Madre del Mundo Statue

madre-at-UUThe Madre del Mundo Statue was created by artist/potter/sculptor Marsha Gomez. Marsha was an American Indian/Hispanic artist who directed Alma de Mujer Center for indigenous women artists, a conference center near Austin, TX. She designed the Madre to be inclusive of all women, so each could see herself in the image, whether African-American, Asian, American Indian, Hispanic or white. Many see the image as Mary; others see her as the divine feminine in their own tradition.

The first Madre, a cast mold of fiberglass, was installed near the Nevada Test Site. She was seized by authorities at one point, but later returned, and is currently in a shrine near Cactus Springs, NV.

Another is located at a refugee center near El Paso that serves as a reception center for Central American and other refugees; A third Madre is located near Austin.

The concrete mold, with Styrofoam inside, was brought to the Peace Farm near Amarillo, TX in 1989, and installed as a symbol of resistance to nuclear weapons. Marsha and several friends did the installation there and led a dedication ceremony at a Mother’s Day Peace Camp.Bishop Matthiesen was important in establishing the Peace Farm. When the land was purchased in 1986, he helped with arranging financing for water, electricity, a road and the first residence on the site. Throughout his tenure as Bishop of Amarillo, he remained supportive, and after retirement became a board member and board president.

Members of Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship also provided support, moral and material, and the Fellowship has always been open to programming and educational events. In the years the Madre remained at the Peace Farm she drew regular visitors for meditation and passers-by from the highway. Many left small offerings, from rocks to coins to notes and various mementos.

The Peace Farm is happy to give the Madre to the Fellowship as a memorial to Bishop Matt and our mutual quest for world peace on this day, April 17, 2011.