Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host the semi-annual Journey Inward Journey Outward event “Don’t Let Theology SCARE You” Thurs., Oct. 29 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes, Robert Meneilly Professor of Leadership and Ministry and senior pastor at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, will lead the course.

Everyone will probably agree that “theology” is important. But, like Halloween, it can be SCARY for some people. The very word sounds too deep – something that theologians do, not a topic for “regular” people. Yet, we all have a theology, because we all hold beliefs about God, creation, and redemption in Christ. In this presentation, Barnes will help you see how exciting theology can be, and you will experience how effectively it can aid you in enjoying a richer relationship with God.

In addition to the keynote address, Faye D’Ippolito will lead worship and participants will have the choice of one of three afternoon workshops. Options include “Taking the ‘Grr’ Out of Greek” led by Jim Platt, lecturer in Greek and exegesis; “Beware of the Theology in Your Curriculum” led by Alice Fisler, pastor of Bethesda UP Church, Elizabeth Pa. and Sharon Stewart, director of disciplemaking and spiritual growth, Pittsburgh Presbytery; and “Children as Theological Thinkers” led by Mary Lou Ferris, Christian education consultant.

For more information or to register contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345, ConEd@testsite.pts.edu, or online. Registration is $25 and does not include lunch (available for purchase).

Before coming to the Seminary Barnes served as the senior pastor of the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC. He earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago. Barnes is the author of several popular books, including most recently Searching for Home: Spirituality for Restless Souls (Brazos Press, 2006), Sacred Thirst: Finding God in the Desert of our Longings (Zondervan 2001) and Hustling God: Why We Work So Hard for What God Wants to Give (Zondervan 1999). A well-known Presbyterian, he is also the author of numerous published articles and is a popular speaker at Seminary and church events.

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.