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Bethany Seminary and the Earlham School of Religion announce that Ryan Frame has been hired as the new seminary computing specialist. Frame began his duties on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Bethany Seminary is among the schools taking part in the 2014 Seminary and Theological Grad School Virtual Fair on Wednesday, September 17. Those planning to apply to seminary or who are considering theological study can take advantage of this free opportunity to chat live online with Bethany staff.

Steven Schweitzer, academic dean at Bethany Theological Seminary, presented two professional research papers at the 2014 meeting of the International Society of Biblical Literature (ISBL), held July 6-10 at the University of Vienna in Austria.

The Peace of the City and the Quest for Public Theologies, a popular course taught by Scott Holland at Bethany, will be offered as a weekend intensive at the University of La Verne this fall.

Bethany awarded eight master of divinity degrees at the 2014 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10. View the ceremony and the worship service.

Bethany invited all at Annual Conference to "join the conversation!" Visitors to the Bethany exhibit wrote responses to questions about discipleship and posted them for others to reflect upon. Read what your sisters and brothers are saying about their personal journeys of discipleship and witness!

Eight master of divinity degrees will be conferred at Bethany's 109th commencement on May 10. Christopher Bowman, pastor of Oakton Church of the Brethren in Vienna, Virginia, will be the commencement speaker. Commencement and the senior worship will be webcast.

The inauguration of Bethany Seminary’s tenth president was the central event of the spring 2014 board meeting. The board also devoted time to discussing issues pertaining to the operation of a seminary like Bethany in today’s social and cultural climate.

Stole and tableBethany Seminary has named Courtney Hess as project director for the grant of $249,954 received as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. Hess began his duties on April 1, 2014.

Jeff CarterJeff Carter was inaugurated as Bethany's president on March 29. View the recording!

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Matt Wollam-Berens
(MDiv Connections)

MattIsaiah 55:1-3
"Everyone who thirsts,
come to the water . . .
Why spend your money
for what is not bread,
and your labor for that
which does not satisfy?"

For me, discovering Bethany was like finding a stream of living water in the desert. Jesus walked out of the desert after being baptized by his cousin John and proclaimed, "Reform your lives, the Kingdom of God is here!" And then he called his first disciples. He did not first make them recite a creed, he did not give them dogma, or theology. He simply said, "Follow me."