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Dr. Jason Lepojärvi

(MTh & PhD in Theology, University of Helsinki)


Dr. Lepojärvi is currently Scholar-in-Residence at Regent College, conducting research for a work on the theology of love, entitled Idolatry: Catholic and Protestant Perspectives


Born to a Canadian mother and a Finnish father, Jason studied theology and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. His master’s thesis focused on Pope John Paul II's theology of the body and of sexuality. It was published as the first (and remains the only) introduction to the subject in Finnish. His doctoral thesis - God Is Love but Love Is Not God: C. S. Lewis’s Theology of Love - critically analyzed C. S. Lewis's position in and contribution to the debate on love ('agape vs. eros') that preoccupied much of twentieth century Protestant and Roman Catholic thought. Whilst a Visiting DPhil Candidate at Oxford, Jason served as the President of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society.


Jason, his wife, and their two daughters moved to Vancouver in July 2016. Prior to this, they lived in Oxford, where Jason worked as the Junior Research Fellow in Theology at St Benet's Hall.


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The Theology of Love & Worship

Reflections in light of Lewis



A Retreat for clergy, chaplains, and ministry folk.

The Theology of Love & Worship

Reflections in light of Lewis


Mini Linlathen Retreat for clergy, chaplains, and ministry folk.

Dr. Jason Lepojärvi of Oxford University & Regent College

is our Guest Speaker this year, for a small and intimate retreat specifically for those in ministry:  Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon (with a break for those who have Sunday morning commitments), June 23 – 25th.  


                   Dr. Lepojärvi is both an Inklings scholar and a                                theologian, and during this retreat C.S. Lewis’                                theology of Love will be the backdrop as he leads an                      exploration of Love (the different types; their                                  common denominator; how Love engages with the                        other virtues) and Worship (understanding the                              substantive differences between adoration,                                      veneration, and idolatry; apprehending what is cognitive, emotive, volitive, physical, ethical, sacrificial, etc). Interdenominational perspectives will be brought into dialogue with one another, and practical applications considered.

Conferees with no commitments on Sunday morning are welcome to join worship at Hillside Reform Presbyterian (Almonte), at the same location as the annual Linlathen public lecture on Thursday evening June 22nd:

Female Friendships of C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien.

Revd. Matt Dyck, a long-time Inklings enthusiast, will lead the Psalmodic worship in a 10am Sunday service, complementing the conference theme.


General Schedule: Arrivals and registration at Windstone Farm, Beckwith, will be open from 3pm on Friday; reception with light meal at 6pm, sessions ending around 9pm. Saturday schedule begins at 9am, will include Quiet Time and Free Time as well as lunch and dinner, and will end around 8pm – followed by an optional soirée. Sunday will resume for lunch and an afternoon session, with retreat finishing between 3-4pm. $200 pp (spouse/co-minister ½ price discount).


The Female Friendships

of C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien

Linlathen Lecture 2017
June 22nd, 7:30 pm
with Inklings scholar Dr. Jason Lepojärvi


J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis – Lord of the Rings & Narnia – two brilliant Oxford professors and careful thinkers who changed the modern world with their creative fiction.  Where do their ideas converge, and where do they differ? A Protestant and a Catholic with deep resonances and deep differences – in particular, how did they approach relationships not only in their male-oriented work places, but outside of that structure, with the women in their lives? Come listen to Dr. Lepojärvi, recently himself a teacher at Oxford University and currently the Visiting Scholar at Regent College, Vancouver, as he delves deeper into the thinking of these two iconic authors.

Location: Hillside Reform Presbyterian, 273 Almonte St., Almonte 
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