Thursday, August 24, 2006

Twin Cities Book and Art Event!

SpiritOne Arts Center, partnering with the Saint John's Bible,

and Zondervan, the leading Christian communications company,

Host a Special ARTS + FAITH Event

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, August 21, 2006 – Religion today provokes strong emotions, from great loyalty to great misunderstanding. Now a local author and an innovative arts center collaborate to explore relevant ancient and contemporary expressions of progressive and hope-filled faith in a Twin Cities ARTS + FAITH Event:

“The Language of Spirit”

Feeding the soul with an evening of inspiring art, readings and live music

Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 5:00 - 9:00 P.M.

SpiritOne Arts Center, 1128 Harmon Place, Harmon Court #305, Minneapolis, MN. Free.

Special Guest, Tony Jones, Twin Cities author, will be reading from his acclaimed inspirational book The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life (Zondervan). Combined with an exhibit of fine art from The Saint John's Bible, along with other regionally and nationally known artists that includes illuminations from sacred texts and artwork in a variety of media expressing the human search for God.

Jones explains the collaboration, “Along with the recovery of many ancient disciplines of prayer in the Christian faith has come a recovery of visual art. I can’t imagine a better place for a book reading than being surrounded by the beauty of the art that hangs at SpiritOne.”

Tony Jones is a sought after speaker on the topics of theology and the emerging church. He is National Coordinator of Emergent Village, a network of innovative missional Christians as well as doctoral fellow and senior research fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written several books on philosophy, theology, ministry, and prayer, including Divine Intervention, Postmodern Youth Ministry and Soul Shaper.

SpiritOne Arts Center, new to the Minneapolis art scene, is a resource for high quality spiritual art and the Midwest art dealer for The Saint John’s Bible. Demonstrating its mission to integrate the arts into daily living for positive personal and spiritual growth, SpiritOne's founder and director Vicki Hovde says, “We want to provide a showcase for life-affirming and thoughtful artwork, literature and music that promotes healing and peace-loving faith traditions. We are delighted to host Tony, whose research into ancient spiritual practices is relevant and practical for today’s believers and spiritual seekers." Dyan Westman, SpiritOne's education and outreach specialist adds, “Many of the prayer practices about which Tony writes, such as Lectio Divina, or ‘sacred reading,’ are the very practices that guide some of our artists during the creative process.”

SpiritOne Arts Center helps residential, liturgical and healthcare clients create "sacred spaces for the soul,” and offers workshops, special events and retreats that explore the arts and spirituality. Visit or call (612) 332-1148 for more information. SpiritOne Arts Center, 1128 Harmon Place, Harmon Court #305, Minneapolis, MN. Gallery hours: Wed-Fri. 12 - 5:00 p.m.; Mon-Sat and evenings by appointment. Free parking

Zondervan is the leading Christian communications company in the world. Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, produces Bibles, books, new media products, and gift products from its Inspirio group and children's products from its Zonderkidz group. The world's leading Bible publisher, Zondervan holds exclusive North American publishing rights to the New International Version of the Bible, the bestselling modern English translation in the world. Vist Zondervan on the Web at

Contact Information: Vicki Hovde, SpiritOne director or Dyan Westman, SpiritOne education and outreach specialist @ (612)332-1148