The missionary Saint Columba prayed “God of the wind and waves, send us where you will.” Then he and his companions stepped into a rudderless boat called a coracle and let the ocean to carry them into God’s desired future. So began the journey that led to the establishment of the Iona monastery and the evangelization of Scotland.

On St. Patrick’s Day, we will consider what the example of these Celtic saints means for us today, given the Church’s current location on a stormy sea. Prayer will be woven throughout the day as we learn to adopt postures and practices that make us more attentive to the Holy Spirit. Church leaders and educators will be encouraged by a vision of ministry as the wake which forms as we move forward in pursuit of God.


March 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

9:00-9:30 a.m.                Registration

9:30-11:00 a.m.              Movement 1: Coracles in the Celtic Church and Movement 2: Rudderless on the Waves

11:00-11:15 a.m.            Break

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Movement 3: Learning to Sail with the Holy Spirit

12:30-1:30 p.m.              Lunch on your own / Kadel Dining Hall will be open if you wish to eat at PTS.

1:30-3:00 p.m.                Movement 4: Making a Wake


Click HERE. 0.4 CEUs are available.


Christopher Brown is co-pastor of The Upper Room Presbyterian Church, coordinator of the Church Planting Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a New Worshiping Communities coach. A 2008 graduate of Pittsburgh Seminary, Chris co-founded The Upper Room with co-pastor Michael Gehrling. Before serving in his current role at Pittsburgh Seminary, Chris spent five-and-a-half years in bi-vocational ministry working at an independent café in the neighborhood of The Upper Room. He is also a husband and father who loves to read, write, and run.




After helping to start several new churches in the Pittsburgh area, Vera White made her way to Louisville, K.y., to provide leadership for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative of the PC(USA). She believes that the best way to make new disciples, especially among young adults and new immigrants, is through the starting of new worshiping communities. Vera is a Ruling Elder. When not working, she loves travel, gardening, cooking, and theater. Vera is married to Tom and mom to Alex and Adam.