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News from the Hill Spring 2010

Let your faith grow



View from the Hotseat.........................................1 “I give to Andover Newton Message from the President................................2 because, over 30 years ago, it gave Interfaith Learning Update.................................3 me a strong foundation for parish Building Peace, Piece by Piece...........................4 ministry. I continue to be grateful for all that I learned on the Hill, for all Faculty and Alumni/ae News.............................5-6 the encouragement to get off the Hill Andover Newton Goes to Hawaii......................7-8 and start doing ministry, and for an Border Crossing.....................................................9 intentional community where being a Community Relations Update............................10 woman called to ordained ministry was Spring 2010 Convocation Schedule...................11 not an oddity.� ~ Lorain Giles, Class of 1977 Spring 2010 Convocation Registration Form...12 Michael Delfino Retires.......................................13 Why do you give to Andover Newton?............14

View From The Hotseat Dear family and friends of Andover Newton,

Warm greetings from the cold Hill! While the winds are chilly and the ground is covered with snow, our hearts are warmed and our spirits are high as we continue the work of preparing the next generation of spiritual leaders for our world. What more important task could we undertake? We are grateful to each of you who has shared with Andover Newton the blessings you have received, so that we might pass them on in the form of scholarship aid to a needy student struggling to prepare to answer his or her call. We appreciate how resources have diminished for all of us, and are all the more grateful for the gifts that faithfully continue to come our way. You are maintaining the legacy of support begun by the first graduates of Andover and Newton which enabled YOU to study here with the lowest possible fees. Now your help holds up yet another class. This is a very meaningful way of passing the peace which is not measured by size but by intention. It was my great joy to travel to Hawaii to visit two alums of Andover Newton in their churches in Hilo on the island of Hawaii. Their stories, plus news of other alums, follow on these pages. We encourage you to send us YOUR news for future newsletters. This publication is for and about you! Our Andover Newton family is flung far and wide and we need help in gathering in information of celebrations, concerns, transitions and epiphanies. Yours faithfully,

Priscilla C. Deck, PhD Vice President for Institutional Advancement


Message from the President

Friends: I have the privilege of hearing from the wide Andover Newton community on a regular basis. Near and far, everyone is sensing the historic moment in which we find ourselves, and I am enormously grateful for all the prayers and good wishes. It is an exciting time as Andover Newton seeks to chart a course for the future of theological education. I am mindful of the fact that 200 years ago this spring, Adoniram Judson was handed his diploma and courageously headed off to do remarkable things in Burma/Myanmar. Not long after Judson, Samuel Worcester answered a call to work with the Cherokee Indians and his courageous ministry not only resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision that protects Native American rights, but Worcester ended up writing what has become the Cherokee national anthem. That faith-filled calling of folks like Judson and Worcester is as alive here on the Hill as it was 10 generations ago. One cannot but be inspired (and humbled) by the stories of the women and men who bring us their calling and ask us to prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of ministry in the 21st century. Imagine, that in this day and age, there are still scores of people who walk up the old “Institution Hill,” leaving behind lucrative careers, to say as Isaiah did so long ago, “Here am I, send me.” Our responsibility is to provide them with the best possible preparation for that calling and in 2010, we can’t assume the way we have done it in the past will be adequate for what lies ahead. That’s why our faculty has completely redesigned our curriculum, and in the process pioneered one of the nation’s first fully competencybased programs. Not only have we named the insights and skills we think are essential for transformative ministry in the 21st century, but we have designed our curriculum so that we can measure the outcome of our work at the point

of graduation, 1 year out, 3 years out and even 5 years out. We realized, though, that a new curriculum isn’t enough. We needed to examine the entire way in which we do business, so we can offer a sustainable vision and enterprise for this great school that will reach long into the future. Today we are hard at work examining new ventures and partnerships. We are encouraged by what’s developing and hope to be able to share more with you in the near future on this. Stay tuned! In the meantime, we ask for your prayers and continuing generous support. We need you now, more than ever.

