Taco 'Bout Theology
Sep
9
to Dec 2

Taco 'Bout Theology

Every Monday, PGH CS faculty of all different disciplines will be available from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to discuss theology with you—and any other students who are interested.
You bring the questions; we’ll provide lunch. Stop in and grab a bite to eat at any time, even if you can't stay long!
Have any questions? E-mail us at pghchristianstudies@gmail.com.

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Maxo Vanka Murals
Sep
21
12:30 PM12:30

Maxo Vanka Murals

RSVP to pghchristianstudies@gmail.com by Friday 9/20!
Tour St. Nicholas Catholic church with us! Painted in 1937 by Maxo Vanka, an immigrant from Croatia, the church is known for its stunning murals that intertwine religious subjects with Croatian immigrant culture. Painting these murals gave Vanka the chance to “pay tribute to faith while expressing his passionate beliefs about social justice, injustice, the horrors of war” and help “to preserve and celebrate cultural identity among an immigrant population.“
We'll meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of Learning and ride over together. Before the tour, we'll grab lunch at Bar 3 Millvale (food's on us!) where William Scott will lead a discussion on Vanka's are and immigration. Then we'll head up to St. Nicholas for the tour!
Learn more about the murals here.
RSVP by e-mailing pghchristianstudies@gmail.com.

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Thomism and Beauty: Beauty Unveiled
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Thomism and Beauty: Beauty Unveiled

  • Room 501, Cathedral of Learning (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is co-sponsored by PGH Christian Studies and the Thomistic Institute.
A lecture by Fr. Gregory Pine, OP (Thomistic Institute, Washington, DC).
Register here.
About the Speaker:
Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. serves presently as the Assistant Director for Campus Outreach with the Thomistic Institute in Washington, DC. He served previously as an associate pastor at St. Louis Bertrand Church in Louisville, KY where he also taught as an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University. Born and raised near Philadelphia, PA, he attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville, studying mathematics and humanities. Upon graduating, he entered the Order of Preachers in 2010. He was ordained a priest in 2016 and holds an STL from the Dominican House of Studies.

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Film and Faith: Just Who Are My Mothers and Brothers Anyway?
Sep
29
to Nov 3

Film and Faith: Just Who Are My Mothers and Brothers Anyway?

  • First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PGH Christian Studies co-sponsors a course taught by noted local film enthusiast Russ Lucas.
Sunday nights from September 22 through November 3. Free childcare, and pizza and popcorn provided!
Please RSVP to ericandrae@gmail.com by September 22.
September 29: Inside Out
October 6: Leave No Trace
October 13: Make Way for Tomorrow
October 20: The Kid with the Bike
October 27: Munyurangabo
November 3: Silence

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The Joyful Life: Mental Health and Well-Being from a Faith-Based Perspective
Oct
3
to Nov 7

The Joyful Life: Mental Health and Well-Being from a Faith-Based Perspective

Contemporary psychiatry and clinical psychology have grown to appreciate the important role that faith plays in mental health and well-being. A large, impressive and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that faith can be linked to a variety of positive outcomes. Self-reported religiousness and spirituality have been found to predict lower incidence of depression, decreased anxiety, better long-term prognosis in cases of psychosis, protection from onset of post-traumatic stress disorder, and lower substance abuse. Faith has also been linked to various indicators of positive mental health, including greater happiness, joyfulness, intrinsic motivation, meaning in life, vitality, and virtues such as hope and agape love. This seminar will examine how psychological science can inform faith-based strategies to cultivate better mental health and well-being that can help individuals to prevent and better cope with stress and suffering. The seminar will also examine ways that Christian faith and practices can also help individuals cultivate a sense of inner peace and unconditional joy despite one’s worldly circumstances. Finally, the seminar will examine ways to identify signs of mental health concerns in others and strategies to intervene to help those who are undergoing a mental health crisis.

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St. Anthony Chapel Tour
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

St. Anthony Chapel Tour

Home to the largest collection of relics outside of the Vatican, St. Anthony Chapel is a truly amazing church: “Over 5,000 relics of the saints have reposed peacefully in the chapel for more than 130 years.” Join us for a tour—on All Saints Day! Afterwards, we’ll have dinner (location TBA) with a talk and discussion on relics led by Mike Aquilina, Catholic author and television host.
Learn more about St. Anthony’s here.

