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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

 

 

Brian Mackie
Master of Divinity '07

BrianSometimes it takes looking back to see God's leading in life. I graduated from Bethany in May 2007 and realized that God led my entire theological training. In the summer of 2002, however, it was a little tougher to see where it was going.

I realized my call to full-time ministry and knew it was to journey into the educational training part of my call. My campus pastor and I had several conversations about this next step. I fasted and prayed and sought the Lord but had no clear answer by the end of the fast. As I was preparing to break my fast, the Lord asked me, "What is the desire of your heart?" I replied, "Oral Roberts University."