Part 3 - The Prodigal is Welcomed.
 Hochhalter, Cara B.

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Title:Part 3 - The Prodigal is Welcomed
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COMMENTARY BY THE ARTIST:
Part 3 - The Prodigal is Welcomed
Luke 15:20-21
"As a mother myself, I could not leave the mother out of this reunion when the wayward son returns. In spite of the son’s great fear of what his parents will say, he must be surprised by the overwhelming welcome and forgiveness... When have you been the one seeking forgiveness or in need of reconciliation? When have you been the one to offer forgiveness for one who has hurt you, whether it has been a family member or otherwise? Have you ever experienced a forgiving embrace of Infinite Love in the mystery of God?"

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: hochhalter.cara@gmail.com

Date:2019
Artist:Hochhalter, Cara B.
Object/Function:Print

Scripture:Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Lectionary links:CLent04
General Subject:Parable of the Prodigal Son
Forgiveness

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Attribution:Hochhalter, Cara B.. Part 3 - The Prodigal is Welcomed, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=59278 [retrieved July 1, 2022]. Original source: Cara B. Hochhalter.
Record Number:59278 Last Updated: 2022-06-23 16:36:20 Record Created: 2022-01-18 09:35:42
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition