02/09/1997

Minutes of February 9, 1997 meeting
Steak and Ale Restaurant – East Memphis

Present: Barry Anderson, Cydney Beets, Dennis Beets, Rich Cook, Margie Cook, Janet Cupo, Bob Oliver, Judith Oliver, Dennis Beets.
Dennis Beets opened the meeting with prayer.
Rich Cook reported that the Society Home Page is up and running on the internet at http://cslewis.home.ml.org.

The group discussed the possibility of having Douglas Gresham visit Memphis for a week of lectures.  It was decided that expense of such an endeavor is prohibitive at this time.

The group elected the following Executive Committee: Historian – Barry Anderson; Newsletter Editor – Dennis Beets; members at large – Rich Cook, Ann Marty, and Judith Oliver.  This election marks the end of conducting business at regular society meetings.  This responsibility now falls to the Executive Committee, freeing the regularly scheduled meetings for discussion of Lewis.

The program was a presentation by Dennis Beets on Lewis’ life from his childhood through his stay with William T. Kirkpatrick.  The discussion that followed was brief but lively, with Barry Anderson bringing up one significant oversight in the presentation: Lewis’s love in his use for Beatrix Potter’s “Squirrel Nutkin,” and the ‘Idea of Autumn’ found there which Lewis lists as an experience of Joy.

The next meeting will be on March 9.  The program will be readings and discussions from the members’ favorite Lewis writings.
Submitted by Dennis Beets

03/09/1997

Minutes of March 9, 1997 meeting
Steak and Ale Restaurant – East Memphis

Present: not recorded.
Dennis Beets opened the meeting with prayer.
The program was consisted of readings and discussions of favorite Lewis readings.
The next meeting will be on April 13.
Submitted by Barry Anderson

08/10/1997

Minutes for August 10, 1997
Steak and Ale Restaurant – Poplar Avenue

Present: Barry Anderson, Cyd, Beets, Dennis Beets, Collin Brown, Margie Cook, Rich Cook, Janet Cupo, Ann Marty

The meeting was opened with a reading from the Book of Common Worship for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity.

Barry Anderson served as moderator for the program, which consisted of discussion about favorite Lewis readings. Reading were presented from Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (chapter XII), a poem by G.K. Chesterton, The Great Divorce (chapter 5 ), and God in the Dock (chapter 2).

Correspondence also was read from Douglas Gresham concerning his interpretation of Lewis’ attitude towards capital punishment.
Submitted by Barry Anderson

09/14/1997

Minutes for September 14, 1997
First Evangelical Church
Present: Barry Anderson, Dennis Beets, Janet Cupo, Ann Marty, Bill Marty, Andy McClung, Ronnie Stevens

Barry Anderson served as moderator for the program, which centered around a review of The Roar of Love, a 1978 musical interpretation of Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The lyrics and music were written and performed by contemporary Christian artists known as The Second Chapter of Acts. Preliminary discussion focused on the background of the artists, the LWW text, and interpretative freedom. Each set of lyrics was read prior to listening to a recording of the musical interpretation. Occasional readings from the LWW were provided.

Dennis Beets presented a working copy of the society’s newsletter, “The Unicorn’s Horn.” Subscriptions will be made available for $10.00 a year.

Bill Marty reminded the society about the Christianity in the Academy Conference on C.S. Lewis. The conference will be held at The University of Memphis on March 27, 1998. Society members were encouraged to present papers and/or develop a panel discussion for the conference.
Submitted by Barry Anderson

10/12/1997

Minutes for October 12, 1997
Steak and Ale — Poplar Avenue
Present: Barry Anderson, Cyd Beets, Dennis Beets, Janet Cupo, Knick Knickerbocker, Sandi Knickerbocker, Andy McClung.

The meeting was opened by reading the Collect of the Day for Evening Prayer.
Barry Anderson served as moderator for the program. Dennis Beets presented the second part of a paper on the life of C. S. Lewis. The paper covered the events of Lewis’ life from the completion of his education with “The Great Knock” until his death. Particular attention was given to his experience in WWI, his relationship with Mrs. Moore, his work at Oxford and Cambridge and his marriage to Joy Davidman. The paper was well written and informative.

