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ENGAGE to Take Place at Bethany

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On Friday, November 2, Bethany Seminary will welcome prospective students to ENGAGE, an introduction to the Seminary’s programs and community life.  Coordinated by Tracy Stoddart Primozich, director of admissions, the day’s events include a number of opportunities for guests to interact with current students, faculty, and staff.

"Students consistently reflect that visiting prospective schools during their discernment process was an integral part of their decision to come to Bethany. Our ENGAGE visit day gives any who are thinking about seminary the chance to experience who we are and what we offer in exploring the study of theology.”

Highlights will include a variety of class session options, allowing participants to more fully experience the Seminary’s course offerings, faculty members, and teaching styles:

Tara Hornbacker, Professor of Ministry Formation
"Discernment as Spiritual Discipline"
Discover how discernment can be a lifelong practice, both personally and professionally.

Dan Poole, Coordinator for Ministry Formation
"Exploring the Golden Triangle of Ministry"
This session looks at the reality that ministry is based on TBD (Hint: it doesn't stand for “to be determined”). Come explore insights of a balanced approach to life and ministry.

Ken Rogers, Professor of Historical Studies
"Martin Luther and the Beginning of Protestantism"

Denise Kettering, Assistant Professor of Brethren Studies
"Monastics, Mothers, and Martyrs: Women in the Reformation"
Was the Reformation helpful for women or not? We will examine various roles that were ascribed to and assumed by women in the Reformation period.

Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm, Professor of Preaching and Worship
"Awesome, Playful Worship"
Worship calls forth our best theological conversations and playful ingenuity. Come discover some thoughtful, playful ways of creating meaningful worship services for all God's people!

Malinda Berry, Instructor of Theological Studies
"How Should We Live?: Theological Reflection on the Christian Life"
We often think about being Christian as believing certain things, but we also know that being Christian has something to do with how we live. In this session, we will put it all together.

Prospective student guests will also receive information on admissions and financial aid, take a campus tour, and participate in worship. For more information or to register, visit the Bethany website at www.bethanyseminary.edu/visit/engage.
 

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.