Women’s Artwork Bridges Cultures at Mennonite World Conference :: by Audrey Kanagy

by Audrey Kanagy

I danced all the way to the car after Elizabeth Soto Albright invited me to create artwork with women who would be attending Mennonite World Conference. After months of preparation, I headed to convention loaded down with supplies, bubbling with nervous anticipation. Along with my supplies were three example pieces of art created by the women of Living Light Mennonite Church. Although their own original purpose was to serve as a model, God had something more in mind.

Each afternoon women from various continents gathered in the Delaware room above the Main Hall to encourage women engaged in theological work and explore ways to connect across cultures. My role was to create a space where women could engage creatively, working with their hands even as they engaged their minds and hearts in the discussions. Using a method of art called decoupage, we brushed pieces of magazines onto canvases with glue, forming five images combined to create a whole picture. This project would include a compilation of women in conversation from every continent, symbols of communion, scripture, and the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Women Theologians Invited to Gather at Mennonite World Conference

Linda Gehman Peachey, a writer and editor, along with Mary Anne Isaak, a Canadian Mennonite Brethren woman in church leadership, are coordinating a gathering of women theologians at Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly in Harrisburg, PA next month, July 21-26. This North American gathering is being organized in conjunction with the efforts of the other continental groups and their vision for a global network of women theologians.

Please forward this invitation to women you think might be interested in joining this gathering of North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Women Theologians.

Space has been set aside each day for women theologians from each continent to gather for fellowship and networking at the Global Women’s Space (specific times to be determined closer to the date):

  • Asian women: Tuesday, 7/21
  • North American women: Wednesday, 7/22, 1:30-3:00 pm
  • African women: Wednesday, 7/22, late afternoon
  • Latin American and European women: Thursday, 7/23, afternoon
  • All women: Friday, 7/24, 1:30-5:00pm

Below is some background information on the history and goals of these gatherings, as well as more information about the joint gathering to take place on Friday, 7/24 from 1:30-5:00pm. Continue reading