Extend Your Legacy through CS Lewis

Regular readers have noticed that I’ve not been writing new blogs as frequently as usual and many have asked why. Here is the short answer. I am in the final eight weeks of a campaign to convert CS Lewis’ Oxford home, the Kilns, into a year around study Center. My goal is to raise seven-hundred-fifty-five thousand dollars and as of today we have raised three-hundred-thirty-one thousand dollars.

I know CS Lewis has touched many lives, mine for sure, and perhaps yours as well, so I am going to take a moment today and lay out the case for why people might want to extend their legacy through that of CS Lewis AND to tell you how you could do that with a KILNS 75th Anniversary Charter Membership.

1) C.S. Lewis left a legacy marked by a rich integration of intellectual depth, spiritual devotion and imaginative creativity.

Sixty years ago C.S. Lewis delivered a rousing set of talks on the BBC explaining Christianity to a “Christian” nation. His voice was among the most recognized in all of England, second only to Winston Churchill. Fifty years ago (1952) that series of talks was published as “Mere Christianity,” taking its place alongside C.S. Lewis’ sixty other published works. Forty years ago (1963) C.S. Lewis died on the same day JFK was assassinated.

Yet his influence lives on. Last year C.S. Lewis’ published works sold millions of copies. In 2004 Harvard’s Dr. Armand Nicholi hosted a PBS special on C.S. Lewis, Sigmund Freud and “The Question of God. In December 2005 Walden films will release “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” as a major motion picture.

2) C.S. Lewis’ legacy is needed now more than ever in a culture impoverished intellectually, spiritually and aesthetically.

Whether one looks at the academy, religious institutions or the arts it seems clear that ours is a confused age intellectually, spiritually and artistically.

Social historian and Founder of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, Dr. Stan Mattson reminds us “There was a time when vital Christian faith and a passionate love for learning and the arts were viewed as being wholly compatible. In stark contrast, Christians now find themselves largely isolated from the cultural mainstream and hard-pressed to envision, let alone fulfill, any meaningful role within a society that increasingly presses for the privatization of faith. The consequences have been devastating not only for Christian scholars and artists, but equally important, for all Christians and Society.”

3) The CS Lewis Foundation is extending Lewis’ legacy

Inspired by the life and legacy of C.S. Lewis, the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s efforts are a hopeful breath of spring air in the never-Christmas winter of today’s American post-Christian culture.

Through it’s Faculty Forums C.S. Lewis Summer Institutes, Regional and National Conferences and Retreats, the tri-annual Oxbridge Conference and ultimately through a C.S. Lewis College situated on a major U.S. University Campus, the C.S. Lewis Foundation is fulfilling its mission to advance the renewal of Christian thought and creative expression throughout the world of learning and the culture at large.

In 1984 The C.S. Lewis Foundation purchased CS Lewis home, The Kilns intending to convert it from a residence to a study center that extends Lewis legacy to to scholars, pastors, writers, artists and promising students through: 1) An in-residence Program. 2) Summer Seminars. 3) Educational tours.

4) With your help the Kilns will become a year around study center by Fall 2005 on this, the 75th Anniversary of the Kilns.

For over three decades, The Kilns was filled with the sounds of spirited conversation and laughter at hearth and table. At the Kilns Lewis wrote the books read and loved by a worldwide audience and entertained friends like J.R.R Tolkien.

After eight years of loving restoration completed by over 200 volunteers, the Kilns is now ready to extend the legacy of Lewis by opening its doors as a year around study center. To accomplish this we need to raise seven-hundred-fifty-five thousand dollars by July 2005. This will retire all debt for the purchase and restoration of the Kilns and set the stage for the full, year around use of the facility as a study center.

Our goal is to burn the mortgage this summer at Oxbridge and with your help we can do it!

5) You can be a 75th Anniversary Charter Member of The Kilns:

The C.S. Lewis Foundation is offering you a tangible way to say thank you to C.S. Lewis for they way he touched your life.

Every 75th Anniversary Charter Member of The Kilns will be included on a plaque in the library at The Kilns.

One grandfather joined saying he wanted The Kilns to be there for his grandchildren. Imagine those grandchildren’s excitement when they visit The Kilns and see their family name in The Kiln’s library!

75th Anniversary Charter Members of The Kilns are benefiting future generations through helping them discover the rich balance of intellectual, spiritual and creative imagination that enabled C.S. Lewis to touch so many lives including yours.

6) You are officially invited to become a 75th Anniversary Charter Member of the Kilns!

As of early May we have raised three-hundred-thirty-one thousand dollars from individuals contributing amounts from ten-thousand to one-hundred-thousand dollars to sponsor specific gardens and rooms at the Kilns.

While these large gifts are very important, we believe many more people, possibly including you, are interested in and capable of making a one-time gift of twenty-five-hundred dollars to extend the legacy of CS Lewis through the Kilns.

That is why we are offering you an opportunity to become a 75th Anniversary Charter Member of The Kilns for a gift of twenty-five-hundred dollars or more.

To take advantage of this one-time offer, please submit your gift by July 15th, 2005. Each gift is tax-deductible and we welcome contributions of any size.

Make checks to: The C.S. Lewis Foundation–Kilns 75th Anniversary
Mail to: PO Box 77385, Seattle, WA 98177

If you have questions please contact Dick Staub
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  • This is your chance to link your legacy with the intellectual, spiritual and creative legacy of CS Lewis for generations to come! Join me and we can honor Lewis by converting his home to a year around study center.

    PS. Soon the sounds of spirited conversation and laughter will be heard once again around both hearth and table. It is most encouraging to see The Kilns used again to nurture the minds and hearts of the Christian community so that it might have a significant impact on our needy and troubled world, currently so bereft of Christian values. I encourage you to join me in giving generously toward this important work for the furtherance of the Gospel. Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis stepson

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

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