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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.
let us know if you're planning to attend
meeting: Saturday, 31 May 2014: North Coast
tour and supper at Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by telephone or text to 07455 980890 if you are planning
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.
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
website was temporarily disabled by hacker attack
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.
Belfast tours by our president and webmaster
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
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.
you know of anyone interested in taking a tour with commentary
on Lewis history, contact Rev. Lamb at 07720 293941 or Kennedy
the Mind conference coming to Castlewellen
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
here for registration information.
Ward Stothers's poetry book a sell-out at its launch
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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