the patchwork pietist

musings on faith, creativity, and life


I strive to be a farmer of hope,
a fisher of people,
a forger of plowshares,
a student of paradox,
a follower of The Way,
a shepherd of dreams,
a quilter of community,
a connoisseur of simplicity,
a daughter of Love,
and a co-creator of life.
When I manage any of that, I do it through the God whose joy is my strength, the Christ who beckons ever forward, and the Spirit who dances grace around the whole world.

My name is Laura Stone, and I am a Church of the Brethren seminary graduate, living in small-town Indiana.  I am full-time chaplain at Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester.  I do much thinking about what it means to be Anabaptist and Pietist in the midst of illness, aging, and grief, and about what faith has to do with the ways I minister and live.  My professional experience is in mental health, music ministry, academics, teaching, writing, and chaplaincy.  I am also interested in intentional communities (especially Christian ones), quilting, sci-fi, and contra dancing.

I hope this blog will be a place for a loving and fruitful exchange of ideas, so I very much enjoy reading and responding to your comments!

I look forward to continuing on this faith adventure alongside all of you!

Blessings in the moments.
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