Seminary Receives Grants for Events and Programs
Bethany Theological Seminary recently received a $200,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for financial support of the Seminary’s Presidential Forum. The grant will be used to establish an endowment to create perpetual funding for this event. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are a national philanthropic organization established through the generosity of the late American industrialist, Arthur Vining Davis, and provide grants for private higher education, religion, secondary education, health care, and public television.
The Presidential Forum, established by current president Ruthann Knechel Johansen at the beginning of her tenure, brings noted speakers to campus for in-depth study and discussion on current topics. Previous forums have focused on scriptures of peace from various faith traditions, the intersection of wisdom and the arts, and hospitality. More than 150 persons have attended each forum, including students, faculty, pastors, church leaders, alumni/ae, and interested persons from the Richmond community and surrounding areas.