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Scientism Unmasked: Neither Science Nor Good Philosophy
Sep
9
8:00 PM20:00

Scientism Unmasked: Neither Science Nor Good Philosophy

  • Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Lutheran Student Fellowship is offering a lecture evaluating scientism (the belief that scientific knowledge is the only true knowledge). The lecture will be given by Dr. Angus Menuge, professor of Computer Science and Chair of Philosophy at Concordia University. He is also the author and/or editor of books on C.S. Lewis, Christ and culture, religious liberty, substance dualism, materialism, the rationality of science, and more.
PGH CS is a co-sponsor of this event.

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Welcome Back Dinner
Sep
2
4:00 PM16:00

Welcome Back Dinner

  • 610 North Euclid Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, 15206 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join PGH CS at our annual Welcome Back Dinner! Enjoy good food, fellowship, and conversation. Prof. Grant Martsolf and his family have graciously offered to host us.
As always, ALL ARE INVITED! If you've never been to one of our events, come and get to know us! If you've already been a bunch of times, don't forget to bring friends!
The easiest way to get there is to take the 71A and get off at Hays Street.
RSVP on Facebook or by e-mailing pghchristianstudies@gmail.com.

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Colloquium on the Christian Intellectual Life
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Colloquium on the Christian Intellectual Life

Please join us for our annual student-led Colloquium on the Christian Intellectual Life. This year, PGH CS fellows and alumni will be exploring the theme "Living in Community." There will be brief talks by students and alumni with plenty of time for open conversation.

You are welcome to stop in at any time, even if you can only stay for a few minutes!

Here are the details:

9:30: Breakfast of La Gourmandine pastries and coffee
10:00: Presentations begin. Topics include the following:

  • Early Christian Communities

  • Medieval Monastic Communities

  • Family as Community

  • Living in Community

  • Bonhoeffer's Life Together

1:00: Optional lunch at Top Shabu-Shabu.

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Visit to Bruderhof Community
Mar
2
9:30 AM09:30

Visit to Bruderhof Community

Join PGH Christian Studies for a visit to a nearby Bruderhof community on Saturday, March 2. Meet new friends and learn more about intentional community.

RSVP by e-mailing pghchristianstudies@gmail.com.

9:30 a.m.: Departure from Oakland.
11:00 a.m.: Tour of the Spring Valley factory, where products are made for Rifton, a company that makes high-quality equipment for people with disabilities. While factory work is often thought of as dehumanizing, the Spring Valley Community focuses on creating a work environment that dignifies both the work and the worker. The factories are high-tech, and are staffed by people of all abilities, from the youthful to the very elderly.
12:00 p.m.: Visit to the Spring Valley cemetery (this visit will be facilitated by Sheyann, a CS Fellow, who knew almost every person who has been buried there).
12:30 p.m.: Lunch with Bruderhof youth group.
2:00 p.m.: Departure with Prof. McDermott to Oakland. Estimated arrival time is 3:30 p.m.

Optional:
Stay for a couple extra hours with CS Fellows from the Bruderhof. Join in a work project, play games with the youth group, and share community dinner in the large hall, returning to Oakland by 9:30 p.m. The youth group is especially excited to meet CS Fellows, and would love if people stayed for dinner!

The Bruderhof is an intentional community dedicated to living out the teachings of Jesus. For more information, check out their website here.

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Jubilee 2019
Feb
22
to Feb 24

Jubilee 2019

  • Westin Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Thinking of attending Jubilee 2019? PGH Christian Studies will pay $50 toward your registration fees!

Jubilee conference, run by the CCO, brings college students together for worship, fellowship, and to learn about how their faith impacts their careers. 

"Throughout the Jubilee weekend, you will experience four large group gatherings that follow the Biblical narrative of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. Dig deeper in workshops with practitioners and thought leaders in your vocational field. Discover opportunities to join in Christ’s restoration of all things. Be part of a community group that expands on all that you are learning throughout the weekend."

Send us an e-mail at pghchristianstudies@gmail.com if you're interested.

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The Rule of St. Benedict Seminar
Jan
31
to Mar 7

The Rule of St. Benedict Seminar

This seminar will be led by Prof. Grant Martsolf. Check out information from previous seminars here and here.

In the early 6th century, Western Europe was in chaos. The Roman Empire had fallen, and the structure and order that marked the Roman world had crumbled. Within that chaotic time, St. Benedict wrote a little book of precepts and rules to govern the life of his monastery in the hills above Monte Cassino in southern Italy. By the 9th century, nearly all Christian monasteries lived under the Rule of St. Benedict. This little book provided the structure and discipline that the Benedictine monks needed to begin the work of revitalizing the spiritual and economic order of Western Europe. But, what might the Rule of St. Benedict offer us today?

