- Sunday | December 17, 2017
- 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
- Galbreath Chapel
No Reason, No Season: Why Early Presbyterians Ignored Christmas
Although strong in their faith and devoted to the gospel, the earliest Presbyterians in Western Pennsylvania (like those in Ireland and Scotland) chose not to observe Christmas. Whatever were they thinking? This seminar will offer answers based on close examination of the record.
An adjunct instructor in history at area universities, Peter Gilmore has written extensively about the Irish Presbyterian experience in Western Pennsylvania. His essay “Does Christ Belong in Christmas?” appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on December 6, 2015.
The seminars will not meet on December 24 and 31.
January 7 & 14
In times of crises, what is God’s call to the church? When sin disrupts the church’s unity and creates division and unjust systems that steal life from God’s creation, how should those who follow Jesus respond?
We will seek to answer these questions by digging into our core beliefs as Christians. Presbyterians are confessional Christians. We accept and use the ancient and universal creeds of the church to identify the church and to direct our actions as followers of Christ. Over these two sessions, Louise Rogers will lead a discussion to look as our confessions and examine the Confession of Belhar, the most recent confession, which comes out of South Africa.