Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Center for Business, Religion and Public Life

Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Business, Religion and Public Life has helped the PTS and wider communities to explore the relation of faith, vocation, and public issues. From our earliest work of promoting dialogue among business and community leaders in the region’s transition from its steel mill and manufacturing roots, to our current focus on the challenges raised by new technologies, developments in health care, and an increasingly globalized business environment, the Center’s work has remained the same: to prepare leaders in church, business and professional life to relate issues of faith to their work and the complex communities and institutions they serve.

The Center assists students and local pastors and professionals seeking research assistance and resources on issues bridging faith, work and public life, including locating demographic, professional, and denominational resources to help churches and individuals deepen their understanding of their local communities and issues of vocation and public policy. On campus, the Center provides particular support to students interested in callings that relate church and public policy.

We also work with local churches and universities to organize symposia on- and off-campus on issues in religion and professional life, medical ethics, and technology, bringing together laity and clergy across religious and professional boundaries to reflect on issues of common concern. Center-sponsored guests have included the Rev. Walt Everett, death penalty and restorative justice activist; Sherron Watkins, Enron whistleblower; Dr. Daniel Foster, surgeon and member of the President’s Council on Bioethics; and the Rev. Piet Meiring, former member of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

For information on upcoming Center programs, research resources, or to inquire about Center consulting or off-site teaching in your church or professional setting, please contact the Center’s director, the Rev. Dr. Deirdre King Hainsworth, at cbrpl@pts.edu or 412-924-1414.