Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Bridging the Word and the World

10/27 2011

Community through Food

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Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is located on a city block that borders Pittsburgh’s East Liberty and Highland Park neighborhoods. Though our neighborhood has seen its ups and downs, it is experiencing a boom of local small businesses moving into our once vacant storefronts and consequently bringing the people back to the East End. East Liberty is becoming a flourishing area which exemplifies some of the greatest things about living in the city: culture, food, and entertainment.

Our neighborhood is filled with great food! We have Ethiopian food at Abay restaurant, the best Thai food in the city at the Smiling Banana Leaf, Gourmet burgers at BRGR, French cuisine at Paris 66, and the list goes on. My friends and I frequently take Saturday morning walks down to the Food Glorious Food bakery for fresh pastries, with a stop at Tazza D’oro coffee shop for our morning cup of java.

Food brings people together. We cannot survive without it. One of the great things about being at PTS is not only the great restaurants near by, but the connection we make between food and community. I cannot count the amount of times that I have gathered around the table with friends, classmates, professors, and administrators in our neighborhood restaurants. PTS not only fosters our academic needs but also provides community within the Seminary while encouraging us to go out and be a part of our East Liberty community as faithful patrons to our local restaurants (and our neighbors who run them).


Senior, M.Div Student


10/20 2011

No One is an Island

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Coming to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary was a huge adjustment for me. It wasn’t just an issue about being away from home. In all honesty, it was an issue about how I was outside of my comfort zone. I had my own personal circle of friends. We would spend a lot of time together. Togetherness was a part of that plan.

When my wife and I moved to Pittsburgh (in the middle of the second term of my first year), I was losing close-knit relationships with my friends from home. It quickly became apparent to me that no one truly was an island unto themselves. I needed to reach out and make new friends.

Of course there was apprehension at first. After all, I was worried about looking like a fool or saying something stupid. What if I could not find anyone that shared my interests? It was then, at that point, that I decided that I was going about this the wrong way. I was not here just because I wanted to be here. I felt the call of God in my life. I was sure that God had called me to this place at this time. Why, then, was I worried about being happy here?

The good news came when I finally let go and trusted God to fulfill God’s promises. God opened up to me some of the best friends I have ever had the honor of knowing. The idea of community is talked about often here on campus. People worry about this idea and want community to be this important idea. The good news is that it really is! The love of Christ abounds here. God has formed this place to be a community of believers and friends and we can be thankful for that.

Sam, senior MDiv student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


10/13 2011


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When I was visiting seminaries and discerning where I should begin my theological studies, Pittsburgh didn’t exactly top my list. In fact, it wasn’t even on my radar. There were no dubious reasons for this. I just didn’t have any context for Pittsburgh. Thanks be to God that a faculty member and friend of the family put PTS on the map for me. Upon visiting, I was thoroughly surprised by how much this city has to offer by way of art, culture, history, and recreation. For me, it was imperative that I have opportunities to indulge my penchants for the arts in the midst of seminary life. Needless to say, I was thrilled that Pittsburgh is rampant with museums, theaters, park systems, historical sites, and a legitimate food scene.

Pittsburgh is brimming with affordable ways to experience all that this city has to offer. In fact, as we speak, Pittsburgh’s 10th Annual RADical DAYS is in full swing. Allegheny’s RAD which stands for Regional Asset District “has provided more than $1.2 billion in grants to Pittsburgh’s regional assets to help create a vibrant region that invests in its future.” RADical Days, which began Sept. 24 and run through Oct. 16, offers FREE admissions, performances, and activities! Visit the website to learn more about the organization and their offerings (click on hyperlinks above and below).

Here is a list of remaining events for RADical DAYS:Thurs., Oct. 13, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Free admission at 2:00 p.m. Frid., Oct. 14, National Aviary: World Egg Day, Free admission from10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The Andy Warhol Museum, Free admission from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Free admission  from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15, Classical WQED-FM 89.3 (Carolyn M. Byham Studio), Free admission from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Free admission from 11a.m.-12:00 p.m., Pittsburgh Opera and Attack Theatre, Free admission from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Attack Theatre’s Game Day, Free admissionfrom 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Friends, take a break from work and studying. Take full advantage of what Pittsburgh is offering this weekend. Go out and play! It doesn’t get any better than FREE.


M.Div Student, Senior

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