An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Join us for this special screening of a new PBS documentary film on the life and influence of Reinhold Niebuhr, a 20th-century American Protestant theologian, ethicist, and commentator on politics and public affairs.

Explore the life and impact of the author of the Serenity Prayer, who rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation’s moral voice —  an American conscience — whose writings provided guidance and inspiration for presidents, politicians, theologians, and others.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with community leaders to reflect on the relevance of Niebuhr's work to current issues.The panelists joining us at this event are:

  • Dana Gold, Chief Operating Officer, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Pittsburgh
  • Tony Norman, Journalist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Dave Swanson, Pastor, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, and
  • John Welch, Vice President for Student Services and Community Engagement and Dean of Students, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

This event is free to all who wish to attend!

Directions There is free parking on the Seminary campus. Campus signs will direct you to the location of the screening.



Registration is requested so that we may plan accordingly for the reception at the end of the evening. Thank you!

Watch the Trailer


About the Film

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story is directed, written and narrated by Martin Doblmeier, the creator of dozens of provocative, award-winning films on faith including Chaplains and Bonhoeffer. Rich in archival material, the documentary features interviews with former President Jimmy Carter, Cornel West, Andrew Young, David Brooks, Susannah Heschel, and a host of internationally recognized historians and theologians. 

The documentary is produced by Journey Films Inc., and is a presentation of Maryland Public Television. Major funding provided by the Lilly Endowment. Additional funding provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.


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