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                             2011       Enlarge the borders of your tent,
                                        and let the curtains of your
                           Theme        habitations be stretched out;
                                        do not hold back;
                                        lengthen your cords and
                                        strengthen your stakes.
                                                         - Isaiah 54:2




Practice bold love, radical hospitality, healing community
                                                               BSS Mission
                                                               The mission of Bible Study Seminars is to explore God’s purpose in our lives
                                                               through Bible study that follows Christ, that calls forth
                                                               1) deeper prayer,                         2) greater service,
                                                               3) more fulfilling relationships,         4) ever-renewing faith communities.

                                                               We seek to provide a bold, inclusive, creative, contemporary, and loving
                                                               witness of biblically grounded Christian discipleship and fellowship, through
                                                               academically and professionally excellent conferences, seminars, curricula,
                                                               and joyful celebratory experiences that support spiritual renewal and healing.




                       INTERVIEW with Dick Davenport
                       Executive Director of Bible Study Seminars

What is this year’s theme for Bible Study Seminars?                         How is this relevant today?
The theme text could not be more spiritually stirring and practically       Contemporary Christian thinkers are reflecting upon major shifts in
relevant.                                                                   western culture that – for the first time in more than 1500 years –
                                                                            will increasingly have many Christians living among neighbors and
“Enlarge the borders of your tent, and let the curtains of your             in a dominant culture that will not share, understand, or even be
habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords         sympathetic to Christian beliefs. Christians may feel like exiles among
and strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2                                    the people with whom they dwell (some report this to already be the
                                                                            case in parts of Europe).
Can you share some background on Isaiah and his message?
This prophet, known as Second Isaiah (chapters 40-55), prophesied           Second Isaiah speaks a message of comfort to such people, even
some time after First Isaiah (chapters 1-39). The times were different      as he raises up a vision that does not contract the faith, narrow it,
and so were the needs of the people. Conquered by Babylon, the “best        or practice it out of fear. When the exiles returned to Jerusalem, the
and brightest” Judeans had been taken to modern day Iraq to become          fear of failing to live faithfully, and thus inviting future disasters, (along
     “assimilated” (a conquering tradition of the Babylonians). It is       with social, economic, and political factors) drove some of them to
         thought Second Isaiah was speaking to this remnant group in        design a religious practice tightly framed by standards that stressed
           Babylon towards the end of their captivity there.                outward and observable standards of purity. Such a religious model
                                                                            would require “experts” to teach, judge, and correct. This gave rise to
            The prophet speaks as an exile talking to exiles about how      Pharisaical Judaism.
            to live as a faithful minority in an alien culture and how
           to nurture their hope and confidence that God would do a         Is this Old Testament lesson reinforced in the New Testament?
           “new thing” with His people when spiritual decline and the       It is. In the Gospels, Jesus does not emphasize the restrictive
             loss of distinctiveness seemed major challenges. Unlike        affections or the priority of outward correctness emphasized by Ezra,
              Ezra and Nehemiah, his message was not narrowed to            Nehemiah, or Pharisaical Judaism. Instead, his message and example
                an understanding of God and religious practice that         were more reflective of the counter-testimony of Second and Third
                           focused solely on the well being of those on     Isaiah, Ruth, Jonah, Micah, Job, and others. Jesus demonstrates this
                            the “inside of the tent” – who were Jews.       forcefully in his ministry by selecting models of faith that would have
                                   Second Isaiah spoke a message            been a severe reproach to the sensibilities of his audiences – models
                                    (in sync with the covenant God          such as a disreputable woman of Samaria, a Roman centurion, the
                                          made with Abraham) that           Good Samaritan (probably an oxymoron for his audience), a wayward
                                                   God desired for the      son, a tax collector, and a repentant prostitute washing his feet with
                                                   witness of Israel to     tears at a dinner party…to name but a few.
                                                   be a blessing for all
                                                   humanity and that        In Matthew 25 Jesus states that the way to follow him is not found in
                                                   they were to be a        the confession of a “correct understanding” but in loving practice. If we
                                                   servant people.          are content in our life and prayer to mentally see people in a correct
                                                                            way, but don’t strive to make our love perceptible to them in tangible
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(and even costly) expression, then our practice is not so much a             There are some people unable to come to the conferences,
demonstration as an imagination. Jesus said the only way to show             are you able to offer anything to them?
our love for him was to love, extravagantly, those who are “the least of     The development of our non-denominational Foundation Stones® Bible
these thy brethren” – the ones who can really do nothing for us in return.   study curriculum was to support those individuals interested in Bible
                                                                             study but unable to come to a conference. The curriculum also served
Great spiritual leaders, from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King,          to help those who had been at a conference continue to deepen their
Jr. have emphasized (as did Mary Baker Eddy) that the most spiritually       relationship with the Bible back home. Most of the groups around
mature were those who loved without thought of return, who tested            the country using Foundation Stones® began with someone who had
all prayers by how they resulted in loving one’s neighbor better and         been to a Bible conference and wanted to keep the fire of Bible study
becoming less self-entwined. That was reflected in how Mrs. Eddy             burning in their hearts as well as share it with fellow church members,
healed. In her own practice she did not use argument in her prayer           family, neighbors, and friends. We continue to publish new curricula on
but reached her patients through divine love. Her practice of teaching       additional books in the Bible.
her students to pray through logic and reason was to help them reach
that experience with Love that they were struggling to find – but never      Is there any possibility of local, weekend Bible conferences?
to be a substitute for direct, transformative moments with divine Love.      Higher Ground held several dozen of those from 2004-2009 in many
                                                                             cities and branch churches around the country, and we are looking at a
Bottom line: Jesus’ tent was HUGE, and he commanded that we                  design by which Bible Study Seminars could do likewise. Higher Ground
practice, as did he, radical hospitality as an outcome of bold love.         will continue to put on its Celebrate Marriage renewal weekends (one
Together these elements result now, as then, in a spiritual fellowship       at Cedars Camps in October of 2011) as well as offer other spiritual
that is a healing community.                                                 growth opportunities, but these upcoming weekend Bible seminars
                                                                             will be done under the organizational mantle of BSS.
“Radical hospitality” is on the cover of the brochure,
following “bold love.” What does bold love mean and how                      What is the difference between a conference and a seminar?
does it relate to the practice of being a healing community?                 A BSS conference will be several days with a greater variety of
The boldness of Jesus’ love is reflected in his identifying this singular    speakers, formats, and presentations. It will be a program where most
quality as the defining characteristic of what it meant to follow him. In    people will be at a destination location and staying several nights.
John 13:35 Jesus told his disciples that they would be known as his          Asilomar, Cedars Camps, and Crystal Lake Camps all provide such
followers by the love they had for each other. We have the historical        a venue.
proof that it was their love that set them apart in the eyes of those
who observed their lives and their community – not just their words.         A BSS seminar will be centered around cities where most attendees
Healings or miracles were common – or at least attested to – in              will be able to commute from their homes for either a one or two day
other religious traditions of the time, being more or less de rigueur        program. Seminars may involve as many as four speakers or as few
for the resumé of religious heroes in antiquity. But no other group          as one or two. At present we are seeking funding to make these as
had developed the love ethos or the wideness of the tent (to include         affordable as possible.
slaves and masters, Greeks and Jews, male and female). Thus the
recognition by many: “Behold how those Christians love one another.”

