This Wednesday marks the sixth anniversary of the Grand Rapids chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society!
That’s a major milestone.
And we owe it all to our friends and faithful attenders of these monthly meetings. Thank you!
Once again, we will meet here at 7pm this Wednesday:
Orchard View Church of God
2777 Leffingwell Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Orchard View Church of God is located at the corner of 3 Mile Rd and Leffingwell in the northeast section of Grand Rapids. Easy access is via the East Beltline. Get off at the 3 Mile Road exit. Leffingwell is on the south side of 3 Mile Road between the East Beltline and Dean Lake Road. (You can see the church from 3 Mile Road.)
For the next two months, we will continue to discuss Merton’s autobiography (The Seven Storey Mountain)by exploring these chapters:
Pages 217 through page 356
That’s Part Two, Chapter One, Section IV (which is page 217 in my edition) through Part Three, Chapter One, Section IV (which is page 356 of my edition)
That’s 139 pages, but backing up a bit to make sure we covered everything you’d like to discuss from Wednesday’s meeting.
Pages 356 through page 462 (the end)
That’s Part Three, Chapter One, Section IV (which is page 356 in my edition), past Epilogue, through page 462, which is the last page just before the Index
That’s 106 pages, but may be a few more if we don’t cover everything in our May 11th meeting.
Starting in July, we will have another book to read and discuss.
People have been asking to re-read New Seeds of Contemplation, especially after reading Merton’s autobiography – not to mention the fact that five years have passed since we first read New Seeds of Contemplation. According to our web site, we were finishing up the last chapter of New Seeds of Contemplation on February 8th of 2017. Five years ago! Has it really been that long?
Anyway, we’ll have a few suggestions for the next book after The Seven Storey Mountain. But a fan favorite so far is a revisit of New Seeds of Contemplation, which is many people’s all-time favorite Merton book.
As always, we will offer bottled water, treats, and enough lively conversation to demonstrate why the Grand Rapids chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society has managed to last six years. 🙂
We hope to see you this Wednesday night (May 11th) at 7pm!
NOTE: Our meetings are free and open to the public.