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Carrie EicklerCarrie Eikler has been named the new half-time coordinator of the TRIM and EFSM Ministry Training Programs at the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. She will begin her duties on February 1, 2014. The Brethren Academy is a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary.

“Living Love Feast” was the theme of the sixth Presidential Forum held at Bethany, featuring Shane Claiborne, Ruth Anne Reese, Janet Walton, and Ted Swartz. Forum guests reflected on ways of experiencing love feast.

Students in classBethany Seminary is seeking a part-time project director with education and experience in financial planning and program implementation to fulfill the aims of a grant received from Lilly Endowment Inc. This appointment will be renewed annually for up to three years.

DiverNext summer has a special event in store for jr. high students: Immerse! will bring youth who have completed seventh, eighth, and ninth grades together to share questions, experiences, and ideas about faith, all within a community of friendship and support. Sponsored by the Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults at Bethany Seminary, Immerse!

Bethany Seminary has received a grant of $249,954 as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. Bethany is one of sixty-seven theological schools across the country to receive this funding.

Bethany Theological Seminary will welcome prospective students to ENGAGE on Friday, November 1, 2013. Now in its sixth year, this campus visit event is designed to both provide students with practical information about enrolling in seminary study and to include them in seminary activities and experiences.

Campus guests will take part in worship, interact with a panel of current students, attend class, meet with faculty, and be informed about the admissions process, all with encouragement for each participant to continue discerning the path to which they are called.

Bethany Theological Seminary is encouraging seminary and graduate school, college, and high school students to think creatively about peacemaking and to share those thoughts for the greater good. The Bethany Peace Essay Contest is being reinstated this coming January as part of the peace studies program at the Seminary.

Russell HaitchOn Saturday, October 26, Russell Haitch presented a professorial lecture at Bethany Seminary, commemorating his promotion to full professor of practical theology. Free and open to the public, the lecture began at 7:15 pm (EDT) and was webcast.

David FitchOn Tuesday, October 22, Bethany will host Dr. David Fitch during his speaking tour on “Leadership for a Prodigal Christianity." Held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Nicarry Chapel, this workshop will focus on mission in a post-Christendom context, including ways that Anabaptist thought and practice are poised for our time.

High school juniors and seniors are invited to Colorado State University next summer for Explore Your Call, July 15-19, 2014. Sponsored by the Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults at Bethany Seminary, this event is being held the week prior to National Youth Conference, also at Colorado State. Interested youth will be able to attend both events, and EYC staff will connect participants with their youth groups as they arrive for NYC.

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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.