Thomas Merton Society of Canada

Archives – ARCHIVES 2

1997

April 18 – 20, 1997

Half Day Seminar on Thomas Merton (Don Grayston)

One Act Play
Merton: The Hermitage of a Thousand Windows
(John Juliani, Rose Pelleirn, Herbert O'Driscoll, Judith Hardcastle)

 

July 1997

Thomas Merton in France (Pilgrimage Program, Simon Fraser University)

 

Sept. 1997

Organizational meeting of the ITMS, BC Chapter

Discussion & video: "Merton: A Film Biography" (Paul Wilkes)
Facilitator: Judith Hardcastle

 

Oct. 28, 1997

Discussion & video: "Winter Rain: Six Images of Thomas Merton" (Anthony Padovano)
Facilitator: Judith Hardcastle

 

Nov. 25, 1997

Guest speaker: Ross Labrie (rescheduled to January because of APEC)


1998

Jan. 27, 1998

Ross  Labrie: "Thomas Merton as a Christian Romantic"                

 

Feb. 24, 1998

Discussion & video: "A Taste of Gethsemani: Trappist Monks Remember Merton" (The Thomas Merton Center Foundation)
Facilitator: Judith Hardcastle

 

March 24, 1998

Discussion: Volume Two, Entering the Silence - The Journals of Thomas Merton
Facilitator: Judith Hardcastle

 

April 28, 1998

Lynn Szabo: "The Language of Silence in Thomas Merton's Poetry"

 

May 26, 1998

Discussion: Volume Four, Turning Toward the World The Journals of Thomas Merton
Facilitator: Judith Hardcastle

 

June 17, 1998

Official Chapter designation (ITMS)

 

June 23, 1998

Discussion: Volume Six, Learning to Love The Journals of Thomas Merton
Facilitator: Judith Hardcastle

Sept. 15, 1998

Discussion: Thoughts in Solitude – Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master
Facilitator: Judith Hardcastle

 

Oct. 16 – 18, 1998

Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master A Weekend Conference
(Ross Labrie, Don Grayston, Lynn Szabo, Donna Kristoff)

 

Nov. 17, 1998

Discussion: "Faith & Prayer" – Merton's lecture to the novices at Gethsemani
Facilitator: Judith Hardcastle


1999

Jan. 19, 1999

Michael Ingham: "Thomas Merton and Interfaith Dialogue"

 

Feb. 16, 1999

Lynn Szabo: "Contemplation in the Secular Life"

 

March 14, 1999

One-Day Merton Retreat (George Kilcourse)

 

March 16, 1999

George Kilcourse – "Contemplative Spirituality For Today"

 

April 20, 1999

Peter MacLachlan – "Merton, Zen & Beyond"

 

May 18, 1999

Judith Hardcastle – "Gethsemani Retreat"
Discussion & video: "Trappist" (Robert J. Maier)

 

June 29, 1999

Thomas Merton Society Pot Luck Supper

 

Sept. 21, 1999

Don Grayston – "Thomas Merton's French Poetry"

 

Oct. 21, 1999

Michael Higgins – "Heretic Blood: The Many Loves of Thomas Merton"

 

Nov. 16, 1999

Ed Heidt – "Thomas Merton: The Man & the Myth"

 


2000

Jan. 18, 2000

Lynn Szabo – "Merton the Poet/Mystic"

 

Feb. 15, 2000

Jonathan Montaldo – "The Witness of Thomas Merton's Inner Work"

 

March 15, 2000

One Act Play
Ed Heidt – "Holding A Mirror to the Mountain"

                                                                                               

March 21, 2000

Cynthia Bourgeault – "Merton, Sufism, and the Pointe Vierge: Praying from the Innermost Centre"

 

April 18, 2000

Gray Henry – "Merton and Sufism: The Untold Story"

 

May 16 – 25, 2000

Thomas Merton in France (Pilgrimage Program, Simon Fraser University)

 

June 20, 2000

Sheilla Fodchuk – "True Self, False Self: Mystical Aspects of Merton's Contemplative Prayer"

 

Sept. 5, 2000

Certificate of Incorporation

 

Sept. 19, 2000

Christine Bochen – "Radiant Darkness: The Dawning into Reality"

 

Oct. 20, 2000

Lawrence Cunningham – "Father Louis: Reflections on Thomas Merton as a Contemplative"

 

Oct. 21, 2000

One Day Seminar with Lawrence Cunningham

 

Nov. 14, 2000

Cynthia Bourgeault – "Merton in Love"

 


2001

Jan. 16, 2001

Sidney Griffith – "Merton, Massignon and Mahatma Gandhi: Mysticism in Action"

 

Feb. 20, 2001

Lynn Szabo – "Paradise Weeps in Us: The Love Poetry of Thomas Merton"

 

March 20, 2001

Michael Callaghan – "Thomas Merton and the English Mystics"

 

April 17, 2001

Ross Labrie – "The Image of the Child in Merton's Writings"

 

May 15, 2001

Patrick O'Connell – "Thomas Merton's Vision of the Kingdom"

 

June 19, 2001

Susan McCaslin – "Merton and Blake: The Heretic Without and the Heretic Within"

 

September 2001

Move to Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace (Spiritual Pathways Program)

 

Sept. 14, 22 & 29

"The Holistic Thomas Merton" Series with Vancouver Public Library (Jonathan Montaldo, Michael Higgins, Ross Labrie, Donald Grayston)

 

Sept. 17, 2001

Paul Pearson – "Redeeming the Rhinoceros: The Healing Power of Night Spirit and the Dawn Air"

 

Sept. 18, 2001

Paul Pearson – Duplicate lecture at University College of the Fraser Valley (Board Room)

 

Oct. 15. 2001

Annual General Meeting preceding lecture
Christopher Page – "Beyond More: Merton's Nature Mysticism"

 

