Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Christian Theology and Undoing Violence

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host “Christian Theology and Undoing Violence: Strategies for Peace That Work!” Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28. This four-part series runs from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and will be led by the Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Peters, Henry L. Hillman Professor of Urban Ministry and director of the Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute.

These presentations will consider Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas about non-violence as a strategy for undoing violence and its harmful effects in society. The goal will be to highlight what Christians can do in their churches and communities to promote justice and peace.

Course schedule includes “Was Martin Luther King Jr. Correct about Non-Violence?”, Oct. 7; “Understanding the Cultural Landscape of Violence”, Oct. 14; “Non-Violence as a Strategy for Justice and Peace in Social Change”, Oct. 21 and “How You and Your Church Can Undo Violence”, Oct. 28.

In addition to the course being offered at Pittsburgh Seminary, it will also be broadcast live to Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, W.Va. and First Presbyterian Church, Bakerstown, Pa.

For more information or to register for the Pittsburgh sessions contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345, ConEd@testsite.pts.edu, or online. Those wishing to attend at Vance Memorial PC (304-232-0980) or First PC (724-443-1555) should contact the churches directly. Registration is $60 in Pittsburgh or $45 at the other locations.

Peters has been a member of the Seminary faculty since 1991 and teaches courses in the areas of church and ministry, education, Bible, and ethics. He brings 18 years of pastoral ministry experience in the urban context to the Seminary classroom. His writings include Urban Ministry: An Introduction (Abingdon, 2007); Africentric Approaches to Christian Ministry: Strengthening Urban Congregations in African-American Communities, Editor (University Press of America, 2006), and “Is This New Wine? Resistance Among Black Presbyterians,” a chapter in Resistance and Theological Ethics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).Additionally, Peters has been a consultant for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church on a number of urban social policy, justice and racial/ethnic concerns. Current research interests include faith-based community ministry, men’s ministry issues, reconciliation as public policy, at-risk youth, family ministry, and African spirituality.

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.

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