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Dear friends,

For over a quarter of a century, Image has brought forth beauty into a world too often torn by malevolence, discord, amnesia, and plain ugliness. From its inception, Image has chosen not to be part of the culture wars. Instead, Image has found effective ways to allow Beauty (in the words of C.S. Lewis) to “steal past those watchful dragons” of both the institutional church and secular culture to point to the source of all goodness and truth.

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The accolades and awards we have received for our journals and programs—both in the church and in the public square—bear witness to Image's success and influence. Thank you!

Thank you because we could not have accomplished anything without your generous and faithful support. We expect that you, too, have seen the value Image brings to you, others around you, and the culture at large. But you took the extra step and provided financial support for the organization and its goal: to bring renewal to places in our common culture that seem dry and parched.

Thank you.

 

Thank you for appreciating our publications. Thank you for attending our many programs, including the Glen. Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for your financial support. Thank you for receiving this letter with grace, knowing that, as so many charities do this time of year, we will be asking for your support to launch us into 2018. Thank you.

And what changes we have planned for 2018! During the past two years the board of Image has worked with Greg Wolfe on a new strategic plan that will deepen and extend the reach of our mission. We want to invite you to join us in this new season of renewal, as we approach the work of cultural and personal transformation with fresh determination.

As of January 2018, Greg Wolfe will take on a new role within our organization. As already announced, we have launched a search for a new executive director to run the overall operations. This will allow Greg Wolfe time to extend his presence as a distinct and compelling voice for art and faith in the public square, while we build up Image’s capacity to fulfill our mission.

While certain titles and tasks will change, the central mission of Image will remain the same:

To proclaim beauty and mystery in a world that fails to see both.

Furthermore, Image remains foundationally committed to its “big tent” philosophy—publishing art and literature across the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith traditions without a political agenda to push. We believe that in an age of falsely binary political and cultural choices, beauty is the best guide toward the One who is the source of all beauty.

This is the hope Image. This is the hope of the community around Image. This is the prayer of the board and staff.

Here’s a quick rundown on what made this a banner year for Image:

  • Issue #94 featured the previously unpublished college journal of    Flannery O’Connor. 
  • Our summer film issue included Mira Nair, Scott Derickson, and Tony Hale
  • We published several international works in translation such as an essay by Christian Bobin, and poems by Michel Houllebecq and Adélia Prado. 
  • The Image podcast, hosted by our own Sophia Ross, has gone live, with episodes featuring the likes of Levertov award-winning essayist Richard Rodriguez, poet Carolyn Forché, poet and SPU MFA director Scott Cairns, and Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson. Every episode features and interview, and often a little extra, including poetry readings, book discussions, and more. Tune in every other Friday for new content, and don't forget to subscribe on your favorite podcast app.

If you’re reading this, you know what we mean about being able to see more in reality than meets the eye. That’s what art and faith make possible—and what’s behind all true efforts for the common good.

The good often requires sacrificial arts that aren’t based on rational calculation but on love for what is true, good, and beautiful.

For Image to continue serving both the church and the broader culture, we need your help. Otherwise, the forces that would reduce this world to mere utility, power, and self-interest will win the day. You can make this happen.

Our goal this year is $275,000.

Will you help us reach that goal by supporting Image with a gift now?

Your gift will literally make a world of difference.

Gratefully,

The Board of Image

Michael Capps, Chair                         Crosby Haffner                         Robert Royal

Phil Cooke                                         Bruce Herman                          Ray Sawatsky

Roger Feldman                                   David Jennings                         Mark E.E. Sprinkle

Lawan Glasscock                                Andrea Codrington Lippke       Gregory Wolfe

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