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Visio Divina class with Mare Blocker

Visio Divina class with Mare Blocker

Of Interest

February 23, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Reflective Viewing: Finding the Divine Within You Selected pages from the St. John’s Bible will be used to practice Visio Divina, a contemplative, repetitive, prayerful viewing of the illuminations on the page. In an increasingly visual culture, where the images we view are fast paced, this technique invites the viewer to slow down and see the image. Workshop participants will identify symbols that represent the divine within themselves, and use them to make collages, drawings or poems. We will ask ourselves, as visual thinkers and makers, how do we communicate our ideas effectively, with intention to the world, and yet, still create an opening for our viewers to include their own narrative in our work?

This event, led by Mare Blocker, is part of PLU’s School of Arts and Communication FOCUS Series, bringing together SOAC’s talented students and faculty to examine a chosen theme through a multi-disciplinary approach. As part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, PLU is hosting a volume of the St. John’s Bible, the first hand-written and illuminated Bible created since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Commissioned by the American Benedictine community of St. John’s Abbey and University (Collegeville, Minnesota), the Saint John’s Bible was brought into existence in order to ignite the spiritual imagination of all persons who reflect on the biblical text and meditate on its many striking images. 

A collaborative effort begun in 1998 and completed in 2011, the creation of the Saint John’s Bible brought together anthropologists, artists, book printers, botanists, computer scientists, graphic artists, historians, linguists, poets and scripture scholars – a group that looks very much like a university. PLU welcomes the large volume containing the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, as well as seven framed illuminations.

The Visio Divina workshop is free and open to the public.