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How Your Gift Helps Advance the Work of the C.S. Lewis Foundation


Your gift will enable Christian faculty, administrators, and trustees, serving in colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada and abroad, to make a real difference where it counts – within the lecture halls and classrooms of our nation’s campuses, where our future leaders are being formed. Of added significance, your gift will support the C.S. Lewis Foundation's continued efforts to challenge and nurture other lay Christians and churches to join in support of our strategic mission:


“To advance the rich legacy of C.S. Lewis through the renewal of Christian thought and creative expression throughout the world of learning and the culture at large.”

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Just A Few of the Ways Your Gift Makes a Difference

 

The primary impact of our work is in people's lives - in the way they work, study, write, and live out their lives for Christ. As such, our measure for success comes in the contact we have with our friends after they have been exposed to our mission. Here are just a few of the ways our ministry has made a difference:

Professors take a look at their work in the context of their faith, realize that their faith is compatible with scholarship, explore new ways in which to better express their faith through their teaching and scholarship, and network with other like-minded faculty.

Graduate students find models of scholarship and teaching and gain new insights into the relevance of their Christian faith to their future careers in academia.

Undergraduate students are motivated to discover their respective callings, aware that they have Christian role models in their fields who have successfully integrated their walk in faith while serving in largely secular environments. Many are inspired to change direction in their academic careers or even go "further up and further in" in their field and gain advanced degrees.

College/University administrators and trustees explore complex issues in the relationship between higher education and faith and find ways in which they may facilitate and administer academic environments in which those with faith have a free and fair place within the marketplace of ideas

Ministers/Pastors return to their churches with new insights into ways they can integrate the life of the mind into their work while ministering to the hearts of their people

Lay People are equipped with new ways to live out their faith in the workplace and through their personal relationships, often launching new programs within their churches to share what they have learned.

Christians of all denominations learn ways to truly love God with all their heart, mind, and soul while engaging other Christians, often of different communions, in deep fellowship.

Non-Christians find that faith and reason are not mutually exclusive and learn of the long tradition of Christian engagement with the worlds of scholarship and art.

Artists/performers explore the interconnected relationship of their faith and their art, are inspired to explore new artistic avenues, and make connections to collaborate with other artists.

Authors find community, are inspired to write new projects and, in some cases, take up the pen for the first time or again after many years.

Those who love Lewis' fiction are challenged to read his nonfiction and scholarly works in order to see his fictional works in new ways.

Those who love Lewis' nonfiction are similarly challenged to read his fiction and see how creativity and the life of the imagination informs Lewis' theology.

Families form new bonds between parents, siblings, and children as they encounter together the C.S. Lewis Foundation conference experience of integrating worship, intellectual study, and artistic creativity.

Interns and student workers at the Foundation gain valuable experience while working in a creative, challenging, and supportive Christian environment.

 


 

What We Do with Your Gift

 

The C.S. Lewis Foundation engages in a variety of activities central to fulfilling our mission. Here is just a sample of what we have done or plan to do with your support:

 

The C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns

  • Faithfully restore and maintain “The Kilns,” C.S. Lewis’ beloved home from 1930-1963

  • Conduct tours of The Kilns, which help to introduce and/or deepen access to the life and work of C.S. Lewis among the thousands of visitors to the home and Study Centre  

  • Provide a place for scholars in residence to study, write, and join in Christian community

  • Offer an annual series of weekly summer seminars on Lewis and related themes

  • Feature on-site lectures offered at the Study Centre on Lewis and his works

  • Host evening meetings of the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society


Programs and Events
  • Conduct Oxbridge Summer Institutes in Oxford and Cambridge every three years

  • Convene Summer Conferences in the US in non-Oxbridge years

  • Host the annual Fall Southwest Regional C.S. Lewis Retreat in Texas

  • Conduct a Southeast Regional C.S. Lewis Conference every few years

  • Speak on college and university campuses and at churches throughout the nation


Faculty Forum

  • Convene Faculty Forum conferences on broad themes relevant to faith in the mainstream academic world

  • Hold peer-reviewed academic paper sessions in Summer Institutes and Faculty Forums

  • Host Faculty Forum Prayer Luncheons on campuses within a region

  • Facilitate a growing network of Christian faculty across the U.S. and abroad

  • Encourage interfaith dialogue

  • Conduct faculty roundtables facilitating discussion on key issues involving the integration of faith with higher education


Resources

  • Provide information on C.S. Lewis

  • Offer study guides on Lewis' works

  • Publish an online academic journal containing scholarly articles on Lewis and the Inklings

  • Host a bookstore containing works by and related to Lewis, the Inklings, and a variety of subjects related to faith, culture, and education

  • Post a blog containing a variety of announcements, original articles, and resources

  • Produce and offer video and audio resources including online video/audio, conference recordings, and award-winning short films on Lewis and the work of the Foundation

  • Facilitate online social networks where fans of C.S. Lewis and our ministry can meet and make personal and professional connections

  • Publish newsletters, both print and electronic, that update our members and visitors to our work and its impact on the lives of others

 

 

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