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Students create unifying mural for New Covenant

Zaniah Richardson, an art student from Lycoming College, works on a mural outside of New Covenant UCC on Third St. in Williamsport. DAVE KENNEDY/Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Ana Sanchez, a rising junior and studio art major at Lycoming College, is helping New Covenant United Church of Christ spread their message of God’s unifying love for all.

The church pastor, Brad Walmer, shared that the idea for a mural was generated within the church community. The church felt as though it was time to spiff up the blank wall on the exterior of the church with a piece of art that represented the congregation’s beliefs,

“We are all about inclusiveness. God’s love is shared with everyone,” Walmer said. “We love the concept they (the students) came up with. Despite all of our differences, we are all searching for God’s love. God’s love pours on us — despite who we are.”

The template that Sanchez designed displays God’s hands alongside other hands reaching up towards the sun. The hands are covered in intricate jewelry and there is an array of colorful flowers and designs surrounding them.

Although the wall is not yet finished, Sanchez shared that the mural will incorporate symbols such as the pride flag, transgender flag and Black Lives Matter symbols — befitting of June, National Pride Month.

“There are no real divisions between us,” Sanchez explained. “The hands reaching up represent no limitations to who can receive God’s love.”

In addition, the flowers and plants surrounding the hands are said to be a symbol of nature and of earth.

“We are all interconnected,” said Sanchez.

Pastor Brad praised the students’ hard work.

“We are so proud of the students and their talent,” he said. “We are so happy that they are sharing it (their talent) with us.”

Some of the other students working alongside Sanchez are Zaniah Richardson, Adarsh Ramnauth, Inga Brostek, Medhavi Bhunjun, Kaylee Wade and Valeria Rivera.

The wall is set to be finished this month, weather pending.

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