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Lift Up Your Hearts – Ohio
Elevating the desires of the "too-easily-pleased"
March 3
- March 4, 2023
Madison Christian School

CS Lewis said we are too easily satisfied, “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.”

What could he possibly mean? Should we be greedy? Or might even greed be nothing more than a vice of the too easily satisfied?

Human desires are a strange thing. For millenia, educators thought it was their primary duty to raise their students’ hearts from “mud pies in a slum” to “a holiday at the sea.”

Are we starving our children just when we should be lifting up their hearts? Might that help explain their desperate greed for pleasure and their astonishing eagerness to learn moderation? Or is this even the role of the educator (at home or school)?

Contemplate with us how to elevate the desires of your children to hopes that don’t disappoint and to joys that don’t leave a bitter taste.

Registration includes lunch on both days and free audio recordings of all the conference sessions.
Coffee, Tea, and Water will be provided throughout the day.


Confirmed Speakers

Josh Mayo

Chair and Associate Professor of English at Grove City College

Katerina Hamilton

Director of Press

Molly Rychener

Midwest Apprenticeship Head Mentor

Ken Myers

Daniel Coupland

Associate Professor and Chairman of the Education Department at Hillsdale College

Michael Buck Holler

Director of Consulting

Dr. Matthew Bianco


Andrew Kern

President & CEO

Andrea Lipinski

Vice President of Training and Consulting

Madison Christian School

3565 Bixby Road, Groveport, OH 43125

March 3

9:30 am: Plenary A - Lift Up Your Hearts by Andrew Kern

11:00 am: Breakout Session A

Lay Aside Every Weight by Dr. Matthew Bianco

What Sir Philip Sidney (and Others) Taught Me about the Classroom by Joshua Mayo

MacDonald, O’Connor, Lewis, Eliot, et al. on Education and the Democratic Spirit by Ken Myers

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Breakout Session B

Practices that Support Academic Studies by Andrea Lipinski

You Become What You Behold: The How and Why of Looking at Fine Art by Katerina Kern

3:00 pm: Plenary B - On Wonder by Dan Coupland

4:15 pm: Q&A Panel moderated by Andrew Kern

March 4

9:00 am: Plenary C - Reverence and the Authority of Greatness by Ken Myers

11:00 am: Breakout Session C

Medieval and Renaissance Ideas of Beauty and Desire: A Pre-Raphaelite Obsession by Katerina Kern

Poetic Knowledge and the Cultivation of Loves: How love prepares us for truth and goodness by Dr. Matthew Bianco

Kalypso's Island or Ithaka by Andrea Lipinski

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Breakout Session D

Weights to Our Thoughts and Wings to Our Words by Molly Rychener

Gaining Perspective: The Path to a Healthy School, Classroom, or Home by Defining Seven Core Commitments by Buck Holler

Anagogical Reading: Reading that lifts the heart (but not like you think! by Andrew Kern

3:00 pm: Plenary D - Reepicheep’s Wave: How Wonder Works by Joshua Mayo

4:00 pm: Q&A Panel moderated by Andrew Kern