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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       765-983-1814



Monica Rice
Master of Arts

MonicaWhen my vocational calling led me to consider a seminary education, I visited Bethany out of a sense of Brethren obligation. Growing up in a Brethren family and congregation, attending a Brethren college, and then participating in several years of Brethren Volunteer Service, I felt a strong commitment to Brethren institutions. However, I felt ready to experience a different faith community for graduate study. I made plans to attend an urban Chicago seminary, but chose to visit Bethany to know that I had considered it as an option.