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									Bethany Theological Seminary

      2011-2012 Catalog
Bethany Theological Seminary

              The Graduate School of Theology
                of the Church of the Brethren
        We invite you to visit us.
        Call our Admissions Office at 800-287-8822 ext. 1810
        to arrange for lodging and a chance to learn to know us.

        Main Campus
          Bethany Theological Seminary
          615 National Road West, Richmond, IN 47374-4019
          765-983-1800; 800-287-8822; Fax 765-983-1840

        Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
          One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298
          717-361-1450; Fax 717-361-1195


        Bethany Theological Seminary is accredited by two
        agencies to offer graduate-level degree programs:
        The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of
        Theological Schools, and the North Central Association
        of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.

        The Commission on Accrediting of the
        Association of Theological Schools
           10 Summit Park Drive
           Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103
           Telephone: (412)788-6505

        North Central Association of Colleges and
        Schools Higher Learning Commission
           30 North La Salle Street
           Suite 2400
           Chicago, IL 60602-2504
           Telephone: (800)621-7440

TABLE OF CONTENTS                1   Lectureships and Cultural
PRESIDENT’S WELCOME             2    Brethren Academy for
                                       Ministerial Leadership
The Bethany Story
                                     ACADEMIC INFORMATION          37
Mission Statement                    Admission and Enrollment
Reflections on Bethany’s Mission     Academic Policies and
Mission in Partnership:                Procedures
  Partnership with Other             Transcripts
Partnership with the Church
                                     COURSE OFFERINGS            45
                                     Bethany Course Descriptions
THE BETHANY COMMUNITY           8    Earlham School of Religion
A Diverse Community                    Course Descriptions
Life in Community
Facilities at the Main Campus
                                     GENERAL INFORMATION         78
Facilities at the Susquehanna        Tuition and Fees, 2011-2012
  Ministry Center
                                     Criminal Background Check
                                     Student Housing
ADMINISTRATIVE FACULTY 13            Student Services
                                     Typical Student Expenditures for
                                       One Academic Year
Master of Divinity (MDiv)            Group Hospitalization/Medical
Master of Arts (MA)
                                     Financial Aid and Scholarships
Certificate of Achievement in
  Theological Studies (CATS)         Campus and Area Maps
Peace Studies/Peace Studies          Board of Trustees
  Emphasis                           Susquehanna Valley Ministry
Institute for Ministry with            Center Staff
   Youth and Young Adults/           Alumni/ae Coordinating Council
   Youth and Young Adult
   Studies Emphasis
Curriculum Distribution

                                        President’s Welcome

    Welcome to Bethany Theological Seminary, an innovative graduate
    school educating women and men for clergy and lay leadership in
    churches and those seeking to integrate theological, biblical, and
    ethical reflection into their various professions. Bethany’s graduate
    programs are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools
    in the United States and Canada and by the Higher Learning
    Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and
    Universities. As a place of faith, intellectual inquiry, and holy
    conversation, the Seminary offers an Incarnational education that
    transforms our inner lives and turns us outward to serve the world.
    At the table of conversation, we gather around scripture to listen
    to the Holy Spirit, each other, and the world’s needs. Study and nourishing reflection lead to
    fruitful living where justice and mercy are not merely ideas but evidence of God’s way. Around the
    Bethany table you will find colleagues who will become pastors, teachers, prophets, chaplains,
    architects or builders, earth caretakers, musicians, accountants, or nurses. Through this catalog
    you will get a glimpse of Bethany’s purpose, its rich history, and the educational opportunities
    that await you.

    Bethany is an intellectual and spiritual community educating for God’s shalom and Christ’s love
    and peace. Theological education here is grounded in the testimonies of the Church of the
    Brethren, which include the priesthood of all believers, the study of scripture in community,
    simplicity and reverence for creation, service to others, and peace and reconciliation. Founded in
    1905, the Seminary remains committed to educating the mind, heart, body, and spirit of students
    from a variety of theological perspectives. Sharing the conviction that each person is a minister
    grounded in Christ’s transformative love, we live and teach in the questions that challenge
    religions and cultures in this time.

    Students may enroll in either the MA or MDiv program, both of which are available on campus
    and in an online format. Both programs will afford you abundant opportunities to

    •   engage in disciplined study of biblical scripture, theology, and historical texts;
    •   participate in thoughtful dialog on contemporary issues of faith and values;
    •   practice spiritual disciplines of prayer, contemplation, and reconciliation in an era plagued
        with anxiety, violence, and dread;
    •   link theological reflection with interdisciplinary study;
    •   prepare for further graduate study;
    •   develop intercultural competencies through cross-cultural travel, work, and study;
    •   cultivate distinctive skills required in ministry to and with the emerging generations;
    •   embody Incarnational values of compassion and hospitality for friend and foe in a world of
        arrogance and greed.

                                                                        President’s Welcome

 At Bethany Seminary, your educational opportunities will be enhanced by several partnerships.
 These partnerships build upon our own faculty and are strengthened by the rich resources of
 nearby seminaries and colleges, area congregations, and denominational agencies. The Earlham
 School of Religion, our most immediate educational partner, provides Bethany students with an
 exciting ecumenical learning environment that complements Bethany’s own Christian heritage of
 the Church of the Brethren. The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, jointly supported by
 Bethany and the Ministry Office of the Church of the Brethren, provides a certificate program that
 empowers leadership in bivocational ministry and continuing education opportunities designed to
 strengthen the ministries of those currently holding leadership positions.

 Bethany’s educational program resides in the community conversation in the classrooms at
 Bethany located in Richmond, Indiana, and through the extended accessibility of Bethany’s
 graduate degrees through MDiv Connections and MA Connections, programs that combine short-
 term intensive courses at the Seminary, online courses, and off-site courses hosted at locations
 such as the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center in Pennsylvania.

 Bethany provides rigorous academic programs and generous financial aid to make this education
 both affordable and accessible so that our students might more faithfully and joyfully embody
 God’s shalom and Christ’s peace in the church and the world. We are eager to welcome you to
 this vibrant community of faith and learning.

Ruthann Knechel Johansen, President

    Heritage and Mission


    Bethany Theological Seminary is one of eight institutions of
    higher education related to the Church of the Brethren. It was
    founded in October 1905 by Albert C. Wieand in association with
    Emanuel B. Hoff. Known initially as the Bethany Bible School, the
    venture began with twelve residents who met in the Hoff home
    on Hastings Street on the near-south side of Chicago.

    In 1909 the first building was erected on the school’s second
    campus at 3435 West Van Buren Street. Rapidly expanding
    enrollment necessitated further construction, which was achieved
    through much prayer and sacrifice. The first bachelor of divinity
    degree was granted in 1913.

    Recognition by the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference
    came in 1909, followed by an action in 1925 to establish a more
    direct affiliation with the Conference. The name of the school
    was officially changed in 1931 to Bethany Biblical Seminary. As
    declared in the articles of incorporation, the objective of the
    Seminary was “to promote the spread and deepen the influence
    of Christianity by the thorough training of men and women
    for the various forms of Christian service, in harmony with the
    principles and practices of the Church of the Brethren.”

    In 1940 the Seminary was fully accredited by the American
    Association of Theological Schools (now called the Association
    of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada)
    and through the years has maintained this accreditation.
    Accreditation by the North Central Association through its Higher
    Learning Commission was granted in 1971 and continues.

    In 1957 the board of trustees approved the relocation of the
    Seminary to a site near Oak Brook, Illinois. In June 1963 the
    official name of the school was changed to Bethany Theological
    Seminary. The Seminary commenced its life on its new and third
    campus in the fall of that year.

    In 1992 the Bethany board approved the relocation of the
    Seminary to Richmond, Indiana, in association with the
    Earlham School of Religion (ESR) and in partnership with the
    congregations of the Church of the Brethren. That relocation was
    completed in time for the opening of school in the fall of 1994.
                                                                               Mission & Heritage

The presidents of Bethany since its inception have         in a variety of models and settings:
been:                                                      congregational life, pastoral leadership,
    Albert C. Wieand, 1905-1932                            theological education, each engaged locally
    Daniel W. Kurtz, 1932-1937                             and globally at the intersections of the church
    Rufus D. Bowman, 1937-1952                             and the world;
    Warren W. Slabaugh, acting president,              •   Embodied in transformed and joyful service
      1952-1953                                            that integrates the values of simplicity,
    Paul M. Robinson, 1953-1975
                                                           community, reconciliation, and care for
    Warren F. Groff, 1975-1989
    Wayne L. Miller, 1989-1992
    Eugene F. Roop, 1992-2007                          Our mission and vision are enhanced by
    Ruthann Knechel Johansen, 2007-present             partnerships with the Earlham School of Religion
                                                       and those that make educational opportunities
                                                       accessible in other locations: graduate courses
MISSION STATEMENT                                      through the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
                                                       and nongraduate study and continuing education
    Our Mission                                        through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial
Bethany Theological Seminary equips spiritual          Leadership and SVMC.
and intellectual leaders with an Incarnational
education for ministering, proclaiming, and            Adopted by the Bethany board of trustees,
living out God’s shalom and Christ’s peace in the      October 2009
church and world.

    Our Vision                                         REFLECTIONS ON BETHANY’S MISSION
Incarnational education at Bethany Theological
Seminary is                                            Bethany Theological Seminary provides a context
•   Grounded in Jesus Christ, as the Incarnation       in which students devote their spiritual and
    of God’s reconciling love;                         intellectual gifts to disciplined study, worship of
                                                       God, and practice as they prepare for leadership
•   Founded on scripture, read in community,           in the church and world through Incarnational
    guided by the Spirit, for discerning wisdom,       education. The aim of Incarnational education
    ethics, and theology;                              is to help us understand and experience what it
                                                       means to abide in the Creator and for creation
•   Rooted in distinctive Anabaptist and Pietist       through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, as
    traditions of the Church of the Brethren;          described in John 15:4 and 1 John 4:13. Such
                                                       education opens us to God’s transforming work
•   Experienced in a curriculum that explores the
                                                       within us individually and extends through us to
    comprehensive gospel of Christ’s salvation
                                                       contribute to the healing and flourishing of God’s
    using multiple communication formats;
                                                       reality in a world plagued by greed and violence.
•   Practiced in spiritual disciplines, intellectual
    inquiry, Christian discipleship, and cross-        In Bethany courses students do not simply
    cultural engagements that bear fruit where         experience teaching and learning about
    God is working toward shalom;                      Scripture, history, theology, and worship. They
                                                       are guided by teaching and learning for joyful
•   Committed to preparation for ministry              investigation of questions about faith and
                                                       public life; critical and compassionate thinking;
          Mission & Heritage

                                                     of Religion (ESR). A common campus, a joint
collaborative study and scholarship; bridge-         curriculum, a shared library, and several joint
building dialog; intercultural competence;           administrative positions are all part of the
integration of mind, body, heart, and spirit,        covenantal partnership between the two schools.
innovative reconciliation ministries; and            As noted in the ESR catalog, this covenant has
imaginative skills and strategies for peacemaking.   spiritual, educational, economic, and cultural
Incarnational education prepares students to be      “In the spiritual dimension, the covenant means
•   visionaries who imagine and proclaim God’s       faithfulness to our respective traditions; in the
    reality;                                         educational, it means the symbiosis of our
•   servant leaders and administrators who           teaching and curricula; in the economic, it means
    encourage and guide faithfully;                  cooperative stewardship of time and resources; in
                                                     the cultural dimension, it means self-awareness
•   pastors and teachers who nurture and inspire     and sensitivity to differences.”
•   prophets who inform the center from the
    margins;                                         Other Graduate Schools near Richmond
•   ethicists who speak truth to power;              Bethany students and faculty have opportunities
                                                     to draw on the resources of a wider circle of
•   evangelists who spread the gospel;               theological schools. Along with the Earlham
•   environmentalists who care for all creation as   School of Religion, Bethany has open cross
    holy gift;                                       registration with United Theological Seminary in
•   poets and preachers who are artists of           Dayton, the Graduate Department of Religious
    interpretation;                                  Studies at the University of Dayton, Payne
                                                     Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, and
•   peacemakers who build bridges toward             Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.
    justice.                                         In addition, Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati
                                                     and Anderson University School of Theology in
                                                     Indiana offer additional educational resources for
MISSION IN PARTNERSHIP                               Bethany students. Students also have access to
                                                     curricular and cocurricular programs at Earlham
Partnership With Other Schools Bethany               College.
Theological Seminary has on numerous occasions
affirmed its readiness to partner with other         Partners in Pennsylvania Bethany also
schools, colleges, universities and organizations,   participates in an education partnership with
institutions and movements in fulfilling its         the Church of the Brethren districts of Atlantic
educational objectives. Earlier examples of such     Northeast, Middle Pennsylvania, Southern
partnership included affiliation with General        Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania, and Mid-
Conference Mennonites at the Van Buren Street        Atlantic to offer off-site graduate and Academy
campus in Chicago, a close working relationship      courses in Pennsylvania. The host colleges of
with Northern Baptist Theological Seminary on        the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC)
the Oak Brook campus, and participation in           are Elizabethtown College and Juniata College,
the larger network of ACTS, the Association of       which provide the Center with office facilities and
Chicago Theological Schools.                         the use of classrooms and libraries. In addition
                                                     four theological schools make their graduate
Earlham School of Religion In moving to              programs available to Bethany’s students taking
Richmond, Indiana, in 1994, Bethany entered          off-site courses at SVMC: Evangelical Theological
into a new partnership with the Earlham School       Seminary in Myerstown, Lancaster Theological
                                                                            Mission & Heritage

                                                    Partnership with the church also involves links
Seminary, Eastern Mennonite Seminary in             with other agencies of the Church of the
Lancaster, and Lutheran Theological Seminary at     Brethren concerned with ministry. One such
Gettysburg.                                         linkage is the Ministry Advisory Council, where
                                                    representatives from Bethany, denominational
Partnership with the Church As Bethany              and district structures, and the Brethren colleges
works with partner schools, it also is developing   join to plan the programs of the Brethren
various levels of partnership with the church.      Academy for Ministerial Leadership. In turn,
Central to Bethany’s program is the involvement     the director of the Academy works closely with
of congregations in the educational process,        staff of the other agencies in implementing and
especially as the church itself undergoes rapid     overseeing the various programs. Other points at
change and experiments with multiple models         which the wider church influences the life and
of ministry. Some serve as teaching churches        programs of the Seminary include representation
in the field education program. Some provide        by district and denominational leadership on
ongoing ministry opportunities for students.        Bethany’s board and the participation of the
Some function as settings for congregational        Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in
studies. Some host classes where the curriculum     choosing the trustees who constitute the board.
of the Seminary and the agenda of the local
church come together. And some may participate
in joint ventures in urban mission and community
renewal. Through these and in other ways,
congregations join with Bethany in training
leaders for the church.

   A N D KNOWLEDGE WILL BE PLEASANT TO YOUR SOUL." – Proverbs 2:10                                  7
                               The Bethany Community
While primarily an institution which offers courses and grants
degrees, Bethany Theological Seminary is also a community of
faith and learning whose members create a common life, build
significant relationships, contribute to mutual growth, celebrate joys,
share concerns, worship and pray together, and hold one another
accountable to shared goals and values. While not a congregation,
the Bethany community embodies many of the marks of life in
covenant that we associate with the church.


The Bethany community includes a variety of persons in a variety of
roles: students, spouses, faculty, administrators, support staff, board
members. Within the student body itself, about one hundred in
number, diversity abounds.
•   Some are Brethren; some are members of other communions.
•   Some are women, some are men; some are married, some are
•   Some are in their early twenties, recently graduated from college;
    others are moving into midlife or beyond, preparing for second
•   Some have roots deeply planted in the life of the church; others
    are new to the church, sometimes new to faith.
•   Some have a clear sense of vocational direction; others are on a
    quest with a goal yet to be determined.
•   Some are tasting ministry for the first time; others bring years of
    service to the church.
•   Some come from communities a short distance from the campus;
    others from as far away as California or New England, Nigeria or
    Zimbabwe, India, or The Dominican Republic.
•   Some express their faith with the language of evangelical
    piety; others with the language of movements for justice and
•   Some are local students whose life revolves around the Seminary;
    others are commuting students who move between several
•   Some are doing all their work at the main campus in Richmond;
    others are doing some of their work at the Susquehanna Valley
    Ministry Center, online, and through intensives.

                                                                      The Bethany Community

Diversity such as this, coupled with the diversity
ESR students and faculty bring to our common         other personal milestones; to update community
life, provides a rich and challenging environment    members on forthcoming events; and to reaffirm
for theological education. Community at Bethany      the ties that bind us together.
takes shape within that rich complexity.
                                                     Community Governance As does every
                                                     group, Bethany has a number of administrative
LIFE IN COMMUNITY                                    structures which help the community organize
                                                     and conduct its life. Ultimate responsibility for
A Worshiping Community Reflecting on her             developing the mission, goals, and policies of
time at Bethany, Master of Divinity graduate         the Seminary rests with the Board of Trustees.
Tracy Stoddart shares this: “The ways we             Teaching and administrative faculty meet
prayed and worshiped together in and out of          regularly to initiate and oversee programs
the classroom connected me to the Holy and           designed to carry out the Seminary’s mission
to those in the community here at Bethany. As        and also meet on occasion with their colleagues
we entered into our academic work together,          at ESR to address matters of mutual interest.
professors and students shared in devotional time    Students are organized into various ministry
through scripture, prayer, silence, or music. When   teams, which are overseen by a leadership
we gathered for meals or worship, I was grateful     team. Members of the leadership team provide
for the diversity of voices that led and preached    a student liaison to the faculty meeting. We
with creativity, passion, and faithfulness as we     continue to find new ways to incorporate our
came together to share our lives and our faith.”     local and Connections students into the Student
                                                     Leadership Team, giving all our students a
Some worship events are designed particularly        represented voice.
for the Bethany community, while others bring
Bethany and ESR students together in joint           Service on ministry teams and committees
fellowship. The affiliation in Richmond provides     enables students to contribute to the life of the
opportunities to experience worship in patterns      community at many levels, including worship,
familiar to Brethren, in both the programmed         academic issues, campus ministry, and more.
and unprogrammed manner of Friends (Quakers),        Students choose their own representatives to the
and in liturgies drawn from the heritage of          various ministry teams and committees as well
other Christian communions. Each fall, the           as to meetings of the Board of Trustees. More
teaching faculty participate in an eight-week        detailed information on the ways the community
preaching series on a biblical text or theme.        organizes can be found in the Bethany Student
Faculty, students and administrators participate     Handbook. The Handbook is formally updated
in worship leadership and design while student       once a year on July 1.
members of the Ministry of Worship class
coordinate the chapel services throughout the        Decision-making processes at Bethany seek
academic year.                                       to reflect the wisdom and interests of the
                                                     whole community. Sometimes the community
Common Meal In the middle of each week,              participates directly in the making of a decision;
the community gathers for a common meal at           sometimes a smaller group solicits input from the
noon. It is a time to enjoy table fellowship; to     whole and acts on its behalf. Whenever possible,
celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new births and   the deciding group discerns the community’s

       The Bethany Community

common mind and acts by consensus. When
differing views cannot be resolved, the group
seeks a course of action that allows the
community to move ahead with its life and
work in the midst of differences and in a
manner that respects the freedom to dissent.
The student leadership team provides Web
access to all student forums, so that all students    classes make use of information technology in
have the ability to participate in discussions of     fulfilling course objectives. Electronic resources
issues at hand.                                       at Earlham College’s Lilly Library further expand
                                                      the opportunities for learning through new
Advising and Consultation Bethany students            technologies.
have access to both academic and personal
advising and consultation. Prior to orientation,      In addition to serving as a resource for students
new students will have the opportunity to begin       on campus, Bethany’s information technology
to work with a faculty advisor with regard to         program increasingly supports teaching and
their program of study. Along with providing          learning at a distance. Some courses are taught
guidance on curricular requirements, faculty          entirely online; others use a hybrid approach,
advisors also help students assess their overall      combining occasional meetings on campus with
academic progress and may offer counsel               online learning at other times.
regarding vocational direction.
                                                      Welcoming One Another Hospitality is
Other resources for advising and consultation         a key aspect of community life at Bethany.
include the director of student development           Students, staff, and volunteers all strive to make
and the Pastoral Care Team. Coordinated by the        new students feel welcome, whether they
director of student development, the Pastoral         are relocating to the main campus for several
Care Team is available to respond to individual and   years or come briefly for intensive courses.
group needs on behalf of the whole community.         Orientation sessions for new degree (local and
                                                      Connections) and certificate students take place
Information Technology The use of                     at the beginning of classes in late August and
information technology is becoming increasingly       again in late January. Connections students also
important in theological education. Assisted          have opportunities to relate to the student body
by grants received from Lilly Endowment, Inc.,        and to participate in the life of the community
Bethany and ESR continue to enhance the               through worship and meal events.
technological resources available to faculty and
students. The director of information technology      In general, Connections students have access
oversees the program, in consultation with the        to the full range of seminary services available
Bethany and ESR faculties.                            to local students. Connections students are free
                                                      to contact seminary staff directly, or they can
All students have access to technologies for          request services through the office of the director
learning in and beyond their course work              of distributed education and the office of student
through a campus-wide network, modern                 development. The office of student development
computer labs, a personal e-mail account, and         assists students with hospitality needs while they
friendly tech support. A growing number of            are attending intensives on campus. Although
                                                      Bethany does not provide housing directly,
                                                                      The Bethany Community

                                                     A major resource for community members already
                                                     mentioned is the Bethany Student Handbook.
                                                     It provides information about community
                                                     governance, academic life, and other matters,
                                                     and contains several Bethany policy statements,
                                                     including statements regarding harassment,
                                                     disabilities, and plagiarism. Also included are
                                                     links to several statements from the Church of
                                                     the Brethren Annual Conference, which serve as
many reasonable options are available. For more      a reference point for living responsibly with one
information and a lodging request form, please       another in the Bethany community.
housing or contact the director of student
development directly.                                FACILITIES AT THE MAIN CAMPUS

Keeping in Touch Bethany publishes several           The main campus in Richmond encompasses
interpretive pieces that help members of the         a number of facilities which support Bethany’s
Seminary community stay connected. Each              programs. They include the multi-purpose
week Bethany and ESR jointly publish an              Bethany Center as well as buildings belonging
electronic newsletter, This Week in Common,          to Earlham College and ESR, to which Bethany
that provides members of both seminary               students have access through the affiliation. All
communities with information about chapel            buildings are wheelchair accessible.
and Common Meal programs and other campus
events and announcements. This Week in
Common is available through an e-mail reminder       THE BETHANY CENTER
on Monday mornings, and on the Bethany
website. Wonder & Word, a publication of             The Bethany Center serves as the hub of activity
the office of institutional advancement, builds      for Bethany’s life in Richmond. The building
connections with the wider constituencies of         includes classrooms, a study area, offices for
the Seminary. The student listserv is used to        faculty and administration, work areas for support
promote campus events, give notice to policy         staff and student assistants, the Nicarry Chapel, a
changes, make prayer requests, and share joys.       resource room for congregational life, a commuter
It is not used as a discussion forum. All students   lounge, and areas for informal gatherings and
are automatically subscribed to this listserv,       special group meetings. The center opens onto a
yet can opt out by contacting the director of        plaza which joins Bethany to ESR.
information technology. Students who opt out
are still responsible to know the information that
is shared through this medium.                       THE ESR CENTER

Bethany’s website,,          Completed in the fall of 1989, the ESR Center
is another important resource for students, staff,   serves as the focal point for the programs of ESR.
and the wider constituencies of the Seminary.        The building contains classrooms, several small
Admissions information, faculty and staff            seminar/meeting rooms, two computer labs, a
directories, and academic information are among      dining room and kitchen, a meeting room for
the resources of the website.                        worship and a space for community activities.
        The Bethany Community

Some Bethany classes meet in the ESR building.        OTHER EARLHAM FACILITIES
Meal events for both schools take place in the
dining room of the ESR Center.                        Among the other Earlham buildings which
                                                      Bethany students may have occasion to use are
                                                      the Stout Meetinghouse, which provides a large
ROBERT BARCLAY CENTER                                 worship room for religious gatherings, and the
                                                      Earlham Wellness Center. The latter, combining
Named after an early Quaker leader, the Barclay       a new structure and the former Trueblood
Center houses the administrative and faculty          Fieldhouse, contains a gymnastic complex
offices for ESR.                                      including a swimming pool, indoor courts for
                                                      several sports, and other wellness facilities.

                                                      FACILITIES AT THE SUSQUEHANNA
Lilly Library serves Bethany Theological Seminary,    VALLEY MINISTRY CENTER (SVMC)
ESR and Earlham College. Built in 1963 and
expanded in 1992, the library houses over             The administrative offices of the Susquehanna
390,000 volumes, including a substantial              Valley Ministry Center are located in the lower
theological collection, and subscribes to nearly      level of Alpha Hall, the administration building
1,000 serials. The library also provides access to    of Elizabethtown College. Classes are held in
a wide range of bibliographic databases, online       the Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist
scholarly resources, and electronic books and         and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, at
periodicals. Students who live far from Richmond      Juniata College, and in some local churches of
have access to these collections electronically       partner districts.
or through document delivery. Nationally
recognized as a teaching library, the Earlham         In addition to the library resources on the
libraries were awarded the 2001 Excellence in         main campus, students enrolled at SVMC have
Academic Libraries award by the Association of        access to five local libraries: the High Library at
College & Research Libraries. Bethany’s holdings      Elizabethtown College and Beeghley Library at
incorporated into the Lilly Library include several   Juniata College, and the libraries of three area
thousand works related to the Church of the           theological schools: Evangelical Theological
Brethren and its heritage, plus portions of the       Seminary in Myerstown, Lancaster Theological
Ora I. Huston English Bible collection, the library   Seminary, and Lutheran Theological Seminary in
of Abraham H. Cassel, and the William Eberly          Gettysburg. Through this combined network,
Hymnal Collection.                                    more than 500,000 volumes are available to
                                                      Bethany students taking courses at SVMC.


