Bethany College Announces 2013 Oreon E. Scott Lectures


BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College has announced Rick Lowery, the featured speaker for the 58th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 8-9 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center.

Lowery is an author, Bible scholar and an adjunct professor of Hebrew Bible at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky, where he also served as dean. He is the author of several books on biblical studies and social and ecological justice, including "Sabbath and Jubilee." He’s currently writing a book titled "Genesis and Human Rights." He  is a former regional president of the Society of Biblical

Literature and is married to the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada.

This year’s event will focus on “Genesis and Human Rights.”

Registration for the lectures will open at 8:30 a.m. on April 8 at the Mountain

side Conference Center. Following a 10 a.m. greeting, Lowery will give his first presentation, titled “Interpreting Scripture: Human Rights as Hermeneutical Key.” He will speak again at 1:45 p.m. on the topic “The Politics of Imago Dei, The Economics of Sabbath.”

The Timothy Luncheon will be held at noon and the day will conclude with dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. worship service at Bethany Memorial Church with Lowery’s sermon, “God’s Math.” A reception will be held after the service with Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights.

On April 9, Lowery will speak at 9 a.m. on “The Ambiguities of ‘Chosenness’: Group Identity and Universal Human Community.”

Lowery also teaches in the commissioned and licensed ministers program at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He has taught at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Phillips University, Valparaiso University and Yale Divinity School. He recently moved to Indianapolis to live full-time with his wife Watkins.

He blogs for Huffington Post, speaks at church gatherings throughout the United States and Canada and has written articles and lessons for scholarly and popular publications, including “The Chalice Introduction to the Old Testament” and journals of preaching and stewardship.

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 58th 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 College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.