february 5, 2019

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“Buy some art to stare at in case your phone dies.” ~ Unknown

 

St. Marks inside

 

Back in December I visited my friend Rick Warfield in Washington, DC before I went to a conference. He took me to his church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, on A Street just behind the Library of Congress (the large block building below) on Capitol Hill. In all the years I travelled to the Library of Congress I never knew St. Mark’s was just behind it; just right there. Countless times I walked within a block of the church. The irony here is that St. Mark’s was where my near-brother Ricky Hayes worshipped and led their theater troupe. It’s also where his ashes are now interred; in the St. Mark’s columbarium. It was deeply moving to be there, to see where Ricky thrived; where he could be his hilarious, loving self and spread his goodness to everyone around him; where he’d built a life for himself outside our home town. I’m so grateful to St. Mark’s for giving him a resting place, and I’m especially grateful to Rick Warfield for making time to show me how beautiful St. Mark’s is. I look forward to going back.

 

St. Marks outside

february 14, 2016

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“If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savour all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.” ~ unknown

 

modern art
modern art

 

At the invitation of my friend Gail Kennedy, I attended, albeit late, Sunday services at Central Christian Church in downtown Lexington this morning. I was immediately taken with the contemporary appearance of the stained glass window behind the chancel called “God at Work in the World.” It is unlike any stained glass window I’ve seen with a Christian motif. Its colors are quite literally a rainbow (upon which Jesus stands) and the depictions much more modern than the traditional stained glass storyboard. Gail loaned me a wonderful booklet detailing the prodigious symbology throughout the church, including a description of this window. The top section is a rose, the center of which is God, and each petal represents God’s work in the world. The lower panes depict God made human through Jesus and the many works he represents. I was most especially moved by the lower left panels showing the hungry being fed; the thirty given water; the Good Samaritan.

 

from the balcony
from the balcony

 

What the booklet doesn’t tell me, and what I was unable to find in any online resources, is when the window was installed and who the artist was. I would love to know both. In the meantime, I intend to go back to Central Christian for another service (hopefully on time). I’m grateful to Gail for the service invitation, and the hour-long tour afterward. I look forward to more great conversation with her about the church, spiritual journeys, and art.

 

Gail
Gail