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Inklings is a conversation group for a hospitable exploration on diverse topics

We discuss faith, doubt, art, science, and university life. There is a chosen topic of focus each gathering. The goal is to create a space where we can listen, process, and learn from one another. 

Often we meet in the pub, but sometimes we meet at churches or in living rooms.

“The Inklings were a gathering of [mostly Christian] friends – most of them teachers at or otherwise affiliated with Oxford University, many of them creative writers and lovers of imaginative literature – who met usually on Thursday evenings in C.S. Lewis’s college rooms in Oxford during the 1930s and 1940s for readings and criticism of their own work, and for general conversation. “Properly speaking,” wrote W.H. Lewis, one of their number, the Inklings “was neither a club nor a literary society, though it partook of the nature of both. There were no rules, officers, agendas, or formal elections.” An overlapping group gathered on Tuesday (later Monday) mornings in various Oxford pubs, usually but not always the Eagle and Child, better known as the Bird and Baby, between the 1940s and 1963. These were less formal meetings, and contrary to popular legend the Inklings did not read their manuscripts in the pub.” – From http://www.mythsoc.org/inklings.htm

UP & COMING INKLINGS DISCUSSIONS:

Join Chaplain Ryan and some of the St. Joseph’s Parish young adults for a discussion of J. R. R. Tolkien and faith!

In the spirit of the Inklings we want to make it a true Catholic meets Protestant discussion.

We are meeting February 5, March 5, and April 2 from 5:00-6:30pm at St. Joseph’sEmail Ryan if you’re interested! 

And don’t worry, there are no assigned readings!

Join us in the month of March as we explore the topic of lament, grief, and Christian faith. 

We will read the short book by C. S. Lewis, “A Grief Observed” and meet once a week for four weeks to reflect on the text and our own process of grieving before God. 

The book is a compilation of Lewis’ journals as he vents and explore his grief after the death of his wife, Joy. He explores questions of faith, loss and theodicy.

Email Ryan if you’re interested! The meeting time and place will be determined based on group members’ availabilities. 

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