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Nancy Earsy | ARTChurch | Sunday Circle
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Gallery at the Sanctuary

May, 2019

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Artist’s Background

 Nancy first encountered Journal Quilts at the Lowell Quilt Festival. She’s a writer, so the 8 ½ x 11 inch format, exactly the size of a piece of typing paper, appealed to her. She began sewing her first quilt with purple felt praying hands and tiny Tibetan prayer flags to celebrate Peace Day in August 2006. Since then, she’s created more than 100 quilts. Many of them focus on civil rights and American history.

She likes the open-ended creative possibilities of the small art quilt format because the size makes it possible to complete an art quilt in a single day. She uses small scraps of fabric and embraces whatever embellishments fit the theme. Pictures expand the design options. Images of angels, stars and heavenly nights bring blessings to the work, while special colors and fabrics reflect the changing seasons and cycles of life. Nancy explains, “The practice of creating a monthly art quilt centers me, like meditation or Yoga. After sewing it, I sometimes understand the subject of my quilt differently.”

She grew up in Ohio and graduated from Oberlin College, later receiving her J.D. from Northeastern and working as General Counsel for the state vocational rehabilitation agency. She is a retired lawyer and now works as a volunteer editor with the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law when she is not making quilts.

About the Collection

Nancy Earsy’s art quilts depict America’s long struggle for equal rights and racial justice. Her goal is to spotlight events and hidden heroes from the past, as well as contemporary leaders, to inspire understanding and positive action for change.

This exhibit focuses on civil rights issues from long ago as well as modern times. The zig-zag progress and setbacks of American history are reflected in images of plantations in the North and South, along with modern heroes and events like President Obama’s election. Quilts in this collection feature abolitionist leaders Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglass, who spoke out to end the brutality of slavery. Less known heroes include Yulanda Williams, a community police officer in San Francisco, and Harry T. Moore, who worked with the NAACP to enroll 116,000 new African American voters in Florida when the Supreme Court struck down discriminatory restrictions on voting in the 1940s.———————————
About ARTChurch: Inspired by the rich spirituality and deep themes inherent in art, ARTChurch looks at scripture and liturgy through the lens of the art installed in the Gallery at Sanctuary UCC. On the second Sunday of each month, we experience the Holy—and the holy in each other—through the images, colors, themes and creative energies of the installation, the artist’s perspective and that which is seen by the observer.

Ministry Center Closed
May 20 all-day
Laura Brereton Music Classes – pending
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ministry Center Open
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Alex Wang, Office and Social Media (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Charmaine Lee, Finance Administrator (3:30 to 6:00 pm)

NO – Art Gallery Team Meeting; Rescheduled to Sat, 5/25, 10:30 am
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Art Gallery Team plans programs and activities associated with the Sanctuary Art Gallery, including receptions and reflections with the artist and other art programs. All are welcome.

Yoga for Healthy Aging with Judy Scribner Moore (Spring – 2019)
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Participants will be guided with clear instruction in gentle yoga-based exercise and breath focused meditation, using chairs for comfort and support. Emphasis will be given on cultivating relaxation and concentration, as well as maximizing circulation, joint mobility, immunity and bone strength. No previous experience with yoga is required.

Our teacher – West Medford’s yogi Judy Scribner-Moore – brings more than 30 years of experience teaching yoga and meditation to students of diverse ages, abilities and backgrounds.

This Series Runs: 4/3 – 5/29; $180 for 9 classes; $25/drop-in.

If interested in participating in this class, please register at:;
or – Text UCCYOGA to 51555 (and follow link) to sign up
or – contact Sanctuary at 781.395.3360/ or Judy at to reserve a space.

$ 20.00 per session for full term; Drop-in Price $ 25.00. If you need support with the cost of the classes please contact Rev. Wendy for information about scholarships.

Please bring a yoga mat and firm blanket to each class.

Ministry Center Open
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Alex Wang, Office and Social Media (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Ministry Center Open (11am-6pm)
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Alex Wang, Office and Social Media (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Charmaine Lee, Finance Administrator (3:30 to 6:00 pm)