Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Plans for 2016, First Quarter

Greetings, Gentle Reader.

We wish to announce our plans for the first quarter of the new year.  We hope you will be able to join us.

UPDATED 27 Jan. 2016

February: Discussion has begun on the possibility of a weekend prayer retreat at the Chattanooga House of Prayer.  The agenda will be a mixture of times for prayer and study of Lewis' writings about prayer, especially covering his book Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer.  ...
NOTE:  This event has now been scheduled for the weekend of 11/12 March.  You can sign up for it by visiting this webpage:

March:  We will attend the annual UTC C. S. Lewis Lecture, 31 March, at the University Center Auditorium.  The speaker for 2016 is Dr. Joseph Laconte of Kings' College, New York City.  Dr. Laconte is an Associate Professor of History and author of the book A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918You may find a description of the book on Amazon by clicking here.  

Other Business:

C. S. Lewis Tour:  Our friend Will Vaus and tour director Russ Head spent a lot of time this past spring scouting out locations in both Ireland and England for a C. S. Lewis themed tour, August 14-26, 2016.  This will be one of the best C. S. Lewis tours you could take.  Will Vaus is a walking C. S. Lewis encyclopedia, and Russ Head is great at providing quality tours based on the concept that "less is more."  For more on Russ' tours, visit his website.  We'll have more on the tour posted soon.  If you want info immediately, send me an e-mail: beckmanndn "at" gmail dot com.

Men's weekly meeting:  I am trying to fire our men's meeting back up, meeting weekly.  I am seeking feedback on days and times that will be convenient for the majority of those interested.  This will be a breakfast or supper meeting, and we will probably go back to studying God in the Dock, picking up where we left off a couple of years ago.  If you want to attend, do send an e-mail to the above address.

Financial assistance: If you wish to make a financial contribution to foster C. S. Lewis related events in our area, such as the annual UTC lecture and our Society events, your assistance will be greatly appreciated.  Contributions can be made to the C. S. Lewis fund at Generosity Trust here in Chattanooga.  You can contact me for more info.

Other events for the rest of the year are being considered.  In the meantime, we wish you all the most blessed and merry of Christmases and a healthy and prosperous new year.

Long live the True King!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Discussing Mere Christianity begins 8 Oct.

The public is invited to a weekly study of Lewis' book Mere Christianity, using a new DVD series produced by Devin Brown.  The trailer may be viewed here. The discussion will be held at Hixson Presbyterian Church, 1005 Gadd Road, Hixson, 37343.  The study will run for 8 or 9 weeks, meeting every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.  The discussion will be lead by Rev. Beckmann.  Attendees need only have a copy of Mere ChristianityThe Facebook event page for this study can be found here.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Video: Spring Retreat at The Kilns

Hey, Folks:  Last April, my wife and I hosted a weekend retreat at The Kilns in Oxford for people that wanted to study Lewis' book Letters to Malcolm.  I had a friend ask if I would video the sessions, so I set up the camera for the first, and then went right on to forget about the rest of them.  Ah, well.  

In this session, which lasts 42 minutes, we really don't get much beyond the first chapter. 

David Beckmann; Moderator


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Roger White this Saturday

Dr. Roger White will speak to our Society this Saturday, June 13 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm in EDT. 
The meeting will be at ReCreate Cafe Arts, 800 Mccallie Ave, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403.

From the Facebook event page:

In the tradition of previous collections of essays and memoirs, such as Light on C. S. Lewis (1965) and C. S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table (1979), comes a new primary source anthology from Oxford University Press culminating a seven-year project that originated in the archives of the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society. Roger White, lead editor of C. S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs From the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society (Oxford University Press, 2015) describes the process of crafting this unique assortment of transcribed talks gleaned from the last thirty years of the Society’s history. The illuminating story of how this collection was developed provides the backdrop for a literary introduction to the book’s contributors and their work. 

