"I still hold that it is the main earthly business of a human being to make his home...
as symbolic and significant to his own imagination as he can;
whether the home be in Notting Hill or Nicaragua, in Palestine or in Pittsburgh."-G.K.Chesterton, "The Artistic Side"

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 10 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society


Greetings WPA Chestertonians,

We will be holding our November meeting TOMORROW...November 10 for Chapters 6 and 7 of G.K. Chesterton's biography of St. Francis of Assisi. We will be reading and discussing these two chapters at the meeting.

At the meeting we will also decide what we will do for our December 15 meeting. (Please note that our Dec meeting will be on the third Friday of the month instead of on the 8th of Dec.)

As usual our meeting will be held in the Village of Middle Lancaster, at the Lancaster Township Community Center located on Kings Alley and Community Center Drive, in Butler County PA. Kings Ally is a right turn off of Rt. 19N, approx. 4.5 miles north of Zelienople, just past the Zion Lutheran Church. (The Community Center is a former one room school house, adjacent to the ball fields at Bauder Park.)  
The doors will open at 7:00 pm for potluck refreshments, with the discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up sometime around 9:30 pm.
 

Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 13th meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Greetings Fellow WPA Chestertonians,

Today in the liturgical calendar it is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. On Friday October 13, our local society will gather for another discussion of G.K. Chesterton's insights into this most  enigmatic yet beloved saint.

We will discuss Chapters 3, 4 and 5 of Chesterton's book St. Francis of Assisi. Please read as much as you can before next Friday.

Also at our October meeting, anyone who wishes to contribute a memorial donation in honor of Munah Pavlik can bring their contribution (checks can be made out to the American Chesterton Society) which we will bundle into a gift from our group to the ACS. I will be sending the donation before the end of October. If you wish to participate but can't make the meeting, send me an email for information about how to contribute.

As usual our meeting will be held in the Village of Middle Lancaster, at the Lancaster Township Community Center located on Kings Alley and Community Center Drive, in Butler County PA. Kings Ally is a right turn off of Rt. 19N, approx. 4.5 miles north of Zelienople, just past the Zion Lutheran Church. (The Community Center is a former one room school house, adjacent to the ball fields at Bauder Park.)  
The doors will open at 7:00 pm for potluck refreshments, with the discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up sometime around 9:30 pm.
Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com



Sunday, August 27, 2017

September 15 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Greetings Fellow WPA Chestertonians,

Due to a minor but necessary schedule adjustment, our next meeting will be held on September 15, which is the third Friday of September instead of our usual second Friday.


The good thing about the schedule adjustment is that you will have an extra week in which to read chapters I-III of G.K.Chesterton's Saint Francis of Assisi.

We will be discussing this book at the meetings over the next three months. 
From the back of the Dover edition of the book,
...The patron saint of animals, birds, and the environment, Francis of Assisi led the rediscovery of nature in the Christian West. This magnificent spiritual biography by the phenomenally popular G. K. Chesterton — a convert to Catholicism — chronicles the beloved saint's calling, his extraordinary life, and his influence in the Church. Its charm and wit will appeal to even the most secular-minded readers. 
How fitting that Francesco Bernardone was born just after the Dark Ages when the world was awakening... With great affection, Chesterton explores the life and times of St. Francis — his joyous devotion, his sense of compassion and love for all creation, his visions and miracles, his stigmata, and his band of followers that became the Franciscan Order. Praising this great and original man who became one of the most popular figures in Christendom, the author calls him "a poet whose whole life was a poem." Here is a stimulating read for Chesterton fans, Christian readers, and anyone looking for a burst of pure inspiration.

This book is widely available on the internet inexpensively for sale, as well as for free. There is also an audio recording available with an "Audible" subscription. 
Please bring access to a copy to the meeting. (Remember that the meeting location DOES NOT have Wi-Fi).


At our September meeting, anyone who wishes to contribute a donation in honor of Munah Pavlik can bring their contribution (checks can be made out to the American Chesterton Society) which we will bundle into a gift from our group to the ACS. We will collect these donations at both the September and the October meetings. If you wish to participate but can't make the meetings, send me an email for information about how to contribute.

As usual our meeting will be held in the Village of Middle Lancaster, at the Lancaster Township Community Center located on Kings Alley and Community Center Drive, in Butler County PA. Kings Ally is a right turn off of Rt. 19N, approx. 4.5 miles north of Zelienople, just past the Zion Lutheran Church. (The Community Center is a former one room school house, adjacent to the ball fields at Bauder Park.)  
The doors will open at 7:00pm for potluck refreshments, with the discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up sometime around 9:30pm.
Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 11 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Greetings Fellow WPA Chestertonians,

At our August meeting this coming Friday, we will wrap up our summer reading with selections from G.K. Chesterton's essay compilation A Miscellany of Men. We will read and discuss the essays "The Man Who Thinks Backwards", "The Voter and the Two Voices", and "The Devine Detective". Please bring copies or access to online sources of these essays to the meeting.  

