PTS Responds


Weekly on Wednesdays, June 24-Aug. 26, 2020, 12:00-12:45 p.m. EASTERN


Another news cycle, another series of Black deaths – and millions of people around the world have responded, “No more!” to the sin of systemic racism. These are times that call for people of faith to lament, repent, learn, unlearn, and act – to name where the church has been complicit and unresponsive and to commit to the peace God promises. 

Join us this summer for a series of conversations led by members of the PTS community to help faith and community leaders navigate a way of responding to the persistence of racial injustice and white privilege. They are staff, graduates, faculty, and trustees; they serve as educators, pastors, judicatory leaders, and advocates. Together we will explore these times – and our call to respond as people of faith – from historical, theological, practical, and pastoral perspectives. We will listen together to where the Spirit is drawing us; and we will discern a way forward for the church.

Each session will be recorded and made available to registrants. All sessions will be free and available to those who register. All are welcome to participate. Invite your friends and colleagues to listen in.


Upcoming conversations

July 8: "Bible, Babel, and God's Desire for Diversity" - Steven Tuell, James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testamen, PTS

July 15: "Barmen, Belhar, and the Theology of Protest" - Derek Woodard Lehman, Administrative Assistant, for the Dean of Faculty and Institutional Advancement, PTS

July 22: "Unpacking White Privilege" - David Esterline, President and Professor of Cross-Cultural Theological Education, PTS

July 29: "The Whitest Denomination: Antiracism Work in the ELCA" - Kurt F. Kusserow, Bishop, and Melissa Stoller, Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop for New, Renewing and Collaborative Ministries, ELCA Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod

Aug. 5: "Lament, Repent, Repair" - James Downey, Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, and John Welch, Vice President for Student Services and Community Engagement and Dean of Students, PTS

Aug. 12: "On Being Effective Allies" - R. Drew Smith, Professor of Urban Ministry and Director of the Metro-Urban Institute, PTS

Aug. 19: "Preaching, Politics, and Deliberation" - Angela Dienhart Hancock, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship, PTS

Aug. 26: TBD

Past conversations

June 24:  "Dear White Church" - Ralph Lowe, PTS student and director of justice ministries, Pittsburgh Presbytery, and Brian Wallace, Associate Minister, Pittsburgh Presbytery

July 1:  "Church Without Walls" - Dorsey McConnell, VIII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, and member, PTS Board of Directors, and Darryl T. Canady, Senior Pastor, Rodman Missionary Baptist Church

Registration and Log-in Instructions

To participate, please register via the link below. Log-in instructions and password details for the Zoom sessions will be sent with registration confirmation.



E-mail or call 412-924-1345.

Additional Race and Faith Resources

We invite you to download the Seminary's Race and Faith Resource Kit, providing a variety of materials, and hope it is helpful to you as an individual, to your church community, and in your neighborhood as a means of promoting knowledge, understanding, compassion, and peace among all God’s people. Access the Seminary's Race and Faith Resource Kit.