Educational Partnerships

Earlham School of Religion

ESR LogoIn 1994 Bethany Theological Seminary and the Earlham School of Religion (ESR) joined hands to do something new by forming an affiliation. Together, they provide an education for students that features academic excellence, spiritual depth, and ministerial competence. A common campus, a joint curriculum, a shared library, and several joint administrative positions are all part of the covenantal partnership between the two schools. As noted in the ESR catalog, this covenant has spiritual, educational, economic, and cultural dimensions: “In the spiritual dimension, the covenant means faithfulness to our respective traditions; in the educational, it means the symbiosis of our teaching and curricula; in the economic, it means cooperative stewardship of time and resources; in the cultural dimension, it means self-awareness and sensitivity to differences.”

Cross-Registration Institutions

The following seminaries and graduate schools have a cross-registration agreement with Bethany and the Earlham School of Religion:

 

Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center

SVMC Logo_LowResThe Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) on the campus of Elizabethtown College is a center for theological, ministerial and leadership education related to the Church of the Brethren. It is a partnership between Bethany Seminary and five Church of the Brethren districts: Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Middle Pennsylvania, Southern Pennsylvania, and Western Pennsylvania. Classes are taught on the campuses of Elizabethtown and Juniata Colleges.

Graduate-level seminary courses give opportunity for students to obtain a degree from Bethany Seminary (or other accredited seminaries in the area, e.g., Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, or Evangelical School of Theology at Myerstown). The Center also has cross-registration with Eastern Mennonite Seminary-Lancaster campus. Accreditation of all graduate courses taken at the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center is provided by Bethany Theological Seminary.

The Center also offers certificate training programs for laity and licensed ministers of the Church of the Brethren seeking to meet minimal standards for ordination. This is done through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. Church of the Brethren students in the TRIM program may also enroll for certificate or Academy courses. Continuing education programs provide training opportunities in leadership, ethics, and decision making for ministers in the five-district area and beyond.

To enroll in any SVMC education program or for further information, contact Donna M. Rhodes, executive director, or Erika Fitz, program coordinator:

Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
Elizabethtown College
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
(717) 361-1450
svmc@etown.edu