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Forum 2013 Full Schedule

 



Pre-Forum Gathering  
   
Thursday April 4, 2013  
5:00-6:00 pm Registration
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-7:45 pm Worship, Student Leadership Team
8:00 pm Coffeehouse and Dessert
   
Friday, April 5  
8:00-8:15 am Gathering Singing
8:15-9:30 am Session One: Amy Gall Ritchie
  “Awaken to the Word Within: Engaging Scripture for the Soul of the Pastor”
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45-11:00 am Session Two: Scott Holland
  “When the Flesh becomes Word: On Pietists, Poets, and Other Romantics”
11:00-11:20 am Break
11:20 am-12:00 pm Participate in Bethany-ESR Joint Chapel
11:45-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm Session Three: Michael McKeever and Gene Roop
  “Retelling the Story: Narrative in the Old and New Testament”
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-3:45 pm Session Four: Enten Eller
  “Biblical Narrative in the Age of Electronic Communication”
   


Presidential Forum  
   
Friday, April 5  
4:00-5:00 pm Registration
5:00-6:30 pm Dinner
6:30-7:30 pm Worship Plenary, Jan Richardson and Garrison Doles
  “An Extravagant Waste: Story in a World That Believes It Has Seen Everything”
8:00-8:45 pm Requiem, Earlham College Choral Department
   
Saturday, April 6  
8:30-9:45 am Gathering and Plenary, David Barr
  “It’s Not the End of the World: The Fantastic Story of John’s Apocalypse”
9:45-10:00 am Break
10:00-11:15 am Morning Workshops
11:15 am-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-1:45 pm Plenary, Tom Boomershine
  “Mark’s Story of Jesus and the Gospel of Peace”
1:45-2:00 pm Break
2:00-3:15 pm Afternoon Workshops
3:30-4:00 pm Closing Worship
   


 

 

Matt Boersma
Master of Arts

MattMy thesis began its journey while learning Hebrew at the University of Notre Dame, back when I was an employee in the Information Technology department. Among the many Hebrew texts read, it was the Song of Songs in particular that caught my attention. I knew that historically it had been interpreted as an allegorical text exploring God's love of Israel (or the church), but I had not encountered the deeply sensual nature of the images and the erotic tone of the text. Reading through the book, the unabashed sexuality of the words struck me as completely different than how the rest of the Bible treats sex. During the previous semester we had read selections of Ezekiel, where sex and female desire is cast as idolatrous and evil. In the Song, it is unashamed and extolled.