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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://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:

The Brethren Journal Association is seeking a new editor for Brethren Life & Thought. The application deadline is January 15, 2013.

The Bethany Seminary Board of Trustees met October 26-28 on the Seminary’s Richmond, Indiana, campusfor their biannual meeting. Board chair Lynn Myers, whose term began July 1, 2012, presided. Four new trustees were seated: Paul Brubaker, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, representing clergy; Christina Bucher, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, at large; Celia Cook-Huffman, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, representing the Brethren colleges; and David W.

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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."