Throughout the current academic year we have been blessed with the Saint John’s Bible on our campus. Two of the seven volumes have been on display in the Library Technology Center since August, and throughout the month of February all seven volumes will be here. It’s probably a misstatement to say the volumes have been “on display.” They have, in fact, been actively used and enjoyed, touched and experienced in many ways. Each Monday, one of the volumes is transported to the chapel for “illumination Monday,” and a member of our faculty or staff talks about both the scriptural message appointed for the day and the rich artwork which illustrates it.
Among the highlights of having the SJB on the campus have been the wonderful speakers, who have contributed to the theological and artistic aspects of the project. On February 12th we have the very special opportunity to hear from Mr. Donald Jackson, the visionary behind the Saint John’s Bible and among the foremost calligraphers in the world. He will be speaking in the Buetow Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. I encourage you to arrive early, as we expect a full house! We are delighted that Mr. Jackson’s wife will be accompanying him as well.
I am extremely impressed with the way our campus community has embraced the Bible and incorporated it into the life of our community in many ways. Though many, many faculty, staff members, and students have found ways to lift up the Bible, special mention should be given to Kathy Haeg, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, for her efforts to coordinate and encourage the many activities and uses of the Bible. We also again want to publicly thank Wartburg College, which loaned us the seven display cases we are using to house the volumes while they are on our campus. As you know, the theme of our academic year is The Word became Flesh. The Saint John’s Bible has certainly helped enrich that theme for us.
Grace and peace.