Two bright blue squares on this quilt come from the same shirt – On the front it said Umtata Women’sTheology Group and on the back it read: Reading the Bible from a Woman’s Perspective. I bought this shirt from the UWTG table at Zimbabwe Mennonite World Conference in Bulawayo in 2003. The Umtata group was an ecumenical women’s organization in Africa which produced a number of Bible study guides on Sexuality, Women’s Roles, Family Life, etc. This group preceded the African Anabaptist Women Theologians which formed in 2013.
The olive green shirt which says Run for Congo Women is one I received in the spring of 2008 after the African Anabaptist Women Theologian’s gathering in Kinshasa, Congo in November of 2007. Suzanne Lind sent me photos of her own 5K in Congo in the Run for Congo Women. She completed this in the eastern part of Congo at a time when there was a great deal of rape as an instrument of war in that part of Congo. I found a Run for Congo Women a few hours from my home in Frederick, Maryland and completed a 5K there and received this shirt. It helped me feel reconnected to my African sisters.