Number 8

Singing the Good Friday blues

Angelika Dawson, a member of the Good Friday Blues Band, nails her ‘blues’ to a cross as part of the Good Friday Blues service.

Angelika Dawson and son Aaron perform the blues as part of the Good Friday Blues service in Abbotsford, B.C.

Blues filled the House of James Christian bookstore for two nights during Holy Week, raising the roof with music and raising funds for a local charity.

Beyond stereotypes

Visual artists Miriam Rudolph and Bennie Peters explore their upbringing in Paraguay in the new art exhibit, ‘From Paraguay to Winnipeg: Explorations of Place, Home and Childhood,’ at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.

‘Working in the Garden’ by Bennie Peters. Peters, 32, works predominantly with paint on drywall to create his work.

‘Waving Goodbye’ by Miriam Rudolph. Rudolph, 30, grew up in Paraguay, lived in Winnipeg for nine years and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minn. Much of her work deals with searching for belonging.

Miriam Rudolph has spent most of the past decade living in Winnipeg, but Canadians often ask her what it’s like living in Paraguay, where she grew up.

Ottawa gets more ‘strategic’ about foreign aid

Jim Cornelius, left, Foodgrains Bank executive director, presents a glass grain elevator—an “image of what the Foodgrains Bank has stood for and meant across the country”—to CIDA president Margaret Biggs and Julian Fantino, federal international cooperation minister. At right is Don Peters, the Foodgrains Bank’s board chair.

Helping people in need overseas is not only a “tangible expression of Canadian values,” but also a “critical instrument for advancing Canada’s long-term prosperity and security.”

Speak without fear amid political turmoil

Matt Groenheide, left, a well-known local percussionist specializing in classical percussion and world drumming, and Scottish singer/cellist George Fowler, provided the entertainment for Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service’s annual banquet held last month in Lethbridge, Alta.

Canadian Mennonite was urged at its annual banquet last month to “pass on the best of the Anabaptist faith” to its Mennonite readership and to speak without fear in the face of political turmoil to its own community and, increasingly, to the larger public sphere.

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