Rev. Dr. Nick Carter President

Interfaith Learning Update Contact:

The world is calling for leaders who can speak authentically to their own faith communities while also forging bonds of mutual regard across faith lines. The Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) continues to pose questions about how seminaries and rabbinical schools can best prepare future religious leaders for this dual role. Here are some recent highlights and upcoming opportunities: •This semester, in the classroom, every Wednesday evening, Professor Greg Mobley (Andover Newton) and Rabbi Or Rose (Hebrew College) lead Jewish and Christian students through a careful text-based exploration of The Song of Songs. •In our CIRCLE fellowship program this week we welcomed Maggie Herzig from the Public Conversations Project (http://www. ). She talked about skills involved in fostering dialogue across divides. We explored the impact of stereotyping and polarization on the health of our communities and how we can help heal the inevitable breaches that arise in our community life. •Our work has been highlighted on the newly revised BTI website: www.bostontheological. org and in their upcoming Spring 2010 magazine dedicated to interfaith. To request a copy, email:

conference schedule or to register for particular sessions, contact Marian Simion at the BTI: btioffice@

Jennifer Peace, Ph.D. Managing Director, CIRCLE Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education @ Andover Newton Theological School & Hebrew College 617.831.2405

2009-2010 Luce fellow Tamar Grimm articulated her sense that just as we are impacting each other’s formation as individuals, we are also impacting the institutions. “As I described the CIRCLE program to prospective students, it occurred to me that Hebrew College and Andover Newton are themselves a kind of chevrutah, challenging each other and supporting each other’s continued growth. Interfaith work on the campus of these two theological schools is about much more than just increasing our understanding of each other. The Talmud describes a good chevrutah as ‘iron on iron’ -- the coming together of two solid, strong people who can spark new ideas and sharpen each other. As institutions that train religious leaders, the collaboration and dialogue between the two seminaries has this effect of ‘iron on iron’-- both on the institutions themselves and on the individual students within them, placing Hebrew College and Andover Newton on the cutting-edge of religious leadership training.”

•As we come to the end of our second We continue year, CIRCLE is hosting, along with the BTI to be amazed consortium, a national conference to ask: How and delighted do we effectively prepare committed religious by how this leaders with a deep interfaith understanding? A CIRCLE is remarkable group of scholars and practitioners expanding. from around the country will take up this Hebrew College President Daniel Lehmann question from April 13-16th on the campuses and Andover Newton President Nick Carter of ANTS and HC. For an overview of the enjoy a beautiful day on the Quad 3

Building Peace, Piece by Piece ANTS student Heather Annis led the congregation of St. Martin’s church in Providence in accomplishing a miracle. Through “participatory aesthetics,” a dedicated group developed a design for a large mosaic based on the mission of the church – Come as you are, grow with us in faith, go forth in peace – a design based, in Heather’s own words, “on a swirling collection of wheat sheaves, fish and doves, the motion of which implies that the faith journey is neither a linear progression from one step to another, nor one that takes place in isolation.” The project not only created a beautiful piece of functional art but also built community among the creators. Matt Kleyla, Colby Magratten, Eric Esposito, Jeana “The mosaic looms Whittredge, Heather Annis large [filling the atrium entry to St. Martin’s] because it represents both today and tomorrow for our parish,” says Heather. “Dozens of us, of all ages, sizes and capabilities, created something larger than ourselves as a gift to our church and representation of our beliefs.” Andover Newton is proud of Heather’s vision, tenacity, perseverance and Devon Bates; Heather’s father, Rod Annis; Heather Annis; and ministry through the arts! Mark Burrows following the dedication liturgy on Nov. 21

All members of the community participated!


