Pittsburgh Theological Seminary professor emeritus of Old Testament, the Rev. Dr. Jared Jackson, is the recipient of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Dignity & Respect Champion Award. Jackson received the honor in recognition of his 42 years of teaching the basic principles of dignity and respect—seeking racial and economic justice, inclusion, and improved education, first as a professor at the Seminary and now as a volunteer instructor with the Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute.

“It is important [to treat others with dignity and respect] because, as human beings, we are sisters and brothers. Experiencing other human beings, how they view life, and sharing that with each other is the joy of our life,” Jackson said. He believes treating one another with dignity and respect would create the peace we seek and the peace our society needs.

Jackson, 80, lives with his wife, Cynthia, in Gibsonia. As an assisting priest at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill, volunteer professor with MUI, and board member of Pittsburgh Interfaith Network (PIIN), he lives dignity and respect daily.

The Dignity & Respect Champion Award is part of the The Dignity & Respect Campaign of UMPC, an awareness campaign designed to join individuals, community leaders, community organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and corporations under the common notion that everyone deserves dignity and respect.

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.