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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
     webmaster@bethanyseminary.edu

 

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.