The Holy Spirit, Healing, and Holiness
Join us for the annual Albright-Deering Lectures Thurs., May 1, 2014. Keynote speaker is Andrew S. Park, Professor of Theology and Ethics at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. These lectures, held in the Knox Room, Long Hall, are free and open to the public.
This year’s lectures will address the topic, "The Holy Spirit, Healing, and Holiness." Where there is pain, the church should go, but when the church is in pain, where do we go? For the indispensable transformation of our communities of faith where differences, tension, conflict, and aching are felt, we will explore for the hope to heal and grow together in holiness under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
2:00 p.m. "Broken-heartedness/Sin and Healing/Holiness" Jesus was concerned about both the salvation of the sinner and the liberation (healing) of the sinned-against. The Bible provides two intertwined roads to salvation and liberation for all. We will examine these two tracks for the fulfillment of the purpose of Jesus’ ministry, highlighting the healing of the sinned-against and the holiness of the sinner. It is important for us, however, to remember that we are sinners as well as the sinned-against.
3:45 p.m. "The Holy Spirit and Healing/Holiness" Is there any distinction between the Holy Spirit (pneuma hagion) and the Comforter (paraclete)? The Comforter is the key to healing and sanctifying the body of Christ. In our mainline churches, we have recently experienced deep woundedness, broken-heartedness, rejection, shame, and guilt. Where injury (han) and sin converge at our sorrow, our healing and holiness will embrace each other’s pain and rupture in the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing a balm to the broken body of Christ. It is crucial for us to understand the Will of the Comforter for the hope of the church and of the world.
If you plan to attend the lectures, please register HERE. The lectures are free and open to the public. Contact the Seminary’s Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@pts.edu for more information.
Park's teaching and research interests focus on the dialogue between theology and science, healing, and ecology, as well as liberation theology, and global theology. He is also interested in the study of the transformation of Christianity and Christian ethics. He has authored six books, one of which, Racial Conflict and Healing: An Asian-American Theological Perspective (Orbis Books, 1996) was awarded a Gustavus Myers Award for an outstanding book on human rights in North America. His presentations in Pittsburgh will draw upon his book, From Hurt to Healing: A Theology of the Wounded (Abingdon Press, 2004). Park received his bachelor's from Seoul Methodist Theological University, his M.Div. from The Iliff School of Theology, his M.A. from The Claremont School of Theology, and his Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.
About the Albright-Deering Lectures
The Albright-Deering Lectures in Methodist Studies were established in 1999 through individual contributions and a generous gift from Joseph and Gail Deering of Dayton, Ohio, to celebrate Joseph’s career accomplishments and to honor their former pastor, the Rev. Dr. H. Pat Albright. The lectureship is intended to bring outstanding scholars in the Wesleyan tradition to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s campus.