Disciples News Service

Undergraduate schools encourage lifelong leadership, vocations

Two Disciple-related undergraduate schools are helping build leaders through example. Bethany College in West Virginia and Transylvania University in Kentucky are featuring long-time Disciple leaders in campus programs.

Bethany is kicking off its 175th anniversary celebration with the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series which will feature Grimes himself as inaugural speaker. An internationally known Hemingway scholar, Grimes is a professor emeritus of English, an ordained Disciple minister and now continues to serve as the college’s director of church relations and dean of the Buffalo Seminary. The lecture series will continue to feature interdisciplinary topics with appearances by leaders, writers and thinkers who will challenge the audience to consider new perspectives. Full story on the Bethany website

Also in a quest to introduce students to people who have served others in multiple ways, the “What Matters to Me” discussion series on Jan. 14 featured Rev. Wayne and Virginia Marsh Bell. Wayne and Virginia were graduates of Transylvania in the early 1940s. Wayne, a Disciples minister, was active in the civil rights movement and Virginia was a social worker acclaimed for her work with dementia-specific adult day programs. “It’s important to have exemplars who have found success through service,” explains Wilson Dickinson, Transylvania’s associate dean for religious life. “It’s not just what they’ve done. It’s who they are.” Full story on the Transylvania web site