The student union building of Earlham College,
the Runyan Center, houses the bookstore that
serves Bethany, ESR, and Earlham College. It also
contains a post office, branch bank, recreation
facilities, coffee house, fine arts center, and the
Wilkinson Theater.
                   Teaching and Administrative

The human resources for
Bethany’s various programs
include the teaching and
administrative faculty
depicted on the pages that
follow. Visiting lecturers and
adjunct instructors further
augment the educational

                                 Fred Bernhard                            Malinda Berry
                                 Institutional Advancement                Instructor in Theological Studies
                                 Associate (2004 - )                      and Director of the MA program
                                                                          (2009 - )

                                 MDiv, Earlham School of Religion,        MA, Associated Mennonite Biblical
                                 1977                                     Seminary, 2001
                                 DMin, Bethany Theological Seminary,      MPhil, Union Theological Seminary in
                                 1982                                     the City of New York, 2009
                                                                          Former visiting scholar at Goshen
                                 Ordained in the Church of the
                                                                          College; interim minister in New York
                                 Brethren; former pastor of Church
                                                                          City; associate director of Mennonite
                                 of the Brethren congregations in
                                                                          Voluntary Service.
                                 Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio.
                                                                          "Coming to the disciplines of the
                                 "I enjoy my work with congregations,     seminary from a background in
                                 ministers and constituents. This         literature, I care deeply about
                                 is an extension of my ‘set apart’        language and imagination. As a
                                 ministry. Challenging congregations      student and teacher of theology,
                                 to be the church and inviting them       I believe strongly in connecting
                                 to call prospective students for         a theological vocabulary to daily
                                 ministry, encouraging pastors, and       living. While we typically make
                                 visiting donors will enable the church   this connection through spiritual
                                 to move forward during this new          disciplines like prayer, I believe we
                                 century. I cannot think of a higher      need to be attentive to the ways the
                                 calling.”                                Spirit is at work when we are dealing
                                                                          with the daily details of life. Speaking
                                                                          theologically animates the vocabulary
                                                                          of the everyday, infusing it with
                                                                          meaning and insight that can only
                                                                          come from God.”
        Teaching & Administrative Faculty

Enten Eller                              Edward R. Farmer                          Lowell Flory
Director of Electronic                   Director of Information Technology        Executive Director of Institutional
Communications (2006 - )                 (2009 - )                                 Advancement and Gift Planning
                                                                                   (2000 - )

MDiv, Bethany Theological                MS, University of Texas at Dallas,        MA, University of Kansas, 1978
Seminary, 1991                           1975                                      JD, University of Kansas, 1980

Ordained in the Church of the            Employed in the information services      Former Professor and Chair
Brethren; former pastor of Church        field since 1975, specializing in         of Business and Economics at
of the Brethren congregations in         educational Institutions since 1998       McPherson College, private law
Minnesota and Indiana; former                                                      practice, director of employee
                                         “Technology plays an important role       Education at a university teaching
Executive Director of the Mediation
                                         in supporting the educational mission     hospital, served on a variety of
Services of Tippecanoe County;
                                         of Bethany Theological Seminary and       church agency boards, Moderator of
computer consultant with Eller
                                         Earlham School of Religion. Seminary      1999 Church of the Brethren Annual
Computer Services
                                         Computing’s goal is to provide the
“I am delighted to serve at Bethany      technology support needed to make
in a way that combines my                the student learning experience           “Bethany has a long-standing
commitment to ministry with my           meaningful and efficient. At the          educational record of preparing
technological skills. Whether through    same time we provide technological        ministry leadership in the Anabaptist-
my previous work with Bethany’s          support and guidance for the faculty      Pietist tradition. We welcome the
distributed education program            and staff. The openness of the            opportunity to partner with the
or my current tasks of leveraging        staff, faculty, and students to utilize   Church of the Brethren in that
technology to assist Bethany in          technology makes this a great place       mission while also serving students
reaching out and including students,     to learn. Integrating technology into     who may be seeking what the
faculty, ministers, and church           a seminary environment is exciting        Brethren have historically witnesssed.
members far beyond our local area,       and rewarding.”                           We must continue to serve our
it is exciting to help Bethany respond                                             denomination and also attract others
to changes in our society and the                                                  who may be both enriched and
world by increasing our accessibility                                              enriching as they engage us and we
and widening our community.”                                                       them. I also hope we can be a setting
                                                                                   in which persons and diverse belief
                                                                                   systems can dicsover reconciliation,
                                                                                   mutual respect, and oneness in
14                                                                                 Christian community.
                                                                      Teaching & Administrative Faculty

Russell Haitch                          Scott Holland                            Tara Lea Hornbacker
Associate Professor of Christian        Professor of Theology & Culture and      Associate Professor of Ministry
Education and Director of the           Director of Peace Studies and Cross-     Formation (1998 - )
Institute for Ministry With Youth and   Cultural Studies (1999- )
Young Adults (2002 - )

MDiv, Princeton Theological             MA, Ashland Theological Seminary,        MDiv, Earlham School of Religion,
Seminary, 1993                          1979                                     199
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary,    PhD, Duquesne University, 2000           DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary,
2002                                                                             2003
                                        Ordained in the Church of the
Ordained in the United Methodist        Brethren; pastor of congregations
                                        in Ohio and Pennsylvania; widely         Ordained in the Church of the
Church, lecturer at the Graduate                                                 Brethren; former pastor of the
Theological Union, Berkeley, pastor     published essayist in public
                                        theology and contributing editor         Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren
and youth pastor for multi-ethnic                                                (Ohio) and the Garrett Presbyterian
congregations, first career in          to Cross Currents: The Journal for
                                        the Association of Religion and          Church (Ind.); humorist and
advertising and public relations.                                                dramatist; Coordinator for the
                                        Intellectual Life.
"If education is meant to foster                                                 Association for the Arts in the
                                        “In the modern church and society        Church of the Brethren.
creativity and new insights, then
                                        there are often strained relations
I try to offer patterns and ideas                                                “I see my task at Bethany as helping
                                        between the passions of the heart
that can be good kindling to fire                                                our students discover the identity and
                                        and the life of the mind. The rich
the imagination. My approach                                                     unique character of their own call
                                        heritage of the Anabaptist-Pietist
draws on both theology and the                                                   in ministry. As students experience
                                        movement suggests that the
human sciences. Thankfully so                                                    their Ministry Formation settings, the
                                        Brethren pastor or theologian need
much depends not on me, but on                                                   practices of the faith participate in
                                        not pry apart head and heart, body
the students—who bring their love                                                the students’ lives, bringing the love
                                        and soul, or Christ and creation in
and their desire for ministry with                                               of God and the love of our neighbor
                                        the vocation of ministry to a graced
youth, young adults, the whole                                                   into clearer perspective. I am blessed
                                        yet broken world. Bethany is a
church—and on the Holy Spirit who                                                to encourage and observe the ‘rivers
                                        wonderful place to explore the ways
is our Teacher. In this way we are                                               of living water’ (John 7:38) which
                                        in which God’s salvation and shalom
‘transformed by the renewing of our                                              flow from the hearts of our students
                                        touch all of life.”
minds’ and come to participate in                                                as they live out their call to missional
God’s transformation of creation.”                                               leadership in the 21st century.”
         Teaching & Administrative Faculty

Julie Mader Hostetter                     Ruthann Knechel                          Elizabeth J. Keller
Director of the Brethren Academy for      Johansen                                 Director of Admissions (2008 - )
Ministerial Leadership (2008 - )          President (2007- )

                                          MA, Columbia University Teachers         MDiv, Bethany Theological Seminary,
MDiv, United Theological Seminary,
                                          College, 1966                            2008
                                          PhD, Drew University, 1983
DMin, Union Theological Seminary                                                   Served five years in educational
and Presbyterian School of Christian      Emerita faculty at the University of     recruitment and admissions,
Education, 2010                           Notre Dame; lecturer on literature       including Manchester College (Ind.),
                                          and religion; author of Listening        Colorado State University (Colo.),
Ordained in the Church of the             in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark:      and Heritage College (Colo.).
Brethren; former Director of              Reconstructing Life After Brain
Academic and Student Services at          Injury, The Narrative Secret of          “How delightful to serve at Bethany!
United Theological Seminary; former       Flannery O’Connor: The Trickster As      Here at Bethany, we educate and
Congregational Life Team Coordinator      Interpreter, Coming Together: Male       empower Christian leaders through
for the Church of the Brethren.           and Female in a Renamed Garden.          wonder, wisdom and the Word.
                                                                                   However thrilling the adventure
“The Brethren Academy, a partnership      “Grounding our graduate and              can be, getting here is often our
of the Church of the Brethren and         academy curricula in the testimonies     greatest struggle. Through my work
Bethany Theological Seminary,             of the Church of the Brethren,           in recruitment and admissions,
addresses the biblical mandate ‘to        Bethany Theological Seminary             God calls me to each disciple along
equip the saints for the work of          emphasizes building community,           his/her path to discern their next
ministry, for building up the body of     seeking and making peace,                step. It is no small task to serve the
Christ’ (Eph. 4:12). As director of the   advocating God’s justice, reconciling    church as a thoughtful, faithful, and
Academy, I look forward to worshiping     hostile parties, serving human           skillful leader in today’s world. It is
and working with students,                need, and living simply. Bethany         no small task to act boldly, speak
congregations, districts, faculty, and    offers programs that prepare those       prophetically, and live radically as a
denominational staff to sustain strong    called to pastoral ministry and those    follower of Christ. It is no small task
training programs and develop quality     pursuing various professions and         to say yes to the Holy One! Yet my
continuing education opportunities        forms of service throughout the          task is to seek out those persons
for ministers. Focusing on God’s call,    world. Bethany fosters searching         whom God is calling to Bethany, to
we will examine perceptions, expand       dialogue that respects cultural and      say yes to this big task that leads us
perspectives, and explore possibilities   theological diversities. We invite you   to a thrilling adventure! Say yes!”
for the mission of the church.”           to join us.”
                                                                            Teaching & Administrative Faculty

Denise D. Kettering                       Jennie Kiffmeyer                             Marilyn Lerch
Assistant Professor of Brethren           Reference/Theological Librarian              Coordinator for Training in Ministry
Studies (2010 - )                         (2008 - )                                    (TRIM) (2001 - )

MTS, Candler School of Theology,          MLIS, University of Illinois,                MA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
Emory University, 2002                    Champaign-Urbana, 1999                       State University, 1971, 1975
PhD, The University of Iowa, 2009                                                      MDiv, Bethany Theological Seminary,
                                          Former school librarian and special          1994
Former archival assistant at the          teacher in the Washington, D.C. area
Brethren Historical Library and           and an award-winning storyteller and         Ordained in the Church of the
Archives; former research fellow at       playwright.                                  Brethren, first career in public
the Institute for European History                                                     education, second career in ministry,
                                          “Two principles guide my work at             pastor in Illinois, Virginia and
and the University of Iowa
                                          Lilly Library: to seek truth, wherever
                                          the evidence may lead, and to                Pennsylvania.
“The history of the Church of
the Brethren, like the history of         honor that of God in everyone. It            “Isn’t it simply amazing that
Christianity, is a story of continuity    is easy to do this on a daily basis as       God continues to call the most
and change and one that inspires us       a librarian. My job is one of aiding         unsuspecting people from incredibly
to continual reflection and action. In    discovery—whether that discovery             diverse situations into leadership
my teaching I want to communicate         is one of finding the right book             roles through the church? It is my
to students the dynamism of the           or article at the right time, better         joy, as part of the leadership team
Brethren tradition and the living faith   articulating what one already                of the Brethren Academy, to have a
that has guided Brethren through          knows, or encountering a surprising          front-row seat from which to watch
three centuries.”                         and, at times even uncomfortable,            that process as individuals respond
                                          new truth. As a librarian, I am also         faithfully to God’s call. Coupled
                                          charged with helping students begin          with my work as a pastor, I feel so
                                          their own processes of discovery.”           blessed to be the TRIM Coordinator
                                                                                       for our denomination. It is my prayer
                                                                                       that we be given the grace and the
                                                                                       imagination to recognize the ways in
                                                                                       which God provides, and strive for
                                                                                       excellence so that all we do brings
                                                                                       God honor and glory. “

         Teaching & Administrative Faculty

Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm                       Daniel L. Poole                        Brenda J. Reish
Associate Professor of Preaching and      Coordinator for Ministry Formation     Executive Director of Student and
Worship (1998 - )                         (2007- ) and Advancement Associate     Business Services and Treasurer
                                          (2009 - )                              (1998 - )

 MDiv, Princeton Theological              MDiv, Bethany Theological Seminary,     BS, Manchester College, 1982
 Seminary, 1986                           1991
 PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary,                                             Former Controller and Assistant
 2004                                     Ordained in the Church of the           Controller for the Church of the
                                          Brethren, former Associate Pastor       Brethren.
 Ordained in the Church of the            of Youth and Specialty Ministries at
 Brethren, hospital chaplain, former      Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the       “Working for Bethany has given
 pastor of the Mechanic Grove             Brethren and former pastor of the       me another inside perspective of a
 Church of the Brethren and the           Covington (Ohio) Church of the          vital ministry of the Church of the
 Stone Church of the Brethren (Pa.)       Brethren.                               Brethren. I believe the strength of
                                                                                  our denomination’s future depends
 “Ever since the Word became flesh        “The multiple roles at Bethany to       on the investments we make today,
 in Jesus Christ, the church has          which I have been called place          not only when working with fiscal
 engaged in ministries that embody        me in a rather unique position. As      resources, but also when working
 God’s grace and truth for the world.     coordinator for Ministry Formation,     with individuals. Bethany’s mission
 Teaching in the area of Practical        I have wonderfully rich interactions    ‘seeks to prepare people for Christian
 Theology, I enjoy engaging students      with the students, faculty, and         ministry.’ As we accomplish this, I
 in questions of faith and exploring      staff that allow me to understand       believe we are equipping competent
 the ways our words and deeds,            the inner dynamics of the Bethany       leaders that will move the Church
 preaching and worship, ideas and         community. As a member of the           of the Brethren forward in the next
 practices may encourage and enliven      Institutional Advancement team, I       century, a mission I am pleased to
 God’s transforming possibilities         have the opportunity to interpret       support.”
 for the church and world. My             to Bethany’s broad constituency
 own passion for the worship and          the wonderful things happening in
 preaching life of the church grows       and through the Seminary. I believe
 out of a conviction that the Spirit of   the coupling of these two positions
 Christ moves with grace and truth        benefits the entire life of Bethany—
 among us, and that all we are and all    both on the Richmond campus and
 we do as God’s people moves into         in each local context—where the
 and out of our worship of God.”          relationship between Bethany and
                                          the church is a blessing for both.”
                                                                            Teaching & Administrative Faculty

Amy S. Gall Ritchie                       H. Kendall Rogers                            Steven Schweitzer
Director of Student Development           Professor of Historical Studies              Associate Professor and Academic
(2003 - )                                 (2008 - )                                    Dean (2009 - )

MDiv, Bethany Theological                 MA, Harvard University, 1975                 MA, University of St. Thomas, 1997
Seminary, 1992                            PhD, Harvard University, 1984                PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2005

Ordained in the Church of the             Former Professor of Religion and             Former Assistant Professor of Old
Brethren; former co-pastor at the         Philosophy at Manchester College             Testament at Associated Mennonite
Florence Church of the Brethren           (Ind.) and Resident Director for             Biblical Seminary; former professor at
(Mich.)                                   Brethren Colleges Abroad in China            Bethel College and the University of
                                          and Germany.
“I see development as an ongoing                                                       Notre Dame.
part of a student’s life and faith.       “For nearly two millennia, some of
                                          the world’s greatest thinkers have           “At Bethany, we come together to
To take theological education                                                          learn, grow, and serve in community.
and weave it into daily living is a       wrestled with questions about their
                                          Christian faith: the relationship of         We value our Brethren heritage
satisfying, yet challenging project.                                                   and the rich biblical and theological
Bethany is a vital place of exploration   Christianity to reason, science, and
                                          religions; the meaning of Scripture;         streams that have shaped us. These
and growth, a place where God                                                          are the foundations as we work
develops the person into fullness of      God and creation; the Trinity; the
                                          Incarnation; human sinfulness and            creatively to formulate vibrant
being. The whole person is called                                                      and innovative expressions of this
into ministry and study, and it is my     God’s saving work in Jesus Christ; the
                                          Holy Spirit and our future; church,          ‘deposit of faith’ for new generations
goal to walk with students and help                                                    by the power and guidance of the
them to maintain a healthy balance        state, and society; the nature of
                                          faith itself. From the ancient church        Spirit. My hope is that our teaching
as they search out God’s path                                                          and research together opens up new
during their time within the Bethany      to the Reformation and from the
                                          Anabaptists and Pietists to the              possibilities for our students and for
community.”                                                                            the church as we move and live into
                                          Confessing Church, Christian history
                                          confronts us with many powerful              the future for which God is calling
                                          ideas—sometimes frustrating, often           us.”
                                          inspiring, always challenging.”

        Teaching & Administrative Faculty

Glenn Timmons                              Linda Timmons                            Daniel W. Ulrich
Coordinator for Sustaining Pastoral        Coordinator for Sustaining Pastoral      Professor of New Testament Studies
Excellence (2004 - )                       Excellence (2004 - )                     (1996 - )

MDiv, Bethany Theological Seminary,        BS, Manchester College, 1962             MDiv, Bethany Theological Seminary,
1965                                                                                1985
DMin, Bethany Theological Seminary,        Former home economics teacher,           PhD, Union Theological Seminary in
1977                                       disability tutor, reading specialist,    Virginia, 1997
                                           lay minister of Christian education,
Ordained in the Church of the              director of Brethren Volunteer Service   Ordained in the Church of the
Brethren, former pastor (Calif., Md.,      recruitment, staff for the Association   Brethren, former pastor of the Easton
Ohio) and Church of the Brethren           of Brethren Caregivers.                  Church of the Brethren (Md.)
General Board staff.                                                                “As I study and teach the Bible, I
                                           “Ministry is a challenging profession.
“My experience as a pastor and with        While intellectual and spiritual         am continually amazed at God’s
the General Board taught me that           growth are important for everyone,       ability to use ordinary people in
the revitalization of congregational       they are crucial for sustaining          extraordinary ways. The earliest
life in times of radical cultural          excellent pastors. Learning is an        followers of Jesus were as fallible as
shifts is largely dependent on the         ongoing and lifelong process. It is a    the rest of us, but they responded
transformational leadership of             privilege to share in the coordination   to Jesus’ call, received his grace,
pastors. It is a privilege to be working   of a process that provides               and were ultimately transformed by
with the gift of the Sustaining            exceptional opportunities for            his Spirit. Their story of grace and
Pastoral Excellence grant, which           pastors to participate in continuing     transformation can be ours as well.
gives pastors the opportunity to           education.”                              Through diligent, prayerful study, we
explore their ministry questions in                                                 can hear God’s word expressed in
a shared-learning collegial group                                                   the human words of scripture. We
while grounding themselves in those                                                 can accept God’s call into a deeper
spiritual practices that become as                                                  relationship of love, and as that
‘living water.’”                                                                    relationship grows, God can use us,
                                                                                    like others before us, for the purpose
                                                                                    of sharing God’s reconciling love
                                                                                    with the world.”

                                                                          Teaching & Administrative Faculty

                                                                                   ADJUNCT FACULTY
                                                                                   Jeff Bach
                                                                                   MDiv, Bethany Theological Seminary
                                                                                   PhD, Duke University
                                                                                   Susan Jeffers
                                                                                   MA, Earlham School of Religion
                                                                                   Michael McKeever
                                                                                   MA, California State University
                                                                                   MA, California Theological Seminary
                                                                                   PhD, Graduate Theological Union/
                                                                                   University of California
                                                                                   Robert Neff
                                                                                   BD, MA, PhD, Yale University
                                                                                   Jonathan Shively
April D. Vanlonden                        Jennifer L. Williams
                                                                                   MDiv, Bethany Theological Seminary
Director of Academic Services             Director of Communications and
                                                                                   DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary
(2009 - )                                 Alumni Relations
                                          (2008 - )                                Gilson Waldkoenig
                                                                                   MDiv, Lutheran Theological
                                                                                   Seminary at Gettysburg
MDiv, Earlham School of Religion,         BA, McPherson College, 1988
                                                                                   PhD, University of Chicago
Public Management Certificate,            Former assistant book marketing
Graduate School of Public and             manager, Tyndale House Publishers;
                                          served seventeen years in                EMERITI/AE FACULTY
Environmental Affairs, Indiana
University, 1987                          advancement work at McPherson            Dale W. Brown
                                          College, Kansas, and Bethany             Professor of Historical Studies
Recorded in the Religious Society         Seminary
of Friends, Western Yearly Meeting;                                                Nancy Faus-Mullen
former pastor of Fountain City            “My first impressions in coming to       Professor of Ministry Studies
Friends Meeting (Ind.); a licensed        Bethany were the dedication, caring,
therapist with over twenty-five years     and wisdom of its faculty and staff;     Richard B. Gardner
                                          students in earnest discernment;         Academic Dean and Professor of
experience in a variety of leadership
                                          and the spirit of the community in       New Testament Studies
positions in the not-for-profit sector.
                                          living out the call to learn, educate,
“As students explore their own call       inspire, and serve. Working at the
                                                                                   Warren F. Groff
                                                                                   President and Professor of
in ministry and experience anew           juncture of education and ministry
                                                                                   Theological Studies
the next stage of their continued         is fulfilling as the academic years
spiritual formation, I see my role        cycle and new leaders in ministry        E. Floyd McDowell
at both Earlham School of Religion        leave to find their places in the        Director of Development
and Bethany Theological Seminary          churches and communities around
as providing the undergirding             us. Communicating the experiences,       Donald E. Miller
administrative structure that             accomplishments, and vision that         Professor of Christian Education
facilitates the development of            characterize Bethany to the wider        Eugene F. Roop
realized vocations and joyous             world is a role that helps maintain      President and Professor of Old
engagement with the world so loved        Bethany’s current relationships          Testament Studies
by God.”                                  and invites new connections and
                                          possibilities.                           Murray L. Wagner
                                                                                   Professor of Historical Studies
                               Educational Programs
“Bethany Theological Seminary equips spiritual and intellectual
leaders with an Incarnational education for ministering,
proclaiming, and living out God’s shalom and Christ’s peace in
the church and world.”
(Mission Statement)

The following two graduate degree programs offered by Bethany
Theological Seminary are approved by the Commmission on
Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools: the
Master of Divinity (MDiv) and the Master of Arts (MA). A one-
year Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies (CATS)
is also offered at the master’s level. The Brethren Academy for
Ministerial Leadership, a ministry training partnership of Bethany
and the Church of the Brethren, offers nondegree pastoral
training and continuing education. The educational programs
implement the mission statement through nurturing faithful
reflection that is critical and contextual.


The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is a professional degree
program designed to prepare persons for church-related
ministries requiring ordination and/or comprehensive education
for ministry. Among the vocations in which MDiv graduates serve
are congregational ministry, theological education, chaplaincy,
social service, and a variety of denominational and ecumenical
staff positions.

Educational Objectives
The MDiv program is designed to prepare persons for ordained
and other ministries that are grounded in radical discipleship to
Jesus Christ, that embody the reconciling love of God incarnate
in Christ, and that bear witness to the fullness of God’s shalom
and Christ’s peace. This purpose informs the entire educational
program and shapes the following educational objectives.
Graduates of the MDiv program will:

1. Interpret skillfully the Christian sources, including scripture,
   history, and theology and church practices, with special
   attention to the Anabaptist-Pietist heritage;

2. Integrate learning from theological and other disciplines with
   the practice of ministry;

                                                                         Educational Programs

                                                     campus. Students in the local track are also free
3. Communicate effectively religious faith and       to take intensives, hybrid courses, and a limited
   values, listen well, and express faith with       number of online courses.
   clarity in ways that are theologically informed
   and culturally persuasive;                        The Connections track is designed for students
                                                     who live at a distance from the Richmond
4. Articulate a commitment to building               campus and who seek rigorous ministry
   intercultural competency, engagement with         education in the context of a geographically
   people of various cultures, and attentiveness     widespread learning community. Connections
   to the diversity and intersection of cultures;    students become part of Bethany’s community of
                                                     learning through the initial retreat weekend of
5. Demonstrate an understanding of theology          F 110, participation in the new student
   and ministry that engages people across           orientation, and times that they are on campus
   generations, including youth and young            for hybrid courses and intensives, in addition
   adults;                                           to courses and activities that are available at a
                                                     distance. Of course, Connections students are
6. Provide visionary, tranformative, and             also welcome to any campus events that they can
   collaborative modes of leadership with the        attend.
   communities they serve;
                                                     Most of the courses required for the MDiv degree
7. Possess the skills needed to guide groups         are available to students in the Connections track
   in theologically based conflict analysis and      as online courses, weekend intensives, two-week
   conflict transformation;                          intensives, or hybrid courses. A hybrid course
                                                     requires half as many face-to-face hours as a
8. Exhibit evidence of formation for embodied        traditional course, with other work to be done
   ministry that holds together thinking, being,     online, with meetings held on two weekends
   and doing;                                        during a semester.

