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Debbie RobertsDr. Debbie Roberts has been named half-time assistant professor of reconciliation studies at Bethany Seminary, to begin July 1, 2013. This new position at Bethany was created to help implement intentional coursework in conflict transformation within the Seminary’s curriculum.

2013 GraduatesOn Saturday, May 11, Bethany Theological Seminary’s class of 2013 expressed joy and a sense of accomplishment as they graduated in front of family and friends in Nicarry Chapel. Ten received their diplomas from Ruthann Knechel Johansen, president, and Lynn Myers, board chair; three were recognized in absentia.

The Bethany Seminary Board of Trustees held its spring meeting on the Bethany campus March 21-23, 2013. In addition to hearing reports on department activities and new initiatives, the trustees addressed a number of action items. A highlight of the weekend was a retirement dinner for Ruthann Knechel Johansen, whose presidency of Bethany concludes on June 30, 2013.

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.

Dr. Denise Kettering-Lane has been hired as full-time assistant professor of Brethren studies at Bethany Seminary, to begin July 1, 2013. Kettering-Lane has taught Brethren studies at Bethany in a part-time capacity since 2010, with the majority of her courses in online and weekend-intensive formats.

Did you miss out on Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC this year?  All of the worship services and business sessions, plus the La Verne (CA) Church of the Brethren Sanctuary Choir concert, are still available for you to watch!  Just go to http://new.livestream.com/enten/AC2013 to stream any or all of the twelve recordings!

 

Mary Elizabeth WieandBethany Theological Seminary announces that two new educational initiatives will be supported by a major gift from the estate of Mary Elizabeth Wertz Wieand. This gift comes through the David J. and Mary Elizabeth Wieand Trust, established by members of a family whose roots go back to the very founding of the Seminary.  

The Bethany Theological Seminary Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Jeffrey W. Carter of Manassas, Virginia, has accepted the call to serve as the Seminary’s tenth president, beginning July 1, 2013.

As we wait again for God's reconciling love and Christ's peace to come in our midst, we join our hearts and prayers with all who grieve the terrible violence and loss of lives at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut Dec. 14.

-- Ruthann K. Johansen
    President of Bethany

 

We share this prayer from our Pastoral Care Team at Bethany:

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Matt Boersma
Master of Arts

MattMy thesis began its journey while learning Hebrew at the University of Notre Dame, back when I was an employee in the Information Technology department. Among the many Hebrew texts read, it was the Song of Songs in particular that caught my attention. I knew that historically it had been interpreted as an allegorical text exploring God's love of Israel (or the church), but I had not encountered the deeply sensual nature of the images and the erotic tone of the text. Reading through the book, the unabashed sexuality of the words struck me as completely different than how the rest of the Bible treats sex. During the previous semester we had read selections of Ezekiel, where sex and female desire is cast as idolatrous and evil. In the Song, it is unashamed and extolled.