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General Classes, Workshops, and Seminars

Learning to Live in Families: Family Systems Perspectives for Clergy and Laity (Part 3) (1314-18)

John Rushofsky, Pastor, St. Sebastian Parish, Ross Township, Pittsburgh, Pa. and Western Pennsylvania Family Center Faculty. Participants in this class will enjoy a hands-on approach to develop a fuller knowledge of Family Systems Theory and how it can help them understand their relationships with members of their congregation. No previous study of Family Systems is necessary. This is Part Two of a three part course, though the parts can be taken in any order. Text will be “The Eight Concepts” by Roberta Gilbert, MD. Those who attended the previous course with the text “Extraordinary Leadership” by Dr. Gilbert will find this course to be a rewarding further exploration of Bowen Theory and its application to pastoral ministry. The course is open to clergy and laity of any denomination and is co-sponsored with the Western Pennsylvania Family Center. / Enrollment limited to 15./ Sept. 11 and 25, Oct. 9 and 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, 2013; Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, and May 14, 2014; 12:00-2:00 p.m. / $195 / 2.4 CEUs / Held at Western Pennsylvania Family Center, 733 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206

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Spirituality in the Home, Church, and World (1314-04)

30th Annual Teacher Training Workshop

Keynote Presenter:  B. DeNeice Welch, Senior Pastor, Bidwell Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pa. Our annual Teacher Training Workshop offers information and insturction for teachers of all grade levels. In addition to the keynote presentation, workshops will be offered on a variety of topics aimed at both new and seasoned teachers. This greatly loved fall workshop is co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh Presbytery, and Mt. Ararat Bapttist Church.  / Sat., September 28, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

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Refreshing Your Old Testament Hebrew Reading (1314-20)

James A. Durlesser, Lecturer in Biblical Languages, PTS, and Retired Pastor (UMC) Offered in three "terms," area clergy are invited to join in one or all to refresh their Hebrew by reading together selections from the Old Testament and reviewing essential points of grammar. In keeping with PC(USA) lectionary year A, themes for the three terms are : Advent readings, Lenten readings, and the Book of Exodus. / Monday afternoons, Sept. 30 - Nov. 4 (Term 1); Jan. 6 - Feb. 17 (no class on Jan. 20; Term 2); March 24 - May 12, 2014 (no class on April 14 and 21; Term 3) / 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. / $95 per term; $265 for all three terms / 0.9 CEUs per term

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Evolving in the Image of God: Seven Million Years of Human Evolution and What It Means for Christian Faith Today (1314-25)

Ronald S. Cole-Turner, H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, PTS. This class will review the latest scientific findings in human origins research, tracing the story of humanity from the time of divergence of the human lineage from the chimps. How do advances in stone tools and changes in procreation set the stage for larger brains and more complex societies? How have recent discoveries in genetics, such as interbreeding with Neandertals, opened new perspectives on what it means to be human? The major events in the human story will be presented, and theological and social questions will be raised throughout the four sessions, building to the final session when we reconsider what it means to be "created in the image of God" through the long, slow process of seven million years of evolutionary history. / Wednesday evenings, Oct. 2 – Oct. 23, 2013 / 7:00-8:30 p.m. / $65 / 0.6 CEUs 

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Polishing Your New Testament Greek Reading (1314-23)

James A. Durlesser, Lecturer in Biblical Languages, PTS, and Retired Pastor (UMC) Offered in three "terms," area clergy are invited to join in one or all to refresh their Greek by reading together selections from the New Testament and reviewing essential points of grammar. In keeping with PC(USA) lectionary year A, themes for the three terms are : Advent readings, Lenten readings, and the Book of Exodus. / Monday afternoons, Oct. 2 - Nov. 6 (Term 1); Jan. 8 - Feb. 12 (Term 2); March 26 - May 14, 2014 (no class on April 16 and 23; Term 3) / 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. / $95 per term; $265 for all three terms / 0.9 CEUs per term

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Finishing with Vitality: A Seminar for Pastors (1314-05)

David C. Rich, Retired PC(USA) Minister, Educator, and Consultant to Pastors and Congregations
The retirement of a pastor from his or her ministry is a unique and critical transition involving the pastor, spouse, staff, and congregation. Planning together for this transition offers the pastor and congregational leadership the opportunity to manage the transition. It also serves as the first step toward working together to do their best in ministry in their last months or years together. Developing and implementing a transition plan builds a solid foundation for ministry - for the congregation and the retiring pastor. A transition plan allows the pastor and congregational leadership to have control of the transition and avoids the pastor becoming a "lame duck" by providing direction for the remaining months of vital ministry until the retirement date. / Thurs., Oct. 3, 1:00 p.m. - Fri., Oct . 4, 4:00 p.m., 2013

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Training for Interim Ministers (Basic Unit, Part I) (1314-06)

This course introduces experienced pastors to the unique needs and dynamics of congregations during times of pastoral transition and/or congregational transformation. Attention will be given to (1) the tasks of a congregation in transition and transformation; and (2) the skills and opportunities needed for those who lead in these times. / Mon., Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m. - Fri., Oct. 11, 12:00 p.m., 2013 / 3.0 CEUs

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Who is God for Us Today?  Insights from Paul, Anselm, Bonhoeffer, and Schemann (1314-26) 

John P. Burgess, James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology, PTS.  Christians regularly use the word "God," but what do we mean by "God"? We will examine several major theological approaches to the question of God's attributes and how people come to know God. The class will pay particular attention to implications for prayer, proclamation, and Christian witness today. / Monday mornings, 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. / Oct. 21 - Nov. 11, 2013 / $95 / 0.9 CEUs

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Religious Education Theory and Practice (1314-08)

A Church Educators' Certification Elective

Joyce MacKichan Walker, Minister of Education, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, N.J. 
Intended especially for Christian educators, this course meets one of the requirements for certification as an Educator in the PCUSA. Persons from other denominations are also welcome to attend. Participants will look at the realities of educational practice in congregations, examine current literature in religious education theory, and determine ways to invite theory to inform educational practice in congregations in order to support and enhance it with relevance, quality, and effectiveness. / Mon., Oct. 21, 9:00 a.m.–Fri., Oct. 25, 3:00 p.m., 2013 / $260 ($285 after Sept. 27) / 3.0 CEUs
 
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Growing into Tomorrow...Today: A Retirement Planning Seminary (1314-16)

A Service of the Board of Pensions

Join The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for a holistic retirement planning seminar designed to help mid- to late-career Benefits Plan members explore steps they can take today to prepare for their best retirement tomorrow. The seminar will be led by a Board of Pensions Education Specialist and Retirement Planning Consultant couple. Seating is limited to 30 participants. Visit the "Educational Resources" section of www.pensions.org to see the seminar content overview and listings. / Wed., November 6, 9:00 a.m. - Thurs., November 7, 5:00 p.m., 2013 / This seminar is a service of the BOP at no charge to members. / Refreshments and lodging extra.