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Your gateway to Seminary news, information, and educational opportunities, and access to your virtual meeting place for Bethany alumni/ae!

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  • Bethany's Alumni/ae Association includes persons who are no longer enrolled as students and who have completed at least a year's worth of credits in a Bethany Seminary degree or training program. (This includes graduate, undergraduate, and non-degree program alumni/ae from Bethany Bible School, Bethany Biblical Seminary, Bethany Training School, the School of Sacred Music, Bethany Theological Seminary, and Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership Programs.)
  • Alumni/ae may enroll in Bethany's graduate or academy classes for continuing education. The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership administrates continuing education and awards continuing education units (CEUs). Alums who have earned a graduate-level degree may take graduate courses for credit by registering as occasional students. Application and enrollment fees are waived for alumni/ae.
  • Alums have the opportunity each year to elect persons to Bethany's Alumni/ae Coordinating Council. Three persons serve staggered three-year terms. They plan alumni/ae events and serve as an advisory group to the institutional advancement staff.

The Bethany Alumni/ae Coordinating Council

Current members of the council are: Tim Yoder, TRIM '12, Goshen, Indiana (term ends 2016); Becky Baile Crouse, MDiv '88, Warrensburg, Missouri (term ends 2017); Kay Gaier, MDiv '05, North Manchester, Indiana (term ends 2018); Brian Flory, MDiv '99, Fort Wayne, Indiana, alumni/ae representative to the board of trustees and ex-officio member of the Council (term ends 2019).



For more information, please contact:

Jenny WilliamsJenny Williams, Director of Communications and Alumni/ae Relations      765-983-1825


  Mark LancasterMark Lancaster, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement        765-983-1805  or  800-287-8822  x1805


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.