The Sacred Object Project

For the past two years, Liv Thomas and Melva Lowry have been working closely with The Center, a mission initiative of the Presbytery of Baltimore. Their work culminated in a large scale art project of shadow boxes that represents the groups who came to participate in service weekends and weeks with The Center. Reflections from participants, up close pictures of the objects and boxes can be found here.

The Center Baltimore is the Hands & Feet site for the 224th General Assembly.  They offer a different kind of mission experience. Through their model of pairing visiting church groups with local congregations, groups will be led by local leaders to join ongoing ministry in the Baltimore area. Visiting groups are immersed in hands-on experiences with our partners. Groups also spend time with The Center staff, reflecting on shared experiences through the lenses of Christian faith and social change. The Center’s goal is to send participants home with a renewed sense of call, energized to effect change in their own communities.

As part of the Hands and Feet initiative, the fellowship serves as the link between the General Assembly Hands and Feet site and the Office of the General Assembly. Baltimore fellows Melva Lowry and Olivia Thomas have been invaluable stewards of the mission of both Hands and Feet and The Center Baltimore.  

What is Hands and Feet?

Hands and Feet is an initiative envisioned by Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II.  Our focus is to highlight and strengthen local and national efforts by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to facilitate change and communicate God’s love. The project builds upon the grassroots, community work congregations, mid councils, and the national office are already doing; and dovetails with the biennial General Assembly.  The ultimate goal is to educate and equip visitors to create ways to effect change in their own communities.


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