The Unconventional Rhetoric of Anabaptist Quiltmaking: Piecing the Parables of Peace

McLaughlin, Elizabeth
January 2008
Conference Papers -- National Communication Association;2008, p1
Conference Paper
Since the sixteenth century, Anabaptist reformers or "rebaptizers" have pursued a sacred way of life separated from the world, often resulting in persecution and misunderstanding. One of their central values is to follow Christ's way of peace through non-violence and loving neighbor and enemy alike. As a part of this peace tradition, Mennonite and Amish women have created and donated beautiful quilts and coverings to serve the poor and raise money for peacemaking, resulting in an unconventional rhetoric which functions as living parables of their values. One recent example, members of the Salford Mennonite Church of Harleysville, PA, created the Iraqi Peace Quilts as a plea to Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush to not go to war. These quilts and their creation are a parable of peace. The creation stories of these quilts, and the response of community, national leaders and the media, exemplify how the Kingdom of God is like a quiltmaker and a quilt. ..PAT.-Unpublished Manuscript


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