"In spite of everything I have done in my past, what they will hear on the CD is a different side of who I am," says [Jim Motherall]. "Broken Wings," one of the songs on the CD, helped him deal with the anger of not being able to trust people. The lyrics begin with reflections of shattered hopes, of "reaching for love, finding pain," and end with the assurance that "Jesus loves me, this I know."Expressing his emotions and thoughts in song brings personal healing, he says, and sharing his music with others is "another step on the ladder" that not only brings personal healing, but also has the potential to bring healing to others. "When you perform a song, it touches someone. For me, it is my way of reaching out to people, to help them have a spiritual awakening. There is hope for all of us, no matter how low you get."
34 Canadian Mennonite March 30, 2009 While travelling to perform is an on- going part of Moyer Suderman’s work—the mission statement of SmallTall Music, his From prison bars music ministry, is “building up the body of Christ by creating and sharing songs of faith for small and tall”)—he also struggles to bars of music with how to carry out this vocation in a Participants in MCC Manitoba prisoner visitation way that is sustainable economically and program launch CD of original music ecologically, as well as sustainable in terms of healthy relationships with his family By Gl adys Terichow Photo BY ALLison rALPh and local community of Stouffville, Ont., Mennonite Central Committee release and his home congregation, Community WinniPeG Mennonite Church. As a result, Moyer Suderman is working to keep his long-distance travel schedule confined to a limited number of weeks per F ive musicians who have been incarcer- ated in Manitoba correctional insti- tutions, or who are still behind bars, have year, and then to “make hay while the sun released a CD of original compositions shines,” and perform as much as possible that includes songs of hope and inspira- Jim Motherall, left, who has while he is on the road. A Via Rail pass tion, piano pieces and folk music. spent 32 of his 58 years in pris- provided him with a way that reduces the Beyond the Din gives a voice to people on, is accompanied by Laurie carbon emissions that would result from whose voices are seldom heard, says Lyss and Janet Newediuk more “one-off” flights to long-distance en- Murray Barkman, coordinator of Open during a CD launch party gagements. “Besides,” Moyer Suderman Circle, a Mennonite Central Committee for Beyond the Din hosted says, “I love to travel by train!” Λ Manitoba program that supports prison- by Open Circle, a prisoner ers and ex-prisoners through prison visita- support program operated by Photo CoUrtesY oF tions and community integration. MCC Manitoba. BrYAn MoYer sUDerMAn “There is so much rhetoric out there about getting tough on crime,” says begin with reflections of shattered hopes, Barkman. “We can’t just talk about crime of “reaching for love, finding pain,” and end like it is a disease that can be stamped out. with the assurance that “Jesus loves me, We are talking about real people who are
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