An illuminated manuscript with two full-page miniatures, the St. Augustine Gospels is one of the oldest books in Europe and of great significance artistically. Kirk Smith, a wonderful storyteller, makes the medieval world real while raising probing questions regarding issues of communication, unity, and continuity.
Spending time with the St Augustines Gospels, believed to be the oldest non-archeological object in Great Britain, Smith uses this great volume as a starting point for a contemporary conversation on communication, unity, and continuity.
How does the church find that connection with its past, its present, and its future? How do we share the Good News using today's media, and how do we learn more about that process by considering vellum and quills? A wonderful story-teller, Smith moves seamlessly between the medieval world and the modern.
Kirk Smith was elected Bishop of Arizona in 2003 and lives in Phoenix. He has served parishes in Connecticut and California. With an undergraduate degree in history, Smith earned a PhD in medieval church history from Cornell University. He studied for holy orders at Berkeley Seminary at Yale before being ordained a priest in 1980 through the auspices of his home diocese of Arizona. He is an author and editor of Bishops on the Border: Pastoral Responses to Immigration.