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Pastoral Presence Program Application

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The purpose of the Pastoral Presence Programs is to encourage direct conversations between Church of the Brethren pastors and Bethany Theological Seminary. Pastors have something to contribute to the life and educational context at Bethany, and Bethany has something to provide pastors in their ongoing education and their need for a space to retreat. Thus, both Bethany and pastors who participate in these programs have something to gain and something to give for mutual benefit. For more detailed information on the programs, visit the Pastoral Presence Programs page.

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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.