Displaced Jesus Refugees and Immigrants

artists of first presbyterian, Ann Arbor

During this year’s Lent, we are using the lens of refugees to create the Stations in contemporary terms that are relevant and evocative. Since the beginning of time, people have been crossing borders and leaving their birthplaces in order to seek better opportunities, to form new communities, and to connect with loved ones. Over two thousand years ago, Jesus, a Palestinian Jew, and his own family were forced to flee across borders in order to escape the violent, tyrannical regime of King Herod. Throughout his life, Jesus continued to migrate from city to city, crossing borders and breaking down boundaries. Through this year’s Stations of the Cross, we will explore what the Stations of the Cross looked like for Jesus the refugee. We will reflect on the continued injustices, violence, and suffering that continue today, as well as how God calls us to participate in the healing of the world.

First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me." He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will." When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

-Matthew 26:36-41

Oh God, you have called us to keep watch, yet we have fallen asleep. Awaken us to the suffering of your children in exile, that we may support them in their hour of need. Amen.
Bev Pelletier

Gethsemane is the critical moment of proof and choice through which all of us, as well Christ, must pass. We are all, in that sense, both refugees and immigrants, making a journey that we have been sent on. For Jesus, it is particularly poignant and dramatic. My painting, which is hard to photograph, displays darkness and shadow, both literally and metaphorically. It represents the abyss of the night of the soul as experienced in the Garden. The clouds of black and brown illustrate the ominous despair Christ feels in the face of his destiny. There is a sense of doom and and turbulence in the movement of the dark swirling shapes. Light appears in some areas, but it is fiery and menacing. The mood is heavy and melancholic, rending. It conveys the intensity of the Passion of Jesus, as well as that of all of us who make our way through individual trials in our earthly passage.

Karen Hockett

The Garden

This piece of art is designed as a pondering piece with multiple layers –

The garden is depicted by various ecologies and plants; places where refugees might wander. Within the garden we see Jesus’ words “Watch and Pray”. Layered over the garden are quotes about refugees, impact on their lives, and their hope for the future. As your view the quotes, they move from suffering to thoughts of change and even hope. The question to ponder is where are we in this and what is our response as we “Watch and Pray”?

Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested

Then, while Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, "the man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him and lead him away securely." He came and immediately went over to him and said, "Rabbi." And he kissed him. At this they laid hands on him and arrested him.

-Mark 14: 43-46

God, who kisses even the traitor, forgive us when we do not welcome those seeking help and safety. Increase and expand our understanding of what it means to be a neighbor, a brother, a sister. Arrest our own desire for safety and make us to be disciples who welcome the stranger in our midst. Amen.
Karen Hockett

The artwork depicts the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane after Jesus asked them to “Watch and Pray”. Sleep fell over them and they were not able to watch even for an hour. While they were sleeping Jesus is betrayed and arrested. How watchful and prayerful are we for those at home or those who have lost their home? How long can we watch before selfishness overcomes us and we betray Jesus?

Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin

Reader: When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us," but he replied to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied to them, "You say that I am." Then they said, "What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth."

- Luke 22: 66-71

Lord, guide courts and all people that hold the power of judgement over the lives of displaced peoples. May justice for them bear the marks of your mercy, grace, and peace. Amen.
Sara McAdory-Kim

“Out of the Picture”

When Jesus came before the Sanhedrin, they saw what they wanted to see: a usurper challenging their power and threatening change. When we see refugees and immigrants, in person or on TV, who do we see?

When we fail to speak out to protect these people, who are we really denying?

Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. One of the maids came over to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean." But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about!" As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazorean." Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man!" A little later the bystanders came over and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away." At that he began to curse and to swear, "I do not know the man." And immediately a cock crowed. Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: "Before the cock crows you will deny me three times." He went out and began to weep bitterly.

- Matthew 26: 69-75

O God, in whose life we have life, you are attentive to the groaning of the whole creation. Stand by those who have been denied; do not forsake them. Strengthen us to claim Jesus as our friend, and to stand with all for whom Jesus cares. Amen.

