Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bethany Seminary fills new position in Reconciliation Studies.

Deborah Roberts has been named half-time assistant professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., to begin July 1. This new position was created to help implement intentional course work in conflict transformation within the seminary’s curriculum.

Helping students develop acumen and skills in this area from a theological perspective is a goal named in the seminary’s five-year strategic plan and the current Reimagining Ministries campaign. As part of Bethany’s revised curriculum, students also will be able to take courses in conflict transformation to earn a ministry focus within the master of divinity degree or an emphasis within both the master of divinity and master of arts degrees.

Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree from Berea College, a master of arts degree from Bethany Seminary, and a doctorate in women's studies in religion from Claremont (Calif.) Graduate University. Her dissertation research was titled "A Critical Appraisal of Conflict Resolution Theory and Methodology." As an adjunct faculty member at the University of La Verne in southern California, she taught in the areas of conflict transformation, mediation, women’s studies, and intercultural studies. She also held a one-year appointment as assistant professor of religious ethics at Berea College.

She has spoken widely in academic and religious settings on mediation, conflict transformation, and peacemaking from various perspectives, and has done community consulting and advocacy work. Within the Church of the Brethren, she has pastored two congregations and currently serves as an area minister for Pacific Northwest District.

-- Jenny Williams directs Communications and Alumni/ae Relations for Bethany Seminary.

Source: 5/30/2013 Newsline

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