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Celebrating Creativity in Washington D.C.


On a Sunday afternoon in the Washington D.C Christian Reformed Church, three artists celebrated God’s gifts of creativity and imagination.

Rod Jellema, a poet, read from his recently published book Incarnality: The Collected Poems.

Lori Dykstra, a visual artist, explained several of her paintings and sculptures.

And jazz musician David Jellema, son of Rod, who grew up in the church, played improvised musical responses.

Rod Jellema explained that the artists’ purpose was to show what it means to be created in the image of God by being creative in our lives and learning to enjoy galleries, books, and music.

David Jellema lives in Texas where he plays in a New Orleans-style jazz band.

Marjorie Gray appreciated the event and wrote in her blog that the artists “reopened our eyes to the tangible Creation which beckons us to respond; the Creator’s signature talent blossoms in human creativity throughout every life everywhere.”

The event raised almost $800 for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, to be used for flood relief in Pakistan.

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