Sean Hoskins

Dance and video artist Sean Hoskins approached his Station by collecting images that spoke to him that he could layer into a dance-for-the-camera composition. Not confined by live performance, Sean layered images of sadness, contrast, repetition, and downright denial/betrayal into this short video.

Tara Shantz

Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate

The chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He said to him in reply, "You say so." The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, "Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of." Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.... Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barrabas... [and] handed Jesus over to be crucified.

- Mark 15: 1-5, 15

O God, in the face of each person you see your child. Confront our personal and systemic prejudices that do not honor God's image in each person. Give us eyes to behold one another as family so that we may love one another as you have loved us. Amen.
Bev Pelletier

My painting focuses on the notorious moment of hand washing by Pontius Pilate. The background, colored in black and dark blue, is intended to convey both the idea of water, emotion, and disaster. The huge patches of garnet red represent Christ's blood. And it is on Pontius Pilate's hands as well as all of ours. Pilate is guilty of sentencing Him to die, but so are we all, because He died for all of our sins. Our guilt is universal. For this reason, I have chosen to depict my own hands in this piece. The blood is painted in bold strokes to mark the enormity of Christ's sacrifice and the intensity of our share in the significance of his Passion.

Jesus Christ was himself a refugee from Herod, an immigrant, a rebel, an outsider. He championed the unfortunate and the downtrodden. In Matthew 25:45 He asserted that when we refuse to help them, we are refusing to help Him. In other words, when we allow ill treatment of immigrants and refugees in our society today, we carry collective guilt, and their blood is on our hands in a figurative sense, much as Christ's was on Pilate's. We are betraying the teachings of Jesus.

Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,"Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck him repeatedly.

- John 19: 1-3

Our Lord, you are our God and king. You clothed yourself in the suffering of the world in order to redeem the creation. Clothe with compassion the bodies of people worn down by long journeys, brutal violence, and constant poverty. Remember them when they come into your kingdom. Amen.
Angie Nagle Miller

“Crowned with Thorns”

Associating the stations of the cross with today’s refugees, I began to think: What is their crown of thorns? How have they been scourged and mocked? Who are the soldiers of today? As Christians are we the soldiers or are we the disciples of Jesus?

Scott Strodtman

The teasel is native to Eurasia, probably arriving in North America in imported grain sometime in the 1800’s. It is most often found here along roadsides where the seeds are spread by mowing equipment. It flowers in mid-summer, starting as a thin band about the middle of the comb. As the flowers mature, the band separates, moving upward and downward forming two rings.

As a photographic subject, the teasel has fascinated me with the delicate flowers juxtaposed with the hard spines of the comb. This forms, in my mind, a perfect analogy of Jesus’s love for us against the harshness of his death.

Virginia Koster

The thorns represent the abuse of power, indifference to suffering, lies and avarice.

Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross

When the chief priests and the guards saw [Jesus] they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him. I find no guilt in him." ... They cried out, "Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar." Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.

- John 19: 6, 15-17

God our sovereign, you inaugurated a peaceable kingdom. We confess that we have been led astray by kingdoms of false security, personal success and scarcity, while sentencing others to kingdoms of death and despair. Remind us that we have been washed by the waters of baptism, and conscript us into your service for the sake of the world. Amen.
Carole Pawloski

In 1965-66 I became inspired by Africa after living in Liberia on a Ford grant teaching art for a year at Cuttington College. While there one day I went for a walk to visit a nearby Leper colony. Along the path was a woman and a group of children. I took a photograph of them, because it was such a moving and beautiful scene. Most of my art and teaching has been about Africa ever since. A year ago I went through my African photos that I had digitized earlier and decided to make a colorized drawing/painting from a black and white version of my photo. I was inspired by the colors and mesmerizing expressions of the group. Then when the church created the series of artists interpreting the Stations of the Cross, I thought this painting might be fitting. I noticed the feeling of loneliness, isolation and displacement of the figures in the work. The group is separated from society in their own country because of a condition that someone in their family has and they are ostracized there forever. They also have a struggle just surviving. Is the woman the mother of all of them or just a caretaker? There is an empty dish and pot along with distended stomachs from malnutrition. The young boy on the right looks longingly at the empty dish at his feet. They are not refugees but share many things. They are different and therefore ignored, unaccepted, and sometimes chastised.

Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.

- Mark 15: 21

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, make us into people who can carry the cross for others; who can walk alongside of those in need. Help us not to ignore those who have so much to carry on their hearts and shoulders as they flee from their homes into strange lands, seeking safety and new lives. May our arms be open and shoulders bare to bear the cross for our refugee brothers and sisters so that they may know they are never alone. Amen.
Robert Hockett

“Golgatha”

I wonder what Golgotha really looked like. It was notorious as a city dump where one might find human offal or debris. Not a place where one would desire to go. In my painting, I placed an unseated cross with brilliance to indicate God is Always Here!! As Jesus approached Golgotha, is this what he saw? what he sensed?

Angie Nagle Miller

Carrying the Burden

Simon carried Jesus’ burden of the cross and Jesus carried our burden of sin to the cross? Are we to carry the burdens of the immigrant and the refugees?

Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.' At that time, people will say to the mountains, 'Fall upon us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!' for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?"

- Luke 23: 27-31

O Lord, we do not know what lies before us. Uncertainties of life and our future sufferings overwhelm us. But when we compare them to the sufferings of our immigrant brothers and sisters who live under the fear of being deported, they seem rather trivial. When we compare them to the heart-wrenching journeys of our refugee brothers and sisters, they seem so minor. God who hears our every cry, hear the cries of our siblings who are in desperate need of your protection and provisions. May we be your hands and feet to those who are in dire need of you. Amen.
Angie Nagle Miller

“Do Not Weep for Me”

It struck me as I contemplated these verses, Jesus’ compassion for the women of Jerusalem was his concern. Do not weep for me but for yourselves and your children. The refugee women of today weep for themselves and for their children. Do we weep for the refugees? The children are the green wood of our society. Do we weep for them or do we let them fall?

Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."

- Luke 23: 33-34

God of forgiveness, we confess our hearts are calloused and apathetic toward those who are most vulnerable among us. Soften our hearts and fill us with concern for those who have reluctantly abandoned their country and ventured into a new one in hopes of finding peace and freedom. Forgive our complicity in the predicament of our refugee friends who reside among us. Forgive us for turning a blind eye to the needs of our immigrant neighbors we see on a daily basis. Change us, mold us, shape us into your image with each passing moment. Amen.
Dana Larson

When they came to the place called the skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Lord, forgive us for rejecting those that are different from us—for separating and segregating immigrants and refugees.

Lord, forgive us for living out of fear and ignorance toward those who believe in different faiths.

Lord, forgive us our self righteous judgements as we cast blame on others and neglect to see the darkness within ourselves.

Lord, forgive us for clinging to hateful divisive thoughts when only love will conquer.

Lord, forgive us for believing we can live without you. We all contain good and evil within us and only through your mercy and grace are we called to our highest and most loving being.

Lord, forgive us when we are confused…when we fail to have clarity that compels us to act in defense of those that are defenseless.

Lord, help us remember your words from Matthew 25:40 “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters, you did for me.”

Lord, forgive us for not seeing diversity as a strength and our immigrant brothers and sisters as gifts to our communities.

Lord, forgive us.

The Mids (Middle School Youth)

Dear God, please help us to be more accepting; help us to connect to people who are different from us, especially refugees. May refugees heal from the troubles and terrors they have faced. Help us to be comforters as they walk their journeys. Give them courage and bravery. Give hope to children in refugee camps. We pray for their safety and for safety in the world. Lord help us to pray for their safety and for safety in the world. Lord help us to be good and kind, and more loving towards God’s children.

Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief

Reader: Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

- Luke 23: 39-43

God of many chances, you never condemn us although we are quick to condemn one another. So many times, we fail to carry out your mercy and grace. So many times, we fail to look after our refugee brothers and sisters. So many times, we fail to recognize the hardship of our immigrant friends around us. Grant us opportunities to love our neighbors as you have loved us and the grace and courage to do so even when it’s hard. All of us are the thieves on the left and right of you—Jesus, remember us when you come into your kingdom where the most vulnerable among us have already found their place. Amen.
Kathy Wirstrom

Jesus, the human one, is a migrant from another place: his kingdom is not of this world. Like the refugees and immigrants who come from outside our known world, Jesus shares our humanity, yet we mark him and them as “other.” That sort of judgment makes his crucifixion possible and allows us to unjustly condemn and harshly punish our unacknowledged sisters and brothers.

