The Southeast PA Chesterton Society is thrilled to announce a special event in place of our normal meeting for October. On Saturday, October 7th at 7:00 PM at Ivy Hall we are honored to welcome the man himself, G.K. Chesterton!
RSVP for "An Evening with GKC" below!
In September, the SEPA Chesterton Society is doing something a bit different. Rather than reading a particular work, we're focusing on a theme: and the theme is FUN.
Join us on September 17th at 6:30 at Ivy Hall for a celebration of Chestertonian whimsy, and a chance to make your very own Chesterton-inspired board game!
Of course, any avid Chesterton reader knows how much our man liked fun and games, whether it was chasing one's hat in a windstorm, or building toy theaters and performing small plays with them. In that spirit, we are going to come together and share our favorite passages from any of Chesterton's writings that have to do with the theme of fun and games!
But that's not all!
Did you know that Chesterton, along with his friend H.G. Wells, invented a game called "Gype"? The game has been reconstructed from written descriptions, and we are going to have an opportunity at this meeting to create our very own game boards to take home, and learn how to play!
PLEASE NOTE: If you want to make a Gype board, please bring a donation of $7 to help offset the cost, and RSVP no later than August 30th so that we can prepare and have enough materials for all interested.
To RSVP, simply email us and let us know how many boards you will want to make.
Our readings on Chesterton and Shaw provoked a question from some members: how could Chesterton be friends with such a devilish creature? This month we probe Chesterton's interior life a bit in the way he encountered and confronted evil/darkness through some chosen writings:
Our resources for this month:
Join us for our next meeting on June 11th, where we will be revisiting a work we've read before (back in 2015) - Chesterton's highly original novel, Manalive!
While an easy read, this book is packed with some of the most quintessential elements of Chesterton's philosophy, condensed into and embodied in the eponymous character Innocent Smith.
You can read the book online here.
For the month of May, we invite you to join us as we discuss Chesterton's friend and fellow raconteur, though ideological nemesis, George Bernard Shaw.
The reading packet also includes some optional, but recommended, supplementary material for your consideration:
We look forward to seeing you in May! Kindly RSVP below.
For our next meeting, on March 19th (The Solemnity of Saint Joseph), we will be reading Chesterton's powerful polemic, Eugenics and Other Evils.
From ACS President Dale Ahlquist's intro to this work:
The philosophy behind Eugenics is with us still. Generally speaking, all of the original arguments in favor of Eugenics have become the same arguments in favor of birth control, abortion, euthanasia, and even cloning.
Some of our long-time members will remember that we've discussed this book once before, but like all of Chesterton's writings, it bears revisiting! You can read the book online for free here.
Join us for our next meeting, at Ivy Hall on February 19th, which will be a special treat!
This is a particularly great meeting for new members, so if you have any friends to invite along, please bring them! See below for details.
This month, we will be finishing the first book of the great Father Brown series, The Innocence of Father Brown, which we began in June of 2015.
Ways to read:
- You can purchase a collection of Father Brown.
- You can read the book online.
- Listen to a free audiobook.
Following the busy holidays, we are gathering in January for our first meeting in the new year, to read the lyrical and insightful - and sometimes controversial - book Chesterton wrote on the Holy Land, its meaning and history: The New Jerusalem.
Alternately, you can read it online at Project Gutenberg or you can download a free audiobook version from Librivox.
For October, we'll be reading Chesterton's wonderful and fun novel, The Flying Inn!
For our next meeting, we will be reading excerpts from Chesterton's book, What I Saw in America, assembled in a custom reading packet. If you own the book and would rather read that way, we will be covering the first three chapters along with the final chapter of the book.
We aim to provide an opportunity for fellowship and fun in Southeastern Pennsylvania centered around the writings of G.K. Chesterton.