Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer “Monastic Wisdom and Practice for non-Monks” Jan. 8-13, 2012 at Kearns Spirituality Center, Allison Park, Pa. Dr. Bonnie Thurston will lead this course.

An elective in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program, this course is an experiential introduction to monastic spirituality. While keeping the monastic day by alternating prayer, work, and rest (including Great Silence at night) participants will explore monasticism’s origins, history, and vows. Those attending will write their own “rules of life,” learn to chant the Psalms, practice lectio divina and enjoy life in Christian community.

In 2002 Thurston resigned as the William F. Orr Professor in New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Bethany College (B.A.) and the University of Virginia (M.A. and Ph.D.), and has done post-doctoral work at Harvard Divinity School; Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany; and the École Biblique in Jerusalem. Thurston has written or edited 15 theological books and many articles and has taught at the university level for 30 years. Her church affiliations include the Episcopal Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She was ordained in 1984 and has pastored five churches. Thurston has authored two volumes of verse, published in Wales; her poetry frequently appears in religious periodicals, and her most recent book, Belonging to Borders: A Sojourn in the Celtic Tradition, has just been published by Liturgical Press.

Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu for information. Learn more online.

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 310 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.