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Professor Scott Holland will speak on "Making Peace Where the Wild Things Are"

Scott Holland, professor of peace studies and cross-cultural studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, will present a lecture titled "Making Peace Where the Wild Things Are: From Bogota to Beirut to Bethany" on Saturday, October 30, 7:00 p.m., in the Bethany Center's Nicarry Chapel, 615 National Road West, Richmond, Ind. The lecture is in recognition of Holland's promotion to full professor.

The lecture will focus 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.

This lecture also will be webcast and recorded. Persons can attend the lecture live via webcast or view the recording at any time following the lecture. For instructions on participating in the webcast or viewing the recording, visit Bethany's Webcast Vault.

Brandon Hanks
(Master of Divinity)

BrandonI find great comfort in knowing that the gifts of God are irrevocable--that God is faithful even if we are faithless. My faith journey begins with the Church of the Brethren. I was raised in the church by my family going to Sunday school and attending worship each week. But as a teenager I found myself struggling in my understanding of the word of God. I wanted to own my faith. I wanted it to be a real and genuine confession, not one merely adopted through my family's tradition. It was during that time of exploration that God revealed my calling as a minister in God's church.