Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute will host “The Faith Initiative–Treatment as Prevention: A Battle Against HIV/AIDS” during which time participants will discuss how to respond to HIV/AIDS in the Africa American community. This event will be held Sat., May 19 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The full-day program will address the unique roles of the faith community in promoting HIV testing and HIV prevention as well as identifying how to collaborate with health services provided for persons living with HIV. Attendees will focus on the need to reduce stigma and raise awareness in the faith community. Health care providers, AIDS-serving organizations, social workers, outreach workers, clergy, members of the faith-based community, and HIV infected and affected individuals are encouraged to attend.

Keynote speaker will be Linda Scruggs, MHS, director of programs for the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families in Washington, DC. She brings more than 19 years of experience in the HIV/AIDS and mental health communities. Scruggs has served on numerous committees and boards both nationally and internationally.

A variety of workshop will be offered including those focusing on women and youth, as well as one for pastors. For more information on the conference and the FAITH Initiative contact Shennod Moore, director of community outreach and the FAITH Initiative, at 412-345-0585 or smoore@patf.org. Registration fee is $25. Learn more online.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has been preparing leaders for Christian ministry for more than 200 years. In 1991, the Seminary initiated the Metro-Urban Institute to help churches address growing concerns related to urban living. MUI has become an important resource for those concerned with “the welfare of the city” (Jer 12:7) whether or not they actually live in urban areas.

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 310 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.