Friday, September 12, 2014

Great Divorce Prep!

We are going to have a discussion of Lewis' book The Great Divorce at 7:00 p.m., Friday 19 Sept. at the Camp House (well, actually in the room across the street in the "Pax Center"), 1427 Williams Street.  There's going to be a concert (probably) at the Camp House, but that means coffee!  Our own indomitable Secretary, Aaron Arnold, has done lots of work on the book and will lead the discussion.

The next night is the perfomance!!!  If you don't have tickets yet, go here: Lots of seats are still available.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Meeting this August: Lewis As Preacher

Pulpit, University Church, Oxford
At our meeting for this August we will have William O'Flaherty of Essential C. S. Lewis speaking on the topic "Lewis as Preacher – A 75th Anniversary Reflection." We will meet again at The Camp House, 1427 Williams St, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408, Tuesday, August 12at 7:00 p.m. The coffee shop will be open. Hope you can join us!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our July, 2014 Meeting

 Rev. Beckmann in the "Rabbit Room" of the Eagle and Child Pub, Oxford
Next up for our summer meetings, Rev. Beckmann will survey the second part of Lewis' book Mere Christianity, entitled "What Christians Believe."  Following this survey, we will have discussion about some of the ins-and-outs of the other stuff that Lewis talks about in these chapters.  We will meet at the Camp House, 1427 Williams Street, on the southside, Tuesday, 8 July, at 7:00 p.m.  Be sure to come early and get some coffee and something to eat.  See you there!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hurd: The Leadership of C.S. Lewis

Dr. Crystal Sullivan Hurd
We are delighted to have Dr. Crystal Sullivan Hurd to speak at our June, 2014, meeting of the Society at the The Camp House.  The topic, in full, will be: "The Leadership of C.S. Lewis: From Author to Authority".

Regarding this topic, Dr. Hurd writes:  The term 'leader' typically evokes images of wealthy business gurus, political candidates, or brave individuals who catalyze revolutionary acts. However, the act of influence is far more prevalent than these popular examples.  C.S. Lewis proves that one does not have to possess the "trappings" of success to provide inspiration. With his tattered jacket and old-style dip pen, Lewis planted himself firmly within the circle of brilliant minds and voices which navigated the cultural chaos of WWII and led many to a deeper understanding of the power of fiction, complex notions of literature, and of theological ambiguities. Either through books or broadcasts, C.S. Lewis became a leader of his generation and with his enduring wisdom, remains a compelling authority for culture today."

The meeting will be on Tuesday, 10 June, 7:00 p.m. The Camp House is located at 1427 Williams Street, on the southside. You are invited! Come a little early and you can get something to eat and a coffee before the meeting. The coffee bar will be open.

Regarding Dr. Hurd:

Dr. Crystal Hurd is an educator, writer, poet, and researcher from Virginia.  She lives with her husband and four dogs (among them “Jack” and “Lucy”) in southwest Virginia.  A self-proclaimed book nerd, her interests include reading, writing, photography, and immersing herself in anything associated with England (especially Doctor Who).  Over the past decade, she has read and researched both biographical and rhetorical aspects of C.S Lewis, fully endorsing his integration of faith and intellect. She has been featured frequently as a special guest or co-host on the “All About Jack” podcast hosted on

Dr. Hurd loves discussing Lewis as well as various aspects of spirituality, apologetics, and leadership theory.  Her dissertation applied Transformational Leadership theory to the life and works of Lewis.  Hurd works for the non-profit organization Develop Africa mentoring young women in Sierra Leone and Kenya. She continues to explore various aspects of Lewis, Tolkien, and Dorothy Sayers, while additionally examining the role of artists as leaders and the rhetoric of power. She is a staff writer for the art/faith blog All Nine Muses and the fantasy/science fiction site Legendarium. You can visit her website at

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Summer lineup

Tuesday nights, once a month, at the Camp House:
June 10, 7:00 p.m.: Crystal Sullivan Hurd
July 8, 7:00 p.m.: Rev. Beckmann (Mere Christianity, part 2)
August 12, 7:00 p.m.: William O'Flaherty

Saturday, March 8, 2014

New York Society upgrades

The New York C. S. Lewis Society has upgraded their website; check it out here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What's going on...

We had a really good meeting over on the McCallie campus last week with those who are reading The Narnian Chronicles along with Aaron A.  We'll have another in March.  Search "Reading Through Narnia 2014" on Facebook and join the group.

Looks like we are going to be able to have Michael Ward back with us in 2015; plans are in the works.  We'll keep you posted here.  See .

I am arranging a repeat of last summer's program for this summer.  We will meet once each month (June-Aug.) on a Tuesday night at the Camp House.  Right now, I've got Dr. Crystal Sullivan Hurd from Bristol coming, and am negotiating with another speaker from out-of-town.  Check out .  BTW, for you Lewis fans that are also NASCAR fans (?), you'll want to talk to her! :-)

And don't forget: Tuesday, 4 March, Ken Myers speaking on Owen Barfield and C.S. Lewis at the annual UTC C.S. Lewis lecture, Univ. Center Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.  Hope to see you there!  UTC lecture series

The Moderator

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Reading through Narnia, 2014 meets this Friday night at McCallie School.  Check it out and come if you can (RSVP).

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Latest from our e-mail list

Greetings, Lewis Fans! A Quick update on a few things: 

1. Aaron Arnold has started a Narnia reading group. The idea is to read the Chronicles of Narnia - starting with book 1 - over the next few months. It's not too late to join. Sign up for the group on Facebook; "Reading Through Narnia 2014," if you want to search for it. The group plans to have a face-to-face meeting in February. 

2. Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio will be the speaker at the annual UTC C. S. Lewis Lecture this year. We will meet in the UTC University Center Auditorium on Tuesday, 4 March. I think it will be at 7:00 p.m., but be sure to reserve the evening. Mr. Myers is going to speak on Lewis' relationship with Owen Barfield. It will be excellent. 

3. Believe it or not, Alistair McGrath is coming out with yet another book on Lewis. This one is a little different. It's called If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis. The idea is to consider what Lewis might have said at an informal lunch meeting regarding various topics, which include the meaning of life, friendship, the importance of story and coping with suffering. The book will come out in April. I'm reading an advance copy and hope to have a review for you soon. 

4. If you don't visit our Facebook page, you really ought. Lots of cool stuff is posted there regularly. 

Long live the true King! 
David Beckmann Moderator