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Volume 1, Number 2 | UPDATED May 31 2014

Tour and supper

We regret that the May 31 event has been canceled as a result of Professor Gillespie's illness. We will be in touch with new plans when they are available.

Please let us know if you're planning to attend
Next meeting: Saturday, 31 May 2014: North Coast
tour and supper at Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae

Update: The Bayview Hotel needs a count of those who are planning to attend the 31 May meeting, especially the supper gathering at the Hotel dining room in Portballintrae, so that adequate provision can made for our group by the dining room staff. Please reply to the webmaster at jrk@nantyglo.com, or by telephone or text to 07455 980890 if you are planning to attend.

The next meeting of the C.S. Lewis Society of Northern Ireland will begin at 2:30 in the afternoon on Saturday, 31 May, followed by supper at 7 p.m. at the Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae. Professor John Gillespie, Acting Head of the School of English and History at the University of Ulster, Coleraine, will conduct us on a tour of North Coast sites associated with Lewis and will give a more general talk at our supper gathering. All are welcome to join the tour and/or the supper meeting.

All joining the tour should meet Professor Gillespie at the National Trust property at Downhill at 2:30. C.S. Lewis and his brother Warnie spent summer holidays with their mother on the North Coast in their early childhood, and it is believed that it was while playing on the beach there that Lewis first got the sense of "Northernness" generally associated with his feelings of sehnsucht, a German word translated as "longing," "yearning," or "craving," which Lewis described in his memoir of his early life, Surprised by Joy.

Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae

Lewis Society website was temporarily disabled by hacker attack

After under two months in existence, the website of the C.S. Lewis Society of Northern Ireland has been attacked by a hacker or hackers, and atl content was destroyed on the online server. The original files had all been backed up, however, and as of May 13 access has been restored. We apologize for any inconvenience to any who were looking for this site in the meantime and were not able to find us.

C.S. Lewis Belfast tours by our president and webmaster

Members of singles groups in a recent tour of East Belfast C.S. Lewis points of interest gather round the Rev. Jack Lamb outside St. Mark's Church Dundela, where Lewis was baptized.

The Rev. Jack Lamb, president of our Society, and webmaster and author Jon Kennedy recently conducted two tours of Belfast C.S. Lewis sites for visitors to Belfast. The first group consisted of some 17 people who represented Christian singles groups in Belfast, Derry, and Donegal. The other was for a clergyman visiting Northern Ireland from Texas, USA. Sites on the tour include the building that has replaced the house in which Lewis was born; Little Lea, his childhood home which his father remained in until his death and is now a private residence; murals in honor of Lewis and Narnia on buildings in East Belfast; The Searcher, the sculpture of the wardrobe and Prof. Digory Kirke from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Ross Wilson at Hollywood Arches Library; the Belmont Tower which houses a small collection of Lewis books and mueum displays, and other points of interest.

If you know of anyone interested in taking a tour with commentary on Lewis history, contact Rev. Lamb at 07720 293941 or Kennedy at 07455 980890.

Transforming the Mind conference coming to Castlewellen

Transforming the Mind, described as the National Christian Postgraduate Conference for the U.K., is coming to Castlewellen Castle, County Down, the weekend of 27th - 29th June, under joint sponsorship of Transforming the Mind and Contemporary Christianity. Organizers describe it as an opportunity to "explore how to integrate Faith and Academic Life, the Kingdom of God and the realm of the Academy, Research and Discipleship."

"We do not have to divide our time and loyalties between two worlds, at ease in neither. That is not our calling." the conference web site declares. "Come to Castlewellan Castle, meet fellow Postgrads, postdocs, and academics. Have fellowship together. Make friends. Explore together how the people of the Kingdom of God can live and flourish in the University."

Speakers include:

Dr Vinoth Ramachandra of Colombo, Sri Lanka, a staff member of IFES - the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, which he has served in many capacities over the past thirty years. He is author of several theological books and essays, and blogs occasionally at vinothramachandra.wordpress.com. His primary passion is helping Christian students and scholars around the world engage with integrity in the conversations of their universities and the ethical issues in their societies.

Dr Cathriona Russell, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Religions and Theology at Trinity College Dublin. Her original degree was in Horticulture, and in her doctorate she investigated food biotechnologies from theological and ethical perspectives. Her teaching interests include Christian Thinking about God, Theological Hermeneutics, Theology & Environmental ethics, and Cosmology Anthropology & the Church. She co-edited a book titled Ethics for Graduate Researchers and, since 2000, has volunteered as a guide at the Chester Beatty Library, which Lonely Planet calls one of Europe’s best museums.

Dr Mike Clifford
Dr Maithrie White

Others on the program include conference committee members Dr Mike Clifford, Associate Professor in Engineering at Nottingham and a Tearfund volunteer; Dr. Maithrie White, Chair of Transforming the Mind and former Head of English at a Colombo University, Sri Lanka, and now living in Northern Ireland with her husband Paul and training for ordination in the Church of Ireland; Dr Anthony Smith, PhD in Astronomy at Sussex, and post-doc research on data from the Herschel Space Observatory, involved with Christian postgrad groups at Sussex, York, and now at Liverpool, where he also develops software, and Dr Helen Moore who now works at MediTech Media after doing post-doc research at Queen Mary University.

Click here for registration information.

Dr Anthony Smith
Dr Helen Moore


Member Ward Stothers's poetry book a sell-out at its launch

Ward Stothers's book, Plain Drink Tea, a compilation of his poems and prayers, was launched at the Shankill Public Library, Belfast, on April 4, where the remainder of the copies of the first printing of the book sold out. The library conference room was filled by friends and well-wishers, with remarks by the Rev. Jack Lamb, pastor of Townsend Presbyterian Church, and Ward's close friend and fellow poet, Bill McKnight. Ward and his wife, Marda, subsequently returned to their home in Berkeley, California, on April 17, after serving in the Shankill district as Presbyterian missionaries and cross-community ministers for the preceding six years. Both were pensioners working in Northern Ireland as volunteer religion workers. Copies of the book, a 150-page quality paperback from Dungarvon Press, are still available on Amazon.

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