Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosts the “Being Church” conference June 5-11, 2016

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Rachel Held Evans, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Eric H. F. Law, and community join together to consider the Church

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host Rachel Held Evans, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Eric H. F. Law for the “Being Church” conference June 5-11, 2016. The 20th century church is not meeting the needs of the 21st century world. Over the course of one week participants will join together in community to consider Church.

About the Conference

Eric H. F. Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute will be at the Seminary June 5-8 to offer certificate training in Gracious Leadership. The goal of this training is to give laity and clergy the skills to create diverse communities grounded in grace and hospitality. June 9 there is the opportunity to earn one of two professional development certificates in areas that greatly affect the church of the 21st century: Youth Ministry or Cyber Ethics. On June 10-11, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans will join us to further the conversation of being Church. Nadia’s work is the work of a pastor living out gracious leadership in diverse communities. Her newest book, Accidental Saints: Finding God In All the Wrong People, will guide our communal consideration. Rachel Held Evans will join us to continue engaging Church as she works with us to consider her newest book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church.

As the Henderson Summer Leadership Conference celebrates 75 years and the Miller Summer Youth Institute celebrates 20 years of ministry, this event brings together an intergenerational, inter-racial, interdenominational group of laity and pastors to consider being Church today.

Registration information is online and group discounts are available. http://www.pts.edu/Being_Church.

About the Speakers

The Rev. Eric H. F. Law is founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, which provides resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. For more than 25 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada. He is the author of nine books including The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb, and his latest, Holy Currency Exchange: 101 Stories, Songs, Actions and Visions of Missional and Sustainable Ministries.

The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA church in Denver, Colo. She is the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the New York Times bestselling theological memoir Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho 2013). Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran Magazine, and Patheos.com. Nadia has been featured in The Washington Post, Bitch Magazine, NPR’s Morning Edition, More Magazine, The Daily Beast, and on CNN.

Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger with more than 250,000 visits to her blog each month. She's been featured in interviews on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The London Times, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com. Rachel is the author of three books, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head and Calling Her Husband Master (Thomas Nelson, 2012), which documents her year of following all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible; Faith Unraveled: How A Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions (Zondervan, 2014), which explores the relationship between faith and doubt ; and Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church (Thomas Nelson).

About the Seminary
Founded in 1794, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate theological school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Rooted in the Reformed tradition, the Seminary is committed to the formation of women and men for theologically reflective ministry and to scholarship in service to the global Church of Jesus Christ.

Located on a 13-acre urban campus in the East Liberty/Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary houses nationally and internationally recognized programs such as the Church Planting Initiative, Continuing Education program, Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, Metro-Urban Institute, Miller Summer Youth Institute, and World Mission Initiative.

Students come from more than 30 states and represent more than 20 denominations. The Seminary’s degree programs include Master of Divinity (MDiv), also offered with an emphasis in church planting; Graduate certificate in urban ministry; Master of Arts; Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry; Master of Sacred Theology; and Doctor of Ministry as well as joint master’s degrees in Divinity and Social Work in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, Divinity and Law with Duquesne University, and Divinity and Public Policy with Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has more than 3,000 alums in Pennsylvania and the United States and in several countries around the world serving in churches, community agencies, universities, hospitals, prisons, the armed forces, educational institutions, and other places.

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