Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute will host “Churches and Communities: Listening to Our Youth, Coalition Building for Our Children” Sat., Oct. 17 from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Dr. Linda Lane, deputy superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, will be the keynote speaker. She will discuss what youth are saying about how their lives have been affected by violence, ways to stop street violence, and what youth talk about with God.

Other conversation leaders include J. E. Gamble, Family Guidance Camp and Outreach Director; Dr. Dara Ware Allen, YouthWorks Inc.; The Rev. Eugene Blackwell, Pastor, Bethesda Presbyterian Church; Darnell Drewery, Shyne Awards Inc.; Valerie Dixon, Center for Victims of Crime and Violence; and Mr. Tim Stevens, Black Political Empowerment Project.

Lane joined Pittsburgh Public Schools as deputy superintendent in 2007 and is committed to working toward reaching the Board Goals and the district’s Excellence for All Reform Agenda to prepare Pittsburgh students for success in life. She was a teacher in Iowa City Public Schools from 1971 to 1975 and the Des Moines Public Schools from 1975 to 1982 before moving into school administration which ultimately led to her becoming deputy superintendent for the Des Moines Public Schools from 2003-2007. Lane holds her bachelor’s in education from the University of Iowa and her master’s in education administration and her doctorate of education from Drake University.

The Urban Church Network will sponsor this event in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence.

For more information or to register contact the Metro-Urban Institute at 412-924-1393, mui@testsite.pts.edu or online at www.mui-pts.org.

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.