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2014 Merton Course & Lecture
Course: Wisdom–Sophia in the Life and Theology of Thomas Merton
Free Public Lecture: Thomas Merton: Breakthrough to Wisdom and Peace
Both the Merton course and lecture are led by Christopher Pramuk. He is Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and author of Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton (2009), recipient of the International Thomas Merton Society’s 2011 Thomas Merton Award. His recent work, Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line (2013), focuses on racial justice and interracial solidarity in society and church.
THOMAS MERTON IN FRANCE PILGRIMAGE
JUNE 11 - JUNE 21, 2014
Thomas Merton Society of Canada events, please contact Judith Hardcastle, Program Director or Susan Cowan, Community Relations Director.
MAY CONSONANTIA GATHERINGS
The early church in northwestern Europe (5th to 10th century) was strongly shaped by the culture of the pre-Christian Celtic peoples. This culture was marked by intricate artistic expression, faith expressed in communal responsibility, rich prayer built on ordinary daily routine, imaginative hero stories, and a profound sense of the holiness of nature. These themes resonate with the spiritual hungers of our own day, and we will explore them in this presentation
Lynne McNaughton is Anglican parish priest at St. Clement’s, North Vancouver. She has a doctorate of ministry in Spiritual Leadership from Columbia School of Theology, and taught Christian Spirituality for 13 years at VST. Since 1997 she has led pilgrimages to the Celtic lands--Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany-- with her company, Peregrinatio (www.spiritual-pilgrimage.com). She has also taught Celtic Spirituality with Cree, Oji-Cree, and Blackfoot Elders across Canada who are working to reclaim their own indigenous culture.
Thomas Merton transformed his camera into an instrument for contemplation and, in doing so, he himself became an instrument through which the mysterious could be contemplated and expressed.
This workshop will explore how the visual art of photography lends itself to the practice of contemplation and mindfulness. We will reflect on Merton’s photography as well as the attitudes of receptivity, curiosity and wonder that characterize the contemplative approach to life, in order to broaden our understanding of how contemplative photography can facilitate a deeper sense of connection to the divine.
Joanne Duma, Ed.D., is a registered psychologist who maintains a private practice in Vancouver. She brings her interest in psychology to the photographic experience through workshops and presentations that aim to broaden our awareness of the interchange between the inner and outer worlds.
“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.” Rumi
Centering Prayer is based on the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount : “ … when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). Fr. Thomas Keating has jokingly mused that our practice of Centering Prayer is our ‘hot date with God' as a way to encourage its relational aspect, and in response to people asking how to make a commitment to their practice. So whether you are a seasoned meditator, an occasional one, or just wanting to try it out, join us to explore this relationship and to show up for your 'hot date with God.’ It will be a relaxing, come-as-you-are day. Just bring yourself and your questions, and we will hold a sacred circle that supports you.
Kathleen Symons is a certified instructor of Centering Prayer and has been a practitioner for over 20 years. She is the facilitator of the Contemplative Prayer / Meditation group at Christ Church Cathedral and has studied with both Fr. Thomas Keating and the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault. She has a BFA from Emily Carr University, was an Iconographer for over 10 years, and is on the slow train to her Master's in Theological studies. She is also presently enrolled in the three- year Integrative Energy Healing program at Langara College and loving it.
Summer School Week Two: July 8-12
Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen: Architects of Spiritual Wisdom with Dr. Michael Higgins
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MArch program events 2013Thomas Merton and the Unspeakable in 2013
Public Talk by Jim Douglass – Thur. March 7 @ 7:00 pm
March 7th event has unfortunately been cancelled
Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Room 1520 – 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
As a Trappist monk in the hills of Kentucky, Thomas Merton saw and spoke out against the Unspeakable evil of nuclear weapons, the Vietnam War, and a national security state that cut down the most hopeful leaders of the sixties. Douglass meditates on the interweaving of his friend Thomas Merton's journey with those of the Kennedys, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. Is Merton's death in Bangkok, six months after RFK's in Los Angeles, another example of the Unspeakable? Admission is by donation at the door. Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and The Institute for the Humanities at SFU Harbour Centre.
JFK, Gandhi, and the Unspeakable in 2013
Public Talk by Jim Douglass – Fri. March 8 @ 7:00 pm
Canadian Memorial United Church, West 15th Avenue and Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Had John F. Kennedy not been willing to risk his life by turning toward peace with his enemies, reinforced by his disarmament initiatives, the world today would be a nuclear wasteland. Guided by Merton's questions and Gandhi's methods, what experiments into the Unspeakable truth of Kennedy's story (and our own) will lead us toward a new world today? Admission is by donation at the door. Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace.
