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Seek. Serve. Grow.

The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
Sarah Unruh ’12

Past Staley Lectures: 2000s


A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Al Staggs, Performing artist, Santa Fe, N.M.

Living as an Ordinary Radical

Shane Claiborne, Founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner-city Philadelphia


Shane Hipps, Pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church, Glendale, Ariz.

  • The electronic gospel: Why changing the methods always changes the message
  • Electronic nomads: How technology alters the nature of community


Stories from the Street

Jimmy Rienzo, Street Musician and Storyteller


How Otherworldly Fundamentalism Became Political

George M. Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame


Humor and Faith: A Holy Accident

Ted & Lee comedic duo (Ted Swartz, Lee Eshleman), Harrisonburg, Virginia


Drumming for Peace: Rhythmic and Irenic Pedagogy; or, Teaching Peace with a Funky Beat

C. Leo Hartshorn, Mennonite Mission Network, Lancaster, Pennsylvania


A Subversive Holiness, Studies in the Book of Exodus:

James E. Brenneman, Pasadena Mennonite Church, California

  • Holy Disobedience: Five Women and a Baby
  • An Exodus to Holiness: Priesthood with a Purpose
  • Holy Obedience: On Not Eating Peanuts in Church


Remember and Do Not Forget: The Sacred Stories of Our Lives

June Alliman Yoder, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN.


What’s in Your Backpack? The Stuff Gathered for Life’s Journey

Chuck Neufeld, Community Mennonite Church, Markham, Illinois

  • Can You Live with It? With What You’ve Gathered, That Is?
  • So You’re Packed, Now What? From Obligation to Privilege!