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Religion News: Stained-glass window sold to support church

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A church in Vermont, struggling in the poor economy, is raising funds by selling its stained-glass window – a Tiffany original.

According to wire reports, First Baptist Church in Brattleboro, Vt., is looking to sell a 9-foot tall, 33-inch wide window to fund the church and a homeless shelter it runs during the winter.

The window shows St. John the Divine, a book in his left hand — presumably the Bible — and a blue sky and water behind him, in the distance. According to wire reports, the glass is signed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, who dominated the stained glass business in America in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Vermont church isn’t the first to sell stained-glass windows; a N.J. Episcopal Church agreed to sell three of its Tiffany windows to raise money for operations.

Gospel Music Channel plans Christmas programming

GospelMusicChannel.com, working with Compassion International, is offering a variety of features, downloads, videos and community opportunities to celebrate Christmas.

From the featured artist of the week to new interviews and Christmas-centric Top 10 lists, there are plenty of opportunities to get you in the spirit.

The “Christmas of Compassion” campaign also includes a trip giveaway. Interested people can submit stories of how they are living compassionately throughout the year. Judges will choose the best story, and the winner will win a trip to Central America. Visit www.gospelmusicchannel.com/christmas/compassion for details.

Survey Says

A new poll by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that large numbers of Americans engage in multiple religious practices, mixing elements of diverse traditions.

One-third of Americans (35 percent) say they regularly (9 percent) or occasionally (26 percent) attend religious services at more than one place, and most of these (24 percent of the public overall) indicate that they sometimes attend religious services of a faith different from their own.

Good Book?

“Mystery Of Light: a Vision of Hope” by E.A. Dove

“Mystery of Light” is a true story about a family’s exceptional discovery; a vision of hope.

Two days after the tragedy of 9/11, Dove and his family experienced a unique happening. One of Dove’s children was taking photographs, and upon closer inspection they discovered extraordinary images that led them to a spiritual awakening and an exploration of faith.

Dove describes a journey full of mysteries as they experienced a renewal of faith that sent them on an odyssey to discover a revelation that they believe would inspire people around the world to reaffirm their believes, not only in God but also in mankind.

Dove explains, “Now, when the world is torn between light and darkness, we have decided to spread the message and display the images to the eyes of humanity”

Get to Know …

The Rev. Mary Glasspool, 55, recently was elected assistant bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

She is the second openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church and the world Anglican fellowship. The first was New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson.

Glasspool attended Episcopal Divinity School and was ordained in 1981, becoming assistant to the rector at St. Paul’s Church in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. She later worked in churches in Boston, Annapolis, Md., and Arizona.

The Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, is divided over the election of gay bishops. Glasspool needs the consent of a majority of Episcopal dioceses before she can take the job of bishop suffragan.

The Word

Word of Knowledge: A belief or instruction that a Christian believes comes directly from the Holy Spirit. This is found almost exclusively among Charismatic and Pentecostal Christians. – www.religioustolerance.org

Religion Around the World

Religious makeup of Costa Rica

Roman Catholic: 76.3 percent

Evangelical: 13.7 percent

Jehovah's Witnesses: 1.3 percent

Other Protestant: 0.7 percent

Other: 4.8 percent

None: 3.2 percent

- CIA Factbook

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