Westminster Seminars

Event details

  • Sunday | January 28, 2018
  • 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Galbreath Chapel
  • 412-835-6630

In December 2015, Pittsburgh Presbytery unanimously adopted “A Declaration on Welcoming Refugees,” which states that it is “committed to welcoming the stranger, the vulnerable, and, of course, Syrian refugees fleeing from their war-torn homeland.” As people of God, Presbyterians in Pittsburgh and beyond continue to respond with compassion to refugees seeking safety in the U.S. Read the declaration here.

January 28
Welcoming the Stranger: Pope Francis and Migration Politics
Dr. Paula M. Kane, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Pope Francis became pope upon the surprise resignation of his predecessor in 2013. Thus far, Francis has combined traditionalism and reform on issues ranging from climate change and environmental threats to retranslating a line of the “Our Father,” but he has received uniformly positive support from all audiences for his defense of marginal peoples around the globe. We will examine his approach to the present refugee crises and his willingness to engage with and challenge political leaders to address this pressing problem with compassion and concern for “the least of these.”

We welcome Dr. Paula Kane from the University of Pittsburgh to Westminster. As a professor of religious studies and chair of contemporary Catholic studies, she works in the fields of American Catholicism, American history, popular religion, and religion and the arts.

Photo credit: Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons