2016 Conference

8:00–8:30 am

Registration – Breakfast & Fellowship

8:30–8:45 am

Welcome – Sally Wiggin, WTAE-TV News
Opening Prayer – The Rev. Barry Mariana, Pastor, Christ Church at Grove Farm
Welcome – The Rev. Canon Dr. Jay Geisler, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh

8:45–9:45 am

Keynote Speaker – Shane Claiborne “Reimagining Community – Building Bridges & Tearing Down Walls”

9:45–10:15 am

Shane Claiborne Q & A

10:15–10:30 am

Break & Visit Display Tables

10:30–12:00 pm  Session One (Five Tracks)

1A. Addiction 101 – Learn the basics of addiction and recovery including the Christian roots of 12 Step Programs.

2A. When Young Adults Move Back Home: A Mother & Daughter Conversation – Increasingly, young adults are moving back home with their parents for a period after college, resulting in stress in both generations. Listen to a mother and daughter discuss their own experience and process over time.

3A. Caring for Children – Learn how churches can support children and families during times of childhood illnesses.

4A. Building Inter-Racial Partnerships in Communities – A discussion of how pastors can build inter-racial partnerships among congregations and address racism in our churches.

5A. Spirituality Friendship & Singleness – Single Christians, alongside their fellow believers who are married, are called to give and receive love in committed, reliable and tangible ways.

12:00–1:00 pm – LUNCH

1:00–1:30 pm

1:30–1:45 pm

Break & Visit Display Tables

1:45–3:15 pm Session Two (Five Tracks)

1B. Pornography – Growing Problem in our Culture – Forty million Americans regularly visit porn sites and a third of these viewers are women. Almost half (47%) of families say pornography is a problem in their homes. Christian viewers of porn mirror the national average.

2B. Moral Injury with Veterans – Military serving in war are often confronted with ethical and moral challenges which could result in shame, guilt, demoralization and self-defeating behaviors. Learn how you can help repair the moral wounds of war.

3B. Everyone Plays a Role in Youth Suicide Prevention: What is Yours? – Review the warning signs, risk, and protective factors associated with youth suicide and learn about local and national resources for prevention, intervention and postvention efforts.

  • Paula S. McCommons, Ed.D., Director, STAR-Center Outreach, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC) and Mental Health Liaison, Allegheny County SAP WPIC

4B. Building Faith Communities in a Time of Crisis – Pastors will learn how congregations can best respond to gun violence, fear, and the threat of terrorism in their communities.

5B. Pastoring Across the Political Divide – Listen to some seasoned pastors as they guide us on how they respond to members of their congregations who hold conflicting views on divisive issues.