Zygmaut Bauman, eminent Polish philosopher and sociologist, describes our age as one of “liquid modernity.” Like 6th century Europe, the institutions and belief structures that have been so central to the lives of the citizens of the West have been crumbling and seem to be unable to hold. College might also be described as an especially “liquid time.” We move away from our homes and begin to learn and be exposed to theories and lifestyles that challenge our most core beliefs. Like the monks of Monte Cassino, the Rule of St. Benedict may provide college students with a way to create little monasteries in their dorms and in their hearts. These monasteries might serve as ordered spaces in which students can grow spiritually, developing a foundation from which they can keep their head above the waves of a liquid age. In this PGH CS seminar, we will host six weekly meetings to read and discuss sections of the Rule of St Benedict and think about practical ways to apply the Rule of St. Benedict to our everyday lives. There will be no prep work; all reading will be done during the seminar.

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Taco 'Bout Theology
Jan
22
to Apr 9

Taco 'Bout Theology

Every Tuesday, PGH CS faculty of all different disciplines will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to discuss theology with you—and any other students who are interested.

You bring the questions; we’ll provide lunch. Stop in and grab a bite to eat at any time, even if you can't stay long!

All meetings will be held in Synod Hall, which is a short walk from the Cathedral of Learning: just walk down Fifth Ave. and turn left on to North Craig St. Synod Hall is the small building directly next to St. Paul's Cathedral.

Have any questions? E-mail us at pghchristianstudies@gmail.com.

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Welcome Back Dinner
Jan
20
5:00 PM17:00

Welcome Back Dinner

Join us Sunday, January 20, from 7:00 to 9:00, for a dinner with PGH Christian Studies fellows and faculty. This is a wonderful time to bring friends who are interested in the program!

Dinner will be held at the home of our Director, Prof. Ryan McDermott. You can get there by taking the 61C and walking about five minutes. E-mail pghchristianstudies@gmail.com if you'd like information about carpooling.

 RSVP by e-mailing pghchristianstudies@gmail.com, or through our Facebook event. Please try to do so by Friday, January 18 so we can get an accurate headcount for dinner!

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Engineering Happiness
Jan
15
to Feb 5

Engineering Happiness

For many, self-reported life satisfaction has been on a decline for the past 10 years. Why? Is human happiness (flourishing) possible and what does it consist of? Would an engineering approach to designing your life move us toward a fulfilling solution? This seminar, taught by Prof. David Sanchez, explores data, research studies, theories and proposals on the timeless question of happiness and human flourishing. Come join us for weekly meetings in Benedum Hall, room 229.

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Mary Lou Williams Performance-Lecture and Panel Discussion
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Mary Lou Williams Performance-Lecture and Panel Discussion

Come celebrate one of Pittsburgh’s greatest jazz musicians, Mary Lou Williams, who grew up in East Liberty and went on to found the Pittsburgh jazz festival. A convert to Catholicism, she composed many hymns and works of sacred music—including a jazz Mass. PGH Christian Studies will host a performance-lecture at the auditorium in Bellefield Hall, University of Pittsburgh, December 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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Evolving in Eden: Why Science and Genesis are Both Right about Our Origins
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Evolving in Eden: Why Science and Genesis are Both Right about Our Origins

  • 3700 O'Hara Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15213 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Students at a university are often confronted with a stark choice by vocal advocates of two contentious positions: ignore scientists and the alleged science of our origins and cling only to a biblical perspective of creation science, or recognize the vast body of science that describes our natural origins and ignore the fables and myths in Genesis. This seminar presents a different perspective that requires careful thought. We will discuss how one can maintain an uncompromising view of the inspiration of the scriptures while understanding and appreciating the wealth of science related to the origins of the universe, earth, life and humans. 

If possible please read Genesis 1-11 during the 2 weeks before this presentation. A free copy of Dr Enick’s book on this subject will be provided to all attendees. 

A one night event with dinner included
939 Benedum Engineering Hall (9th floor by elevators; the chemical engineering graduate lounge)

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Terra Incognita: A Literary Gathering and Workshop
Nov
9
to Nov 11

Terra Incognita: A Literary Gathering and Workshop

PGH Christian Studies will sponsor fellows to attend Terra Incognita, a literary gathering dedicated to exploring the "terrain of the unknown." Terra Incongnita will include a poetry reading by Ryan Wilson and a workshop with novelist Rosalie Morales Kearns. Keynote speakers include Mary Doria Russell, Ewa Chrusciel, Suzanne Wolfe, Justin O'Connor, and Ryan Wilson.  More information can be found here

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Contemporary Christian Poetry Seminar
Oct
15
to Nov 5

Contemporary Christian Poetry Seminar

Informal conversations about some excellent, accessible poetry by living poets, all of whom you will have the chance to meet. This four-week series leads up to “Terra Incognita,” a literary gathering at Pitt co-sponsored by Convivium, a journal of literature and the arts, and PGH CS. We will be reading poetry by featured poets Ryan Wilson, Elisabeth Kramp, and Ewa Chrusciel, as well as some others. Participants will receive free copies of relevant books. No prior experience reading poetry required! Dinner will be provided. This seminar will be led by Professor Ryan McDermott. 

