Bryan Hanger

Bryan Hanger

Bethany Theological Seminary, MA

Hometown

Roanoke, VA

Undergrad & Major(s)

James Madison University, Political Science

What kind of service experience have you had in the past?

Brethren Volunteer Service (Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness, Washington DC).

How have you been involved in community service/social justice issues while in Seminary?

Online organizing, preaching, helping lead workshops at events.

What type of "ministry" do you see yourself doing?

Peace education, community organizing, or/and political advocacy. I see myself trying to figure out my faith in the context of the social sphere, be it in the halls of government or in the streets of my community, or in a school or church.

What topics or issues would you be open to sharing about with groups? 

I'd be willing to speak from my experience doing political advocacy in Washington DC. The risks/complications of speaking about politics from a faith perspective, and how one can attempt to faithfully engage the political world with a sense of God and justice in mind.

What were your favorite courses in undergrad? Seminary?

In undergrad I loved taking courses about the intersection of politics and religion. My senior seminar course focused on the religious right's influence on American politics and how politics ended up influencing Christians. In seminary I loved taking my interfaith dialogue class and my preaching and public discourse class, which have helped me discern how to speak coherently and prophetically in a complicated multi-faith world.

What's your dream job?

Community peace educator/activist who gets to help youth and religious communities figure out how to faithfully be advocates for justice and sharers of grace and hospitality. (Essentially do many of the tasks pastors can and should do, but in a way that is free to embrace the world in all its complexity and beauty.)

What do you like to do when you're not working on changing the world?

Learning more about our country and the world's history. Learning more about and experiencing more diverse styles of music and food. I love to eat and listen to music, and I think both serve the greater purpose of broadening understanding and simply experiencing the beauty and diversity of humanity.