"I get by with a little help from my friends..."  The Youth Group leading service with Lee & Jamie helping with music.  Thanks to all the kids' hard work they led a wonderfully meaningful worship service.  YOU GUYS ROCK!!

Honoring all of our students and teachers at the Blessing of the Backpacks

 

UCV's amazing kids honoring Archie on Memorial Day.  Thanks to Irene & Rocio for putting together such a great tribute! 

Lee Eddy reminding us that we need to draw lines around us, not lines between us...

 

"Why do Jesus, Moses, Buddha and Mohammed cross the road?... To get to the other!" (not a typo) 

Jamie Barnett sharing his talent with the congregation and reminding us...

 

"When the light touches land

Over sea, over sand

When each day has begun

We are one

 

Where the earth touches sky

We are born, we all die

Where the clear waters run

We are one, we are one"

Lee is wearing an amazing hand made stole from Women of Stitching Hope.  The women learn the advanced fabric art techniques to help them overcome the unimagineable obstacles they face in developing a creative, growing and sustainable enterprise that will help them feed their families.  Each of the intricately stitched stoles are mde from their beautiful hand-painted fabrics. 

 

Because there are few marketing opportunities in Nicaragua, the second-most impoverished nation in the western hemisphere, the women of Stitching Hope and In Stitches:  Center for Liturgical Art partner to bring this beautiful art to churches around the world.

 

This particular stole is called the Kin-dom of God.  Chacraseca, Nicaragua is an agrarian community whose name literally means "dried up banana grove", the women of Stitching Hope speak of abundance, of a place that is green rather than dusty brown.  They envision "chacraverde", a "green" community, vibrant and fruitful, with banana leaves that are lush and green.  "Kin-dom" dreams, for them, embody the fullness of all creation -- all people reconciled into community, ecological integrity and human dignity affirmed, and each person freed to become all they were created to be. 

The lush beauty of this stole, connects us with a people and place not so far away and engages the church in dreaming toward the kin-dom of God's midst. (Women of Stitching Hope website)