9. Establish a commitment to learning as a           Students are encouraged to participate in
   lifelong process.                                 the track that is most appropriate for their
                                                     circumstances. Students who wish to take
Two Tracks In order to accommodate a                 courses at the Susquehanna Valley Ministry
diverse student body, Bethany offers two tracks      Center may take Bethany courses there as part
toward the MDiv degree: the local track and          of their studies. Students who would like to
the Connections track. Both tracks lead toward       begin their graduate studies before moving to
the same educational objectives, but they offer      Richmond should apply for the Connections track
somewhat different methods and resources for         and then change to the local track once they
accomplishing those objectives. The local track is   have moved.
designed for students who live within commuting
distance of the Richmond campus. Many courses        Curricular Requirements To obtain the MDiv
within the local track meet once or twice a week,    degree in either track, a student must complete a
allowing frequent face-to-face contact and           minimum of 81 semester hours of graduate
encouraging participation in community life on       course work and two related ministry experiences

       Educational Programs

as described below. This work may include
Bethany courses, cross-registered courses, and         Ministry Formation Sequence The MDiv
courses taken at other institutions fully accredited   curriculum presupposes the centrality of Ministry
by the Association of Theological Schools and/or       Formation, to which the rest of the curricular
a recognized regional accrediting association of       program contributes in various ways. The Ministry
colleges and secondary schools as long as 1/3 of       Formation process provides opportunities for
all credits are taken at Bethany’s main campus,        students to bring together ministry experience in
following ATS requirements. No more than 40            multiple contexts, supervised reflection designed
hours of work may be transferred from another          to enhance that experience, and academic
school. All transfer credits are subject to approval   course work that informs this reflection.
by the academic dean, who shall ensure that
such credits are distributed appropriately across      Ministry Formation is rooted in the praxis of
the various curricular areas. The 81 hours of the      ministry, a process of learning ministry by doing
MDiv program will be distributed as follows.           ministry. To that end, students participate in two
                                                       required ministry experiences in two different
1. Ministry Formation: (15 hours) to include:          ministry contexts. The reflective process related
   Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry,         to these experiences involves faculty, supervisor,
   Ministry Formation, Ministry Formation              and peers, and is designed to lead students
   Elective, and MDiv Review.                          to an integration of personal and professional
2. Biblical studies: (15 hours) to include:            identity, and academic and practical proficiency.
   Introduction to the Old Testament History and       The process also enhances the student’s ability to
   Literature, Introduction to New Testament           articulate faith within concrete life experiences
   History and Literature, exegesis course, plus 6     and the changing dynamics of today’s world.
   additional hours.                                   Ministry Formation consists of the following
3. Theological and historical studies: (15 hours)      components:
   to include: Introduction to Theological
   Reflection, History of Christianity I or II, a      1. Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry,
   denominational heritage course, 1 additional        F 110 or F 110-H. As the title suggests, this
   theology course, plus 3 additional hours.           course explores both the call and identity of
4. Ministry studies: (18 hours) to include             the minister and the cultural context in which
   Introduction to Preaching, a course in worship      specific ministries take shape. In addition to class
   and a course in preaching, music, or worship,       attendance, students are required to participate
   and 3 courses distributed among at least two        in a spiritual formation group that meets weekly
   of the following areas: education, pastoral         in conjunction with this course. Among the
   care, and administration.                           various ministry contexts that students may
5. Peace and Interdisciplinary Studies: (6-9 hours)    be considering, particular attention is given to
   to include 1 course in Cross-Cultural studies       pastoral and other congregational ministries. This
   and 1 course in Peace Studies.                      course is offered in different formats for local
6. Electives: (9-12 hours) to be distributed among     and Connections students. For local students,
   the above areas according to educational and        Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry (F
   vocational goals of the student.                    110) is a year-long course. It is offered every year

24     PASTO RS AND TEACHERS TO EQUIP THE SAINTS. . ." – Ephesians 4:11-12
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                                                      This supervised experience provides the basis for
                                                      reflection in the Ministry Formation group. The
                                                      class component consists of a three-hour course
                                                      in both the fall and spring semesters resulting
                                                      in 6 semester hours awarded at the completion
                                                      of semester two. Prerequisites for enrollment in
                                                      Ministry Formation (F 301) include:
                                                        (a) Completion of 27 credit hours, including
                                                        Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry,
                                                        Introduction to Theological Reflection, a course
                                                        in biblical studies, and a course in ministry
                                                        (b) Admission to the MDiv program;
                                                        (c) Certification by instructor of Exegeting the
                                                        Call and Culture of Ministry that the student is
                                                        ready to participate in a ministry placement and
                                                        in Ministry Formation;
                                                        (d) Certification by the faculty for readiness.
                                                        Ministry Formation F 301 is offered every
                                                        year in either a weekly format or a weekend
                                                        intensive format. Students in the Connections
                                                        and local tracks normally take the course
                                                        together when it is offered as a weekend
and is normally taken throughout the first year         intensive. Ministry Formation faculty work with
of study. For Connections students, Exegeting           students in both tracks to arrange ministry
the Call and Culture of Ministry (F 110-H) is           placements in appropriate locations.
offered in a hybrid format with two intensive         3. Ministry Formation Elective F 200. In addition
meetings on campus and other work online. The         to six hours of credit for Ministry Formation
first weekend intensive takes place in a retreat      (F 301), three hours of credit are granted for
setting, immediately preceding new student            a second required ministry experience and
orientation on campus. The second meeting             related reflection process. As noted, the second
takes place on campus during a Friday and             experience normally takes place in a different
Saturday later in the fall semester as indicated in   ministry context than that of the placement for
the course schedule. In either format, Exegeting      Ministry Formation (F 301). Options for fulfilling
the Call and Culture of Ministry is designed          this requirement include:
to help students examine social and spiritual         • Intern Year. Nine to twelve months of full-
shaping of ministerial identity and prepare for            time ministry, following the guidelines of the
participation in their first Ministry Formation            Intern Syllabus.
placement.                                            • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). A basic unit
                                                           of CPE offered by an agency accredited by
2. Ministry Formation F 301. Each student                  the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
participates in a nine-month, part-time ministry           (ACPE) or the College of Pastoral Supervision
placement, concurrent with classes, in an                  and Psychotherapy (CPSP). Summer Ministry.
approved congregation or other ministry setting.           Ten weeks of full-time ministry and reflection
                                                           as outlined in the Summer Ministry Syllabus.

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 •    Extended Ministry. The equivalent of ten         Completion of MDiv Program MDiv
      weeks of full-time ministry and reflection,      students have 8 calendar years from the date of
      spread over a longer period of time.             matriculation to complete their degree program
 •    Prior Ministry Experience. Credit may be         requirements under the graduation requirements
      granted for ministry experience within the       in force when they were admitted. Students pay
      three years preceding admission to Bethany       for courses at the rate set for each academic year.
      when the nature of the experience warrants
      such credit. Requirements for receiving credit
      for prior ministry experience are outlined in    MASTER OF ARTS (MA)
      the Bethany Student Handbook.
                                                       Educational Objectives
4. MDiv Review. This course calls students
to synthesize and reflect on their cumulative          The MA program is designed to prepare persons
course work and field education experience.            for theological reflection and research. This
In preparation for this course, each student           program provides general theological enrichment
assembles a portfolio of representative papers         and serves as the basis for further graduate
and reports from prior courses and ministry            study in religion and for developing a thological
placements. The course culminates in a review of       perspective for a variey of vocations that embody
each student by a faculty committee to assess the      the reconciling love of God incarnate in Christ
student’s fulfillment of the objectives of the MDiv    and that bear witness to the fullness of God’s
program.                                               shalom and Christ’s peace. It is not designed
                                                       to prepare persons for ordained ministry in the
Requirements for enrollment in MDiv Review             Church of the Brethren. This purpose informs
include:                                               the entire educational program and shapes the
   (a) Successful completion of Ministry               following educational objectives. Graduates from
   Formation (F 301);                                  the Master of Arts program will:
   (b) Successful completion of Ministry
   Formation Elective;                                 1. Interpret skillfully the Christian sources,
   (c) Successful completion of any particular            including scripture, history, and theology and
   work that the faculty may require for                  church practices, with special attention to the
   demonstrating readiness to enter MDiv                  Anabaptist-Pietist heritage;
   (d) Certification by the faculty of satisfactory    2. Integrate learning from the disciplines
   progress toward fulfillment of the objectives          identified in the overall program of study;
   of the MDiv program.
                                                       3. Communicate effectively religious faith and
     MDiv Review (F 302) is a three-hour course           values, listen well, and express faith with
     offered each fall semester. It is normally           clarity in ways that are theologically informed
     also offered every other year as a weekend           and culturally persuasive;
     intensive in order to accommodate
     Connections students.

26     A N D I WILL MEDITATE ON YOUR WONDROUS WO RKS."                                     – Psalm 119:27
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                                                          9. Establish a commitment to learning as a
                                                          lifelong process.

                                                           Curricular Requirements To obtain the
                                                           MA degree, the student must complete 54
                                                           semester hours of graduate coursework.
                                                           This work may include Bethany courses,
                                                           cross-registered courses, and graduate
                                                           courses taken at other institutions fully
                                                           accredited by the Association of Theological
                                                           Schools and/or a recognized regional
                                                           accrediting association of colleges and
                                                           secondary schools, as long as half of all
                                                           credits are taken at Bethany’s main campus,
                                                           following ATS requirements. No more
                                                           than 27 hours of work may be transferred
                                                           from another school. All transfer credits
                                                           are subject to approval by the academic
4. Articulate a commitment to building                     dean, who shall ensure that such credits
   intercultural competency, engagement with         are distributed appropriately across the various
   people of various cultures, and attentiveness     curricular areas.
   to the diversity and intersection of cultures;
                                                     The 54 hours of the MA program will be
5. Utilize creative approaches to scholarship        distributed as follows (Some courses may
   that engage the realities of local contexts,      fulfill more than 1 distribution requirement but
   drawing on both the content and format of         do not reduce the total number of hours needed
   educational opportunities in the MA program;      to complete the program):

6. Develop a self-understanding that brings          1. Biblical studies (9 hours): to include courses in
   a calling to the life of scholarship into            both Old Testament and New Testament.
   conversation with models of ministry and          2. Theological and historical studies (9 hours): to
   vocational vision;                                    include courses in church history and
7. Demonstrate competency in an area of              3. Ministry studies (6 hours): to be distributed
   concentration, which focuses the student’s           according to the student’s interests.
   research and interests;                           4. Peace and interdisciplinary studies (6 hours):
                                                         to include courses in Cross-Cultural Studies
8. Formulate and sustain an analysis of a selected       and Peace Studies.
   area of research, resulting in a clear and        5. Thesis/seminar (9 hours): to include 3 hours
   coherent written thesis, with guidance from           of credit for each of the two semesters of
   the director of the MA program and a thesis           participation in the MA seminars and 3 hours
   committee;                                            of credit for a successfully completed thesis.
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6. Area of concentration (9 hours): courses           Assessment Committee for approval. The thesis
   related directly to the topic, method, or scope    proposal must designate who the second reader
   of the thesis.                                     will be.
7. Electives (6 hours): courses without specific
   requirements, unless the student has an            During the second seminar, students present
   interdisciplinary area of concentration, in        portions of their developing thesis for peer
   which case these will be the basis for the         review and feedback. Throughout the senior year,
   secondary area.                                    during the research and writing of the thesis,
                                                      the first reader serves as a resource person. The
Area of Concentration Each MA student                 first reader must be a Bethany faculty member;
must choose an area of concentration that will        the second reader, however, can be another
support their thesis research. This choice needs      Bethany faculty member, a faculty member from
to be made in conjunction with the choice of a        ESR, from the wider academic community, or a
Bethany faculty member who will serve as first        specialist in the thesis field. The first reader gives
reader for the thesis period. Bethany faculty can     final approval to the completed thesis.
support such areas as Biblical Studies (Hebrew
Bible, New Testament, Biblical Theology);             The thesis is an academic research paper that
Historical Studies (Church History, Religious         develops an original argument within the
History); Theological Studies (Practical Theology,    student’s chosen area of concentration. It is to
Constructive Theology, Homiletics, Liturgy,           demonstrate a competent knowledge of the
History of Interpretation); Brethren Studies; Peace   field that it addresses, an ability to articulate a
Studies; Ministry Studies; and Interdisciplinary      focused argument, and an effective use of the
Studies. The student must demonstrate                 research encountered. The thesis must be done
competency in the curriculum area that is chosen      according to Turabian style. Students will be
for the area of concentration.                        required to give an oral presentation of their
                                                      thesis during session two of their final year. This
Seminar, Thesis, and Oral Presentation                is a presentation of the project for the whole
MA students participate in an MA seminar in the       seminary community within a teaching-learning
spring semester of their junior year and in the       context.
fall semester of their senior year. Students will
have opportunities to meet with the director of       Deadlines A complete draft of the thesis is
the MA program to learn more about its design,        due to the first reader on February 1 of the
become acquainted with senior MA students,            year in which the student intends to graduate.
and talk with faculty about research possibilities    A discussion of changes will take place within
in various theological disciplines. Both segments     two weeks so that a revised copy is in the hands
of the seminar provide a peer group context           of both the first reader and the second reader
which students can utilize as a teaching-learning     by March 1. They must approve a final copy by
resource. In their junior year, students work at      April 1, at which time the manuscript is to be
developing research skills, building bibliographies   examined by an academic style editor. The oral
for their program of study and developing             presentation will normally take place during
thesis proposals. Each student’s proposal must        April. A final approved copy of the thesis must be
be submitted, with the support of a proposed          in the hands of the director of academic services
first reader, to the Educational Policies and         by May 1 in order for the student to participate

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in the graduation ceremonies. Students may            CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT IN
choose to complete the thesis in the fall session     THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (CATS)
with a different set of arranged deadlines,
in consultation with the director of the MA           The CATS program provides an opportunity to
program. Students who complete their thesis           deepen one’s understanding of Christian faith
in the fall participate in graduation ceremonies      and ministry and to explore seminary education.
in May. Any exceptions to the timeline for            It is designed for persons who wish to pursue
completion of the thesis in the spring session        theological study without becoming a candidate
must be approved by the director of the MA            for a degree. The CATS program involves 1 year
program and the academic dean.                        of study at Bethany, usually completed in 2
                                                      consecutive semesters. A minimum of 18 hours of
Two Tracks In order to accommodate a                  course work is required to complete the program.
diverse student body, Bethany offers two tracks       At least 1 three-hour course must be taken in
toward the MA degree: the local track and the         each of following areas of the curriculum: Biblical
Connections track. Both tracks lead toward            Studies, Theological and Historical Studies, Ministry
the same educational objectives, but they offer       Studies, and Interdisciplinary and Peace Studies.
somewhat different methods and resources for
accomplishing those objectives. The local track is    At least 6 of the required 18 hours of course work
designed for students who live within commuting       must be taken at Bethany’s Richmond campus. The
distance of the Richmond campus. Many courses         remaining 12 hours may include any combination
within the local track meet once or twice a week,     of online, hybrid, SVMC and Richmond campus
allowing frequent face-to-face contact and            courses. Admissions requirements for the CATS
encouraging participation in community life on        program are the similar to those for the MDiv
campus. Students in the local track are also free     program. During the course of study, or upon
to take intensives, hybrid courses, and a limited     program completion, CATS students may petition
number of online courses.                             for admission to a degree program. Credits earned
                                                      during the CATS program are transferable upon
Completion of MA Program The sequence of              admission to a degree program.
courses for the MA program assumes that most
students are admitted and begin coursework
in the fall session. Students who enter at other      PEACE STUDIES/PEACE STUDIES EMPHASIS
times during the academic year will need to
begin their courses related to the thesis sequence    Bethany’s Peace Studies program invites students
in the fall.                                          to explore possibilities for seeking and creating
                                                      cultures of peace. It features a strong core of
Students in the MA program have four calendar         courses in Peace Studies proper, but also involves
years from the date of matriculation to complete      a collaborative pursuit across the curriculum.
their course work and two calendar years to           Grounded in the heritage of the Historic Peace
complete their thesis following their last course     Churches, the program also cultivates an
work. A program extension fee will be assessed        ecumenical and interfaith sensibility.
each semester for years five and six. Students pay
for courses at the rate set for each academic year.   Each student at Bethany takes at least 1 course in
                                                      the area of Peace Studies, and many students join

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in the weekly Peace Forum held in partnership            From its inception, the Peace Studies program
with Earlham School of Religion. Students with           has emphasized reflection on the biblical,
a special interest and/or experience in peace            theological, ethical, and historical roots of peace
concerns may elect to add a Peace Studies                ministries. Graduates utilize competencies in
emphasis to their MDiv or MA program.                    Peace Studies in ministries both within and
Students choosing this option pursue course              beyond the institutions of the church.
work in Peace Studies and fulfill certain co-
curricular requirements (see chart below). At the        Undergirding the Peace Studies program is the
completion of the program, the Peace Studies             Baker Peace Fund, a generous endowment
emphasis is listed on the student’s final transcript     provided by John and Elizabeth Baker, lifelong
and diploma.                                             patrons of peace concerns. Resources generated
                                                         by the Baker Peace Fund support a faculty
Beyond the campus, Bethany has been actively             director and a student assistant.
involved in the international collaboration
between the historic peace churches and the
World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome
Violence programs. These programs, conferences,
and consultations have extended the Bethany
classroom to Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin

 MDiv                                  MA General                         MA Area of Concentration
 3 courses in Peace Studies            2 courses in Peace Studies         5 courses in Peace Studies
 3 semesters of Peace Forum            2 semesters of Peace Forum         2 semesters of Peace Forum
 credit                                credit                             credit
 2 travel/conference “peace            2 travel/conference “peace         2 travel/conference “peace
 work” experiences, one in a           work” experiences                  work” experiences
 peace church context and one
 in an international or political
 peace-focused setting

 2 papers that focus on peace          2 papers that focus on peace       Thesis in the area of Peace
 concerns in light of biblical,        concerns in light of biblical,     Studies
 historical, ethical, or practical     historical, ethical or practical
 theology                              theology

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INSTITUTE FOR MINISTRY WITH YOUTH                     Topics covered in courses and supervised study in
AND YOUNG ADULTS/YOUTH AND                            recent years include the following:
YOUNG ADULT STUDIES EMPHASIS                           •   emerging church practices and ways that
                                                           historic Brethren practices can speak to young
An interest in studying the amazing world of               people today;
youth and young adults can start in a dozen
                                                       •   models for youth ministry in smaller
different ways. Some students have a specific
calling to be a youth pastor or college chaplain.
But equally, others envision an intergenerational      •   how the gospel meets contemporary culture;
ministry that makes a specific effort to include       •   understanding issues of identity and intimacy;
young people. Still others wish to pursue                  patterns of socialization and transformation
research interests that focus on issues pertaining         among young people;
to adolescents or young adults.
                                                       •   evangelism, conversion, and baptism;
The Institute for Ministry With Youth and Young        •   service work, peacemaking, and simple living.
Adults, founded in 2000 with an endowment
for this purpose, enables students to undertake       Students desiring to focus their work in this area
these various studies and to do so in a way that      may earn a degree with a special emphasis in Youth
draws upon biblical insights, empirical research,     and Young Adult Studies. In the MDiv program
theological models, and practical experience.         this special emphasis entails completing a Ministry
                                                      Formation placement in the area of youth work,
                                                      while in the MA program it entails writing a thesis
                                                      related to the field of youth studies. Other course
                                                      requirements are listed below.
 MDiv                                                MA
 Basic course in Christian education                 Basic course in Christian education

 Three additional courses related to youth and      Three additional courses related to youth and
 young adult ministry chosen with Institute faculty young adult ministry chosen with Institute faculty
 consideration                                      consideration
 Practicum in youth and young adult ministry         Thesis related to youth and young adult ministry
 (either F 200 or F 301)

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                            MDiv CurriCular requireMents

                                 BiBliCal stuDies

                                                                 6-9 Hours
tHeOlOGiCal anD                MinistrY FOrMatiOn
HistOriCal stuDies                    15 Hours
      15 Hours
                                                           9-12 Hours-distributed
                                                            according to goals
                                                              of tHe student

                                 MinistrY stuDies
                                      18 Hours

                            Ma CurriCular requireMents

                                  BiBliCal stuDies

                                                                 6 Hours

 tHeOlOGiCal anD                   tHesis/seMinar
 HistOriCal stuDies                    9 Hours
       9 Hours                                             MinistrY stuDies
                                                                 6 Hours

                               area OF COnCentratiOn
                                   anD eleCtives

32                                    15 Hours
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Biblical Studies (9 hours)
                      Course in Old Testament                                                3
                      Course in New Testament                                                3
                      Biblical Studies Elective                                              3
Historical & Theological Studies (9 hours)
                      Course in Theology                                                     3
                      Course in Church History                                               3
                      Elective in Church History or Theology                                 3
Ministry Studies (6 hours)
                      Course in Ministry Studies, Spirituality, or Writing                   3
                      Course in Ministry Studies, Spirituality, or Writing                   3
Interdisciplinary Studies (6 hours)
                      Course in Cross-Cultural Studies                                       3
                      Course in Peace Studies                                                3
Thesis/Seminar (9 hours)
I 103                 MA Research Seminar                                                    3
I 350                 MA Thesis Seminar                                                      3
I 500                 Thesis Completion                                                      3
Area of Concentration (9 hours)
1                                                                                            3
2                                                                                            3
3                                                                                            3
Electives (6 hours)
1                                                                                            3
2                                                                                            3
                      TOTAL HOURS                                                           54

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Biblical Studies (15 hours)
BS 101                 Introduction to Old Testament History and Literature                    3
B 102                  Introduction to New Testament History and Literature                    3
                       Biblical Exegesis Course                                                3
                       Course in Biblical Studies                                              3
                       Course in Biblical Studies                                              3
Historical & Theological Studies (15 hours)
T 101                  Introduction to Theological Reflection                                  3
H 101/2                History of Christianity I or II                                         3
                       Denominational Heritage Course                                          3
                       Course in Theological Studies                                           3
                       Course in Theological or Historical Studies                             3
Ministry Studies (18 hours)
                       Course in Preaching                                                     3
                       Course in Worship                                                       3
                       Course in Preaching, Worship, or Music                                  3
                       Three courses chosen from at least two of the following areas:
                       Education, Pastoral Care, and Administration                            3
1                                                                                              3
2                                                                                              3
Ministry Formation (15 hours)
F 110                  Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry (year-long)                  3
F 301                  Ministry Formation (year-long)                                          6
F 200/CPE              Ministry Formation Elective                                             3
F 302                  MDiv Review                                                             3
Interdisciplinary Studies (6 hours)
                       Peace Studies Course                                                   3
                       Cross-Cultural Course                                                  3
Electives (12 hours)
1                                                                                             3
2                                                                                             3
3                                                                                             3
4                                                                                             3
                                                                                TOTAL HOURS   81

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PROGRAMS                                            LEADERSHIP

Bethany benefits from several endowed               The Brethren Academy is a ministry training
lectureships that bring to campus noted             partnership of Bethany and the Church of
scholars, church leaders, and artists who enrich    the Brethren. Oversight and funding are shared
the curriculum, simulate discussion among           equally by the partners. Continuing a rich
students and faculty, and engage the civic and      tradition of certificate level training in the Church
the church community in theological reflection      of the Brethren, the Academy provides ministry
on issues of social and religious significance.     training opportunities for individuals who are
The Founders Lectures honor the founders of         unable to pursue a graduate degree, pastors
the Seminary, E. B. Hoff and A. C. Wieand. The      seeking to enrich their ministry skills, and lay
Wieand Lectureship is endowed in memory of Dr.      leaders interested in deepening their faith and
and Mrs. D. L. Horning, former missionaries in      strengthening their ministry skills.
China. The Huston Memorial Peace Lectureship
is endowed in honor of Ora I. Huston, for           Training Processes Two certificate programs
many years the Church of the Brethren Peace         are available through the Academy for set-apart
Counselor.                                          ministry preparation: Education for a Shared
                                                    Ministry (EFSM) and Training in Ministry (TRIM).
Bethany also sponsors cultural events through       EFSM is designed for small congregations calling
two endowments related to the arts. The             a bivocational minister. This three-year process
Nancy Rosenberger Faus Endowment for Music          is congregationally-based education to equip a
Education and Performance, endowed in               pastoral and lay team for local leadership. TRIM
memory of Lester M. and Pauline Rosenberger,        features a combination of college work;
long-standing supporters of Brethren higher         certificate level courses; special workshops,
education, supports music recitals and              seminars and events; supervised ministry
conferences. The Stephen I. Katonah Memorial        experience; and participation in a Ministry
Fund for Faith and the Arts, established by the     Formation group. The Academy provides
Katonah family, seeks to bridge the secular and     administrative oversight for TRIM and EFSM and
religious worlds through experiences of the arts.   draws on the resources of Bethany faculty and
                                                    facilities to carry out aspects of these training
Since 2007 the Seminary has hosted an annual        processes. Additionally, the Academy certifies
Presidential Forum that opens Bethany Seminary’s    a network of district and regional training
witness to the wider world by bringing              programs called Academy Certified Training
together students, faculty, clergy, and church      Systems (ACTS).
leaders from the Church of the Brethren, other
Christian communions, other faith traditions,       Continuing Education The Academy works
and members of the public to discuss pressing       cooperatively with a variety of Church of the
questions of faith and values that confront the     Brethren agencies to promote the availability
church and culture today.                           of quality continuing education experiences
                                                    for pastors and church leaders. Through the
                                                    Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Initiative funded
                                                    by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the

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Academy offers Advanced Foundations of              •   mobilize God’s people for mission;
Church Leadership, a two-year process to deepen
                                                    •   cultivate a cross-cultural ministry perspective
the leadership capacity of pastors, and the Vital
                                                        and intercultural competencies;
Pastor Program, self-directed cohorts pursuing a
critical question related to ministry.              •   equip church leaders for effective ministry in
                                                        the midst of complex cultural shifts;
Learning Resources The Academy offers an array      •   embody the values and commitments of our
of online, on-campus, onsite, and intensive             Anabaptist and Pietist heritage; and
courses for pastors, lay leaders, and TRIM
                                                    •   build networks of training partners and
students. Additionally, the Academy works
                                                        leadership practitioners for mutual support
collaboratively to support creative leadership
                                                        and shared movement.
formation processes, cross-cultural leadership
development, and church planter training.
                                                    The Academy promotes achievement at the next
Sit-in participation in graduate courses is also
                                                    level of a student’s academic ability. The work
administered through the Academy.
                                                    of the Academy cultivates quality, consistency,
                                                    and creativity in ministry training throughout the
Academy Commitments Priorities for all aspects
                                                    Church of the Brethren.
of the Academy’s training ministry
include the preparation of individuals with the
personhood and skills to:

                            Academic Information

The Bethany mission statement challenges us to provide a
style of education that brings us into close relationships with
congregations, the worldwide church, the peoples of the world,
and God’s creation. But what type of academic preparation does
that indicate? We are looking for students with a spiritual hardiness
and an intellectual daring to learn from the contexts outlined in the
Bethany mission statement. Persons who have experienced Brethren
Volunteer Service, Ministry Summer Service, or similar volunteer
programs often find Bethany a positive environment. A rigorous,
comprehensive and well-rounded undergraduate program provides
another good resource for a positive Bethany experience. Prospective
students are encouraged to take coursework in such areas as
language and literature, history, the arts, philosophy, religion,
sociology, and psychology. Whatever the focus of the undergraduate
program, it is essential that prospective students acquire competency
in the use of English as a spoken and written language.


Qualified students are invited to make application for admission to
Bethany through the admissions office. The applicant’s file must be
completed by the published deadline for the semester or intensive
period in which she or he intends to enroll for their first course.
Deadlines are available from the admissions office and are also
posted on the academic calendar found on the Seminary Web site at

Bethany subscribes to federal and state laws pertaining to civil rights
and equal opportunity, including Title IX of the 1972 Education
Amendments. Bethany policy prohibits discrimination with regard
to race, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation,
national or ethnic origin, or religion.