Oct. 16, 2001

Christopher Page – Duplicate lecture at Clearbrook Library

 

Oct. 22, 2001

"An Evening on Thomas Merton" with Lynn Szabo at Whitby's Bookstore and Coffee House in White Rock

 

Nov. 19, 2001

Monica Weis SSJ – "Thomas Merton's Journals: Looking, Musing, and Responding to Nature"

 

Nov. 20, 2001

Monica Weis SSJ – Duplicate lecture at Trinity Western University


2002

Jan. 21, 2002

Sheilla Fodchuk – "The Mystical Eye of Faith"

 

Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, 2002

Lynn Szabo – Merton series at Whitby's Book Store and Coffee House in White Rock

Feb. 18, 2002

Lynn Szabo – "Thomas Merton and the Aesthetics of Silence: 'A Beautiful Terror'"

 

March 14, 2002

Vancouver Public Library & TMSC present "The Holistic Merton" Series
Sidney Griffith – "Merton, Massignon & The Challenge of Islam"

 

March 15 & 16, 2002           Merton Conference

"Merton and Interfaith Dialogue: Transcending Religious Barriers" – Presenters: Bonnie Thurston, Sidney Griffith, Edward Kaplan, Donald Grayston, Lynn Szabo, Ross Labrie.

Festival of the Arts evening of March 16.

 

March 23, 2002

Vancouver Public Library & TMSC present "The Holistic Merton" Series
Lynn Szabo – "Thomas Merton the Mystic/Poet"

 

April 1 & 29, 2002

Merton in White Rock: A Discussion Series
Leader: Lynn Szabo

 

April 15, 2002

Robert Inchausti – "Thomas Merton's American Prophecy"

 

April 18 & May 2, 2002

Thomas Merton: A Discussion Series at Vine & Fig Tree Books
Leader: Judith Hardcastle

 

April 30, 2002

Vancouver Public Library & TMSC present "The Holistic Merton" Series
Susan McCaslin – "Thomas Merton & William Blake"

 

May 6, 2002

David J. Leigh, SJ
"The Seven Storey Mountain as Modern Spiritual Autobiography"

 

May 13 – 23, 2002

Thomas Merton in France
Co-sponsored by Simon Fraser University & the Thomas Merton Society of Canada

 

June 17, 2002

Susan McCaslin – "Holy Wisdom: Merton and Hagia Sophia" (Annual "Decadent Dessert Party" preceding lecture)

 

Sept. 12, 2002

Vancouver Public Library & TMSC present
"Thomas Merton's Life and Thought Series' – Jonathan Montaldo

 

Sept. 14, 2002

ITMS, BC Chapter name change to the Thomas Merton Society of Canada

 

Sept. 14, 2002

Day of Recollection with Jonathan Montaldo
"The Pilgrim's Prayer of 'Adios': Lessons from Thomas Merton's Journals"

 

Sept. 16, 2002

Concert – Dialogues with Silence
Jonathan Montaldo with Bruce Harding, flautist, and Jocelyn Pritchard, pianist                          

 

Oct. 19, 2002

Fall Retreat & Monastic Spirituality: Reading the Book of Your Own Heart
Leader: George Kilcourse

 

Oct. 21, 2002

Public Lecture
George Kilcourse – "Precincts of Ephiphany: Merton's Inclusive Catholicism"

 

Nov. 18, 2002

Public Lecture
Shiella Fodchuk – "Thomas Merton and the Grace of Inner Poverty"

 

Fri. Dec. 20, 2002

"Uncle Louie's Heavenly Birthday Salon and Bash"

 


2003

Thurs. Jan. 2 – Mon. Jan. 6, 2003

Pilgrimage Retreat to the Abbey of Gethsemani
Leader: Jonathan Montaldo

 

Mon. Jan. 20, 2003

Public LectureJohn Porter – "Thomas Merton as Public Intellectual"

 

Thurs. Feb. 13, 2003

Public Lecture
Rudy Wiebe – "Killing Our Way to Peace"

 

Fri. Feb. 14, 2003

First Annual Vancouver School of Theology & Thomas Merton Society of Canada Event

"A Quiet Afternoon" with Br. Wayne Teasdale

 

Sat. Feb. 15, 2003

Vancouver School of Theology & Thomas Merton Society of Canada Event

Thomas Merton and Centering Prayer Retreat
Leader: Br. Wayne TeasdaleMon.

 

Feb. 17, 2003

Vancouver Public Library & TMSC present "Thomas Merton's Life & Thought" Series
Br. Wayne Teasdale – "The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions"

 

March 6, 13, 20, 27

"Merton 101" at the University of British Columbia&

 

April 3, 2003

Donald Grayston, Lynn Szabo, Ross Labrie, Judith HardcastleMon.

 

March 17, 2003

Public Lecture Donald Grayston – "Finding 'the Great Compassion': Thomas Merton as Transcultural Pioneer"

 

Sun. March 30, 2003

Peace in the City Worship Service featuring the writings of Thomas MertonTheme: "Change As A Way to Peace"
Reader: Judith Hardcastle

 

Sat. April 26, 2003

Spring Retreat – "Desert Spirituality"
Bonnie ThurstonMon.

 

April 28, 2003

Public LectureBonnie Thurston – "Thomas Merton and the Theology of Prayer"

 

Wed. May 15 – Thurs.

Thomas Merton's New York

 

May 22, 2003

Sponsored by Simon Fraser University & the ThomasMerton Society of Canada

 

Thurs. June 5 – Sun.

8th Conference & General Meeting of the International

 

June 8, 2003  

Thomas Merton Society at UBC (hosted by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada)

Plenary speakers: Douglas Burton-Christie, James Finley, Richard Rohr, OFM, and Mary Jo Weaver

 

Sun. June 8 – Sun.

