Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Bridging the Word and the World

4/19 2012

Guest Speakers: Formation for Students and the Community


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There is a lot happening on our campus next week. It’s amazing how our little corner of Western Pennsylvania on the PTS campus, draws guests from around the country and the world. These guests are leaders in the church, biblical scholars, biblical archaeologists, missionaries, and leaders in the community advocating for justice. Guests come to this campus to share their work and what they are doing in their specific corner of God’s Kingdom.

The presentations are always thought provoking and engaging. Yet, something beyond just hearing happens at the many events that take place here. These presentations often illicit a transformation – coupled with a spirit of action. Ministry partnerships are born out of these events. As students, we are always welcomed and encouraged to participate in the lectures and conferences. In doing so, our education takes on a more enriched quality. Hearing about the faithful work of others deepens our own sense of call and in some cases clarifies it. So, take a moment and mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

Archaeology Lecture Explores Beekeeping: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host archaeologist Amahai Mazar Mon., April 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. as he examines the role of beekeeping within ancient Israel and its significance to understanding the use of honey and wax production there and in the surrounding regions. Mazar is the Eleazar Sukenik Chair in the Archaeology of Israel at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Seminary will host its annual Albright-Deering Lectures in Methodist Studies Thurs., April 26, 2012 and the The J. Hubert Henderson Conference on Church and Ministry Fri., April 27, 2012. These lectures are free and open to the public. Edward P. Wimberly, Jarena Lee Professor of Pastoral Care at Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga., will present two lectures on the theme “No Shame in Wesley’s Gospel: A 21st Century Pastoral Theology.” Special lectures include “No Shame in Wesley’s Gospel: The Shame Factor” at 2:00 p.m. and “Public Theology, Civil Rights, and the Wesleyan Spirit” at 3:45 p.m. The Henderson Lectures will feature keynoter R. Gustav Niebuhr, associate professor in religion and the media at Syracuse University. He will address “The Church and the News Media: A Difficult, Necessary, and Inseparable Relationship.” Lectures include “Bound Together by the First Amendment” at 11:00 a.m., “The Problem of Differing Directions in Storytelling” at 2:00 p.m., and “Common Challenges in Contemporary Culture” at 4:00 p.m.

Melanie, Senior MDiv student