The completed mosaic in the atrium of St. Martin’s

Faculty News


Mark Burrows was awarded a Wabash grant for his project “Borderlands of Imagination: Poetry as Catalyst for Theological Insight and Teaching.” Also invited to give the Foote Lectures in Ithaca, NY on “Momentary Stay against Confusion: The Call of Poetry in Prosaic Age,” Mark is a sought-after speaker, addressing the Boston Theological Society, the St. Botolph Club, the Kairos Center as well as Trinitarian Congregational Church and United Parish of Brookline. Sarah Drummond, Andover Newton’s Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Associate Dean of Faculty, recently published a book called Holy Clarity which is rapidly becoming an indispensable resource to religious leaders and pastors trying to program effectively and make evidenced-based decisions and revisions about existing programs. Published by the Auburn Institute, Holy Clarity was recently the basis of a workshop for experienced fundraisers at a conference sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools. “I give to Andover Newton because

Alumni/ae News

it’s my way of saying thank you. Thank you for a great education - both in and out of the classroom. I hope my ongoing support will help others have the same opportunity.” ~ Helen “Nell” Fields, Class of 2008

Karen Keating Ansara, D.Min. ‘91 and her husband have launched an extraordinary effort to help Haiti rebuild for a sustainable future following the tragic earthquake which devastated what little infrastructure existed. They have raised through a challenge grant over two million dollars, the majority of which goes to organizations addressing the immediate problems by building a solid infrastructure for the future. Karen is a strong believer in and exemplar of ministry to the laity, reaching out to our neighbors with focused aid to address their needs rather than assuage our consciences. Patricia Appelbaum, MAR ‘90 published a book Kingdom to Commune in March, 2009. Her book explores the roots of American Protestant pacifism, which developed as part of the peace movement following WWI. Appelbaum places the movement in the context of American religious, historical and social currents. You may have read about it in the lead review in Christian Century, January 2010. Patricia is an independent scholar, living and writing in Amherst, MA. Mary Lou Gifford, M.Div. ‘03 has published a new book, The Turnaround Church (The Alban Institute) based on the amazing transformation of her church in Quincy, MA. Four and a half years after taking the pulpit, Mary Lou has tripled Sunday attendance, grown the Sunday school and created a significant community presence for Wollaston Congregational Church. She has combated water damage, stagnation of programs, and dwindling attendance. Remarkably, she has reversed these trends. She chose four critical areas to attack: worship, stewardship, leadership and mission. Understanding the combination of loss, fear and grief that attends a dying church, Mary Lou worked skillfully to guide her congregation to a new sense of vision and hope. Her book describes this journey which, while not concluded, is solidly headed in a positive direction.


Alumnae Transition into Ministry

When the Rev. Liz Garrigan-Byerly ‘09 and the Rev. Stephanie Haskins ’08 graduated from Andover Newton, they challenged themselves to apply their education by participating in the Transition-into-Ministry program. They had both heard of the twoyear program while in seminary and knew that the experience would be invaluable. Not only would it be an opportunity to gain more knowledge but also it would be a supportive stepping-stone Rev. Liz Garrigan-Byerly ‘09 between seminary and full-time ministry. That stepping-stone is exactly what the Lilly Endowment was hoping for when it began the program in 1999. “Like all professions, the first years of a ministerial career are often challenging,” the Lilly Endowment’s website reports. “Young ministers must establish a new identity as pastor and develop the work and study habits necessary for providing spiritual leadership to their congregations.” The Lilly Endowment recognizes the difficulty in the transition from being Rev. Stephanie Haskins ‘08 a student to full time minister, finding mentors and peers outside of the comfort of seminary, building community and sustaining healthy habits and routines for life. “As a pastoral resident, part of my job is to be learning,” says Liz, who is currently serving as a Pastoral Resident at Wellesley Congregational Church. “While this is part of every pastor’s work, many do not have the structure or time so freely given as in a residency program. The various learning methods and styles that were part of my Andover Newton education have enhanced my ability to learn in this residency program. From traditional classroom to CPE,

