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Dr. Ruthann Knechel Johansen, president of Bethany, has announced her retirement, effective July 1, 2013. The announcement came in conjunction with the semiannual meeting of the Bethany Seminary board of trustees. 

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The Association of Theological Schools has awarded Bethany a $5,000 grant as part of its Christian Hospitality and Pastoral Practicesin a Multifaith Society project. The funds will support Bethany faculty in exploring the nature of ministry in multifaith contexts and in the practical application of these findings to student course work.

Exploring Your Call for high school youth returns to Bethany this summer, June 15-25, 2012. This event provides the opportunity for young people entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2012 to explore faith and vocation through classes, congregational involvement, service projects, personal and spiritual enrichment, and recreation.

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.

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Nick Miller Kauffman
Master of Arts

NickAfter four years at Manchester College, I found my thirst for knowledge was far from quenched. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in peace studies, but I didn't want to push on into the social sciences. With Bethany's master's degree in theology with a peace studies emphasis, I saw an opportunity to continue studying the peace and justice issues that so impassion me from the humanities perspective, and that I found so enlivening in my final year of college. Here I can study, learn, and prepare for whatever comes next. I am on first-name terms with a faculty that is committed to me--something that would be hard to find at a larger school. And I can see already that the same issues that excite me are exciting to my professors.