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A Girl and Her Glue Stick

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Allison Wehrung

Desert Prayer

A reflection on Psalm 143 for Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Lenten devotional book; Cornelius, NC, January 2017.

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Turning Toward

A reflection on Isaiah 58:1-12 for Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Lenten devotional book; Cornelius, NC, January 2017.

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Why I Marched

On January 21, an estimated half a million pilgrims descended on Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington, and nearly 2.5 million more gathered in solidarity across the country and the world. I was one of the ones who went for a walk in Charlotte.

“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” (Women’s March Mission)

A quick #WhyIMarch search on any social media platform will fill your screen with more personal motivations. On the day of the marches my news feeds flooded with photos and determined words laced with hope, fear, anger, and everything in between. Since then I’ve read a lot of reactions. I think most people I talk to on a regular basis are supportive of this movement, but I’ve seen plenty of words that aren’t. Centering many of the critiques has been the sentiment that we who marched don’t even know why we were marching. That we’re sore losers or whining about inequalities that don’t exist. If you’re here reading my blog you likely already know that I feel differently. Here’s me using my little corner of the internet to tell you why.

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To All Who Enter

For a family member’s front door; Cornelius, NC, December 2016.

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{Canvas, acrylic, and ink.}

2016 was a bit of a doozy. It seems to me like we’d do well to offer each other peace as we venture into a new year.

DIY | Recycled Wrapping

It’s Jesus’s bday month, and that means it’s time to wrap some presents! (Also if you’re Christian, maybe church or something?) Recently I read an article on repurposed wrapping and thought I’d give it a try. If you can hold a glue stick and safely operate scissors, you can do this. Promise.

 

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A Startling Star

Because I don’t have kids or pets to put on my Christmas cards; Cornelius, NC, October 2016.

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{Canvas, coffee filters, acrylic paint, paper bag, magazines, book pages, permanent marker, cardboard, bamboo sushi mat, burlap, aluminum can, aluminum foil. Used in the process: bubble wrap.}

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Pieced-Together Pages

A collaboration with special guest star T.J. Piccolo; Columbia, TN, November 2016.

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Ordination Inspiration

For the Rev. Lauren Peters on her ordination day; Mobile, AL, April 2016.

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{Acrylic and paint pen on canvas. Also used in the process: corrugated cardboard.}


For the Rev. Landon Dillard on her ordination day; Cornelius, NC, November 2016.

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{Acrylic and paint pen on canvas.}

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A Twice-Blazed Trail

Since October 20,

  • Early Voting has come and gone in North Carolina and many other states — the beginning of the end of maybe our most emotionally-charged election season yet.
  • The Presbyterian Church (USA) has celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first woman ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament.
  • I’ve spent about 36 hours a week working as a Computer Operator at my local Early Voting precinct.
  • I’ve continued wading through the search process to find my first ordained call as a Presbyterian pastor.

I woke up this morning and took a deep breath. Election Day. Okay. Here we go.

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