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NYC logoThe Church of the Brethren National Youth Conference's Monday morning, July 19 worship service has been recorded and can be viewed on the NYC page of Bethany Webcast Central. National Youth Conference is currently taking place in Fort Collins, Colorado, with nearly 3,000 persons attending. The Monday worship service features Kelsey Boardman from Modesto, Calif., and Renee Neher and Arbie Karasek, Lombard, Ill., winners of the NYC youth speech contest.

Bethany's Webcast Central includes recordings of major denominational events such as Annual Conference, continuing education opportunities for pastors and church leaders, and helpful seminars for congregations. Many webcasts are a joint venture of Bethany and the Church of the Brethren. For a complete listing of available webcasts, visit Bethany Webcast Central.

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.