Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The Belhar Confession: Its Relevance for Today

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host “The Belhar Confession: Its Relevance for Today” Fri., Dec. 10 from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Small, director of theology, worship, and education ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA), will lead the discussion. Following the keynote presentation, reflections will be given by PTS professor the Rev. Dr. John Burgess and pastor of Bellevue United Presbyterian Church the Rev. Catherine Purves ’97.

The Confession of Belhar, adopted by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa in 1982, expressed that church’s response to the system of apartheid. As a significant confession from the global South, the confession is being considered by at least three Reformed communions, including the Presbyterian Church (USA), for inclusion in their books of confessions. This workshop is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn about Belhar prior to votes in local Presbyteries regarding its adoption by the PC(USA).

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Continuing Education with a number of presbyteries in Western Pennsylvania. Registration fee is $20 and 0.4 CEUs are available. Contact the Continuing Education Office at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu for more information. Register online.

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 310 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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