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Happy New Year! This will be a very exciting year for The Saint John's Bible and it is an honor to have you with us as the story continues to unfold. One very exciting way the story is being told is through the Heritage Edition. Universities, parishes, monasteries, museums and hospitals the world over have Heritage Editions on display and are using them for spiritual reflection, faith formation and even healing arts programming. There is a very good chance that there is a volume on display near your community.

Extending the Reach of The Saint John's Bible

From the very start, when quill first touched vellum more than a decade ago, Saint John's University and Donald Jackson set out to "produce a Bible, a work of art that will ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world." These visionary words are expansive, inclusive and speak directly to the Heritage Program's values and vision.

Through the generosity of individuals and institutions from around the world, the Heritage Edition, the fine art edition of the original manuscript, is helping Saint John’s and Mr. Jackson make the vision a reality. To date, families and institutions in 16 states and 7 countries have acquired Heritage Editions. In 2011, the reach will be even greater thanks to a number of major announcements that are now in the works.

Pentateuch’s Creation illumination as seen from the outside of St Martin-in-the-Fields on London’s famous Trafalgar Square. Photo by Marc Gascoigne, courtesy of St Martin-in-the-Fields

As this gift of sacred art extends its reach, The Saint John's Bible story – through the Heritage Edition – is being shared by recipients in creative and inspiring ways. "It is thrilling to learn how others have made the Bible an important part of academics, fine arts and theology," said Jim Triggs, executive director of the Heritage Program. "And while they learn more about its creation and 12-year journey, we witness how The Saint John's Bible can inspire learning and discovery."

In addition to academic settings, the Heritage Edition has been a focal point at music and seasonal celebrations, alumni weekends and reunions, academic convocations, ecumenical services and facility dedications. One of the best examples was the St Martin-in-the-Field Choir’s performance, "In the Beginning Was the Word," held this fall. During the evening program of music and word, illuminations from the Bible were "projected against the arching Baroque splendor of St Martin’s 18th century ceiling." One attendee called it, "Breathtaking … it was the imagination put into light, sound, music and text."

Hundreds gathered to get an up-close look at The Saint John's Bible, Heritage Edition as it was welcomed into the St. Bartholomew Parish on Oct. 31. Photo by Mark Trockman

Equally as important, Triggs said, are the stories that find their way back to Saint John’s --stories that tell how the Bible has touched individuals both old and young. For example, Loyola Notre Dame Library hosted a faculty forum to discuss Isaiah's Suffering Servant illumination. The auditorium was packed, standing room only. Another story shared was three-year old in Minnesota who wanted a story read from "her Bible," the Heritage Edition on display at St. Bartholomew parish. Finally, a message on Facebook from a visitor to St Martin-in-the-Field who saw the Heritage Edition offered this praise: "I have only just seen your beautiful Bible … it is stunning and humbling and so inspiring to think this sort of work is still being committed. Thank you so much for your efforts and skills and sheer mission!"

"We share these experiences because our partners have become an important part of the story and journey of The Saint John's Bible," said Triggs. “In addition, the variety of settings and encounters encourage others to think how this Bible can impact their lives, their families and their communities.”

To learn more about the journey, visit SaintJohnsBible.org and click on "Heritage Program" and go to "Follow the Journey."

In This Issue

• Extending the Reach of
The Saint John's Bible

• Upcoming Exhibitions & Events

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Print Exhibitions

Carroll Art Gallery at Carroll College
Helena, MT
January 10 - March 1, 2011

Central Presbyterian Church
Atlanta, GA
January 23 - March 3, 2011

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