All nations are drawn by Jesus into the open arms of this cross. Just as he promises the good thief a welcome in paradise, so he models for us a loving hospitality to all. We, the people, come together as his church in the shape of a cross, forever united by the sacrificial love which is our shared gift.

Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

- John 19: 25-27

God who makes strangers into friends, friends into families, and families into one Body, help us to know that our familial ties stretch beyond our nuclear or extended families. You have made all those who have witnessed your love into one family of God so that we may care for one another as we would for our own parents and siblings. Would we simply stand and stare at our own Mother shivering in the cold or own son dying of hunger? O Lord, may we treat our refugee and immigrant siblings as we would treat our own family—with much love, tenderness, and kindness. Amen.
Angie Nagle Miller

Jesus concern is for others. He is worried about his mother. His faithful disciple takes her into his home. Are we faithful disciples of Christ? Are we willing to take in a refugee?

Mom's Bible Study

The mother of Jesus stands under the cross, watching her beloved son suffer, knowing his only release will be in death. And yet, through the pain and torment, Jesus is thinking of her. He expresses concern; not for himself, but for the welfare of his mother.

We think of a mother's never-ending love for her child - be they the Savior, a soldier, a criminal, an immigrant, a "professional", a homeless person, an orphan, a world leader. This gift of love that Jesus gave Mary so tenderly from the cross - in acknowledgement of her ongoing journey as he departed this world - of care and a never-ending reminder of his love for her. The words express love, rage, sadness, hope, and life-time journeys into the unknown with the promise, always, of God.

Love is unconditional, we are all equal members of our human family, mothers and sons can love each other and care for each other even if they are not blood relatives, it really is all about love of all as Jesus taught us.

Jesus commanded one of his disciples to take care of Mary. As Christ’s disciples, we are also called to support people who are suffering from hardship and tragedy, including immigrants and refugees. Images and words were chosen that reflect this idea, which is why they are placed around the cross.

Jesus gives us into the care of one another, creating among us one human family. We are bound together by our shared needs for food, shelter, affirmation, and love.

A parent's bond with their children is one of God's most precious gifts. God's extraordinary love for us is truly expressed through the gift of His son.

Mary sighs as her loss is too deep for words. The pain of losing a child is unfathomable. What depth of pain does God experience?

For the immigrant, for the refugee, loss is a constant companion: Loss of home, loss of one’s way of life, loss of family. Christ knows our pain. With his love we strive towards wholeness. In his love, we are called to reach out to others, to help them towards wholeness and healing.

What have you loved and had to leave behind?

Whom have you taken into your heart and home?

Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last.

Luke 23: 44-46

God who tears down veils and walls, we thank you that the barrier between you and us has been lifted so that we can know you more intimately. But in some places, walls are not only very much intact but are in the process of being built. You have breathed your last so that we may freely be with those who are different from us; who may not agree with us; who are living in pain and agony. Penetrate our veils of ignorance and walls of fear with your love and light. Amen.
Lois Bryant

Love Thy Neighbor?

To begin this art project, I looked at Old Master paintings of the crucifixion. I looked in particular at the people in these paintings, gathered on the ground around the cross. What I saw a lot of very sad people, huddled together, many of them wearing hijabs. All these sad people – Jesus’ family and followers – look a lot like the photos of refugees I’ve been seeing almost every day in the newspaper over the past few months. In my version of the crucifixion, I collaged these newspaper photos of refugees around the base of the cross.

Look at these refugees: you can see the anguish and despair in their faces. These are families that have been uprooted and torn apart. They are desperately fleeing violence and hopelessness. They are seeking refuge in a world that is not so eager to take them in. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 28:11). Are we doing a good job of following Jesus’ example?

