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Speakers and Presentations Available to Come to Your Congregation or District

As a center for educational leadership in the Church of the Brethren, Bethany Seminary includes in its mission the extending of resources to people and places outside the classroom. By being present in district, congregational, and other group settings, members of the Bethany community can both provide venues for discourse and learning on important topics of faith and strengthen relationships among the Seminary and all institutions and individuals of the church.

 


Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults

Russell Haitch, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Institute
Rebekah Houff, Coordinator of Outreach Programs

The Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults provides intergenerational theological education for congregations and communities within the CoB and beyond. Six workshops are being offered to churches and districts, led by Bethany faculty and/or members of the Institute. Most workshops can be offered in time lengths from two hours to one day.

To schedule a workshop, please contact:

yya@bethanyseminary.edu     765-983-1809  (or 1-800-287-8822 x1809)
 

 


Lowell Flory, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement: Planned Giving Opportunities

Lowell welcomes invitations to speak to groups and individuals about opportunities to give to charitable organizations, including Bethany Seminary and the wider church, as well as about related topics such planned giving strategies, annuities, and estate planning. 

To schedule a presentation by Lowell Flory, please contact:

Lowell Flory, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
florylo@bethanyseminary.edu    765-983-1805  (or 1-800-287-8822 x1805)

 


** Additional Presentations will be Added as They Become Available **

--Please return to this page at a later time to see additional offerings!

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.