Gala Info

9.21 Fall Fundraising Gala with Max McLean at The Museum of the Bible

Enjoy a theatrical presentation with world-class actor, Max McLean, as he portrays C.S. Lewis preaching one of the 20th century’s most powerful and memorable sermons, “The Weight of Glory”.

The Weight of Glory
by C.S. Lewis:
One of the Greatest Sermons of the 20th Century

"It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."
From C.S. Lewis’s sermon, The Weight of Glory

Air raid sirens wailed and Swastika-marked German aircraft swarmed over England dropping bomb after bomb in an attempt to conquer the British Isles for Adolph Hitler and the Nazi regime.  London, 60 miles to the southwest of Oxford, was decimated and thousands of men, women and children had lost their lives during the 9-month long Battle of Britain. The Royal Air Force had fought valiantly, but with a high cost in lives, planes and resources. The British people were battling for their very lives, culture and nation. Questions of life and death, good and evil were burning in the forefront of everyone’s mind.

It is within this context, on Sunday evening, June 8, 1941 at the historic University Church of St. Mary, the Virgin, in Oxford, England that one of the greatest sermons of the 20th century was preached.

Knowing that his parishioners were in need of the hope offered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the vicar of University Church, Canon Dick Milford, reached out to an Oxford professor, Clive Staples Lewis, a former atheist who had converted to Christianity to give the Evensong sermon. 

Lewis’s powerful sermon, The Weight of Glory, was published the following year by a monthly journal entitled, Theology.  Since then, the message has been reprinted countless times in a variety of Lewis collections both in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Gala Information

Check in:
To allow sufficient time to clear the building security, please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the event start time of 7:00 PM.

Dress Code:
Business Attire

Transportation and Parking:
If traveling by metro, Federal Center Station is convienently located within a block of the Museum of the Bible. If driving, please note that street parking is limited.  We recommend that attendees park at the Hyatt Place parking garage, it is open 24 hours a day.  Some parking garages close early so consider using the museum's Spot Hero.

We have reserved a block of rooms under a negotiated group rate of $189.00/night at the Hyatt Place Washington DC. The hotel will honor this rate for all reservations made through August 20, 2018 by clicking here.

Other recommended hotels include the Holiday Inn Washington

Suggested Activities at the Museam of the Bible:
“We invite you to visit the Museum of the Bible website to explore the exciting attractions, tours, and exhibits - including the largest collection of Biblical manuscripts in the world! 

Gala attendees have free access to the museum on Friday, September 21st. You are invited to participate in a special, 1-hour, docent led tour of the museum at 2pm, Friday, September 21st (please note that you must indicate your interest in the tour at the time of registration). 

MOB offers dining options including Manna restaurant (located on 6th floor) and Milk and Honey café (located on the mezzanine). Please note that Manna restaurant closes at 4:30pm for general public, but WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR CSLI GUESTS THAT ARE ALREADY INSIDE THE BUILDING PRIOR TO CLOSING OF THE MUSEUM (5pm)! All other guests of the museum are required to leave the building  by 5pm as the buidling will be closed at that time. Those dinning at MANNA for dinner will need to be sure to have gained access inside the building prior to its closing and remain on the 6th floor.

There are several eateries in the surrounding area for dinner options. We advise that you return back to the Museum of the Bible between 6:30 – 6:45pm to allow sufficient time to clear through security. CSLI’s Fall Gala program will begin promptly at 7:00pm on the 6th floor of MOB with dessert and coffee/tea in the Capitol View Atrium.”

Performer Bios

Max McLean is an award-winning actor and founder and artistic director of New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts.He has been nominated for four awards from the Audio Publishers Association for his narration of The Listener’s Bible. His creative work has been cited with distinction by the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal and CNN to name a few media outlets.



D. C. Washington is a singer, conductor, worship leader, and anthem singer. D. C. is a graduate of University of Central Arkansas and Mississippi College who currently resides in Northern Virginia (after a 22 year career in the United States military). He is a member of Immanuel Bible Church where he is part of the choir and several ensembles, and occasionally serves as worship leader and director. D. C. has been featured at many conferences around the country (and overseas), including Moody Bible Institute Founders Week and Pastors Conference. He also is a member of the nationally known Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC. He is a frequent singer of the national anthem for the Washington Redskins and the Washington Nationals.



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