Mundane Monday: Stained Glass Windows

Almost every Sunday morning I sit in church in one particular pew and look out of a stained glass window at a makeshift stone labyrinth onto a parking lot beyond. The church building houses two congregations: the UU Fellowship of Sunnyvale, which I attend, and the Congregational Community Church of Sunnyvale, whose services immediately follow ours. The building is architecturally interesting, and modern. Low to the ground, it’s easy to miss when driving by. It’s all triangles and peaks, not like the gothic cathedrals of old with their famous rose windows and gargoyles.


Somehow I don’t think the builders of Notre Dame ever imagined people would look through this window and see their bright blue and red cars parked on the other side, the way we do in Sunnyvale.


But, lovely as that rose window is in Paris, there is also much to be said for this simple, sweet, mundane sunlight, framed on the wall and the floor by the modern window. The UULent word for today is rest. This meditative space and its windows encourage rest and relaxation and help me to get ready for the coming week.

Thank you to PhoTrablogger for the Mundane Monday challenge #99. This challenge will keep going beyond #100 after all!


7 thoughts on “Mundane Monday: Stained Glass Windows”

  1. I wondered if you would post about UULent again this year. 🙂 I was hoping you would, so thank you. What lovely windows, both of them! Incidentally, I don’t think there’s anything “mundane” about either of them.

    And now I’m going to do what I always do when the topic turns to stained glass, and that is plug the Morse Museum ( If you love Tiffany stained glass, you owe it to yourself to check it out. (I think I’ve done this with you already; sorry for the repetition!)

    I am going to attempt to get some rest in today, after I pick up my husband to go get his car in the shop (routine maintenance) and go to my doctor’s appointment (another routine thing). Since I am doing bath and rite today, that tends to be quite restful in and of itself.

    Thank you for this post. Enjoy your UULent. 🙂

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  2. The beauty of any kind of stained glass adds to a church building, I think. We haven’t any at CUMC. Not sure we’d want it though because we can look out the main window in the sanctuary and see clear north to Mt. Ben Lomond. That’s pretty inspiring, too. 🙂

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