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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.

Peace Forum is a weekly lunch and speaker series focusing on diverse peace and justice topics. Students and faculty from Bethany Seminary, ESR, and Earlham College, and interested persons from the Richmond community join together each week over a free, delicious lunch and rich conversation. This is the only weekly gathering where these communities come together to share food and friendship and discuss matters of faith and intellectual pursuit. 

daniel hunterLive and archived webcasts of Peace Forum allow students in Connections and Access--Bethany and ESR's growing distance education programs--to participate in Peace Forum. Making Peace Forum accessible to students from a distance also opens doors for MDiv Connections and MA Connections students to pursue a Peace Studies Emphasis through Bethany's MDiv program. “Accessibility is essential as we build cultures of peace. We are delighted to have people joining us online for Peace Forum – we just wish they were here to enjoy the delicious lunch and rich conversation!” said Anna Lisa Gross, Bethany's Peace Studies Student Coordinator.

For more information about Peace Forum, contact:

Scott HollandScott Holland, Professor of Peace Studies and Cross-Cultural Studies
     hollasc@bethanyseminary.edu        765-983-1814


For details about the Peace Forum webcasts, contact:

Enten EllerEnten Eller, Director of Electronic Communication
     enten@bethanyseminary.edu         765-983-1831


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."