Chimp & Soap Art. Wordsworth and “The Kilns”


You can usually tell what is on my mind be reading this column. Today it is the overwhelming goal I accepted of converting CS Lewis home into a year around study center and completing the funding by July 31,2005.

Four weeks is all the time I have to complete the campaign to raise seven-hundred fifty thousand dollars to convert the fully restored home of the CS Lewis “The Kilns,” into a year around study center. When we finish this campaign The Kilns will be used for 1) A Scholars-in-Residence Program. 2) Summer Seminars. 3) Educational tours. This will help the CS Lewis Foundation fulfill its worthy mission, which is to advance the renewal of Christian thought and creative expression throughout the world of learning and the culture at large.

Perhaps it is because we have worked hard to raise over four-hundred thousand dollars since February 1’st and still have another three-hundred fifty thousand dollars to raise in four weeks that I took particular notice of the recent sales of art by a chimp that went for twenty-five-thousand dollars and a bar of soap that sold for eighteen-thousand dollars.

I also took note of an article announcing that poet Wordsworth’s home is underwritten to the tune of seven-hundred-fifty-thousand pounds annually.

Certainly, I think, extending Lewis legacy is worth more than art by a chimp, a bar of soap and would be comparable or of greater value than preserving Wordsworth’s legacy? Perhaps I am not communicating the opportunity and its importance effectively or have not reached the people who will care the most?

All I can tell you is CS Lewis Dining Room where he ate meals with Tolkien and other literary luminaries, is still available to be underwritten for a mere fifty-thousand dollars (just over a bar of soap and chimp art combined) AND Kilns Charter Memberships are available for a contribution of two-thousand-five hundred dollars.

Successfully completing this campaign will serve the next generation and each donor who contributed will be noted on the library wall! Better than a bar of soap, chimp art and Wordsworth’s home combined!

If you have interest please email or send your contribution to CS Lewis Foundation-Kilns 75th Anniversary, PO Box 77385, Seattle, WA 98177.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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