Friday, January 30, 2004

Bethany announces two Exploring Your Call events.

Two Exploring Your Call (EYC) events are scheduled at the Richmond, Ind., campus of Bethany Theological Seminary June 24-28 and July 22-26. The events offer high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors opportunities to consider issues of faith and vocation.

Activities include attending classes taught by seminary professors, shadowing pastors, planning congregational worship services, learning about chaplaincy, visiting residents in a retirement facility, creating and leading worship experiences, and sharing in group-building recreational activities.

Participants in 2003's EYC events—both students and adults—gave positive reviews. "By shadowing a pastor, I experienced what ministry might be like. It helped me think about my own call to ministry," said Lee Smith of Harrisonburg, Va.

EYC is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of a $2 million grant received by Manchester College on behalf of eight Church of the Brethren-related institutions. The grant is part of the endowment's Theological Vocational Exploration Programs Initiative and was developed to encourage young people to consider ministry as a career, and to consider their faith commitments in whatever career they choose.

Youth interested in EYC should visit and complete an online registration form. Because of grant support, participants' only cost is travel expense to and from EYC. Registration is limited to 20 for each event. Further information is available by e-mail (, or call 800-287-8822 and ask for the EYC office.

Source: Newsline 01/30/2004

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