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Bethany College to present Scott Lectures April 21-22

BETHANY — The Oreon E. Scott Lecture Series will return to Bethany College on April 21-22 with the Rev. Dr. Richard J. Hull II leading the digital event.

The theme is “Performing in the Parish: Parson, Pastor, Preacher, Prophet.” Visit bethanywv.edu/event/oreon-e-scott-lectures-2/ to register.

The Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, president of Bethany College, will open the series at 9:30 a.m. April 21.

On April 21, Hull will deliver “Parson: Acting for the Institution” at 10 a.m. and “Pastor: Showing Care for People” at 1 p.m. On April 22, he will deliver “Preacher: Projecting the Faith” at 10 a.m. and “Prophet: Playing for Morality” at 1 p.m.

A graduate of Bethany College and Yale Divinity School, Hull is in the retirement phase of pastoral ministry, during which he has served as the interim minister of eight congregations and the Nebraska region.

He was the pastor of three Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations: the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, Pa., West Street Christian Church in Tipton, Ind., and Riverside Avenue Christian Church in Jacksonville, Fla. In his ministry, he has connected congregations with their communities, creating a boarding home ministry, a community theater, and an after-school arts center.

Hull has published several worship resources, including the All Saints Day materials provided by the Christian Church Foundation.

He is a board member of the Chautauqua Association of the Disciples of Christ, a provider of affordable housing helping individuals participate in the Chautauqua Institution’s summer program, and the association’s volunteer fundraiser. He has served on the board of the Division of Overseas Ministries, as a trustee of the United Christian Missionary Society, as president of the Bethany College Alumni Association, and on the boards of numerous community service organizations.

The annual lectures are funded through the Oreon E. Scott Foundation, which was established to strengthen the Christian Church and support Disciples-related colleges and institutions.

Alexander Campbell founded Bethany College in 1840, and it retains its affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The first Scott Lectures on March 1, 1956, featured Professor Arthur M. Schlesinger, Harvard University historian.

Bethany canceled the 2020 event to follow state and federal guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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