Thomas Merton in Alaska

 

June 15, 2003

Cruise to Alaska with members of the TMSC & ITMS aboard the Celebrity Mercury

 

Mon. June 9, 2003

Vancouver Public Library & TMSC present "Thomas Merton's Life & Thought" Series

Fenton Johnson – "Keeping Faith: A Skeptic's Journey"

 

Mon. June 16, 2003

Annual Decadent Dessert Party

 

Sat. Sept. 13, 2003

Merton in the Morning
Lynn Szabo – "Thomas Merton and The Mystical Imagination"

 

Sat. Oct. 18, 2003

Fall Retreat – "The Wild and the Sacred"
Leader: Douglas Burton-Christie

FALL RETREAT

The Wild and the Sacred

Location: Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace–Fireside Room

1825 W. 16th Avenue (near Burrard) in Vancouver

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2003

Time: 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Leader: Douglas Burton-Christie

Cost: $50.00/TMSC members; $60.00/non-members (lunch included)

Limited to 25 participants; registration required

Douglas Burton-Christie teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He was a keynote speaker at the recent ITMS Conference at the University of British Columbia where he delivered an outstanding talk entitled "A Wild and Desolate Solitude." Author of The Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism as well as a forthcoming book on landscape and the sacred, Doug has traveled in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East exploring early and contemporary monastic life, thought and culture. He is editor of Spiritus, the journal of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. Doug is particularly interested in the relationship of spirituality and wilderness–the theme of our one-day retreat.


GUEST SPEAKERS/GUEST PREACHERS

Location: Canadian Memorial United Church

Dates: Sunday, October 19, 2003 (Douglas Burton-Christie)

Sunday, March 21, 2004 (Jay McDaniel)

Sunday, May 30, 2004 (Bonnie Thurston)

Time: 10:30 a.m. Worship Service


UNCLE LOUIE’S HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY BASH

Location: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street in Vancouver

Date: Friday, December 12, 2003

Time: 8:00 p.m. — midnight

Cost: $20.00

Bring your friends and dance the night away to fabulous music by Peace in the City Band featuring Neil Weisensel and his rocking musicians. While Merton–known affectionately in his religious community as "Uncle Louie"–died in 1968 accidentally near Bangkok on December 10, we are taking the liberty of celebrating his life and heavenly birthday on Friday night instead of mid-week. The TMSC Board thinks Fr. Louis would heartily approve.

 

Sat. Nov. 15, 2003

Merton in the Morning
Ross Labrie – "Reading Thomas Merton's Poetry"

 

Fri. Dec. 12, 2003
Uncle Louie's Heavenly Birthday Bash

 


Merton in the Morning

Sat. Sept. 13, Sat. Nov. 15, Sat. Jan. 24, Sat. April 3


#1 — Sat. Sept. 13, 2003

Guest Speaker: Lynn Szabo

Topic: Thomas Merton and The Mystical Imagination

Thomas Merton’s writings provide readers with the panorama of a mystic’s imagination. His mystical experiences informed his art and aesthetics and from them radiated his profound insights about human nature and its relationship to the natural world the Divine. In examining some of the records of these mystical experiences, we will explore the relationship between mysticism and the human imagination.

Lynn Szabo teaches American Literature and Creative Writing at Trinity Western University. Her interest in Thomas Merton has focused on his poetry and his mysticism. She is currently producing a new anthology of Merton’s selected poems and completing a book on his poetics. She has taught a number of courses on Thomas Merton’s works and has found him to be an influential spiritual mentor. She is currently a member of the boards of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and the International Thomas Merton Society.


#2 — Sat. Nov. 15, 2003

Guest Speaker: Ross Labrie

Topic: Reading Thomas Merton’s Poetry

Ross will lead us through a chronological selection of Merton’s poetry, outlining as he does so Merton’s ideas about poetry.

Ross Labrie, who teaches at the University of British Columbia, is the author of two books on Thomas Merton, The Art of Thomas Merton and Thomas Merton and the Inclusive Imagination. Ross was the 2003 recipient of the ITMS "Louie" award, an honour given to an individual who has written and published in the period between the General Meetings a work on Merton and his concerns which has brought provocative insight and fresh direction to Merton studies. Ross serves on the Board of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada.


2004


#3 — Sat. Jan 24, 2004

Guest Speaker: Ron Dart

Topic: Thomas Merton and George Grant: Hawk’s Dream, Owl’s Insight

Thomas Merton and George Grant were contemporaries, although they never corresponded or met one another. Both men turned to the contemplative way, both engaged in West-East dialogue, both were within the church yet critical of her and both addressed the major political issues of the day in a way in which they could not be identified with the political right or left. This presentation will approach Merton through the seeing eye of the soaring hawk and Grant through the wisdom and insight of the owl.

Ron Dart has taught in the department of political science, philosophy and religious studies at the University College of the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, BC) since 1990. He was on staff with Amnesty International before he moved to Abbotsford. Ron has published 12 books, four books of poetry (the most recent being Busking), he is political science advisor to the Stephen Leacock home/museum in Orillia and he is working on a book on Stephen Leacock and George Grant. Ron is also the editor of The Red Tory Review and The Anglican Catholic.


#4 — Saturday, April 3, 2004

Guest Speaker: Michael Higgins

Topic: Thomas Merton–Twentieth Century Pilgrim

Michael Higgins is President of St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo. He is a CBC Radio documentarist, consultant for television programs and films, editor and columnist, biographer and scholar. He has co-authored several works with Douglas R. Letson including Power and Peril: The Roman Catholic Church at the Crossroads. In addition, he has authored the award-winning Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton, a work that has been published in both French and Italian editions. Michael is a professor of English and Religious Studies at St. Jerome’s University and past chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo. He currently serves on the Board of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada.


