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LunchtimePeace Forum is a weekly lunch and speaker series focusing on diverse peace and justice topics. The Bethany Theological Seminary, Earlham School of Religion, Earlham College and Richmond communities join together each week over a free, delicious lunch and rich conversation. We gather from 12-1pm every Thursday in the Earlham School of Religion Dining Room (228 College Avenue). All are welcome!


How can there be a free lunch? We are grateful for a grant from the John Baker Endowment Fund that covers many of our expenses. Moreover, we all work together to provide devotions, lunch, and clean-up. We also welcome donations! Contact Karen Duhai to add your name to the volunteer list.


Online Peace ForumLive Webcasts and Recordings

Not on campus? Just log in as a Guest to the
Peace Forum webcast to participate live over the internet!

For those who cannot  attend in person, Peace Forum presentations are being webcast so those at a distance can participate live as it happens. Additionally, these webcasts are being recorded, and most presentations can be viewed later.

  • To participate live, simply follow the link above and login as a Guest.
  • To  access recordings of dozens of our previous sessions, visit our streaming video archive page of previous Peace Forum presentations.



Peace Forum Spring 2015 Schedule:

Feb. 5 - Scott Holland - Religion as a Source of Terror and Transformation

Feb. 12 - Lonnie Valentine - Cross Cultural Trip to India

Feb. 19 - Alex Cook & Crew - BDS Movement

Feb. 26 - Vineyard Central - New Monasticism, Economic Justice, and Theology of Place

Mar. 5 - Callif Keefe-Perry - Theopoetics and Peacemaking

Mar. 12 - Michael Burkle - Interfaith Dialogue

Mar. 26 - Preble Memorial Gardens - Green Burials

Apr. 2 - Nate Hosler - Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness

Apr. 9 - Laura Leavell - Blessed Earth, Seminary Stewardship Alliance

Apr. 16 - Christie Walkuski - Environmental Justice Teach-In

Apr. 23 - David Carlson - Conversations on ISIS

Apr. 30 - Dawn Daniels - Storytelling and Peacemaking 


To access the sessions you may have missed, visit Current Semester Peace Forum Sessions.

The complete Spring 2014 season is now available for viewing on the Previous Peace Forum Page!

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Contact Karen Duhai (duhaika@bethanyseminary.edu) or Scott Holland (hollasc@bethanyseminary.edu) if you have suggestions for Peace Forum topics and speakers!


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For further information regarding these webcasts, please e-mail contactus@bethanyseminary.edu.

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.