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Westminster Seminars Online

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  • Sunday | September 13, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Zoom
  • 412-835-6630

The Westminster Seminars began doing a new thing in June, when Bruce Lancaster led us in a fascinating series that drew on art and ideas of the Renaissance. We met on Zoom and over three sessions worked out how best to present the seminars online and also reach a larger audience. Here’s what to expect when the seminars resume after Labor Day:

• The Zoom link is available below.
• The Zoom meeting will open by 9:40 a.m. to allow time for greetings and conversation.
• The seminar proper will run for 45 minutes, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with all video faces muted.
• Questions and conversation may be spoken or typed in the chat box.
• The seminar will be video recorded and posted on the church website for later watching.
• When possible, handouts and PowerPoint slides will also be posted.

So, a warm welcome to Westminster Seminars Online, where you can learn and grow spiritually this fall on Sunday mornings or at your convenience. As always, no preparation is necessary. But expect each session to leave you with something to ponder as you seek to be a faithful follower of Christ in this world


September 13, 20, 27
Consider the Lilies: The Path of Christian Meditation
Roger Owens, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

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When we hear the word “meditation” we often think of Eastern spiritual traditions. But the Christian spiritual traditions offer practices of meditation as well that can help us become open, available, and responsive to what God is doing in our lives, churches, and world. During times of fear, anxiety, and cultural upheaval, these practices can help us find a stable center in God’s love and discern what God is leading us to do. Over the three weeks we will explore the history and theology of Christian meditation, its relationship to other spiritual and secular varieties of meditation, and, of course, we will practice meditation together. Participants will leave understanding Christian meditation and better equipped to put these practices to work in their own lives.

L. Roger Owens is associate professor of Christian spirituality and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is the author of a number of books on the spiritual life, most recently, Threshold of Discovery: A Field Guide to Spirituality in Midlife. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 2013, Roger was co-pastor with his wife Ginger Thomas of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, NC. Roger holds MDiv and PhD degrees from Duke University and is an ordained United Methodist Minister. He and Ginger are the parents of three children: Simeon, Silas, and Marcy Clare.