In response to Bishop Duncan Gray, Jr.’s call to “Feed the Hungry” in 1987, Ray Wells and Lib Allison, parishioners of St. Columb’s Episcopal Church, launched Iona House on Claiborne Avenue. From what started as a food pantry out of the trunk of Ray’s car, Iona House has grown into a weekly feeding ministry staffed by parish volunteers.
This stained glass window commemorates this feeding ministry of St. Columb’s. The artist, Andrew Cary Young, referenced the miracle of Jesus feeding thousands with a few loaves of bread and some fishes. In this window Jesus is shown holding a basket containing fish and bread and to represent the ongoing ministry of Iona House in the present day, Young included boxes and cans to reflect a contemporary theme. Rob Cooper, studio artist, prepared the final art work with traditional glass painting
techniques. Daniel Hause, studio craftsperson, was a model for the image of Jesus.
The Great Physician
St. Columb’s Episcopal Church has a long standing tradition of a prayer healing ministry called The Daughters of the King. Once a week there is a special healing service. Young chose to depict Jesus Christ as the Great Physician (Proverbs: 31) by illustrating scenes from His life during his healing ministry.
April 27, 2017