As Easter approaches, our faith communities are typically anticipating a special weekend of gathering, remembering and celebrating what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. One way that many of our CRC churches have done so is with the gift of the set of paintings called "The Creator's Sacrifice," painted by artist Ovide Bighetty. These 17 stunning paintings, done in Woodlands Cree style, tell the Passion Story in a moving and unique way.
The best way to see and experience this art is in person; with time to interact with it in a number of ways. It is also something that can bring people together, open up imagination and conversation. Churches have been able to experience and learn about relationship building with Indigenous People along side those in their communities. Unfortunately in this moment of time, with gatherings of more than 15 people not being safe for containing the spread of COVID-19, a gallery viewing of these paintings is not ideal.
With so many things moving to the virtual and internet platforms, including church services, we have put together a modest showing of these prints for individuals and churches to add to their Easter experience if they are interested. See the videos below, of the paintings with readings from the Stations of the Cross. They are done individually, as well as all put together, to give you different options of how you can interact with them best. The large file with all of them together is viewable only and includes a doxology at the end, sung by artist Cheryl Bear. www.dropbox.com/s/3hx7rwl1rs2ltsh/Stations%20of%20the%20Cross.mp4?dl=0