St. Thomas in Whitemarsh, Pa., will be the host parish March 22-23 for a festival celebrating the life and work of C.S. Lewis.

Lewis scholar Michael Ward will deliver a keynote address, “The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God: C.S. Lewis, Narnia, and the Planets”; lead a panel discussion, “What Does Lewis Have to Offer the Church and the World Today?”; and teach a faith forum at St. Thomas, “What Is a Christian to Make of Pain, Suffering, and Grief”?

Other speakers and workshop leaders include:

  • Steven Boyer of Templeton Honors College on “Hierarchy in Lewis”;
  • Language teacher Brian Burke [YouTube] on “Friendship”;
  • James Como on “The Geniuses of C.S. Lewis”;
  • David and Crystal Downing of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, who will present a play, The Sound and Savor of Words: Letters by and between C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers, and lead a workshop, “Practicing the Presence of God”;
  • Stewart Goetz, Professor of Philosophy at Ursinus College and the author of A Philosophical Walking Tour with C.S. Lewis (2014), on “The Meaning of Life and Death to Self”;
  • The Rev. Canon Patricia Lyons, canon for evangelism in the Diocese of Washington, on “The Narnia Series”
  • Lex McMillan, author of C.S. Lewis as Spiritual Autobiographer: A Study in the Sacramental Imagination, on “The Man Behind Shadowlands”;
  • David J. Theroux of the C.S. Lewis Society of Southern California on “C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism.”

Tickets are available through Eventbrite or by phone at 215.233.3970.

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