The Story of our Window

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Pictured left to right seated: Charlotte Abernathy, Jeff Platt, Jannie Ledard. Standing: Walter Ensign, Donna Swanson, Annette Lewis Carola Lacey, Mort Smith, Michael Latourneau, Andy Tillinghast, Harriet Berman. Back row:  Shelby Platt, Gill Anderson.

“Respect for the interdependent web
of all existence of which we are a part.”

Members and friends of the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 87 Fourth St. in Ashland recently celebrated the unveiling of a beautiful stained glass window. The design symbolizes the seventh principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” A chalice, symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith, is central to the window – with a tree, rainbow, mountains, stream and night sky framing it.

A generous donation to begin construction of the window was made by member Meg Thomas right before she passed away in late 2011. Several designs sketches by artist Charlotte Abernathy were presented to the membership for their vote. Jeff Platt, a former stained glass artist and member of the fellowship, offered to construct the window. Several other crafts persons assisted Jeff in the assembling of the stained glass panels. The three-year-long project culminated in the installation of the 8-foot-by 12-foot back-lit window in the chancel of the Fellowship.

Patty Duggan
Nov. 2, 2014