                                                                                        For more of the interview
Healing was happening everywhere, and it was an element of primitive
                                                                                          with Dick, and his book
Christianity. Mary Baker Eddy wrote that the preconditions for healing                   recommendations, go to
were not just thoughts about love but a willingness on our part “to                 www.BibleStudySeminars.com
learn” to bind up the broken-hearted. Then, as now, healing happened
as a natural outcome of this radical embrace of humanity and the
boldness to love – even to the sacrifice of things most precious (as                  Keep current with Dick’s
preached and demonstrated by not just Jesus but his disciples).                    thoughts and ministries by
                                                                               visiting his page on facebook.
Healing happens like an irresistible wake following a moving boat, a
                                                                                     You can also write him at
sign following the transformative work of the Comforter or Holy Spirit.       Dick@BibleStudySeminars.com

So how is Bible Study Seminars trying to practice this?
We are expanding our ministries, our audiences, our venues, and
enlarging our tent. In these initial efforts, we especially want to do a
better job of embracing those who are familiar with Mary Baker Eddy
but not presently involved in a church or faith community inspired by
her. There will be even broader embraces, in proper settings, to come.

Can you give some examples?
In 2009 we put on one Bible conference at Asilomar, as we had
done since BSS was formed. In 2010 we added a Midwest conference
and in 2011 we are adding still another conference in the Eastern
United States.
                          Speakers
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                                     Dick Davenport has a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University’s School of
                                     Theology, where he concentrated on primitive Christianity and church history.
                                     He served for two decades, on three continents, as a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force
                                     and then took early retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel to serve for several years as
                                     Dean of Students at Principia College. Dick is the Executive Director of Bible Study
                                     Seminars and became Director of its Asilomar Bible Conference in 2005.

                                     Madelon Maupin earned a Master of Theological Studies from San Francisco
                                     Theological Seminary. She leads regular trips to the Middle East and is a Trustee of
                                     the Crisler Library in Ephesos, Turkey. She is frequently published in the Christian
                                     Science periodicals, speaks widely on the Bible, and leads a dynamic and diverse
       “I loved the variety of       Bible study through her local branch church. She is a nationally known expert on
   speakers, the authenticity,       organizational leadership.
     humility, openness and
                                     Helen Mathis earned her Master’s degree in Biblical Studies at the Pacific School of
       honesty of each one.”
                                     Religion in Berkeley, California. For four years she was the Director of The Foundation
                                     for Biblical Research in New Hampshire – a philanthropy that offered Bible
                                     workshops for lay people and clergy of any religious background. Helen is the editor
                                     of the BSS Bible study curriculum entitled Foundation Stones®, and she teaches
                                     Bible in the Religion Department at Principia College.

                                     Mary Jane Chaignot received a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Luther
                                     Seminary in Minnesota. Author of a highly praised series on the Gospel of Mark,
                                     that ran for twenty-two months in The Christian Science Journal, she is also one
                                     of the primary researchers and writers for both The Researched Bible Guide and
                                     www.biblewise.com. Mary Jane runs an assisted living residence for adults.



                                     Virginia “Ginny” Stopfel received a Master of Arts in Bible Education from Andover
                                     Newton Theological School outside of Boston. For many years she was active
                                     in supporting the spiritual development of young people and she served as the
                                     supervisor of the public Bible Exhibit at the Christian Science Plaza in Boston’s
                                     historic Back Bay. Ginny has served as the Superintendent of The Mother Church’s
                                     Sunday School and is currently very involved in prison ministry.

                                     Ann Edwards has a Master of Theological Studies degree from the Emmanuel
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                                     College of Victoria University in Toronto, as well as a Master of Music Performance
                                     degree (Piano) from the University of Toronto. Currently chair of the Piano
                                     Department at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, she has served on its
                                     Board of Examiners for two decades. Soloing at her branch church, she is also a
                                     frequent contributor to the Bible Forum in The Christian Science Journal.


                                     Christa Kreutz has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Eden Theological
                                     Seminary. She has taught at Principia College as a visiting professor and is a regular
                                     contributor to The Christian Science Sentinel. She and her husband have three sons
                                     and they live in Elsah, Illinois.




                                     Deanna Mummert is completing her Master’s degree in Biblical Studies in 2011
                                     from Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. For many years she was an
                                     executive in the energy industry, leading energy acquisition teams. She then taught
                                     corporate ethics in the MBA program at Johns Hopkins University. Last year she was
                                     Chairperson of the Board for Lynn House of Potomac Valley – a Christian Science
                                     nursing facility in Virginia. She now makes her home in North Carolina.

                                     Susan Humble is currently enrolled in the Ph.D program in Biblical Interpretation and
                                     Early Christianity at Denver University/Iliff School of Theology. In 2005 she graduated
                                     with honors and the Presidential Award with a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies
                                     from Claremont School of Theology in southern California. She teaches Bible classes
                                     and writes for the Bible Forum in The Christian Science Journal. For 23 years she
                                     was a Vice President of Investments for Morgan Stanley.
“I was not only uplifted, but
permanently changed...and
I am a member of Unity, not
    Christian Science.”




                                                                        presenters
           Dorsha Campbell, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is certified     Lynne Bundesen is the author of seven books
           in Analytical Reading and has taught classes on how to         addressing religious and political subjects, and a
           read the Bible in over 50 cities. Her professionalism has      three time winner of the Angel Religion in Media Award
           helped many people read with more meaning in their             for her syndicated column on Women and Religion.
           own study of Scripture and to do so with greater ease          Working and living around the world, she is now
           and effectiveness in front of their church congregations.      based in South Africa. Her most recent book is The
           Dorsha’s workshop, Reading the Bible for Meaning, has          Feminine Spirit: Recapturing the Heart of Scripture.
           long been a popular part of the Asilomar Bible Conference.     She is now the spiritual expert for DrWeil.com and
                                                                          responds to many questions and needs that come
           Dwight Oyer is a Grammy-nominated recording engineer           to the website of this well known medical doctor who
           who has owned his own recording and publishing                 writes on spirituality, health, and wellness.
           business in Denver, Boston, and St. Louis. A noted
           performer and recording artist in his own right, Dwight’s      Pierre Pradervand is a world citizen who has lived,
           gentle instrumentation and rich vocal interpretation of        worked, done research or travelled in well over 40
           beloved hymns have brought inspiration and healing to          countries on five continents in a long professional
           people around the world. Dwight became Musician in             career spanning a spectrum of activities, including
           Residence for the Asilomar Bible Conference in 2005.           researcher and journalist and now adult trainer
                                                                          and writer. He describes himself as very much of a
           Linda Bargmann is a Certified Public Accountant currently      beginner on the spiritual path. His book The Gentle
           working as a business manager for The Principia School         Art of Blessing (now in eight languages) has inspired
           in St. Louis. She also serves as Business Manager and          thousands around the globe and enabled them to
           Treasurer for Bible Study Seminars. Linda has been             discover a universal spiritual practice that heals.
           associated with the Asilomar Bible Conference since the
           late 1980’s. She has enthusiastically researched many
                                                                          Sandy Wilder’s job description at the Educare Learning
           facets of the Christian Science movement, a project she
                                                                          Institute he founded is Chief Listening Officer. His
           calls In Mrs. Eddy’s Day.
                                                                          heart and life reflect an amazing capacity for hearing
                                                                          others, nurturing their development, discovery of
           Alex Cook wears many artistic hats. He is a musician,          purpose, and realization of transformative moments.
           muralist, sculptor, and storyteller, among other things.       He began his journey as a professional soccer player,
           Alex has painted over 50 murals in the US and overseas.        then a college coach, a resident counselor at Principia
           He serves as a chaplain at the Nashua Street Jail in           College, and then Assistant Dean. He went on to
           his hometown of Boston, MA. He has been writing and            develop a very successful customer care system that
           recording music since 1992, and the music has always           his company Communico taught to numerous Fortune
           had a spiritual edge and an eye towards the eternal. His       500 companies.
           lyrics cherish the Bible and Christ in a powerful way.
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Asilomar
                                                                                                        National Bible
                                                                                                         Conference
                                                                                                                      ASILOMAR
                                                                                                           CONFERENCE GROUNDS
                                                                                                        PACIFIC GROVE, CALIFORNIA
                                                                                                               JUNE 19-24, 2011




