March 17-18, 2023
Fri., March 17, 2023, Kelso Lecture
7:00 p.m. ET
The Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO, Children’s Defense Fund and CDF Action Council
In-person and Online
Sat., March 18, 2023, Metro-Urban Institute Conference and Closing Service
8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ET
Join us for two days exploring how churches and communities can work together to facilitate anti-racism in their neighborhoods. Our conversation kicks off Friday with the Kelso Lecture, delivered by the Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson. Metro-Urban Institute’s conference filled with workshops, a panel discussion, worship, a community lunch, and resource fair follows on Saturday. All are welcome!
This event is co-sponsored by the Seminary's Office of Continuing Education and Metro-Urban Institute.
CEUs: 0.1 for Friday lecture, 0.3 for Saturday event
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (lecture online and in person; conference in person only)
Contact the Metro-Urban Institute at or 412-924-1449.
The Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson is president and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund and CDF Action Council. CDF envisions a nation where marginalized children flourish, leaders prioritize their well-being, and communities wield the power to ensure they thrive. Wilson is board chair for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and the Forum for Theological Exploration. From 2011 through 2020, he was president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based philanthropy for child well-being and racial justice in St. Louis. From 2008 through 2018, Wilson also pastored Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community), a multiracial congregation in the city. Under his leadership, the foundation constructed and established the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being, a community action tank engaging thousands of citizens annually.
Wilson was appointed co-chair of the Ferguson Commission, which released the ‘Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity’ Report, calling for sweeping changes in policing, the courts, child well-being, and economic mobility. He currently serves on the board of Duke Divinity School, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana, master of divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, and doctor of ministry from Duke University. Follow Wilson’s activism, philanthropy, and ministry at @RevDrStarsky and @ChildDefender.
Fri., March 17, 2023
7:00 p.m. Kelso Lecture
Sat., March 28, 2023
8:00 a.m. Doors Open
8:30 a.m. Panel/Introduction of Presenters
9:00-10:15 a.m. Workshop Session #1
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:45 a.m. Workshop Session #2
12:00-12:30 p.m. Closing Worship
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch and Resource Fair
Fri., March 17 Lecture
Registration is free.
Sat., March 18 Conference
Registration fee is $25. Deadline: March 10, 2023.