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.
APRIL CONSONANTIA GATHERINGS
Facilitator--Jeannette Stigger: “I am an Anglican priest, retired, living in Burnaby. Some while ago, the connection between art and spirituality became increasingly significant for me. I began to understand that what I saw in a picture was less important than what the picture saw in me. This is especially true of icons. I took a course in icon-writing at Sorrento and was hooked! My hope for this evening is that you, the participants, will grow as I have to love and learn from icons and to allow yourselves to pray with them.”
Audio Divina© (sacred listening) is a music-assisted form of contemplative prayer practice, developed by Mary Terry Rankin in 2003 while she was completing a post-graduate degree at the Vancouver School of Theology. Mary, a spiritual director in Blaine, WA, with a background in music therapy (The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music), drew on music therapy principles and the ancient Christian prayer-form of Lectio Divina (sacred reading), to provide the structure for Audio Divina. The workshop will include 2 meditation sits using both Audio Divina programs, with a time in between for reflection and personal sharing.
In this workshop, we will be exploring together the fruit that can come with spending time in silence, along with various ways to approach our times of solitude. We will have an opportunity to learn from some of the mystics and to share our own experiences.
THOMAS MERTON IN FRANCE PILGRIMAGE
JUNE 11 - JUNE 21, 2014
Check out this new book of essays by Canadian writers
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 artticles 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 Thornas Merton: Monk on the Edge and which runs approximately 200 pages, is modestly priced at $25.00 (CDN).
Available from: Thomas Merton Societyof Canada