Archive: Feb 2022



Somewhere in the Suburbs

By Skye Peterson

I was on tour with some folks for most of December. One of the last shows was in Greenville, NC, and I remember seeing the pouring rain from the green room window. The mountains pressed against the stormy skyline, the cedars were swaying precariously against the hills, the clouds were a charcoal gray—it was beautiful (Cedar of Lebanon). But while I was playing ping-pong in a youth group gym, I found myself thinking about this place I had called “home” for the last nineteen years. I knew that in a few days I would walk through those doors after a long run of shows and there my mother would be, excited and joyful, just as curious and kind as when I’d left. The room would be bright and beautiful and full of life, just like the woman who made it so.

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Release Day: Every Moment Holy, Vol. 2: Pocket Edition

By The Rabbit Room

We’re excited to share that Every Moment Holy, Vol. 2Pocket Edition is now available in the Rabbit Room Store—the complete second volume of Douglas McKelvey’s book of liturgies, at a fraction of the size and cost of the original.

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The Habit Podcast: Christie Purifoy Plants Flowers

By The Rabbit Room

This week on The Habit Podcast, Jonathan Rogers talks with Christie Purifoy, author of Garden Maker: Growing a Life of Beauty and Wonder with Flowers.

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The Zacchaeus Tree

By Becca Groves

I believe the highest praise one could receive of their art is, “it made me want to make my own.” You hear a song and it inspires you to pick up your guitar again. You see a painting and you dig out all your brushes and wipe off a dusty canvas. For me, as I finished chapter three of Andrew Peterson’s The God of the Garden, I closed the book with a lump in my throat and began to write the story of my own favorite tree.

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No One Is Alone: A Celebration of Stephen Sondheim

By Janie Townsend

We understand something, we humans: woods are never just woods. Sensing the breaths and rustlings inside, we have learned to marvel at and to mind—at times, to fear—the exhale of otherness that meets us when we stand on the sparser side of a wall of trees.

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Habitations and Names at Hutchmoot

By Ken A. Priebe

While attending Hutchmoot: Homebound in 2021, I was struck by a particular interweaving of artists and influences that were cited. The closer I looked at these inklings of connection between them, the more I discovered.

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An Introduction to Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

By Ryan Whitaker Smith

Here’s the thing: I never planned to write a book. At least, I never thought anyone would publish a book I had written. Despite being a self-professed book nerd, I’ve always considered myself a filmmaker first and foremost. Books were something I read, collected, discussed. I didn’t have the time (or the confidence) to write one myself. But, over the span of six months beginning in the fall of 2020, two unexpected things happened. First, a booklet of Psalm-inspired prayers I had written with my friend Dan Wilt found its way to the fine folks at Brazos Press, which resulted in a two-book offer. I wasn’t prepared for that, nor was I prepared for my film adaptation of Carolyn Weber’s memoir Surprised by Oxford to at last take flight in the spring of 2021, after four years of development and a number of failed attempts to get the production off the ground. What this all amounted to was a very busy, but highly rewarding year.

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The Habit Podcast: Dorena Williamson Builds Bridges

By The Rabbit Room

This week on The Habit Podcast, Jonathan Rogers talks with author Dorena Williamson. Dorena is a bridge-builder, a speaker, and a co-planter of a multi-racial church that has been doing beautiful work in Nashville for 25 years. Her most recent picture book, Crowned with Glory, is an ode to Black hair and Black girl joy.

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Hutchmoot UK 2022: Tickets Now On Sale

By The Rabbit Room

On 14-16 July, 2022, the Rabbit Room will convene the second Hutchmoot UK at St. Andrew’s Church in North Oxford. You’re invited to come and enjoy a weekend of live music, delicious food and conversation, and a series of discussions centred on art, faith, and the telling of great stories across a range of mediums.

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Lessons in Longing: A Review of Blue Flower by The Gray Havens

By Mark Geil

In his autobiography Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis writes of the distant Castlereagh Hills outside his nursery windows. “They were not very far off but they were, to children, quite unattainable. They taught me longing-Sehnsucht; made me for good or ill, and before I was six years old, a votary of the Blue Flower.”

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Hutchmoot Podcast & Video: Shaping the World with Stories

By The Rabbit Room

The Hutchmoot Podcast features some of our favorite sessions recorded at our annual conference which celebrates art, music, story, and faith in all their many intersections. Today, we’re excited to share a session led by Sho Baraka called “Shaping the World with Stories” from 2021’s Hutchmoot: Homebound, in both video and audio form.

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Imagination & Kubo and the Two Strings

By Hannah Mitchell

I once went a year without eating bread. It wasn’t a fast or a health kick or anything noble like that. I’m allergic to gluten and moved overseas to work in a country without gluten-free anything. It also happened to be a country without unlimited internet. Each month I would save up my data to Skype family back home or stream a movie. One month I used all my data spending seven hours downloading Rogue One, which never made it to the theater in the town where I lived.

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