Hochhalter, Cara B.

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Luke 19:1-10
"What a turn-around! The forgiveness and dignity that Jesus bestows on this tax collector, who has become wealthy by taking advantage of others, allows Zacchaeus to turn his life around and make amends in a generous way. As I look at the image, it seems as though I am in the tree with Zacchaeus. I am the one looking over the crowd towards Jesus and I may be the one who is surprised by an invitation for forgiveness. Could it be that the Christ of Universal Love always desires to come into our homes and share bread with us? Again, Jesus reaches across boundaries to demonstrate peacemaking through God’s inclusive love."

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:Luke 19:1-10
Person as Subject:Zacchaeus (Biblical figure)
Jesus Christ (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:CProp26
General Subject:Love

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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.. Zacchaeus, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 16, 2024]. Original source: Cara B. Hochhalter.
Record Number:59050 Last Updated: 2022-06-23 16:32:10 Record Created: 2021-10-25 15:41:12
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition