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“Living Love Feast” was the theme of the sixth Presidential Forum held at Bethany, featuring Shane Claiborne, Ruth Anne Reese, Janet Walton, and Ted Swartz. Forum guests reflected on ways of experiencing love feast.

Students in classBethany Seminary is seeking a part-time project director with education and experience in financial planning and program implementation to fulfill the aims of a grant received from Lilly Endowment Inc. This appointment will be renewed annually for up to three years.

DiverNext summer has a special event in store for jr. high students: Immerse! will bring youth who have completed seventh, eighth, and ninth grades together to share questions, experiences, and ideas about faith, all within a community of friendship and support. Sponsored by the Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults at Bethany Seminary, Immerse!

Bethany Seminary has received a grant of $249,954 as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. Bethany is one of sixty-seven theological schools across the country to receive this funding.

Bethany Theological Seminary will welcome prospective students to ENGAGE on Friday, November 1, 2013. Now in its sixth year, this campus visit event is designed to both provide students with practical information about enrolling in seminary study and to include them in seminary activities and experiences.

Campus guests will take part in worship, interact with a panel of current students, attend class, meet with faculty, and be informed about the admissions process, all with encouragement for each participant to continue discerning the path to which they are called.

Bethany Theological Seminary is encouraging seminary and graduate school, college, and high school students to think creatively about peacemaking and to share those thoughts for the greater good. The Bethany Peace Essay Contest is being reinstated this coming January as part of the peace studies program at the Seminary.

Russell HaitchOn Saturday, October 26, Russell Haitch presented a professorial lecture at Bethany Seminary, commemorating his promotion to full professor of practical theology. Free and open to the public, the lecture began at 7:15 pm (EDT) and was webcast.

David FitchOn Tuesday, October 22, Bethany will host Dr. David Fitch during his speaking tour on “Leadership for a Prodigal Christianity." Held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Nicarry Chapel, this workshop will focus on mission in a post-Christendom context, including ways that Anabaptist thought and practice are poised for our time.

High school juniors and seniors are invited to Colorado State University next summer for Explore Your Call, July 15-19, 2014. Sponsored by the Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults at Bethany Seminary, this event is being held the week prior to National Youth Conference, also at Colorado State. Interested youth will be able to attend both events, and EYC staff will connect participants with their youth groups as they arrive for NYC.

On August 26 and 27, Bethany Seminary welcomed its new students to orientation for the 2013-14 year, twelve just beginning their seminary journey and four having begun classes in the spring and summer of 2013. The Seminary is especially pleased to welcome Alexandre Goncalves from Brazil, who after many months has been able to join the Bethany community to follow his call. Goncalves is a pastor in the Church of the Brethren in Campinas, Sao Paulo, and has served as a director of nonprofit organizations.

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Brandon Hanks
(Master of Divinity)

BrandonI find great comfort in knowing that the gifts of God are irrevocable--that God is faithful even if we are faithless. My faith journey begins with the Church of the Brethren. I was raised in the church by my family going to Sunday school and attending worship each week. But as a teenager I found myself struggling in my understanding of the word of God. I wanted to own my faith. I wanted it to be a real and genuine confession, not one merely adopted through my family's tradition. It was during that time of exploration that God revealed my calling as a minister in God's church.