Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer a spiritual formation elective June 20-25. Entitled “God’s Abiding Presence in Suffering”, the course will be taught by Maureen Crossen, associate professor of theology at Carlow University. Participants will explore the biblical roots of the mystery of God in suffering, as well as a contemporary understanding of suffering. The goal is to uncover the power of hope and compassion, forgiveness, and reconciliation that is possible through suffering.

Fee is $350 plus meals and housing. 3.0 continuing education credits are available. Register with the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or online.

Crossen is an associate professor of theology at Carlow University. She received her master’s in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago where her thesis was on the subject of the question of God and the problem of evil. Her doctorate in theology was awarded by Duquesne University. The theme of her dissertation was the concept of revelation in light of the thought of Paul Ricoeur. In addition to teaching at Carlow she does adult religious education and retreats throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. In between both advanced degrees Maureen worked in Catholic parishes in Butler and Allegheny counties.

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.