Ecumenical Centre, chapel, stained glass
06 September 11 @ 18:19
Â© Nikos Kosmidis/WCC
Canon EOS 450D
Abstract stained glass windows run along the exterior chapel walls. Both the architect, Eric Moller, and the interior designer, Knud Lollesgaard, were from Denmark and they used Nordic furnishing and natural materials in their design. Lollesgaard says he set out â€œto useâ€¦only natureâ€™s own colours, so that it shall not act as a disturbing element, but as a humble expression of our longing for God â€“ our dependence on the things created by Him: the sun, the earth, the trees, the light, the darkness, the dayâ€™s changing into nightâ€¦The window wall is supposed to form a background for the things held most sacred by all Christians: the Holy Bible and the Cross of Christ, just as earthly things form a background for our spiritual life.â€ Above the windows, latticed oak screens admit diffused light.
A spiritual heart: the ecumenical chapel.
The chapel is the spiritual heart of the Ecumenical Centre and its design is richly symbolic in nature. Staff gather here for weekly worship services, daily prayer and special events. The chapel is not specific to any one tradition, and is designed to recall a tent, proclaiming that the churches are on a pilgrimage towards unity and that Christian divisions are provisional.