Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bethany Chaplain Travels to Republic of Ireland

The Rev. Scott Thayer, chaplain of Bethany College, traveled to the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Northern Ireland on Nov. 1-16 with a group of eight clergy from the upper Ohio River Valley. This trip was part of a three-year-long study opportunity with the Institute for Clergy Excellence.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the group is studying alternative expressions of Christian faith that are emerging outside the institutional church. They met with numerous groups and individuals in Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland to determine the degree of religious involvement of people in those countries, especially young adults. Some of the most fruitful conversations occurred in pubs, hotel lobbies, and on the streets. The group also visited a number of historical sites that were important in the founding of the Presbyterian Church and the Disciples of Christ, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ahorey.

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