Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host a semi-annual retreat “Journey Inward Journey Outward” for church educators, volunteers, and pastors Tues., March 24 from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at the Seminary. This conference, “What Do We Mean When We Call Scripture the Word of God?” engages participants in worship, keynote lectures, and three workshops focusing on the Scripture. The Rev. Dr. John Burgess, James Henry Snowden, associate professor of systematic theology at PTS, will lead the discussion.

Workshop choices include “Reading the Bible with the City in Mind” led by Lynn Cox, director of Disciplemaking and Spiritual Growth, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh; “From Page to Heart: Finding Meaning in the Bible” with Alice Fisler, pastor of Bethesda UP Church in Elizabeth, Pa., and former church educator; and “The Way of the Child—Spiritual Practices for Children” led by Delinda Donovan, director of Educational Ministries, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh.

Registration fee is $20. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at Pittsburgh Seminary at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu to make a reservation. Lunch is not provided but is available for purchase.

Burgess has taught at Pittsburgh Seminary since 1998 and was previously associate for theology in the denominational offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He is an ordained Presbyterian minister. After receiving his M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary and his doctorate in Christian theology from the University of Chicago, he taught at Doane College in Crete, Neb., and served several congregations part-time. Burgess is deeply committed to the Reformed tradition and to theological reflection in service of the church. He edited In Whose Image? Faith, Science and the New Genetics (WJK 1998) and wrote Why Scripture Matters: Reading the Bible in a Time of Church Crisis (WJK 1998) and After Baptism: Shaping the Christian Life (WJK 2005).

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 380 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.