by Rev. Dr. Rick Lowery, president
As we move through this transition of seasons, we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. We are grateful for those who went before us in the faith, for their vision of one church united in witness to God’s healing work in the world. And we are especially grateful for you who live out their vision today, who care about our mission to preserve and promote their story. Thank you!
Recently, we were blessed by work done by Bethany College students, our archivist Shelley Jacobs, and a local professional stained glass specialist to move stained glass pieces that graced the walls of the DCHS building in Nashville into a secure place of storage in our current facility in Bethany.
Our contract of sale with Vanderbilt University gave us right of first refusal should they ever decide to remove these precious works of art narrating key moments in the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement. This year, Vanderbilt began renovations of our former building, and we exercised our right.
Thanks to the diligent work of our Board Chair Archie Jenkins, we transported these beautiful works of art to Bethany.
We found a specialist who teaches stained glass preservation to help us properly move and store the glass in a secure place here in the building. He and his students will help us frame and place a few pieces we have identified for display in the public area upstairs.
The photo, commemorating Barton W. Stone and The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery, is of one of the pieces we plan to display.