Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Stained glass reflects chapel's varying faiths

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        In a small chapel at Summit Behavioral Healthcare Center in Roselawn, a 17-foot wall of stained glass brings together diverse faiths.

[photo] Rev. Ray Menchhofer (left), the chaplain, and Louis Lowenstein, president of the Longview Social Service League, stand beside an interfaith wall in the chapel of Summit Behavioral Healthcare Center in Roselawn.
(Dick Swaim photo)
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        The wall, donated by the Longview Social Service League, was designed in memory of the patients who have lived and died there and is a reflection of their varying religious backgrounds, said Louis Lowenstein, president of the league.

        “It is the only chapel that is ecumenical from the day it was started,” Mr. Lowenstein said.

        The chapel, dedicated in March 2000, “serves different religions. We thought it would be appropriate to have a symbol that would represent that diversity,” he said.

        Part of the wall includes symbols from the Old Testament.

        It shows the star of David, a menorah, a burning bush and a Torah.

        The center of the wall deals with the New Testament, depicting a dove, tree of life, crown of thorns, a cross, a host and chalice, and the Last Supper.

        The Islamic faith is represented by an alpha and omega and an eternal light.

        “This was designed to be an interfaith chapel,” said the Rev. Ray Menchhofer, the chaplain. “The chapel will hold 25 or 30. We want everyone to feel comfortable, knowing that all religions are represented.”

        The center was once called Longview State Hospital, founded in 1820.

        In the 1980s, it was renamed the Pauline Warfield Lewis Center.

        The center provides services to about 240 patients daily.


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