Weekend Workshop on Crossing Cultures

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s World Mission Initiative will host “Crossing Cultures” May 1-2. This eye-opening weekend workshop invites participants to step out from everyday life and familiar surroundings into a nearby community that may be different from their. Learn how to initiate conversations, ask questions, and listen to stories while exploring the cultures of local immigrants or others who live in the city.

“Crossing Cultures” will expose attendees to the lives and needs of ethnic communities close to home, many with little opportunity to hear the gospel. The training, experience, and debriefing will challenge persons and churches for fresh local and global outreach and wider involvement in ministry.

This event can also be used to equip short-term mission teams, helping them cultivate cultural sensitivity and a learner’s attitude. Participants will learn techniques used to train teams for cultural research in communities across the world as applicable to exploring cultures close to home as overseas.

Individuals and groups can register at www.worldmissioninitiative.org. Fee is $40/person, $20/student. Cost includes two meals. For more information contact the Rev. Jen Haddox at 412-924-1440 or jhaddox@testsite.pts.edu.

This experience is offered by Caleb Resources (formerly Caleb Project) and sponsored by WMI at PTS. Lead trainer Marti Smith has served dozens of teams since joining the ministry in 1995. She is also the author of Through Her Eyes, a book about the lives of missionary women.

WMI is a fellowship of Presbyterians dedicated to developing mission vision, nurturing missionary vocations, and cultivating missional congregations. The Initiative exists to help Christians understand how God is at work in the world and how they can share in that work.

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 380 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.