demonstrates commitment to the mission of the school through his/her contributions of time and energy to the constituency of Andover Newton.
The recipient of this award will be selected by the Board of Directors of the Association. Nominations for the award may be made by any member of the Association or of the ANTS Faculty/Staff.
A Certificate of Recognition and a gift appropriate to the recipient will be presented in conjunction with Alumni/ae Reunions.