Rivendell: Home and Hospitality as Art and Worship



In a world of haste and homesickness, we’re all longing for Rivendell: a place of love and belonging, healing and beauty. This session will explore the creative potential of domestic spaces to image our ‘at-homeness’ in God, and cast a vision for hospitality as both art form and act of worship. Far from a purely female vocation, the making and keeping of a home—any home—is an opportunity for all believers to craft a physical context wherein others may enter into the unconditional and particular affection of Christ.



Lanier Ivester is a homemaker and writer in the beautiful state of Georgia where she maintains a small farm with her husband, Philip, and an ever-expanding menagerie of cats, dogs, sheep, goats, chickens, and peacocks. She is a regular contributor at The Rabbit Room, and she also keeps a web journal at lanierivester.com,where she is the proprietress of an online bookshop specializing in rare and out-of-print titles from a gentler era. A devoted Anglophile and lover of all things bookish, she is currently enrolled in a (mostly) distance-learning certificate program in English Literature at Oxford University.

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