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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 Wollam-Berens
(MDiv Connections)

MattIsaiah 55:1-3
"Everyone who thirsts,
come to the water . . .
Why spend your money
for what is not bread,
and your labor for that
which does not satisfy?"

For me, discovering Bethany was like finding a stream of living water in the desert. Jesus walked out of the desert after being baptized by his cousin John and proclaimed, "Reform your lives, the Kingdom of God is here!" And then he called his first disciples. He did not first make them recite a creed, he did not give them dogma, or theology. He simply said, "Follow me."