   T
           he Asilomar Bible Conference remains the flagship event of Bible Study Seminars. At Asilomar we gather the largest and most
           diverse audience to hear the most varied group of speakers. Twice as long as the other conferences, at Asilomar attendees
           are afforded “soak” time with the Bible and the messages being shared. Special evening speakers, like Lynne Bundesen and
   Pierre Pradervand, offer a rich look at truly internationally known authors and voices in contemporary spirituality over many decades.

   The pages that follow will give an outline to engaging presentations from people living these biblical messages in their own lives and
   professions. Bible education, as the Author (God) intended it, must include an emphasis on not just knowing “about” the Bible but
   on how to make that knowledge the template for how we approach every aspect of our lives. Understandably then, the “Asilomar
   experience” is only partly about the program we design, it is largely about the work or design of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, present
   at un-programmed moments during the delicious meals, scheduled breaks, evening firesides, and the countless informal encounters
   with faculty, attendees, and our breathtakingly beautiful and graceful setting overlooking Monterey Bay. Only God could fully construct
   a conference tent this large in experience, relationships, hope, purpose, and joy-filled memories.



   Sunday, June 19
   3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Arrival, Check-in, and Registration

   3:45 - 4:45 p.m. (Optional Workshop) Reading the Bible for Meaning with Dorsha Campbell
   This offering by Dorsha is a long-time Asilomar tradition, and a principal reason some people come to the conference. Dorsha is a reading
   professional and her program is designed to help attendees at her sessions receive and share more while reading the Scriptures. Dorsha will offer
   a free, introductory session in the Chapel this afternoon. A $10 fee will be assessed for each of the sessions Monday through Thursday.

   5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Welcome and Introduction (in the Chapel)

   6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner (all meals are in the Dining Hall)

   7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Exploring the 2011 BSS Theme “Enlarge the Borders of Your Tent” from Isaiah 54:2 with Dick Davenport

   8:30 p.m. Opening Bonfire
   Adjourn to view the sunset at the bonfire, while sharing hot chocolate, marshmallows, and sing-alongs with our Musician in Residence Dwight
   Oyer leading us on the guitar (song sheets are provided).
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Monday, June 20 Old Testament Focus
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Celebration
Our morning celebrations are designed to provide an illustration of biblically grounded, Christ-
following, Jesus-patterned practices in the lives of individuals. The methods for presenting this will
include music, prayer, a brief (ten minute) application of the Bible to contemporary needs, and an
interview. Today’s interview will be with Lynne Bundesen.

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Announcements and Introduction of the Morning Speakers

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Second Isaiah: A Subversive Exile Speaks to His Day...And to Ours
with Ginny Stopfel
Second Isaiah dared to promise hope to a dying faith community. Bearing the judgment of God
whom they’d failed, suffering exile more than 50 years, surrounded by the culture of Babylon’s gods
and a “reality” supporting that culture, was it safe to hope of going “home”? Home, not only to
Jerusalem, but going to a “new home” of faith? This subversive prophet shouts, “Yes,” the reality
of a redeemed, liberated faith community is possible. But it requires a decision.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Keeping Barbarians at Bay or Excluding Rightful Inhabitants?
with Helen Mathis
From the Patriarch Abraham, to King David, to the prophet Isaiah, to Israel’s priests, to Ezra, Ruth,
Jesus, Peter, Paul, to even us today, there has always been a dynamic tension between God’s call
to a Holy People to enlarge their tent, and the driving need to strengthen stakes and keep firmly in
place that which makes a People distinct and true. The interplay of these two forces is what makes
a community dynamic and attractive to outsiders, while remaining faithful to its convictions and
practices. Lessons learned by the ancients still very much speak to our post-modern world.

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Music with Dwight and Introduction of Afternoon Speakers

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. The Book of Judges -- Through the Eyes of Deborah with Mary Jane Chaignot
Deborah, speaking for herself, will share her experience as Judge/Prophet/Military Leader in a
society where a woman was not supposed to do any of these. What does it say about Deborah and                       “My experience [at the
her time that she did all this, and that later times canonized the account? The Book immediately              conference] these last two years
precedes Ruth, where women are again an empowered focal point of the story (if not starting
inside the tent they do move inside). Yet jihad, expressed as holy war, is practiced here and prompts            is life changing and deeply
us to ask “where is God in this?” Where is God in the conflicting currents of our lives?                      educational. There is something
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Ruth: A Voice Outside the Tent with Ann Edwards                                               for each and every one of us to
The Torah forbad intermarriage outside Israel to protect the purity of Israel. Ezra, after                                 take away.”
“rediscovering” the Torah, zealously expels all non-Israelis from the land to uphold the Torah. And
yet, the book of Ruth exalts just such an “unclean” person, doubly so as she is from a people whose
origin lay in the drunken incest of Lot. Why would the compilers have included an account which
contradicted Torah? Why would Matthew mention her as an ancestor of Jesus? Was it because
Ruth’s story was a voice outside the tent with something powerful to say to those inside the tent?

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Optional Activities:
Ranger Walk (meet in front of Lodge) OR Reading the Bible with Dorsha Campbell

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

7:30 - 8:45 p.m. Texts Change Our Lives with Lynne Bundesen
Lynne writes: Enlarge the borders of thy tent is a mandate. When I first heard those words I was a
21 year old high school graduate, captive in a horrid, fearsome marriage, mother of two, living in the
border wilderness of the United States. All that slipped away and nothing was in front or around me
but the Word and singular stars hung in the space of a full night. What have I learned since then
that can help us enlarge the borders of our tent individually and collectively?

9:00 p.m. til… (Optional Activity) Fireside Chats
Firesides are informal gatherings in living rooms around the campus where you can chat with
the day’s speakers and your fellow attendees. Ginny, Helen, Mary Jane, Ann, and Lynne will be
available at living room fireplaces this evening.
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   Tuesday, June 21 New Testament Focus
   7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

   8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Celebration
   Today’s interview will be with Pierre Pradervand.

