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The 2022 Fred D. Gray Plenary in Human and Civil Rights

When: June 10, 2022, 10:45 am - Friday

Where: Collins Alumni Auditorium


“Rags of Love in the Quilting Circle: A Metaphor for Transforming Oppressive Systems”

A livable world cannot be created in the midst of oppressive systems. The old garments of oppression must become transformed by the imagination of those who can see what is possible while living in a completely different reality from the one imagined. The art of quilting is helpful in thinking about the creative work of imagining a livable world. Throughout history rags of clothes and other items that were once loved have been used by quilters to produce some of our best art work. The quilters can imagine the transformation of the rags as they engage upon the task of making a beautiful quilt. Thus the quilting metaphor helps in exploring the challenge lying before humanity to create a sustainable world by bringing their fragmented wounded selves and systems to the circle of healing.


David Fleer, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Catherine Meeks, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, “Rags of Love in the Quilting Circle: A Metaphor for Transforming Oppressive Systems”

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