The modern celebration of Halloween has become secular and in many ways sordid. The focus seems to stray in either of two directions: toward the saccharine and merely "seasonal," removed entirely from the focus on mortality and the afterlife; or else toward the gory and gratuitous, with no sense of spiritual sensibilities.
Chesterton was famously an advocate of recovering the true meaning of Christmas in a commercialized society. But now with Halloween being the second-largest economically impactful popular celebration, we will explore the question: What resources does Chesterton give us for recovering the true meaning of All Hallows' Eve?
Our task for this next meeting is a sort of open-ended scavenger hunt through Chesterton's writings! In a pinch, we also invite insights from Chesterton-adjacent sources: e.g., Belloc, Wells, Shaw, Lewis, Tolkien, and so forth. Look for things that address:
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Join the Society as we discuss The Secret of Father Brown, the fourth of Chesterton's collections of stories featuring the priest-sleuth. We will read all the stories, but the collection isn't too long. You can purchase a copy of the Father Brown stories from the Chesterton Society, but it appears to be on backorder. Alternatively, you can find a copy wherever books are sold, purchase an Audible audiobook version, or else read the book online from Project Gutenberg Australia.
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Join the Society as we relaunch, newly branded as the Philadelphia Chesterton Society, and begin our regular in-person meetings again after a long hiatus owing to, er, That Which Must Not Be Named. This will be primarily a social meeting and an opportunity to catch up with one another, but we will discuss the annual Chesterton Conference and some other activities of the worldwide Chesterton movement.
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After a terrible 18 months or so, during which our Society was only able to meet intermittently, and often only digitally at that, we are pleased to announce that we are coming back! We will resume our regular in-person meetings in August. AND, you may notice, we're sporting a new brand! We'll continue to serve the whole Southeast PA region, and anyone from Jersey or Delaware, or really anywhere—but we've decided to embrace what everyone calls us anyway, and officially become the Philly Chesterton Society! We can't wait to get together again and see everyone...
In the meantime, we're encouraging our members to get their Chesterton fix by participating in the offerings of the Society for Gilbert Keith Chesterton, especially their upcoming Conference! You can download the brochure here, and even register for the conference below. (Note: Our society members can get a special discount using a code that was sent to the email list. If you'd like to get the discount code, sign up today!)
Join the Society for our first meeting in a long while, on November 15th, at Ivy Hall, beginning at 7:00 PM, to discuss Chesterton's unique inter-weaved series of short novellas, Four Faultless Felons (1930).
You can purchase a copy of this book in paperback from the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton. Alternatively, the book is available from Amazon in Kindle e-book, paperback, and hardcover formats; and free online via Project Gutenberg, as well.
We aim to provide fellowship and fun in the Philadelphia area as we gather and honor the personal and literary legacy of G.K. Chesterton.
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