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. And we would rather discuss topics that lead one to evaluate political/social issues for oneself rather than have us spoon feed our own solutions and tactics and conclusions. I (Bill) believe that would be an abuse of power/authority and – worse – an appropriation of Fr. Louis’ words to suit our own political persuasions.
Our group is for all people – regardless of their political/social/religious affiliations.
We want you to feel just as welcome here if you’re pro-Trump as you would be if you’re pro-Obama…a conservative Republican as a liberal Democrat…a devout skeptic as a committed believer. We believe we can achieve that if we are aware of our own attachments to opinions…and respectful of the opinions of others, which may differ from ours.
In short, we encourage true tolerance, love, and respect as found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 Love never ends. (ESV)
Thank you for your understanding.