In Company with Angels, Inc.
Incorporated on March 2, 2007, the mission of the non-profit In Company with Angels is “to share with the greatest number of people Tiffany’s window series ‘Angels Representing Seven Churches,’ to provide education about its historical and artistic significance, to archive its evolution and journey and to ensure its safekeeping for future generations to discover and enjoy.” The efforts of the organization have been generously funded by individual donors and from grants from the Asplundh Foundation.
The Board of Directors is a mix of community and church members and bring talents from the fields of stained-glass restoration, finance, education, fundraising, journalism, music and the arts. Professionals involved in museums, law, historic preservation and business administration have volunteered to form our Advisory Council The organization has also benefited from the expertise of businesses who have donated their time, talents and resources as ‘Collaborative Supporters.’ We are grateful for the support of:
· Art of Glass Studios, Media, PA
· Barbeau Associates Public Relations Consultants, Barrington, RI
· Glendale Society, Glendale, OH
· Karen’s Catering, Perkasie, PA
· New Church of Montgomery, Montgomery, OH
· Swedenborgian Church at Temenos, West Chester, PA
· West Chester University, West Chester, PA ('Dept of Cultural & Community Affairs')
The individuals who have come forth to work on the Board of Directors tell a wide variety of stories of how they have felt moved to be a part of this unique project. William Seymour approached Rev. Currie at a presentation she gave on the project at the 2005 annual meeting of the Chester County Community Foundation. When, as he puts it, he ‘should have been calling donors in his capacity as Director of Development for the Church Farm School,’ he felt compelled to learn more about the angel windows, later agreeing to serve as Board President.
Larraine Mosteller had gone for a walk with a friend on the Temenos property and when days later an ABC-TV news broadcast showed Rev. Currie and the shed where the windows had been stored, she recognized that she had just seen that shed on her walk. Larraine says she ‘felt the angels called her forth to volunteer her assistance for the project. As a retired CPA, Larraine now serves as Board Treasurer.
Rev. Susannah Currie, with her ongoing enthusiasm renewed with each new story of ‘angelic intervention’ serves as Board Secretary and Executive Director. She has a background in accounting and organizational management that has helped the organization to grow rapidly.
Rev. Ken Turley, another Swedenborgian minister and Board Member, was inspired to compose meditation music for each angel window. Other board members and volunteers report that their creative inspiration is being sparked and offers to paint, quilt and reproduce the images in ways we had never thought of, are coming in regularly.