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At Pittsburgh Seminary we know that preparation for ministry requires understanding the context of ministry—and that such understanding comes not only through theory and analysis, but also through experience and engagement. A central piece of our strategic plan is the expansion of experiential learning through the Metro-Urban Institute and increased collaboration with partners in Pittsburgh. And beyond Pittsburgh, learning through experience and engagement is at the heart of the World Mission Initiative—part of our vision is to be engaged "in the complex realities of this world that God loves, from our neighborhood to the ends of the earth."


I invite you to join us in praying, learning, and acting for the welfare of the cities of the world that God loves so much.
David Esterline
President and Professor of Cross-Cultural Theological Education

Ministry and Context - An Online Class: Grow your skill set and knowledge at a convenient pace! Dear Ministry Colleagues, Ministry always happens in a specific time and place, and learning how to read context is crucial for the practice of effective ministry. Drawing on resources from sociology and theology, participants will learn basic skills for reading context and discerning the impact ministry and communities can have on each other. This class will address context for lay and ordained community leaders in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Instructor: R. Drew Smith, Professor of Urban Ministry, PTS. The class will be self-paced and available for participants to engage with the instruction at their own convenience, i.e., offered asynchronously. Co-sponsored with the Metro-Urban Institute, PTS. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 412-924-1345.

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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY’S LENTEN DEVOTIONAL is available Online. The Seminary is pleased to offer our 2019 Lenten Devotional. This free online resource provides a devotional for each day of Lent based on the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s daily lectionary. The devotionals are written by the Seminary’s Class of 2018 with additional contributions by student and alumnae/i leaders and can be accessed in various ways: Read or listen online or print and share. Receive daily e-mails. Or enter your information online and select “Devotionals (Advent & Lent).” Follow along on Facebook and Twitter. Download our free Android or Apple app. Visit the store and search for “Devotions - Advent & Lent.” Request your printed copy. Call 412-362-5610 or e-mail . Additionally, other downloadable Lenten resources include the Big Book of Lent (multiple devotions per day), music suggestions, sermon and reflections, questions kids ask about Lent and Easter (with answers), recipes for Easter breads, and Easter songs sheet music perfect for the youth in your congregation who play marching band instruments. Plus check out our website each Wednesday during Lent for a new video from the Coffee with the Dean series, during which Dean Heather Vacek sits down with members of the community to reflect on upcoming Lectionary passages and other seasonal topics.