The Southern California C.S. Lewis Society was founded in 1974 by people who loved the writings of C.S. Lewis, and who were interested in listening to the insights of a novice monk at St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, known as “Brother Peter.” Summer workshops began to be led by Brother Peter and soon people wanted to meet monthly during the academic year. About this same time Brother Peter decided not to take further vows and moved to Fuller Seminary, where he was working on a doctorate in theology. Brother Peter, now known as Paul Ford, became the first director of the Society. We met at the Geneva Room at Fuller Seminary for many years and were glad to host some of the West Coast’s top scholars to speak to us on those occasions. But the fellowship – many feel – is worth it all.
We are a literary society and a group of friends who welcome people of diverse backgrounds – Christians, writers, teachers, students, professors and the general public and some of the country’s finest Lewis scholars.
Our summer retreats are popular, convivial and educational. Our respected journal “The Lamp-Post” is in view once again and published as time and circumstances allow.