Bethany College Announces 2015 Oreon E. Scott Lectures

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced that Stephanie Paulsell will deliver the 60th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 13-14 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s lecture series is titled “Lost in the Mystery of God.”


Stephanie Paulsell is the Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Paulsell is the author of “Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice,” and co-author of “Lamentations and the Song of Songs.” She is co-editor of “The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teachers.” Her writing appears regularly in The Christian Century.

Registration for the Scott Lectures begins at 8:30 a.m. April 13, and the first lecture, “Lost in the Mystery of God:  Childhood and Christian Spirituality,” begins at 10 a.m. The Campbell Scholars Luncheon will follow at noon. Rev. Erin Cash, director of admissions at Lexington Theological Seminary, will speak on the topic of “Ministry Life Choices Initiative here at LTS” during lunch.

The second half of Paulsell’s lecture, “Lost in the Mystery of Each Other: The Song of Songs,” will begin at 1:30 p.m.

During free time provided after the session, guests can tour Bethany’s two National Historic Landmarks, Campbell Mansion and Old Main.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. at Bethany Memorial Church. A reception will be held after the service with Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights.

April 14, Paulsell will present her final lecture, “Lost and Found:  Forms of Prayer,” from 9 a.m. to noon.

From 1 to 4 p.m., guests are invited to attend a session titled “Let’s Talk Retirement – Get Ready and Stay on Track,” hosted by Deborrah Wray, director of Employer Services at Pension Fund of the Christian Church. Each participant will receive a three-ring binder prepared for statements, documents and financial summaries.

The Oreon E. Scott Lectures are funded through the Oreon E. Scott Foundation, which was established to strengthen the Christian Church and support Disciples-related colleges and institutions. Since its founding in 1840 by Alexander Campbell, Bethany has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Now in its 60th year, the first Scott Lectures were held on March 1, 1956, with Professor Arthur M. Schlesinger, Harvard University historian, as the lecturer.

To register or for more information on this year’s Oreon E. Scott Lectures, please contact the Office of Church Relations at 304-829-7723 or by email at

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.