from a border-crossing experience to leading morning chapel, these educational opportunities taught me to be flexible and curious about new and different experiences or perspectives.” Experienced pastors and congregations are taking on a new teaching role. The Alban Institute, a ministerial think-tank, writes, “These projects put the congregation at the center of the learning experience and return practicing clergy to a central teaching role, while making reflective practice rather than academic study the pivotal way of learning pastoral ministry.” When asked how it is different from their Field Education experience, Stephanie replied, “The difference … is the sense of immersion. In Field Education, you become part of the community, but you are part-time—you are a guest at someone else’s house. In a residency like mine, this is your home. It may be temporary, but for the time you have it, it’s yours. But while there is a difference between these two experiences, Field Education is a necessary building block. My love for ministry was shaped and formed inside the incubator of that community, and I feel grateful to have had such an amazingly formative experience there.” Stephanie currently serves as an Associate Minister at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa. Something both Liz and Stephanie have reflected on is the fast pace of ministry. “I think the frenetic pace of ministry in a large church is something I heard people talk about, but didn’t really understand until I was in it,” Stephanie said. “Certainly I took classes at Andover Newton that spoke about pace and self-care, but obviously the realities of full-time ministry in a program church were distant at that point. And it can be difficult in your first year to distinguish between the normal workload of ministry and doing so many things for the first time, and the energy and time it requires to do that.”

By: Ruth Edens, MDiv Special Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Andover Newton I was delighted to leave cold and snowy Boston for the warmer, fragrant climes of Hawaii on the 14th of January! The first Sunday I was in Hilo, it was my pleasure to visit the Ola’a First Hawaiian Church and Pastor Napua McShane Burke, ANTS ‘08. Located in the sacred Ola’a bird forest, source of the sacred feathers for Hawaiian chiefs, this tiny church has grown threefold under the careful guidance of Napua. As Napua had worked in the Admissions Office when she was at Andover Newton, I had gotten to know Ola’a First Hawaiian Church her a bit before she graduated. It was really a thrill to meet her again, as pastor of her own church. Before the service people greeted each other and chatted, hugged, laughed and truly rejoiced. Everyone came up to me to introduce themselves. Napua presented me with a beautiful maile lei. In ancient Hawaii, maile was considered a peace offering during battle. To this day, it Multilingual hymnals in the Ola’a First is one of the Hawaiian Church most popular leis. Napua had told me that they didn’t get many guest preachers at Ola’a First Hawaiian Church, so I felt especially honored to be invited to speak. Since the season was Epiphany and

the scriptures about recognition of Jesus, it wasn’t too hard to build a sermon around the importance of recognizing Jesus in one another, and encouraging those with a call to serve! I presented Napua with a stole purchased at the Andover Newton Bookstore and asked her to wear it in the knowledge that we all hold her in our thoughts and prayers. Everyone had ideas about what we should do while on Hawaii. We couldn’t do everything but we did go up to the Volcano at sunset. As long as the sun was above the horizon, the steam coming out of the active vent looked like smoke, the water particles refracted in the sunlight. But as the sun set, and the temperature dropped dramatically, we felt intense heat at our feet and startlingly cold air on our faces. The “smoke” turned blood red, as it now reflected the moving, molten lava inside the vent (this particular vent was imploding). It was primal and powerful. I couldn’t imagine being allowed to be so close to something that unpredictable and enormously Napua McShane Burke, ANTS ‘08, powerful back home. wearing a beautiful stole from the It ought to have Andover Newton Bookstore been a frightening experience. But it wasn’t. It was awesome, in the fullest sense of the word. The stars looked so close it seemed you could scoop them up with your hands. I felt God was very near, very present, and very powerful.

