Save Our Stained Glass Windows!

Have you ever noticed the magical glow inside the Sanctuary? Century-old stained-glass windows help make the Sanctuary a truly special place, whether you experience the warm natural light in person, through video, or in photos. Amazing–until you stand close enough to see that they are falling apart.

Thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts, we have a one-time opportunity to restore the stained-glass windows in our presenting space. They granted us half of the necessary funding—$36,000–and now we need to raise the match. Can you help?

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This is a vital infrastructure boost for the Sanctuary—something we’ve wanted to do since we moved in almost 15 years ago. Restoring the stained-glass windows means:

  • SAFETY: Right now, broken pieces of stained glass are barely holding in place–some secured by little more than a strip of tape. If the windows fail, someone could get hurt!
  • ENVIRONMENTAL EFFICIENCY: Broken window panes mean a leaky building envelope. Fixing them will conserve energy, reducing fossil fuel consumption as well as costs.
  • HISTORIC REVERENCE: By preserving the stained-glass windows we honor the tremendous history of this building as well as the rich legacy of our neighborhood.
  • BEAUTY: The colorful windows transform the sunlight in our space and elevate all of our programming—it’s a big part of why the space feels like a “sanctuary.” And this gorgeous light makes our media productions shimmer.
  • SECURITY: Failing windows create an obvious security risk for us. Our hand-me-down equipment doesn’t have much street value, but it would be expensive to replace. We couldn’t operate without it!

The prospect of restoring our stained-glass windows is a dream come true. These windows weren’t crafted by Louis Comfort Tiffany. But even though they aren’t particularly collectable, they are irreplaceable to us. By a stroke of luck, the building we inhabit is the former First English Lutheran Church of Troy–for which the design aesthetic was deeply spiritual but not overtly religious. It’s perfect for our interfaith commitment to justice and peace. For years we’ve debated replacing the windows with plain glass, but couldn’t bring ourselves to do it. We’ve been waiting—and hoping—for an opportunity like this.

It’s a lot of work, and $36,000 is a lot of money for us. Anything you can contribute will have a big impact. Can you take a moment to make a contribution that is personally significant?

Whatever it is you love about the Sanctuary—the music, films, speakers, youth programming, WOOC 105.3 FM, NATURE Lab, Collard City Growers, or even the relationships you’ve built here—this building has made it possible! In 2020 the former church headquarters of The Sanctuary for Independent Media will turn 120 years old. Your contribution will help ensure that this place continues to blossom into the new decade, and beyond.

Every year this place grows in tandem with the individuals who contribute—like you! Whether you’re helping clean up after an event, preparing a meal to share, or sending money, the Sanctuary’s work, its physical infrastructure, its impact—none of this would be possible without you. Thank you.

P.S. If you have the means to donate $1,000, we would love to honor your commitment to the Sanctuary by inscribing your name below one of the 12 windows in the main hall. Please get in touch! Email, or call us at (518) 272-2390 and ask for Melissa.