Baltimore-Washington Table

This table was commissioned in 2011 by the District Superintendents of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church to honor their Bishop, John Schol. The pedestal of walnut and cherry, as with the JustPeace table, creates a well from which waters appear in the mosaic on the top. These waters of creation and baptismal renewal contain a spiral motif symbolic of God’s creative power.

Round wood worship table with custom inlay

Crossing through the waters are four mandorlas, the ancient symbol of the womb, often used to frame Mary, the mother of Jesus. The mandorlas also create the ancient symbol of the fish, used since the earliest time to signify Christian life. The four mandorlas constitute a cross, leading us from the self-giving waters of creation to the self-giving work of Christ.

In the four quadrants formed by the cross we find symbols relating to the work of the church as understood by this Conference. The shepherd’s crook is the symbol of the Episcopal office that this table honors. The hand spreading seed reminds us of the Church’s mission to spread the good news of the Gospel.

In the third quadrant wheat is intertwined with an olive branch to remind us that the work of peacebuilding is intrinsic to the nurture and fellowship of the table. Finally, a Bible is laid open with words drawn from Acts 2, “They broke bread with glad and generous hearts.” (v. 46), a signature motif for the work of the church and specifically for this Conference.

The top is hard maple, with wood inlays of walnut, padauk, dyed poplar, zebrawood, and holly. The mosaic is made of vitreous glass tile.