from Bethany College:


You are invited to attend the 55th Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 12 – 13, 2010, at Bethany College. This year, our lecturer is Bonnie Thurston.  Registration for the Lectures opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 12, at the Mountainside Conference Center. The day’s events begin at 10 a.m. with a greeting, followed by Ms. Thurston’s first presentation.  At Monday’s Timothy Luncheon, participants will hear from Ann Updegraff Spleth, Vice President for External Relations at Christian Theological Seminary.  During free time provided after the Monday afternoon lecture, you can tour Bethany’s two National Historic Landmarks – the Campbell Mansion and Old Main.  Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in Bethany Memorial Church, followed by a worship service and sermon at the Church. [Tuesday morning’s lecture concludes the event].


Bonnie Thurston, a native of West Virginia, currently lives quietly near Wheeling, W.Va. having resigned the William F. Orr
Professorship in New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2002. She earned the B.A. in English (First Honors) from Bethany College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. She has done post-doctoral work in New Testament at Harvard Divinity School; Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany; and the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. Bonnie has written or edited fifteen theological books and over 100 articles, has contributed to reference works in New
Testament and taught at the university level for 30 years. Her scholarly interests in New Testament include the gospels of Mark and John and the Deutero-Pauline canon and, more generally, the history of Christian Spirituality and prayer. Her church affiliations include the Episcopal Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She was ordained in 1984 and has served as copastor,
pastor, or interim of five churches and twice in overseas ministries. She is a spiritual director and retreat speaker. Bonnie is a widow, an avid reader, gardener and cook, enjoys classical music (especially the opera and liturgical music) and loves the West Virginia hills.

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