C.S. Lewis once wrote about how important it is to read old books. This isn’t because the past necessarily held more wisdom than we do or that it was better but because our ancestors thought about different things  and held different perspectives than we do.

…keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books. Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us.

Lewis’s advice, we believe, is also true for people in our own age who try to get us to think–to dream and imagine–beyond our normal categories. These people are like Lewis’s wardrobe in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or the entrance into Diagon Ally in Harry Potter or even the doorway through the garden wall in the Secret Garden–they introduce us to a world that broadens our horizons and won’t ever allow us to think of the ‘normal’ world in the same way again.

This page contains a variety of resources–books, essays, websites, videos, and audio–that connect with one or more of the Convivium Principles. It’s by no means comprehensive and will undoubtedly grow in the coming weeks and months. Perhaps you have suggestions you’d like to share?

Have a browse and perhaps you, like us, will feel a the first tickle of clean sea breeze…


A long interview with Wendell Berry, who’s thought informs many of the Convivium Principles

This is a long (3 hours!) documentary by Andy Curtis about the development of marketing and Public Relations and how both shape us today.

An Interview with Rowan Williams, whose theology connects with many of the Convivium Principles.

A good introduction to the Climate Change and a reminder of how out of sync with creation humanity now is.

Books & Essays

Zygmunt Bauman

Consuming Life

Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainity

Wendell Berry

Home Economics: Fourteen Essays

Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition

Our Only World

The World-ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry

Mark Clavier

Rescuing the Church from Consumerism

Reading Augustine: On Consumer Culture, Identity, The Church and the Rhetorics of Delight

Stewards of God’s Delight: Becoming Priests of the New Creation

Patrick Leigh Fermor

A Time to Keep Silence

Stanley Hauerwas

A Community of Character: Toward a Christian Social Ethic

Paul Kingsnorth

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist

C.S. Lewis

The Abolition of Man

Robert MacFarlane


The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

Vincent J. Miller

Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture

Pope Francis

Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home’

David Orr

Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect

James K.A. Smith

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

Cultural Liturgies (Desiring the Kingdom, Imagining the Kingdom, Awaiting the Kingdom)

Rowan Williams

Being Human: Bodies, Minds, Persons

Christ the Heart of Creation

Holy Living: The Christian Tradition for Today

Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement

Why Study the Past: The Quest for the Historical Church

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