By: Priscilla Deck, PhD Vice President for Institutional Advancement 7

Crossing Oceans

While on the Big Island, we in rousing Christian songs. decided to visit some of the Although this church was six historical sites where missionaries thousand miles from Andover landed, worked, taught and were Newton, the words of the buried. I took the maile lei Napua Invocation made me think of our had given me and draped it over central commitments here: “Guide the sign for the Hoku Loa chapel us to value the diversity, the many dedicated to Henry Opukahaia, gifts, and blessings which come credited with providing great to us from around the world…. inspiration for the Hawaiian We pray with people of faith from mission movement. The chapel is every tradition that all people might hidden behind a ridge high above be free from hatred and violence… Punalu’u Black Sand beach but May we always welcome all Your faithful pilgrims manage to find brothers and sisters by the grace of Dr. Deck’s lei draped over the sign for it, as attested by a notebook full Your Holy Spirit.” the Henry Opukahaia Chapel of messages from visitors. I left a There was a gift of music and note on behalf of Andover Newton. dance enhancing worship. The Sakura Ensemble Nestled within the city of Hilo is the Church of the Holy Cross, pastored by Tom Olcott, ANTS ‘68. I was unable to meet Tom face to face as he had to leave suddenly to attend to some family business, asking me to take his pulpit. Entering the church on that Sunday, I was unprepared for the overwhelmingly warm and affectionate welcome I received. Everyone came up and introduced themselves and others. I immediately felt a part of the church family. At the beginning of the service, each guest was presented with a beautiful lei made by the ladies of the church. I received an Ola’a beauty lei – a rare and exquisite labor weaving tiny blue and purple flowers (Andover Newton colors!) into a lei nearly three inches in diameter. Although I have lived in Hawaii, I had never even seen this special kind of lei before. Before Ola’a beauty lei worship began, two ukulele players and singers led the congregation 8

featured a professional dancer, flutist, pianist and vocalist who offered interpretive music and dance on the theme of “Peace” during the anthems. Truly a joining of worship, theology and the arts!

I left the Big Island, feeling I had received far more than I gave, and reenergized in the work of building the resources Andover Newton The Sakura Ensemble needs to continue to send people out like Pastors Tom and Napua, to serve and be served by warm, welcoming congregations in churches near… and far. I came away with a new appreciation of the missionary movement as well. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an Andover Newton trip to Hawaii to trace the steps of the missionaries, and worship with our graduates guiding the spiritual life of today’s Hawaiian Christians! In the meantime, I hope you will all keep Napua and Tom and their flock in your prayers.

Border Crossing Professor Mark Heim and Dr. Hiutung Chan will lead an Andover Newton border crossing trip to China January 7-17, 2011. Dr. Chan is an Andover Newton graduate and the director of the Bridge and Dialogue program at Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre in Hong Kong. This trip is open to Andover Newton students as an intensive class, but also to trustees and alumni who are interested in this unusual opportunity to explore faith life in the new China. The primary focus of the trip will be to learn about the amazing developments in the Christian church in south China. A secondary interest will be interfaith relations, with special emphasis on Buddhism. For questions or further details, contact Prof. Heim at The cost of the trip is approximately $2,400, including airfare.

News From The Hill Produced by Andover Newton’s Office of Institutional Advancement Priscilla C. Deck, Vice President Devon L. Bates, Director of Community Relations Mary McKearney, Coordinator of Gifts and Records Katya Dreyer-Oren, Administrative Assistant Ruth Edens, Special Assistant to the Vice President Design by Katya Dreyer-Oren

Points of interest in the trip: •Tao Fong Shan—our beautiful mountaintop base for 3 days in Hong Kong •Giant Buddha/Po Lin monastery on Lantau Island •Visit to the Three Self Churches in Guangzhou •Visits to rural churches •Emergent church China style in the factories of Shenzhen •A retreat day on the China coast

“When I was going to seminary I had three jobs and was concerned about making payments for school. I figured I would have to withdraw until I went to the business office to find out that someone had anonymously paid my tuition. I have never found out who it was but I give to Andover Newton because somebody believed in me.” ~ August Woerner, Class of 1956


Community Relations Update

Dear friends, As I travel around, meeting alumni and visiting churches, sharing news about what is happening here on the Hill, I am mindful of our 200 yearold history, educating succeeding generations of religious and spiritual leaders. If your church or study group would like a guest speaker, or guest preacher, or just a low-key visit, please keep us in mind. I am at your service and ever grateful for your support. Over the past few months, we have been preparing a special Alumni Day, Convocation and Commencement weekend for you. Here are some of our plans: We start out on Thursday, May 20 with a panel of our reknowned faculty sharing insights on their work towards 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 be sharing experiences from her trip to Zimbabwe.

