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Arianne is a parent, author, artist, creator, and ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA). She’s originally from Sioux Falls, SD and graduated from Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) with degrees in English Literature and Biblical/Theological Studies. She originally planned on Law School until God called her to Taiwan where everything changed, and later graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago).

In addition to working as a writer/editor for Illustrated Ministry,  Arianne’s book, Ash and Starlight: Prayers for the Chaos and Grace of Daily Life was published in October of 2019 with a second edition in 2023. She has also written for Prayers and Blessings for Healthcare WorkersUpper Disciplines, Pause, The Christian Century, Presbyterians Today, Horizons, and These Days.

She believes the world is a broken and beautiful place, and that a tender, strong God holds us in it. Her purpose in this space is to find connection and wholeness on the journey. To learn more about the story behind this blog’s title, please see her original post.

Arianne and her clergy-couple husband, Jeff,  live in Wilmette, IL with their three children.