Two interfaith stained glass windows with cut paper designs that have been in the works for many long months, created by at least 40 people, are now ensconced in their home at Bentley University’s Spiritual Life Center. Earlier this month the space was filled to capacity for a dedication of the windows. The event, organized by the center’s Director Robin Olson, was a lovely combination of reflection, history, multicultural music and dance, and food. In her remarks, Robin noted that these are Bentley’s first stained glass windows, and they are particularly special because so many students and faculty helped to create them.
The windows are placed at opposite ends of the chapel portion of the space, so they’re difficult to photograph, but they cast a beautiful light into the room, leave dancing shadows on the floor as the sun moves, and lend a special new quality to the room. Through the windows the stories shared by the artists will continue to be told, and each new viewer will also find their own stories reflected in the designs.
The windows in place
A detail of one of the windows; each square panel was designed by a member of an interfaith couple through the MEM project and Interfaith Family and the central panel was designed by Bentley students. The wire sculptures were made by Bentley staff and students.
Tova Speter of the MEM Project and Emily Bhargava of Connection Lab celebrating the completion of the project
An official ribbon cutting with huge scissors!
Musical performance by the Bentley Gospel Choir