Faith



August at North Wind Manor

By The Rabbit Room

With memories of Opening Week fresh in our minds, we’re excited to announce more free events at North Wind Manor throughout the month of August!

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artists & the pit of despair: John Hendrix, Kyra Hinton, and Jamin Still

By The Rabbit Room

Today we get to share with you the first of a new series of topical discussions around visual art. This category of content has been in mind since the conception of this project and is the main reason behind the name “artists &,” so we’re very excited to share it with you.

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As It Is

By Tim Joyner

[Editor’s note: Hanging above the mantle in North Wind Manor’s library is a starkly beautiful piece of art made by Tim Joyner, in collaboration with the old North Wind Manor. See, this work is comprised of found elements from the Manor as the Rabbit Room staff knew it from before it was restored: fragments and pieces of a history we wanted to preserve. The finished work is called As It Is, and one of the greatest joys of Opening Week was hearing Tim describe how it came to be, from conception to completion. Here is the text that he read to us.]

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Unhuman Communion: Tolkien on What Lies Near the Heart of Fairy Stories

By K. J. Pugh

My 11 year-old son desperately wants a dog. It is a frequent topic of conversation with many natural on-ramps. Every dog we pass in the park merits a remark on its size, coloring, or temperament—all in comparison, of course, to what his future dog would be like.

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App Release Day: Every Moment Holy

By The Rabbit Room

For the past year, we’ve been hard at work developing Every Moment Holy as an app for iOS devices, and we’re happy to announce that today that work comes to fruition! Click here to download it now.

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Born to Fly: Mary Poppins, Bruce Springsteen, and the Spell of Immortality

By Jennifer Trafton

[Editor’s note: Our theme for this last day of North Wind Manor’s Opening Week is film, and this evening we’ll be enjoying a private screening of one of our favorite recent films. Here’s one of the most well-loved pieces from the past few years on the blog that engages with the craft of film: an essay by Jennifer Trafton on the mythologies of Mary Poppins and Bruce Springsteen and what they can teach us about freedom, imagination, and the human longing to reclaim playfulness.]

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The Hutchmoot Podcast: The Striving Artist with Russ Ramsey

By The Rabbit Room

Tonight at the Manor, Russ Ramsey is speaking about the life and work of painter Henry Ossawa Tanner. So, as a companion piece to Kyra’s inspiring meditation from this morning, here is a session from Hutchmoot 2017 where Russ explores the life and work of another artist—Vincent Van Gough.

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Hutchmoot Podcast: Giving As the Angels Give

By The Rabbit Room

As a companion piece to Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson’s beautiful essay this morning, here’s a wonderful session from Hutchmoot 2019, given by Kirstin and Jennifer Trafton on the compelling hospitality to be found in George MacDonald’s life and work—his home as well as his books. You can listen to Parts 1 and 2 on The Hutchmoot Podcast.

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The North Wind & the Wise Imagination

By Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson

[Editor’s note: To begin Opening Week at North Wind Manor, we are delighted to share this piece from Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson on the origin and significance of the name “North Wind Manor,” the Rabbit Room’s hopes for the use and enjoyment of this space, and the legacy of George MacDonald’s extravagant hospitality.]

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Old Favorites: Sandra McCracken’s “Dynamite”

By Helena Sorensen

[Editor’s note: This piece is the third in a series begun by Mark Geil called “Old Favorites,” where various contributors to the blog reflect on some of the most beloved, well-worn albums and songs in their collections. Today, we hear from Helena Sorensen about Sandra McCracken’s song “Dynamite.”]

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Opening Week at North Wind Manor: Online Offerings

By The Rabbit Room

Next week is a big week for us at the Rabbit Room. After several years of fundraising, renovating, and patiently waiting, we are finally ready to open wide the doors to our newly-restored community space, North Wind Manor! Every day next week, the Manor will serve as a venue for events centered around art, music, story, and community. But for those of us who are unable to attend in person, we have exciting plans for online content as well.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hopeful Grief

By Carolyn Givens

*The following contains spoilers for In the Heights and Hamilton. 

I’ve been listening to the In the Heights soundtrack for five days straight. I went to see the movie last week with no knowledge of the story or songs. I hadn’t been to a movie in seventeen months. I ordered popcorn and a milkshake and settled in to watch the movie I’d seen more than one reviewer call the perfect return to theaters. It was, and I commend it to you (on the big screen if you’re comfortable going), but this is not a movie review.

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