Bryan Moyer Suderman released a new CD, I’m Glad You’re Here: Songs of Hope and Struggle, on May 6, 2016, in Stouffville, Ont. The concert was also a fundraiser for the “Welcome the Stranger” initiative for refugee support (an initiative of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in the greater Toronto area), and on the night of the concert raised almost $10,000.
Suderman describes the CD as “a kind of sound track for the church engaged in hard conversations,” and so it is pertinent to what MC Canada is doing this summer in Saskatoon.
Like many singer/song writers, Suderman says this CD has been a long time coming. “Sometimes, for me, songwriting can follow a regular rhythm, like the growing of a crop and its harvest in due time, year after year. Other times it feels more like an old-growth forest that takes much longer to grow and mature. Many of these songs—and this collection as a whole—feel for me more like that.
“A number of the songs have been around for quite a while, but never seemed to quite fit on a previous collection. With all that’s going on in the life of our church, this seemed to be the right time for this collection of songs.”
Suderman has been using a number of these songs in the recent teaching he has been doing in regard to “Reading the Bible With Jesus.” He has led workshops in various Mennonite Church Eastern Canada congregations, at Pastors’ Week at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary; while in India in February, and in Goshen, Ind., with Hispanic pastors and leaders from across MC USA.