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

Seasons of the Soul: Enacting the mystery of faith

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

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...the art of theater...[is] the difference...between a straight line and a spiral; between giving answers and asking questions; between an interest and the passion; between control and risk. Between the arrogance of knowing and the humility of mystery.

Ted Swartz and Lee Eshleman, in Laughter is Sacred Space

2017 Keynote Speaker

Ted Swartz is a theologian of a different sort. Both theater and seminary trained, Ted has found a unique and entertaining discovery: at the intersection of humor and biblical story is often a greater understanding of the text. Or, at the very least, a different understanding. Call it “comedic exegesis.” 

Blending poignancy and humor with biblical story, Ted has an uncanny ability to bring archaic biblical characters to life in a way that helps anyone identify with people who were at one time only names in a big Book. It’s through this portrayal of these life-like characters that comedy emerges and audiences see God’s story in a whole new light.

Ted has written or co-written more than 14 shows and the book Laughter is Sacred Space (Herald Press, 2012).

Ted lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Along with writing and acting, his loves include his wife, Sue; three sons, Eliot, Ian and Derek; daughters-in-law, Katrina, Hanna and Chelsea; granddaughters Mona Quinn and Hattie Claire… oh, and baseball. 

2017 Art Gallery Exhibition

Jerry Holsopple

Jerry Holsopple, an artist, photographer and renowned videographer, teaches photography and digital media-related courses. Jerry was the Artist in Residence at The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary during the fall of 2015. He created a major project, 7×7: Laments for an Age of Sexualized Power. Jerry spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a Fulbright scholar at LCC International University in Lithuania. Jerry is the recipient of more than a dozen awards in recognition of his video, public service announcements, and websites. Journey Toward Forgiveness, a documentary that he produced, originally aired on ABC in December of 2001 and was aired again in 2003 and 2008 on the Hallmark Channel. Jerry’s photographic work has periodically been on exhibit and two series, “On the Way” and “Art of the Call” are permanently installed. While much of Jerry’s work focuses on the visual he also enjoys playing acoustic stringed instruments such as guitars, mandolins and bouzoukis, and writing songs. Jerry and his wife Mary, have two children, Dirk and Kate.

2015 Schedule 

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Friday, Nov. 20
11 a.m. Bethel College convocation with Michael Driscoll (free and open to the public) Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
Saturday, Nov. 21
8:30 a.m. Registration Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9–10:15 a.m. Welcome and plenary session 1: Worship and Community: Shaped and Sustained by Gratitude — Christine Pohl Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
10:15 a.m. Break Luyken Fine Arts Center
10:45 a.m.–noon Plenary session 2: Worship and Community: Transformed and Challenged by Hospitality — Christine Pohl Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
noon–1 p.m. Lunch The Caf, Schultz Student Center
1:30–2:30 p.m. Concurrent workshops with local presenters
  • Visual Arts and the Worshipping Community
    Local artists Joanna Pinkerton, LaVerle Schrag, and John Gaeddert describe their process of collaborating with congregations to incorporate visual arts into the worship experience. Facilitator: Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel College associate professor of visual art and design
  • The Lord’s Supper and Social Justice — Michael Driscoll
    Keynote speaker Michael Driscoll presents on the intersection of the Lord’s Supper and social justice. Tonya Ramer Wenger, pastor at First Mennonite Church, Hutchinson, offers a brief response to open up a time of discussion. Facilitator: Peter Goerzen, Bethel College church relations director and campus pastor
James A. Will Academic Center
2:45–3:45 p.m. Plenary session 3: Q&A with Christine Pohl and Michael Driscoll
Driscoll and Pohl will converse about Pohl’s plenary presentations, then open it up for questions from the audience.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
4–4:45 p.m. Introduction to Beyond the Martyrs’ Mirror: The Prints of Jan Luyken, with Rachel Epp Buller Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
5 p.m. Reception for Beyond the Martyrs’ Mirror Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
6–7 p.m. Supper The Caf, Schultz Student Center
7:30 p.m. In Community We Sing (free and open to the public)
It has been said that a singing community worships twice. Experience the intersection of faith, song, and text as we become a community at worship, featuring reflections by Michael Driscoll and Christine Pohl, the Bethel College Concert Choir and singers from area churches (William Eash, conducting). Offering of non-perishable food and funds accepted for Harvest of Love.
Joliffe Auditorium, Memorial Hall
Sunday, Nov. 22
9:30 a.m. Worship service with Michael Driscoll preaching (free and open to the public) Bethel College Mennonite Church

Worship and the Arts Planning Committee

  • Peter Goerzen, campus pastor and church relations director
  • William Eash, professor of music
  • Matt Hein, director of development
  • Lori L. Livengood, vice president for marketing and communications
  • Austin Regier,  events coordinator
  • Matt Rodenberg, marketing intern
  • Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, committee chair

Made possible by the Reimer-Boese Worship and the Arts Endowment

The Reimer/Boese Worship and Arts Endowment celebrates the lives of Katharina Voth Reimer and Thomas U. Reimer, and Maria Schroeder Boese and Abraham L. Boese. The former are the parents, the latter the birth parents of donor Dr. Rosella Reimer Duerksen, both of whose birth parents died in her infancy.

The endowment is intended to assist Bethel College in providing lectures, musical events, workshops or conferences which focus on the arts as tools for the communication of the faith. It is anticipated that, while some events may primarily serve the student body of the college, others will serve the broader community as well.

Registration fees

Reservations requested by Nov. 16 in order to be included in the meals.

$35 for all or part of the symposium; includes Saturday lunch and supper.
$20 each when 3 or more people from the same congregation register as a group; includes Saturday lunch and supper. Please send a list of of participants from your congregation along with payment to Denise Krase.
Bethel College faculty, staff and students, Hesston College students:
free; lunch and supper available in the cafeteria for the regular faculty/staff and student prices.

If you need assistance please contact Denise Krase, 316-284-5239.

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