THOMAS MERTON’S LIFE AND THOUGHT SERIES

Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada & Vancouver Public Library

#1 — When the Trees Say Nothing

Speaker: Kathleen Deignan, CND

Location: Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street (Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level)

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2004

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free


#2 — Living from the Center

Speaker: Jay McDaniel

Location: Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street (Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level)

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free


#3 — To Everything A Season–A Spirituality of Time

Speaker: Bonnie Thurston

Location: Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street (Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level)

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2004

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free


SPECIAL EVENTS — JAMES FOREST

Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and the Chalmers Institute at Vancouver School of Theology

Public Talk

Merton, Nouwen and Icons

Friday, February 6, 2004, 7:30 p.m.

Canadian Memorial United Church

Cost: $10.00

Public Talk

The Spiritual Roots of Protest

Saturday, February 7, 2004, 2:00 p.m.

Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library

Cost: $10.00

James Forest–Journalism and peace work have been major ingredients in Jim Forest’s life. He has been a reporter for the New York City daily newspaper and edited a number of magazines and journals. He has also been on the staff of several peace organizations, an interest that took root in his life while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. In 1977, his work took him to Europe.

In 1961, after obtaining an early discharge from the Navy on the grounds of conscientious objection , he joined the Catholic Worker community, led by Dorothy Day, in New York City; during that period in his life he became managing editor of The Catholic Worker. From the mid-seventies, he edited Fellowship, magazine of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. After moving to Europe, he was editor of Reconciliation International.

Jim is the author of many books, most recently Praying with Icons and The Ladder of the Beatitudes and Confession: Doorway to Forgiveness. Earlier work includes Living with Wisdom: A Biography of Thomas Merton; Love is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day; Making Friends of Enemies; The Whale’s Tale; The Tale of the Turnip; and Four Days in February.

In the late sixties, Jim was responsible for Vietnam program activities of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. One aspect of his FOR work was to travel with and assist Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk and poet. In 1969-70, Jim was imprisoned for thirteen months as a consequence of his involvement in the "Milwaukee Fourteen," a group of Catholic priests and lay people who burned draft records. After leaving prison, he was a member of the Emmaus Community in East Harlem, New York.

An influential factor in Jim’s life was his friendship with Thomas Merton who dedicated Faith and Violence to Jim. Merton’s letters to Jim have been published as part of The Hidden Ground of Love (Farrar Straus & Giroux, NY).

In 1989, he received the Peacemaker Award from Notre Dame University’s Institute for International Peace Studies. He is on the advisory board for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

Jim is the father of six children and grandfather of three. Since 1977 his home has been in Alkmaar, Holland, a city northwest of Amsterdam.


FAITH FORMATION

Zen Mind, Christian Heart

This series will use Thomas Merton’s recently published The Inner Experience, Joan Chittister’s Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today, and Jay McDaniel’s Living from the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism as resources to explore how to live in a spiritual, wisdom-filled way. Sessions include periods of silence for personal reflection, contemplative prayer and meditation.

Location: Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace–Fireside Room

Dates: Sat. Jan. 10 — Leader: Koten Benson, Prior, Lions Gate Buddhist Priory

Sat. Jan. 17 — Leader: Rose-Hannah Gaskin

Sat. March 13 - Leader: to be announced

Sat. March 20, 2004 — Leader: Jay McDaniel

Time: 9:30 — noon (Jan. 10, Jan. 17, March 13)

10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. (March 20)

Cost: $10.00/TMSC members; $12.00/non-members for morning sessions

$50.00/TMSC members; $60.00/non-members for all day session

$75.00/TMSC member for series; $90.00/non-members for series

Limited to 15 participants; registration required

Jay McDaniel is Professor of Religion at Hendrix College, Arkansas and Director of the Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy. He is author of numerous books on Christianity and ecology, including Living from the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism. A skilled educator and retreat leader, Jay’s passion is interfaith dialogue.


PERFORMANCE

My Name is That Sky–A Celebration of Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality in Word and Song

Location: Canadian Memorial United Church

Date: Friday, February 27, 2004

Time: 7:30 — 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00

Kathleen Deignan, CND, is an educator, theologian, musician, composer, and performer. A sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame, she holds a master’s degree in Christian spirituality and a doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University. Kathleen is Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, where she founded and continues to lead the Iona Spirituality Institute. She has written numerous articles in the area of classical and contemporary spirituality, particularly on the legacy of Thomas Merton. Her recent book, When the Trees Say Nothing–The Nature Writings of Thomas Merton (Sorin Books), reveals Thomas Merton as a man whose spirituality was rooted in nature, an environmentalist ahead of his time. Among her CDs with Anima Schola are Sabbath: Songs for Worship, Bride Spirit: Songs of the Beloved, and Pax Amlor Christi: A Trinity of Songs.


WINTER RETREAT

Thomas Merton’s Celtic Soul

Location: Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace

Fireside Room, Centre for Peace; Sanctuary, Canadian Memorial United Church

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2004

Time: 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Leader: Kathleen Deignan, CND

Cost: $50.00/TMSC members; $60.00/non-members (lunch included)

Limited to 20 participants; registration required


SPRING RETREAT

Seeing With Our Souls

Location: Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace–Fireside Room

Date: Saturday, May 29, 2004

Time: 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Leader: Bonnie Thurston

Cost: $50.00/TMSC members; $60.00/non-members (lunch included)

Limited to 20 participants; registration required

Bonnie Thurston is a theologian and an ordained Minister of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. She is author of Women in the New Testament; Reading Colossians, Ephesians, and 2 Thessalonians; The Widows: A Women’s Ministry in the Early Church; Spiritual Life in the Early Church and To Everything A Season: A Spirituality of Time. Bonnie is a founding member and former president of the ITMS and currently serves on its Board. After 27 years of university teaching, she now lives as a solitary in West Virginia.


