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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In Jesus' time, how was the Palm Sunday parade like a protest march? Who was the instigator of this rally? Against what was this protest? In this week’s meditation, Marching in Protest, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge addresses these questions and more.

Lazarus Fund Now Processing Applications

The Lazarus Fund Ministry Team is once again accepting applications from Allegheny County residents who need help to pay their rent and utility bills. To qualify for up to $200 in aid, an applicant must visit one of the participating churches and complete an application on site. Potential applicants will be mailed a list of congregations after calling 412-697-7390 and leaving a message with a full name, address, and phone number. The distribution committee will be meeting at 10:00 AM on Monday, April 9.

Save the Date!
Friday, September 21 from 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church

Please save September 21 for an inter-denominational gathering: A Day with Tod Bolsinger (author of Canoeing the Mountains).  This event is sponsored by the Beaver-Butler Presbytery in cooperation with Pittsburgh Presbytery, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. More information to come! Click here for a promo flyer.

Summary of Actions by Peacemaking Team Regarding Gun Violence

In response to a minister asking about presbytery action regarding gun violence, the Peacemaking Ministry Team (PMT) of Pittsburgh Presbytery referred him to the 2016 and 2017 resolutions sent to relevant governing authorities in Pennsylvania (PA). The summary of those resolutions follows. If there are further suggestions, please email Dr. Ronald Stone, chair of the PMT.

Presbytery has been writing to PA state leaders on gun violence since 2016 and many have responded thankfully. The correspondence, based on the resolution of Pittsburgh Presbytery that year, focused on tightening up the gun safety laws in PA by requiring background checks and requiring permits for concealed firearms. The 2017 resolution continues the correspondence recommending the removal of assault rifles from our communities unless controlled by the US military, local police, or well-regulated militias. The resolution welcomed the ban on imported AK-47s, encouraged the divestment of church financial support for gun manufacturers except for government needs, and asked Presbyterians to destroy all assault weapons owned by themselves.

The action of the PMT was based on the GA resolutions on gun safety from the 2010 General Assembly, Gun Violence, Gospel Values (PDS#24-052-11-002) arguing that the Gospel values of peace, life, and community all lead to the protections of the image of God in human life while recognizing sin or fits of rage or mental weakness are capable of murdering human life. We understand the commandment not to murder implies social responsibility for the community to protect life from murderous acts by establishing social order and striving for a more peaceable society while reducing the threats of violence.

Get Involved Today!

On Saturday, March 24, at 7:00 PM, Sixth Presbyterian Church, with the support of the Peacemaking Ministry Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery, will host leading environmentalist and chapter co-chair of the Climate Reality Project, Larry Schweiger. Larry, in his presentation titled, Fracking in Our Future, will address the changes sweeping our region which include fracking, pipelines, the petrochemical plant under development in Beaver County, and the other proposed plants down the Ohio river.

Seating is limited. More information and registration available online.

A Day with Brian McLaren
April 25, 2018 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Workshops are free & open to the public!

The New Worshipping Communities Commission of Pittsburgh Presbytery is excited to co-sponsor with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary a day with Brian McLaren.  Brian is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind" of Christianity: just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.  He has been a prophetic forerunner in starting new worshipping communities for the last 15 years and continues to be a voice that gently and yet firmly calls the 21st-century church to faithful incarnation of the Gospel in its ever-changing local contexts.  Whatever your context, please join us for a day of conversation and exploration of the contours of faithfulness in our times.

10:00 AM

Workshop, Session #1*
Creating Communities of Spiritual Activism, OR If I Were 26, What Kind of Church Would I Plant in 2018?

11:30 AM Preaching in Chapel
12:00 PM

Lunch in the courtyard ($10.00/person)*

1:00 PM Workshop, Session #2*
4:00-6:30 PM Reception (beer tasting) and dinner ($20.00/person)*
Beer provided by PTS alumni homebrewers and other local brewers
7:00-9:00 PM Lecture
How Our Churches Can Help Heal a Divided America

More information and registration available online!

*Registration is required for the workshop and to be a guest at the lunch ($10.00/person) and reception/dinner ($20.00/person).

Email your questions or call 412-924-1345.

New Confirmation Curriculum Available in June!

The brand-new confirmation curriculum for PC(USA) congregations helps youth tell their own story as Christian believers and focuses on preparing students to authentically answer the traditional membership questions. Build your perfect set with the components below and pre-order today!

Save Money When You Bundle! The bundle for a class of five includes:

You save $35.00 when you bundle versus purchasing components individually.
Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center

Events & Continuing Education Opportunities at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary:

NOTE: More information about Continuing Education (CE) is available online; all events offer CE Units.



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