Hochhalter, Cara B.

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Luke 9:28-36
"It is out of a time of retreat into prayer with three of his disciples that suddenly Jesus appears to be elevated spiritually. There is a whirl of energy in this image and story. Jesus is seen shimmering with Divine Light. Alongside him appear great prophets of the faith from the past, Moses (with tablets) and Elijah (by a broom tree). In the story, the disciples are astounded beyond words. In their thrill of the moment, they want to build a shrine, a memorial to mark this incredible occurrence... Instead, they are told to listen to Jesus... Perhaps it is more important that the disciples really hear what Jesus has to say than to idolize and worship him in that place. Questions might be raised about our own tendency to create idols that may or may not help us listen to the Divine."

The Rev. Cara B. Hochhalter is a United Church of Christ (UCC) minister. She received her Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, where she studied the intersections of art, theology and justice. She served the Charlemont Federated Church in Massachusetts for ten years and now lives in Hyde Park, New York.

“Over the last thirty years, through my work as a Christian Educator, a seminary student and UCC minister, I have created images that interpret the powerful stories around the life of Jesus. These stories hold universal truths not limited to Christianity but relevant for all our lives and times. I find that art provides a very special means to break into these texts.”

The images in her book, A Challenging Peace in the Life and Stories of Jesus were created through the simple print-making process of carving out a block, applying ink and pulling a print. Cara says, “The interaction of light and dark is important in each image as we cannot have one without the other. The dark defines the light, and vice versa. I find this to be theological as we look to the whole—the light and the dark, the joy and the despair, the peace and the conflict—all under an umbrella of Divine Love that yearns for wholeness.”

Using her book, Cara also offers three online discussion groups: Jesus and Justice, Parables and Peace-making, and The Paradox of Humility in the Stories of Jesus.

To contact Cara B. Hochhalter for information about her art, to purchase signed prints of the images, or her book, A Challenging Peace in the Life and Stories of Jesus, please email:

Artist:Hochhalter, Cara B.

Scripture:Matthew 17:1-9
Luke 9:28-36, (37-43)
Person as Subject:Jesus Christ (Biblical figure)
Disciples (Biblical figures)
Elijah (Biblical figure)
Moses (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:ATran
General Subject:Transfiguration of Jesus

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Copyright Source:Cara B. Hochhalter
Copyright Permission:The artist has granted permission for the non-commercial use of this image with attribution. The artist must be contacted for other uses.
Attribution:Hochhalter, Cara B.. Transfiguration, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 16, 2024]. Original source: Cara B. Hochhalter.
Record Number:59015 Last Updated: 2022-06-23 16:26:00 Record Created: 2021-10-24 15:23:18
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition