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Bethany Donors - Stories and Testimonies

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Donor BricksStories about Regular Current Donors

What is the meaning of stewardship, and how can we become more intentional about it?
    -- Curtis Dubble

Speed, dedication, commitment
    -- the Hornish family




Establishing an EndowmentDonor Bricks

Forward vision through an endowment
    -- Eula Fyock


Planned and Deferred Giving

Testamentary gifts through a revocable living trust
    -- Forrest and Della Groff

Charitable gift annuities plus estate plan in a will
    -- Dayton and Ada Faye Root


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.