"can and bottle recyler, autograph collector in new york city and I would love to visit california. Im a good businessman"

-Timothy Caughman

The murder of Timothy Caughman is deeply disturbing, and weighs heavily on my heart. This kind and beloved man spent his career helping people as a job coach. In his retirement, he made extra money recycling cans and bottles. He loved collecting autographs and dreamed of one day going to Hollywood.

His dreams were stolen from him in the most violent way imaginable, all because of the color of his skin.

I decided to make this memorial to Mr. Caughman because I wanted to honor his legacy. I wanted to raise up his stolen dreams. I did not want his death to go unnoticed.

As I made this piece, I thought about Mr. Caughman's life. I walked around my city and collected cans and bottles and reflected on how, as a white woman, I didn't have to worry about my race making me a target for violence. I picked pieces to place in the bottles to represent his dreams of visiting California; and thought about my many visits to Los Angeles and how lucky I am to have had those opportunities. I don't have to think about the color of my skin. I have doors open to me based on it. I live a life of privilege.

This is not the world that Christ laid out for us. In God's kingdom, we are all equal. We are bound to each other in God's love.

Please take a moment to reflect on the life of Mr. Caughman.

-Amy Mayes

RUMC Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program

in the words of our artist in residence

"The RUMC Artist in Residence is a fun new program that fosters bridging the gap between artists at large and the faith community.

When I first thought up this program, my hope was to model the Renaissance mindset where the church not only supported, but helped grow artistic endeavors by allowing artists to create within their walls.

"The RUMC Artist in Residence Program is far more than the use of a space to create. This bold new program offers a creative living voice within the congregation. How this will manifest is something I will be exploring in the months to come.

"For a long time I have considered how I could best serve my faith community while remaining true to my artistic calling. It is a balance that I have found difficult to strike. The artistic calling requires 100% flexibility on my part. I find myself being constantly challenged to change and grow, to make difficult decisions and sacrifices, all at the drop of a hat. I am excited to explore this new challenge going forward!"

-Amy Mayes

RUMC Lay Leader and Artist in Residence