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Professor Scott Holland will speak on "Making Peace Where the Wild Things Are"

Scott Holland, professor of peace studies and cross-cultural studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, will present a lecture titled "Making Peace Where the Wild Things Are: From Bogota to Beirut to Bethany" on Saturday, October 30, 7:00 p.m., in the Bethany Center's Nicarry Chapel, 615 National Road West, Richmond, Ind. The lecture is in recognition of Holland's promotion to full professor.

The lecture will focus on Holland's work with the World Council of Churches' Decade to Overcome Violence initiative, which has included planning and participating in international conferences in Africa and Asia. A third conference is planned for Kingston, Jamaica in 2011. A number of articles and books for which Holland is author or editor are evolving from this work, including How Do Stories Save Us? An Essay on the Question with the Theological Hermeneutics of David Tracy in View, and In Search of Peace.

Holland began his tenure at Bethany Seminary in 1999, having previously taught religion and peace studies at Westminster College, Carlow College, Duquesne University, and Ashland Theological Seminary. After receiving a master of arts degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, he earned a doctorate in theology from Duquesne University.

Holland is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and has pastored both Brethren and Mennonite congregations. As a writer and lecturer, he is well known in the areas of public theology, peace studies, and Christianity and culture. Holland’s cross-cultural work often takes him to Nigeria with seminary student groups and as an educator and preacher in collaboration with Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN). Over the past two decades, Holland has been published in a variety of books and professional journals and has presented at many conferences of the historic peace church denominations.

This lecture also will be webcast and recorded. Persons can attend the lecture live via webcast or view the recording at any time following the lecture. For instructions on participating in the webcast or viewing the recording, visit Bethany's Webcast Vault.

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.