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Hutchmoot US Registration Opens at Noon Central

By The Rabbit Room

On October 6-9, the Rabbit Room will convene Hutchmoot US 2022 at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Registration opens today at 12:00pm CDT for our weekend of live music, delicious food and conversation, and a series of discussions centered on art, faith, and the telling of great stories across a range of mediums. Plus, we’re so excited to welcome Sho Baraka as this year’s keynote speaker and Taylor Leonhardt as our featured musical guest.

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Announcing the Ribbit Room

By The Ribbit Room

Rabbits have always only been incidental to the scope and purpose of our organization. After all, we weren’t the ones who named that fateful room where the Inklings regularly met in the Eagle & Child pub “The Rabbit Room”—we were merely the ones to name our organization after it. And while we at the Rabbit Room feel no particular antipathy toward the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed among us, we’ve acquired a certain reluctance over the years regarding the rabbitification of all our organization’s doings. Quite frankly, it’s become all “rabbit this” and “rabbit that.” Can you honestly say you’re not tired of encountering that joke that begins “A priest, a minister, and a rabbit walk into a bar…”? Well, believe us—we are. We’re tired of that joke.

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New from the Podcast Network: Call It Good

By The Rabbit Room

It’s a big year for the Rabbit Room Podcast Network! We’re launching another brand new show hosted by Matt Conner: Call It Good, a limited series of conversations with authors, artists, and pastors about creative confidence and the invitation before us to join with the Spirit in the act of re-creating the world. In this introductory episode, Matt Conner tells us about where his idea for Call It Good came from and what he hopes to offer through this collection of conversations. Read on for a word from Matt about the show.

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Hutchmoot US 2022: Tickets on Sale April 2nd

By The Rabbit Room

After a two-year hiatus, we are immensely grateful to be able to say that Hutchmoot US is returning in 2022! It will take place in Franklin, TN on October 6-9, and there will be stories told, songs sung, cheeses consumed, and friendships made. To put it quite simply, we at the Rabbit Room can’t wait to see you again. Tickets will go on sale at 12:00pm CDT on Saturday, April 2nd at Hutchmoot.com, for $325 each. But please do read on for more details—there are a few things it would be helpful for you to know if you’re interested in joining us this year.

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Release Day: Rembrandt is in the Wind

By Russ Ramsey

The title Rembrandt is in the Wind is a play on words. It refers to Rembrandt’s painting Storm on the Sea of Galilee, in which he paints himself as one of the disciples in the boat—the one in the center of the vessel looking out at the viewer. So in the painting of the storm, Rembrandt is, quite literally, in the wind. But this painting was also stolen in 1990 and has not been seen since, so in the criminal sense of the term, the canvas itself is “in the wind.”

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Artists & Identity with Jess Velarde

By The Rabbit Room

Who gets to call themselves an artist? Are there qualifications? Does someone else bestow that title, or can we give it to ourselves? Kyra and Jamin talk to painter Jess Velarde about the internal and external factors that shape how we think about our identity as artists.

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Hutchmoot in 2022 & Beyond

By The Rabbit Room

Hutchmoot is returning to its traditional form this year, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer again a tangible gathering point around art and faith. It’s the sort of unique experience that can only be cultivated in person, where space and food are shared, faces are remembered, and friendships are deepened.

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Introducing The Artists & Podcast

By The Rabbit Room

We’re so excited to introduce you to the newest show on the Rabbit Room Podcast Network. The Artists & Podcast, hosted by Kyra Hinton and Jamin Still, is a series of conversations about the visual arts in the context of everyday, ordinary life.

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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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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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Mashed Potatoes & Visions

By Hetty White

In the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, there is a scene where Rory Neary cries into his mashed potatoes. He, along with several other people, have had an encounter with an extra terrestrial that has implanted a shared vision in their consciousness. The thing is, he’s not sure what the image from the vision is. He’s been trying to replicate it with anything he can find. He sees the shadow of it in pillow cases and shaving cream, but when he tries to form it, it’s just not right. As he shovels mashed potatoes onto his plate and begins to try to sculpt them into the image, his family looks on in horror. He starts crying, and then his son starts crying. Throughout the film he defends his odd behavior, saying “this means something”—even though he doesn’t know what.

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The Gardener

By Joel Briggs

I think my paintings may be a subconscious protest. For me, they decry cheap imitations of Christ I have unknowingly been “gifted” along with my Christian upbringing. A plastic collection of bait-and-switch Jesuses. Messiah impersonators that tell me the Maker of the Universe is too disinterested in and disgusted by my earthly experience to provide me with needs intrinsic to my humanity. These Christs are too “spiritual” to care for the myriad and simple ways that brokenness has affected our very being in the world.

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