ANNUAL DECADENT DESSERT PARTY

Location: Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace–Fireside Room

Date: Monday, June 7, 2004

Time: 7:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Please come and indulge in some decadent desserts, compliments of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada. This annual event is our "thank you" for supporting the work of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada, and gives members, volunteers and guests an opportunity to meet and greet one another. It also marks the conclusion of our program year at Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace, and the beginning of our summer pilgrimage travels.


PILGRIMAGE PROGRAMS

Thomas Merton’s New York

Sunday, April 25 — Monday, May 3, 2004

Leaders: Donald Grayston & Judith Hardcastle

Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and Simon Fraser University

Click here for Thomas Merton's New York brochure


Thomas Merton in France

Thursday, June 24 — Saturday, July 4, 2004

Leaders: Donald Grayston, Judith Hardcastle & Monica Weis

Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and Simon Fraser University

Click here for Thomas Merton in France brochure


Gregorian Chant, Monastic Spirituality, and Merton's Contemplative Vision
Free Public Talk - Fri. Sept. 17, 2004, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 W. Georgia St. in Vancouver
Joseph Anderson, founding member of Peregrine Medieval Vocal Ensemble and Associate Director of the Center for Sacred Art in Seattle, will explore the spirituality of Gregorian chant in the monastic tradition, and consider Merton's own reflections on his experience of chant. Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Public Library and the Thomas Merton Society of Canada. Everyone welcome!
 
Singing the Vespers: A Gregorian Chant Practicum
Sat. Sept. 18, 2004, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Great Hall, Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace
1825 W. 16th Avenue (Burrard & 16th) in Vancouver
In this one-day workshop, we will learn simple examples of the core genres of Gregorian chant (psalmody, antiphons, hymns, responses) and consider the role these chants play in cultivating contemplation. We will explore the relationship of chant to other forms of contemplative practice, and its benefits as a satisfying, healing, and rich personal and group spiritual practice. At the end of the day, as a meditative singing and learning community, we will chant the office of Vespers together. This workshop is open both to singers and to those just discovering their voices. Registration: Susan Cowan or Judith Hardcastle, Thomas Merton Society of Canada, at 604-669-2546 or by email at susancowan@telus.net  or judithhardcastle@telus.net.  Cost:  $65/non-members and $50/TMSC members (lunch included). 
 
Workshop leader Joseph Anderson, an accomplished singer, is a founding member of Peregrine Medieval Vocal Ensemble (Artists-in-Residence at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle), and Associate Director of the Center for Sacred Art in Seattle. He has studied, performed, and taught Gregorian chant and chant-based forms for the past ten years. He is an award-winning storyteller and has taught and lectured throughout the Northwest on spirituality, religious traditions, and sacred sound. Joseph studied Biblical literature at the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California at Berkeley. His particular interest is in  traditional sacred music as a form of spiritual practice in the world's religions.


Merton on Main Street
Fri. Sept. 24 - 7:30 pm UBC Learning Exchange at Carnegie Centre
,
401 Main Street, Vancouver (Hastings & Main)
Speaker: Judith Hardcastle
Free


Sat. Oct. 30, 2004 9:30 am – noon (or) 1:00 – 3:30 pm Thomas Merton: Social Critic, Prophetic Voice
Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace
Workshop Leaders: Donald Grayston & Judith Hardcastle
Cost: $10


Tues. Nov. 16, 2004 7:30 pm Erasmus and Merton — Soul Friends Thomas Merton’s Life and Thought Series
Co-sponsored by the TMSC and Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch
Speaker: Ron Dart
Free


Sat. Nov. 20, 2004 10 am – 4 pm Merton & Hesychasm: The Problem of Human Suffering
One-Day Retreat
Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace
Retreat Leader: Archbishop Lazar, Abbot, All Saints Canadian Orthodox Monastery
Cost: $50 TMSC member; $65 non-member (includes lunch)
Limit: 20 participants


Sun. Nov. 28, 2004 7:30 p.m Thomas Merton and Peace: The Spiritual Roots of Protest Peace in the City – Contemporary Worship Service
Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace
Information: www.peaceinthecity.org


Thurs. Jan. 13, 2005 7:30 p.m The River Within: Loving God, Living Passionately Thomas Merton’s Life and Thought Series
Co-sponsored by the TMSC and Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch
Speaker: Jeff Imbach
Free


Fri. Feb. 11, 2005 7:30 p.m Merton’s Hermitage and the Deconstruction of Self Public talk
co-sponsored by the TMSC and the Chalmers Institute, Vancouver School of Theology

Canadian Memorial United Church (corner of Burrard & 15th Avenue in Vancouver)
Speaker: Belden Lane
Cost: By donation


Sat. Feb. 12, 2005 10 am - 4 pm Desert Spirituality: Fierce Landscapes and the Journey into Emptiness
One-Day Retreat co-sponsored by the TMSC
and the Chalmers Institute, Vancouver School of Theology
VST’s Chancellor Building, 6050 Chancellor Blvd., Vancouver
Leader: Belden Lane
Cost: $65 TMSC member; $80 non-member


Sat. March 5, 2005 9 am – 5 pm Thomas Merton: A Man for Our Time
One-Day Conference, The University Club of Victoria, University of Victoria
Speakers: Doug Beardsley, Sharon Moore Cooke, Ron Dart, Donald Grayston, Judith Hardcastle, Ross Labrie,
Christopher Page
Cost: $65 TMSC member; $80 non-member (includes lunch)


Sat. March 12, 10:00 am Merton in the Morning Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace
Public talk, followed by AGM at 11:30 am
Speaker: Donald Grayston
Topic: “Listening for the Dawn Deacon”
Free


WED. MARCH 30, 2005, 7:30 pm - I Never Met a Fact that Couldn’t Be Improved with a Little Exaggeration: Faith, Skepticism, and Storytelling as a Means to Truth
Thomas Merton’s Life and Thought Series
Co-sponsored by the TMSC and Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch
Speaker: Fenton Johnson
Free