   9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Announcements and Introduction of the Morning Speaker
   9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break

   10:00 - 11:15 a.m. The Practice of Radical Hospitality in Jesus’ Ministry
   with Madelon Maupin
   Jesus’ most oft spoken preaching message was that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Who are
   to be citizens of the Kingdom? Do all citizens have the same rights? Examples from Luke and
   John will explore this theme and its relationship to Jesus’ healing ministry. Mary Baker Eddy
   said hospitality (love for neighbor, binding up the broken-hearted) was something we had to
   learn if we wanted to pray successfully and to heal.

   11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Questions and Answers with Madelon Maupin

   12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

   2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Music with Dwight and Introduction of Afternoon Speakers

   2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Matthew: A Roadmap for the Church with Christa Kreutz
   For almost two thousand years Matthew has been the primary source of teaching about Jesus’
   life and his ministry within the Church. It is Matthew’s version of the Sermon on the Mount (not
   Luke’s) that we know. Why has this account of Jesus proved so compelling to the Church?
   What was its teaching role in primitive Christianity and what is it today that should both comfort     “I found this conference
   and challenge those who would reinstate primitive Christianity?                                           extremely relevant,
   3:30 - 4:30 p.m. First Corinthians: Lessons for Us Regarding the Enlarging of Our                     awakening, inspiring, and
   Tent with Susan Humble
                                                                                                        expansive. It spoke to some
   First Corinthians is a letter about church community. Paul has heard from numerous reliable
   sources that there are divisions within the Corinth church, and he responds with this letter            specific aspects of my
   which addresses the various issues creating division. In this session we will explore a number         ministry that need to be
   of these issues and how Paul addresses them. We will also think deeply and creatively about
                                                                                                                 spoken to!”
   how Paul’s instruction to “Let all things be done for building up” provides instruction on how
   one might “enlarge their tent, lengthen their chords and strengthen their stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)

   4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Optional Activity
       Reading the Bible with Dorsha Campbell

   6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

   7:30 - 8:45 p.m. The Gift of Blessing with Pierre Pradervand
   Thousands of people in many countries around the world, from the heart of Africa to death row
   Texas, have discovered a new way of blessing which can be practised constantly, everywhere,
   and often with amazing (and even instantaneous) results. Come and discover the power of
   blessing as wishing “unconditional, total, unrestricted good for others and events from the
   deepest wellspring in the innermost chamber of your heart.”

   9:00 p.m. til… (Optional Activity) Fireside Chats
   Madelon, Christa, Susan, and Pierre will be available at living room fireplaces this evening.
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          “The location, people, and message were such
          a haven to me this year and every year. I have
          appreciated the sense of solid ground I found,
         which has been very illusive in my life this year.”




Wednesday, June 22
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Celebration

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Announcements and Introduction of the Morning Speaker

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Diving Deep Into a Study of Challenging Texts in Mark
with Madelon Maupin
How do we unpack the meaning of a text with an understanding of what the author
intended? This session will go deep into a difficult passage in Mark’s gospel and explore
the type of questions we might ask of this or any text we are studying. Then we will
examine the abrupt ending of the oldest and most reliable scrolls of Mark, which do not
include the closing resurrection account of verses of 16:9-20 that are in our Bible. Mark
was the first gospel written, and offers a treasured window into one school of primitive
Christianity. How would the absence of a resurrection account impact the Markan
community’s understanding of the message of Jesus and how they were to carry forward?

11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Questions and Answers with Madelon Maupin

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Music with Dwight and Introduction of Afternoon Speaker

2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Are We Really Ready to Change? To Enlarge Our Tent?
with Sandy Wilder
The Bible is a collection of individuals, some who appear more ready than others to
experience profound transformation through their encounters with God. We will explore
the qualities of courage, commitment, and deep listening as they pertain to making
progress and renewal. Examples will be shared as to how these qualities aid us in           “t his
experiencing the transforming power of the Divine in our daily lives.
                                                                                             A sIlomAR   ExpERIENcE
3:30 p.m. Optional Activities
People are free to enjoy the beach, the nature trails, conversation on the Lodge deck,       is unmatched as it provides
quiet time, reading, napping, shopping, and the charms and cuisine of nearby Carmel          an atmosphere of loving
and Monterey (including local branch churches).                                              community   while   at   the
     3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Reading the Bible with Dorsha Campbell                                 same time stretching our
     4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Ranger Walk (meet in the Lodge)                                        thought to boldly go where
                                                                                             it has not yet been . t he
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
                                                                                             sessions were purposeful ,
7:15 - 8:45 p.m. Informal Christian Science Testimony Meeting
Always a highlight of the conference as testimony time is allowed to continue so as to       timely , and meaty . t hey
permit many people to share…and they do.                                                     were interactive and fun !”
9:00 p.m. til… (Optional Activity) Fireside Chats
Madelon and Sandy will be available at living room fireplaces this evening.
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   Thursday, June 23
   7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

   8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Celebration (Today’s interview will be with Alex Cook.)

   9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Announcements and Introduction of Breakout Topics

   9:45 - 11:00 a.m. Breakout       Session One (choose one)
          Workshop on the Gentle Art of Blessing with Pierre Pradervand
          Matthew’s Call to Holiness: The Timeless Invitation to Salvation, Wholeness, and Healing
          with Christa Kreutz
          Servant Songs (Second Isaiah) and Servant Images (Third Isaiah): Their Meaning for the
          Jews for Whom They Were Intended, First Century Christians, and Us Today with Ginny Stopfel
          Workshop on Leading Group Bible Study with Madelon Maupin
          The Beatitudes: Finding Much More There Than We Learned as Kids with Mary Jane Chaignot

   11:15 - 12:30 p.m. Breakout       Session Two (choose one)
          An Exchange Between Jesus and a Woman of Tyre -- Modeling Group Bible Study with Helen Mathis
          Answering the Call of God: A Template from Moses and Gideon with Susan Humble
          Workshop on the Gentle Art of Blessing with Pierre Pradervand
          Biblical Voices Outside the Tent: Are They Talking To Us? Are We Able to Hear Them? with Ann Edwards
          Getting to Know the Bible Translations of Mrs. Eddy’s Day and Our Own – a Broad Overview with Linda Bargmann

          12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

   2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Breakout      Session Three (choose one)
          Practical Tools to Aid in Living as a Prophet and Facing Transformation with Sandy Wilder
          The Beatitudes: Finding Much More There Than We Learned as Kids with Mary Jane Chaignot
          An Exchange Between Jesus and a Woman of Tyre -- Modeling Group Bible Study with Helen Mathis
          Biblical Voices Outside the Tent: Are They Talking To Us? Are We Able to Hear Them? with Ann Edwards
          Servant Songs (Second Isaiah) and Servant Images (Third Isaiah): Their Meaning for the Jews for Whom They Were
          Intended, First Century Christians, and Us Today with Ginny Stopfel

   3:30 - 4:45 p.m.   Breakout Session Four (choose one)
          Practical Tools to Aid in Living as a Prophet and Facing Transformation with Sandy Wilder
          Workshop on Leading Group Bible Study with Madelon Maupin
          Matthew’s Call to Holiness: The Timeless Invitation to Salvation, Wholeness, and Healing with Christa Kreutz
          Getting to Know the Bible Translations of Mrs. Eddy’s Day and Our Own – a Broad Overview with Linda Bargmann
          Answering the Call of God: A Template from Moses and Gideon with Susan Humble

   4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Optional Activity: Reading the Bible with Dorsha Campbell

   6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

   7:15 p.m. A Concert with Alex Cook

   8:30 p.m. til… Closing Bonfire and Singing with Dwight Oyer



   Friday, June 24
   7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

   8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Announcements

   9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Celebration and Commencement with Dick Davenport

   10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pack up and Check Out
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        Register by April 14, and receive two of Dick’s CDs FREE*.




