Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host the spiritual formation elective “Eastern Christian Spirituality” June 23-28, 2013. The Rev. John Burgess, James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology, will lead the course.

Much of North American Protestantism has lost a sense of God’s holiness breaking into the world among us. In this course, participants will explore how Eastern Christianity (Orthodoxy) can help North American Protestants come to a deeper experience of the Triune God. Students will become familiar with the Orthodox liturgy and church calendar, with practices of fasting, praying with icons and relics, and making pilgrimage to holy sites. The instructor will draw from his sabbatical experiences in Russia in 2011-2012.

Registration fee is $375. Limited overnight housing and meals are available at an additional cost. 3.0 continuing education credits are available. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@pts.edu with questions.

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 more than 300 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.