At noon, we dedicate the Andover Newton Honorary Walkway and celebrate our past through the engraved bricks that honor our heritage. At lunch, we will honor this year’s Spirit of the Hill awardee, Horace Seldon, from the class of 1956. Horace has been instrumental in the National Park Service’s recognition of Black History in Boston. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association will give the keynote speech “The Challenge of Liberal Religion in the 21st Century” and President Nick Carter will deliver his address. Following lunch are workshops prepared by our own faculty and

guests. Then, the fun ramps up at the President’s Reception, and we will journey down to the T to get to Fenway and the Red Sox game. If you haven’t reserved your tickets, do so soon as we will certainly sellout! GO SOX! On Friday, May 21, Horace Seldon will lead a Black History Walking Tour of Boston. Details to join the tour will be posted on our website and provided at Convocation. In the spirit of sacred hospitality, a special Faculty, Alumni, Graduates, Students and Family Barbeque is planned for lunch. Later that evening, don’t miss the Baccalaureate Service in Eliot Church UCC at Newton Corner. Saturday morning, May 22, before Commencement, we are offering a Drop-In Brunch where family and friends can gather before the ceremony. The keynote will be President of the Luce Foundation, Michael Gilligan. So we hope you can join us, we look forward to catching up on your news and remembrances. Please keep in touch! Thankfully yours, Rev. Devon L. Bates Director of Community Relations 617-831-2404, or

“After being called to my first church position, I decided to treat Andover Newton like I would ask our members to treat our church - by giving regularly. So each month I have written a check and mailed it. They haven’t been large, but they have been regular. And I don’t want to do it electronically or annually. When I write the check each month, I remember my ANTS experience, and that has been very important for me over the years. I would encourage every graduate to do this. I give to Andover Newton because it is a way to pay back not only some of the cost of my three years there, but to keep alive an important part of my life and make a difference in someone else’s life.” ~ T. Floyd Irby, Jr., Class of 1971 10

Convocation and Alumni Weekend 2010:

Healthy Communities, Healthy Lives Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Thursday, May 20th 10 am Wilson Chapel: Registration Campus, media center and chapel tours

11 am Join Andover Newton in its first annual trip to Fenway Park! If you 12 noon are an alum, student, faculty or staff, you can reserve up to TWO TICKETS to watch the Red Sox take on Minnesota! 3 pm

Faculty Panel – Come hear Andover Newton professors discuss their current projects Unveiling of the new Walkway and Lunch UU UU UU

President Carter’s Address Spirit of the Hill 2010 Award Winner: Horace Seldon ’53 ( Keynote: Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association “The Challenge of Liberal Religion in the 21st Century” (

Workshops UU UU UU

Rev. Paul Clayton: “Called for Life: Finding Meaning in Retirement” Andover Newton Professor Sarah Drummond: “Getting a Life: Young Adult Ministers, Post-Seminary” Others (to be announced)

4 pm President’s Reception and pick up your Red Sox tickets! 5 pm Groups take the T to Fenway for the Red Sox game

Friday, May 21st

10 am Black History Walking Tour of Boston, led by Horace Seldon

“I give to Andover Newton because they gave so much to me. I learned so much that I can hardly not give back to the source.”

10-12 D.Min. prospective student program, led by Admissions 12 noon Faculty, Alumni, Grads, Students and Family Barbecue 2-5 pm Hang-Out Lounge - Noyes Hall UU

Drop in! Visit with students, friends, grads, alumni, faculty and family!

7 pm Baccalaureate Service - Eliot Church UCC, Newton Corner 8 pm Baccalaureate Reception

~Richard W. Baker, Class of 1993

9:30 pm Night Owls Reception (location to be announced)

Saturday, May 22nd

9 am-1 pm Family and Friends Drop-In Brunch 2 pm Commencement UU

Keynote: Michael Gilligan, President of the Luce Foundation

4 pm Commencement Reception


Convocation and Alumni Weekend 2010:

Healthy Communities, Healthy Lives REGISTRATION FORM

Number of tickets:

Thursday, May 20 Convocation and Alumni Day (free for 2010 grads!).......................................$50 Andover Newton Goes to Fenway.......................................................................$45 Includes the President’s Reception, an MBTA pass, and one ticket to the Red Sox game

(max 2)

Combination Convocation, Alumni Day, and Red Sox Game........................$80 Special discount package!

