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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

 

 

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.