Workshop with UKirk Davidson; Davidson, NC, September 2016.


{Plastic banner, cardboard, markers, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, felt, plastic packaging, cardboard packaging, magazine pages, yarn, hemp string, googley eyes, hymnal pages, construction paper, bubble wrap, fabric, aluminum can, bamboo sushi mat. Obvs lots of glue.}

You’ve seen this kind of collab before. This time I had the pleasure of hanging out with the good people of UKirk Davidson (the Presby campus ministry at Davidson College). Just like last times, everybody had a piece(s) of the puzzle, and was tasked with using whatever they wanted to fill in the spaces as long as they followed the color labels. Before we got our hands dirty, we’d read Romans 12:3-8, which briefly lists some of the many gifts people have. Prompted to consider our own gifts, we incorporated them into our work — hymnal pages for musicians, magazine scraps for me, and so on.

Some things to remember:

  • Use what you’ve got. With the exception of a few supplementary colors of paint, everything we used for this workshop was either already in my house or in the church’s resource closet (which is a magical place, for the record).
  • Sometimes our story — our piece of the puzzle — doesn’t always make sense in the moment. It’s hard to figure out what we’re even looking at, to see the big picture. Don’t forget to take a step back every now and then and remind yourself there’s more than what’s right in front of you.

Thanks for a whale of a time, UKirk!

Shout out to campus minister Claire for this action shot.

PS – Do you know a college student who might be interested in a Presby group on campus? Find a UKirk near you!