(max 2)

***note: there is a maximum of two Red Sox tickets per ANTS-affiliated individual***

Friday, May 21 Faculty, Alumni, Grads, Students, and Family Barbecue.................................$10 Come eat lunch with your family, friends, and professors! 2010 graduates eat for free!

Saturday, May 22 Family and Friends Brunch..................................................................................$5

Gather before Commencement with a special drop-in brunch, co-sponsored by the Student Association. 2010 graduates eat for free!

Reservations: $

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If you are registering for someone other than yourself, please write their names and addresses on the back of this sheet. Please cut out this form and mail it to: Convocation/Institutional Advancement, Andover Newton Theological School, 210 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, MA 02459 12

Michael Delfino Retires After nearly 40 years and five Andover Newton presidents, Michael Delfino is leaving his post as Controller and heading for a playful retirement. Michael’s history with the school goes back longer than any other employee, and he is eager to retire his jacket and tie to go fishing with his wife. He will be sorely missed. Michael started out in the 1970s working the phones, plugging and unplugging those fabric-covered cords into a huge switchboard connecting calls between departments and to the outside world. Michael used to take great pleasure playing practical jokes on the staff and faculty while switching around calls. He was so good with the phone system, he has been the campus Go-To Phone Guy ever since. Many have seen Michael’s powerful Harley Davidson Roadking parked in front of Dabney. Some years ago, Rev. Ronny Lanier (now 90+) used to tenaciously peddle her sturdy, old-fashioned bicycle up the Hill. Giggling, she would tease Michael and ask if she could park her ride next to his rig. Parking her dainty bike next to the big Harley must have made quite the picture. When Michael started in the business office, there were no computers and everything had to be written by hand using layers of carbon paper. Every weekend Michael would hole up in his little room at home painstakingly handwriting all the students’ bills and all the school’s checks. Michael’s wife deserves all the credit, he says. She stood by him while he spent endless weekends working instead of spending time with her and their four lovely daughters. Michael’s expertise was recognized when President Carter tapped him to become the interim Vice President for Finance during the search for a new VP. “I didn’t want the job, but I was thrilled to be offered the interim position. Being one of the senior managers, above the day-to-day operations, was really interesting. It was great to work with people on that level,” he said. When he first came to Andover Newton, he says, “I was not one of the most likeable people here.” But over the years, we all know him for his trustworthiness and his great big heart. Whenever we had a problem, we’d go to Michael. He knew everything! Sadly, for us who remain, his departure leaves a sizeable hole. Good fishing, Michael! You will be missed! If you remember Michael and would like to share memories or stories, please contact the Alumni Office. Congratulate Michael yourself at the dedication ceremony of the Honorary Walkway, May 20 at noon. We will miss seeing Michael’s Harley Roadking outside of Dabney Hall

By: Rev. Devon L. Bates Director of Community Relations 13

Why do YOU give? After reading so many inspiring stories on why many of our alums give to Andover Newton, we hope you have been inspired to give as well! It is only with your support that many students are able to answer their call. Please tell us why YOU give, and let us know about any other important events going on in your life!

I give to Andover Newton because... __________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Gift amount: $______ Name: ________________________________

2010 Graduate

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Save these dates! Visit for more events and details. April 12, 2010 7 pm, Wilson Chapel “Beyond the Walls of Our Congregations” Nick Carter and Bill Sinkford dialogue on community ministry. Nick Carter is President of Andover Newton and Bill Sinkford is the former President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. April 14-16, 2010 Educating Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Leaders for Service in a Multi-Religious World – The American Seminary Context For an invitation and registration information, please contact or call: 617-831-2405. 14

May 1, 2010 1-5 pm, Wilson Chapel Now We Are One: Global Song in Local Worship, led by Patrick Evans May 20 – 22, 2010 Spring Convocation, Commencement and Honorary Walkway Dedication Ceremony (see page 11 for details) June 14, 2010 Andover Newton Media Center is proud to present “Media in Ministry”: a one-day workshop for churches, synagogues and nonprofit groups. Contact Bob Craigue, 617-964-2415/

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