Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the Western Pennsylvania Family Center will co-sponsor “Understanding Religious Faith and Other ‘Supernatural’ Phenomena: A Family Systems Approach," Oct. 19-20, 2012. The 34th Pittsburgh Family Systems Conference and Symposium will be held at Pittsburgh Seminary. Randall Frost, director of training and research at Living Systems, Vancouver, British Columbia, will lead the conference.

In 1980, Dr. Murray Bowen proposed a systems concept of what he called “supernatural” phenomena. He suggested that the same kind of systems thinking that had led to the other eight concepts of Bowen family systems theory could be applied to a range of transcendental experiences that are “beyond Nature.” The conference will explore a range of these phenomena, seeking to understand them more fully from a family systems perspective and to recognize their influence on how people live their lives. Visit the Family Center’s website or call 412-362-2295 for more information. Psychologists, social workers, and therapists can receive 11.5 CE credits.

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.