Bethany College will host a day-long symposium, Friday, February 23, as part of the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation during this academic year. This event is designed for a wider audience that includes both clergy and laity as well as community members, and students.

As part of the symposium, Bethany is especially pleased to welcome Bishop Munib Younan as the keynote speaker.

Bishop Younan is the Lutheran Bishop of Jordan and the Holy Land and has most recently served as president of the Lutheran World Federation. “We are thrilled to host Bishop Younan at Bethany College and welcome him to the wider Lindsborg community for this event,” says Adam Pryor, Assistant Professor of Religion. “His wisdom and experience will certainly provide our students with an unparalleled opportunity to engage in religious reflection on communities in the Middle East.”

A schedule for the symposium includes three parts. The morning will offer an opportunity for exploring themes that appear in the Gospel of Mark across this year’s lectionary lessons. Dr. Tyler Atkinson, will examine Messianic Secrecy, Dr. Arminta Fox will explore the significance of Women at the Tomb; Dr. Matthew Ketcham will analyze themes of discipleship; and Dr. Adam Pryor will explore the relationship between vulnerability and parables.

After lunch, at 1:00 p.m., attendees will return to the Pearson Chapel where they will have the opportunity to engage with undergraduate students who have completed research related to the Reformation and subsequent patterns of cultural Reformation.

Finally, at 5:30 p.m. there will be a buffet dinner in the Lindquist Hall (Library) with an address from Bishop Younan. There is no cost to attend the symposium or dinner; however, space for the dinner will be limited so please register in advance. To register, email your name and congregational or institutional affiliation by Wednesday, February 21 to Please make sure to specifically include in your email if you plan to attend the dinner.