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Rebekah Houff has been named to the position of coordinator of outreach programs for Bethany Theological Seminary, to begin June 1, 2012.

Houff is a 2012 graduate of Bethany, having earned a master of divinity degree with an emphasis in youth and young adult ministry.

 

GradsBethany Theological Seminary held its 107th commencement the morning of May 5, 2012, in Nicarry Chapel on the Bethany campus. Approximately 150 were present to celebrate the achievements of sixteen graduates.

Due to construction on the Earlham College campus, parking near the Bethany Center will be limited until fall 2013.

The Bethany board of trustees met March 23-25 on the Bethany campus for their semiannual meeting.

Following the recent announcement of Ruthann Knechel Johansen's intention to retire from the presidency of the Seminary, business began with approval of the Presidential Search Committee and statements from Johansen.

Dr. Ruthann Knechel Johansen, president of Bethany, has announced her retirement, effective July 1, 2013. The announcement came in conjunction with the semiannual meeting of the Bethany Seminary board of trustees. 

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The Association of Theological Schools has awarded Bethany a $5,000 grant as part of its Christian Hospitality and Pastoral Practicesin a Multifaith Society project. The funds will support Bethany faculty in exploring the nature of ministry in multifaith contexts and in the practical application of these findings to student course work.

Exploring Your Call for high school youth returns to Bethany this summer, June 15-25, 2012. This event provides the opportunity for young people entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2012 to explore faith and vocation through classes, congregational involvement, service projects, personal and spiritual enrichment, and recreation.

In Dante's poem "The Inferno," the pilgrim confesses:Ruthann Johansen
    "Midway on our life's journey, I found myself
    In dark woods, the right road lost."

 

All of us as individuals may resonate with experiences of losing our way.  Institutions, even faith communities, can lose their way from time to time.

During their semiannual meeting on October 28-30, 2011, the Bethany Theological Seminary board of trustees devoted time for

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Claire Flowers-Waggener
(Master of Divinity)

ClaireChoosing to respond to "the call" can be a gut-wrenching experience that takes years to resolve, and in some cases, the choice is made in an instant, life-altering moment. In a moment, I chose to respond to a yearning in my heart that had been aching for decades.

I then had to choose which seminary I would attend!