Westminster Seminars

Event details

  • Sunday | October 2, 2022
  • 09:45 AM -
  • Galbreath Chapel and via Zoom
  • 412-835-6630

The Westminster Seminars offer a dynamic schedule of topics to help us live more fully as thoughtful Christians in today’s world. Everyone is always welcome. Come when you can – no preparation or homework. The Zoom option makes it extra easy to catch a seminar if you aren’t at church. Each Sunday, the Zoom meeting opens at 9:30.

Also, you can watch or listen later on the Westminster website – under News & Media – here: https://www.westminster-church.org/news-&-media/westminster-seminars.

Join Zoom Meeting
The Zoom meeting opens at 9:30 for greetings and conversation.
Meeting ID: 867 5311 4914
Passcode: 209681

What Inheritance Awaits You? Studying the Book of Hebrews

September 11, 18, 25; October 2
Jennifer Kaalund, Associate Professor of New Testament
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The book of Hebrews is a bit of a mystery. This four-part series will explore its contexts, the unique picture of Jesus that it paints, and the role of a genealogy in understanding the world that was, the one that is, and the world that is to come. The themes of endurance, rest, and faith transcend time and connect the audience of Hebrews and communities of believers today – all believers who share a common inheritance.

Jennifer T. Kaalund is an Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She previously served as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. She received her PhD from the Theological School at Drew University in New Testament and Early Christianity. Her book, Reading Hebrews and 1 Peter with the African American Great Migration: Diaspora, Place, and Identity (Bloomsbury T&T Clark Press, 2018), explores the constructed and contested identities in Hebrews and 1 Peter through the lens of the “New Negro,” a similarly vulnerable identity formed during the Great Migration in the United States in the early 20th century. She currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and Bible Odyssey and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Greenwich YWCA. Jennifer lives in Connecticut with her husband, Sekou, and three children.

Your Church, Your Money

October 9

This is your church and your money funds its missions and the operation of the church itself. How is that money spent? What programs does it support? What is the status of the Forward in Faith campaign fund and the loan to our endowment? What is the future of the church and how will it be funded? What are the challenges the leadership of the church face in managing the church's operations? Come to this special seminar to hear the answers to these questions and more!

The discussion will be led by Brian Eccher, Chair of the Finance Commission and a Principal of the accounting firm Grant Thornton, LLP, and Dave Heilman, Treasurer for Westminster and Chair of the Stewardship Commission, the CFO of Omax Health, Inc., and Chair of the Audit Committee of St. Clair Hospital.

The October 9 seminar will be available live only in person and on Zoom.

The Old Testament in the New: Exploring the Theological Imagination of the Earliest Christians

October 16, 23, 30
Tucker Ferda, Associate Professor of New Testament
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The earliest Christians did not have a New Testament. They had instead shared memories about Jesus and various letter-like communications among various communities. What then was the shared theological subtext, the background, the assumptions, that helped them make sense of Jesus and his significance? It was the Old Testament. This three-part series will explore the creative and sometimes surprising ways that early Christians read and made sense of Israel’s Scripture. It will also consider the significance for Christians today.

Tucker Samson Ferda is Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His research focuses on the Gospels, the life of Jesus, and the reception history of the New Testament. His first book, Jesus, the Gospels, and the Galilean Crisis (Bloomsbury T & T Clark), explored the topic of the rejection of Jesus and how he, his followers, and later Christian interpreters made sense of it. His next monograph, Why Gaze Into Heaven? Uncovering the Origin of the Second Advent and Its Anti-Jewish Reception History (forthcoming with Eerdmans), aims to correct Christian distortions of Second Temple Judaism while also reconstructing the eschatological teaching of Jesus. He was named a Regional Scholar of the Society of Biblical Literature in 2015, and he currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus. He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Liberty, and two daughters (Lucy and Junia).