The criteria for admission to a graduate-level program include the
1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or
   university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for the MDiv
   program and 3.0 or higher for the MA program;
2. Ability to do theological study at the graduate level as determined
   from the scope and quality of the applicant’s undergraduate
   program and academic references;

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3. For the MA program, exhibit necessary writing      agencies related to the worldwide program of the
  skills through a required writing sample;           Church of the Brethren. International applicants
4. Compatibility of the applicant’s personal and      must submit the following:
   vocational objectives with the objectives and      1. An international student application;
   resources of the Seminary;                         2. A worksheet on international student
5. Evidence of personal maturity and leadership         expenses indicating available financial support
   potential as determined from references,             from family, church, and/or other funding
   interviews, and other data;                          sources in the United States and elsewhere.
                                                        It is necessary to attach to the worksheet
6. Completion of a criminal background check,           documentation that the funding mentioned
   which finalizes the admissions process.              exists;

Applicants submit a completed application form,       3. From those whose native language is not
a statement on their personal and vocational             English, a minimum score of 81 on the iBT
objectives, and an application fee of $50. In            (internet-based test) TOEFL exam is required.
addition, it is the applicant’s responsibility to        Within that score, we require a minimum of
contact all schools previously attended and              23 for the writing section and a minimum of
request that official transcripts be sent to             21 for the reading section. Our TOEFL code
Bethany, and to take the initiative in contacting        number is 1061, and results should be received
references to return completed recommendation            directly from the TOEFL organization;
forms provided by the admissions office. A            4. For those who have attended an institution in
simplified process is available for applicants          which the primary language of instruction has
wishing to take courses on an occasional basis.         not been English, an official translation of the
Applications are considered active for 1 year           transcript and diploma are required in addition
from the date of receipt, after which they are          to the original language official copies. When
destroyed.                                              possible, transcripts should be sent directly to
                                                        the admissions office.
Interviews/Campus Visits As a part of the
admissions process, all applicants, except            An approved “Certificate of Eligibility for Non-
occasional students, participate in interviews with   immigrant (F-1) Student Status” (I-20) form is
one or more members of Bethany’s faculty or           issued to an international applicant only after the
staff. Normally, interviews are scheduled as part     Admissions Committee has admitted the student
of a visit to Bethany. Visits to campus provide       to a degree program and the primary designated
opportunities to attend classes and become            school official for SEVIS reporting has determined
acquainted with faculty and students. When a          that the student has the necessary financial
campus visit is not possible, arrangements are        resources to study at Bethany. The I-20 is needed
made for interviews at a location convenient to       to obtain the F-1 (student) visa.
the applicant.
                                                      Due to US federal regulations, employment
International Students Bethany is authorized          possibilities for international students are
under federal law to enroll non-immigrant             somewhat limited. A few on-campus jobs exist
international students. Priority is given to          for international students with F-1 status. These
students sponsored by churches and other              jobs cover only a small percentage of the funds
                                                      needed for overall expenses.
                                                                           Academic Information

Special Students In accordance with the                 consecutive credit hours and the student has
standards set by the Association of Theological         fulfilled the stipulations of the approved plan.
Schools and with the stipulations noted below,          The Academic Probation Policy will be followed if
Bethany Theological Seminary will admit a limited       the student earns more than one NC (no credit)
number of applicants lacking a baccalaureate            while on provisional admission.
degree to its MDiv program as special students in
a number not to exceed 10% of the headcount             Non-degree Options The information outlined
of students enrolled in the MDiv and CATS               above deals with admission to graduate-level
programs. Applicants may seek admission as              programs. Persons desiring to sit in on Bethany
special students by the following:                      courses on a noncredit basis should contact
Applicants who do not anticipate acquiring a            the director of the Brethren Academy. Persons
baccalaureate degree but who have successfully          seeking to enter one of the nondegree certificate
completed at least 1 year of undergraduate study        programs of the Church of the Brethren co-
may be admitted initially into the CATS program         sponsored by the Brethren Academy should
and subsequently into the MDiv program                  contact their district office.
provided that they (1) meet all other admissions
criteria, (2) have at least eight years of successful
work experience, preferably in a leadership             ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
role, (3) have a record of continuous learning as
evidenced in transcripts and reference letters,         The following paragraphs provide basic
and (4) complete an entrance exam consisting            information on the seminary’s academic policies
of a timed, original essay on a topic chosen by         and procedures. More detailed information may
the academic dean that demonstrates skills in           be found in the Bethany Student Handbook and
writing and critical thinking on a par with other       on the academic services Web site. Updates on
admittees. Upon successful completion of at             changes or additions to policies and procedures
least five graduate level courses, special students     are provided via this Web site.
admitted to CATS may request admission to the
MDiv program.                                           Registration Course registration takes place as
                                                        announced in the academic calendar, published
Provisional Admission Applicants with                   prior to the beginning of every school year on
deficiencies in their previous academic record          the academic services Web site. A fee is charged
or application materials may be admitted ona            for late registration. During the first week of each
provisional basis. Such students will be notified       semester, courses may be added. No courses may
by the academic dean of the reason(s) in the            be added after the first week of the semester.*
admissions letter. Such students will consult their     Courses may be dropped without penalty
advisor at the beginning of their course work to        during the first two weeks of the semester. No
review these concerns. The student will create a        courses may be dropped after this date without
written plan to address them. The written plan          permission of the Educational Policies and
will be presented by the advisor to faculty in          Assessment Committee.
executive session.
                                                        *Courses offered as hybrids or two-week or
Provisional admission status will be lifted when        weekend intensives have different add/drop
the student has successfully completed 9                deadlines listed in the academic calendar.

       Academic Information

Course Credits and Course Load Both Bethany         2. Specific curricular requirements that must
and ESR define curricular requirements in terms        be fulfilled through Bethany-offered courses
of semester hours. Almost all courses earn             at the Richmond campus or an approved
three hours of credit. When coursework taken           extension site include the following:
at institutions operating on a quarter system is
                                                        a. Introduction to Theological Reflection
transferred into a Bethany program, four quarter
hours will be credited as the equivalent of three       b. Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry
semester hours.                                         c. MDiv Review
                                                    3. Specific curricular requirements that must
Richmond-based courses earning three hours
                                                       be fulfilled through Bethany-offered courses
of credit involve 39 hours of class time over
                                                       (which may be at the Richmond campus,
the duration of a semester, or approximately
                                                       online, or at an extension site) include the
three hours per week. Courses taught at SVMC
involve 42 hours of class time as stipulated by
the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For           a. Introduction to New Testament History
each such course, students should allocate an              and Literature
additional nine hours per week for research              b. Brethren Beliefs and Practices OR History
and written projects outside of “class time.” A
                                                         of the Church of the Brethren (required for
minimum of nine semester hours is considered
                                                           students who are members of the Church
a full-time course load. Students need to carry
                                                           of the Brethren)
12 semester hours per semester, plus 3 semester
hours during 1 of the 3 two-week intensives,             c. Ministry Formation (two semesters)
to complete an MDiv program in three years or
an MA program in two years. Some students
may choose for various reasons to spread
their coursework over a longer period of time.
Students employed more than 20 hours per week
are strongly advised to carry a reduced course

Guidelines Governing Online and
Distance Courses, Cross Registration, and
Transfer Credit

I. MDiv Students:
1. At least 27 of the 81 semester hours required
   for the MDiv degree must be fulfilled through
   courses offered by Bethany at its Richmond
   campus. This may be accomplished through
   two-week and weekend intensives and
   through hybrid courses (for which 1/2 of
   the credit hours apply to the residential

                                                                       Academic Information

4. In consultation with the dean, facultyadvisors   3. Up to 12 semester hours may be taken as
   may recommend or require that a student             online or distance courses.
   take additional Bethany-offered courses to       4. Up to 12 semester hours may be taken
   meet the objectives of a student’s program of
   study.                                              through cross registration with four area
                                                       educational institutions. Normally, no more
5. Up to 18 semester hours may be takenthrough         than 6 semester hours will be taken in any 1
   distance education courses offered by Bethany       academic year.
   or ESR or transferred from other accredited
   seminaries.                                      5. Requests for exceptions from the
6. Up to 18 semester hours may be                      preceding guidelines must be submitted to
   takenthrough cross registration with four area      the Educational Policies and Assessment
   educational institutions. Normally, no more         Committee with the support of the faculty
   than 6 semester hours will be taken in any 1        advisor.
   academic year.                                   6. Students who began an MA program at
7. Students who began an MDiv program                  another school and wish to complete their
   atanother school and wish to complete their         degree at Bethany may seek to transfer credit
   degree at Bethany may seek to transfer credit       for up to 27 hours of course work. Transfer
   for up to 40 hours of course work. Transfer         credits must be approved by the academic
   credit must be approved by the academic             dean.
                                                    Classification of Students All beginning
                                                    students are classified as juniors. MA students
II. MA Students:                                    with more than 27 hours and an approved
1. At least 27 of the 54 semester hours required    thesis proposal will be classified as seniors. MDiv
    for the MA degree must be fulfilled through     students must meet their Ministry Formation
    courses offered by Bethany at its Richmond      requirements at each level. They are generally
    campus. These 27 semester hours shall include   classified as middlers after completing 27 hours
    the following:                                  and as seniors after completing 54 hours.
     a. At least 3 of the 9 required hours in
         biblical studies                           Change of Degree Program Any student
   b. At least 3 of the 9 required hours in         wishing to move from one degree program
      theological and historical studies            to another must apply to the Admissions
   c. At least 3 of the 6 required hours in         Committee with supporting documentation to
      ministry studies                              include at least a statement of vocational intent
                                                    with accompanying names of persons willing to
   d. MA Seminar (2 semesters)                      be a reference for the change in degree program.
   e. Thesis
2. The faculty advisor for MA students may,         Cross-Cultural Requirement Students
   in consultation with the academic dean,          enrolled in the MDiv and MA degree programs
   recommend or require that a student take         are required to take at least 1 course in Cross-
   additional Bethany-offered courses to meet       Cultural Studies which includes direct experience
   the objectives of the student’s program of       of and reflection on a cultural context other their
   study.                                           own. Generally this is no less than a two-week

         Academic Information

immersion experience. The primary goals of the            1. A cross-cultural travel seminar or study tour
Cross-Cultural requirement include the following:            offered for graduate level credit by Bethany,
•    To experience and learn about a specific                ESR, or one of the Dayton-area schools that
     cultural context and people whose world and             participate in the seminary’s cross-registration
     experience of life are different from one’s             agreement. All participants, including students
     own;                                                    and faculty, in Bethany-sponsored travel
                                                             seminars sign a liability waiver and must obtain
•    To encourage appreciation and respect                   travel insurance.
     for different cultural perspectives that are
     discovered through engagement with people            2. One or more terms of graduate theological
     from different cultures;                                study in another country or at a school with
                                                             a predominant racial/ethnic identity differing
•    To increase awareness of being person shaped            from one’s own.
     by particular social, cultural, geographic, and
     national locations;                                  3. An intensive of two or more weeks sponsored
                                                             by an agency offering an accredited program
•    To encourage the discovery of biases,                   in cross-cultural education that includes
     assumptions, values, and commitments that               theological reflection on cross-cultural
     are present in different cultures and societies;        experience.
•    To increase ability to critique one’s own            4. A Ministry Formation elective featuring a
     culture/society and that of the people one              placement with a congregation or agency that
     experiences;                                            provides a ministry experience in a cultural
•    To increase ability to articulate a theology            context other than one’s own.
     of culture, person, church, or ministry that         5. An independent study that combines a cross-
     honors the particularities of the society/              cultural experience of two weeks or more with
     culture experienced as well as one’s own                theological reflection on that experience.
                                                          In recognition that our international students’
Additional goals, particularly applicable to MDiv         time at Bethany is a cross-cultural experience, the
students, include the following:                          faculty has approved the following two additional
•    To be able to articulate ways God’s work/            options for international students to meet the
     reign/presence was experienced in another            Cross-Cultural requirement:
•    To explore how one’s assumptions about the           1. A project within the structure of another
     practice of ministry are socially and culturally        course in which the student specifically reflects
     derived;                                                upon the cross-cultural experience under the
                                                             direction of the director of Cross-Cultural
•    To explore possibilities for ministry to others in      Studies. This project would not carry course
     a different social/cultural context.                    credit but would satisfy the requirement. The
                                                             student’s elective credit hours would then be
In fulfilling the Cross-Cultural requirement,                increased by three credit hours. The project
students may choose from a variety of                        must be approved by the Educational Policies
possibilities:                                               and Assessment Committee.

                                                                          Academic Information

2. An independent study which would assist            require the support of a faculty member and
   the student in reflecting upon her or his own      must be approved by the Educational Policies and
   cross-cultural experience as well as doing         Assessment Committee.
   research and writing projects that satisfy the
   requirements for a 3-credit-hour course. This      System of Student Evaluation Course work
   independent study will be under the direction      for Bethany students is evaluated on a credit/
   of the director of Cross-Cultural Studies and      non-credit basis. In addition, faculty prepare brief
   must be approved by the Educational Policies       narrative evaluations of student work, which
   and Assessment Committee.                          become part of a cumulative file during the
                                                      student’s program of study. Prior to graduation,
Students who have acquired a cross-cultural           students are given several options regarding the
experience comparable to the options described        final disposition of this file.
above during the five years immediately
preceding their admission to Bethany may seek         Beginning in fall 2010, Bethany faculty will
a waiver of the Cross-Cultural requirement            include one of four categories on student
through the Educational Policies and Assessment       narrative evaluations, in order to help with
Committee. If granted, however, the waiver does       student assessment and progress: credit with
not reduce the total number of course credits         distinction, credit, credit with concern, and non-
required for graduation.                              credit. Transcripts will continue to reflect only
To assist students in the funding of cross-cultural
experiences, the Seminary has established a           At the conclusion of the student’s program of
cross-cultural bank to which students and the         study, the faculty assesses her or his file. If the
Seminary contribute (see the information on the       faculty determines that a student’s work in a given
bank in the section on Tuition and Fees.) Further     curricular area is of a superior quality which merits
information on the Cross-Cultural requirement is      graduation “with honors,” that achievement will
available from academic services.                     be so noted on the student’s permanent transcript
                                                      and named at commencement. MA theses of
Independent Studies Bethany students may              exceptional quality may also be affirmed as
earn credits through independent studies. These       achieving “with honors.”
courses may be of variable credits (1.0, 1.5, 2.0,
3.0). Students may earn a limited number of           Review of Academic Status The academic
credits by independent study: 9 credits in the MA     status of each student is reviewed on an ongoing
program and 12 credits in the MDiv program.           basis by his or her faculty advisor. Attention
CATS and occasional students may not earn             is given to course load, progress in fulfilling
credit through independent study. Students            curricular requirements, progress in the Ministry
may undertake individual studies or as part of        Formation process, and credit/non-credit
a group of students. All independent studies          notations. The faculty as a whole reviews the
                                                      academic progress of students each semester and

        Academic Information

determines situations where academic problems            may request permission from the Educational
warrant special action.                                  Policies and Assessment Committee for a course
                                                         extension. The request must be given in writing
Any student earning a second NC (no-credit)              to the academic dean by the date specified on
in their career at Bethany will automatically be         the academic calendar. Course extensions are
placed on academic probation. Probation will be          usually not granted for a period longer than two
lifted after:                                            weeks. Bethany students cross-registered for a
•    In consultation with their advisor, the student     course at another school follow the procedure
     analyzes what happened and creates a                and policy of that school.
     written plan to prevent further NCs. The
     student will submit the written plan to their       Confidentiality of Student Records Bethany
     advisor within two weeks of being notified by       complies with the Family Educational Rights and
     the Dean’s Office that they have been placed        Privacy Act. A detailed statement regarding the
     on probation. The written plan is presented         confidentiality of records appears in the Bethany
     by the advisor to faculty in executive session.     Student Handbook.

•    9 consecutive credit hours have been                Other Policies and Regulations Other policies
     completed with no further NCs (or, the              and regulations are published in the Bethany
     number of credits needed to graduate if             Student Handbook, which is available on the
     less than 9) and the student has fulfilled the      Bethany Web site. Students are accountable for
     stipulations of the approved plan. If another       acquaintance with and adherence to all policies
     NC is earned while on probation (3 total),          and regulations. Official announcements are
     the student will be dismissed. If another NC        posted to the student e-mail listserv.
     is earned after probation is lifted (3 total), it
     will automatically result in probation again.
     Probation will be lifted after the above            TRANSCRIPTS
     requirements have been completed. Another
     NC (4 total) will result in dismissal.              A student’s permanent transcript includes credit
                                                         or non-credit notations for each course. In those
Any student who earns more than 2 NCs in the             unusual instances where a graded transcript may
same session will follow the policy stated above,        facilitate application to graduate schools or aid
adjusting the total numbers of NCs up by one in          potential employment opportunities, a student
each instance accordingly (that is, allowing for 4       may apply for a letter grade conversion in her or
instead of 3 and 5 instead of 4, respectively).          his final year of study. Further information on this
                                                         option is available from academic services.
A student may appeal the action to dismiss by
following the Complaint Policy (Acadmic Course           Students or alumni/ae may receive transcript
Work) as outlined in the Student Handbook.               copies by submitting a written request to
                                                         academic services accompanied by payment.
Delinquencies Instructors may not accept                 The form is found on the academic services
papers, examinations, or required course                 Web site and in the forms rack in the second
work after the final day of the session (three           floor work room. The cost is $7 per transcript.
weeks after the final day in the case of two-            Additional fees may apply when special handling
week intensives). Bethany does not grant                 or accelerated delivery is requested.
“incompletes.” In special cases, students
     Course Offerings


The following curricular offerings include both Bethany courses and
ESR courses. All courses are open to students from both schools,
with the exception of Ministry Formation and MA thesis courses at
Bethany and supervised ministry and comprehensive seminar at ESR.

Bethany and ESR share a similar numbering system for their courses.
Each school, however, designates curricular areas in its own way,
and those designations are reflected in the letters accompanying
course numbers as prefixes. The ESR designations are found at
the beginning of the section listing ESR course offerings. Bethany
courses use the following:

       B       Biblical Studies courses
       F       Ministry Formation courses
       H       Historical Studies courses
       I       Interdisciplinary courses
       M       Ministry Studies courses
       P       Peace Studies courses
       T       Theological Studies courses

In addition, both schools use suffixes to indicate the format or
location of courses, with no letter designating a course offered
during the “regular” weekly schedule at the Richmond campus:

       O       Online courses
       S       Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC)
       W       Weekend intensive courses at Bethany
       H       Hybrid courses (partially online and partially
       T       Two-week Intensive courses held in August,
                January, and May
       Y       Year-long courses

The numbers for both Bethany and ESR reflect the following
• 100 level    core courses that serve as prerequisites for advanced
• 200 level    courses open to beginning and advanced students
               and may be taken at any time;

        Course Offerings

•    300 level   advanced courses that have one        the life of early Christian communities, and their
                 or more prerequisites;                meanings for readers today. 3 semester hours.
•    400 level   independent study courses,
                 Clinical Pastoral Education, and      B 115 and B 115-O NEW TESTAMENT GREEK I
                 Ministry Formation electives;         Ulrich, annual
•    500 level   MA thesis work                        This course begins an introduction to the basic
                                                       elements of New Testament Greek with an
The following Bethany core courses or equivalent       emphasis on vocabulary, the noun system, and
courses at ESR serve as the prerequisites for          indicative verbs. Students begin translating brief
advanced courses in their respective areas, and        passages from the Greek New Testament. 3
are typically taken during the first year of study:    semester hours.
• Introduction to the Old Testament (local or
    online)                                            B 116 and B 116-O NEW TESTAMENT GREEK II
• Introduction to the New Testament (local or          Ulrich, annual
    online)                                            As the sequel to New Testament Greek I, this
• Introduction to Theological Reflection (local        course continues to introduce the basic elements
    or online)                                         of the language, including vocabulary and the
• History of Christianity I or II (local or online)    grammar of participles and other nonindicative
• Exegeting the Call and Culture of Ministry           verb forms. By the end of this course, students
    (year-long, local, or hybrid for MDiv and MDiv     are able to translate passages from the Greek
    Connections) or the MA Research Seminar            New Testament with the aid of the lexicon. 3
    (for MA and MA Connections).                       semester hours. Prerequisite: B 115.

Entering students will have an opportunity to          B 117 and B 117-O NEW TESTAMENT GREEK III
test out of some core course requirements by           Ulrich/Jeffers/Staff, annual
achieving a test score demonstrating a sufficient      This third semester involves substantial practice
knowledge of that area.                                in reading selected passages from the Greek
                                                       New Testament. Students will experience the
DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS                              writing styles of various New Testament authors;
                                                       solidify and expand their knowledge of Greek
Each course offering meets one or more of the          vocabulary, morphology, and syntax; and begin
curricular distribution requirements. Curriculum       to apply their knowledge of Greek in exegesis. 3
distribution information is published in Banner.       semester hours. Prerequisite: B 115 and B 116.

                                                       B/P 204 and B/P 204-T GOSPEL OF PEACE
                                                       Ulrich, biennial
BETHANY COURSES                                        This seminar offers a survey of biblical texts
                                                       related to peace and violence. We will interpret
                                                       these texts collaboratively, paying attention to
                                                       their historical and literary contexts and to their
Ulrich, annual
                                                       meanings for readers today. We will also explore
This course offers a survey of the 27 writings
                                                       the implications of this biblical background
that compose the New Testament canon. We
                                                       for our understandings and practices of
will study each of these writings with attention
                                                       peacemaking. 3 semester hours.
to their literary form and content, their origins in

                                                                              Course Offerings

B 302 and B 302-W NEW TESTAMENT
EXEGESIS: GOSPEL OF MATTHEW                          the community in Judah struggled to form a
Ulrich, annual                                       new identity as the people of God. Chronicles
An introduction to the theory and practice of        attempts to construct a better alternate future by
New Testament exegesis, utilizing the Gospel         creating a distict view of the past. Ezra-Nehemiah
of Matthew as case material. Careful attention       presents the recent history of this group from the
will be given to the various worlds of exegetical    perspective of those elite who returned to bring
inquiry: the world within the text, the world        leadership and a ew vision. Often avoided as
behind and around the text, and the world in         irrelevant or only being historical in nature, these
front of the text. Prerequisite: B 102. 3 semester   books contain rich contributions to a wide range
hours.                                               of topics, such as theology, worship, spirituality,
                                                     prayer, joy, identity formation, community life,
B 304 GOSPEL OF JOHN                                 God’s involvement in history, inclusivity and
Ulrich, triennial                                    exclusivity, the reinterpretation of previous
A literary and theological study of John’s           biblical traditions, the function of the Law, and
Gospel. Literary issues to be considered include     the relationship to Empire. Methodological and
the Gospel’s plot, character development, and        theological approaches to these texts will be
extensive use of irony. John’s most distinctive      addressed in this exegesis course.
theological concepts and formulations will also
be considered, including realized eschatology,       B/M 328 PREACHING THE GOSPEL(S)
the incarnation of the Word, and Jesus as the life   Ottoni-Wilhelm, biennial
and the light of the world. Prerequisite: B 102 or   What is the gospel we preach and how does
permission of the instructor. 3 semester hours.      it relate to the biblical witness of Jesus Christ
                                                     and the Spirit’s presence among us? This upper-
B 310-O NEW TESTAMENT FOUNDATIONS                    level course in preaching will develop a practical
FOR MINISTRY                                         theology of preaching that arises out of our
Ulrich, triennial                                    encounter with the synoptic Gospels and their
This seminar invites students to examine and         relationship to the dynamic movement of the
develop their theology of ministry in light of       gospel in the church and the world today. With
some of the ways ministry is understood in           attention given to difficult passages of Scripture
the New Testament. While exploring a range           and difficult challenges facing our culture and our
of New Testament texts, students will practice       congregations, we will explore the good news
interpretive methods that are both enlightening      revealed in Jesus’ own preaching and the horizon
and feasible in the context of a busy ministry       of hope it offers us today. Students will preach at
setting. 3 semester hours.                           least two sermons and prepare a paper outlining
                                                     their own theology of preaching as it is informed
B 314 EXEGESIS OF CHRONICLES AND EZRA-               by reading, lectures, and class discussions.
NEHEMIAH                                             Prerequisite: M 120 or M 125 or PM 101 and B
Schweitzer, biennial                                 102. 3 semester hours.
The books of 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah
were written during the postexilic period of
ancient Israel in the midst of cultural change.
Following the traumatic experience of exile,

        S ERVE ONE ANOTHER." – I Peter 4:10                                                            47
        Course Offerings

B 390 TOPICS IN BIBLICAL STUDIES                       H 201 AND H 201-W HISTORY OF THE
Staff, triennial                                       CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
Various elective courses will be offered in biblical   Kettering/Rogers, annual
studies, some focusing on particular books of the      This course investigates the history of the
Hebrew Bible and New Testament and others on           Brethren from their beginning as a movement
broader issues of interpreting Scripture for faith     amidst German Pietism to their transplantation
and ministry. Previous offerings have included         and spread in America, major divisions, mission
courses such as Job and Proverbs, Jeremiah,            work, and interactions with wider Christianity
Revelation, Feminism and Biblical Theology,            and surrounding cultures, attending to their
Pauline Theology, and travel seminars to Israel        development from a rather homogeneous to
and Greece. 300 level offerings will have a            a somewhat more ethnically diverse group.
prerequisite of BS 101 or B 101-S and B 102. 3         Along with theological concerns, the course
semester hours.                                        will investigate social historical contexts for the
                                                       Brethren story. 3 semester hours.

HISTORICAL STUDIES                                     H 208 BRETHREN IN MISSION
                                                       Adjunct, biennial
H 101 and H 101-O HISTORY OF                           The course gives an overview of significant
CHRISTIANITY I                                         endeavors in foreign mission by the Church of
Rogers, annual                                         the Brethren, with some attention to the wider
This course gives an overview of the history of        context of Christian missions. The course will
Christianity from the apostolic period to the eve      also focus on intercultural issues. Students will
of the Reformation. Topics addressed include           work on developing theologies of mission and
theoretical issues in studying the history of          evangelism that are inter-culturally sensitive. 3
Christianity, early Christianity, the Constantinian    semester hours.
shift, Augustine’s influence, asceticism, the
Middle Ages, Medieval lay piety and dissent,           H 370-T NEW STUDIES IN RADICAL PIETISM
monastic orders, the papacy and the beginnings         Rogers, biennial
of the Renaissance. 3 semester hours.                  The past few years have witnessed the
                                                       publication of important new studies of Radical
H 102 and H 102-O HISTORY OF                           Pietism and the religious situation in Germany
CHRISTIANITY II                                        out of which the Brethren movement emerged.
Rogers, annual                                         This course examines some of these works,
The course continues the overview of the history       comparing them with selected journal articles
of Christianity from the Reformation to the            and the relevant sections of older studies by the
present. Topics of study include the Magisterial       late professor Donald Durnbaugh and others. The
Reformation, the Radical Reformation, Roman            course considers the variety of Radical Pietism,
Catholic reform, Protestant Orthodoxy, Pietism,        its similarities with and differences from the
and the Evangelical Awakening, the impact of           established churches, and its views on particular
Enlightenment rationalism, missionary expansion,       issues such as church history, eschatology, non-
Protestant liberalism and fundamentalism, the          violence, property, and the family. Prerequisite:
ecumenical movement, Christianity in developing        H 101 or H 102 or T/TS101 or permission of the
countries and the Christian decline in the             instructor. 3 semester hours.
industrialized West. 3 semester hours.

