Articles, Books, and People

Dr. King, Gospel Music, and Creative Suffering 

Roger W. LowtherTokyo, Japan

April 27, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis fifty years ago on April 4, 1968. On that same day this year, MLK50 events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King took place all over the city. You could feel the excitement in the air, reinforced by police escorts zipping famous people around the city, blocked-off streets, and a lot of security. All month long, we as a city have been talking about Dr. King in social media, schools, churches, and around dinner tables …


“Unfolding” Art Exhibit 

Peter BakelaarNagoya, Japan

October 18, 2017

October 11-15, 2017, Nagoya, Japan, “Unfolding” Art Exhibit


Mama Vao Vao: Sakalava Women Sew Tapestries of Hope 

Rebe McReynoldsAdoany, Madagascar

September 28, 2017

I’ve recently left my upstairs art studio to find a new one outside among my Sakalava neighbors. The women around me are artisans creating curtains and tablecloths using traditional sewing techniques passed down from their grandmothers. This local skill has helped to support them for generations, but the truth is that the skill is beginning to fade away …


Culture Care and Art 

Berenice RarigFiji Islands

August 2, 2016

Berenice Rarig, MTW missionary in Perth, Australia, was recently the artist in residency at the Culture Care Conference at Fuller Seminary.


Vultures & Rocking Chairs 

Berenice RarigFiji Islands

December 7, 2015

This past Sunday morning my face, all fidgety, was glued to my iPad in Perth, Australia, as I waited for Frank and Ariadna (who are 12 hours behind me) to call in. Then finally a ring sounded and there they were, sharing head phones, on a borrowed tablet, in the center square of town, under a flickering street lamp together with 200+ other people struggling to connect to an irascible internet …