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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Professor of religion MacLennan to retire

  • Bethany College announces Professor of Religion Ron MacLennan’s retirement at the end of the spring 2013 semester. A reception in his honor will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Lindquist Hall.
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  • Bethany College announces Professor of Religion Ron MacLennan’s retirement at the end of the spring 2013 semester. A reception in his honor will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Lindquist Hall.
    MacLennan came to Bethany in 1984 as the campus pastor until 1989 when he joined the faculty. He has taught classes in Christianity, theology, and biblical studies. In addition, he served as the Humanities Division Chairman and the Johan Seleen Distinguished Professor of Religion.
    In 1997, MacLennan was granted a sabbatical to serve as a visiting scholar at Boston University and at the Paul Tillich Archives at Harvard University. He has been an active member of the North American Paul Tillich Society, having previously served as the organization’s president, and has written many publications about Tillich.
    In 2005, MacLennan was awarded the Bethany College Mortvedt Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership. In his nomination, students and colleagues wrote that he “brings into the classroom a workable and appealing blend of formality and informality, intellectual ideas and personal observations. His demeanor encourages students to ask questions and venture comments…He is an excellent example of what a professor should be. He combines scholarship and professionalism with personal involvement and deep concern for his students. He does not hold himself aloof from students or colleagues, yet maintains professorial integrity.”
    Before Bethany, MacLennan was assistant/acting director of continuing education at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He also has served as a pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church, Wichita, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Atchison.
    MacLennan has a doctor of theology degree from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, a master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and an A.B. in chemistry and physics from Harvard University. 
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