…and darkness came over the whole land…

In my version of the crucifixion, the sky above the people is dark not because of an eclipse but rather because of heavy clouds. The clouds are made from newspaper articles about the migrant crisis, travel bans, and threats of deportation. These clouds are blocking the refugees’ view of Jesus and his outstretched hands. They cannot see Jesus or the Holy of Holies above Him. They are under too much stress. They cannot see hope.

…Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle….

What was this veil – sometimes called the curtain of the temple – and what was its purpose? It was massive and heavy and it separated us from God, for our own protection, as God is very powerful. What was on the other side of the curtain? The Holy of Holies, God Himself. Who ripped it at the moment of Jesus’ death? God did. He ripped right down the middle, from the top down. What did that signify? It signified that now – through Jesus’ death – we have direct access to God.

I decided to make the veil of the temple out of the same newspaper articles as the clouds – the articles about the migrant crisis, refugee bans, and threats of deportation. You may be asking why would that curtain in the temple be made from these newspaper articles?

At first I thought the curtain should be very beautiful and precious, because it was in the temple. But then I thought about what that curtain’s function is: it separates us from God. And I asked myself, what separates people from God now, in this refugee situation? What separates not only the refugees, but us, the citizens and leaders of the countries that are hesitant to help them out and take them in? I think the answer is fear. That veil is a curtain of fear, our fears of trusting these refugees, our fears of taking them in. Our threats of bans and walls and deportations are separating these people from seeing God and the Good Life and the Holy of Holies. They separate us, too, from seeing God and the Good Life and the Holy of Holies.

In my version of the crucifixion, you see the veil of the temple above the clouds and Jesus. The veil is ripped down the middle, revealing God’s awesome power and intense love. Jesus is welcoming all people with open arms. He loves all of us, the desperate and the secure, the fearful and the hopeful.

Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.

- Matthew 27: 57-60

O Lord, in life and in death, we belong to you. Sometimes we lay as though we are dead in our tombs, paralyzed with disillusionment and complacency . Help us to remember that you have overcome the world. Empower us to act on behalf of the oppressed and embolden us to speak against the injustices before us. May you breathe life into our paralyzed bodies and hope into fearful hearts of our refugee brothers and sisters so that we may rejoice together on the day of your resurrection. O Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
Deborah Campbell

The invitation to create an artwork for Lent this year has been a joy and a blessing. Studying, researching, and reflecting about Jesus journey to the tomb, Jesus as refugee, has been deeply meaningful.

I found myself focusing on the journey. I could not separate Jesus journey, from beginning to end, from the path that connected those two facts. I learned that beginning with Jesus road back home after living in the refugee camps of Egypt as a child, that he more than likely walked at least 15,000 miles in his lifetime. Crisscrossing the land by foot, relying on the kindness of strangers, knowing not what he would eat or where he would sleep, his homeland occupied by a military force. Too many modern comparisons. A refugee is someone who is forced to flee, without comfort, with great hardship. Jesus understood the pain along the road to sanctuary.

But that isn’t the whole story.....

About my work:

Spirit has always been an important part of my creativity. I’m an artist because I believe. God is in us, the Ultimate Creator. Creativity is part of who we are.

I grew up in a rural farm family. We didn’t have art or art supplies. But we had abundant materials. My father allowed us to use all of his tools and lumber. All the women in my family were clever with needles; sewing needles, knitting needles, crochet hooks. They made things; quilts completely stitched by hand, clothing for the children, doll clothes, warm hats and mittens. Because I was a creative child and a ‘maker’, and these were the materials that were abundant and accessible to me, I began using cloth, yarn, and thread to create with. And found objects to explore three dimensions.

Over time I began to see the possibilities of using this media for self-expression. Stories began to develop through these materials. I loved the sensual quality of materials, ‘drawing’ with a piece of thread, sculpting with a cord of linen – taking that line of thread and shaping it around space with the simple techniques I learned from childhood. Realizing the potential and meaning inherent within all objects.

I see abundant connections – between stories, thread, our teachers and ancient skills – all connected with a simple piece of fabric, thread, wire. My work is inspired by Spirit, the natural world, the landscape of memory and my personal experience.

Angela Ryo and Daniel Ervin, Resident Ministers at First Pres are the organizers of the exhibition. Many thanks to all the artists who participated!

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