At the meeting we will hear about the recent American Chesterton Society conference, and discuss the opportunity for a memorial donation to the ACS in honor of our friend Muna Pavlik, who recently passed away.

Next month at our September meeting we will begin our reading of Chesterton's great biography of St. Francis of Assisi.

As usual our meeting will be held in the Village of Middle Lancaster, at the Lancaster Township Community Center located on Kings Alley and Community Center Drive, in Butler County PA. Kings Ally is a right turn off of Rt. 19N, approx. 4.5 miles north of Zelienople, just past the Zion Lutheran Church. (The Community Center is a former one room school house, adjacent to the ball fields at Bauder Park.)  
The doors will open at 7:00pm for potluck refreshments , with the discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up sometime around 9:30pm.
Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July 14, 2017 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society


Greetings Fellow Chestertonians!

This coming Friday, July 14, we will meet for our much anticipated discussion of The Man Who Was Thursday. We will be discussing the entire book. The Man Who was Thursday is widely available in various formats, including a very nice Librivox recording which is free to download. The entire book can be listened to in about 6 hours. If you haven't read the book yet, buckle your seat belts and get listening!



On another note, there are still few days to pre-register for the annual American Chesterton Society conference in Colorado Springs. The theme will be "The Tyranny of the Learned". If you would like to travel to the great Rocky Mountain State to spend time with some great Chestertonians and listen to some provocative talks, check out the complete conference registration information at www.chesterton.org  Here is a link to a video about the conference. Please view it, and share it anywhere that you can.

As usual our meeting will be held in the Village of Middle Lancaster, at the Lancaster Township Community Center located on Kings Alley and Community Center Drive, in Butler County PA. Kings Ally is a right turn off of Rt. 19N, approx. 4.5 miles north of Zelienople, just past the Zion Lutheran Church. (The Community Center is a former one room school house, adjacent to the ball fields at Bauder Park.)  

The doors will open at 7:00pm for potluck refreshments , with the discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up sometime around 9:30pm.

Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 2017 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society




Summer Greetings WPA Friends of G.K. Chesterton!


Our next meeting will be on Friday, June 9th. We will read and discuss the essay "Why I Am a Catholic" by G.K. Chesterton. Although Chesterton apparently wrote several essays with this title, the essay we will be looking at is from Twelve Modern Apostles and Their Creeds (1926) , and reprinted in The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton, Vol. 3 Ignatius Press, 1990.  You can find it at this link on the American Chesterton Society webpage

While I ask that you print yourself a copy of the essay, or bring an internet accessible device to the meeting, you need NOT read it before the meeting.  The purpose of this dispensation from the usual pre-reading request, is to free up your Chesterton reading time for Chesterton's great novel, The Man Who Was Thursday (TMWWT).  We will be discussing TMWWT at our July meeting on Friday, July 14th. Because of the nature of the book you should definitely try to read it before hand, and come prepared to discuss the entire thing. The pre-reading is important since our discussion will most definitely "spoil" the plot for any who haven't read it before.

The 36th annual Chesterton Society Conference hosted by the American Chesterton Society will be on July 27-29 in Colorado Springs. The theme will be "The Tyranny of the Learned". If you would like to travel to the great Rocky Mountain State to spend a few days with some great Chestertonians and listen to some provocative talks, check out the complete conference registration information at www.chesterton.org . (Who knows... maybe you'll get to drink from the Cup of Inconvenience Adventure!)

As usual our meeting will be held in the Village of Middle Lancaster, at the Lancaster Township Community Center located on Kings Alley and Community Center Drive, in Butler County PA. Kings Ally is a right turn off of Rt. 19N, approx. 4.5 miles north of Zelienople, just past the Zion Lutheran Church. (The Community Center is a former one room school house, adjacent to the ball fields at Bauder Park.)  


The doors will open at 7:00pm , with the discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up around 9:30pm.


Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 12,2017 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

May 12, 2017 meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society


Greetings Fellow WPA Chestertonians,

We will gather this Friday, May 12 for the completion of What I Saw in America. We will pick up the discussion with the chapter titled "Wells and the World State", and continue the discussion through the end of the book. The chapters are relatively short, and I encourage you to read over them as much as possible before the meeting. 

The book is available free on @%&zon for Kindle here. It also can be read online here.There is also a  free Librivox recording of the book available here, and various print or digital formats can be found here for as low as 99 cents.

Also, we will resume our regular sharing table of pot-luck refreshments. I'm sure that all contributions will be heartily appreciated!

As usual: Our meeting will be held in the Village of Middle Lancaster, at the Lancaster Township Community Center located on Kings Alley and Community Center Drive, in Butler County PA. Kings Ally is a right turn off of Rt. 19N, approx. 4.5 miles north of Zelienople, just past the Zion Lutheran Church. (The Community Center is a former one room school house, adjacent to the ball fields at Bauder Park.)  The doors will open at 7:00pm for enjoyment of informal conversation and refreshments, with the book discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up sometime after 9:30pm.


Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com