Montreat College English Professor Dr. Don King and colleagues Dr. Hal Poe and Nigel Goodwin will host the annual C.S Lewis Inklings Fellowship Weekend on April 5 to 7, 2013, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary year of the death of C.S. Lewis and the fortieth anniversary year of the death of J.R.R. Tolkien and Warren H. Lewis. The local community is invited to register. Attendees will explore the theme “Middle Earth: Living Between Creation and the New Creation.” The weekend will involve music, worship, food, and good conversation. Events will be held at Montreat College’s Chapel of the Prodigal.
Among the events will be talks led by Ben Mitchell on “Creations and Creation.” Mitchell is an internationally recognized ethicist and author of “Does God Need Our Help?: Cloning, Assisted Suicide, and Other Challenges in Bioethics” as well as the Graves Professor of Moral Theology at Union University.
Dr. Don King, Montreat College professor, will present “Poet, Pastor, Pathos: The Influence of George Herbert’s The Temple on C. S. Lewis.” Dr. King is one of the foremost scholars on the life and work of C.S. Lewis, as well as editor of the Christian Scholars’ Review.
Dr. Hal Poe, co-editor of “C.S. Lewis Remembered,” a collection of essays by former students of Lewis, and author of “The Inklings of Oxford,” will present a talk titled “The Nature of Nature.”
Nigel Goodwin, founder and leader of the Genesis Arts Trust, an international ministry to Christians in the Arts, will lead a time of “Inklings sharing” as well as lead the group in worship on Sunday morning.
Montreat students Alyssa Klaus and Corrie Greene, Oxford summer students of Dr. King, will present their research on the theme of nature in the poetry and fiction of C.S. Lewis.
Register online at www.inklingsfellowship.org. The cost of registration is $65, and the deadline April 1. Limited accommodations are available at the historic Montreat Conference Center. Call Judy Smith at (828)-669-2911 ext. 365 for reservations. Additional lodging is available off-site at hotels as well as bed and breakfasts in nearby Black Mountain. There are multiple restaurants in Black Mountain for lunch breaks throughout the weekend.