                                                                             Course Offerings

Staff, biennial                                      Berry, annual (fall)
Specialized advanced courses developed on the        This course is for MA students who are writing
basis of faculty and student interest. Offerings     their theses. It is built primarily to help the
could focus on methods of researching the            student stay accountable to the research and
history of Christianity or on a particular topic.    writing task. As the semester progresses, the
Prerequisite: H/HCST-101 or 102. 3 semester          student will be asked to share a chapter of his/
hours.                                               her work in progress with MA peers. Class time
                                                     is spent interacting with each other’s research
                                                     and arguments and building the skills of critical
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES                            engagement and scholarly conversation.
                                                     Prerequisite: I 103 and approval of the thesis
I 103 MA RESEARCH SEMINAR                            proposal by the Educational Policies and
Berry, annual (spring)                               Assessment Committee. 3 semester hours.
This course is for MA students who are
developing their thesis proposals. The course        I 390 TOPICS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
is focused on teaching bibliographic research        Staff, triennial
and research methodology for academic thesis         Various courses may either be offered as a
writing. It follows a research structure with each   regular part of the curriculum or developed as
student working on building his/her own focus        a group reading course which fulfill one of the
questions, methodology, and bibliography. Class      three interdisciplinary curriculum requirements.
time is spent discussing and evaluating peer         Previous offerings have included The Foreign
work. 3 semester hours.                              Language of Caring, Readings in Women’s
                                                     Faith and Theology, and Ethics for Ministry and
I 203 TRAVEL SEMINAR: FAITH                          Congregational Life. 300-level courses will have
EXPLORATIONS IN CROSS-CULTURAL                       an appropriate 100-level prerequisite. 3 semester
SETTINGS (200 LEVEL)                                 hours.
Staff, biannual
Each year one or more travel seminars will be        I 500 THESIS COMPLETION
sponsored enabling participants to experience        Berry, annual
the life and culture of another people. Previous     This course grants 3 credit hours to the MA
travel seminars have included Nigeria, Brazil,       student for the successful completion of the
Latin America, France, Ireland, Italy, and the       thesis. Credit is granted when the thesis is
Mideast. 3 semester hours.                           approved by the thesis committee and the
                                                     required bindable copies are submitted to
I 205 AMERC CROSS-CULTURAL SEMINAR                   academic services in proper academic style
Holland, annual                                      according to the scheduled deadlines. 3 semester
Funded by Appalachian Ministries Educational         hours.
Resource Center (AMERC) in Berea, Kentucky,
and conducted by member schools of the               I 510 MA THESIS COMPLETION (audit)
consortium. Courses focus on the religious           Berry, annual
history and social issues of Appalachia, with        This course allows MA students additional time
attention given to models and strategies for small   for the completion of the thesis. An adjusted
church ministry in the rural setting. 3 semester     audit fee is charged per session. No credit hours
hours.                                               are earned.
        Course Offerings

                                                        in specific forms of ministry and to reflect on
MINISTRY FORMATION                                      their practice of ministry through supervision.
                                                        Placements will extend 10 or more weeks and
F 110 EXEGETING THE CALL AND CULTURE                    will typically be full-time (400 or more hours). 3
OF MINISTRY (ECC)                                       semester hours.
Hornbacker, annual
ECC is a year-long course that meets once a             F 201 CPE MINISTRY FORMATION ELECTIVE
week. It provides a formational context in which        Hornbacker, annual
to process seminary life and discern readiness          Clinical Pastoral Education students learn pastoral
to participate in Ministry Formation (F 301).           practice in a clinical setting with a trained
Participants in this course explore the various         supervisor. Pastoral relationships are examined
aspects of Christian ministry with particular           through an integration of personal history,
attention to pastoral/congregational ministries.        behavioral theory and method, and spiritual
Students examine social and spiritual shaping of        development. Ministers-in-training provide
ministerial identity through specific readings, small   pastoral care to people in crisis for a specific time
group work, theological reflection, and ministry        period, usually 10 or 11 weeks full-time in the
interviews. 3 semester hours of credit granted at       summer or one day a week during most of the
the successful completion of both semesters.            academic year. 3 semester hours.

OF MINISTRY                                             Hornbacker, annual
Hornbacker/Poole, annual                                Participants engage in critical and constructive
This one-semester hybrid course serves as a             reflection concurrent with their field education
portal for the Connections program beginning            ministry placement in this year-long course (400
with a weekend retreat and orientation. It              hours in the placement over the course of two
requires an additional on-campus class as well          semesters.) This course is offered in the weekend
as a significant online component in which the          intensive format (F 301-W) in alternate years
student explores the various aspects of Christian       with the weekly class (F 301). Students consider
ministry with particular attention to pastoral/         a variety of ministry topics, working with case
congregational ministries. Students examine             studies and the ministry resources of their faith
social and spiritual shaping of ministerial identity    journeys. Group interaction and leadership are
through specific readings, small group work,            important components of the learning process.
theological reflection, and ministry interviews.        For more information see Ministry Formation
It provides a context for continued spiritual           & field education on page . Prerequisites: 27
formation and for discernment of readiness              credit hours completed including: F 110, T/TS
to participate in Ministry Formation F 301. 3           101, one course in biblical studies, one course
semester hours.                                         in ministry studies, and faculty certification of
                                                        readiness. 6 semester hours of credit granted at
F 200 MINISTRY FORMATION ELECTIVE                       the successful completion of both semesters.
Hornbacker, annual
Ministers-in-training gain experience in doing          F 302 MDIV REVIEW
full-time or part-time extended ministry in             Hornbacker/Ottoni-Wilhelm/Haitch, annual
congregations, camps, hospitals, social ministry        As the capstone course of the MDiv program, F
settings, and district or conference programs.          302 challenges students to interpret, integrate,
Students are given opportunities to engage              and communicate what they have learned

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                                   in previous         can be enhanced and made more productive
                                   course work         through the use of various technological tools
                                   and ministerial     at our disposal. Technology, as with all tools for
                                   experiences.        ministry, must equip us to be more fully aware
                                   Students will       of how God is present within and shaping our
                                   also anticipate     ministries. Technology as a tool for ministry must
                                   future ministry     also serve a 21st century generation which is
settings as they apply their learning to theological   seeking to find the ways that God is present in
topics of ongoing interest and concern. Students       the context in which they live. 3 semester hours.
will compile a portfolio of previous work,
complete an oral interview with faculty, and write     M 267-W ADMINISTRATION AS PASTORAL
a final project. 3 semester hours.                     CARE
                                                       Staff/Adjunct, biennial
F 400 CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION                      This course will provide students with
Hornbacker, annual                                     competency in skills and perspectives necessary
Students may choose to enroll in an accredited         for providing effective leadership in the church.
CPE program for credit as an additional elective.      The course will provide information, resources
Contact the faculty for Ministry Formation for         and experiences for developing a theology
details. 3 semester hours.                             of pastoral administration. As a theology of
                                                       administration is developed, self-awareness and
                                                       self-direction as well as the ability to empower
MINISTRY STUDIES                                       others to do ministry and mission will be
                                                       explored. Projects will be placed in the context
Administration                                         of congregational or institutional life, allowing
                                                       students to expand their gifts for this ministry. 3
M 260-W ADMINISTRATION, LEADERSHIP,                    semester hours.
Staff/Adjunct, biennial                                M 270-T GOD, MONEY, AND TIME
This course focuses on the role of leadership          Staff/Adjunct, triennial
from the perspective of the individual, the group,     The purpose of this course is to provide the
and the institution. Emphasis is on understanding      student with biblical and theological information
multiple contexts in which leadership functions,       so that he or she may more effectively lead
contrasting styles of leadership, and how              a congregation in developing stewardship as
leadership theory and philosophy influence             essential to faithful discipleship. Attention is also
choice of leadership behavior or style. Additional     given to particular implications of stewardship
emphases include group development,                    theology in the daily life of persons, communities
organizational culture, decision making,               and nations. 3 semester hours.
organizing for mission, management of change,
systems thinking, and contingency approaches. 3
semester hours.                                        Church Growth and Evangelism

M 263 WHERE MINISTRY MEETS                             M 222 EVANGELISM IN A POSTMODERN
TECHNOLOGY                                             CONTEXT
Poole, triennial                                       Hornbacker, biennial
Students will explore the places where ministry        This course will introduce students to the recent
       Course Offerings

developments in Evangelism and Missiology             M 238 PRACTICAL THEOLOGY OF BAPTISM
due to the shifts in North American and global        Haitch, biennial
cultures. Topics for discussion will include local,   What does baptism mean in the church, and
contextual, and missional church evangelism with      what are its implications for education and
attention to Anabaptist/Pietist understanding.        everyday life? We will examine contrasting
Authors studied will include: Bosch, Newbigin,        theological positions, seeking to understand
and writers from the Gospel and Our Culture           what is at stake in the great baptismal debates
Network. Successful completion of this                over questions such as “infants” versus
course will necessitate student interpretation,       “believers” and “water“ versus “Spirit.”
integration, communication, and anticipation          Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anabaptist,
of the work of Evangelism and Missiology in           Reformed, Pentecostal and other perspectives
their own ministries in light of emerging cultural    are welcomed and will be discussed. (Students
structures . 3 semester hours.                        pursuing an emphasis in Ministry with Youth and
                                                      Young Adults can focus their written work in a
M 245 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHURCH                          way that makes this course count toward their
GROWTH                                                requirements.) 3 semester hours.
Adjunct, biennial
The course will develop a missional                   M 333 SCRIPTURE AND EDUCATION
understanding of church attentive to Brethren         Haitch, biennial
perspectives and practices and drawing on             Readings and discussions will investigate
current evangelism and church planting                contrasting pedagogical styles and hermeneutical
strategies. The course will consider biblical         models, such as Pietist, Pentecostal, Neo-
foundations, spiritual formation, leadership roles,   orthodox, Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Feminist,
cultural dynamics, congregational vocation, and       and Liberationist. Classes will engage in close
key evangelistic skills. 3 semester hours.            readings of portions of the Bible, and students
                                                      will have opportunity to lead in teaching.
Education                                             Prerequisite: a course in biblical studies or
                                                      permission of the instructor. 3 semester hours.
Haitch, biennial                                      Music & Worship
This course looks at education in light of the
Person of the Holy Spirit, the human spirit of the    M 211 and M 211-T RITUAL AND REFLECTION
person, and the relationship between the two,         IN THE LIFE OF FAITH
by drawing on insights from both theology and         Ottoni-Wilhelm, biennial
the human sciences. With a steady focus on how        Students will study the biblical, theological, and
and why people are creative, participants in the
course will study the dynamics of socialization
and transformation, with a view toward
understanding what it means to teach and learn
“in the Spirit.” (This course, or an approved
substitute, is required for those pursuing a Youth
and Young Adult emphasis.) 3 semester hours.

                                                                              Course Offerings

anthropological bases for various rituals and        hymnals or songbooks in addition to Hymnal: A
ordinances of the church. Focusing on such           Worship Book.) 3 semester hours.
practices as child and parent dedication, baptism,
Love Feast, communion, anointing, the laying         M 220-Y THE MINISTRY OF WORSHIP
on of hands, weddings, funerals/memorials, and       Ottoni-Wilhelm, annual
ordination, students will reflect on the meaning     This year-long course is designed to deepen the
of various rituals as they design creative ritual    student’s theological understanding and creative
services. 3 semester hours.                          design of corporate worship through preparing
                                                     and leading services of worship at Bethany
M 213 MUSIC IN THE CHURCH                            Seminary. Through lectures, readings, discussions
Adjunct, biennial                                    and activities, students are encouraged to work
This course is designed to explore the importance    as a team toward developing meaningful and
of music in worship, both as an aid to worship       creative worship events as they provide chapel
and as an act of worship itself. Designed for        services during the academic year. 3 semester
both musicians and nonmusicians, we will look        hours of credit granted at the successful
at the roles of pastor and the church musicians      completion of both semesters.
in planning and leading worship services, with
special emphasis on the music. Topics covered        M 220 PATTERNS OF WORSHIP: THEOLOGY,
will include an Anabaptist understanding of          SPIRIT, AND IMAGINATION
music in worship, choosing music for worship         Ottoni-Wilhelm, annual
services, contemporary worship music, hymns,         This semester-long course will introduce students
the teamwork of minister and musician,               to the theological, historical, creative, and
technology, etc. 3 semester hours.                   performative dimensions of diverse patterns
                                                     of corporate worship in North America (i.e.,
M 219 CONGREGATIONAL SONG: PRACTICES                 blended, emergent, Anabaptist, other).
PAST AND PRESENT                                     Through the creative interplay of theology and
Adjunct, biennial                                    inagination, students will design services for a
This course will explore the practices of            variety of settings, including worship services in
congregational song in the Christian church          Bethany’s Nicarry Chapel.
from several perspectives. Insights from
the church’s history, theology, and worship          Pastoral Care
practices along with art, music, linguistics,
and ethnography will inform our study.               M 209 and M 209-T TOPICS IN THE
Historical sources, including hymnals, standard      CAREGIVING MINISTRIES OF THE CHURCH
hymnological research tools, methods of text and     Staff/Adjunct, triennial
tune analysis, and the contemporary contexts of      This course will focus on pastoral caregiving
music and worship, provide our primary mediums       topics for pastors, chaplains, deacons and
of investigation. Class sessions will include        other caregivers. The topics include older
singing, presentation, and discussion. Hymnal:       adults, wellness, disabilities, family life, and
A Worship Book will be the main text. (Students      mental illness. The learning process will involve
from other denominations may use their own           a combination of lecture, discussion, group

  G R A S S, LIKE SHOWERS ON NEW GROWTH." – Deuteronomy 32:2
        Course Offerings

participation, and experience, with planned field       voices of the prophetic witness in Scripture,
trips to assist students in direct experience of        among recent preachers of various traditions, and
the kinds of resources within the community.            as prophetic preaching relates to peace, simplicity
The class will hear from experts in the caregiving      and life in community practiced among Brethren
roles who will provide information and invite           and Friends. Prerequisite: M 120 or M 125 or PM
interaction with the students. 3 semester hours.        101. 3 semester hours.

Preaching                                               M/B 328 PREACHING THE GOSPEL(S)
                                                        Ottoni-Wilhelm, biennial
M 120 and M 120-H INTRODUCTION TO                       What is the gospel we preach and how does
PREACHING                                               it relate to the biblical witness of Jesus Christ
Ottoni-Wilhelm, annual                                  and the Spirit’s presence among us? This upper-
This course introduces students to a basic              level course in preaching will develop a practical
understanding of the value and methods of               theology of preaching that arises out of our
preaching in ministry. Attention will be given          encounter with the synoptic Gospels and their
to the application of biblical exegesis in the          relationship to the dynamic movement of the
preparation of sermons, and students will               gospel in the church and the world today. With
be instructed and given opportunity to apply            attention given to difficult passages of Scripture
homiletical theory and skills necessary in              and difficult challenges facing our culture and
preparing, presenting, and constructively criticizing   our congregations, we will explore the good
different types of sermons. 3 semester hours.           news revealed in Jesus’ own preaching and the
                                                        horizon of hope it offers us today. Students
M 125 PREACHING AND PUBLIC DISCOURSE                    will preach at least two sermons and prepare a
Holland and Ottoni-Wilhelm, biennial                    paper outlining their own theology of preaching
This course provides an introduction to the             as it is informed by reading, lectures and class
art and craft of preaching as it attends to the         discussions. Prerequisite: M 120 or M 125 or PM
religious and public witness of Christian faith         101 and B 102. 3 semester hours.
in the context of worship. We will explore the
exegesis of Scripture, community contexts of            Youth and Young Adult Ministry
church and society, and public theology as well
as ethical and aesthetic dimensions of preaching.       M 231 UNDERSTANDING YOUTH MINISTRY
Through reading, lectures, and classroom                Haitch, biennial
discussions, and the preparation, presentation          This basic course looks at the period of youth
and evaluation of sermons, students will learn to       and the person of the youth minister, as well as
engage the gospel in a ministry of preaching for        the ministry to which youth themselves are called
the church and world. 3 semester hours.                 within church and society. Attention will be given
                                                        to the theological themes implicit in today’s
M 326 PROPHETIC VOICES IN PREACHING                     social, psychological, and cultural trends. How
Ottoni-Wilhelm, biennial                                can youth ministry transform, rather than simply
This course is designed to develop the students         reproduce, these dynamics? 3 semester hours.
’understanding and practice of prophetic
preaching within the broader context of their           M 233 YOUNG ADULTHOOD IN
overall ministry. Recognizing that prophetic            DEVELOPMENTAL AND THEOLOGICAL
preaching is a part of (and not apart from)             PERSPECTIVES
pastoral preaching, students will study formative       Haitch, biennial
                                                        This course probes issues of young adulthood,
                                                                               Course Offerings

especially those of vocation and intimacy.            young people with an array of areas (e.g.,
Human science concepts will be put into               biomedical, psychosexual, socioeconomic) in
conversation with biblical and theological ones,      which they may be searching for reliable guides
with a view toward understanding “spiritual           or guideposts.
maturity” and improving ministerial judgment.
Case histories may be drawn from literature as        Topics in Ministry
well as experience. 3 semester hours.
                                                      M 280 WOMEN IN MINISTRY
M 236 SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL ISSUES OF                  Hornbacker, triennial
YOUNG PEOPLE                                          This course examines current issues, experiences,
Haitch, biennial                                      and ecologies encountered by women in
This course invites students to interpret the lives   ministerial leadership. In addition to faculty
of young people and the society in which they         lectures and readings, a variety of guest
come of age. The course is structured around          speakers will represent a variety of ministry
three overarching (and sometimes overwhelming)        areas, ecumenical affiliations, and generational
questions that young people face: Where are           perspectives. The scope of the course moves
we living? Who am I? Why do we live? While            beyond current conditions to teach a variety of
some students taking this course may be doing         transformational leadership principles addressing
full time work with youth or young adults, others     the joys and possibilities of ministering as a
may simply desire a deeper knowledge of youth,        woman. 3 semester hours.
theology and culture—for the sake of many kinds
of ministry in the twenty-first century church. 3     M/T 300 TOPICS IN PRACTICAL THEOLOGY
semester hours.                                       Haitch/Staff, triennial
                                                      Students do interdisciplinary work by integrating
M/T 317 YOUTH AND MISSION                             learning from theology and the human
Haitch, biennial                                      sciences. From year to year, topics could include:
This course examines global trends in Christianity    forgiveness and reconciliation; the roots of
and what they mean for rising generations, when       violence; understandings of marriage and family;
youth are seen either as missionaries or mission      prayer and healing; and the relationship between
field or when the church as a whole is said to        gospel and culture. Attention will be given to
be “missional.” Students discuss theological          the way that these topics relate to the practice
and cultural trends that raise issues of ministry     of ministry, especially education and/or work
with youth people and issues of doctrine for          with youth and young adults. The topic for the
the church. Themes for research, discussion,          current year will be an interdisciplinary study
and writing include 1) pneumatology and the           of childhood. Readings will be drawn from the
rise of Pentecostalism, 2) ecclesiology and the       fields of biblical studies, history, psychology and
growth of independent churches, 3) soteriology        theological anthropology. Prerequisite: T/TS 101.
and the relationship between personal and             3 semester hours.
communal aspects of salvation, and 4) revelation
and the relationship between scripture and            M 390 TOPICS IN MINISTRY
human experience. Discussion of these themes          Staff, triennial
takes place in regard to the world young people       Specialized advanced courses developed on the
inhabit, a world in which cultures are being          basis of faculty and student interest. Prerequisite:
reshaped by global patterns of consumption            permission of the instructor. 3 semester hours.
and communication and a world that confronts

       Course Offerings

PEACE STUDIES                                         the implications of this biblical background
                                                      for our understandings and practices of
P 126 AND P 126-H                                     peacemaking. 3 semester hours.
Holland, biennial                                     P 228 RELIGION AS A SOURCE OF TERROR &
This course introduces students to varieties of       TRANSFORMATION
theologies and ways of practicing peace in the        Holland, biennial
Christian tradition, with a concentration on the      Since September 11, 2001, there has been a
historic peace churches: Brethren, Mennonites,        renewed awareness of how religion and religious
and Friends. The course employs a variety of          discourse can become a source of both terror and
disciplinary approaches. In addition, the course      transformation. This relationship between terror
will take up at least one Christian peace theology    and transformation is especially challenging
not from an historical peace church and will          and complicated when religion “goes public.”
discuss elements of Christian arguments to justify    How do particular and prophetic religions enter
war. 3 semester hours.                                pluralistic, public squares and contribute to social
                                                      and political understanding and policy? Can
P 201 CONFLICT RESOLUTION                             there be credible expressions of public theology
Adjunct, biennial                                     in our late modern, postmodern age? This course
This course provides the student with an              will explore the problems and possibilities of
introduction to the study of conflict and its         religious language and practice with the hope of
resolution. We will explore the basic theoretical     what the prophet Jeremiah called “the peace of
concepts of the field and apply this knowledge        the city” in view. 3 semester hours.
as we learn and practice skills for analyzing and
resolving conflicts. The course seeks to answer       P 249 THE PEACE OF THE CITY AND THE
the following questions at both the theoretical       QUEST FOR A PUBLIC THEOLOGY
level and the level of personal action: What are      Holland, biennial
the causes and consequences of social conflict?       This course will work with the thesis that the
How do we come to know and understand                 biblical story of redemption begins in a garden
conflict? How do our assumptions about                (Eden) but ends in a city (the New Jerusalem).
conflict affect our strategies for management         Religion may indeed begin in solitude, but as
or resolution? What methods are available for         social creatures, our lives are public. Biblical
waging and resolving conflicts productively rather    religion reminds us that our faith is embodied in
than destructively? 3 semester hours.                 evangelical, ethical and aesthetic engagements
                                                      with culture, thus inviting public theological
P/B 204 and P/B 204-T GOSPEL OF PEACE                 reflection. Combining the disciplines of peace
Ulrich, biennial                                      studies and theology, the course will explore how
This seminar offers a survey of biblical texts        a variety of public proposals for theology might
related to peace and violence. We will interpret      contribute to or inhibit what prophetic religion
these texts collaboratively, paying attention to      has called the shalom or welfare of the city. 3
their historical and literary contexts and to their   semester hours.
meanings for readers today. We will also explore

56    A D M O NISH ONE ANOTHER IN ALL WISDOM. . ."     – Colossians 3:16
                                                                              Course Offerings

P/T 268 1968: A CASE STUDY IN PUBLIC                 the genuine dilemmas of Christian conscience
THEOLOGY                                             around the problems of war and peace in a time
Holland, biennial                                    of totalitarian politics and the horrors of the
In 1968, as many barricades went up around           Holocaust. Particular attention will be given to
the world, more religious, cultural, and political   Bonhoeffer’s New York experience and how it
borders and boundaries were freely transgressed.     helped form and inform his final resistance to
This course will use the music, movies, art,         European fascism. Prerequisite: P 126 or T/TS
literature, and political discourses of 1968 as      101. 3 semester hours.
a window into the cultural transformations
of the religious thought and practice of the         P 390 TOPICS IN PEACE STUDIES
era. Particular attention will be given to the       Staff, triennial
complicated challenges of public God-talk in a       Various courses may either be offered as a
multicultural world of plurality, ambiguity, and     regular part of the curriculum or developed as
fiercely contested truth claims. 3 semester hours.   a group reading course which fulfill the Peace
                                                     Studies curriculum requirements. Recent offerings
P/T 313 HOW DO STORIES SAVE US?                      are The Historic Peace Churches & the Decade
NARRATIVE THEOLOGY MEETS LITERARY                    to Overcome Violence from Africa to Asia, and
CRITICISM                                            Emotional Intelligence & Conflict Transformation.
Holland, biennial                                    The 390 level will carry a prerequisite of P 126 or
Recent decades have witnessed and welcomed           P 126-W. 3 semester hours.
a “narrative turn” in theology, hermeneutics,
homiletics, biblical studies, and peace studies.
This course will bring a variety of narrative        THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
theologies into constructive conversation with
literary critical models of narrative theory as we   T 101 AND T 101-O INTRODUCTION TO
study the form and function of story-shaped          THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION
approaches to naming ourselves and rendering         Berry, annual
God’s name in history. Special attention will        This course is an introduction to theology
be given to how story might serve the task           as language that reflects on the activity and
of seeking cultures of peace as we apply our         presence of God in our lives. Using a variety of
narrative studies to autobiography (William          theological texts, the course will examine both
Stafford’s Down in My Heart) and fiction (Pat        classic expressions of the Christian faith as well
Barker’s Regeneration). Students may earn            as ones that treat contemporary questions and
theology credit by devoting their final project to   problems. 3 semester hours.
a topic in narrative theology and hermeneutics
or they may earn Peace Studies credit by             T 207 AND T 207-W BRETHREN BELIEFS AND
researching and writing on the theme of story        PRACTICES
and peacebuilding. Prerequisite: P 126 or T/TS       Kettering, annual
101. 3 semester hours.                               This course examines major beliefs and doctrinal
                                                     interpretations along with practices that shape
P/T 380 BONHOEFFER, WAR, AND PEACE                   the Church of the Brethren. The course will
Holland, biennial                                    study Brethren beliefs and practices across
This course blends the disciplines of peace          the span of time, with reflection on historical
studies, theology, and ethics to bring the life      theology and in ecumenical conversation with
and thought of martyred pastor and theologian        other interpretations of Christianity significant
Dietrich Bonhoeffer into conversation with           to the study. The course will engage students
       Course Offerings

in discussing the present life and faith of the       attention to the way these christologies are
Church of the Brethren. 3 semester hours.             biblically grounded and theologically conversant
                                                      with the culture. Attention will also be given to
T/P 268 1968: A CASE STUDY IN PUBLIC                  classical christological debates within each of
THEOLOGY                                              the portrayals. Prerequisite: T/TS 101 or B 102. 3
Holland, biennial                                     semester hours.
In 1968, as many barricades went up around
the world, more religious, cultural and political     T 306 FEMINIST THEOLOGY AND THOUGHT
borders and boundaries were freely transgressed.      Berry, biennial
This course will use the music, movies, art,          This course will take an interdisciplinary look
literature, and political discourses of 1968 as       at the ways womens’ experience, interpreted
a window into the cultural transformations            with the analytical tools of feminist theory, has
of the religious thought and practice of the          been and continues to be a vital resource for our
era. Particular attention will be given to the        individual and collective theological reflection,
complicated challenges of public God-talk in a        worship, ethics, and religious imagination. Our
multicultural world of plurality, ambiguity, and      exploration of womens’ experience will draw
fiercely contested truth claims. 3 semester hours.    from a variety of texts (non-fiction, fiction,
                                                      spiritual autobiography, etc.) that represent
T/M 300 TOPICS IN PRACTICAL THEOLOGY                  the multiple ethnicities, cultures, and religious
Haitch/Staff, triennial                               traditions that shape feminist theology .
Students do interdisciplinary work by integrating     Prerequisite: T/TS 101. 3 semester hours.
learning from theology and the human
sciences. From year to year, topics could include:    T 309 THEOLOGY AND THE ARTS
forgiveness and reconciliation; the roots of          Berry, biennial
violence; understandings of marriage and family;      This course will address the relationship of
prayer and healing; and the relationship between      theology and the arts by studying a variety
gospel and culture. Attention will be given to        of historical and contemporary artistic works.
the way that these topics relate to the practice      Students will be immersed in a diversity of
of ministry, especially education and/or work         media (such as visual art, dance, music, icons,
with youth and young adults. The topic for the        novels, films) and theories, raising questions of
current year will be an interdisciplinary study       divine/human interaction, theories of religious
of childhood. Readings will be drawn from the         representation and embodiment, and different
fields of biblical studies, history, psychology and   ways of conceptualizing the world. Prerequisite:
theological anthropology. Prerequisite: T/TS 101.     T/TS 101. 3 semester hours.
3 semester hours.

