Book Study Group

The second Tuesday of each month at 2 pm a group of interested people meets at Bethania in the Parish Hall to share a lively, articulate, and sometimes discrepant, discussion held around a book they are reading.  The books chosen cover a wide variety of topics ranging from ethical and environmental issues to new directions in Christian thinking and philosophical ideas.  In the past, the group has read books by Marcus Borg, Ayn Rand, Karen Armstrong, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Diana Butler Bass, and Harvey Cox, as well as many others.

Women’s Bible Study

From September through June, a group of women hold a Bible Study at Atterdag Village of Solvang, using the Gather Bible Study from the Women of the ELCA.   To learn more about the study visit

Farstrup-Mortensen Lectures

Each year Bethania sponsors the Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series, which follows the Grundtvigian ideal of developing one’s humanity through stimulating the intellect and desire to understand new ideas. This lecture series was named for the Rev. Ejnar Farstrup and Dr. Enok Mortensen, two important Danish-American pastors. Rev. Ejnar Farstrup, served as pastor of Bethania from 1952 until 1961, and Dr. Enok Mortensen, taught in folk schools across the U.S. and was instrumental in documenting Danish-American church history. Over the years the lecture series, begun in 1986, has hosted many remarkable speakers and a wide variety of topics, ranging from environmental and civic issues to current issues within the Christian church, looking at each from the perspective of how they relate to our lives as Christians.  For information about the Farstrup-Mortensen Lectures, please go to

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