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In this edition of SEEN Journal we focus on places of house and home. Home is something we all desire, something we all remember, or something we all long for and continually try to make in the here and now. Home is something we try to foster for our artists here at CIVA—a place of hospitality, encouragement, challenge, and opportunity.
Inside, we are invited to consider our holy vocation as homemakers, digging into our places with affection and love. We are led to the ways that the landscape and house center us in our practical lived experience. We see how art creates a common space for communion to occur. We are invited to imagine how the house itself can be a symbol of identity and memory, but also dislocation and terror. We are reminded that home in the twenty-first century can be difficult to find as we consider the realities of immigration and displacement. We are also asked to consider how the church functions as home, centering our belonging as Christian community while also sending us out into the world as participants in Christ’s work of redemption.
On House and Home – Jennifer Craft
My Home Is My Castle – Chris Anderson
Memories of Home – Maria Amalia Wood
What I’m Looking For: A Letter To My Realtor – Marilyn McEntyre
Household Mundane – Kari Dunham
Constructions – Jonathan Anderson
Displaced: Stories from the Syrian Diaspora – Sara Kerens
If These Walls Could Talk – Ginger Henry Geyer and Jennifer Rousseau Cumberbatch
Rebuilding Hospitality…Stone By Stone – Rev. Thomas Muller
Collecting House and Home: A Conversation with John Wieland – Jennifer Allen Craft and Brandon Craft
Adorning the House of the Church – Rev. Janet Campbell
Remembering Dal – David Jennings