Thursday, March 31, 2005

Bethany Theological Seminary Announces Exploring Your Call 2005

Richmond, Indiana—Bethany Theological Seminary has scheduled an Exploring Your Call (EYC) event at the Richmond campus August 4-9, 2005. EYC is an opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to consider issues of faith and vocation.

Remaining funds from a $2 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., received by Manchester College on behalf of eight Church of the Brethren related institutions, allow Bethany to offer EYC for additional year beyond the initial three-year commitment. 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 consider their faith commitments in whatever career they choose.

EYC activities include attending classes taught by Seminary professors, shadowing area pastors and planning congregational worship services, participating in hands-on ministry and service activities, creating and leading their own worship experiences, and sharing in group-building recreational activities. Russell Haitch, Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Institute for Ministry With Youth and Young Adults, will oversee the 2005 event. “I anticipate it will be invigorating for all involved,” he said. “In the past, young people have said EYC gave them a beautiful opportunity to explore their passion for the things of God. EYC is like a place of pilgrimage where you meet guides and friends who speak your language. In a short span of time you can connect at a deep level.”

Because of grant support, participants’ only cost is their travel expense to and from EYC. Registration is limited to 20 participants. Further information is available by E-mail ( or by calling the Seminary at 800-287-8822 and asking for the EYC Office.

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