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IM Global Consultants receiving honorary Doctoral degrees in May

April 23, 2009 News
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Global Consultants Lauran Bethell and Dan Buttry will be awarded honorary Doctoral degrees, which will be conferred in separate commencement ceremonies on May 16, 2009.

Lauran Bethell will be honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters (D.H.L.) degree by Palmer Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, PA and is delivering the commencement address.

This distinction is conferred upon “persons who have demonstrated outstanding Christian leadership, either within a specific location/institution or in the larger cause of Christ, who represent … the mission concerns of Palmer’s motto … and who have acquired national or international recognition and thus will honor Palmer by being honored,” according to Palmer Seminary’s release. Lauran will be speaking from 2 Corinthians 4:5-10 on the topic of “Am I My I.D?”

Lauran, M.Div, D.D., International Ministries' global consultant has been working for more than two decades on behalf of and caring for women who have been exploited and abused.  She serves as a consultant with grassroots organizations, encouraging the development of new projects dealing with the issues of prostitution, trafficking in persons and other forms of abuse and exploitation.  While based in The Netherlands, she travels extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, teaching, training and consulting.

Dan Buttry will be honored with a Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) degree by Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, KS and is delivering the commencement address.  

This recognition is being conferred "in recognition of your years of faithful service to American Baptists around the world, your significant contribution in teaching and writing, your exemplary ministry as a pastor, and your concern for the church's larger mission in Christian peacemaking," affirmed the Seminary President, Rev. Molly T. Marshall, Ph.D. in a letter to Dan. The Doctor of Divinity degree is the highest honor bestowed by Central Baptist Theological Seminary.  Central Seminary also commended Dan on his planning for the Global Baptist Peace Conference in Italy February 2009, which was co-sponsored by International Ministries.

Dan will be speaking from 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 on the topic "Ambassadors for Christ with Diplomatic Vulnerability." In 2007, Central Seminary and International Ministries joined to create The Alice and Gam Shae Theological Education Partnership, focusing on theological education of pastors and church leaders around the world.

Dan Buttry, M.Div, is International Ministries global consultant for peace and justice. For the past 20 years, Dan has taught conflict transformation skills to people who are risking their lives in conflict zones worldwide.