Yesterday, a few producers (Colleen, Mitch, and I) drove about an hour northwest of Minneapolis to the town of Collegeville to scout locations for Krista's interview with Father Columba Stewart. This small Minnesota town is home to the Benedictine monks of St. John's Abbey and University, and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML, or "himmel" as I've heard it pronounced).
If you've heard of their work, it's most probably for the St. John's Bible, a project commissioning the first handwritten, illuminated Bible since the printing press made its appearance in the 15th century. But, these archivists also preserve and digitize an incredibly large number of manuscripts from places all over the globe, including the world's largest collection of Ethiopian manuscripts and continuing projects in Syria, Lebanon, Malta, Ukraine, India, and many countries in Europe.
For this morning's interview, Mitch asked Columba to bring a few examples. So, he and Wayne Torborg pulled out a few and gave us a preview. If only you could smell them. Ooh la la!
Environmentalism and climate change are hot topics; yet they're still often imagined as the territory of scientists, expert activists, and those who can afford to be environmentally conscious. Biologist and Evangelical Christian is transforming the ecology of his immediate world in Dunn, Wisconsin.
The Speaking of Faith production staff made a road trip to Cal DeWitt's home to give you a more visual perspective of the marshes and wildlife that surround his lands. We asked DeWitt how he approached his neighbors when moving forward with his ideas of preserving the natural beauty of Dunn. He told a series of stories that speak to Majora Carter's point about making environmental issues relevant to people's daily lives.