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How and why are some individuals inspired and inspiring? The 2016 Bethany Peace Essay Contest—Inspired and Inspiring Peacemakers—asks student writers to share in a public voice about someone they consider to be an inspiring peacemaker. Sponsored by the peace studies program at the Seminary, the contest is open to seminary, graduate school, college, and high school students who are fully enrolled in a program en route to a degree. Prizes of $2000, $1000, and $500 will be awarded for the top three essays.

Bethany student Karen Duhai will begin serving as the Seminary's half-time receptionist on October 5, 2015.

Bethany Seminary is pleased to invite congregations to participate in Bethany Sunday on October 18, 2015.

The slower-paced summer days at Bethany Seminary were enlivened by eight youth who attended this year’s Explore Your Call, July 24-August 3.

With the opening of the fall semester on August 27, twelve new students began their studies toward a graduate degree or certificate at Bethany Seminary.

Bethany Seminary’s seventh Presidential Forum weekend, scheduled for October 29-31, 2015, will feature internationally known speakers, Bethany leadership, and presenters from the peace church traditions on the theme A Pilgrimage of Just Peace.

Nancy Sollenberger Heishman has been named part-time coordinator of the Spanish-Language Ministry Training Programs for the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, beginning July 22.

Beginning July 1, 2015, Monica Rice will be assuming new duties as the administrative assistant and coordinator of congregational and alumni/ae relations at Bethany Theological Seminary.

Mark Lancaster of Santa Rosa, California, has been named executive director of institutional advancement at Bethany, beginning July 1, 2015.

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership announces a position opening for coordinator of Spanish-language ministry training programs.


Kimberly Koczan-Flory

KimberlyNot long ago, I was uncertain if I would be a Bethany student. My calling to ministry holds a strong commitment to the church, but has always extended beyond church doors. I am passionate about the ways God is moving within congregations, but committed also to those who seek God outside of the institutional structures. One of the primary places. I feel most fully engaged in life-giving ministry is as a spiritual director. Several years ago I completed a certification program in spiritual direction and feel deeply honored to listen with individuals, groups, and organizations about how ordinary life meets with our extraordinary God.