2020 C.S. Lewis Summer Institute

Please note: due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the effects on global health and travel, our Board of Trustees and administration have decided to postpone the conference to 2021.

Our new conference dates are set for July 26 – August 3, 2021. In the meantime, we have temporarily halted new registration until we are able to update the website accordingly.

We are pleased to announce that many of our speakers and artists have confirmed they will be available next year. We can so far confirm Philip Yancey, Os Guinness, Diana Pavlac Glyer, Steve Bell, Patti Callahan Henry, Davis Bunn, Michael Wear, Alan Noble, Malcolm Guite, Bruce Herman, J.A.C. Redford, Rev. Dr. Laura Biron-Scott, Andrew Lazo, Christin Ditchfield, Ray Barfield, Lancia E. Smith, Amber Salladin, and Josiah Peterson. We will update this list as we hear from each.


Join us in summer 2020 amid the “dreaming spires” of Oxford, as we explore this important theme with renowned scholars from the arts and sciences, leaders in ministry and the major professions, and an array of literary, visual, and performing artists.

You’ll enjoy stimulating lectures, challenging workshops, meaningful worship services, and a rich variety of cultural programs, all in the good company of friends and colleagues – old and new.

Don’t miss this truly memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Who is this conference for?

Our attendees come from a wide array of backgrounds, experience, ages, and denominations. The conference is for anyone interested in the theme, whether they be laypersons, professors, businesspersons, clergy, students, or teachers.

What is common is a love of faith, learning, fellowship, and the arts (and quite often, a love of the works of Lewis, Tolkien, and related writers and artists; though a knowledge of Lewis and the Inklings is definitely not required!).

The Details


Event: 2020 C.S. Lewis Summer Institute

Theme: “Surprised by Love: Cultivating Intellectual Hospitality in an Age of Discord”

Dates: Monday afternoon, July 27 – Tuesday morning, August 4, 2020

Location: Oxford, England

Register now by clicking here.

More information will be coming soon regarding accommodations. Check back on this page regularly as we release updates on the conference.

Confirmed Speakers & Artists

We’ll be posting additional names of our invited speakers and artists as they confirm with us. Click on the names for links to their biographies. Please check back regularly for updates!

(in alpha order)

Confirmed Scripture Meditation Clergy

  • John Morrison, Summer Institute Chaplain
  • Michael Ward
  • More to be announced soon

Confirmed Afternoon Seminar Leaders

We recently posted the list of confirmed speakers (with more to be added) and the Academic Roundtable Call for Papers, opened registration, and posted information on scholarships! Also, please considers sponsoring the conference!

Update 01/27/2020: Added link to St. Catherine’s College registration for lodging.


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