Saturday, November 16, 2013

Our next meeting, 22 Nov., Friday

As we remember the home-going of C. S. Lewis this week, our topic for our Nov. meeting will be:  "Neglected Narratives: A survey of Lewis' Lesser Stories - Often Missed."  We will meet at The Pax Center - across the street from the Camp House, 1427 Williams St., on the Southside, Chattanooga.  It's the same place we have often met.  7:00 p.m., but feel free to come a little early.  We'll have coffee and tea in the room; the Camp House will be closed for a private event.  Sign up on our Facebook page, if you wish.  Nothing to read ahead of time! :-)  Hope to see you there.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Christian Science Monitor article

Perhaps we'll get some visitors from the readers of CSM!  Read the article here.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lewis' poetry

After two meetings, reading Lewis's poetry, it has become clear that he is at his artistic best when he is reworking classical themes.  His persona and phrasing are just beautfiul.  Looking forward to our November 22 meeting.  Hope to make it special.  Plan to have a larger venue.  Be sure to stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter.
Mr. Beckmann

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Meeting this Friday

October has flown by and this Friday is the last of the month! You are invited to come over to our house, 4908 Tenn. Ave., this Friday, the 25th, for another reading of Lewis' poems. This time, we will read from Part II, "The Backward Glance" of the book Poems. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Coffee and tea provided. We had a good time last time; hope you can make it.

Our next meeting will be Friday, 22 Nov. Venue will be announced.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Plan for this fall

From my Facebook post @ c. s. lewis society chattanooga

OK, people - idea for monthly meetings this fall - the 50th anniversary of Lewis' last autumn (his favourite season). Echoing the honoring of Lewis at Westminster Abbey, let's read his poetry. I propose we meet at our house in St. Elmo (where we met for several of our first years) and we read Lewis' poetry and talk about it - a more intimate and warm venue. It would be on a Friday, 7:00 p.m. ish - We provide tea and coffee, (byob), and attendees bring goodies. What do you think?
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Join our Facebook group and comment on this idea, if you please.

11 Sept. update: we are still "go" for poetry night!  Friday, 20 September.  We'll be reading poems from the first section of the book:  "Part I: The Hidden Country."  Location: 4908 Tennessee Ave.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Interview Re: Poets Corner

A new interview by Lancia Smith with Malcolm Guite, Stan Mattson, Alister McGrath and Michael Ward has been posted on her blog:
you will find it here.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Mere Christianity for our July Meeting

A "walk through" Mere Christianity is the topic of our meeting, Tuesday, 9 July, at the Camp House, 7:00 p.m.  Rev. Beckmann will survey the first part of Mere Christianity, helping readers to follow Lewis' arguments.  Plenty of discussion is expected.  A great time to enjoy one of Lewis' most read works.  
The Camp House is located at 1427 Williams Street, on the Southside, just off of Main.  The coffee shop will be open.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Men's meeting this Friday night

Men's meeting fires back up this Friday - 6:00 p.m.. Chapters 17 & 18 of God in the Dock.
We'll meet at the Steelpan restaurant. Enter Houston (one way) from MLK; it's immediately on the left. You can park on the street or in the Tenn. Govt. parking lot across the street. Try to get chapters 17 & 18 read ahead of time. We'll be there 'til about 8:00. Check out their Facebook page
It'll be 21 and up only. A problem for anybody? If it is, let me know.  We can try to meet in a coffee shop to accommodate college students.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It's tonight!

Will Vaus, author of Mere Theology, The Hidden Story of Narnia, and The Professor of Narnia will be our guest speaker, Tuesday, 4 June, at The Camp House, 1427 Williams Street, on the Southside.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.  He will share with us the presentation he recently made at the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society in the UK, and to the New York C. S. Lewis Society, on his new biography of Sheldon Vanauken, author of the famous book A Severe Mercy.  Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase the book.  For more information on Rev. Vaus, visit his website.

P.S.: Vaus is a veritable walking C. S. Lewis encyclopedia - be sure to bring any Lewis-related questions you may have.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Dr. Hampton's Lecture Now Online

Here you will find the audio of Dr. Bryan Hampton's lecture at our meeting this month. It is so packed with so many interesting things, you'll want to listen to it more than once - and probably take notes. Right now I can only get the mp3 player to work on Chrome and iPad. Please note: this player may take a while to download the full file; if it conks out, it should start back up.

If the player is not working, you can download here - about 54 MB. It'll take a bit (128 Kps - mp3). If you are using IE, after it downloads, a player will pop up. For Firefox, click the download link and a player should pop up in another window.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hampton Lecture at the Camp House

Dr. Hampton speaks for our May meeting of the Society at The Camp House.
The lecture was amazing.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Paul Johnson reviews McGrath bio

Paul Johnson reviews Alister McGrath's new biography on Lewis in the Spectator.  You can read it here. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

UTC 2013 C. S. Lewis Lecture audio now online

You can hear the lecture by Dr. Stephen Long of Marquette at the 2013 annual University of Tennessee at Chattanooga lecture by going here. You'll need to scroll down to the bottom for the most recent lecture. Do not use Chrome or you will not be able to hear it.

Lancia Smith Interview with McGrath

Links to Ms. Smith's two-part interview with The Rev. Dr. Alister McGrath, author of C. S. Lewis: A Life, 8 April, are below.  
Part Two

Also, here is the brief video introduction to the book filmed at the Kilns with Dr. McGrath:

Friday, April 12, 2013

Annual UTC Lecture update

In spite of the rain last night, we had a good one hundred people at the lecture and everyone seemed to be pleased with the presentation by Dr. Stephen Long.  Hopefully the recording of the audio went well and will soon be available at the UTC lecture website:    

Monday, April 8, 2013

Our May, 2013, Meeting

The C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga

Self and Simulacrum:
C. S. Lewis on the Satanic Predicament
in Milton's Paradise Lost
With Dr. Bryan Adams Hampton
Kennedy Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor
Department of English, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The lecture and following discussion will be held at
The Camp House, 1427 Williams Street, Chattanooga
Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
The public is invited.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

March Meeting - The Queen of Drum

Our next meeting will be Friday, 22nd March, 7:00 p.m. at the Mission Chattanooga annex, across the street from the Camp House coffee shop, 1427 Williams St., on the Southside. Our topic will be Lewis' story, "The Queen of Drum".  You can find it in his book Narrative Poems, edited by Walter Hooper.  Hope to see you there!
[The picture is a drawing by William Morris, from his book World Beyond the Wood]

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Update on this year's UTC C. S. Lewis Lecture

Latest on this year's UTC lecture: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Free. University Center (or Benwood) Auditorium, UTC Thirty-first Annual C. S. Lewis Lecture: "Why Jesus is Not Ethical" Lecturer: D. Stephen Long (Ph.D., Duke University, 1991), professor of Systematic Theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Visit for more info.