Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

God in the Neighborhood

Date

June 21-23, 2017

About God in the Neighborhood

Place matters. God calls us, not only to participate in God’s mission, but to particular places. Situated within particular streets, sidewalks, parks, stores, and empty lots of a neighborhood, the Church seeks the shalom of their city, and all that this entails. But what does this mean?

In a North American religious context where networks and personal preference have often driven church attendance, what does it look like for congregations to take the particularity of their place, their neighborhood, seriously as an element in their missional discernment? Join us at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary June 21-23, 2017, to share in conversation with local and international scholars, pastors, and leaders committed to building healthy communities.

Plan to participate in one or all three days.

Schedule

Wed., June 21: Seeking the Peace of the City

What does neighborhood flourishing look like? And how might congregations participate?

9:00 a.m. Opening Prayer and Dwelling in the Word

9:30 a.m. Stories from the Neighborhood: East Liberty, the Church, and Beyond

  • Garfield Community Farm, The Revs. BJ Woodworth and John Creasy
  • East Liberty Development Incorporated, the Rev. Dr. Ricky Burgess
  • “Christian Vocation and the Common Good” the Rev. Dr. Kristine Stache, Wartburg Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa)

12:00 p.m. Lunch Walking Tour: A Neighborhood in Transition

1:30 p.m. Salon-Style Conversation: What challenges and possibilities can we identify in our neighborhoods? What common work do we share?

3:30 p.m. Next Steps

4:00 p.m. Closing Prayer

 

Thurs., June 22: Seeking Peace in an Unjust Context: Understanding Place-Based Racial, Social, and Economic Inequalities

How do we account for the racial, social, and economic inequalities manifest in our neighborhoods, cities, and social networks? How might congregations help cultivate a more just and trustworthy neighborhood?

9:00 a.m. Opening Prayer and Dwelling in the Word

9:30 a.m. Stories from the Neighborhood: Pittsburgh, South Africa, and Beyond

  • Bidwell Presbyterian Church, the Rev. De Neice Welch
  • “Re-engaging the Neighborhood: Moving into a Diverse Community - A Case Study from Port Elizabeth South Africa,” the Rev. Dr. Danie Mouton
  • “Understanding Economic and Racial Inequality in Global Context,” the Rev. Dr. Drew Smith, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • “Race and Place,” Dr. David Leong, Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, Wash.)

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Salon-Style Conversation: What challenges and possibilities can we identify in our neighborhoods? What common work do we share?

3:30 p.m. Next Steps

4:00 p.m. Closing Prayer

 

Fri., June 23: Plunging into the Neighborhood: Joining a Place

How do congregations learn to participate in and join with the life of the neighborhood?

9:00 p.m. Opening Prayer and Dwelling in the Word

9:30 p.m. Stories from the Neighborhood: East Liberty, The Hill District, and Beyond

  • East Liberty Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Patrice Fowler-Searcy
  • Congregations and Community in the Hill District, Dr. William Ackah, Birkbeck University of London (London, UK)
  • “Cultivating a Vision of Place,” Dr. Nelus Niemandt

12:00 p.m. Neighborhood Plunging Exercise

1:30 p.m. Salon-Style Conversation: What challenges and possibilities can we identify in our neighborhoods? What common work do we share?

3:30 p.m. Next Steps

4:00 p.m. Closing Prayer

Registration

Individual - $15/day or $25/all three days

Church - $45/day or $75/all three days

Registration

Contact

E-mail GodInTheNeighborhood@pts.edu with questions.

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