Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host “Religious Responses to Adversity” Monday evenings Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, and 15, 2010 from 7:00-9:00. Jon Spiegel, coordinator of this series and psychologist in private practice, will lead the weekly meetings.

This course will introduce participants to the potential spiritual resources in various religious traditions to strengthen clinical practice with religiously oriented patients. On each of five evenings, participants will visit two religious sites for an orientation to their sanctuaries and basic world views. Clergy from these sites will explain how they strive to help people struggling with adversity. Sites to be visited include Calvary Episcopal Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rodef Shalom Congregation, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Friends’ Meeting House, Hindu/Jain Temple, Lubavitch Yeshiva, and the Bon Buddhist Temple.

Cost is $175 and 10 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers, and therapists. 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.