*Following Christ in the Serving Church and Following Christ in the Celebrating Church
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  Eastern
                                                                                                   Eastern Bible
                                                                                                    Conference
                                                                                                      CRySTAL LAKE CAMPS
                                                                                                HUGHESVILLE, PENSyLVANNIA
                                                                                                      AUGUST 25-28, 2011




    F
           or several years the BSS Board has yearned for a better way to serve the Eastern part of the United States with an
           encouragement to more fulfilling Bible study. To provide a conference required an appropriate venue and some financial
           support for what would likely be a smaller, more intimate gathering than our other two.

    The venue of Crystal Lake Camps (CLC) is close to the Baltimore/DC/Northern VA corridor, centrally located in the East and not
    far from the metropolitan areas of New york, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. While the physical proximity to where people live is
    relevant, it is the spiritual proximity of CLC to the goals of BSS and this year’s theme that really made this a good fit. CLC has a
    long history of enlarging the borders of its tent, and that of our Movement. In the early 1960s CLC hosted campers of color, and
    expanded to an international embrace of young people from Europe, Africa, and Latin America. It is “not holding back” now, but
    rather lengthening its “cords” by exploring how to take its camp experience outside its present physical setting (and the U.S.) and
    serve the Christian Science youth of Latin America and Africa in their own countries.

    Speaking of physical environs, the stunningly beautiful property in the mountains of central Pennsylvania is a rustic camp setting.
    There are a variety of meeting areas, and a wonderful lakeview dining room with a varied menu including American, international
    and vegetarian favorites. There are a variety of lodging options here, and they are modestly priced to reflect their summer camp
    style. They are clean, comfortable, and supported by a loving staff that will provide transportation assistance, when needed,
    around the property. To expand the lodging capacity, we are also offering limited off-site lodging in both a nearby B&B (in the home
    of the camp founder’s daughter) and in a motel in the local town. There are single and shared room options at several price levels,
    but the capacity for an adult conference may mean that we will need to limit the size of this conference to 35-40 participants.
    Please reserve early if you wish to attend. To learn more about the camp, visit http://CrystalLakeCamps.org.

    The character of the conference, distinct from its two sister conferences, will feature BSS faculty from the eastern U.S. so groups
    and individuals pursuing Bible study in the region may come to know resources closer to them. The thrust of this conference will
    be on how to help attendees feel more confident in their understanding of the Bible, on how to share it in Sunday School, in church
    meetings, with neighbors, and with friends and family members with whom discussions regarding religion have been challenging.

    The importance of an Eastern conference was further validated by generous donors who have enabled us to put on such a
    conference with a modest attendance. We are very grateful to these donors, and excited and optimistic to be partnering with the
    wonderful and visionary folks at CLC who -- like us -- are in a building up phase and expanding their reach. We look for like-minded
    and like-hearted folks, ready for a little camp experience, to come to this wondrous “tent” for an August gathering.
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Thursday, August 25
4:30 p.m. Registration Opens

6:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 - 8:40 p.m. Enlarging the Borders of Our Tent with Dick Davenport

8:45 p.m. Bonfire and Singalong



Friday, August 26
8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Second Isaiah: From One Exile to Another with Ginny Stopfel
Second Isaiah dared to promise hope to a dying faith community. Bearing the judgment of God whom
they’d failed, suffering exile more than 50 years, surrounded by the culture of Babylon’s gods and a
“reality” supporting that culture, was it safe to hope of going “home”? Home, not only to Jerusalem,
but going to a “new home” of faith? This subversive prophet shouts, “Yes,” the reality of a redeemed,
liberated faith community is possible. But it requires a decision.
                                                                                                             “This was so different, so much
                                                                                                              more than I ever expected...
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. The Book of Judges -- Through the Eyes of Deborah with Mary Jane Chaignot            you’ve kept me wanting more.”
Deborah, speaking for herself, will share her experience as Judge/Prophet/Military Leader in a society
where a woman was not supposed to do any of these. What does it say about Deborah and her time
that she did all this, and that later times canonized the account? The Book immediately precedes Ruth,
where women are again an empowered focal point of the story (if not starting inside the tent they do
move inside). Yet jihad, expressed as holy war, is practiced here and prompts us to ask “where is God
in this?” Where is God in the conflicting currents of our lives?
                                                                                                                “The depth and height of
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Breakout Session One (choose one of the four to attend)                                thought that I was exposed
     Servant Songs (Second Isaiah) and Servant Images (Third Isaiah): Their Meaning for                          to still has be soaring.
     the Jews for Whom They Were Intended, First Century Christians, and Us Today                                    I am changed!”
     - Ginny Stopfel
     The Beatitudes: Finding Much More There Than We Learned as Kids - Mary Jane Chaignot
     Biblical Voices Outside the Tent: Are They Talking To Us? Are We Able to Hear Them?
     - Ann Edwards
     Living Luke’s Message Today: Embracing the “Other” - Deanna Mummert
                                                                                                              “I am better prepared to tell
12:45 p.m. Lunch
                                                                                                              whoever may ask, the reason
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Ruth: A Voice Outside the Tent with Ann Edwards                                             for the hope that is within me.”
The Torah forbad intermarriage outside Israel to protect the purity of Israel. Ezra, after “rediscovering”   (a reference to the 2010 theme
the Torah, zealously expels all non-Israelis from the land to uphold the Torah. And yet, the book of
                                                                                                                    from 1 Peter 3:15)
Ruth exalts just such an “unclean” person, doubly so as she is from a people whose origin lay in the
drunken incest of Lot. Why would the compilers have included an account which contradicted Torah?
Why would Matthew mention her as an ancestor of Jesus? Was it because Ruth’s story was a voice
outside the tent with something powerful to say to those inside the tent?

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Luke: Jesus’ Big Tent and Radical Hospitality with Deanna Mummert
This gospel is known for the stories of women, minorities, non-Jews...outsiders...with whom Jesus
interacts and about whom he speaks. How do you reach this new audience, especially the Gentile
world for whom it is written, and still have them remember the roots, the origin, the Jewish context
of the Master’s life and ministry? The Jesus we encounter in Luke is like us (or at least the “us” the
gospel would hope we are like) in our efforts to embrace people whose appearance, personal history,
gender, or belief system would tempt them to believe that they are outside or unworthy of the inclusive
and unconditional love of God – or of the church that professes to represent God.

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Break with Refreshments

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Breakout Session Two (choose one of the same four to attend)

6:30 p.m. Dinner

8:00 p.m. A Concert with Alex Cook and Friends
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   Saturday, August 27
   8:00 a.m. Breakfast

   9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Covenant: The Biblical Foundation of Living in Relationship with God...Then
   and Now with Ginny Stopfel
   Covenant is central to what both Testaments teach about how to live in relationship with God and each
   other, and about how to live at one with God’s mission and purpose. At the heart of “knowing” God (rather
   than just knowing about God), this talk will follow the development of “covenant” from the Exodus through
   the Monarchy, Exile, and Restoration. Why was it later so essential to primitive Christianity? What is its
   role for our lives, our churches, today?

