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The Bethany Theological Seminary community extends sympathy and prayers to Earlham College

and the family and friends of Therese Heymann, Lenore Edwards, and Graham Nissen in this time of tragedy.  In a spirit of waiting contemplation, classes will be held today (Friday, November 9) at Bethany.

      The dream of a lifetime?
A way to undergird ministry and bring scripture alive?
A pilgrimage of devotion to Jesus Christ?

Jesus said, “Follow me!”
Come and explore his invitation more deeply in the Holy Land!

Nationally known keynote speaker and presenter Sharon Ellison is dedicated to the belief that learning to communicate with non-defensive power is a crucial key to our capacity for solving the majority of problems we face.

Bethany professor Tara Hornbacker will present her professorial lecture on Saturday, October 27, at 7:15 pm (EDT) in honor of her promotion to full professor of ministry formation.

On Friday, November 2, Bethany Seminary will welcome prospective students to ENGAGE, an introduction to the Seminary’s programs and community life.  Coordinated by Tracy Stoddart Primozich, director of admissions, the day’s events include a number of opportunities for guests to interact with current students, faculty, and staff.

“I loved my time at Exploring Your Call and speak of it constantly. If it were possible for me to go again, I would—in a heartbeat,” says Laura Brown, a 2012 participant in this annual discernment event held by Bethany Theological Seminary.

Bethany is now webcasting many campus events in order to include students at a distance, as well as to share with others who might wish to worship with us or enjoy the flavor of campus life.

Bethany has received $20,000 from The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion for assessment and refinement of its Ministry Formation program.

Dr. Ruthann Johansen, retiring president of Bethany Theological Seminary, was recently interviewed about "Transitions."  We are glad to share that brief interview here.



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The Bethany board of trustees announces a search for a new president to succeed Ruthann Knechel Johansen upon her retirement June 30, 2013.

The Presidential Search Committee invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for this position. The new president will assume office in July 2013.


Nick Miller Kauffman
Master of Arts

NickAfter four years at Manchester College, I found my thirst for knowledge was far from quenched. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in peace studies, but I didn't want to push on into the social sciences. With Bethany's master's degree in theology with a peace studies emphasis, I saw an opportunity to continue studying the peace and justice issues that so impassion me from the humanities perspective, and that I found so enlivening in my final year of college. Here I can study, learn, and prepare for whatever comes next. I am on first-name terms with a faculty that is committed to me--something that would be hard to find at a larger school. And I can see already that the same issues that excite me are exciting to my professors.