Rabbit Room Reading Group: Phantastes by George MacDonald

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MacDonald scholar and lecturer Kirstin Jeffery Johnson leads a read-through and discussion of Phantastes, providing context and guidance for navigating an often bewildering but profoundly moving and influential fantasy novel. 

The “live” version of this book group (including the online forum) opens May 24 and will include Zoom chats every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. CST for five weeks. However, you are welcome to join at any time, even after the live chats have ended. The discussions will be archived, and the forum will be open indefinitely for new registrants to continue reading and discussing the book.

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Malcom Guite & Brenton Dickieson – “Inklings of Imagination”

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Correction: The poster does not take into account the advent of British Summer Time. This event starts at 5pm UK (Noon EST, 9am PT). It will also be recorded.

On 23rd April 2021 at 7 pm Eastern European Summer Time (5pm British Summer Time/ Noon US Eastern Time) ‘Inklings & Kindreds’ scholar Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson will host these two delightful raconteurs in an exploration of the value of imaginative literature generally, and why the work of ‘C.S. Lewis & Kindred Spirits’ specifically is significant for the world today. As highly regarded scholars for their work, these consummate teachers are equally admired amongst peers and students for their deep love of and playful enthusiasm for that material. For them it is not stuffy scholasticism, rather, it is the Stuff of Life.

You can register here: https://forms.gle/mqWHvnLG44B9mAU18

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Through the Looking Glass Sesquicentenary Conference

Alice through the Looking Glass

This online conference will take place, 4-5th November 2021 on the occasion of the sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. Hosted by the University of York, all talks and associated events will be held fully online. Contributions will be a mixture of traditional academic papers and alternative formats and submissions are invited from all fields of study and practice, including (but not limited to) the arts, sciences, scholars of children’s literature, science historians, and also practitioners. There is scope for submissions from George MacDonald scholars for example on his use of mirrors, his literature, science and theological writings, and the organisers would be keen to include something like that in the programme. The website and call for papers are now live and can be viewed at: https://throughthelookingglasssesquicentenary.wordpress.com/

Open Table Conference – Unspoken Sermons

I’d recommend you take the time to listen to the full 40 minutes. It is a taster that will give you an idea of what the two sets of eight week sessions on the Unspoken Sermons will be like. Three friends chatting by Zoom, reflecting on the impact of another dearly loved friend in their lives. One throw away comment really struck home for me, that in the Unspoken Sermons George MacDonald “is moving us along spiritually, not theologically.” Faith is the process of our coming into alignment with what is real and true (God’s love, however, we imagine it). It is a journey into completion and away from our false selves. It is good to be reminded that a disciple is a learner, therefore we don’t have to have all the answers at the outset.

“Unspoken Sermons” Online discussion

Paul Young, Baxter Kruger, and John MacMurray will engage in a 2 part interactive series online discussing the great George MacDonald’s Unspoken Sermons. They will also have guest panellists on an occasional basis. Part 1 will be every Wednesday beginning 5th May 2021 through 23rd June 2021. Session times are 7–8:30pm EST. All sessions will be recorded though to be viewed later (good news for those of us in Europe!). Registration is now open. You can sign up here

Part 2 will run from 8th September 2021 through 27th October 2021. 

God and Wonder: Theology, Imagination, and the Arts

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Online 8–9th April 2021. What is the place of wonder in the Christian life? How can a theology of imagination contribute to our understanding of God and the world? What does wonder have to do with the life of the church in preaching, teaching, and worship? How might reflection on wonder enhance our understanding of place, vocation, and family? The 2021 Wheaton Theology Conference will ask renowned Christian scholars to consider how cultivating wonder and the gift of imagination can revitalize churches today.

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