Society & Culture, Practice & Voice

Comfort in Cartooning

Before the Coronavirus became a household word, I was tasked to write a blog about the monthly theme of “Whose Authority?” I looked up some articles I had written in the past, but a brief theological essay on the topic just didn’t feel right. So, I challenged myself to create a visual that would express what I have to say with a glance– or, at least 30 seconds.

I’ve been reconnecting to one of my earliest hobbies, cartooning. It’s a great way for me to de-stress and to create and be creative. Here’s another one that I’m sure many of us can relate with from the past few weeks of settling into our new, coronavirus norms.

Cartoon created by Marlin Lavanhar

Now, we are finding ourselves in our homes probably more than we have ever been. Please know that you are not alone and that All Souls is still here for you. We are streaming a service on our website at 10 & 11:30 a.m. on Sundays and are creating online programs for our families, members, and friends. Barbara Prose and I are setting up small group gatherings that we would love for you to sign up for to stay connected with us and with each other. If you’re interested, please send an email to
I miss you and I love you. Be blessed and be a blessing.

Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar is the Senior Minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He will celebrate 20 years at All Souls during the church’s Centennial in 2021. Follow Marlin’s cartooning on Instagram, @MarlinLavanharCartoons & keep up with All Souls @AllSoulsTulsa. You can read more of his blogs on; All Souls exclusive blog sharing stories of our free faith, curated from the heartland.


  1. Sending my family at All Souls a virtual hug, as i feel so blessed to receive your consistent supportive, encouraging efforts using technology to keep us connected. This is showing me “Love Beyond Belief”. With gratitude for all of you here. 💜💚💙💔❤️💚😷🎶🐾🌷💕

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