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Pre-Forum Gathering 2013

The tradition of welcoming Bethany alumni/ae and friends back to campus for fellowship and interaction with faculty, staff, and students continues with the 2013 Pre-Forum Gathering. Drawing on both historical and contemporary contexts, faculty presentations will speak to the presence that scripture has in human experience. The event will begin with dinner and fellowship on Thursday, April 4, and continue through Friday, April 5. Attendees can earn 0.5 continuing education units for the Gathering.

The Pre-Forum Gathering is sponsored by the Bethany Seminary Alumni/ae Coordinating Council: Nan Erbaugh, MDiv 2008; Rhonda Pittman Gingrich, MDiv 1998; Kerby Lauderdale, MDiv 1968; and Dana McNeil, TRIM 2004.

 

Thursday Evening

The Pre-Forum Gathering begins with dinner, followed by worship led by Bethany's Student Leadership Team, and then a coffeehouse and dessert.  Attendees are invited to participate in the coffeehouse: skits, musical numbers, readings, and other entertaining demonstrations are welcome! A digital piano will be available. (Please contact Jenny Williams, director of communications and of alumni/ae relations, if you would like to participate: 765-983-1825 or willije1@bethanyseminary.edu.)

 

Friday Morning and Afternoon Sessions

  • “Awaken to the Word Within: Engaging Scripture for the Soul of the Pastor”
    Amy Gall Ritchie, Director of Student Development
     
  • "When the Flesh becomes Word: On Pietists, Poets, and Other Romantics"
    Scott Holland, Professor of Theology and Culture
     
  • “Retelling the Story: Narrative in the Old and New Testaments”
     Michael McKeever, Adjunct Professor in New Testament Studies for Bethany Seminary;
           Professor in Biblical Studies at Judson University
     Gene Roop, President Emeritus of Bethany Seminary,
           Adjunct Professor in the DMin Program at Anderson University
     
  • "Biblical Narrative in the Age of Electronic Communication"
    Enten Eller, Director of Electronic Communication

 

John Smith
(MDiv Connections)

classMy wife Barbara and I first visited Bethany in June 2009. After spending two days meeting with faculty and staff I returned home even more uncertain. Did I really want to devote the time this program required? Was I willing to learn computer skills that didn't even exist when I finished college in 1972? Was I willing to make the eight-hour drive that would occasionally be necessary? Was this really what God was calling me to do at this time in my life? From the very beginning, I came as I am, but went not as I came. Little did I know how this Bethany tag line would time and time again ring true for my educational experience.