FLC Featured Artist: Constance Waisanen

One of the highlights of fellowship at FLC are the revolving art exhibitions in the Upper Friendship Room where we have coffee hour. This month our featured artist is Constance Waisenan.

With this exhibit Constance has combined her love for textiles, quilting and poetry to offer a multifaceted tour de force. The works are inspired by her deep love and connection to nature, and her grandmother who immigrated from a remote farm in Findland. This year Constance was able to visit the family homestead in Finland and reconnect with her heritage. Her art has become a vehicle for her to process her emotions and connect to the divine. The image of the crow takes her back to her childhood in Minnesota. In a 2013 interview for an exhibition in Portland she stated:

As a young girl, I raised a baby crow from naked awkwardness to full feathered glossy black.  "Fred" was never captive, but he chose to stay with my family. He would ride on my father's shoulder as he worked the fields on his tractor and fly alongside my mother's car to the country school where she taught. He learned which window to tap on to be invited in to visit with the children, myself and my brothers. This was my first encounter with crow wisdom and connection to the spirit world.

Discipleship

Encourage-Oneanother

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.

Just as love of God begins with listening to his word, so the beginning of love for our brothers and sisters is learning to listen to them.
―  (Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Life Together)

We Are Becoming

This life is not devoutness, but becoming devout;

not health, but becoming healthy;
not being, but becoming, and
not resting, but doing.

We are not yet what we should be, but we are becoming what we should be.

Martin Luther, Meditation on Philippians 3:13

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