I know that many are curious about the status of the Lewis & Friends Colloquium which was originally scheduled for June 2020 and postponed to June 2021. It is with great disappointment that I share the following update with you regarding this event’s status.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty that accompanies it, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this event. This decision is in accord with Taylor University’s COVID-19 precautions that are currently in place, and which we anticipate will continue through the Spring 2021 academic term.
We are grateful for the virtual “mini-conference” that took place this past June, and also that the 2020 Student Writing Competition was completed without disruption. As this is a cancellation as opposed to further postponement, we want to remind you that all paid registrants received a refund in June 2020.
Whether you are a faithful attendee or a first-time registrant, please know how truly disappointed we are that we won’t have the joy of welcoming you to Taylor’s campus next year. This event is an enriching experience that we know many of you treasure, and we also know that it is the highly relational aspect of the Colloquium that has made it a highlight for attendees. We are eagerly looking forward to hosting you in the future, and will announce plans for the next Lewis & Friends Colloquium once the global health pandemic subsides.
Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times, and for your ongoing interest and support for the Lewis & Friends Colloquium and the Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends. We are exploring a variety of ways we might be able to provide opportunities for engagement – to students, enthusiasts, and scholars – through virtual platforms and, potentially, small in-person gatherings later next year.
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Interim Director, Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends
Frances White Ewbank pioneered the study of C. S. Lewis at Taylor University. More than thirty years ago, she began to assign readings from Lewis's works as the basis for writing assignments in an honors class. Her work inspired her colleagues as well as her students and led to the Lewis studies at Taylor today. We believe that it is fitting to name the colloquium in honor of this outstanding scholar and teacher.
At these colloquia we are interested in more than just Lewis. The "and Friends" in the title has a triple meaning. It refers to the fact that we are interested in the friends of Lewis, both his contemporaries and otherwise. Also, we ourselves are friends of these authors. Finally, because of our common love for these men and women, we are friends of each other. We are friends in the sense that, to use George MacDonald's words, we are "alike enough to understand each other, and unlike enough to interest and aid each other." We believe that the varied programs at the colloquia promote conversations among "friends," whether scholars or not, and occur outside of the scheduled sessions as well as within them.
The Faithful Imagination: Papers from the 2018 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends
Experience the intellectual excitement and fellowship of the 2018 Colloquium through scholarly essays, poetry, photographs, reflections, and more in The Faithful Imagination. Now available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also available at The Bishops Nook: Taylor University's Campus Store.
Frances White Ewbank