Berry, biennial
This course will study the paradigms of
christology in biblical and theological
literature, film, and visual images. It will
survey various historical and contemporary
portrayals of Jesus as the Christ, giving

                                                                                Course Offerings

BELIEF                                                  Haich, biennial
Holland, biennial                                       This course examines global trends in
This course will trace the intellectual and religious   Christianity and what they mean for rising
passage to modernity through representative             generations, when youth are seen either as
writings, including Schleiermacher’s lectures           missionaries or mission field or when the
to the modern cultured despisers of religion.           church as a whole is said to be “missional.”
Most attention, however, will be given to               Students discuss theological and cultural trends
the “postmodern turn” in art, literary theory,          that raise issues of ministry with youth people
philosophy and theology. For some, this turn,           and issues of doctrine for the church. Themes
which is marked by the collapse of the master           for research, discussion, and writing include 1)
narratives of the modern project and the death          pneumatology and the rise of Pentecostalism,
of a metaphysical God, is seen as a threat to           2) ecclesiology and the growth of independent
the future of belief. Yet a growing number of           churches, 3) soteriology and the relationship
postmodern thinkers explored in this course             between personal and communal aspects of
announce the return of the poet, the mystic, and        salvation, and 4) revelation and the relationship
the prophet, and with them, the return of a God         between scripture and human experience.
beyond the God we have named. Prerequisite: T/          Discussion of these themes takes place in
TS 101. 3 semester hours.                               regard to the world young people inhabit, a
                                                        world in which cultures are being reshaped
T/P 313 HOW DO STORIES SAVE US?                         by global patterns of consumption and
NARRATIVE THEOLOGY MEETS LITERARY                       communication and a world that confronts
CRITICISM                                               young people with an array of areas (e.g.,
Holland, biennial                                       biomedical, psychosexual, socioeconomic) in
Recent decades have witnessed and welcomed              which they may be searching for reliable guides
a “narrative turn” in theology, hermeneutics,           or guideposts.
homiletics, biblical studies, and peace studies.
This course will bring a variety of narrative           T/P 380 BONHOEFFER, WAR AND PEACE
theologies into constructive conversation with          Holland, biennial
literary critical models of narrative theory as we      This course blends the disciplines of peace
study the form and function of story-shaped             studies, theology, and ethics to bring the life
approaches to naming ourselves and rendering            and thought of martyred pastor and theologian
God’s name in history. Special attention will           Dietrich Bonhoeffer into conversation with
be given to how story might serve the task              the genuine dilemmas of Christian conscience
of seeking cultures of peace as we apply our            around the problems of war and peace in a
narrative studies to autobiography (William             time of totalitarian politics and the horrors of
Stafford’s Down in My Heart) and fiction (Pat           the Holocaust. Particular attention will be given
Barker’s Regeneration). Students may earn               to Bonhoeffer’s New York experience and how
theology credit by devoting their final project to      it helped form and inform his final resistance to
a topic in narrative theology and hermeneutics          European fascism. Prerequisite: T/TS 101 or P
or they may earn Peace Studies credit by                126. 3 semester hours.
researching and writing on the theme of story
and peacebuilding. Prerequisite: P 126 or T/TS          T 390 TOPICS IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
101. 3 semester hours.                                  Staff, triennial
                                                        Specialized advanced courses will be developed
                                                        on the basis of faculty and student interest.
        Course Offerings

Offerings could focus on particular theologians        groups, taking the work of George H. Williams
or theological issues. Prerequisite: T/TS 101. 3       as the point of departure. The course will also
semester hours.                                        investigate selected social historical issues related
                                                       to these groups, such as communal economy,
                                                       marriage patterns, and militancy and pacifism.
COURSES OFFERED AT SUSQUEHANNA                         Students will discuss the interaction between
VALLEY MINISTRY CENTER (SVMC)                          religious and social concerns and the legacy of
                                                       radical reform in contemporary world views. 3
B 101-S INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD                        semester hours.
The goal of this course is to provide the student      M 109-S INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL CARE
with an introduction to the history and literature     AND COUNSELING (SVMC)
of ancient Israel. The student will read an            The purpose of this course is to give a broad
introduction to the Hebrew Bible and the history       overview of caregiving in the life of the
of ancient Israel. The class periods will focus        congregation and of the pastor’s role within
on issues and data not easily available in the         the caregiving process. The course will also help
reading. 3 semester hours.                             students define the theological foundation of
                                                       their approach to pastoral care. 3 semester hours.
This course offers a survey of the 27 writings         (SVMC)
that compose the New Testament canon. We               This course will explore the psychological, social,
will study each of these writings with attention       biblical, and spiritual dimensions of aging as
to their literary form and content, their origins in   well as the relationship of older adults to the life
the life of early Christian communities, and their     and mission of the local church. Attention will
meanings for readers today. 3 semester hours.          be given to pastoral care and to creating a more
                                                       intentional ministry for, by, and with older adults.
H 201-S HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF THE                   3 semester hours.
This course investigates the history of the            M 211-S RITUAL AND REFLECTION IN THE
Brethren from their beginning as a movement            LIFE OF FAITH (SVMC)
amidst German Pietism to their transplantation         Students will study the biblical, theological, and
and spread in America, major divisions, mission        anthropological bases for various rituals and
work, and interactions with wider Christianity         ordinances of the church. Focusing on such
and surrounding cultures, attending to their           practices as child and parent dedication, baptism,
development from a rather homogeneous to               Love Feast, communion, anointing, the laying
a somewhat more ethnically diverse group.              on of hands, weddings, funerals/memorials, and
Along with theological concerns, the course            ordination, students will reflect on the meaning
will investigate social historical contexts for the    of various rituals as they design creative ritual
Brethren story. 3 semester hours.                      services. 3 semester hours.

Focusing primarily on 16th-century European            (SVMC)
dissent, this seminar examines Anabaptist,             This course looks at the experience of music and
Spiritualist, and rationalist dissent leaders and      the processes that happen when introducing
                                                                              Course Offerings

changes in music. We will focus on contemporary      and the institution. Emphasis is on understanding
music from around the globe and North                multiple contexts in which leadership functions,
America. Students will be challenged to develop      contrasting styles of leadership, and how
theological and sociological rationales for          leadership theory and philosophy influence
choosing music for various ministries; they will     choice of leadership behavior or style. Additional
have opportunity to explore particular genres of     emphases include group development,
music and approaches to leadership in alternative    organizational culture, decision making,
styles of music; and we will highlight the largely   organizing for mission, management of change,
overlooked role of music outside of worship. 3       systems thinking, and contingency approaches. 3
semester hours.                                      semester hours.

CHURCH MINISTRY (SVMC)                               & PRACTICE (SVMC)
The goal of this course is to provide the student    This course is designed to enable a student to
with an introduction to the rural and small          study and understand the ecclesiology, history,
membership churches. We will address the issues      and polity of the Church of the Brethren. During
of the small membership church in both the rural     this course, students will explore the ecclesiology
and urban settings with a special emphasis on        in the Anabaptist and Pietist traditions in general
leadership issues. The focus of the research and     and in the Church of the Brethren in particular.
writing will be on participating in a project that   In addition, students will examine the changing
reviews and develops potential new models for        nature of organization and polity in the Church
“doing church” in these particular settings. 3       of the Brethren while gaining an understanding
semester hours.                                      of the relationship of congregation, district,
                                                     and denomination. Included in this course
M 260-S ADMINISTRATION, LEADERSHIP,                  will be the study of the relationship between
AND ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (SVMC)                   cultural context and organizational patterns of
This course focuses on the role of leadership        congregations. 3 semester hours.
from the perspective of the individual, the group,
                                                     P 201-S CONFLICT RESOLUTION (SVMC)
                                                     This course provides the student with an
                                                     introduction to the study of conflict and its
                                                     resolution. We will explore the basic theoretical
                                                     concepts of the field and apply this knowledge
                                                     as we learn and practice skills for analyzing and
                                                     resolving conflicts. The course seeks to answer
                                                     the following questions at both the theoretical
                                                     level and the level of personal action: What are
                                                     the causes and consequences of social conflict?
                                                     How do we come to know and understand
                                                     conflict? How do our assumptions about
                                                     conflict affect our strategies for management
                                                     or resolution? What methods are available for
                                                     waging and resolving conflicts productively rather
                                                     than destructively? 3 semester hours.

        Course Offerings

P/T 380-S BONHOEFFER, WAR, AND PEACE                     Attention will be given to the form and rhetoric
(SVMC)                                                   of the Sermon, its roots in the social world of
This course blends the disciplines of peace              formative Judaism and early Christianity, its use
studies, theology, and ethics to bring the life          as a resource for faith and life in the Christian
and thought of martyred pastor and theologian            community, and its contribution to the peace
Dietrich Bonhoeffer into conversation with               emphasis of the Believers’ Church tradition. 3
the genuine dilemmas of Christian conscience             semester hours.
around the problems of war and peace in a time
of totalitarian politics and the horrors of the          B 303 INTERPRETING ROMANS
Holocaust. Particular attention will be given to         Gardner
Bonhoeffer’s New York experience and how it              A study of Paul’s letter to the Church at Rome,
helped form and inform his final resistance to           exploring Paul’s message for Jewish and Gentile
European fascism. Prerequisite: T/TS101 or P 126.        Christians in the first century and the implications
3 semester hours.                                        of that message for readers in the 21st century.
                                                         The course examines aspects of Paul’s theology
                                                         as represented in Romans. Prerequisite: B 102 or
COURSES OFFERED OCCASIONALLY                             B 102-O. 3 semester hours.

B 201 RUTH AND JONAH                                     B 307 and B 307-T SEMINAR IN GENESIS
Roop                                                     Roop
This course will spend half the term on each of          This seminar will focus on one of the sagas
these two short stories. The class will work with        of Genesis, either the creation saga (1-11) or
Ruth and Jonah exegetically and theologically            an ancestral saga (12-24, etc). The class will
using interpretive tools appropriate to this kind of     explore the text using analytical tools appropriate
literature. A course project will be identified by       to biblical narrative. A course project will be
each student according to their interest. This project   identified by each student according to his or
will relate the text to the congregation, academic,      her interest and circumstances. This project
or wider public community. 3 semester hours.             will be designed to interpret a Genesis text to
                                                         the congregation, academic, or wider public
B 203 and B 203-W PAUL AND THE                           community. Prerequisite: BS 101 or B 101-S. 3
CORINTHIANS                                              semester hours.
A study of selected texts from the Corinthian            P 227 GLOBALIZATION
correspondence, texts that illustrate the                Adjunct (Brubaker)
development of early Christianity, illumine the          This course examines dynamics of globalization,
faith and ministry of the apostle Paul, and address      its impact on human communities and the earth,
recurring issues in the formation of community           and its challenges to Christian faith and ethics.
in Christ. Case studies based on the Corinthian          We will explore various Christian responses to
letters will be used to explore the moral world of       globalization, including the work of the World
early Christian groups. 3 semester hours.                Council of Churches. The course will focus on
                                                         the impacts of globalization in the U.S. and
B 211 and B 211-T SERMON ON THE MOUNT                    abroad—growing inequality, social dislocation,
Gardner                                                  environmental destruction—and include
A study of the classic Gospel text known from            resources and strategies for how individuals and
ancient times as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.             congregations can respond. 3 semester hours.
                                                                             Course Offerings

EARLHAM SCHOOL OF RELIGION                           their meanings for readers today. 3 semester
                                                     BS 111, 112 HEBREW I AND II
ESR courses use the following signifiers:
                                                     These courses provide an introduction to basic
                                                     Hebrew grammar and vocabulary, as well as to
BS      Biblical Studies
                                                     the tools for translation, such as lexicons and
FC      Formation Core                               dictionaries. These courses prepare the student
HS      Historical Studies                           for subsequent reading and exegesis of the
                                                     Hebrew biblical texts. 3 semester hours.
LS      Leadership Studies
PC      Pastoral Care
                                                     BS 330 THE BIBLE, VIOLENCE AND
PJ      Peace and Justice                            NONVIOLENCE
PM      Pastoral Ministry                            This course examines key biblical texts on
QS      Quaker Studies                               issues such as warfare, nonviolence, gender,
                                                     race, and ecology. Both those passages that
SC      Synthesis Capstone
                                                     present varieties of peacemaking efforts and
SP      Spirituality Studies                         the difficult texts presenting various forms of
TS      Theological Studies                          violence will be explored. In addition to the
                                                     usual historical-cricital tools, literary approaches
WR      Writing
                                                     will also be applied to these texts. 3 semester
                                                     hours. Prerequisites: BS 101/101-O or
                                                     B 102/102-O.
                                                     BS 334 BIBLE IN GLOBAL CONTEXT
     TESTAMENT HISTORY AND LITERATURE                This course focuses on approaches to biblical
                                                     interpretation from context outside of the
 This course introduces students to the diversity    dominant white, North American context.
 of literary and theological traditions in the       Students will engage with the writings of
 Old Testament. Attention will be given to the       biblical interpreters from Africa, Asia, and
 formation and role of these traditions in the       Latin America, as well as liberation and post-
 context of the life and history of the people of    colonial readings of the text. In addition
 Israel and to their function in contemporary life   to understanding the point of view of the
 and faith. 3 semester hours.                        interpreter and the role of context in their
                                                     interpretation, students will critically consider
     BS 102/102-O INTRODUCTION TO NEW                the role of their own context in interpretation.
     TESTAMENT HISTORY AND LITERATURE                3 semester hours. Prerequisites: BS 101/101-O
 This course offers a survey of the 27 writings      or B 102/102-O.
 that compose the New Testament canon. We
 will study each of these writings with attention    BS 337 WRITING MIDRASH
 to their literary form and content, their origins   This is one of several courses that considers
 in the life of early Christian communities, and     the intersection of biblical interpretation and
        Course Offerings

 MDiv area emphases. Midrash is a form of            Prerequisite: Any ESR Quakerism course AND
 interpretation that developed in Judaism. It        either BS/B 101 or BS/B 102; pre-requisites may
 expands upon the biblical story by imagining        be waived by an instructor.
 what might fill or trying to explain the gaps
 in biblical narrative. Midrash becomes a way        BS 350 JOHN
 to retell the story, either to reinforce an older   The focus of this Bible seminar will be on the
 interpretation or to pull the text’s meaning in     narrative development of the Jesus story in the
 a new direction. Students will be introduced        Gospel of John. We will first address the issue
 to the methods of midrash by reading various        of the writing of the Gospel, whether it is to be
 midrashim ancient and modern. Students will         considered a dependable source for the historical
 then engage in writing their own midrash            Jesus and what it’s relationship is to the synoptic
 to interpret a biblical text. 3 semester hours.     gospel tradition. We will proceed then to discuss
 Prerequisite: BS 101/101-O or B 102/102-O.          the portrayal of Jesus in the Gospel and the
                                                     way in which that has been important in the
     BS 338-T BIBLE AND PASTORAL CARE                development of Quakerism. 3 semester hours.
 This is one of several courses that considers the   Prerequisite: BS 101/101-O or B 102/102-O.
 intersection of biblical interpretation and MDiv
 area emphases. This course will consider the        BS 352 EXODUS
 issues of biblical authority and hermeneutics in    This is one of several upper level courses
 a pastoral care context. Some of the issues that    that focuses on the content, context, and
 may be considered are: biblical views of the        contemporary meaning of specific OT book(s).
 human condition (suffering, sexuality, death,       This course is an in-depth study of the book of
 etc.), the (mis)use of the Bible in pastoral care   Exodus. A literary/narrative reading of the text
 situations, psychological interpretations of the    will be the primary methodological approach.
 Bible, appropriate use of the Bible in giving       Where appropriate historical issues will be raised.
 counsel and in religious ritual. 3 semester         Attention will also be given to issues of social
 hours. Prerequisite: PC 101/101-O and               location, theology, and the ways in which the
 BS 101/101-O or B 102/102-O.                        book of Exodus has meaning for contemporary
                                                     faith and practice. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite:
                                                     BS 101/101-O.
 What place does the Bible have in our lives,        BS 353-O ROMANS
 according to the variety of Quaker viewpoints?      Paul’s letter to the Romans is arguably the most
 What makes particular reading of the Bible          important document in Christian history and
 a Quaker reading? How have Quakers made             theology. In this seminar we will combine a
 use of the Bible, both in devotions and in          close analysis of the text with reading current
 public discourse? In what ways have Quakers         literature on Paul, his theology in relationship
 interacted with various Biblical translations,      to Jewish thought of the period, and his literary
 including serving as translators? In what ways      and philosophical enterprise in relation to Greco-
 have Quakers engaged the Bible in study             Roman moral philosophy. 3 semester hours.
 and scholarship, both as meetings and as            Prerequisite: B 102/102-O.
 individuals? We will explore such questions
 over the 350-plus years of Quaker history, as       BS 355 BIBLICAL POETRY
 well as sampling from different parts of the
 Quaker spectrum. 3 semester hours.                  This course is devoted to the analysis of biblical
                                                                                 Course Offerings

poetry as exemplified by prophetic literature           BS 371 BIBLICAL NARRATIVE
and the psalms. Students will be introduced
                                                        Studies the method of interpretation known as
to the structures of Hebrew poetry and other
                                                        “narrative” or “literary” criticism, which focuses
techniques of biblical interpretation that will
                                                        on the literary quality of the Old Testament.
enable the student to interpret poetic texts in
                                                        Plot, characterization, point of view, and other
their historical or existential situations. The aim
                                                        aspects of this discipline will be used to interpret
is for each student to develop their ability to
                                                        narrative portions of the Old Testament such
responsibly explain and interpret the text in order
                                                        as Ruth, Esther, and Jonah. 3 semester hours.
to understand how these poets are interpreting
                                                        Prerequisite: BS 101/101-O.
the divine/human relationship and how that
interpretation connects to faith and life today. 3
                                                        BS 372 IMAGES OF GOD
semester hours. Prerequisite: BS 101/101-O.
                                                        This is one of several upper level courses that
BS 357 PROPHECY/APOCALYPTIC                             examine a theme or issue and its synchronic
                                                        and/or diachronic development within the Old
In the same way as early Christians interpreted
                                                        Testament. This course examines the diversity of
the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible to be
                                                        images of God in the Old Testament. Students
fulfilled in Jesus, later Christians have interpreted
                                                        will explore the meaning and significance of
that prophetic and apocalyptic literature of the
                                                        these images for Israel and contemporary
Bible to predict the events of the end of the
                                                        communities of faith. Students will also
age. We will examine these ancient texts broadly
                                                        consider how these images cohere with their
according to their literary forms, critique modern
                                                        own understanding of God. 3 semester hours.
Christian interpretive schemes, and construct
                                                        Prerequisite: BS 101 or B 102.
other ways these texts may speak to the human
hope for a final triumph over evil and suffering
                                                        BS 375 WOMEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
in the world. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: BS
101/101-O & B 102/102-O.                                This is one of several upper level courses that
                                                        examine a theme or issue and its synchronic
BS 370 JESUS AS SAGE                                    and/or diachronic development within the Old
                                                        Testament. This course considers women in the
If one accepts the broad consensus of scholarship
                                                        Old Testament, including the Apocrypha. The
about the canonical Gospels, what can we say
                                                        course focuses on how women are characterized
about the figure of Jesus as the wise, spirit-
                                                        and their various social roles and locations within
filled teacher? We will examine the historical
                                                        each biblical book. The course gives attention to
context of sages both in the Hebrew prophetic
                                                        the similarities and differences of women’s roles
and rabbinic context as well as in the Hellenistic
                                                        and status in the social and religious contexts
literature portraying the wandering philosopher
                                                        of ancient Israel and today. The course assumes
and wonder-worker. We will then study the
                                                        basic knowledge of the content and history
teaching of Jesus within these layers of tradition
                                                        of the OT. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: BS
and the approach to life it suggests. 3 semester
                                                        101/101-O or B 102/102-O.
hours. Prerequisite: B 102/102-O.

  A L L T HAT IS DONE UNDER HEAVEN."              – Ecclesiastes 1:13
        Course Offerings

 BS 390/390-O/390-T SEMINAR IN BIBLICAL             spirituality, deepen students’ awareness of their
 STUDIES                                            own practice of faith as they prepare to offer
 Reading and research on selected topics from       ministry to others. Active, prayerful listening
 the Bible, including both book studies from        and spiritual discernment are emphasized in
 different parts of the Old and New Testaments      the course through participation in an ongoing
 and topical studies, e.g., Images of God in the    small group that continues into the second
 Old Testament, Women in the Old Testament,         semester. 3 semester hours.
 Apocalyptic Literature, Old Testament Theology,
 Psalms, Gospel of John, Pauline Psychagogy,        FC 102/102-O SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND
 James, Revelation, and New Testament               PUBLIC MINISTRY
 Apocrypha. Different topics are considered in      Students explore the exigencies of real-life
 subsequent offerings; therefore this seminar       ministry while deepening their own spiritual
 may be taken for credit more than once. 3          grounding for ministry through ongoing
 semester hours. Prerequisite: BS 101/101-O or      practice. Weekly small group meetings provide
 B 102/102-O.                                       a forum for this self-discovery and integration.
                                                    The class as a whole explores issues related to
     BS 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY                       public ministry; while individually, in pairs, and/
 Students who have demonstrated appropriate         or in their small groups, students try on public
 academic or professional abilities may engage      ministry roles. Students reflect on these ministry
 in a specialized study project under the           experiences in their ongoing small group, with
 supervision of a faculty member. Independent       a ministry support group in their community,
 Study forms are available from the office of       and with the instructor. 3 semester hours.
 academic services and at http://sas.earlham.       Prerequisite: FC 101/101-T.
 edu. 3 semester hours.
                                                    FC 339/339-T DISCERNMENT OF CALL AND
     BS 500 MASTER’S THESIS                         GIFTS
 The thesis is a major work in research in the      This course engages students in reflecting on
 field of the student’s vocational or educational   how God has been and is now present in their
 interest. 9 semester hours.                        lives, calling and preparing each for ministry
                                                    that makes use of their gifts to serve God
                                                    and God’s world. Students consider issues of
FORMATION CORE                                      vocation and ministry, and explore different
                                                    facets of their giftedness and challenges.
                                                    Through class work and other experiences of
                                                    discernment they learn practices for individuals
                                                    and communities who seek to discern
 Students are invited to engage in a                God’s leading. This course is a prerequisite
 multidimensional reflection on their personal      for Supervised Ministry. 3 semester hours.
 spiritual journey as experiential grounding for    Prerequisite: FC 101/101-T and FC 102/102-O.
 ministry. Reflecting on spiritual autobiography
 (their own as well as others) and study of
 personal and corporate Christian spiritual
 disciplines as well as core practices of Quaker

                                                                            Course Offerings

                          HISTORICAL                  HS 107 QUAKER HISTORY AND
                          STUDIES                     LITERATURE
                                                      This course aims to provide a student with a
                          HS 101/101-                 comprehensive and useful overview of Quaker
                          O HISTORY OF                history by acquainting them with diverse forms
                          CHRISTIANITY I              of Quaker literature. How can it be that our
                                                      experience and understanding of Quakerism
                            This course gives an
                                                      is shaped, or should be shaped, through an
                            overview of the history
                                                      encounter with a range of Quaker primary
of Christianity from the apostolic period to the
                                                      source literature, both in terms of genre and in
eve of the Reformation. Topics addressed include
                                                      terms of historical period? This course also aims
theoretical issues in studying the history of
                                                      to introduce the student to a superb resource
Christianity, early Christianity, the Constantinian
                                                      unavailable to previous generations of Quaker
shift, Augustine’s influence, asceticism, the
                                                      scholars, that of ESR’s online Digital Quaker
Middle Ages, Medieval lay piety and dissent,
                                                      collection. 3 semester hours.
monastic orders, the papacy and the beginnings
of the Renaissance. 3 semester hours.
                                                      HS 250 CREATION OF MODERN QUAKER
                                                      Part of a survey of the two main traditions
This course continues the overview of the
                                                      in the contemporary Society of Friends, this
history of Christianity from the Reformation
                                                      course explores the historical and theological
to the present. Topics of study include
                                                      development of Evangelical Quakerism. It
the Magisterial Reformation, the Radical
                                                      seeks to relate evangelical principles to early
Reformation, Roman Catholic reform,
                                                      Quaker doctrine and practices, and also
Protestant Orthodoxy, Pietism, and the
                                                      other contemporary developments of the
Evangelical Awakening, the impact of
                                                      Quaker tradition. This necessarily involves an
Enlightenment rationalism, missionary
                                                      examination of certain particular concerns
expansion, Protestant liberalism and
                                                      within the evangelical churches and an attempt
fundamentalism, the ecumenical movement,
                                                      to chart the boundary between Quaker
Christianity in developing countries and the
                                                      evangelicalism and other expressions of this
Christian decline in the industrialized West. 3
                                                      type of Christianity. 3 semester hours.
semester hours.