The impressive list of contributors includes: Elizabeth Anscombe, John Wain, Owen Barfield, Rowan Williams, Kallistos Ware, George Sayer, Walter Hooper, Alister McGrath, Stella Aldwinckle, and many others. The presentation also features audio excerpts from the original Society recordings and brief readings from selected chapters.

Roger White grew up in the Chattanooga area and graduated from Hixson High School, East Tennessee State University, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Currently he is curator of the Inklings Special Collection for the University Libraries as well as Professor of Ministry for the Seminary at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

The public is invited.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Great event this week!

Study of The Abolition of Man, Saturday, May 23 at 7:00pm in EDT.  Venue: Academic Solutions 252 Signal Mtn. Rd. (Top Floor).
Here's the Facebook event page:
Hope you can make it!

Other upcoming stuff from our Society's Facebook page (by Aaron Arnold):

"Secondly, our June meeting will be Saturday, June 13th. We will have a special guest speaker and I will provide more details soon, when I have them readily available.
Lastly, William O'Flaherty plans to join us for our August meeting and it will be [more about misquoting C. S. Lewis - per William] ... which means we need a plan of attack for July.
We have been talking about doing "The Discarded Image" for a while. July might be a good time to do it. Ron has a lesson on it to introduce the Middle Ages and it might be a good intro for anyone who has ever wanted to attempt that most fascinating little book which, in my opinion, is the key to understanding Lewis's mind...or at least a very big part of the puzzle."

See the link to our Facebook page in the right column:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dan Hamilton this Friday

Dan Hamilton, associated with Taylor University, will be speaking for our Society this Friday evening on the topic of Lewis' book Til We Have Faces.  The meeting will be at ReCreate Cafe, 800 McCallie Ave., at 7:00 p.m.  The public is invited.  You can go here for the Facebook Event page.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Meetings

March 14 - Saturday, 7:00 p.m. @ Academic Solutions - The Narnia Code!
We asked Michael Ward what would be a good thing to do before his lecture at UTC next week, and he suggested viewing the Narnia Code.  Aaron has arranged for a viewing at the above date and time.  Academic Solutions is located at 252 Signal Mtn. Road, 37405; it's near the intersections of HWY 27, Signal Mtn. Rd. and Pineville; close to the entrance to Baylor School.  This is a great film that every C. S. Lewis fan will love.  Come even if you've seen it before; you'll love watching it again.

17 March, Tues., 7:30 p.m.
The Annual UTC CS Lewis Lecture with Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia.
Topic: “Planet Narnia: C.S. Lewis on Medieval Cosmology and Christian Imagination”
At the Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Auditorium - Free Admission

20 March, Friday, 7:00 p.m. - at ReCreate Cafe: Charlie Starr
Join us as we host a very special guest, Charlie Starr, who will present a talk on what could be C.S. Lewis's very first short story! We will explore the history of this fascinating piece of "lost" Lewis literature and how it came to be discovered and finally published. We will also have the privilege of being among the first to hear his talk on how he has been able to assign dates to some of Lewis's writings that no one else has been able to based on the handwriting of the manuscripts. It's going to be great! There will also be an opportunity to purchase Charlie's book on his research which contains the "Light" manuscript!
ReCreate Cafe Arts is located at 800 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

28 March, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. - at ReCreate Cafe: Ransom Trilogy, Part 3
Come for a discussion of the third and last volume in the "Space Trilogy," or "Ransom Trilogy."  Ron Lowe will lead discussion on the moral aspects, and Aaron will lead on the mythological aspects.  Should be a great discussion of an amazing book!
ReCreate Cafe Arts is located at 800 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Perelandra next week!

Our next meeting will be this Tuesday, 10 February, at the UTC Library on the 3rd floor to discuss the second of Lewis' Space Trilogy (or Ransom Trilogy) novels, Perelandra.  Aaron Arnold will begin the discussion at 7:00 p.m.  You can visit the Facebook event page by clicking here.  Hope you can join us!