Date of Award

5-1-2016

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Overturf, Daniel

Abstract

Escaping persecution from the Catholic Church in Europe, the Mennonites arrived in America on October 6, 1683, settling in what is now recognized as Pennsylvania. Since their arrival, they have spread out to almost all 50 states within America, living also in Canada and South America. To this day, they live a bible-taught way of life, as evidenced in every area of living: speech, dress, business, social purity, recreation, education, and non-participation in politics and warfare. They believe in the separation of church and state, nonconformity to the world, discipleship, and being born again by practicing adult baptism. In considering the landscape, labor/ leisure, and some families that make up the community, the viewer is introduced to the ways by which the Mennonites faith is outwardly expressed, whilst simultaneously being offered a glimpse into a world largely misunderstood by mainstream society. Despite living somewhat separate from the world, my presence as an "outsider" to the community has been embraced; I have been warmly welcomed into their church, their homes, and their businesses, with true Christian kindness. I owe a very warmhearted thank you to everyone that participated in the project. Without you, none of this would be possible. Thank you, and God bless you!

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