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Jana Carter, (MDiv Connections)

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Jana Carter
(MDiv Connections)

LindaI considered coming to Bethany before, but now seems to be the perfect time. While I spent much of my life in California, a member of the La Verne Church of the Brethren, I currently live in Washington, DC with my husband, Van, and our two sons, Cabral (age 6) and Mattai (age 2).

I am a lawyer by training and practiced civil rights litigation for seven years before working with California public school administrators on resolving personnel conflicts in their districts and on their school sites. I began training in mediation several years ago and now serve Search for Common Ground, a global nonprofit organization committed to conflict transformation worldwide. I am director of our national racial healing program, called The One America Project.

I finally chose to attend Bethany Theological Seminary after I returned from a Congressional civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama in March 2010. The pilgrimage commemorated the 45th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday (March 7, 1965), one of many brutal moments during the course of the civil rights movement. During that pilgrimage, I came to a deeper understanding that our struggle for peace must be grounded in a spiritual foundation. That is, our reconciliation efforts and justice initiatives are far more effective when rooted in something beyond us.

I am grateful, so grateful for the Connections program that affords me the opportunity to ground my commitment to reconciliation with my passion for the spiritual journey -- all from a distance.

Larry Taylor
(MDiv Connections)

LarryOriginally, I was ordained to ministry by the Lewiston Church of the Brethren (Minn.) and later went on to earn a PhD in psychology, and am now a third year Master of Divinity (MDiv) student at Bethany. Having been a church planter for several decades, a Bible college director for a half-dozen years, and a pastoral psychotherapist for a lengthy season, I felt attracted to explore the possibility of hospital chaplaincy because of the challenges afforded me in Bethany's ministry formation classes, which were the catalyst to deeper understanding, broader theological reflection, and openness to the call of God.