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In Dante's poem "The Inferno," the pilgrim confesses:Ruthann Johansen
    "Midway on our life's journey, I found myself
    In dark woods, the right road lost."

 

All of us as individuals may resonate with experiences of losing our way.  Institutions, even faith communities, can lose their way from time to time.

During their semiannual meeting on October 28-30, 2011, the Bethany Theological Seminary board of trustees devoted time for

Tracy Stoddart Primozich began as director of admissions at Bethany Seminary on October 28, 2011. Her responsibilities focus on designing and implementing a recruitment plan, working with Church of the Brethren congregations and districts to identify and call prospective students and organizing Bethany's visibility to prospects through media and events.

Roger ShenkJoin Roger Shenk for "Befriending a New Vision," a candid discussion about leading an established church through a renewal process without dishonoring the past or the people who still find meaning in it.

Lowell Flory, executive director of institutional advancement and gift planning, has announced that Monica Rice will be joining the Advancement Department at Bethany Seminary. She will begin her duties as advancement administrative assistant and coordinator of congregational relations on September 1, 2011.

President Ruthann K. Johansen of Bethany Seminary has announced the hiring of Shaye M. Isaacs as the executive assistant to the president. She began her duties on August 23, 2011.

A resident of Richmond, Indiana, Isaacs has worked with Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center in Richmond since 2006, most recently as director of development. Her roles and responsibilities at Wernle included management, fund-raising, donor relations, public relations, agency referral and placement, and administrative support. She is also the former president of Signs Express in Richmond.

Elizabeth KellerBethany Seminary announces that Elizabeth Keller, director of admissions, is resigning as of November 25, 2011. A master of divinity graduate of Bethany in 2008, she began serving the Seminary as interim director of admissions during her final year of study in 2007-2008. She has held the position of director of admissions since July 1, 2008.

Jenny WilliamsJenny Williams has been named director of communications and alumni/ae relations at Bethany Theological Seminary as of July 1, 2011.

Twenty Receive Degrees from Bethany Seminary

diplomaFamily and friends filled Bethany Seminary’s Nicarry Chapel on May 7, 2011, to recognize the achievements of twenty graduates. This 106th commencement for Bethany celebrated the largest graduating class at Bethany in fifteen years.

EYC Student Group 2011Six Church of the Brethren youth gathered at Bethany Seminary this summer for Exploring Your Call, held June 17-27. This unique program brings high school juniors and seniors together to reflect on their own faith, explore concepts of ministry, and form supportive relationships as they consider God's presence and call in their lives.

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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.