EcclesiasticalEmma Ward

'Justice' Stained Glass Window, Belfast

EcclesiasticalEmma Ward
'Justice' Stained Glass Window, Belfast

Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8)  In the centre of this window the theme of Justice is suggested. The crown to the top represents the Kingdom of God. A figure below with arms outstretched signifies our sharing in the suffering of Christ. It can also represent liberty and being set free; free from addiction, free from poverty and so on -  ‘the truth shall set you free’ (John 8:31-32). To the left of the window different coloured hand prints represent emerging relationships as a diverse range of people come together from many cultures and backgrounds while on the right the suggestion of five lamps, reference to being prepared, ready to turn faith into action.

The scenes at the bottom of the window suggest church at the heart of community, providing for the elderly, the young, the oppressed and the socially excluded. The outreach of God’s love and an unrestricted love of neighbour; ‘empathy in action’ (Hebrew 13:13)

In this design I have tried to encapsulate the idea of spiritual,  physical and emotional justice .The upward movement of lines suggest the spiritual and prayerful nature, the physical being represented by the central figure and the emotional by the scenes of social justice below.  The dominant colours in this window are blue to pruple suggesting the Holy Spirit and Kingship of God.