                                                      HS 341 DIRECTED READINGS IN
                                                      DENOMINATIONAL POLITY
                                                      Non-Quaker students may develop a directed
This introductory course studies the roles
                                                      reading course under the guidance of an
of major churches in the development of
                                                      approved supervisor from their denominational
American culture and society, their roots both
                                                      tradition or a regular member of the ESR
in this continent and others, and links to
                                                      faculty. The purpose of this course is to better
the frontier, the Civil War, industrialism, and
                                                      acquaint students with the history, theology,
urbanization; also an examination of persons
                                                      and polity of their respective judicatories. 3
and books from such movements as the
                                                      semester hours. Prerequisite: Permission of
Awakenings, Revival Movement, liberalism,
fundamentalism, the Social Gospel, and current
standpoints. 3 semester hours.
         Course Offerings

     HS 342 HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN                      HC 500 MASTER’S THESIS
     SPIRITUALITY                                       See BS 500.
 The course is designed to engage students
 in a critical, yet experiential dialogue with a
 rich history, as well as to enable students to       LEADERSHIP STUDIES
 draw from that tradition for their own spiritual
 formation and ministry. In particular, it is hoped   LS 101-O ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
 that students will get a sense for the variety
 of mystical and spiritual voices in the global       This course is the foundational course required
 history of Christianity—those voices esteemed        for the leadership emphasis, and is open
 as “classic” and those marginalized or ignored.      without prerequisites to all students. The
 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: HS 101/101-O         course surveys key aspects of organizational
 or HS 102/102-O.                                     leadership such as organizational psychology,
                                                      personnel management, fund raising, volunteer
                                                      engagement, communication with external
     HS 351 HISTORY OF FRIENDS PEACE                  constituencies, conflict resolution, and spirit in
     WITNESS                                          the workplace. 3 semester hours.
 This course studies the responses of the Society
 of Friends to peace and justice issues past and      LS 184 FISCAL AND RESOURCE
 present. What is sought is the history of the        STEWARDSHIP
 actual Quaker practice during such conflicts         This course provides an introduction and
 as well as what Quakers said about their             exploration of what good stewardship means
 practice. Examples of such issues would be           for congregations and religious not-for-
 war, slavery, sexism and oppression of women         profits. Topics will include congregational
 and people of color. We will also look at the        and denominational governance, budgeting,
 methodological issues present in the historical      insurance, investments, human resources,
 analysis of those practices, as presented by         physical plant and fund-raising. 3 semester
 Quaker historians such as Rufus Jones, Hugh          hours.
 Barbour, John Punshon, Peter Brock, and
 Wilmer Cooper. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite:       LS 365-O/T LEADERSHIP FORMATION
 A course in Quaker Studies.
                                                      This course examines the discipline of
                                                      leadership studies as a context for considering
     HS 390/390-O/390-T SEMINAR IN                    models of religious leadership, and especially
     HISTORICAL STUDIES                               Quaker ideas of identity formation in
 Upper-level seminar work on selected topics.         relationship to organizational leadership.
 Focus primarily falls on the Patristic period and    Attention will be given to creating a
 Reformation. Seminar work deals with people          philosophy of leadership appropriate to the
 such as Augustine or Luther and topics such as       student’s theological, spiritual, and personal
 ascetical theology, Christology, or sacraments.      understandings of God, self, and ministry. 3
 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: Permission of        semester hours. Prerequisite: LS 101-O.
 the instructor.
                                                      LS 374 QUAKER PROCESS
     HS 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY                         This course focuses upon specifically Quaker
      See BS 400.                                     practices related to leadership such as clerking,
                                                      eldering, recording, and committee formation.
                                                                              Course Offerings

 Non-Quaker students would be expected                 close supervision in hospitals, mental hospitals,
 to consider how these leadership practices            prisons, and other settings around the country.
 might translate to their respective traditions. 3     Most summer programs are 10 or 11 weeks in
 semester hours. Prerequisite: LS 101-O.               length; nine-month programs are part-time. 3
                                                       semester hours.
                                                       PC 328-T EMERGENCY PASTORAL CARE
 See BS 400.
                                                       This course examines life events and
                                                       precipitating factors that lead persons and
                                                       families into crisis. Guidelines for identifying
                                                       signs, causes, and stages of crises are
                                                       addressed. Theological questions elicited by
                                                       crises, the process of referral, and various types
                                                       of emergencies are also explored. 3 semester
 This course is an experiential and critical           hours. Prerequisite: PC 101/101-O.
 exploration of pastoral care. Caregiving in a
 faith community or by its representatives is
                                                       PC 333 HUMAN SEXUALITY
 a practical theological activity, drawing on
 religious tradition, social sciences, and theology.   This seminar will examine the variety of ways
 Therefore, this class focuses on the integration      in which sexuality is a dimension of any
 of person, faith, belief, method, and practice.       relationship and the specific ways in which
 Skills attending, listening, understanding, and       sexuality is an issue in ministry. The effects of
 caring are addressed in the context of social         sex roles, cultural conditioning, and gender
 and personal dynamics. 3 semester hours.              will also be explored as the parameters within
                                                       which ministry occurs. The topics to be covered
                                                       may include the following: conflicting values,
                                                       sex education in the church, and current social
                                                       issues related to sexuality. Opportunity will be
 This is an introduction to the work of those          provided to reflect on one’s own sexual history
 who have understood the development of                and personal reactions to the material, with
 human being in stages. Students will examine          the aim of developing/solidifying a personal
 Freud in psycho-sexual development, Erikson           sexual ethic that would inform one’s ministry. 3
 for psycho-social development through the life        semester hours. Prerequisite: PC 101/101-O.
 cycle, Kohlberg on moral development, and
 Fowler on stages of faith. Along with these key
                                                       PC 338-T BIBLE AND PASTORAL CARE
 figures of this developmentalist school, critical
 responses from the work of Gilligan, Rodney           See BS 338-T.
 Hunter, and Romney Mosely among others will
 be reviewed. 3 semester hours.                        PC 348 FAMILY SYSTEMS
                                                       This class will explore the theoretical bases
 PC 242/242-T CLINICAL PASTORAL                        of systems theory and how this perspective
 EDUCATION                                             has evolved into family therapy. Major family
 Students can participate in an approved               systems models will be examined with
 clinical pastoral education program and               attention to their relationship to practical
 earn three semester hours. Clinical pastoral          theology and their use by pastors and faith
 education programs are conducted under                communities. Contextual issues beyond the
          Course Offerings

     family structure, including cultural factors and    religious studies: Bible, theology, church history,
     particular conditions like addictions, will be a    and spirituality. This course serves as the
     particular focus of the discussion. 3 semester      introduction to the three core courses in the
     hours. Prerequisite: PC 101/101-O.                  peace and justice program. 3 semester hours.

     PC 358 ANGER, GUILT, SHAME                          PJ 201 PEACE STUDIES RESEARCH
      This class is a holistic investigation of three
      of the most powerful and misunderstood             The seminar is offered each semester in
      human experiences. The psychological and           conjunction with a non-credit weekly Peace
      sociological dynamics as well as theological       Studies Forum. It offers opportunity for
      and Biblical perspectives of these feelings        common reading of peace-related materials,
      will be explored. The class will also examine      presentation and discussion of papers,
      ministerial and other practical implications–      sharing from peace ministries, and dialogue
      both “positive” and “negative”–including           with visiting peace theologians, activists, and
      assertiveness, scapegoating, and forgiveness.      leaders. Students may take the seminar for
      3 semester hours. Prerequisite: PC 101/101-O.      credit a maximum of two times. 3 semester
     AND THEIR FAMILIES                                  PJ 223-T CHRISTIAN RECONCILIATION:
                                                         CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN CHURCH AND
     This course will involve an examination
     of the grief process and the way in which
     pastoral care can be provided during times of       This course combines the theoretical and
     bereavement. Additional topics that may be          practical study of reconciliation. We will study
     included are the following: the importance of       a variety of models in conflict resolution
     death; education for the community; the place       and begin to construct our own models of
     of the community of faith in providing care;        reconciliation. Students will also be introduced
     the role of the funeral or memorial service; the    to practical experience in seeking to resolve
     effect of a death on the family; and students’      conflicts. In this way, we seek to address
     awareness of their own mortality. Students will     theoretical issues with practical concerns. 3
     focus on a project reflecting their own interest.   semester hours.
     3 semester hours. Prerequisite: PC 101/101-O.
                                                         PJ 224 MORAL AND FAITH DEVELOPMENT
     PC 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY                              See PC 224-T.
     See BS 400.
                                                         PJ 330 BIBLE, VIOLENCE, AND
                                                         See BS 330.

     JUSTICE                                             PJ 351 HISTORY OF FRIENDS PEACE
     This foundational course in the peace and
     justice program explores contemporary conflict      See HS 351.
     by applying each of ESR’s four core areas of
                                                                           Course Offerings

PJ 360 INTERFAITH DIALOG                            PJ 500 MASTER’S THESIS
This is an introduction to concepts and             See BS 500.
practices of world religions and to theological
reflection upon the relationship of Christianity
to other faith traditions. As such, the course     PASTORAL MINISTRY
will touch upon Hinduism, Buddhism,
Chinese traditions, Judaism, Islam, and primal
                                                    PM 101-O INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING
traditions. There will be some Introduction to
how these faith traditions express themselves       This course assists students in acquiring
in the United States. 3 semester hours.             the basic knowledge and skills for effective
                                                    biblical preaching. Attention is given to biblical
Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O.
                                                    exegesis in the preparation of sermons, and
                                                    students are instructed and given opportunity
PJ 366 LIBERATION THEOLOGIES                        to apply homiletical theory and skills toward
The Liberation Theologies course investigates       the development of their own preaching voice.
various theologies of liberation, such as           3 semester hours.
African-American, Latin American and Latina/o,
feminist/womanist, LBGT/Queer, ecological,          PM 117 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION
and nonviolent. Students engage personally
                                                    This course is an introduction to the basic
with the challenges of these theologies,
                                                    principles and practices of organization,
visit organizations engaged in social justice
                                                    administration, and leadership within the
advocacy, analyze the arguments of these
                                                    context of the local church. The course is
theologies and then begin to construct their
                                                    approached from a perspective of spiritual
own theology in dialog with this tradition of
                                                    formation, meaning that every aspect of
theology. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: TS
                                                    church administration will be considered not
                                                    only in terms of efficient business practice but
                                                    in terms of how the business practices of a
PJ 370 SPIRITUALITY OF PEACEMAKING                  church are avenues in which pastors, board
This course first explores the autobiographies      members, and other paid staff and volunteers
of selected figures who have connected              can experience the working of the “Presence
their spiritual life with work for social           in the midst.” Such practices include, but are
transformation, including people such as            not limited to church board leadership, decision
Thomas Merton, Malcolm X, Dorothy Day,              making, budgeting and finance, visioning and
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Peace Pilgrim. Next,       planning, change, conflict resolution, recruiting
theological models for putting together             and working with volunteers, and legal issues
spirituality and social change are examined         facing churches including the safety and
in such figures as Latin American liberation        protection of minors. 3 semester hours.
theologian Jon Sobrino and womanist
theologian Emile Townes. 3 semester hours.
                                                    PM 150 PASTORAL SPIRITUALITY
Prerequisite: FC 101/101-T & FC 102/102-O.
                                                    This course emphasizes the personal side of
                                                    pastoring, including the importance of caring
                                                    for one’s physical, emotional, mental, social,
See BS 400.                                         and spiritual health. Students will become
          Course Offerings

     familiar with the joys and pitfalls of being part      will play in
     of a pastoral family and begin to develop a            the nurture
     personal philosophy of pastoral ministry. 3            of their
     semester hours.                                        congregations
     PM 231 CHURCH’S MISSION IN WORLD                       religious education. 3 semester hours.
     This course focuses on how the church                  PM 320 THEOLOGY AND PREACHING
     understands and undertakes its mission in the         What is the role of theology in preaching?
     world. Historical and contemporary models will        Is it possible to “do” theology in the pulpit
     be examined with careful attention given to           without turning the worship experience into
     problems relating to the conversion experience,       a dull, formal lecture? This course will engage
     cross-cultural ministry, religious pluralism, and     students in reflection on theological issues
     church growth. 3 semester hours.                      from a homiletical perspective. It will also
                                                           give students opportunities to preach sermons
     PM 250-T WORK OF THE PASTOR                           that are biblically based, theologically focused,
                                                           and creatively developed. 3 semester hours.
     This course emphasizes the day-to-day ministry        Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O & PM 101-O or
     of pastoring. Primary foci are: the candidating       other preaching course.
     process, visitation ministry, weddings and
     pre-marital counseling, and funerals and
     grief care. Discussions of principles, as well as      PM 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY
     opportunities for practice, are integral to this      See BS 400.
     course. 3 semester hours.

     PM 260-T FRIENDS PASTOR                              QUAKER STUDIES
     What makes pastoral Friends different from
     other Christian churches? This course will           QS 107 QUAKER HISTORY AND LITERATURE
     examine the way some Friends, while adopting         See HS 107.
     the pastoral system, have attempted to maintain
     a distinctively Quaker style of worship, outreach,   QS 250 CREATION OF MODERN QUAKER
     administration, leadership and pastoral care. The    DIVERSITY
     role of the Friends pastor will be considered in
                                                          See HS 250.
     light of historical precedents and con-temporary
     paradoxes. 3 semester hours.
                                                          QS 339-T QUAKERS & BIBLE
     PM 261 PASTOR AND RELIGIOUS                          See BS 339-T.
                                                          QS 340-T QUAKER BELIEFS
      What is the pastor’s role in the educational
      work of the church? History, educational            This course seeks to provide: working definitions
      philosophy, and contemporary settings will          of some of the particular terms used in Quaker
      be considered en route to helping students          discourse, such as “light,” “testimony,”
      identify what part they, as pastoral ministers,     “distinctives”; an understanding of the reasoning
                                                                              Course Offerings

behind Quaker doctrines and practices; and an         and/or interviewing Friends’ ministers. 3 semester
assessment of how Quakerism relates to Christian      hours. Prerequisite: QS 107.
theology more generally. Underlying these
elements are the wider questions of whether           QS 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY
there is or could be a “normative” Quakerism,         See BS 400.
and what the authority of tradition is among
Friends. It needs also to explore contemporary
varieties of systematic examinations of Quaker
                                                      SYNTHESIS CAPSTONE
beliefs from both the evangelical and liberal parts
of the spectrum. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite:
                                                      SC 370/370-O SUPERVISED MINISTRY
TS 101/101-O or T 101/101-O or HS 107.
                                                      The Supervised Ministry Seminar helps students
                                                      prepare for ministry through an internship
                                                      in a setting appropriate for their calling/
                                                      gifts and through reflection on their ministry.
This course seeks to explore the institutions,        Each week, supervision by an experienced
practices, and intellectual activities of Friends,    practitioner provides feedback, guidance,
beginning with the year 1900. Particular              nurture, and evaluation, as does the seminar in
emphasis will be placed on the intellectual           which students present and process incidents
richness of Quaker thought in the last century,       in ministry. In addition, students attend at
especially that of the liberal and evangelical        least 30 hours of workshops related to their
strands which have become predominant in              ministry. Arrangements for supervised ministry
Quakerism during this period. Intellectual roots      sites/projects, and for weekly reflection with
of these traditions will be sought, with a goal       a supervisor, are made during the second
of charting the boundaries between Quaker             semester of the previous year. 9 semester hours.
and non-Quaker expressions of these types of          Prerequisite: faculty approval of the student’s
Christianity and religious thought. 3 semester        readiness for Supervised Ministry and at least 27
hours. Prerequisite: HS 107.                          semester hours, including the following courses:
                                                      FC 101/101-T and 102/102-O, FC 339/339-T,
QS 351 HISTORY OF FRIENDS PEACE                       BS 101/101-O, B 102/102-O, one introductory
WITNESS                                               history course (H 101/101-O, H 102/102-O, or
See HS 351.                                           HS 103/103-O), and for residential students two
                                                      courses in the student’s emphasis, for Access
QS 377 QUAKER PUBLIC MINISTRY                         students two Competency in Ministry courses.
What does it mean to be a Public Friend? This
course will explore such topics as ministry and       SC 380 COMPREHENSIVE SEMINAR
eldering; traveling ministry; recording and           This seminar is part of the evaluation process in
releasing of ministers; and the evolution of the      the student’s achievement of a degree and is to
Quaker pastorate. We will also examine the            be taken in the spring semester before the degree
role of Quaker missions, education, and service,      is to be granted. It enables the student to have an
in spreading awareness of Quakers and their           experience in integrating learning from all areas
testimonies, and in some cases expanding the          of the curriculum around a given problem. The
membership of the Religious Society of Friends.       seminar also serves to strengthen a student in
Students will be required to do field work,           areas of weakness. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite/
visiting Friends meetings, churches, and schools,     corequisite: SC 370/370-O.
        Course Offerings

SPIRITUALITY STUDIES                                     actual, lived experience of a committed faith
                                                         practice. Swedenborgan spirituality envisions
                                                         a fundamental transformation in spiritual life
                                                         centered upon communion with God that
                                                         unfolds as a growth process experienced an
This course is designed to enlarge students’             inward reality but which is expressed especially
competency with the resources and approaches             in community. We will first consider spirituality as
for fostering spiritual formation in faith               an interdisciplinary field before exploring spiritual
communities. The considerations are four-                growth and formation in the Christian movement
fold: (1) spiritual practices within the Christian       known as Swedenborganism. Drawing upon
tradition, and ways they might be applied and            primarily Swedenborgan resources, the tools
taught in faith communities; (2) integration             of theology, psychology, scripture, historical
of spiritual practices in the life of a leader; (3)      studies, and spiritual practice will be used in an
approaches for helping individual members to             interdisciplinary fashion. Throughout, a focus on
discern their own spiritual journeys, as well as         understanding spiritual growth and development
operating theologies; and (4) discernment of             in the practice of ministry will be maintained. 3
community ethos, testimonies, and vision in              semester hours.
order to foster corporate spiritual formation. 3
semester hours.                                          SP 335 INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
                                                         An introduction to the theory and practice of
                                                         Christian spiritual direction for individuals. The
Students will explore and practice different ways        course explores the historical roots of spiritual
to pray, thus nurturing spiritual growth through a       direction in the Christian tradition, as well as up-
daily discipline of prayer. Both individual and group    to-date theory and issues related to the ministry.
prayer are practiced. Readings and discussion give       A practical component completes the course
opportunity to explore theological questions that        vision, since students apply their learning in
arise when we pray. 3 semester hours.                    practicum group experience as well as give and
                                                         receive one-on-one supervised spiritual direction
SP 233 CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP AND LIVING                 outside of class meeting time. 3 semester hours.
IN THE SPIRIT                                            Prerequisite: FC 101/101-T.
This course examines the Christian faith journey
from commitment to mission. Using a narrative            SP 342 HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY
theological approach to the Gospel texts, the            See HS 342.
class explores the life of Jesus as it intersects with
the lives of class participants, and with persons        SP 350-T SPIRITUALITY AND SUFFERING
known for their Christian faithfulness. A clearer
picture of the process will become the basis for         In this course, we will explore the difficult issue
discerning how ministers guide persons and               of suffering as it relates to the spiritual journey.
congregations toward maturing in the Christian           We will consider Christian responses to suffering,
life. 3 semester hours.                                  problems of theodicy, the relation of love and
                                                         spiritual transformation to suffering, and ways
SP 290-T CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY THROUGH                  to be present to others in times of suffering.
A SWEDENBORGAN LENS                                      As a two-week intensive, we can only begin to
                                                         appreciate the complexity of related issues, but
The field of spirituality studies explores the           hope that such awareness will strengthen us
                                                                              Course Offerings

for our own suffering and for ministry to others       parts of students’ exposure to the expansive
in suffering. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: FC       and diverse Christian theological tradition.
101/101-T & TS 101/101-O.                              Students will read and discuss texts, ancient,
                                                       contemporary, and form a variety of cultural
SP 370 SPIRITUALITY OF PEACEMAKING                     settings, concerning the themes of revelation
                                                       and Holy Spirit, God, Christ, and salvation. 3
See PJ 370.
                                                       semester hours.
                                                       TS 210/210-O THEOLOGY AND WORSHIP
This course explores the intersection of the spirit
and body through personal reflection, critical         This course is a study of Christian worship in its
study, and embodied spiritual practice. Scripture,     many forms. Particular attention will be given
early Church writings, and medieval mystical           to the biblical and theological basis for such
writings, as well as contemporary Christian            practices. What is the role of adoration, awe,
resources, are examined. The course includes           the physical senses, ritual, and the complexities
major units of study on the topics of sexuality and    of contemporary society in Christian worship?
healing. Students write a paper on a theology of       The course examines the premise that worship
the body and complete the course with a research       is a first-order theological act and that theology
project of their own design. 3 semester hours.         itself can be pursued as a kind of worship. 3
Prerequisite: FC 101/101-O or F 110.                   semester hours.

SP 390/390-O/390-T SEMINAR IN                          TS 262 OTHERNESS AND BELONGING
SPIRITUALITY STUDIES                                   This course examines theological understandings
Special seminars for research and study into           of humans in relationship to each other.
specific areas of interest are offered periodically.   Alienation, fear, cultural difference, and
Topics such as healing, intercessory prayer,           more, often exist as obstacles to human
leading prayer groups, retreat and workshop            flourishing, but this is only part of our story.
ministry, and spirituality in the wilderness are       By utilizing a wide range of sources, ancient
examples of seminar content. Prerequisite: FC          and contemporary, we will explore how we
101/101-T or F 110.                                    are both present to and other than the other.
                                                       Additionally, we will discuss how, through grace,
SP 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY                               forgiveness, and hope, humans are called into
                                                       relationship, even familial belongingness, in the
See BS 400.                                            community called church. 3 semester hours.

                                                       TS 264 INCARNATION AND GRACE
                                                       This course is a theological study of incarnation,
                                                       embodiment, and how these make grace
TS 101/101-O INTRODUCTION TO                           concrete and visible. Students will begin by
THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION                                 examining teachings concerning Jesus, then
This course introduces students to the history and     proceed to other teachings and practices
practice of reflecting on faith, on the church’s       of embodiment such as “image of God,”
theological symbols, and the way in which              resurrection, sacraments, culture, and
particular doctrines give shape to our experience.     friendship. Students will read and interact with
This course and Constructive Theology form two         sources ancient and contemporary that explore

        Course Offerings

the meaning and effects of grace and how grace            in this course will be the process view of God,
incarnated is salvific. 3 semester hours.                 Jesus Christ, and the nature of God’s relationship
                                                          to spiritual growth, human freedom, and the
TS 290-T THEOLOGY IN CONTEXT                              environment. The basis for this exploration
                                                          requires that we first understand the work of
This course introduces students to the role
                                                          Alfred North Whitehead. 3 semester hours.
of context and culture in theology and in the
                                                          Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O or T 101/101-O.
practice of ministry through a first-hand cross-
cultural experience and careful reflection upon it.
                                                          TS 366 LIBERATION THEOLOGIES
Locations will vary each year and will range from
international, to border site, to US rural, to US         See PJ 366.
intercity. Selected readings and discussions will
raise questions such as otherness, enculturation of       TS 375 CONSTRUCTIVE THEOLOGY
faith, communication, theological diversity, and so       This course builds upon Introduction to Theology
on. Travel will reinforce this learning and place it in   and continues it by exploring the themes of
demonstrable context. 3 semester hours.                   humanity, church, and eschatology. Additionally,
                                                          students will examine the idea of narrative
TS 336/336-T CHRISTIAN ETHICS                             participation in the story of God, and will construct
An examination of the Christian moral life and the        a living credo in conversation with their own
theological convictions that animate it, including        histories and the range of material they have
its understanding of the good, of conscience, the         studied in seminary and beyond. 3 semester hours.
nature of humanity, and the faith community’s             Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O or T 101/101-O.
public witness. These proposals are considered
in conversation with selected issues requiring            TS 390/390-O/390-T SEMINAR IN
careful and responsible Christian engagement:             THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
for example, war and peace, the environment,              Specialized advanced courses developed on the
and genetic engineering. 3 semester hours.                basis of faculty and student interest. 3 semester
Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O or T 101/101-O.                hours. Prerequisite: TS101/101-O or T 101/101-O.
TS 341 DIRECTED READING IN                                TH 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY
                                                          See BS 400.
See HS 341.
                                                          TH 500 MASTER’S THESIS
                                                          See BS 500.
See PJ 360.

TS 364 PROCESS THEOLOGY                                   WRITING
Along with Liberation Theologies this course aims
to develop ministry issues within a special model         WR 101 WRITING AS MINISTRY
for doing theological reflection. Because it tries        An introduction to the concept, aspects, and
to develop a deep synthetic and holistic vision,          challenges of writing as public ministry both
process theology responds to an extremely broad           by reading those who have studied the field
range of problems. Some of the ones explored              and by examining works of literature. Topics to

                                                                                Course Offerings

be explored may include the power of story to          particular genre that is especially suitable for
convey truth, story theology, the links between        ministry. Topics will vary. 3 semester hours.
literary arts and religion, the relationship
of creativity and spirituality, and the ethical        WR 380 WRITING SEMINAR
ramifications of placing beauty in service of truth.   Practice in all facets necessary for preparing
3 semester hours.                                      a major writing project for the reading public
                                                       (writing, revising, editing, market research,
WR 220 WRITING THE STORY                               queries). Students will develop a “contract” of
An introduction to, and practice in, the basic         what they intend to accomplish by the end of
techniques used to write good stories, whether         the semester: goals, completed writing, and
fiction or non-fiction. Such techniques include,       materials necessary for publishing that writing.
but are not limited to, development of spiritual       Direction for the course is determined in part by
and religious content, character, narrative            students’ interests and needs as they work toward
structure, plot, conflict, point of view, setting,     publication of their writing projects. Workshop
and theme. 3 semester hours.                           format. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: WR 101 &
                                                       any 200 level writing course.
Study and practice of the ways creative writing        WR 385 WRITING FOR PUBLICATION
techniques can enliven and empower prose               Development of a book-length project for
writing, especially for ministry, with an emphasis     publication. By the end of the semester,
on producing effective, thought-provoking,             students will complete a first draft of a
and informed essays. Various types of literary         manuscript (at least 100 pages) as well as a
nonfiction that may be explored are the personal       book proposal. Since this is a seminary course,
essay, memoir, nature writing, travel writing,         the kinds of projects which will fit best within
literary journalism, and cultural criticism. 3         a broad understanding of “religious writing”
semester hours.                                        include: collections of essays on theological,
                                                       biblical, or spiritual themes that fit well
WR 240 WRITING EXPOSITORY NON-FICTION                  together; devotional meditations that can be
Study and practice of those genres that                used for public or private worship and may
characterize much of professional writing with         have a variety of forms; persuasive books
a ministry focus, with an emphasis on the              addressing issues of peace and social justice
interconnection between reading and writing,           or other significant concerns; creative Bible
especially the kinds of responding, analyzing, and     studies; autobiographical stories with which
evaluating necessary to inform and challenge           others can identify; parables or fictional pieces
readers. Various types of expository nonfiction        for adults, youth, or children; other appropriate
that may be explored are argument, evaluation          works. Weekly conference with instructor may
(such as reviews of film, books, and popular           be required. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: WR
culture), articles for journals and magazines,         101 & any other 200 level writing course.
and accommodation of scholarly subjects for lay
readers (such as Biblical exegesis, theology, etc.).   WR 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY
3 semester hours.                                      Directed independent writing of a project that
                                                       fits into a broad understanding of religious
WR 290-T TOPICS FOR WRITING IN MINISTRY                writing. 3 semester hours. Prerequisite: two
The study of, practice in, and critique of a           previous writing courses & permission of
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     Tuition and other student fees provide only a small portion of
     Bethany’s current operating budget. The remaining income comes
     from local churches, districts, individuals, and Seminary endowment
     funds. Students and their families are recipients of this generous
     financial support, which enables them to participate in theological
     education at a very reasonable cost.