Martyrs to the Unspeakable: JFK, Malcolm, Martin, and RFK
Workshop led by Jim Douglass – Sat. March 9, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace, 1825 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
President Kennedy's remarkable turn toward peace with his enemy, Nikita Khrushchev, saved the world from becoming a nuclear wasteland. JFK's assassination, followed by the murders of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy, also killed the hope of the Sixties. The death of hope receded into a denial of systemic evil that Thomas Merton identified as "the Unspeakable." Can hope come from confronting the Unspeakable? Jim Douglass believes it can. A paradoxical hope can be discovered by walking with Merton into the stories of JFK, Martin, Malcolm, and RFK -- and perhaps in the collective story of us all. Join us in exploring that hope, as we prepare for the JFK jubilee year months ahead of us...a time of critical decisions for the future of humanity and Mother Earth.The cost is $50 for TMSC members and $55 for non-members (includes lunch and refreshments). Please register by contacting Susan Cowan, Community Relations Director, at email@example.com or 604-988-8835. Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace.
NOAH’S ARK reading by Theater and TV Pros
Thomas Merton & Leonard Cohen: Going Home
Using the poetry and prose of Thomas Merton and Leonard Cohen, we will explore what ‘going home’ means for us.
Co-sponsored by St. Andrew’s United Church &
Thursday November 22, 2012 at 7pm
The Thomas Merton Society of Canada has just published a book of essays about this internationally acclaimed writer. The book is distinctive and original in that it represents the work of Canadian scholars, many of whom have significant publishing records of their own. These scholars, who have been publishing books and articles over the years in North America and in the U.K., here offer varied and provocative views of Merton as contemplative, social critic, and poet. Merton is recognized as one of the most important religious thinkers of the last hundred years.
The book, which is entitled Thomas Merton: Monk On the Edge and which runs to approximately 200 pages, is modestly priced at $25.00 (Canadian).
AWAKENING THE HEART: MERTON’S CALL TO UNITY
Speaking in Asia, just weeks before his death, Thomas Merton said: "We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are." Recognizing that Merton's statement is a key to understanding his contemplative, engaged spirituality, we will explore such questions as these: How do we go about recovering "our original unity"? How are we "to be what we are"? What does Merton mean by "unity"? How might we live in ways that nurture unity in our selves and in our world? The cost is $60 for TMSC members and $65 for non-members (includes lunch and refreshments). Limit: 40 participants. Registration: Susan Cowan, Community Relations Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-988-8835.
Testament of a Naked Man—The Good News According to Mark
The power of the Gospel story is brought to life in this one-man dramatization of the life and death of Jesus the Christ as told by Mark. The audience is transported back in time to be with Jesus on the dusty road of Palestine and on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Listeners will come away with a sense of not having ever heard these familiar stories before. Proceeds from this event will go to support the Thomas Merton Reading Room, located in the H. R. MacMillan Library at Vancouver School of Theology. Tickets: $15 (Adult); $10 (Senior/Student). For more information or to purchase your ticket in advance, please contact Susan Cowan, Community Relations Director at email@example.com
Masters of the Soul and of the Cosmos: Thomas Merton and Thomas Berry in Dialogue on Healing the Self / the Earth
Merton and Berry – two of the most remarkable spiritual masters of our time – and all time – come together in an intensive conversation animated by Kathleen Deignan, CND. As prophets and culture critics, both masters announced the perils and crises of our moment. As visionaries and poets, both saw the new frontiers of human spiritual evolution, languaged them into clarity, and charted revelatory maps to guide us forward from our wasteland worlds into regions of greater vitality, depth and solidarity with all life. As midwives of the new creation, both labored in the Great Work of our time: to birth the new human person for the new age.
Kathleen Deignan, CND is Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. The founding director of Iona Spirituality Institute, she is the author of ChristSpirit: The Theology of Shaker Christianity and more recently When the Trees Say Nothing: Thomas Merton’s Writings on Nature and Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours. www.scholaministries.org
Information/Registration: 604-822-9563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or see http://www.vst.edu/main/programs/continuing-education/ss2011-week-two to register online.
Love for the Paradise Mystery: Thomas Merton, Contemplative Ecologist
"Love for the paradise mystery" is a gossamer thread of mystical insight and prophetic urgency laced through Merton's literary legacy, inscribing deep wisdom for making our way with vision into the ecological age.
THOMAS MERTON’S ASIA
This pilgrimage includes excellent accommodation, including the Windamere Hotel in Darjeeling where Merton stayed, local guides, and transportation through Thomas Cook, India. The program begins in Delhi and concludes in Sri Lanka with visits to Agra (Taj Mahal), Dharamshala (teachings with H.H. Dalai Lama), Amritsar (The Golden Temple), Bagdogra, Darjeeling (visit to the Mim Tea Estate, travel on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway to Sonada Monastery, and unparalleled views of the snow-clad Kanchenjunga, ranges of the Himalayas) in India; Colombo, Habarana (Polonnaruwa), Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Negombo in Sri Lanka. Detailed information, including cost, will be available soon. If you are interested in participating in this exciting pilgrimage, please contact TMSC program director, Judith Hardcastle, at email@example.com.
Thomas Merton & Spiritual Maturity: The Contemplative as Peacemaker
Thomas Merton & Mary Oliver: The Poetry of Contemplative Prayer