Fri. April 22, 2005, 7:30 pm Solitude in Engagement and Loneliness: A Comparative Look at Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen’s Experience of Solitude
Public Talk co-sponsored by the TMSC and the Henri Nouwen Society
Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace
Speaker: Jeff Imbach
By donation


Sat. April 23, 2005, 10 am - 4 pm From Fear to Love: A Prayer Retreat for Today’s World One-Day Retreat co-sponsored by the TMSC
and the Henri Nouwen Society
Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace
Retreat Leaders: Jeff Imbach and Steve Imbach
Cost: $50 TMSC/Henri Nouwen Society members;
$65 non-member (includes lunch)
Limit: 20 participants


Thurs. June 2, 2005, 7:30 pm In the Dark Before Dawn Thomas Merton’s Life and Thought Series
Co-sponsored by the TMSC and Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch
Speaker: Lynn Szabo
Free


Sat. JUNE 4, 2005, 10 am - 4:30 pm Forgotten Voices: Women in the Church One-Day Retreat
All Saints Canadian Orthodox Monastery, Dewdney, BC
Speakers to be confirmed
Cost: $50 TMSC member; $65 non-member (includes lunch)
Car-pooling arranged for participants


June 9 -12, 2005 ITMS Ninth General Meeting
University of San Diego
San Diego, California
Theme: “Revelation of Justice, Revolution of Love:
Merton’s Message for a New Millennium”
Information: www.merton.org


Wed. June 15, 2005, 7:30 pm Member Recognition Annual Decadent Dessert Party
Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace
Free


July 4 - 8, 2005 Thomas Merton and the Beats
5-day pilgrimage adventure to the North Cascades with hikes to Desolation Peak and Sourdough Mountain, where the early Beats — Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac — worked as lookout rangers in the 1950s.
Leaders: Ron Dart & Judith Hardcastle
Cost: $595 TMSC member; $625 non-member
(includes accommodation at Ross Lake Resort, meals & boat transportation)
Limit: 10 participants


July 25 - 29, 2005, 1:30 - 4:30 pm Chalmers Institute Summer School at Vancouver School of Theology,  Body & Soul Together: Praying with Icons with Jim Forest
Cost: $315/Individual; $284/Team per person (2 or more from same church); $252/Elders (65+); $158/VST Audit Students. Please contact Katie Snikvalds, Registrar, Summer School at 604-822-9815 or chalmers@vst.edu for more information.


July 30 - AUgust 6, 2005- Thomas Merton in Alaska
7-day Alaska cruise aboard “Radiance of the Seas” with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, departing Vancouver with stops at Juneau, Skagway, Hubbard Glacier, and Ketchikan.
Leader: Donald Grayston
Cost: $1,436 (port charges & taxes included)
Cruise information:lindyr@travelg.com
Program information:
judithhardcastle@telus.net


Fri. Sept. 30, 2005, 1:00 PM Official Opening of the Thomas Merton Reading Room at the Vancouver School of Theology. Guest speaker: Dr. Paul M. Pearson, Director and Archivist, The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Free Public Talk - Tues. Sept. 27, 2005, 4:00 pm

Contemplation and Action in Thomas Merton
Sponsored by the Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum at the University of British Columbia

Speaker:  Ross Labrie

Location:  Buchanan Building (Section C Penthouse), 1866 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC

For Thomas Merton the achieving of the deepest level of contemplation required, he believed, the sacrifice of the active life, in his case the life of the writer and artist, a life that he recognized was proper to him. All the same, from within his monastery he felt connected to those who were out in the world pursuing social justice. In order to balance the demands of contemplation and action, Merton divided contemplation into different levels, recognizing that some of these were more compatible with action than others. 
Ross Labrie is author of several books, including The Writings of Daniel Berrigan, The Art of Thomas Merton, The Catholic Imagination in American Literature and most recently Thomas Merton and the Inclusive Imagination.  He is Professor Emeritus of English at UBC, where he is currently teaching in the Arts One program.  Ross is President of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada..


Free Public Talk - Fri. Sept. 30, 2005, 7:30 pm

Subversive Orthodoxy: Outlaws, Revolutionaries, and Other Christians in Disguise
Thomas Merton's Life & Thought Series
Co-sponsored by the TMSC and Vancouver Public Library

Location: VPL Central Branch (Hamilton & Georgia in Vancouver)

Speaker: Robert Inchausti

Robert Inchausti is professor of English at California Polytechnic State University. His previous books include The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People and Thomas Merton's American Prophecy. He also edited Seeds, a popular selection of Thomas Merton's writings. Inchausti received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. 


Free Public Talk - Fri. Oct. 21, 2005, 7:30 pm

The Sacred Art of Listening
Thomas Merton's Life & Thought Series
Co-sponsored by the TMSC and VPL 

Location: VPL Central Branch (Hamilton & Georgia in Vancouver)

Speaker: Kay Lindahl

Kay Lindahl is the founder of The Listening Center and is recognized as an inspiring teacher and spiritual guide to people of all religious backgrounds. An ordained interfaith minister, she conducts workshops, seminars and retreats around the world on the sacred art of listening for religious, spiritual, community and business groups. Kay is also the founder of The Alliance for Spiritual Community, whose vision is, "Dialogue among people of diverse faith traditions and spiritual paths transforms the world."
 
She is a dedicated spokesperson for the interfaith movement and serves on the Board of Directors for the Religious Diversity Forum and the North American Interfaith Network. Kay is the author of The Sacred Art of Listening, Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening and How Does God Listen? published by SkyLight Paths Publishing, Woodstock, VT. 