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Rehumanize Convention
Oct
12
to Oct 14

Rehumanize Convention

PGH Christian Studies will be sponsoring students to attend the Rehumanize Conference on Life Peace, & Justice, which will be hosted by CEL at Duquesne University. The three-day conference will feature presentations on some of the most pressing human rights questions of our time. Rehumanize seeks to promote a consistent life ethic and educate all people on the inherent dignity of every human person. More information can be found here.

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Festival of Friendship: Only Wonder Knows
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Festival of Friendship: Only Wonder Knows

  • Trust Arts Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Festival of Friendship is a free cultural event. This year’s theme, “Only Wonder Knows,” explores the wondrousness of human beings, the beauty of knowing another person, and how wonder is an essential component of friendship. PGH Christian Studies will be reserving space for fellows at these two presentations—please e-mail pghchristianstudies@gmail.com if you are interested.

Michael and Susan Waldstein, Keynote: “Only Wonder Knows” by two eminent theology professors. Friday, September 28, 6:30 pm.
This event will be followed by Tonus Peregrinus: Classical Music Concert featuring the music of Couperin, Biber, Bach, and Brahms, curated by Lucy Tucker Yates and performed by Lucy Tucker Yates, soprano and piano, Jeffrey Girton, violin, Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba, and Justin Wallace, harpsichord.

and

“The Miracle of Hospitality,” Saturday, September 29, 6:30 pm, hosted by Nadia Khawaja, Journalist; Beniamino Rovagnoti and Gaia Temporiti, Adoptive Parents; Sr. Agnes Thérèse Davis, TOR, This event includes a dinner, hosted by the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

See this link for the Festival’s full schedule: http://revolutionoftenderness.net

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Plough Reading Group
Sep
13
to Nov 15

Plough Reading Group

  • 3400 Iowa Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15219 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Plough Quarterly is a magazine of stories, ideas, and culture to inspire faith and action. Bold, hope-filled, and down-to-earth, it features thought-provoking articles, commentary, interviews, short fiction, book reviews, poetry and art.”

PGH Christian Studies sponsors a Plough reading group that meets every other week.
All members will be given a free subscription to Plough. Members will discuss how diverse voices and opinions contribute to the conversation around the Christian intellectual tradition. Meetings will be held every other Thursday night at 6:30, beginning September 13th. Contact sheyannmcpherson@mailstack.com with any questions. RSVP on Facebook or by e-mailing pghchristianstudies@gmail.com.

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Welcome-Back Dinner
Sep
3
5:00 PM17:00

Welcome-Back Dinner

  • 5540 Bryant St Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come celebrate the new semester with us on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day), at 5 pm. This is a great time to reconnect with other PGH Christian Studies fellows and faculty—and also a great time to bring a friend who might be interested.

CMU Professor John Dolan, Principal Systems Scientist at CMU’s Robotics Institute, has kindly agreed to host us again. RSVP on Facebook or by e-mailing pghchristianstudies@gmail.com so we can have an accurate headcount for dinner.

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Can Science Measure the “Culture of Health”?
Apr
16
11:00 AM11:00

Can Science Measure the “Culture of Health”?

PGH Christian Studies is sponsoring this panel discussion as part of Pitt’s “Year of Healthy U.” Speakers on the panel include Dr. Tamara Dubowitz (RAND Corp.), Dr. Tyler Wanderweele (Harvard), Dr. Jeffery Bishop (St. Louis University), and Dr. Grant Martsolf (University of Pittsburgh). The health policy community has recently come to realize that health is about more than just the body. Now immense resources are being directed toward research on “the culture of health.” But how well can empirical research evaluate factors such as spirituality, ethics, friendship, love, and happiness? Come hear all sides of the debate from experts at Harvard’s School of Public Health, St. Louis University’s Center for Health Care Ethics, the RAND Foundation, and Pitt’s School of Nursing.

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Course Preview Dinner
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Course Preview Dinner

  • 5540 Bryant Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15206 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for our course preview dinner and end of year celebration. Come mingle with other students and professors as we wrap up the year and look forward to the course offerings for next year. The dinner will also feature fantastic food, advice, and class descriptions from faculty. Students from ALL universities/colleges are welcome!

