Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

About Us

The Kindlings is an intergenerational, grassroots, relational movement of thoughtful creatives for whom God is of central importance; who together with others desire to rekindle our spiritual, intellectual, and creative legacy of Christians in culture by helping each other become the fullest expression of who God created us to be.

The Kindlings is inspired by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers and a diverse group of gadflies and friends called The Inklings, who met in an Oxford pub for lively conversation and friendly disputation. We think such discourse should be intelligent, imaginative, and hospitable and that such relationships should produce a deeper spiritual life, more thoughtful intellectual life and richer more substantial creative life.

What Do You Do?

2000 to 2106:

The Kindlings facilitated conversations, connections, collaborations, and friendships through our regular podcasts (The Kindlings Muse), our annual festivals (Kindlings Fest and WinterFest) and through by-invitation retreats (The Kindlings Hearth)  for writers, poets, filmmakers, actors, directors, dancers, visual artists, game makers, singers, songwriters, composers, architects, other artists and advocates for the synergistic spiritual, intellectual, and creative dimensions of faith.


For a list of leaders in the movement, guests who appeared on The Kindlings Muse, alumni of the Kindlings Hearth retreats,  and speakers/artists who appeared at KindlingsFest COMING SOON!

2017 to present:

Health issues of Founder Dick Staub and the retirement of his co-conspirator Nigel Goodwin resulted in discontinuing our regular convening of podcasts, festivals, and retreats and the transition of our website to the rich and diverse audio archive of Kindlings Muse podcasts, KindlingsFest and WinterFest lectures, along with shorter reflections called “Whimseys,” many of which are available to you today at

The spirit of the movement lives on in the thousands of people who participated in The Kindlings and in the hearts and minds of those who will continue to be moved to action by listening to these audio archives.

Financial Support.

We do appreciate donations to sustain and expand these archives.

A number of listeners commit $30 annually to the support of this venture.

Should you like to participate, please make your donation of any size to our PayPal account