One - Day Seminar - Sat. Oct. 22, 2005, 10 am - 4 pm

The Sacred Art of Listening

Location: Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace (Great Hall), 1825 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver

Cost: $50 (includes lunch)
Registration: Thomas Merton Society of Canada, 604-669-2546 or tmsc@telus.net

Speaker: Kay Lindahl

How often do we take the time to really listen? This seminar offers practical, easy-to-follow tips and exercises to enhance our capacity to listen in a spirit-filled way. Listening is a sacred act. We explore listening as a choice, a gift and an art, and the nature and use of silence, reflection and presence as foundational qualities to cultivate listening. As we open up to listening as a spiritual practice, we find it transforms all our relationships, nurtures our inner voice, and inspires our spiritual growth.
 
Info: 604-669-2546 or email tmsc@telus.net


FALL RETREAT - Sat. Nov. 12, 2005, 10 am - 4 pm

Something Far Beyond Ourselves: Thomas Merton and Spiritual Autobiography

Location: Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace

Cost: $55.00 TMSC members; $65.00 non-members (includes lunch)
Registration: TMSC at 604-669-2546 (Limit: 20 participants)

Retreat Leader: Bonnie Thurston

At the end of the Seven Storey Mountain Thomas Merton wrote, "We all add up to something far beyond ourselves. We cannot yet realize what it is. But we know... that we are all members of the Mystical Christ, and that we all grow together in Him for Whom all things were created." This day of silent retreat will introduce spiritual autobiography as a literary and devotional form. Merton's Seven Storey Mountain, especially its character as a conversion story, will provide the starting point for reflection on our own spiritual stories. Participants will be invited to write parts of their own spiritual autobiographies.

After 27 years of university teaching, Bonnie Thurston is living as a solitary in the hills of West Virginia. She is the author of ten books in New Testament studies and theology, and two books of poetry--The Heart's Lands and Hints & Glimpses. Bonnie is a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society who continues to write and lecture extensively on Merton's life and thought. She is an ordained Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a gifted retreat leader.

 


THOMAS MERTON'S LIFE AND THOUGHT SERIES –
Wed. Nov. 9, 2005, 7:30 pm, Free Public Talk

Thomas Merton and the Beats of the North Cascades

Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch (Hamilton & Georgia)

Speaker: Ron Dart

Speaker Ron Dart teaches in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC. He is author of thirteen books that deal with the interface between literature, spirituality and politics, including Thomas Merton and the North Cascade Beat Poets. Ron is the political advisor to the Stephen Leacock home/museum in Orillia, Ontario. He is a board member of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada.


THOMAS MERTON'S LIFE AND THOUGHT SERIES –
Fri. Nov. 18, 2005, 7:30 pm, Free Public Talk

Stalking the Holy: The Pursuit of Saint Making

Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch (Hamilton & Georgia)

Speaker: Michael W. Higgins

Speaker Michael W. Higgins is president of St. Jerome's University, a professor of English and Religious Studies, and the author and co-author of numerous books and articles, including the award-winning Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton. His most recent work is Stalking the Holy: The Pursuit of Saint Making, published by Anansi and aired on the CBC Radio One IDEAS program. Michael is a board member of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada.


PHILOSOPHERS' CAFE
Sat. Nov. 19, 2 - 4 pm / Cost: $10.00

Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace

Location: 1825 W. 16th Avenue, Vancouver (16th & Burrard)
Registration: TMSC at 604-669-2546 or at the door

Speaker /facilitator: Michael W. Higgins


 

PILGRIMAGE PROGRAMS

Thomas Merton in Cuba
January 7 - 21, 2006

Tour Leader / Instructor: Donald Grayston
Interpreter: Anna Baignoche

Join the TMSC as we explore Cuba on a 14-day pilgrimage program which follows Merton's footsteps from Havana to Matanzas, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba, El Cobre and Trinidad. The land cost of $1,995 includes fourteen nights accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, ground transportation by air-conditioned coach, services of a Cuban guide, plus instructor and interpreter. Group airfare from Toronto to Havana return is $619 or Vancouver to Havana return, $929, plus taxes. Deadline for booking is Fri. Nov. 4, 2005. Group size is limited to 18. Please contact TMSC program director Judith Hardcastle at judithhardcastle@telus.net or 604-669-2546 for a program brochure.

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Community Relations Director at 604-669-2546 or tmsc@telus.net.


February Concert and Retreat with theologian, poet and musician Kathleen Deignan, CND

"A Song for My God: A Concert of Psalms" with Kathleen Deignan, CND
Fri., Feb. 10, 2006, 7:30 pm, Epiphany Chapel at Vancouver School of Theology, 6050 Chancellor Boulevard, University of British Columbia campus
By donation at the door

Speaker: Kathleen Deignan

Kathleen Deignan, CND--theologian, poet and musician--has translated the depths of the Christian biblical and mystical traditions into a striking new repertoire of sacred song. Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, where she directs the Iona Spirituality Institute, Sister Kathleen writes and lectures on issues of spirituality, notably the legacy of Thomas Merton and the American Shakers. Her music echoes the wisdom and lyricism of her Celtic roots, giving voice to a fresh experience of the divine. Kathleen returns to Vancouver with this special concert of Psalms, featuring voice, guitar and piano. She is author of Christ Spirit: The Eschatology of Shaker Christianity and When the Trees Say Nothing: Thomas Merton's Writings on Nature, and Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours (Sorin 2007).

"The Great Encircling: Recovering the Vision of Celtic Spirituality" - Day Retreat
Sat. Feb. 11, 2006, 10 am - 4 pm, Chapel of the Epiphany, Vancouver School of Theology
Cost: $65.00/TMSC members; $75.00/non-members (includes lunch)

Speaker: Kathleen Deignan

This day retreat is a time for exploring the rich legacy of Celtic spirituality in word, image, music, song and dance to discover its vitality for contemporary Christian life in the new millennium.
 
Please register for the retreat through the Thomas Merton Society of Canada at 604-669-2546 or tmsc@telus.net.  
 
