Westminster Seminars

Event details

  • Sunday | September 23, 2018
  • 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Galbreath Chapel
  • 412-835-6630

The Westminster Seminars begin a new season with a look inward to our spiritual lives and, in particular, prayer. The September series will help us become more open to God as we strive to live out the love of Christ. No preparation is necessary and all are welcome. Please join us!

September 23 & 30
Open and Available: Approaching Life with God
L. Roger Owens, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

In our make-something-happen culture, we can often think about prayer and spirituality as something we do – a project to improve our lives, to get us closer to God. But what if prayer isn’t about getting God to do what we want, but about becoming more open to the presence and action of God’s grace in our lives? This series will offer an approach to prayer as becoming increasingly open and available to the work of God in our lives. It will also teach practical ways for this approach to become real in our actual lives.

L. Roger Owens is associate professor of Christian spirituality and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, and before moving to Pittsburgh five years ago served congregations in North Carolina. Roger teaches and writes about Christian spirituality, preaching, and the life of faith. His books include Abba, Give Me a Word: The Path of Spiritual Direction and What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality. Roger is married to the Rev. Ginger Thomas, and they are the parents of Simeon, Silas, and Mary Clare.

Photo credit: By Marksy [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

October Series
How Did Jesus Fulfill the “Law and Prophets”?
Jerome Creach and Steven Tuell, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Explore what Jesus meant when he said he had not come to abolish the law and the prophets but to fulfill them. How did Jesus relate to and understand the Old Testament? If he did not overturn the major tenets of the Hebrew scriptures, then how do we understand the enduring meaning of restrictive laws and violent passages in the Old Testament?