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The Bethany board of trustees met March 23-25 on the Bethany campus for their semiannual meeting.

Following the recent announcement of Ruthann Knechel Johansen's intention to retire from the presidency of the Seminary, business began with approval of the Presidential Search Committee and statements from Johansen.

Dr. Ruthann Knechel Johansen, president of Bethany, has announced her retirement, effective July 1, 2013. The announcement came in conjunction with the semiannual meeting of the Bethany Seminary board of trustees. 

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The Association of Theological Schools has awarded Bethany a $5,000 grant as part of its Christian Hospitality and Pastoral Practicesin a Multifaith Society project. The funds will support Bethany faculty in exploring the nature of ministry in multifaith contexts and in the practical application of these findings to student course work.

Exploring Your Call for high school youth returns to Bethany this summer, June 15-25, 2012. This event provides the opportunity for young people entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2012 to explore faith and vocation through classes, congregational involvement, service projects, personal and spiritual enrichment, and recreation.

In Dante's poem "The Inferno," the pilgrim confesses:Ruthann Johansen
    "Midway on our life's journey, I found myself
    In dark woods, the right road lost."

 

All of us as individuals may resonate with experiences of losing our way.  Institutions, even faith communities, can lose their way from time to time.

During their semiannual meeting on October 28-30, 2011, the Bethany Theological Seminary board of trustees devoted time for

Tracy Stoddart Primozich began as director of admissions at Bethany Seminary on October 28, 2011. Her responsibilities focus on designing and implementing a recruitment plan, working with Church of the Brethren congregations and districts to identify and call prospective students and organizing Bethany's visibility to prospects through media and events.

Roger ShenkJoin Roger Shenk for "Befriending a New Vision," a candid discussion about leading an established church through a renewal process without dishonoring the past or the people who still find meaning in it.

Lowell Flory, executive director of institutional advancement and gift planning, has announced that Monica Rice will be joining the Advancement Department at Bethany Seminary. She will begin her duties as advancement administrative assistant and coordinator of congregational relations on September 1, 2011.

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Katie Shaw Thompson
Master of Divinity

BethanyI have to admit I had no idea how much my cross-cultural trip to Marburg, Germany, would broaden my perspective. By immersing myself in German culture, I learned more about hospitality, theology, global politics, my neighbor, and myself than I thought possible in two weeks.

I was overwhelmed by the hospitality shown to us by the parish church and our host families. I will forever be grateful for those conversations across the table, across cultural differences, and across language barriers about the things that matter deeply to us all.