On the eve of my seventh anniversary at the C.S. Lewis Foundation, I’ve been reflecting on my time at the Foundation – what our work has meant to my life personally and what our ministry has meant to others.
As Director of Communications for most of my seven years, I’ve been faced with the challenge of how best to express to others what it is we do, and more importantly, how our work benefits others and glorifies God.
Today, I’d like to tell you why the work of the Foundation is of such great value. Much of this lies in the ideas expressed in our mission statement:
“Inspired by the life and legacy of C.S. Lewis, the C.S. Lewis Foundation is dedicated to advancing the renewal of Christian thought and creative expression throughout the world of learning and the culture at large.”
So, you may be asking, what exactly does that mean? When others ask me this important question, I generally start with some Biblical grounding.
When asked to identify the most important commandment, Jesus answers by quoting from Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (NIV, Mark 12:28-30).
One person who advocated holistically loving the Lord with mind, soul, heart, and strength is C.S. Lewis.
Whether in his nonfiction Christian books, his imaginative fiction, or his scholarly writing and lectures, Lewis imbued his work with intellect, creativity, and faith. And in his personal life, Lewis exemplified courage by speaking up, even at the risk of damaging his academic career at Oxford.
At the Foundation, with C.S. Lewis as a key source of inspiration, we strive to infuse everything we do with these elements – faith, intellect, and imagination – so that others can learn to do so in their own lives and callings. Our programs are fundamentally about creating environments for people to engage “the great ideas” of our world in ways that are simultaneously creative, intellectual, and grounded in the Holy Spirit.
In this way, we help equip the faithful. In turn, they go back to their respective worlds as change agents and leaders, impacting those worlds to the glory of God.
This is where you come in. Like so many of the most important things in life, this does not come easy, and we cannot do it without your help.
Bringing together faith, the arts, and higher education takes many resources. More often than not, we rely on donors to help meet the cost of our events, as registration fees do not cover the full portion.
It would be a very simple thing to host only an academic conference, or a worship conference, or a concert. Yet, as we’ve seen time and time again, combining scholarship, faith, and the arts is so much more powerful and life-changing.
Now that you understand a bit more about our mission and work, I ask you to consider whether our goal – to equip “mere” Christians from all walks of life to go forth and change their worlds for Christ – is important to you. If so, please join us by sending your gift to the Foundation today.
As we look back on this journey of over 25 years (and my personal journey of 7 years), I thank you for your ongoing role in our mission, work, and ministry.
Your Brother in Christ,
Vice President, Events & Communications
P.S. Your gift today will make a real difference in equipping people to actively participate in renewing Christian thought and creative expression throughout the world of learning and the culture at large. Thanks again for considering helping at this time.
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