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Finding the Prodigal Son

Book showcases collector's 25-year art hunt

Jerry Evenrud, church musician and art collector, has been a dedicated advocate of “art for faith’s sake” throughout the history of the ELCA (and before). He established the art collection on display at the Lutheran Center in Chicago.

Sadao Watanabe,  The Prodigal Son,�
Sadao Watanabe, “The Prodigal Son,” 1983.
Since the early 1980s, Evenrud has traveled the world and added to his personal collection of art based on the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). He will donate it to Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., after it’s exhibited at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City Oct. 4, 2007-Feb. 17, 2008 (212-408-1500).

But the Evenrud collection already is available to all—in the pages of a wonderful new book, And Grace Will Lead Me Home (Lutheran University Press). Sections reflect themes of the parable: departure, debauchery, degradation, reconciliation and celebration.


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