Andover Newton Alumni/ae Convocation Schedule

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

8:30 am: Registration and refreshments - Sarah Smith Gallery [Entry in Front of Bookstore]

8:30 - 10:00 am: Tours of the Sterling Quadrangle Sarah Smith Gallery [Entry in Front of Bookstore]

Alumni/ae and Development Officer, Ned Allyn Parker (MDiv ’10), and current Andover Newton Seminary Students will give tours of the quad to orient new and returning visitors to the layout of the building. The tour will include a brief history, as well as areas of the campus where Andover Newton artifacts can be found.

10:00 - 11:30 am: Welcome and Opening Convocation Worship (Marquand Chapel) Robert Pazmiño speaker

Worship will feature Prof. Bob Pazmiño speaking on our theme for the day. We will also hear from current Andover Newton students and faculty members.

11:30 - 12 Noon: Break and Networking

12 Noon -1:00 pm: Andover Newton Alumni/ae and Trustee Lunch - Old Refectory- NE Wing

1:00 - 1:45 pm:  Alumni/ae Association Annual Business Meeting and Spirit of the Hill Award - Old Refectory - NE Wing

1:45 - 2:00 pm: Break

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Workshops

  • Writing for Church and BeyondMartin Copenhaver ’80 M.Div. - S223
  • Leadership and Belonging – Sarah Drummond - S117
  • Testimony: The Gift of Witness for Community—Mark and Melissa Heim - S212
  • The Bible as God’s Autobiography—Gregory Mobley - S202
  • Writing Our Spiritual Memoirs – Bob Pazmiño - S104

3:30 - 3:45 pm: Break

3:45 - 5:00 pm: The Andover Newton Seminary Experience - Great Hall (N100)

Join current Andover Newton Seminary students, faculty, and administrators for this conversation about the Andover Newton experience at Yale Divinity School. Hear more about the new academic program, and take the opportunity to ask questions about what Andover Newton is up to as we settle into our new home.

5:00 - 5:30 pm: Break

5:30 - 6:00 pm:  Reception - Common Room, 2nd Floor (N226)

6:00 - 7:30 pm: Andover Newton Banquet - Common Room, 2nd Floor (N226)


Writing for the Church and Beyond” – Martin B. Copenhaver

In this workshop Martin Copenhaver (President of Andover Newton and a prolific author) will help participants reach wider audiences for their writing.  Topics to be addressed include: the ways in which writing can be an extension of one’s ministry; how to break into publishing; how writing done for the church can find a wider audience; opportunities to improve your writing; the various media that can be used; the myths about publishing that need to be debunked and the key strategies to keep in mind.

Leadership and Belonging” – Sarah B. Drummond

In this new era of tribalism, many of us worry that factions are tearing our communities apart. And yet the desire to belong to something greater than ourselves can also bring out the best in ourselves and others. How can leaders mobilize the human desire to be known and understood into a force for good? Blending social theory on tribalism and theological perspectives on community, Sarah Drummond will commend particular practices that cultivate a “tribe” that blends love for tradition, the satisfaction of belonging, and radical welcome.

Testimony: The Gift of Witness for Community” – Mark and Melissa Heim

Testimony is a key part of our tradition in congregationally ordered churches, in terms of internal governance and in terms of our face toward the world. It is also a spiritual practice that is helping to revitalize contemporary congregations. In this workshop, Mark Heim will review the importance of this feature in the distinctive Christian traditions Andover Newton represents and Melissa Heim will share the role it plays in the new worship and community life the school has been developing at Yale, in our Emmaus evenings.

The Memoirs of God: The Bible as Divine Autobiography” – Gregory Mobley

In keeping with the theme of Andover Newton Seminary’s 2018 convocation, “In the Beginning was the Word: Memoir as Spiritual Practice,” join Professor Gregory Mobley for a workshop that traces, with faith and imagination, the inner life of God as revealed in the Old Testament. Such a perspective is hardly new; for centuries Jewish mystics read the Torah as the log of a fantastic voyage inside the divine mind. 

 “Writing Our Spiritual Memoirs” - Bob Pazmiño

We will share spiritual memories and first glimpses of God with neighbors in the session and practice the actual writing and reading of them in our time together. Suggestions will be shared to guide our writing on spiritual themes. Please bring preferred instruments (paper, computer) for your writing.

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