[Fwd: C.S. Lewis SE Regional Conference Coming Soon!]
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Subject: C.S. Lewis SE Regional Conference Coming Soon!
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 18:31:26 -0400
“Faith Set Free: C.S. Lewis and the Quest for Joy”
*Come join us on the campus of Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Tennessee
on May 5th *as we engage the world of C.S. Lewis in the company of
enthusiastic readers from across the region. Together, we will explore
his life and works, discovering the essential role of faith in our own
quest for Joy. Featuring engaging lectures by Lewis scholars, inspiring
performances by leading Christian artists, a variety of breakout
sessions on the role of joy in our own lives and work, and a Children’s
Track for young Narnians (ages 7-12), the Southeast Regional C.S. Lewis
Conference offers a feast for the heart, mind, and imagination!
Lectures by Leading Lewis Scholars!
When C.S. Lewis described his conversion to Christianity in his
autobiography /Surprised by Joy/, he spoke of Joy as being the
fulfillment of the longing for our Creator, which he called /Sehnsucht.
/This connection between Joy and the longing for God would become a
central theme in Lewis’ life and works, so much so that Lewis once
stated, “In a sense the central story of my life is about nothing else…
It is that of an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than
any other satisfaction. I call it Joy….”
So that we may affirm the essential role of Joy in our own lives, noted
Lewis scholars *Joseph Pearce*, *Stan Mattson* and *Andrew Lazo* will
take you on a journey through the life and works of Lewis in three
* /“/The Long Journey Home/:/ C.S. Lewis and /Surprised by Joy/*/
/**Stan Mattson*, Founder & President, C.S. Lewis Foundation
* “Faithful and Free: C.S. Lewis and the Joyful Intellect”
*Joseph Pearce*, Professor & Writer-in-Residence, Ave Maria
* “The Quest for Joy in The Chronicles of Narnia”
*Andrew Lazo*, Fellow, Rice University; Visiting Scholar, Marion
E. Wade Center
In addition to rich lectures on Lewis, the Southeast Regional C.S. Lewis
Conference will feature performances by Christian artists in Joy-filled
* The *Ad Deum Dance Company* of Houston will pair with guest
singer-songwriter *Stacy Jagger *in an exploration of faith,
grace, beauty and redemption through music and dance.
* Artist and former pastor, *Joe Castillo* will create an “Art
Story," a presentation in which he discusses themes from Narnia
while illustrating them, ultimately combining the smaller
Narnian images into a surprise larger portrait of C.S. Lewis.
* Physician/Musician *Jeff Kepple* and his daughter *Kelsey* will
entertain you with songs inspired by their own journey to Narnia.
* Finally, you will be delightfully entertained and greatly informed
by a private screening of the recently released and superb Disney
documentary, */C.S. Lewis: Dreamer of Narnia/*/./
Small Group Breakout Sessions on the Role of Joy in Our Lives!
One of the special rewards of attending the Southeast Regional Retreat
is the rich fellowship with other "Mere" Christians and seekers. Our
breakout sessions will provide valuable time to engage such relevant
topics as Communicating the Gospel through the Arts; The Joyful Business
of Songwriting and Recording; Expressions of Joy through Modern Dance;
Storytelling: The Oral Tradition; the Apologetics of Joy; Christianity
and Popular Culture; and Finally Finding Joy: /Till We Have Faces/.
An Acclaimed Children’s Track!
Designed for children ages 7-12 (age exceptions gladly considered on an
individual basis!), this program will offer children a chance to engage
the writings of Lewis on their own level in imaginative, creative and
faithful ways. Our goal is to provide purposeful fun so that we might
encourage children to enjoy their reading, to find little life lessons
all around them, and to become better followers of Aslan in their own
Don’t miss this feast for the heart, mind, and imagination!
Register now at www.cslewis.org <http://www.cslewis.org/> or call
Program subject to change. The C.S. Lewis Foundation is a
not-for-profit, public benefit, donor supported 501 (c) (3) tax exempt