   10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Paul: The Humanity of the Evangelist Who Shaped Primitive Christianity
   with Ann Edwards
   Mary Baker Eddy praises him, singularly, among the disciples. “Great, only as good, because fashioned
   divinely, were those unpretentious yet colossal characters, Paul and Jesus.” (Miscellaneous Writings,
   360) What can we make for our practice of following Christ from the example of Paul, both in his voice of
   authority and in the depths of his own humanity which he shares openly in his letters.
   11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Breakout Three (choose one of the four to attend)                                      “Awesome weekend
        Relationships Matter! A Deep Dive Into the Message of the Book of Micah                                   filled with new ideas,
        - Ginny Stopfel
                                                                                                                 new friends, wonderful
        Understanding the Journeys of Paul: Trail Markers for Our Own Journey - Ann Edwards                      speakers, great music
        Mark 2:1 - 3:6 Jesus and the Pharisees: A Clash of Culture - Mary Jane Chaignot                         and cuisine – God’s love
        John 14:12 “Peace, Tikkun, and Greater Works” - Deanna Mummert                                          expressed in everything
   12:45 p.m. Lunch                                                                                             and everywhere. You’ve
                                                                                                                  got to experience it!”
   1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Extreme Makeover – The Disciples’ Story in Acts with Mary Jane Chaignot
   The transformation of the disciples following Jesus’ departure is one of the great and irrefutable stories
   of history...and His story. They went from trembling behind closed doors to speaking boldly and radically
   loving God and each other with an abandon that defined them to the world (as Jesus said it must). How
   might our motives be exalted and redeemed, and our affections so enriched, that we – individually and
   in our faith communities – might similarly be more available to the Comforter or Holy Spirit behind their
   “extreme makeover”?

   3:00 - 4:00 p.m. John 14:12 – Greater Works? with Deanna Mummert
   Jesus walked on water, raised the dead, fed the multitude, and a host of other amazing acts. How are
   we to think we could do “greater” things? What would these be? Healing Judas? Healing racism?
   Overcoming sin of all sorts? This is both a look at a passage of great import and speculation, but also an
   opportunity to demonstrate how to dig deep into Bible passages for what they meant in their day and how
   they speak to ours.

   4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Break with Refreshments

   4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Breakout Four (choose one of the same four to attend)

   6:30 p.m. Dinner

   7:45 p.m. Contemporary Celebration with Music, Video, and Bible Message




   Sunday, August 27
   8:30 a.m. Breakfast

   9:30 a.m. Christian Science Service

   10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Closing Session and Commencement

   12:00 p.m. Lunch

   1:00 p.m. Depart
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             Registration Form – Eastern Bible Conference
Attendees must register separately with Bible Study Seminars (BSS) for the Eastern Bible Conference and with Crystal Lake Camps
(CLC) for the lodging at the Conference. Registration for BSS can be done online at www.BibleStudySeminars.com. The form below is
for those registering by mail, fax, or email. The information requested needs to be filled out for each registrant and then sent to both
BSS and CLC with separate payments.

If at any point you need help or have any questions, please contact Linda Bargmann for BSS by email at Linda@BibleStudySeminars.
com, fax at 314.821.1520 or phone at 314.821.8400 or Ian McLeland for CLC by email at Ian@CrystalLakeCamps.org, fax at
570.584.5608, or phone at 877.252.5437. (Ian can also be contacted for directions to CLC and airport transportation.)

First Name ___________________________________________ Last Name ___________________________________________________

Postal Address ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

City ___________________________________________________ State ___________________ Zip ________________________________

Email address (please print clearly) ____________________________________________________________________________________

Preferred Phone ____________________________________________ Secondary Phone ________________________________________

o Male o Female                      o Vegetarian

Photographic Release: your application to attend the Bible seminar serves as a release for us to use photographs made during the
conference in future BSS and CLC materials unless you check this box. o (Please notify the photographer when s/he is in the room so we may obscure
or not include your image in photographs or videos.)


CoNfErENCE fEE: please send appropriate payment amount to Bible Study Seminars, PO Box 1765, Manchester, MO 63011.
Registering by 6/25/11...... $295                  Ages 12-30 pay no fee to attend.
Registering by 7/25/11…...$345                     Those registering by 7/25/2011 will receive two of Dick’s CDs FREE (Following Christ in the
Registering after 7/25/11...$395                   Serving Church and Following Christ in the Celebrating Church).

LodgiNg fEE: please send appropriate payment amount to Crystal Lake Camps, 1676 Crystal Lake Rd, Hughesville, PA 17737.
Prices do not include sales or lodging taxes.                                                        Single     Double      Triple+
o   Level 1 (four season buildings with bathroom in suite or on the same level)                      $230       $215        $200
o   Level 2 (small dorm-style, four-season buildings with bathrooms within the building)             $200       $185        $170
o   Level 3 (box summer cabins with bathrooms in nearby bath house with individual showers)          $170       $160        $150
o   Level 4 (lakeside summer-use cabins with nearby bath house with individual showers)              $150       $145        $140
o   Your own tent with meals                                                                         $110
o   Meals only                                                                                       $80

I wish to share housing with: __________________________________________________                     Daily rates available on request.
o I would like a ground floor room with ramp entry and a bathroom on the same level.                 Off-site room pricing on request.

Limited space available, please register early. All housing prices include linens, meals, snacks, meeting rooms, and activities. All rooms
are equipped with fans, air conditioning is never needed, and heat is rarely needed at this time of year.

Credit card payments are easily made online, but to send a payment by mail, fax, or email please complete the form below for each
payment you wish to make and send it to the organization you wish to receive it. After mailing, faxing or emailing the registration
information, you can go on the CLC website, http://crystallakecamps.org, to make a credit card payment to CLC via PayPal.

                                                                                                    A 2.3% service charge will be added to amounts charged
Please charge my: o Mastercard                 o Visa     IN THE AMOUNT OF: $_________________      to defray service fees added by Visa and Mastercard.


________________________________________________________                        _________________________            _________________________
CARD NUMBER                                                                      SECURITy CODE                        EXPIRATION DATE

_______________________________________________________                        ________________________________________________________
NAME AS IT APPEARS ON CARD                                                     CARDHOLDER’S SIGNATURE
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Midwest
                                                                                                   Midwest Bible
                                                                                                    Conference
                                                                                                            CEDARS CAMPS
                                                                                                        LEBANON, MISSOURI
                                                                                                     SEPTEMBER 15-18, 2011




   T
          he Midwest Bible Conference at Cedars Camps was a new offering in 2010, and it garnered almost twice as many attendees
          as we imagined it would. The turnout was significant because it included people from both coasts, the Great Lakes, the
          Louisiana Gulf Coast, New England, Florida, Texas, the mid-Atlantic, well...just about everywhere. Beyond the number of
   attendees (over 140), and their widely diverse geographic origins and ages, the most powerful witness attendees made was of a
   group eager to explore how the Bible applied to their life and to the benefit of humanity. Their enthusiasm for what they experienced
   at Cedars encouraged us to offer the conference again in 2011...and at the same venue of Cedars Camps.

