Peace Studies

Living Now from a Historic Peace Tradition

Peace and justice are a prominent part of Bethany’s program because the Church of the Brethren strives to be a living peace church.

As a seminary of one of the three historic peace churches (Brethren, Friends, and Mennonites), each degree or certificate requires at least one Peace Studies course.

Peace Studies Courses

To prepare students for ministries within and beyond institutions of the church, courses emphasize reflection on peace and justice roots.

  • biblical
  • theological
  • ethical
  • historical

Peace Studies courses cover many topics including:

  • Non-violence and the biblical story,
  • Peace witness in the Anabaptist tradition,
  • Mediating conflict in families and churches,
  • Peacemaking in national and international arenas.

Peace Forum

Many students join or help plan a weekly Peace Forum.
Check the schedule to decide which lunchtime Peace Forum you wish to attend.

Peace Studies Emphasis

Students with a special interest or experience in peace concerns may concentrate their MA in Peace Studies
or elect to add a Peace Studies emphasis to their MDiv or MA program, as reflected in the chart below.

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Undergirding the Peace Studies program is the Baker Peace Fund, a generous endowment provided by John and Elizabeth Baker, lifelong patrons of peace and justice concerns. 

For more information about Peace Studies at Bethany refer to the Bethany Catalog.