Both events are co-sponsored by Thomas Merton Society of Canada and the Chalmers Institute at Vancouver School of Theology.


"Climate of Fear/Commitment to Peace"
Mel Hurtig Keynote Speaker at March Peace Conference

Fri. March 3, 7:30 pm; Sat. March 4, 9 am - 5 pm
By donation

Keynote speaker Mel Hurtig kicks off a conference on peace inspired by Thomas Merton's statement that "the root of war is fear" on Fri. March 3 at 7:30 pm at Canadian Memorial Church, 1825 W. 16th Ave. in Vancouver. Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace, the conference continues on Sat. March 4 from 9 am - 5 pm featuring plenary talks by Donald Grayston and Ron Dart as well as opportunities to participate in morning and afternoon concurrent sessions and workshops led by Toni Pieroni, Sarah Bjorknas and Sr. Victoria Marie, osc, Charles Scott, Bernie Meyers and Daniel Bogert-O'Brien.   The conference ends with an interfaith service on peace. Cost by minimum donation of $10 per day (includes lunch on Sat. March 4th.) 

For more information or registration, please contact the Thomas Merton Society of Canada at 604-669-2546 or tmsc@telus.net.


Thomas Merton in France
May 18 - 28, 2006

Prades, France
Tour Leader: Judith Hardcastle
Instructors: Kathleen Deignan, CND and Jim Forest

The TMSC returns to France again in 2006 for a 10-day pilgrimage program in Prades where Merton was born. The tour cost of $1,995 includes ten nights accommodation, breakfast daily, seven evening meals, scheduled land transportation to St. Michel de Cuxa and St. Antonin, instructors' services and taxes. Group size is limited to 18. Please contact TMSC program director Judith Hardcastle at judithhardcastle@telus.net or 604-669-2546 for a program brochure 

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Merton @ Vancouver School of Theology's Chalmers Summer School 2006
"Finding the Sky within You: Thomas Merton, Man of Prayer and Contemporary Issues"

University of British Columbia campus
Mon. July 3 - Fri. July 7, 2006, 8:30 - 11:30 am

Basing discussions on Merton's autobiography, Seven Storey Mountain, Ishi Means Man, selected letters, poems, and journal entries, you will encounter Thomas Merton--monk and writer--his struggles, his commitment to silence and solitude, and his prophetic vision for social justice. Special attention will be given to Merton's support for the rights of indigenous people and his love of nature. For further information, please contact the Chalmers Summer School at 604-822-9563 or email registrar@vst.edu or see www.vst.edu/summer/vst_summer06.php.

Monica Weis, SSJ is professor of English and the director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, whose most recent publication is Thomas Merton's Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise.


Official Opening of the Thomas Merton Reading Room
Tues. July 4, 2006, Remarks 6:30 pm, reception to follow
H.R. MacMillan Library, VST, 6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC

Speakers will include Dr. Paul M. Pearson, President, International Thomas Merton Society; Dr. Ross Labrie, President, Thomas Merton Society of Canada; Abbot Damien Thompson, OCSO of the Abbey of Gethsemani; and Rev. Dr. Wendy Fletcher, Principal, Vancouver School of Theology.


Backstage Stories with Thomas Merton
Free Public Lecture - Tues. July 4, 2006, 7:30 pm
VST Epiphany Chapel, 6050 Chancellor Boulevard, Vancouver, BC

Bernie Lucht is the executive producer of CBC's Ideas and Tapestry. He also commissions and organizes the annual CBC Massey Lectures series. He has supervised several major CBC network specials, including The Gorbachev Revolution by Gwynne Dyer and From Naked Ape to Superspecies by David Suzuki. He produced the Ideas series Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton. Under his leadership, Ideas has won many awards and received national and international recognition for the quality of its work. Lucht is a senior fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto. In 1998, he was awarded The John Drainie Award for Distinguished Contribution to Broadcasting by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists. His most recent book is entitled: Ideas: Brilliant Speakers Speak Their Minds.


Gallery Talks
Free Public Lecture - Wed. July 5 & Fri. July 7, 2006, 12:45 - 1:20 pm,
VST, 6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC

Paul Pearson will present gallery talks on Thomas Merton's photography in conjunction with the exhibition entitled "A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton."

Paul Pearson is Director and Archivist of The Thomas Merton Centre at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. He is editor of Seeking Paradise: The Spirit of the Shakers by Thomas Merton and has published many articles on Merton's life and thought. Founding member and former Secretary of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland. Paul is president of the International Thomas Merton Society. He travels worldwide presenting papers and talks on Thomas Merton.


A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton
July 3 - 23, 2006
VST, 6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC

An Exhibit of 35 Photographs by Thomas Merton


SACRED BOX GALLERY HOSTS MERTON PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
FROM AUG. 16 - SEPT. 3, 2006
Thomas Merton, 20th century Trappist monk and writer, would have loved this funky artist-owned gallery at 218 East 28th Avenue just off Main Street in Vancouver. The Sacred Box Gallery will be home to A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton (a stunning collection of 35 black & white photographs by Thomas Merton from the Collections of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky) from Aug. 16 to Sept. 3. Hours: Wed., Fri., Sat. noon - 6 pm; Thurs. noon - 8:30 pm; Sun. 2 - 6 pm. Closed Mon. & Tues. Info: 604-715-2761.

Join us for refreshments at the official opening on Thurs. Aug. 17 at 6:30 pm when poet Susan McCaslin reads her Merton poems or preview the exhibit on Wed. Aug. 16 from noon to 6 pm. Merton gallery talks are also scheduled at 6:30 pm on Thurs. Aug. 24 by Donald Grayston and on Thurs. Aug. 31 by Angus Stuart.

If you can help us "gallery sit" during scheduled open hours, please contact Susan Cowan at 604-669-2546, Ext. 2 or susancowan@telus.net.