04/24/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Vermont Church To Sell Tiffany Window To Continue Homeless Projects

In lieu of a "miracle," the First Baptist Church in Brattleboro, Vermont, will sell its stained-glass Tiffany window to facilitate the improvements and continuing operations of a homeless shelter.

Reverend Suzanne Andrews says the window may bring in over $100K, though she still hopes for an alternate option. The mirror was installed in the Vermont church 100 years ago as a memorial to a parishioner's son-in-law.

From The Art Newspaper:

In November, the membership of the First Baptist Church in Brattleboro, Vermont voted 20 to four to sell the Tiffany work, which depicts St John the Divine, to raise funds for winter heating bills, the homeless shelter and repairs for a badly leaking slate roof. From December through March, the shelter gives 30 to 50 guests per night a hot meal, a sleeping bag and a warm place to sleep, said Sylvia Seitz, the church treasurer. The window, signed by Tiffany Studios and inscribed as a memorial to the son-in-law of a prominent church member, was installed in 1910.

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