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The Great Exchange 

Peter BakelaarNagoya, Japan

August 26, 2020

I am a member of a community art group made up of Japanese from many different backgrounds. We exhibit in downtown Nagoya twice a year. Each exhibition theme is chosen by the director. For an upcoming group exhibition entitled The Color of Buddhism, I started making this piece The Great Exchange. It represents my friend’s experience and invites questions about the great exchange needed for heaven in death. What kind of exchange is fair for both rich and poor? What kind of exchange would be sufficient for people from every tribe, tongue, and nation? What kind of exchange would involve both justice and mercy even for those who have done terrible things? What kind of exchange would make heaven assured? What kind of exchange gives peace to someone facing their own mortality? …

Capturing Sunshine 

Claire RodgerWashington DC

July 22, 2020

It was the spring of 2014 and I was sitting across from a woman named Mary Sunshine. She was a refugee from Burundi who had to flee her own husband and family. She ended up in Kigali, Rwanda. I met Mary Sunshine in the tiny room next to where her coworkers were sewing bags to be sold in the states. I was there with my camera to do my first film I ever made. …

Dependence. Independence. 

Peter BakelaarNagoya, Japan

March 18, 2020

Rolling Geta (2020) was displayed, along with over 20 other works, on February 1, 2020 at Oyumino Christian Center, Chiba, Japan as part of a community art festival. This particular piece was part of an earlier exhibition in Nagoya entitled, The Color of Balance …

How We Started Live-Streaming Services 

Jonas DavisonTokyo, Japan

March 18, 2020

Three weeks ago our Tokyo church (Grace City) moved services online. The decision was made on Friday morning, so I had about 2 days to make it happen, with zero livestreaming experience. I spent hours on forums and YouTube tutorials trying to get things figured out, and texting with others who were also scrambling …

Be Still and Know That I Am God 

Roger W. LowtherTokyo, Japan

March 18, 2020

Heavy creaking in the ceiling above my head jolted my sleep-numbed mind into consciousness. My eyes flew open. What is that noise? Where am I? “Everybody out! This is a big one!” someone behind me yelled. That was all it took …