“Surprised by Love: Cultivating Intellectual Hospitality in an Age of Uncertainty”
July 28 – August 5, 2022 | Oxford, England
Patti Callahan Henry
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times, EPCA Christian publishing, Globe and Mail, and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels. She’s also a podcast host, and one of those podcasts explores the background of her novel, Becoming Mrs. Lewis, The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis. Her latest novel, Once Upon a Wardrobe, released last October, explores the stories in C. S. Lewis's life that we might see hidden in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Surviving Savannah, a historical novel exploring the true and lost to time shipwreck of the S. S. Pulaski was released last year.
She is the recipient of The Christy Award “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for Becoming Mrs. Lewis.
She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. Patti was also a contributor to the monthly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine. She’s published in numerous anthologies, articles, and short story collections, including an Audible Original about Florence Nightingale, titled Wild Swan narrated by the Tony Award winner, Cynthia Erivo.
A full-time author, mother of three, and grandmother of two, she lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama with her husband, Pat Henry.
Her newest novel, The Secret Book of Flora Lea, is set outside Oxford in the hamlet of Binsey, and will be released on May 2nd, 2023 with Simon & Schuster Atria.
She’s spent countless hours, and yet not nearly enough hours, wondering and reading and talking about C. S. Lewis, Joy Davidman, and their life together.
Join us in summer 2022 amid the “dreaming spires” of Oxford, as we explore this important theme with renowned scholars from the arts and sciences, leaders in ministry and the major professions, and an array of literary, visual, and performing artists.
You’ll enjoy stimulating lectures, challenging workshops, meaningful worship services, and a rich variety of cultural programs, all in the good company of friends and colleagues – old and new.
Don’t miss this truly memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience of faith, reason, and imagination in the company of friends!
Theme: “Surprised by Love: Cultivating Intellectual Hospitality in an Age of Uncertainty”
Dates: Thursday afternoon, July 28 – Friday morning, August 5, 2022
Location: Oxford, England
The 2022 C.S. Lewis Summer Institute, hosted in the historic university town of Oxford, will provide a setting where the challenge of thoughtful discourse, the transfiguring power of the arts, and the wonder of worship will enliven our thinking, catalyze our imaginations, and deepen our faith – with the ultimate goal of inspiring us to embrace a life of learning invigorated by purpose and hope.
The 2022 C.S. Lewis Summer Institute is a conference held in Oxford and hosted jointly by the C.S. Lewis Foundation and C.S. Lewis College. The Summer Institute will convene July 28 — August 5. The morning program each weekday includes two plenary sessions and a meditation on the conference theme, while the evening programming each night highlights the diverse gifts of our artistic community of instrumentals, choral singers, actors, dancers, and poets. Several afternoons in Oxford will feature small-group seminars and workshops for our conference registrants, as well as an Academic Roundtable.
Brief Description of the Event
Our Summer Institutes offer a unique and intentional blend of worship, scholarship, and the arts in a “mere Christian” context for scholars, clergy, professionals, and laypersons around the globe. Attendees from around the world report that these Summer Institutes have transformed their approach to their work and their life.
Whether our attendees come with a bent toward learning, creating works of art, or growing in discipleship, this time together is specifically designed to nourish and equip attendees to fulfill their callings. From our plenary sessions to prayer to worship services to workshops to breakout sessions to our after-hours “Bag End Café,” a warm welcome and the spirit of hospitality abound.
The 2022 conference will be the 11th convening of the Summer Institute produced by the C.S. Lewis Foundation.