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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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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.


Jennifer Jensen
(MDiv Connections)

JenniferWhen my husband, parents, and I arrived at Bethany Theological Seminary for my long-awaited visit, I was giddy, to say the least! My whole life led to that moment and that weekend. I could not believe my dream was coming true! From the moment we arrived, we were treated with the utmost respect and hospitality. Not only did the staff and faculty put together an amazing weekend for me, they welcomed my questions, comments, or concerns we had and did it with complete openness which shined through in every person we visited. Everyone had a genuine interest in me, my husband, and my life. I truly felt like each person wanted to help me be sure this is where I was meant to be. I had the opportunity to sit in several classes, which was an absolutely remarkable and enlightening opportunity that only affirmed how excited I am to sit in those classes myself. In addition, I had the opportunity to visit with current students and recent graduates, getting a true sense of how Bethany affects and changes a person's life.