Who is behind etcetera?

Anthony Weber

Anthony graduated from Cedarville University in 1995 with a Bachelors in English Education, and from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana in 2004 with a Masters in Theology and Philosophy.

He currently teaches Logic and Worldviews at Traverse City Christian School and occasionally fills in as an adjunct teacher at Spring Arbor University’s Traverse City campus.  He has also been a pastor at Church of the Living God for about 10 years.

He has been married for over 21 years, and has three boys. One of them is a University of Michigan fan; the other two are doing well.

As hobbies, Anthony enjoys reading, doing puzzles, blogging, losing in fantasy football, and crossfitting at the best crossfit gym in the world – TC Total Crossfit, which happens to be located right here in Traverse City, MI.

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Beth Milligan

Beth Milligan is a freelance journalist, writer, and arts and entertainment publicist. She is a frequent contributor to Traverse Magazine, MyNorth.com and numerous other publications throughout Michigan. As the youngest columnist to write for the Traverse City Record-Eagle, Beth start and wrote the paper’s popular “Twentysomething” column from 2005 to 2007. She has written the official blog for the Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival and State Theatre, and often interviews visiting filmmakers and comedians for those websites and UpNorth TV. Before coming to the National Writers Series, Beth ran the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals program, which boasted a membership of close to 1,000. She currently also oversees publicity and media relations for Porterhouse Productions, which produces the Traverse City Winter and Summer Microbrew & Music Festivals, along with Paella in the Park. In 2008 and again in 2009, Beth was named one of the “40 Most Influential People Under Age 40″ in Traverse City by the Traverse City Business News.

Beth is a self-confessed “book junkie” and is passionate about the world of writing and writers. She frequently reviews both classic and new titles on her blog, bethmilligan.tumblr.com, and has interviewed almost every visiting NWS author for the NWS website and/or MyNorth.com. She is an enthusiastic champion of authors of all genres and their works, both in her personal life and in her professional life as the Book and Author Publicist for the National Writers Series.




Scott Smith

Scott was born and raised in Traverse City. His education centered around technology, manufacturing, and design.

He currently owns a business, J. Scott Smith Visual Designs, which specializes in 3D visualization and design services.

Scott is very happily married with two kids. He enjoys reading, blogging, reading some more, and probably some other stuff. He also has an interest in Christian apologetics and has started a blog focusing on that as well.

Scott is all over the web. Primary hangouts are as follows (in no particular order):








Levi Meeuwenberg

He began his career with a bang by performing alongside the Founder of Freerunning, Sébastien Foucan, in Madonna’s Confessions World Tour and Jump music video. He did Parkour stunts in the pilot episode of the TV show Chuck, on NBC and also doubled the lead actor in the 2007 K-Swiss Freerunning commercial on ESPN. For Philips Televisions, Levi was the principal and stuntman in a promotional video advertisement. He also played the character of a parkour expert on the ABC show, The Forgotten. Levi went on to initiate a Freerunning class in his home town of Traverse City, Michigan and also helped lead the University of Michigan’s Parkour Club. Levi was a founding member of The Tribe, and helped create AmericanParkour.com, now the world’s biggest online parkour and freerunning community. He is now a member of the elite parkour and stunt team, Tempest Freerunning.

Levi has done numerous live performances including the 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards, Mercedes Benz C-Class Car Launch, and the 2007 World Boxing Championships. He’s also appeared in a FuelTV spot, a piece on Mountain Dew’s CurrentTV, ABC and CBS News, as well as many news and print publishing’s including a billboard and print ad in Wired Magazine for HBO Cinemax. However Levi is most known for his multiple appearances on the Japanese game show Ninja Warrior on the US network G4 where he was the last man standing out of 100 competitors last spring.

  • Angela

    I would like to know if your group supports equality. I tend to join groups who are open minded. As an individual I feel that it is important we allow choice, and choice is not an agenda. You can believe it is wrong if you want, but to deny an individual his rights is wrong, due to the American dream, pursuit of happiness, freedoms, as well as separation between church and state. If people are doing this through their own faith they are also pushing their own beliefs and lifestyles on others, which they often like to claim of the gay community. They are saying that you need to live by the bible even if it is not your chosen religion by denying the LGBT community their rights. We all have our own religious beliefs, not everyone is a christan, buddest, catholic, or atheist. What if one of these people tried to make you adhere to their beliefs?

    • http://learningtojumpagain.com/ Anthony Weber

      Angela, in the “About” section, we note, ” Etcetera is street level philosophy group, motivated by Socrates’ maxim: ‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ Our goal is to create a forum of honest inquiry, informed discourse, and reasonable presentations of even the most volatile of issues. Our ultimate goal is to bring moral and/or philosophical clarity to our culture, our world, and our very existence.”

      We welcome all perspectives, and we seek to encourage informed discourse. Etcetera itself does not take a particular stand on any issue, but we do seek to represent the spectrum of opinions honestly and clearly.

      We encourage people to be bold, kind, and committed to friendship in the midst of disagreements on any of the issues we discuss (which have included the Occupy movement, gun rights, religious holidays, the Reason Rally, atheism and theism, entertainment, the American Dream, morality and ethics, political systems…)

      Our panelists have included quite a range of religious and non-religious speakers, and our audience represents a wide spectrum here in TC – Christians, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, Wiccans, humanists, Republicans, Democrats, and members of the LGBT community.

      If you have not been able to be at one of our meetings, I would encourage you to join us. 7:00 tomorrow night!