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Forum 2013 Additional Information & Logistics

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Forum 2013 Additional Information & Logistics

 

Continuing Education Units

Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for those attending the 2013 Pre-Forum Gathering and Presidential Forum. Those attending the Gathering can earn 0.5 CEUs; those attending the Forum can earn up to 0.5 CEUs (Friday 0.1 CEU and Saturday 0.4 CEUs). Participants must attend all the sessions on a given day to receive CEU credit. The CEU fee for any or all of the sessions is $10. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form and include the CEU payment in your registration fee. CEU certificates will be distributed at the end of the Forum.

 

Lodging Options

Participants should make their own lodging and transportation arrangements. Blocks of rooms are being held at two Richmond locations for a limited time. Guests must state that they are with the Bethany Seminary Presidential Forum to receive special rates. For the Hampton Inn & Suites (765-966-5200), reserve by March 5. For the Best Western Classic Inn (765-939-9500), reserve by March 14. For a full list of lodging options in the Richmond area and distances to major airports from campus, see our Special Events Lodging and Transportation page.

 

Important Parking Information

Due to construction on the Earlham College campus, parking near the Bethany Center is limited. Visitors can park in the spaces in front of the building, on the streets surrounding the Bethany Center, or in designated Earlham College lots. From Highway 40 (National Road), turn in to the main Earlham College entrance just west of the Bethany Center and follow the signs for Forum parking.

 

About the Presidential Forums

The Presidential Forums were inaugurated at Bethany Theological Seminary in March 2008. Each Forum seeks to (1) develop substantive topics that thoughtfully and prophetically address issues of faith and ethics; (2) build community among Seminary students, faculty, church leaders, constituents, and the public; (3) give visibility to the Seminary for prospective students and donors through intellectual inquiry; and (4) enable the Seminary to provide visionary, educational leadership for reimagining the role of seminaries in public discourse.

Bethany Seminary is grateful for a generous grant in 2010 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to endow the Presidential Forums, which contributes to sustaining these important occasions for inquiry and dialog.

The 2013 Forum is also being supported by the Nancy Rosenberger Faus Endowment for Music Education and Performance and the Katonah Endowment for Faith and the Arts, both at Bethany Seminary.

Previous Presidential Forums

March 2008     “Hearing Scriptures of Peace”

April 2009       “Weaving Wisdom’s Tent: The Arts of Peace”

April 2010       “When Strangers Are Angels: The Spiritual and Social Movements of
                             Brethren, Friends, and Mennonites in a New Century”

April 2012       “Joy and Suffering in the Body: Turning toward Each Other”

 

John Smith
(MDiv Connections)

classMy wife Barbara and I first visited Bethany in June 2009. After spending two days meeting with faculty and staff I returned home even more uncertain. Did I really want to devote the time this program required? Was I willing to learn computer skills that didn't even exist when I finished college in 1972? Was I willing to make the eight-hour drive that would occasionally be necessary? Was this really what God was calling me to do at this time in my life? From the very beginning, I came as I am, but went not as I came. Little did I know how this Bethany tag line would time and time again ring true for my educational experience.