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Living Now from a Historic Peace Tradition

Blessed are the Peacemaker

Peace and justice are a prominent part of Bethany's program because the Church of the Brethren strives to be a living peace church.

As a seminary of one of the three historic peace churches (Brethren, Friends, and Mennonites), each degree or certificate requires at least one Peace Studies course.

Books from 1968: A Case Study in Public Theology

 

 

 

 

 

Peace Studies Courses

To prepare students for ministries within and beyond institutions of the church, courses emphasize reflection on peace and justice roots.

  • biblical
  • theological
  • ethical
  • historical

Peace Studies courses cover many topics including:

  • Non-violence and the biblical story,
  • Peace witness in the Anabaptist tradition,
  • Mediating conflict in families and churches,
  • Peacemaking in national and international arenas.

Peace Forum

Many students join or help plan a weekly Peace Forum.
Check the schedule to decide which lunchtime Peace Forum you wish to attend.

Peace Studies Emphasis

Students with a special interest or experience in peace concerns may concentrate their MA in Peace Studies
or elect to add a Peace Studies emphasis to their MDiv or MA program, as reflected in the chart below. 

Chart of Peace Studies Emphasis or Concentration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undergirding the Peace Studies program is the Baker Peace Fund, a generous endowment provided by
John and Elizabeth Baker, lifelong patrons of peace and justice concerns.

 


For more information about Peace Studies at Bethany refer to the Bethany Catalog, or contact:

Scott HollandScott Holland, Professor of Peace Studies and Cross-Cultural Studies
     hollasc@bethanyseminary.edu       765-983-1814

 

 

Kimberly Koczan-Flory

KimberlyNot long ago, I was uncertain if I would be a Bethany student. My calling to ministry holds a strong commitment to the church, but has always extended beyond church doors. I am passionate about the ways God is moving within congregations, but committed also to those who seek God outside of the institutional structures. One of the primary places. I feel most fully engaged in life-giving ministry is as a spiritual director. Several years ago I completed a certification program in spiritual direction and feel deeply honored to listen with individuals, groups, and organizations about how ordinary life meets with our extraordinary God.