Happy 4th Anniversary + Plan B

This month marks the 4th Anniversary of the founding of our group. Yay! Happy Anniversary to us! That’s a noteworthy milestone. And we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together. Thank you! Nobody is sure when – or if – Michigan’s governor will allow the state to open up at the end of this month. Therefore, … [Read more…]

COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends,  I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this.  Baker Book House just sent this e-mail to everyone on their list. A Message to Our Customers Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)We want to provide you with an update on how Baker Book House is addressing the coronavirus. We are proud to be members of your community … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: March 11th

You are cordially invited to attend our next meeting, which will be held Wednesday, March 11th, at 7pm at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, no doubt amidst lively discussion, we will finish Merton’s book No Man Is An Island with these chapters: Chapter 12 – Recollection  Chapter 13 – “My Soul Remembered God” Chapter … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: February 12th

The next meeting of the Grand Rapids Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society will be Wednesday, February 12th, at 7pm at Baker Book House on East Paris near 28th Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will continue our discussion of Thomas Merton’s book No Man Is An Island, specifically the following chapters: Chapter 8 … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: January 8th

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is hectic enough. Especially when the weather in Michigan turns ugly. That’s why the Grand Rapids chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society takes the month of December off every year to give its members one less thing to worry about. When we reconvene on Wednesday, January … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: August 14th

Fifty years after his untimely death, Thomas Merton (1915-1968) remains one of the world’s most widely read, talked about, and beloved authors, poets, contemplatives, and spiritual teachers. But how did this Trappist monk become world famous? What were his thoughts, his struggles, his hopes, and his insights as he acclimated to a life of silence … [Read more…]