     MDiv, MA, CATS - 27 credit hours per year                  $11,610
     Cost per three credit hour course                            1,290
     Cost per credit hour                                           430
     Base amount per session to be paid by all degree and
       CATS students                                                800

     Fees & Deposits

     Application Fee                                                 50
     Enrollment Deposit                                             130
     Late Registration Fee                                           50
     Course Drop Fee                                                 50
     Cross-Cultural Bank Deposit - MDiv (per session)               100
     Cross-Cultural Bank Deposit - MA (per session)                 150
     Audit Fee                                                      350
     Graduation Fee                                                 115
     Program Extension Fee—MA (per session)                         215
     Transcript of Credits (per copy; first one is free)             7*
     Sitting In Fee                                                 300
     Replacement Diploma Fee                                       50
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                                                      and the course instructor. Students who “sit in”
                                                      on graduate-level courses are charged the sitting-
                                                      in fee per course. The course will be included on
                                                      the transcript of Brethren Academy students.

                                                      Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Fees In
                                                      addition to the tuition charged by Bethany,
                                                      there are often additional CPE fees charged to
                                                      participants. Church of the Brethren students
Payment of Tuition & Fees Tuition and fee             may request a scholarship grant from the Church
payment for all classes is due in full to the         of the Brethren to cover the costs of participating
student services office before the first day of       in a Clinical Pastoral Education Program. The
session-long classes. Students are permitted to       grant will cover CPE program fees, not to exceed
register and attend classes once all charges and      90% of the Bethany tuition for related credits.
fees for the previous academic session have           The grant request, including information on
been paid. Diplomas are awarded and transcripts       the sponsoring agency, dates, and cost of the
released only when all seminary obligations have      program, should be directed to the faculty
been paid in full. See the Student Account Policy     member for Ministry Formation. Applications for
in the Bethany Student Handbook for payment           the grant are available in the academic services
arrangements and other details.                       office.

Enrollment Deposit Once a student has been            Cross-Cultural Bank All degree students
admitted, a nonrefundable enrollment deposit          participate in the Seminary’s Cross-Cultural
is required and activates an individual’s student     Bank in order to accumulate resources needed
account. It is held in the student’s account to       to offset the costs of a required Cross-Cultural
be applied towards the cost of the first session’s    course. MDiv students contribute $100 for six
tuition.                                              consecutive sessions, and MA students contribute
                                                      $150 for four consecutive sessions. In each case
Audit Fee Students are welcome to audit a             the Seminary matches the funds contributed by
course by applying as an occasional student           students for a total of $1,200 of student and
through the admissions office and receiving           Seminary funds. The student may request up
approval from the academic dean and course            to this amount to fund a Cross-Cultural course
instructor. Students receive an official Bethany      at any time during their program of study. A
transcript indicating the completion of this          supplementary grant may also be available in
course, but not actual credit. Students enrolled in   some circumstances. Application forms may be
6 or more credit hours in any given session may       obtained from the academic services Web site:
audit an additional Richmond campus course   or forms rack in the
without extra charge. Audit costs are not waived      academic services office. Further information is
for online or hybrid classes.                         available in the Bethany Student Handbook.

Sitting-In Fee Students may be allowed to “sit        Refund of Fees Fees are not refundable.
in” on a class through the Brethren Academy for       An exception to this policy is made if all of
Ministerial Leadership with the approval of the       the courses in which a student is enrolled are
Academy director, director of academic services,      cancelled before the session begins.

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Refund of Tuition Students who withdraw from a course may request a refund of tuition after they
have completed the steps of the withdrawal process described in the Bethany Student Handbook.
Withdrawal from a course will result in a tuition refund using the following schedule:

                               Full Refund/Tuition    One-half Refund/   No Refund/
                               Charges                Tuition Charges    Full Payment
              Semester-        First two weeks of     Second two weeks   Fifth week
              long, online     semester                                  and beyond
              and year-long
              Two-week         First and second day   Third and fourth   Fifth day and
              intensives       of course              days               beyond

              Weekend          First two weeks after Third week after    Fourth week
              intensives and   first class           first class         after first
              hybrid classes                                             class and

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Estimated 2011-2012 Budget
Below is a list of expenses based on a frugal nine-month student budget. There is a wide variability in
individual student expenses. While you may consider these expense norms as a guideline to complete
the projected budget, do not accept these norms as your projected expenses; attempt to compute
realistic figures for your situation. Such projection will help you know what your particular financial
situation will be. Remember to add tuition, books, and fees to your budget, based on the
projected number of credit hours that you plan to take.

                                                                        Single           Married
Housing: rent or mortgage and utilities                                          5,100           7,100
Food and household supplies                                                      2,700           5,400
Clothing, laundry, cleaning, recreation                                          1,015           1,925
Transportation: vehicle operating cost or public transportation                  2,950           2,950
Phone                                                                              425             425
Internet connection                                                                360             360
Optional Items:
One-time computer purchase                                                       1,000           1,000
Child/dependent care: must be a necessity in order to be a student
Study abroad expenses: Cross-Cultural Bank charges and trip costs if
taken during academic year
Disability expenses: expenses related to student’s disability
CPE/Ministry Formation expenses
Loan fees: will be based on eligibility
                  ACADEMIC YEAR TOTALS (excluding optional items)             $12,550         $18,160

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Criminal Background Check Policy Bethany              Student Housing The Richmond area provides
is committed to creating an environment of            a variety of housing options for single people,
authenticity and health by preparing healthy and      married couples, and those wishing to live in
trustworthy adults for the vocation of ministry. In   community. The director of student development
addition, Bethany is committed to being a safe        provides assistance to students seeking housing
place for all persons and will seek to support and    information. Many students secure and share
strengthen congregations in this same endeavor.       apartments in the area with other students.
To that end the integrity and professionalism of
Bethany students is of great importance to the        Student Services A variety of services,
communities we serve.                                 including a post office, book store, and coffee
                                                      shop are available on the Earlham College
In order to fulfill this commitment of a healthy      campus and are accessible to Bethany students.
and authentic environment for students, faculty,      Other resources available in the Bethany Center
and the larger church, Bethany Theological            include: personal mailboxes, lockers, a study
Seminary will partner with all degree students in     room, the Congregational Life Room (which
assessing their level of awareness and health in      holds various resources), vending machines,
matters of professional and ethical behavior. The     a gathering area, and a kitchenette. ESR’s
initial step, taken during the application process,   facilities include a lounge in the ESR classroom
will be submission and review of a criminal           building where commuting students from both
background check. The criminal background             seminaries can shower and rest. Two computer
check policy works toward the goal of creating        labs, a resource library, a meditation room, and a
the safest campus possible for our students,          snack room are also found in the ESR classroom
employees and related communities.                    building and can be used by Bethany students.

The purpose of a criminal background check            Group Hospitalization/Medical Insurance
is to identify incidents of sexual misconduct         All degree and CATS students are required to
and abusive behavior, which may prevent safe          make informed decisions for carrying health
interaction with various constituencies. Bethany      insurance. Students must choose coverage
Theological Seminary reserves the right to            through Bethany Theological Seminary, provide
deny admission based on information obtained          proof of equivalent coverage, or opt out of
through the background check.                         coverage in an informed manner. All students
                                                      are responsible for the medical expenses that
All degree-seeking students are required to           they incur. A group policy is available to students
have a criminal background check. The criminal        registered for at least three credit hours. Married
background check will be done at a local and          students and/or students with children may also
federal level. Information regarding the process      purchase hospitalization and medical insurance
can be obtained from the admissions staff and         for their families through this plan. The group
on the Bethany Web site. Information from the         plan through Bethany is an annual program
criminal background check is confidential and         from August 1 through July 31, yet students
will only be viewed by the most necessary parties.    can determine their own beginning and ending
While full admission to a degree program will be      dates up to a twelve-month period. Contact
contingent on successful completion of a criminal     the student services associate at 800-287-8822,
background check, admitted students may begin         extension 1828, for a listing of costs for student,
classes at the start of the term.                     spouse, and dependent coverage.

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Students who elect not to enroll in this plan            excellence, but in a manner that rewards
will be required to sign a waiver and document           self-motivated achievement rather than
the name and policy number of their private              competition between students;
insurance coverage, or check their opt out           •   affirms and rewards a commitment to serve
option, assuming all responsibility for their            the church through ministries in many arenas
medical expenses.                                        within and beyond the congregation;
Financial Aid and Scholarships                       •   makes aid available to all qualifying degree
                                                         and certificate students, irrespective of course
The financial aid program of Bethany Theological         load, location or format;
Seminary is designed to assist students who
have limited resources to meet their educational     •   understands that educational opportunities
expenses. Each student assumes major                     at Bethany are enhanced by multiple
responsibility in meeting the costs of his or her        partnerships, including the connection and
theological education—through savings and                support of our alumni/ae and friends through
other assets, summer and part-time school-               whose financial generosity this experience is
year employment, family assistance, grants and           possible. Therefore, all students are invited
scholarships from churches, and loans and work           to participate in the Alumni/ae Partnership
opportunities. It is Bethany’s hope that through         Covenant by including regular gifts to the
the establishment of a workable financial                Seminary in their stewardship plan.
plan each student will be able to avoid undue
financial pressure, excessive employment, and        Financial aid is available for all degree-seeking
unmanageable indebtedness. A summary of the          (MA and MDiv) and certificate-seeking (CATS)
programs offered follows. Further details are        students to assist in covering the tuition costs
available on the financial aid page of the Bethany   outlined on page 78. Financial aid is not available
Web site, from the financial aid office, or the      for occasional students. Each student will pay
Bethany Student Handbook.                            a base amount per session which is $800 in
                                                     2010/2011. Students may apply for financial aid
Financial Aid Principles                             to cover the cost of their tuition above the base
                                                     amount. Bethany’s financial aid program includes
Bethany Theological Seminary’s financial aid         the following components:
program is based on several principles that
are consistent with deeply held Church of the        •   Academic Excellence Scholarship
Brethren values:                                     •   Church Service Covenant
                                                     •   Need-based Grant
•   asks all students to contribute to the cost
    of their education, but at a reasonable and      •   Federal Work Study
    affordable level;                                •   Federal Stafford Loans
•   provides the greatest amount of aid to those     •   International Student Aid
    with the greatest need, and asks those with      •   Revolving Loans
    more resources to contribute more toward
    their education;
                                                     Academic Excellence Scholarship After
•   recognizes and encourages academic               the base amount has been paid, students who

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demonstrate academic excellence are
eligible to receive a scholarship of either
40 percent or 50 percent.

Church Service Covenant Students
preparing for a vocation that will serve
the church are eligible for this award,
which is a 50% tuition scholarship, after
the base amount has been paid.                        Legal residents of another country who are not
                                                      members of the global Church of the Brethren
Need-based Grant After the base amount has            will be asked to contribute to the cost of their
been paid and scholarships have been awarded,         education by paying the $800 base amount
students who still demonstrate financial need are     per session. Students who qualify may receive
eligible to receive a need-based grant to cover       financial aid provided by Bethany, including the
the balance of tuition costs, not to exceed need.     Academic Excellence Scholarship, Church Service
                                                      Covenant or Need-based Grant. See Financial Aid
Federal Work-Study This program provides              and Scholarships section above.
a limited number of paid positions both on and
off campus that will vary in responsibility and       Revolving Loans Institutional revolving loans
compensation. Students must demonstrate               are available to students in some circumstances.
financial need to be eligible. Application includes   The interest rate varies and the loans must be
the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application         repaid within ten years after departure from
for Federal Student Aid) and a separate Bethany       Bethany. See the Bethany Student Handbook for
financial aid application, which includes an          more information.
expense budget for the academic year.
                                                      Application Procedures, Limitations and
Federal Stafford Loans Bethany participates           Deadlines Application for financial aid is
in the Federal Stafford Loan Program. Through         required every academic year. For students
this program, students who demonstrate                interested in Need-based aid (such as grants
financial need are able to secure low interest        or loans), must complete the FAFSA (Free
loans to assist with the cost of their education.     Application for Federal Student Aid) and a
Application includes the completion of the FAFSA      separate Bethany financial aid application. For
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and a      new, incoming students, the deadline for both
separate Bethany financial aid application, which     admissions and financial aid materials include
includes an expense budget for the academic year.     the following: for the fall session, July 15; for
                                                      the spring session (includes January intensive),
International Student Aid Members of the              December 1; and for the May intensive, March
global Church of the Brethren who are legal           15. The deadline for current students is June 15
residents of another country and expect to return     for the full academic year. Limitations, such as
to their home country to serve the Church of the      satisfactory academic progress, apply and are
Brethren will receive a full-tuition scholarship.     detailed in interpretive materials available from

84    I N T E A CHING.”                               – I Timothy 4:2
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the financial aid office or the Bethany Student
Handbook.                                            Financial Aid in Theological Education” adopted
                                                     by the Association of Theological Schools:
Student Employment There are opportunities           1. A need analysis system is a consistently
for employment both on and off campus through           applied method for determining financial need
the Federal Work-Study program to those who             as the basis for allocating aid.
demonstrate financial need. Additionally a variety   2. The total amount of financial aid offered
of off-campus opportunities exist in Richmond           should not exceed the amount of the student’s
and the outlying areas. Indianapolis is just over       need.
an hour by car and Dayton, Ohio is approximately
forty-five minutes by car. The director of           3. The student has the major responsibility for
student development provides information                his or her educational and living expenses.
regarding off-campus employment in the local            The Seminary’s aid will augment the student’s
area. Information on current employment                 efforts.
opportunities is available from the student          4. Financial aid is not an end in itself but should
services office and postings on the bulletin board     be administered in such a way as to affirm
in the second floor study room.                        financial responsibility and integrity of both
                                                       student and seminary.
Criteria for Aid Bethany Theological Seminary        5. The administration of financial aid should be
subscribes to the following “Principles of Student      confidential.

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  2. STANLEY HALL            CENTER                      38. GRANT HOUSE               55. RUSSELL HOUSE
SCIENCE LIBRARY)             22. LILLY LIBRARY           41. HOLE HOUSE
      JOSEPH MOORE           (RESIDENCE)                 CENTER)
MUSEUM)                      25. OBSERVATORY             43. MARSHALL                  ATHLETICS FIELDS
(RESIDENCE)                  INDOOR RIDING ARENA         44. WOODMAN HOUSE             (FOOTBALL/TRACK)
  7. BUNDY HALL              27. CAMPUS VILLAGE          (SERVICE LEARNING)             B. ATHLETIC FIELD
(RESIDENCE)                  APARTMENTS                  45. BROWN HOUSE                C. CAMPUS BASEBALL
SECURITY, MAINTENANCE)       HOUSE)                      46. NEWLIN CENTER FOR         HOCKEY)
  9. ATHLETICS               30. THORNBURG HOUSE         QUAKER THOUGHT AND             E. MATLACK FIELD
11. WARREN HALL              HOUSE (PUBLIC AFFAIRS       SEMINARY                      HIGH ROPES COURSE
(RESIDENCE)                                              50. ESR CENTER                 H. SOFTBALL FIELD
12. MILLS HALL (RESIDENCE)                               (CLASSROOMS)                   J. TENNIS COURTS
                             34. CUNNINGHAM CULTURAL
13. WILSON HALL                                          51. JAY HOUSE (PEACE
                             CENTER (AFRICAN AMERICAN
(RESIDENCE)                                              HOUSE)
                             CULTURAL CENTER)
14. BARRETT HALL                                         52. HICKS HOUSE
                             35. WILDMAN HOUSE (
(RESIDENCE)                                              53. ROWNTREE HOUSE
                             MAISON FRANCAISE)
15. THE HEART                                            (LITERARY ARTS)
                             36. HOBBS HOUSE

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Driving directions from
Interstate 70:
Exit at Indiana 149A
(Williamsburg Pike)
Williamsburg Pike becomes
NW 5th Street
Follow NW 5th until it ends
at a “T” at US 40 - National
Road West
Turn right and immediately get
into the left lane
Bethany Seminary is the first
red brick building on National
Road West, beyond College
Avenue on your left
You may enter the visitor
parking area at the west end
of the building.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES                   Lisa Hazen                       Connie Rutt
                                    (2012, Clergy)                   (2012, At Large)
Ronald D. Beachley                  Wichita, Kansas                  Drumore, Pennsylvania
(ex-officio, District Executives)   Pastor                           Church and community leader,
Davidsville, Pennsylvania                                            volunteer
District Executive, Western         Ruthann Knechel Johansen
Pennsylvania District, Church       Richmond, Indiana                Carol Scheppard
of the Brethren                     President, Bethany Theological   (2012, Colleges)
                                    Seminary                         Mount Crawford, Virginia
John David Bowman                                                    College dean and professor
(2010, Clergy)                      Daniel McFadden
Lititz, Pennsylvania                (2016, At Large)                 Phillip C. Stone, Jr
Trainer, The Team Approach          North Manchester, Indiana        (2013, At Large)
                                    College dean                     Linville, Virginia
Jerry Davis                                                          Attorney, private practice
(2009, At Large)                    Katherine J. Melhorn
La Verne, California                (2013, Laity)                    Paul Wampler
Agriculture, retired                Wichita, Kansas                  (2010, At Large)
                                    Pediatrician                     Manassas, Virginia
Martha Farahat                                                       Surgeon, retired
(2012, At Large)                    John Miller, Jr
Oceano, California                  (2009, At Large)                 David Witkovsky
Mediator/Trainer/Musician           York, Pennsylvania               (2013, Colleges)
                                    Attorney, Miller, Poole and      Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Jonathan Frye                       Lord                             Campus minister
(2011, Brethren Colleges)
McPherson, Kansas                    Rex Miller
College professor                   (2011, Laity)                    SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY
                                    Milford, Indiana                 MINISTRY CENTER STAFF
Gregory Geisert                     Director, Camp Mack
                                                                     Donna M. Rhodes
(2016, At Large)
                                     John Neff                       Executive Director
Keezletown, Pennsylvania
                                    (2013, At Large)                 Amy Milligan
                                    Harrisonburg, Virginia           Program Coordinator and
Elaine Gibbel                       Chair, Nielsen Builders          Registrar
(2010, At Large)                    and pastor
Lititz, Pennsylvania
Church and community leader         Stanley J. Noffsinger            ALUMNI/AE
and volunteer                       (ex-officio)                     COORDINATING COUNCIL
                                    Elgin, Illinois
Rhonda P. Gingrich                  General Secretary, Church of     Rhonda P. Gingrich, 2014
(2009, Alumni/ae)                   the Brethren                       Board representative
Minneapolis, Minnesota                                               Greg Davidson Laszakovits, 2012
Freelance writer                    Nathan Polzin                    Kerby Lauderdale, 2014
                                    (2013, Clergy)                   Dana McNeil, 2013
                                    Saginaw, Michigan
88                                  Church planter and pastor
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About Bethany’s Logo

Bethany Theological Seminary’s logo has features that are clear and confessional and others less
tangible, inviting imagination and wonder. It serves as an invitation to join our community, which
features both of those dimensions.

Consistent with Bethany’s mission to educate witnesses to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the cross is
prominent at the center, arising from baptismal waters and rehearsed in the practice of footwashing,
both important worship practices in the Church of the Brethren. The bottom perimeter of the symbol
suggests a circle, not closed but open to Light from above and new voices from beyond. It represents
a symbol of community and is expressive of Bethany’s educational process, which grounds theological
education in spiritual formation with the life and ministry of communities of faith. At the bottom of
the waters is a fish, the symbol early Christians used to express their commitment to Jesus Christ, the
son of God.

Atop the waters is a form which lends itself to several symbolic possibilities. As a book, it denotes both
Bethany’s biblical foundation and striving for academic excellence. As a dove, the lines lift up both the
dove of divine presence at baptism and the dove of peace, representing one of the living testimonies
of the Church of the Brethren.

Academic Classification of Students,        Cross-Cultural Bank, 43, 78, 79, 81      MA Time for Completion, 29
   41                                       Cross-Cultural Requirement, 41, 42,      MA Thesis, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33,
Academic Information, 37                        43                                      45
Academic Policies and Procedures, 39        Cross registration, 6, 40, 41, 42        MDiv Connections, 3, 23, 24, 25, 46
Academic Status, Review of, 43              Cultural Diversity, 8                    MDiv Curricular Requirements, 23, 24,
Accreditation, ii, 4                        Earlham School of Religion (ESR), 3,        32
Adjunct Faculty, 21                             4, 6, 11, 12, 30, 63, 82             MDiv Educational Objectives, 22, 23
Admission: Criteria for, 37                 Earlham College, 6, 10, 11, 12, 82       MDiv Time for Completion, 26
Admission: Interviews for, 38               Educational Policies and Assessment      Medical Insurance, 82, 83
Admission: Non-degree Programs, 39              Committee (EPAC), 28, 39, 41, 42,    Ministry Formation/Field Education, 24,
                                                43, 44, 49                              25, 26, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42,
Alumni/ae Coordinating Council, 88
                                            Education for a Shared Ministry             43, 45, 46, 50, 81
Association of Theological Schools
   (ATS), ii, 2, 4, 22, 24, 27, 39, 85          (EFSM), 35                           Ministry Advisory Council, 7
Auditing, 49, 78, 79                        Emeriti/ae Faculty, 21                   Mission Statement, 5, 22
Baker Peace Fund, 30                        Enrollment, 37                           Nancy Rosenberger Faus Endowment
Barclay Center, Robert, 12                  Enrollment Deposit, 78, 79                  for Music Education & Performance,
                                            ESR Center, The, 11, 12                     35
Bethany Center, The, 11, 82
                                            Evaluation, System of, 43                Nondegree training options, 22, 39
Brethren Academy for Ministerial
   Leadership, 3, 5, 6, 7, 22, 35, 36,      Faculty: Teaching and Administrative,    Nondiscrimination, 37
   39, 79                                       13                                   North Central Association, ii, 2, 4
Bethany Student Handbook, 9, 11, 26,        Financial Aid, 3, 83, 84, 85             Partnership: with the Church, 7
   39, 44, 79, 80, 83, 84                   Financial Aid: Academic Excellence       Partnership: with other schools, 6
Bethany Board of Trustees, 4, 5, 7, 9,          Scholarship, 83                      Pastoral Care Team, 10
   88                                       Financial Aid: Alumni/ae Partnership     Peace Studies/Peace Studies Emphasis,
Campus Visits, 38                               Covenant, 83                            28, 29, 30, 56
Cassel Collection, 12                       Financial Aid: Application Procedures,   Presidents, 5
Certificate of Achievement in                   84                                   Probation, 39, 44
   Theological Studies (CATS), 22, 29,      Financial Aid: Church Service            Refunds, 79, 80
   78                                           Covenant, 84                         Review of Academic Status, 43
Certificate Programs, 35, 39                Financial Aid: Federal Work-Study,       Richmond, Indiana, 6, 9
Chapel, 9, 11                                   84, 85
                                                                                     Runyan Center, 12
Church of the Brethren Annual               Founders Lectures, 35
                                                                                     Scholarships, 83, 84
   Conference Statements, 11                Hoff, E. B., Lectureship, 35
                                                                                     Special Students, 39
Church of the Brethren, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,   Hoff, Emanuel B., 4, 35
                                                                                     Student Employment, 85
   12, 22, 26, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 83,      Huston Memorial Peace Lectureship,
                                                                                     Student Housing, 82
   84, 89                                       35
                                                                                     Student Services, 82, 85, 79
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), 25,      Independent Studies, 43
   46, 50, 51, 69, 79                                                                Summer Ministry, 25
                                            Information Technology, 10, 11
Common Meal, 9, 11                                                                   Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center, ii,
                                            Institute for Ministry with Youth &
                                                                                        3, 5, 6, 8, 12, 23, 45, 60
Community Diversity, 8                          Young Adults, 31
                                                                                     Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
Community Governance, 9, 11                 International Students, 38, 42
                                                                                        Staff, 88
Confidentiality of Student Records, 44      Katonah, Stephen I. Memorial Fund
                                                                                     Teaching Churches, 7
Continuing Education Opportunities,             for Faith and the Arts, 35
                                                                                     Training in Ministry (TRIM), 35
   22, 35                                   Lectureships & Cultural Programs, 35
                                                                                     Transcripts, 38, 39, 43, 44, 79
Course Credits and Course Load, 40          Lilly Library, 10, 12
                                                                                     Travel Seminars, 42, 49
Course Descriptions: Bethany, 46            Loans, 83, 84
                                                                                     Tuition and Fees, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83,
Course Descriptions: ESR, 63                Logo Description, 89
Course Numbering System, 45, 46, 63         Maps, 86, 87
                                                                                     Wieand, Albert C., 4, 5, 35
Course Registration, 39                     MA Connections, 3, 29, 46
                                                                                     Wieand, A. C., Lectureship, 35
Criminal Background Check, 38, 82           MA Curricular Requirements, 27, 32
                                                                                     Withdrawal, 80
                                            MA Educational Objectives, 26
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