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Webcast: "Making Peace Where the Wild Things Are"

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This event is now over.  However, a recording of the session is available upon request
--contact Enten@bethanyseminary.edu for details!

"Making Peace Where the Wild Things Are" was presented by professor Scott Holland, professor of peace studies and cross-cultural studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, in celebration of his promotion to full professor. Dr. Holland's presentation was recorded in Nicarry Chapel, and is available for later viewing by the public.

Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. Scott Holland

The lecture focuses on Holland's work with the World Council of Churches' Decade to Overcome Violence initiative, which has included planning and participating in international conferences in Africa and Asia. A third conference is planned for Kingston, Jamaica in 2011. A number of articles and books for which Holland is author or editor are evolving from this work, including How Do Stories Save Us? An Essay on the Question with the Theological Hermeneutics of David Tracy in View, and In Search of Peace.

Holland began his tenure at Bethany Seminary in 1999, having previously taught religion and peace studies at Westminster College, Carlow College, Duquesne University, and Ashland Theological Seminary. After receiving a master of arts degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, he earned a doctorate in theology from Duquesne University.

Holland is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and has pastored both Brethren and Mennonite congregations. As a writer and lecturer, he is well known in the areas of public theology, peace studies, and Christianity and culture. Holland’s cross-cultural work often takes him to Nigeria with seminary student groups and as an educator and preacher in collaboration with Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN). Over the past two decades, Holland has been published in a variety of books and professional journals and has presented at many conferences of the historic peace church denominations.

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.