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President Ruthann K. Johansen of Bethany Seminary has announced the hiring of Shaye M. Isaacs as the executive assistant to the president. She began her duties on August 23, 2011.

A resident of Richmond, Indiana, Isaacs has worked with Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center in Richmond since 2006, most recently as director of development. Her roles and responsibilities at Wernle included management, fund-raising, donor relations, public relations, agency referral and placement, and administrative support. She is also the former president of Signs Express in Richmond.

Elizabeth KellerBethany Seminary announces that Elizabeth Keller, director of admissions, is resigning as of November 25, 2011. A master of divinity graduate of Bethany in 2008, she began serving the Seminary as interim director of admissions during her final year of study in 2007-2008. She has held the position of director of admissions since July 1, 2008.

Jenny WilliamsJenny Williams has been named director of communications and alumni/ae relations at Bethany Theological Seminary as of July 1, 2011.

Twenty Receive Degrees from Bethany Seminary

diplomaFamily and friends filled Bethany Seminary’s Nicarry Chapel on May 7, 2011, to recognize the achievements of twenty graduates. This 106th commencement for Bethany celebrated the largest graduating class at Bethany in fifteen years.

EYC Student Group 2011Six Church of the Brethren youth gathered at Bethany Seminary this summer for Exploring Your Call, held June 17-27. This unique program brings high school juniors and seniors together to reflect on their own faith, explore concepts of ministry, and form supportive relationships as they consider God's presence and call in their lives.

peace forum webcastBethany Seminary and Earlham School of Religion's (ESR) weekly Peace Forum gathering is growing! Not only are participants sitting on the floor because the room's 90 chairs are full, the crowd is gathering online. Peace Forum presentations can be viewed live or in archived form. Online participants in the live webcasts can even pose questions and comments to the presenter.

Presidential Forum -- April 13-14, 2012

Registration opens January 5, 2012

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Bethany Seminary’s board of trustees met March 25-27, 2011, for their semi-annual meeting at the Bethany campus in Richmond, Indiana. In addition to hearing reports from all areas of the Seminary and passing several action items, the board took time to reflect on Bethany’s role in the twenty-first-century church.

Brethren Academy Announces Launch of Spanish Language Ministry Training Track

BY CHERYL-BRUMBAUGH CAYFORDJulie Hostetter and Rafael Barahona
Director of News Services for the Church of the Brethren

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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.