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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

Claire Flowers-Waggener
(Master of Divinity)

ClaireChoosing to respond to "the call" can be a gut-wrenching experience that takes years to resolve, and in some cases, the choice is made in an instant, life-altering moment. In a moment, I chose to respond to a yearning in my heart that had been aching for decades.

I then had to choose which seminary I would attend!