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Transfiguration Mosaic Symbolism

Ask a first-time visitor to Shadyside about the biggest surprise in our worship space, and the response likely will be our mosaic of the Transfigured Christ.  Many are taken with its sheer beauty.   Some think it unusual for a Presbyterian … Continue reading

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Transfiguration Mosaic

  Apse Mosaic depicting the Transfiguration – Shadyside Presbyterian Church We know little about the artistic conception of Shadyside’s stunning mosaic of the Transfigured Christ. Rudolf Scheffler, a native German artist, designed the mosaic located in the church’s apse.  The … Continue reading

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Four Liturgical Centers – The Table

This is one of a series of four posts on Shadyside’s liturgical furnishings. The Lord’s Supper. Holy Communion.  The Eucharist.  The meaning and nature of this sacrament divided the Sixteenth Century Reformers from the Roman Catholic Church.  Further, understandings  of … Continue reading

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Four Liturgical Centers – The Font

This post is one of four covering the principal worship centers.  There is ample carved symbolism on Shadyside’s baptismal font. On a more fundamental level, the presence of a prominent baptismal font in the nave is, in itself, symbolic.  Few … Continue reading

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Four Liturgical Centers – The Lectern

Lectern at Shadyside Presbyterian Church This post is one of four covering the principal worship centers.  The lectern, compared to the pulpit, font and communion table, sometimes seems to have a secondary status. This may be because its purpose is … Continue reading

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Four Liturgical Centers – The Pulpit

This is one in a series of posts on the four main liturgical furnishings at Shadyside: the pulpit, the table, the lectern and the font. In the 1937-38 sanctuary remodel at Shadyside Church, the symbolic role of the pulpit underwent … Continue reading

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Architecture Tour Part 3 – The 21st Century

For several years the theme of Shadyside Church’s ministry was “Building Community” within the congregation, in Pittsburgh and in the world. In 2009, after years of prayer and planning, the church started construction to make its home more welcoming, a … Continue reading

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