Eight CBUCC Distinctives
& Related Stained Glass Windows
When Drs. Dennis and Christine Wiley led the congregation to remodel and expand the church campus in 1999, their combined theological and artistic sensitivities inspired them to conceive new stained glass windows that would reflect the African values, heritage, and aspirations of the church and the community.
The result is 13 windows scattered throughout the church sanctuary, noted for their beauty and relevance, as well as accurate conceptions of what Covenant has become.
The three windows which stand above the choir/pulpit are three scences of the historical (ie, Afro-Palestinian) Jesus:
(piano side) His baptism by John,
(pipe organ side) Praying in the garden of Gethsemene,
(Above baptismal pool) Christ’s resurrection and ascension.
The remaining 10 windows depict the theological vision of Covenant, which our Pastors Emeriti made the basis of their ministry and which we continue to uphold in the 21st century.
1. Community Grounded
Related Stained Glass Window: Service
Related Scriptures: Matthew 25:36; Joshua 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:58
2. Radically Inclusive
Related Stained Glass Window: Inclusiveness
Related Scriptures: Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17-18; Acts 2:21; Mark 11:17
3. Theologically Progressive
Related Stained Glass Window: Liberation, Compassion
Related Scriptures: Luke 15:20, 24; Matthew 5:17, 20, 21-48; 6:1, 2; 7
4. Social Justice Oriented
Related Stained Glass Window: Empowerment, Liberation
Related Scriptures: Luke 4:18; Acts 1:8; Deuteronomy 6:20-23; Amos 5:21-24
5. Holistically Involved
Related Stained Glass Window: Inspiration
Related Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1; Mark 12:30-31
6. Culturally Conscious
Related Stained Glass Window: Heritage
Related Scriptures: Psalm 68:31; Hebrews 11:1; Matthew 2:15b; Mark 12:31a; John 1:14
7. Intergenerationally Connected
Related Stained Glass Window: Generations
Related Scriptures: Psalm 90:1; Matthew 19:14; 2 Kings 2:9; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 31:7-8; 1 Kings 1:28-30; Ruth 1:16-18; Esther 1:7; Matthew 3:16-17; Acts 18:24-27; 2 Timothy
8. Artistically Creative
Related Stained Glass Windows: Creation, Celebration
Related Scriptures: Genesis 1:27; Psalm 150:6; Isaiah 43:19-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17