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Living with Integrity

Harper Lee’s masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, returned to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center in April. This time Richard Thomas, rather than Gregory Peck, performed the role of Atticus Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930s, a place and time where prejudice against African Americans was still acceptable, at least to some folks. Not to Atticus Finch, the local law…

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Beloved Community

In a recent Westminster discussion, the term Beloved Community emerged. As one who was introduced to the concept in my early college days, I was intrigued. What did folks understand today about the Beloved Community? Indeed, what is a Beloved Community and how would we recognize one? Perhaps even more important, how would one go about forming a community of beloved? All these were spinning in my…

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Christians, the Nations, and War:
Westminster Seminars May 2022

Five-Week May Series Christians, the Nations, and War John P. Burgess Professor of Systematic Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shocked the world. This series will draw on Christian perspectives on war to help us understand how God may be at work in these events and what God is calling us to do as American Christians. May 1 – What Is Happening in U…

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Stay Connected with Veritalk

Have you ever wondered what we talk about at youth group on Wednesday nights? The youth department has started a podcast, called Veritalk. Listen in for some fun, laughter, and a review of the scripture lesson from the previous week. The youth of Westminster are dedicated to deepening their faith in a community of friends, and their insights blow us away every time. Let us share with you some of…

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The Easter Egg Hunt

On Palm Sunday morning, the children gathered at both hours for their Easter Egg Hunt in the courtyard. They looked for eggs that contained scripture and symbols of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. There were also a few surprises hidden in the eggs. It was a busy morning with the children searching for the eggs and helping each other to fill their egg cartons. When they opened their eggs,…

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Connecting with Holy Week through Art

Throughout Lent, children from PreK through 4th grade gathered each week at Kids’ Connection to connect with God and each other as they learned about Holy Week. After reading about the Last Supper and connecting it to communion, we explored various artists’ interpretations of the Last Supper before creating our own. It was so fun to see each child’s creative process as they decided what parts of the s…

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Barefoot School 2022

Barefoot School registration opens May 1! Join us June 20-24 as we cook up some fun and get on a roll with God at our Food Truck Party! Barefoot School is open to students entering grades K through 6 for the 2022-23 school year. The cost for BFS is $25 per child with a maximum of $45 per family. Registration will be available online beginning May 1 here: Youth and…

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Mission on the Move: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Their mission is to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger. In June 1980, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank opened its doors in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. This came at a time of great change in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The once-thriving steel industry, which had been in a slow, steady decline for nearly 30 years, began to rapidly deteriorate during the early 1…

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