Quilt for peace
June 4, 2010
AKRON, Pa. – The North American Mennonite Relief Sale Board invites contributions of peace-themed quilt blocks that will be combined into quilts to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) peace programs.
These traveling quilts will be displayed at various MCC relief sales in Canada and the United States, beginning in 2011. As symbolic auction items, they will inspire bidders to contribute toward MCC’s peace work.
Through Sept. 20, volunteers Bev Patkau, Calgary, Alta., and Marlys Wiens, Edina, Minn., are accepting blocks of all sizes; pieced, appliquéd, embroidered or painted; any color; representing any sentiment or symbol of peace. Patkau and Wiens will assemble the blocks into at least one quilt for each country.
Proceeds from the 2011 peace quilts could support any of MCC’s peace work, including the programs of MCC’s partner Justapaz, an organization of the Colombia Mennonite Church. Justapaz supports peacebuilding, human rights and nonviolent action among people who live in areas of conflict, perpetuated by the military, the paramilitary or rebel groups.
To support these programs and others, quilters are also invited to create their own peace quilts or wall hangings. The proceeds garnered from the projects at the relief sales can be designated for peacebuilding.
In Canada: Peace quilt blocks should be sent to Bev Patkau, 227 Valhalla Crescent NW, Calgary, AB T3A 1Z8. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
In the United States: Peace quilt blocks can be sent to Marlys Wiens, 7310 York Ave. S. #105, Edina, MN 55435. She can be contacted by email at email@example.com .
For more information on relief sales or updates on the peace quilt project, visit reliefsales.mcc.org.