   The character of the 2010 Conference was reflected in some deep dives into Bible history and how to study the Bible, but these were
   mixed with discussions of how the transformative power of Scripture and Christ had changed lives. A first person portrayal of Christian
   women over two thousand years revealed great insight, as did a long-time Christian Science practitioner using multi-media as she
   discussed her own journey of recovery and healing after she felt that many fellow Christian Scientists saw her as a failure. A leading
   educator in leadership development discussed, from a biblical perspective and as a Christian Scientist, how we could overcome our
   challenges by actually changing our lives and realizing our hopes. Contemporary drama and music were also celebrated throughout.

   In the midst of all this was the amazing hospitality of the Cedars staff. Their grace and care for us demonstrated the qualities of
   Christ-centered and Jesus-patterned living being discussed in the presentations. The variety and quality of the food was wonderful,
   and the different housing options gave people a range of financial choices. To encourage more people to experience this conference
   we are offering it at the same price as last year. The following pages will reveal a huge 2011 emphasis on the knowledge about the
   Bible, and the Gospels in particular – including presentations by both the authors of the upcoming Foundation Stones® Bible Study
   workbooks on Matthew and Luke. Music will also abound, and so will more discussion of how we can live the truths and values of
   Scripture in our 21st century lives.

   Attendees will also see the more fully developed, scaled to size, Bible Lands Park Cedars is terra-forming across their property as
   they celebrate their 50th anniversary the month before we arrive. To learn more about Cedars Camps, visit www.CedarsCamps.org.
   September is a beautiful time in the foothills of the Ozarks, and we will see it through the most inspiring lens of the Word of God, the
   fellowship of new and old friends, and the joyous hope of a demonstrated tent that is enlarging to embrace all humanity!
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Thursday, September 15
4:30 p.m. Registration Opens

6:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 - 8:40 p.m. Enlarging the Borders of Our Tent with Dick Davenport

8:45 p.m. Bonfire and Singalong with Dwight Oyer



Friday, September 16
8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. The Book of Judges -- Through the Eyes of Deborah
with Mary Jane Chaignot
Deborah, speaking for herself, will share her experience as Judge/Prophet/Military Leader in a
society where a woman was not supposed to do any of these. What does it say about Deborah and
her time that she did all this, and that later times canonized the account? The Book immediately
precedes Ruth, where women are again an empowered focal point of the story (if not starting inside
the tent they do move inside). Yet jihad, expressed as holy war, is practiced here and prompts us to
ask “where is God in this?” Where is God in the conflicting currents of our lives?

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. The Practice of Radical Hospitality in Jesus’ Ministry
with Madelon Maupin
Jesus’ most oft spoken preaching message was that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Who are to be
citizens of the Kingdom? Do all citizens have the same rights? Examples from Luke and John will
explore this theme and its relationship to Jesus’ healing ministry. Mary Baker Eddy said hospitality
(love for neighbor, binding up the broken-hearted) was something we had to learn if we wanted to
pray successfully and to heal.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Luke: Jesus’ Big Tent and Radical Hospitality with Deanna Mummert
This gospel is known for the stories of women, minorities, non-Jews...outsiders...with whom Jesus
interacts and about whom he speaks. How do you reach this new audience, especially the Gentile
world for whom it is written, and still have them remember the roots, the origin, the Jewish context
of the Master’s life and ministry? The Jesus we encounter in Luke is like us (or at least the “us”               “Great hospitality! Food was
the gospel would hope we are like) in our efforts to embrace people whose appearance, personal
                                                                                                                  great. I enjoyed my walks.
history, gender, or belief system would tempt them to believe that they are outside or unworthy of
the inclusive and unconditional love of God – or of the church that professes to represent God.                  The beds in the cabins were
                                                                                                                   more comfortable than I
12:45 p.m. Lunch
                                                                                                                expected, the comforters were
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Diving Deep Into a Study of Challenging Texts in Mark with Madelon Maupin                      warm, pillows just right, baths
How do we unpack the meaning of a text with an understanding of what the author intended? This                    and showers very nice and
session will go deep into a difficult passage in Mark’s gospel and explore the type of questions we
                                                                                                                          very clean.”
might ask of this or any text we are studying. Then we will examine the abrupt ending of the oldest
and most reliable scrolls of Mark, which do not include the closing resurrection account of verses
of 16:9-20 that are in our Bible. Mark was the first gospel written, and offers a treasured window into
one school of primitive Christianity. How would the absence of a resurrection account impact the
Markan community’s understanding of the message of Jesus and how they were to carry forward?

2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Breakout Session One (choose one of three to attend)
     Mark 2:1 - 3:6 Jesus and the Pharisees: A Clash of Culture - Mary Jane Chaignot
     Living Luke’s Message Today: Embracing the “Other” - Deanna Mummert
     Workshop on Leading Group Bible Study - Madelon Maupin

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Break with Refreshments

4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Breakout Session Two (choose one of the same three to attend)
6:30 p.m. Dinner

8:00 p.m. A Concert with Alex Cook and Friends
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    Saturday, September 18
    8:00 a.m. Breakfast

    9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Matthew: A Roadmap for the Church with Christa Kreutz
    For almost two thousand years Matthew has been the primary source of teaching about Jesus’
    life and his ministry within the Church. It is Matthew’s version of the Sermon on the Mount (not
    Luke’s) that we know. Why has this account of Jesus proved so compelling to the Church?
    What was its teaching role in primitive Christianity and what is it today that should both comfort
    and challenge those who would reinstate primitive Christianity?

    10:15 - 11:15 a.m. John 14:12 -- Greater Works? with Deanna Mummert
    Jesus walked on water, raised the dead, fed the multitude, and a host of other amazing acts.
    How are we to think we could do “greater” things? What would these be? Healing Judas?
    Healing racism? Overcoming sin of all sorts? This is both a look at a passage of great import
    and speculation, but also an opportunity to demonstrate how to dig deep into Bible passages
    for what they meant in their day and how they speak to ours.

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pushing Out the Borders of Our Own Tent with Sandy Wilder
    With a focus on our individual transformation and awakening, this presentation will explore
    what borders of your tent are you up against that hinder you from facing deep transformation?        “This is a “Must Go To Event”!
    What can we learn from the Bible about God-based self identification? What beams do we need          A thought provoking learning
    to cast out of our own eyes so that first and foremost we may expand our view of ourselves
                                                                                                           experience in a venue that
    and our coexistence with the Divine? What beliefs and stories may we be telling ourselves that
    keep us from lengthening our cords and strengthening our stakes?                                     promotes excellent, pertinent
                                                                                                              topics by well-versed
    12:45 p.m. Lunch
                                                                                                          presenters who encourage
    1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Free Time for Fellowship, Recreational Offerings, Personal Time,                    participation and fun learning!
    and Tours of Cedars’ new Bible Lands Park                                                               These were happy days!”
    3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Breakout Session Three (choose one of four to attend)
         Matthew’s Call to Holiness: The Timeless Invitation to Salvation, Wholeness,
         and Healing with Christa Kreutz
         The Beatitudes: Finding Much More There Than We Learned as Kids
         with Mary Jane Chaignot
         John 14:12 “Peace, Tikkun, and Greater Works” with Deanna Mummert
         Do You Want to Spend Time in Your Tent? Do Others? How to Allow the Spirit
         to Construct a Tent for All Seasons That Embraces A Larger Family of Closer
         Relationships? with Sandy Wilder

