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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”


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.