2021 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 2020 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 autumn.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us in the meantime on our contact us page. Also, you might want to get an early start on some of the optional readings!

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, Elaine Howard Ecklund, 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 2021 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

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

Dates: Monday afternoon, July 26 – Tuesday morning, August 3, 2021

Location: Oxford, England

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

Confirmed Speakers, Artists, & Clergy

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!

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 April 2020: postponed the event to summer 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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