The Whole Inhabited World

February 28, 2017


Ecumenism is commonly portrayed symbolically as a boat afloat on the sea of the world with the mast in the form of a cross. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Ecumenism reflects efforts towards the visible and holistic unity among different Christian faiths. The term ecumenical is derived from the Greek word οἰκουμένη (or oikoumene) meaning “the whole inhabited world.” The ecumenical movement involves the search for the visible unity of the Church (Ephesians 4:3) as well as envisioning the “whole inhabited earth” (Matthew 24:14) as the concern for all Christians.


The recognition of the importance of a spirit of unity is universal and conveyed by many symbols. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

A Prayer for Unity

November 9, 2016


Peace, joy, and love design with two doves form a heart by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

For the Clinton Family, thank you.



LIFE * TRUTH * LOVE designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Visual Symbolism… Peace

August 15, 2016

The Peace sign is a graphic symbol representing peace, in the form of a circle with one line bisecting it from top to bottom and two shorter lines radiating downward on either side. If you turn the symbol upside down, it looks like a young tree.


“Now that all of your worry has proved such an unlucrative business, why not find a new job.” The words are written by 14th century Persian poet Hafiz, image by Meredith Eliassen, 2016. Hafiz: Find a Better Job Notecard

one word at at time

July 6, 2016


“one word at a time. i believe i believe that all the people should stop their fight i believe that one should blow a whistle or sing or play on the lute” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“one word at at time” Notecard

This drawing below comes from 2014, when a neighbor asked me to draw a picture for her granddaughters to celebrate Purim, the annual feast in memory of their deliverance from when Haman commenced his campaign against the Jews. Esther remains a role model for someone who used only logic/rhetoric to convince her husband, the king, to save her people. Esther speaks not only to women but to marginalized oppressed groups caught in an intersectional exile.


Esther drawn for Ruth by Meredith Eliassen in 2014. When I look into her eyes, I see my mother.


More Happy Bees?!!!

June 24, 2016

Worker Bees

Early summer in the hive… bees venture out in search of sources for pollen and nectar… then communicate to fellow workers with a dance: round dance means food is close and waggle dance means they have to go farther from the hive. Design by Meredith Eliassen.

Happy Bees at Work

June 23, 2016

Let’s hear it for the good bees who bring us sweet honey!


Stylized drawing of two bees holding a honeycomb by Meredith Eliassen.

In Unity

June 17, 2016

In Flight

Three birds fly in formation, Art Deco design by Meredith Eliassen.


IDENTITY. “our identity is bound with our memories: wash away memory and identity disappears… only to reappear with our next action.” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.


Oblivious to any agitation above him, Old Coyote enjoys a morning stroll in the desert. Meanwhile, Momma Raven keeps her nest secure as Poppa Raven protects his family above the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona. These rocks really are red!

"Ravens Protecting the Nest" design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

“Ravens Protecting the Nest” design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

Ravens’ Nest Notecard