Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute will hold its annual Urban Intensive Conference April 8-10, 2010. “Becoming the Beloved Community: Environmental Justice and the City / Calling for the Order of the Day” is a three-day conference on Martin Luther King Jr.’s theology of the Beloved Community as a resource for strengthening churches through community outreach for social and ecological justice. The conference to designed to bring people of faith together to address ways to strengthen congregational vitality through community outreach and partnership for social and ecological justice.
Presenters include Dr. Katie Cannon, professor of Christian ethics, Union Theological Seminary Presbyterian School for Christian Education, Richmond, Va.; Dr. Fred Smith, professor of urban ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.; Court Gould, executive director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters, professor of religious studies, Elon University, Elon, N.C.; Dr. M. Paloma Pavel, co-founder and president of Earth House Inc., Oakland, Calif.; Carl Anthony, co-founder of Earth House Inc., founding editor of the Race, Poverty and Environment Journal, Oakland, Calif.; J. Herbert Nelson, pastor and founder of Liberation Community Church, Memphis, Tenn.; Dr. Deborah Mullen, professor of ministry and historical studies and director of the Center for African American Ministry and Black Church Studies, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill.; Dr. Warren Dennis, professor of metro-urban ministry and director of metro-urban ministry, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, N.J.; Dr. Hak Joon Lee, associate professor of theology and ethics, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, N.J.; Dr. Marsha Snulligan Haney, professor of missiology and religions of the world, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga.; Cecil D. Corgin-Mark, deputy director, We Act Inc. West Harlem, N.Y.; Dr. Ronald Peters, Henry L. Hillman Professor of Urban Ministry and director of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pa.; The Rev. Gregory Bentley, pastor, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; The Rev. DeNeice Welch, pastor of Bidwell Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Dr. Gayraud Wilmore, professor emeritus of church history, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga.; Dr. Sekou Franklin, professor of political science, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and Fred Brown, associate director for Program Development, The Kingsley Association, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The conference will also honor the distinguished career of Dr. Gayraud Wilmore, professor emeritus of church history at Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga. In 1963, Wilmore became the first African American professor to join the faculty of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.