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Mary Button received her Master of Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University after graduating from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University with a major in Photography and Imaging. She served as artist-in-residence for the ELCA’s Women’s Triennial Gathering in Spokane and created the visual art for the recent ELCA Youth Gathering at the New Orleans Superdome. Her work has been exhibited across the United States including at the Museum of Biblical Art and the Church Center for the United Nations. She currently serves as Mission Developer at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN.

Recent Posts

Jan 26, 2017

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom.

Nov 12, 2014

In the wake of criticisms aimed at President Obama’s handling of Ebola, a black and white photograph of Ronald Reagan started appearing all over my Facebook feed. Written across the photograph, in standard meme format, were these words: “President Reagan ignored AIDS until 20,849 Americans had already died. But tell me again how Obama’s immediate response to three Ebola cases has been inadequate.”

Jun 27, 2014

I have never in my life heard a Pentecost sermon that began in total honesty. A Holy Week homily can easily start with “It is finished.” And who can resist the back-and-forth that begins Easter Sunday sermons around the world: “He is risen!” followed by an emotional “He is risen, indeed!”

The Pentecost story gives preachers no such easy start.

Aug 26, 2013

I spent last year teaching ethics at a community college in rural East Tennessee. I divided the semester not chronologically, but philosophically. The first half of the class posed the question, “How should I act?” The second half asked, “How should I be?” The division is one between ethics of conduct and ethics of virtue. Like most ethicists, my students were consumed with a need for a definitive answer as to which approach is the correct one, which is the best to follow.

Jun 10, 2013

One of the greatest gifts my parents gave me as a child was an awareness of my own privilege. Both of my parents grew up as white children in the segregated and violent Jim Crow South. They spent their adulthood trying to make sense of the experience by instilling in me and my brother a passion for justice and a deep sense of history.

Mar 05, 2013

Mary Button is the creator of the Stations of the Cross: The Struggle for LGBT Equality. Congregations and faith groups are encouraged to use these stations during the Lenten season for prayer and reflection. Download the entire series from Believe Out Loud's flickr site.

Feb 26, 2013

Stations of the Cross are a series of artistic representations of the Passion of Christ, depicting the story of his death from his sentencing to the laying of his body in the tomb. The fourteen images are used devotionally during the Lenten season for prayer and reflection.

The stations provide an opportunity for Christians to enter into the story of Christ's suffering and experience a relationship with a God who suffers with us.

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