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Thirteen to Graduate from Bethany

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Bethany Theological Seminary will hold its 108th commencement in Nicarry Chapel on the Bethany campus at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 11. Eleven master of divinity degrees will be conferred along with one master of arts degree and one Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies.

This year’s commencement speaker is J. Nelson Kraybill, lead pastor at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana, and president-elect of Mennonite World Conference. With his Dry Bones teaching ministry, Kraybill is a frequent speaker in church and academic settings. The theme of his address will be “Who Is Worthy to Open the Scroll?” drawn from Revelation 5:1-10.

A service of worship and blessing at 2:30 pm on May 11, also in Nicarry Chapel, will be open to the public. Planned and led by the graduates, the service will include reflections by Erik Brummett and Robert Miller on the scripture text Isaiah 55.

The commencement ceremony and the worship service will be webcast live. Those interested in viewing the events can access the webcasts at
https://livestream.com/bethanyseminary/campusevents2012-2013.

Nan Erbaugh
Emphasis in Peace Studies '08

NanBethany taught me so much. I didn't realize what a loner I had really been all my life until I opened myself to life within the Bethany community. I felt stretched, pushed, and affirmed in amazing, helpful ways. The importance of a close, supportive community cannot be overestimated, especially in light of the challenges faced living out the peace witness to which I feel called. At Bethany, I gained more courage to step into this crucial niche of the Church of the Brethren. Add the grounded, spiritual theological foundation and academic depth I gained through course work, and I feel transformed in a powerful, positive way to serve God.