“Seeing the Word” Workshop to be Held at Bethany’s Buffalo Seminary

BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Barbara Sutton, Associate Dean of St. John’s Seminary in Minnesota, will present “Seeing the Word,” a two-day workshop at Bethany Memorial Church in Bethany, W.Va., March 28-29. The workshop will introduce people to “ways of seeing” using The Saint John’s Bible – the first illuminated scripture in more than 500 years.

The workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the practice of visio divina, utilizing the illuminated word of The Saint John’s Bible. Visio divina is a Latin term which means “divine seeing,” and is grounded in the sixth century Benedictine practice of Bible reading called lectio divina.  Participants will also learn the methodology that facilitates a revelation of God through the opened eye of one’s heart – moving from a literal interpretation to an illuminated understanding situated in the context of the learner/prayer.  Participants will also try their hand at making a small, simple book.

The Saint John's Bible is a work of art and a work of theology. A team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in central Minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement.

For updated information or to register online, go to: www.wv.disciples.org/buffalo or contact Dr. Larry Grimes at lgrimes@bethanywv.edu

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college. Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College provides continuing education for clergy and laity.