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Quiet Saturday: The Spirituality of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Stories

The Spirituality of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Stories

Saturday, October 14, 2017

C.S. Lewis was a Professor of English at Oxford and later at Cambridge University.

Though he was born into an Anglican family in Belfast, he spent 20 years as a thoughtful atheist before being converted to a robust Christianity as an adult. He then wrote extensively, both fiction and non-fiction, about Christian faith, and became the leading Christian apologist of the 20th century.

Though his Chronicles of Narnia are famous as children’s stories, Lewis’ adult spirituality is woven deeply into their fabric. We will draw on some of the threads of that fabric – themes such as calling, faith, sin, doubt, creativity, and transformation – and reflect on how the stories speak to our lives today.

Led by John Bowen who was Professor of Evangelism at Wycliffe College for almost 20 years. He has taught courses on C.S. Lewis, and is the author of The Spirituality of Narnia: The Deeper Magic of C.S. Lewis. His students sometimes complained that his habit of quoting C.S. Lewis could be contagious!

  • Begins 9:30 am with a gathering for coffee; ends 4 pm.
  • Fee $30 if you bring a bag lunch ($25 for Associates and Oblates). A hot meal is an additional $15.
  • Registration deadline: October 7, 2017
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  • All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).