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Young seminarian wins T-shirt design contest


T-shirt design contest winner

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Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Publishing Network joint release
May 27, 2011
-Steve Shenk

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Anthony Martin of Ephrata, Pa., is the winner of a T-shirt design contest that commemorates the release of the 30th anniversary edition of Living More with Less and the creation of a website for the book.

Martin, 28, is a graphic designer and landscaper who plans to enroll at Dallas Theological Seminary in July to pursue a master’s degree in theology. He graduated from Penn State University, where he majored in landscape contracting.

The winning design, topping a total of 23 entries, is built around the word “simplify.” It will be imprinted on T-shirts celebrating the launch of  Living More with Less this summer in  Waterloo, Ont. at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly (July 4-8) and in Pittsburgh at the Mennonite Church USA convention (July 4-9). The event will be sponsored by MennoMedia, a new agency formed by the merger of Mennonite Publishing Network, the publishing agency of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, with Third Way Media.

“I knew a design about living simply should be simple,” said Martin. “The circle just embodies the holistic mentality that goes along with living simply.”

Martin attended a small Mennonite school where the teachers encouraged and modeled the idea of living simply and the three R’s—reducing, recycling, and reusing. “I believe it is a part of our calling to be good stewards of the planet we’ve been given to live on,” he said.

Martin currently works in his uncle’s lawn care business. His sideline is—wouldn’t you know—making “fun and clever” T-shirts. He calls his business Dead Parrot Press, which was inspired by a Monty Python comedy sketch.

The next contest related to Living More with Less invites participants to create a video for YouTube on the theme of “how to do more with less” or sustainable/simpler living. Contestants should post their video and then send a link to by Sept. 1. All usable entries will be posted on the Living More with Less website and the entrants will receive Living More with Less T-shirts. The top two entries, as judged by staff, will receive a copy of the Living More with Less book and a $25 gift certificate for merchandise from MennoMedia.   

Find out more about Living More with Less at

Living More with Less can be ordered in Canada for $17.25 by calling 800-631-6535 or e-mailing In the U.S. the books is available for $14.99 by calling 800-245-7894 or emailing

Mennonite Publishing Network is the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.