Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer two online courses through the Continuing Education Office. “Looking at the Lectionary Together—Lent and Easter Sunday” and “Our Need for God’s Beauty: Exploring Perceptions of God” will run Feb. 28-April 22.

Jenee Woodard, creator of the website www.textweek.com and biblical studies teacher for the Seminary’s Commissioned Lay Pastor Training Program, will lead “Looking at the Lectionary Together”. In this course, participants will use their combined resources to talk about preaching during Lent and Easter of Year A. Each participant will be responsible for a section of study, a draft sermon, comments on the draft sermons of other participants, and analysis of presentation of the previous week’s sermon. Together, they will talk about making Lent and Easter a dynamic, meaningful time for the people in our congregations.

Connie Peake, interim pastor at Brookfield Congregational Church, Brookfield, Wis. will instruct “Our Need for God’s Beauty: Exploring Perceptions of God.” This class will ask, “How do we perceive God?” Far too often the church has focused on the command “Thou shalt not,” instead of on the grace, beauty, and wonder of God. It is not surprising, therefore, that many do not find the church relevant for their lives. In this course participants will explore some of the ways in which we perceive God, and will seek to find ways to enable the wonder, praise, and beauty of God to better make an impact on our lives and our faith.

Registration fee for either online class is $200 and 3 CEUs are available. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu for more information.

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.