Pastors and Church Leaders will want register now for 2 great upcoming events provided by Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College, a joint ministry of the college and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia, underwritten in part by a generous grant by the Oreon E. Scott Foundation.

Church Leadership:  Best Practices
1 day workshop (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.) at your choice of locations:
February 23 at Charleston – United Disciples of Christ Church
February 24 at Bethany Memorial Church
Rev. Dr. Todd Adams
Disciples of Christ Associate General Minister
Dr. Adams will be leading and teaching on the art of Church Administration.  Todd is regarded as a leading practitioner and teacher in the areas of
stewardship, governance, safety and controls for the church.  Church Administration is best understood as pastoral care for the church.  We are excited
to take advantage of his skills and experience in this area.  Attendees will leave empowered as they serve the congregations they love.
Church Administration and Planning. 1 CEU

Exploring Resurrection in the Synoptic Gospels
March 16-17, 2015
March 16:  1:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-8:30 p.m.
March 17: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Bonnie Thurston
Noted WV Author, Lecturer, and Retreat Leader
Subject matter of Dr. Thurston’s lectures are on the registration page. This will be an in-depth biblical exploration, well worth your while as you prepare
for the celebration of Easter in your local parish.
Biblical Knowledge. 1 CEU

Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia are pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Bonnie B. Thurston, noted local author, retreat leader, seminary professor and lecturer, will offer an engaging lecture in preparation for Easter:  “Exploring Resurrection in the Synoptic Gospels.”  The preliminary schedule is as follows:

March 16
     1:00-5:00 p.m.
1. Preparing to think about resurrection: theology/history/literature
2. What’s good news about Mark 1-8?
3. Soldiers & Seeing: Matthew 27:62-28:15
    7:00-8:30 p.m.
1. The Women as Witnesses
2. General discussion
March 17
     9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
1. The One Who Walks Beside You: Luke 14:13-35
2. What happened and what does it mean? How will be preach and teach it?
Registration and limited housing information will be available online at by Jan. 1, or contact the Rev. David Chafin by email or phone 304-428-1681.  Deadline for registration is March 1.


A Day of Prayer and Reflection for Religious Women and Men, Clergy, and Laity of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at Blessed John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston. Program time is 9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with registration/coffee beginning at 9:00 a.m.   Join presenter, The Rev. Bonnie B. Thurston, Ph.D., as she speaks on the theme “An Introduction to the Gospel of Mark.”

Program cost (including lunch): $20. Overnight accommodations are available for an additional charge. Early registration is requested by October 3. For more information or to receive a program flyer/registration information contact Karen Muenze at (304) 233-0880 X268 /  The day is sponsored by the Delegate for Consecrated Life Office – Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

from Bethany College:


You are invited to attend the 55th Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 12 – 13, 2010, at Bethany College. This year, our lecturer is Bonnie Thurston.  Registration for the Lectures opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 12, at the Mountainside Conference Center. The day’s events begin at 10 a.m. with a greeting, followed by Ms. Thurston’s first presentation.  At Monday’s Timothy Luncheon, participants will hear from Ann Updegraff Spleth, Vice President for External Relations at Christian Theological Seminary.  During free time provided after the Monday afternoon lecture, you can tour Bethany’s two National Historic Landmarks – the Campbell Mansion and Old Main.  Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in Bethany Memorial Church, followed by a worship service and sermon at the Church. [Tuesday morning’s lecture concludes the event].

Bonnie Thurston, a native of West Virginia, currently lives quietly near Wheeling, W.Va. having resigned the William F. Orr Professorship in New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2002. She earned the B.A. in English (First Honors) from Bethany College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. She has done post-doctoral work in New Testament at Harvard Divinity School; Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany; and the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. Bonnie has written or edited fifteen theological books and over 100 articles, has contributed to reference works in New Testament and taught at the university level for 30 years. Her scholarly interests in New Testament include the gospels of Mark and John and the Deutero-Pauline canon and, more generally, the history of Christian Spirituality and prayer. Her church affiliations include the Episcopal Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She was ordained in 1984 and has served as copastor, pastor, or interim of five churches and twice in overseas ministries. She is a spiritual director and retreat speaker. Bonnie is a widow, an avid reader, gardener and cook, enjoys classical music (especially the opera and liturgical music) and loves the West Virginia hills.

A download of the brochure for the event can be found on our homepage, or download directly here (pdf file).  For more information please contact the Office of Church Relations at 304-829-7723 or by e-mail at

The Oreon E. Scott Lectures at Bethany College have come to a close today, having spent some encouraging times in conversation around the Declaration and Address, which is in its 200th year.  The leadership and hospitality of the college have been extraordinary, and both presenting scholars and attendees from all three streams of the Stone-Campbell movement were well-engaged in the discussion.  Sharing communion together Monday evening was a high and holy time. 

It is a reminder to us all, as well, that across the three streams of the movement many communities will be participating in the Great Communion, October 4, in celebration of the essential unity of Christ’s body.  If you want details on how to plan a Great Communion service in your community, please visit the Great Communion website.   We know that a celebration will be underway in Bethany, and we would like to hear from other communities around the region about their plans for the day.  Send your comments to us, and we will help pass them along as the day approaches.

We encourage folks from around the region to mark your calendars for the first Monday after “Low Sunday” (the Sunday after Easter) next year’s Scott Lectures, and prepare to attend.   The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Thurston, one of our own beloved scholars and pastors, will be leading a discussion around the Lord’s Prayer and how our lives may be shaped by it.  It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to gather again in this special place in the life of our church.

The Rev.Dr. Bonnie Thurston is a much-loved scholar, retreat leader, and pastor of this Region.  We were pleased to have received this release from her publisher:

NOTRE DAME, IN, March 16, 2009

Bonnie Thurston, a noted scholar and prolific author who lives near Wheeling, West Virginia, has published a new book titled FOR GOD ALONE: A Primer on Prayer. In this book, she draws on her biblical studies expertise and her extensive knowledge of Christian spirituality to write an engaging and practical introduction to the different traditions and methods of Christian prayer.

FOR GOD ALONE is published by the University of Notre Dame Press. For more information about the book, click here:

The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Thurston will lead “Attending to God’s Presence: Contemplative Prayer in the Christian Tradition” at Sixth Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 17-18. The seminar, which will include times of silence, will be offerd at minimal cost to participants. It begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday and closes with Evening Prayer on Saturday at 3 p.m. Advanced registration is required. More information is available by calling the church (412)421-2752, or visiting their website.

The program is underwritten by the Fred Rogers Memorial Fund at the church.


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