Next Meeting: November 8th

The last meeting in 2017 of the Grand Rapids chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society will be Wednesday, November 8th, at 7pm, at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s our tradition to take a break from meeting in December to give everyone time to focus on Christmas with all of its unique … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: September 13th

In our September meeting, we will cover chapters 8-11 of Merton’s book Contemplative Prayer. NOTE: We will start the book discussion portion of our meeting with Chapter 11 (XI) of Contemplative Prayer. If we only discuss one chapter Wednesday night, Chapter 11 is the one to discuss. We believe its content is essential to an … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: August 9th

The next meeting of the Grand Rapids chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society will be Wednesday, August 9th, at 7pm at Baker Book House near the corner of 28th Street and East Paris in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will discuss chapters 6-9 of Thomas Merton’s book Contemplative Prayer. Here are some suggested questions to … [Read more…]

Politics

Although Thomas Merton often wrote about politics, we’re fairly certain none of us alive today approach politics with as much prayer, contemplation, and insight as he did. Therefore, we eschew political discussions in our group. We don’t prevent them. Our group is a haven for seekers. However, we are painfully aware that politics are divisive. … [Read more…]

Book Recommendation: The ABCs of Thomas Merton

A couple of weeks ago, Gregory J. Ryan, author of a new children’s book about Thomas Merton, e-mailed to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing his book, The ABCs of Thomas Merton: A Monk at the Heart of the World. I said sure. So he asked his publisher, Paraclete Press, to send a copy … [Read more…]

“The Tactic of Nonviolence is a Tactic of Love” – Thomas Merton

Beth recently attended a leader’s conference in New York City in which Thomas Merton’s writings played an unexpected, serendipitous role. The conference host shared with his audience this quote from Merton’s book Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, page 86: Douglas Steere remarks very perceptively that there is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: July 12

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended our meeting this past Wednesday night. You helped us celebrate one year of being a local chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. We are grateful to you for making our evening special. Great conversation, too. And new faces. What a blessing to spend time with people … [Read more…]