Courses to be offered by the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center is offering a robust schedule of continuing education for clergy and interested laity in 2024. Ranging from “Christian ID in the Age of AI,” “Worship Models,” “Grief Literacy,” “Suicide and Your Congregation,” “Luke and Acts,” “Autism and the Church,” to “Why Leadership Matters,” everyone will find a topic of interest.

Bethany Seminary president Jeff Carter visits Nigeria

President Jeff Carter, academic dean Steve Schweitzer, and coordinator of Seminary Computing Services Paul Shaver returned in mid-January from a visit to Jos, Nigeria. They met with Bethany employees Sharon Flaten and Joshua Sati, as well as students, and local religious and educational leaders.

Travel grants available for course ‘Polarization as an Opportunity for Ministry’

As part of Bethany Theological Seminary’s initiative to “Build Bridges Across Ideological Divides,” the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is offering a series of TRIM-level courses to help clergy recognize and meaningfully address division in their congregations and communities. First up is “Polarization as an Opportunity for Ministry,” a course with Russell Haitch, professor of Theology and Human Science at Bethany.

New academy course focuses on ‘Cultivating an Everyday Faith’

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership will offer this online course, “Cultivating an Everyday Faith,” from April 17 to June 11, 2024. Joan Daggett, ordained minister and executive director of the Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center, will be the instructor. The deadline to register is March 13, 2024.

The Clergy Tax Seminar 2024 is scheduled for Jan. 27

“Join us for this informational and instructive seminar!” said an invitation to the Clergy Tax Seminar 2024 sponsored by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary.

Strength for the Journey: 2024 applications are now accepted

New “Strength for the Journey” pastor cohorts are forming now, with plans to begin meeting in January 2024. Applications are available at and will be accepted through Oct. 31.

Bethany Theological Seminary offers a BOLD lunch

Bethany Theological Seminary has experienced ten years of sustained growth and welcomes larger classes, including a wider range of ecumenical students, because of a focused mission of returning to Brethren core values by instituting new programs.

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Aida L. Sánchez departs Brethren Academy

Aida L. Sánchez has resigned from her position as coordinator of Spanish-Language Ministry Training Programs effective May 26. Sánchez began her work with the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a collaboration of the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Ministry and Bethany Theological Seminary, in March 2020.

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