University of Pittsburgh '19
Linguistics, Spanish, and ASL
PGH Christian studies opened me up to the range of strongly believing Christians that exist on our campus. Outside of this program, I don't have much contact with believers of such diverse denominations in a context where we can share our views constructively.
During my second year at the University of Pittsburgh, I got involved with the Pittsburgh Christian Studies program. In the past year, I have been truly blessed by the program and have been involved in many of their activities.
My favorite part of the program has been the chance to interact with people from diverse Christian backgrounds. Coming from a Protestant background, it is valuable for me to be in a group that encourages real discussion and understanding among a highly diverse group of students and faculty. For example, on one field trip, we went to visit St. Anthony's Chapel to see their huge collection of relics. On the trip, we learned about the significance and importance of relics in the catholic tradition. This experience really helped me to correct some misunderstandings that I had before about the nature of relics and to have more respect for those traditions that see them as important.
Another part of the program that I have benefited from is the mini seminars that are offered each semester. Although they are not for credit, I have found them a wonderful supplement to my other classes. These seminars give the brilliant christian faculty at the colleges in Pittsburgh a chance to talk about their work as it relates to faith in a way that they might not be able to do in a normal class, and gives the students a chance to see how Christianity relates to all realms of life.
When I joined PGH Christian Studies, I had no plans of ever taking any of the courses that were recommended by the program because I didn't see the need for them. Now however, I am considering doing a religious studies minor at Pitt or at least taking a few classes in that area because I recognize how important it is to understand the religious backgrounds of others and be able to have meaningful conversations.