It was noted that the recent change in Internet Domain name will need to be altered to avoid violation of copyright laws.

Dennis Beets reported on the progress of the society’s newsletter, “The Unicorn’s Horn.” Subscriptions, which are set at $10.00 a year, will be handled by Barry Anderson.
The group discussed possible methods of increasing society membership.

The one year anniversary of the society will be celebrated at the November 9 meeting. The meeting will be held in the Brockwell Room of Memphis Theological Seminary and everyone is encouraged to bring a dessert for the fellowship time prior to the meeting. The discussion will focus on two essays by Lewis, “Myth Became Fact” (God in the Dock) and “The Funeral of a Great Myth” (Christian Reflections). Copies of the essays will be available at the meeting or from Dennis Beets.
Submitted by Barry Anderson

11/09/1997

Minutes for November 9, 1997

Brockwell Room – Memphis Theological Seminary
Present: Barry Anderson, Dennis Beets, Janet Cupo, Knick Knickerbocker, Sandi Knickerbocker, Andy McClung, Ann Marty, Bill Marty.
The meeting was opened by reading the Collect of the Day for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity.
It was noted that the meeting marked the one year anniversary of the society.
The group discussed possible efforts to increase membership now that a solid core group has been established. Beginning in January, the meetings and program topics will be publicized in the media and through local churches.
Dennis Beets presented copies of the society’s newsletter, “The Unicorn’s Horn.” A subscription will be provided to Memphis Theological Seminary library in order to insure a public archive for the newsletter.
The group was informed of an interesting series of e-mail exchanges between Dennis Beets, Doug Gresham, and an Anglican diocese in Canada concerning the inaccuracy of claims that Lewis was involved in the Waldorf School movement, which stemmed from Rudolf Steiner’s religious system called Anthroposophy.
Barry Anderson served as moderator for the program. The discussion focused on the meanings of myth as portrayed by Lewis in two essays: “Myth Became Fact” (God in the Dock) and “The Funeral of a Great Myth” (Christian Reflections). Knick Knickerbocker closed the meeting with a related reading from his newly published book of poetry.
Submitted by Barry Anderson

12/14/1997

Minutes for December 14, 1997

Anderson Home – Midtown Memphis
Present: Barry Anderson, Lisa Anderson, Cyd Beets, Dennis Beets, Janet Cupo, Carroll Joachimi, Sandi Knickerbocker, Andy McClung, Tiffany McClung, Ann Marty, Bill Marty.
The meeting was opened by reading the Collect of the Day for the Third Sunday of Advent.
Dennis Beets reminded everyone that beginning in January, the meetings and program topics will be publicized in the media and through local churches.
Two additional newsletter articles are being written by Andy McClung and Collin Brown. Memphis Theological Seminary Library has agreed to archive copies of the newsletter.
Barry Anderson served as moderator for the program. The discussion focused on the Lewis’ essays: “What Christmas Means to Me” and “Xmas and Christmas” (God in the Dock).
Submitted by Barry Anderson

12/14/1997
Minutes for December 14, 1997
Anderson Home – Midtown Memphis
Present: Barry Anderson, Lisa Anderson, Cyd Beets, Dennis Beets, Janet Cupo, Carroll Joachimi, Sandi Knickerbocker, Andy McClung, Tiffany McClung, Ann Marty, Bill Marty.
The meeting was opened by reading the Collect of the Day for the Third Sunday of Advent.
Dennis Beets reminded everyone that beginning in January, the meetings and program topics will be publicized in the media and through local churches.
Two additional newsletter articles are being written by Andy McClung and Collin Brown. Memphis Theological Seminary Library has agreed to archive copies of the newsletter.
Barry Anderson served as moderator for the program. The discussion focused on the Lewis’ essays: “What Christmas Means to Me” and “Xmas and Christmas” (God in the Dock).
Submitted by Barry Anderson