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 Easter Party with the Bruderhof
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Party with the Bruderhof

Come and enjoy coffee and pastries with students, professors, and community members as we learn the traditional Easter hymns of the Bruderhof. This event will be an excellent opportunity to come and meet the students and faculty that are part of the Christian Studies program while also bringing in new friends and neighbors!

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Quantum Mechanics and Christianity
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Quantum Mechanics and Christianity

In this weekend seminar, professors of physics and philosophy will meet to present a basic overview of quantum physics for the non-expert, while addressing current debates. The relationship between quantum mechanics and Christianity will be the main topic of discussion for the event. The full event description and schedule can be found here. Registration is FREE for students, so sign up here today!

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Colloquium on the Christian Intellectual Life
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Colloquium on the Christian Intellectual Life

The theme of our annual student colloquium is “Gender and Human Dignity.” Students will give short presentations on topics related to this theme with time for discussion. If you are interested in giving a talk, please be on the lookout for communications from the organizers. This is one of our most valuable events of the semester because of YOU, so please consider sharing your insights and talents with the whole program.

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"Culture of Health" Seminar
Mar
15
to Apr 5

"Culture of Health" Seminar

Professor Grant Martsolf will be presenting a seminar on the "culture of health". As he writes in his seminar description, "it is important to understand that the “Culture of Health” relies on an historically unprecedented and contestable assumption that “health” is the proper goal and highest good of human culture. The Culture of Health movement reshapes the definitions of health, social science and the place of health-related goods in individuals’ lives. This shift holds both promise and peril, and so deserves debate." Register to pghchristianstudies@gmail.com.

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Feminism and Christianity Reading Group
Feb
13
to Mar 20

Feminism and Christianity Reading Group

Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:30 pm Synod Hall 

Feb. 13th, Feb. 20th, Feb. 27th, Mar. 13th, Mar. 20th

Guided by Dorothy Sayers’s Are Women Human?, this group will explore the intersections of Christianity with feminism and cultural conceptions of gender. The text will be discussed alongside excerpts from classic feminist works. The writings of female mystics will also be explored. Members will consider how early Christianity’s conception of gender differed radically from ideas then current in Greco-Roman culture — and introduced a revolutionary new idea of human dignity. Contact Grace Aquilina (amazinggracie97@gmail.com) if you want to be involved or just show up!

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Ice Skating + Hot Cocoa with PGH CS
Jan
19
6:45 PM18:45

Ice Skating + Hot Cocoa with PGH CS

Welcome back from winter break! To "skate-off" the new semester with the PGH Christian Studies program, we will be testing momentum and gravity at the Schenley Park Ice Rink on January 19th from 7 - 9 pm! Admission and skate rental will be covered but you have to bring yourselves and the fun. Following the skating, we will walk just up the hill to Professor Kate Lynch's house for hot chocolate, fellowship, and a preview of this semester's events and seminars. 

Plan to meet us on Friday at 10341 Overlook Glen Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 at 6:45 pm to get skates!

PLEASE RSVP ASAP!!!

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Movie Screening: Look and See
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Movie Screening: Look and See

On December 1st we will be co-hosting a screening of Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (watch the trailer here, it looks amazing!) with a variety of other Christian groups in Pittsburgh. This event will be the culmination of Professor Grant Martsolf's October seminar, and a follow-up to the Garfield Farms Visit.

We want as many people as possible to come for this event so it will be open to anyone, even non-students. Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and spread the word in the community.

Don't know who Wendell Berry is? Below is an extremely abbreviated summary, taken from a longer article on the poetry foundation, of Wendell Berry: "Poet, novelist, and environmentalist Wendell Berry lives on a farm in Port Royal, Kentucky near his birthplace, where he has maintained a farm for over 40 years. Mistrustful of technology, he holds deep reverence for the land and is a staunch defender of agrarian values. He is the author of over 40 books of poetry, fiction, and essays. His poetry celebrates the holiness of life and everyday miracles often taken for granted."

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Reformation Roundtable
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Reformation Roundtable

Join us for an ecumenical discussion on the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Five panelists of the Anabaptist, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic faiths will be led by an Eastern Orthodox moderator to discuss the impact and legacy of the Reformation. Students are encouraged to bring questions and empty stomachs to the Lutheran University Center on Wednesday November 1st. Dinner begins at 6:00, and the discussion will start at 7:00. Please RSVP via Facebook or by emailing pghchristianstudies@gmail.com by October 28th.

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