Image Journal Turns 25

Image is a quarterly journal that publishes art and writing that contemplates the intersection between religious faith and modern culture. This spring the journal turns twenty-five, and I am excited to be among the writers featured in the anniversary issue! In addition to the Image blog, Good Letters, which provides thoughtful inquiry into a variety of contemporary issues on a regular basis (I highly recommend checking it out), each issue of the journal includes a preface from the editor, Gregory Wolfe. This issue, the preface is called “Cloud of Unknowing”. It reflects on the growth Image has undergone these past twenty-five years but also revisits the principle mission the founders set out to accomplish. Wolfe notes that art and faith inform one another and both are ventures into mystery. Wolfe explains, “In the early Christian church, a mysterion was a sacrament, which consisted of something ordinary that had been changed—shaped into an artifact by God and by man—and which enabled the grace of God to be sensed, as through a glass darkly.” Art can be a sacred venture between God and man, and, often times, art-making commences in a place of darkness or unknowing. This has felt especially true to me in writing the short story, “Tenebrae” which appears in the pages of the anniversary issue. Tenebrae means shadows or darkness, and Tenebrae services are traditionally held on one of the last three days of holy week leading up to Easter. It seems fitting to me that this piece would appear in an issue concerned with the veil between us and God.

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