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Bethany logoEach year on the third Sunday of September, Bethany invites congregations to remember its mission to educate spiritual and intellectual leaders for ministry by including Bethany in multiple parts of their worship services. Below, you will find resources to help prepare for this celebration of ministry education.

While several years of resources are available for your own comparison, please use resources indicated for the current calendar year, so that your worshippers receive the most current information. Thank you for celebrating Bethany and Bethany's mission with us!

 

BETHANY SUNDAY September 21, 2014

This year, your congregation is invited to celebrate Bethany Sunday on or around September 21, 2014. Here are resources that you can download and use or reprint (pdf format):

  • 2014 Prayer Calendars (a monthly guide to prayers for the mission and ministry of Bethany over the coming year)

BONUS: View the video of Bethany's Live Report from Annual Conference 2014!  (Feel free to share the link or show the video!)
     (Link to share:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2dZxkflkts&feature=em-subs_digest )

 


PREVIOUS YEARS' MATERIALS
 

Here are Bethany Sunday materials from previous years, should you wish to look back, compare, or see our progression!  (We suggest that you only use the current year's materials, however!)

 

BETHANY SUNDAY September 15, 2013

This year, your congregation is invited to celebrate Bethany Sunday on or around September 15, 2013. Here are resources that you can download and use or reprint (pdf format):

 

BETHANY SUNDAY September 16, 2012

This year, your congregation is invited to celebrate Bethany Sunday on or around September 16, 2012. Here are resources that you can download (pdf format):

 

BETHANY SUNDAY September 18, 2011

Your congregation is invited to celebrate Bethany Sunday on or around September 18, 2011. Here are resources that you can download (pdf format):

 

BETHANY SUNDAY September 12, 2010

Your congregation is invited to celebrate Bethany Sunday on or around September 12, 2010. Here are resources that you can download (pdf format):

 


If you would like additional information about Bethany Sunday, please contact:

Monica Rice, Administrative Assistant to Institutional Advancement
     and Coordinator of Congregational Relations

     ricemo@bethanyseminary.edu         765-983-1823
 

 

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.