    4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Break with Refreshments

    4:45 - 6:00 p.m. Breakout Session Four (choose one of the same four to attend)

    6:30 p.m. Dinner

    7:30 - 8:45 p.m. Contemporary Celebration with Music, Drama, Interview, and
    Bible Message



    Sunday, September 19
    8:30 a.m. Breakfast

    9:45 a.m. Christian Science Service

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closing Session and Commencement

    12:30 p.m. Lunch

    1:00 p.m. Depart or linger til 4:00 p.m. to enjoy the facilities, trails, lake and
    waterfront activities (including additional opportunities to tour Cedars’ Bible
    Lands Park)
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            Registration Form – Midwest Bible Conference
Attendees must register separately with Bible Study Seminars (BSS) for the Midwest Bible Conference and Cedars Camps (CC) for the
lodging at the Conference. Registration can be done for each organization at their respective websites: www.BibleStudySeminars.com
and www.CedarsCamps.org. The form below is for those registering by mail, fax, or email. The information requested needs to be filled
out for each registrant and then sent to both BSS and CC with separate payments.

If at any point you need help or have any questions, please contact Linda Bargmann for BSS by email at Linda@BibleStudySeminars.
com, fax at 314.821.1520 or phone at 314.821.8400 or Gay Huff for CC by email at Gay@CedarsCamps.org, fax at 775.264.6826,
or phone at 636.394.6162 until May, and 417.532.6699 after May.

First Name ___________________________________________ Last Name ___________________________________________________

Postal Address ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

City ___________________________________________________ State ___________________ Zip ________________________________

Email address (please print clearly) ____________________________________________________________________________________

Preferred Phone ____________________________________________ Secondary Phone ________________________________________

o Male o Female                          o Vegetarian                            o Single a/c   o Double a/c      o Triple/Quad a/c         o Cabin

I wish to share housing with: ______________________________________________

Photographic Release: your application to attend the Bible seminar serves as a release for us to use photographs made during the
conference in future BSS and CC materials unless you check this box. o (Please notify the photographer when s/he is in the room so we may obscure
or not include your image in photographs or videos.)


CoNfErENCE fEE: please send appropriate payment amount to Bible Study Seminars, PO Box 1765, Manchester, MO 63011

***Same Prices As Last Year ***
Registering by 7/10/11.......$295                  Ages 12-30 pay no fee to attend.
Registering by 8/10/11…...$345                     Those registering by 8/10/2011 will receive two of Dick’s CDs FREE (Following
Registering after 8/10/11...$395                   Christ in the Serving Church and Following Christ in the Celebrating Church).

LodgiNg fEE: please send appropriate payment amount to Cedars Camps to 1314 Parkview Valley Drive, Manchester, MO 63011
up through May; or 19772 Sugar Drive Lebanon, MO 65536-7673 after May.

Stay in a single, shared double or triple/quad room                   o   Single air conditioned room               $330
with a private bathroom or choose a cabin with a                      o   Double air conditioned room               $280
bathroom. Cabins are screened and have ceiling                        o   Triple/Quad air conditioned room          $230
fans along with flaps to regulate for temperatures.                   o   Cabin with bathroom                       $200

All housing prices include linens, meals, snacks, meeting rooms, and activities.

Credit card payments are easily made online, but to send a payment by mail, fax, or email please complete the form below for each
payment you wish to make and send it to the organization you wish to receive it.

                                                                                                     A 2.3% service charge will be added to amounts charged
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                  Foundation Stones® Bible Study Workbook Order Form
     The non-denominational Foundation Stones® Bible Study workbooks have been the center point of many Bible study groups around the country.
     We continue to add new titles. One, that will hopefully be out by the Asilomar conference, is the sequel to Acts 1- 8 – one of our first workbooks.
     This new workbook will explore chapters 9 - 28. Its author, Ann Edwards, explains in the preface her interest in Paul and his mission.

     “While studying the history of the early Christian church as a theology student at the University of Toronto, my curiosity about Paul and his
     mission deepened. ...Through my study of Acts I saw that just as the very survival of a baby depends on the nurturing support of a family, so
     early Christian converts needed support of a community in order for their new faith to survive and grow. For example, without the spiritual vision
     and assistance of Ananias and Barnabas at a time when Paul was in great need, Paul might not have been able to maintain his new faith in
     Christ. And without a house church where new converts could find reinforcement for their new faith, Paul’s mission as a recruiter and church
     builder would have been fruitless. My hope is that this study of Paul in the book of Acts will pull you into a deeper consideration of the connection
     between individual spiritual growth, and working together with others in a church community.”




     Thank You! your purchase provides financial support for the overall Bible Study curriculum project, which cannot continue without this support.
     Please note that these workbooks are copyrighted material and must not be copied. (If you have any questions about the copyright, please
     contact us.) We appreciate your support of Bible Study Seminars’ Foundation Stones® curriculum!
                                                                                                  Board Letter




                                                                                             January 31, 2011


Dear Friends,

The Board of Directors for Bible Study Seminars is excited about the coming year. Like Paul, we are “on
tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the children of God coming into their own.” (Romans 8:19, JB Phillips
Translation).

This is the beginning of a major tent expansion for the Bible Study education ministry. We are pleased to
announce that effective January 1, 2011, our Executive Director, Dick Davenport, has come on full-time to
develop Bible based programs. The offering of new Conferences and the launch of day-long Seminars in 21
cities in the year ahead hint at what is in store.

Programs may be the most visible evidence of this expansion, but the underlying motive of expanding our love
for our community really inspires this Board. So our first stretching out and lengthening of our cords will be
toward those who have had some prior exposure to the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, but are not presently
involved in a church or faith community inspired by her.

You may know many of these individuals, some are in our own families. We want them to feel our acceptance,
respect, and love wherever they are in their spiritual journey. We hope to see them at our Conferences and
Seminars, as well as in the local Bible study groups forming across the country – many using the BSS
Foundation Stones® curriculum. We want them to feel at home.

We are also meeting people who have never visited our tent and making room for them. We are beginning the
stretching necessary for effectively and authentically embracing these individuals. Doing so will require of us
a strengthening of our stakes, a driving deeper – beyond our comfort zone or familiar denominational culture
– to experiencing the leadership of the Comforter, as Mrs. Eddy did every time she opened her Bible.

This stretching and deepening also helps us in designing efforts to more effectively embrace younger folks --
whether they have a Christian Science background or not. What they are looking for in church, fellowship, and
community may be more diverse than previous generations. Much of it happens through social media and the
internet. So we are working to be more present, active, and meaningful in both those areas.

For all these tent-building efforts we invite your partnership – both prayerfully and financially. We are a 501(c)
(3) non-profit organization and would deeply appreciate your consideration of a financial gift. Please make
checks payable to “Bible Study Seminars” at P.O. Box 1765, Manchester, MO 63011-1765. With your
support, we are making a bold and effective witness of the Bible to bless all humanity.


Thank you for your love of the Bible,




David F. Shutler
Chair
P.O. Box 1765 • Manchester, MO 63011-1765




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   2011 coNfERENcEs
     a silomar : J une 19-24
              CALIFORNIA

    e astern : a ugust 25-28
           PENNSyLVANNIA

     m idwest : s ept 15-18
              MISSOURI



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