Next Meeting: April 12th @ 7pm

Our last meeting (March 8th) was delightful. THANK YOU! I don’t recall a time when nobody wanted to leave afterwards and everyone stuck around for a half hour continuing to talk. We welcomed four new people (William, Rose, Jack, and Peach) to the group, learned much from them, including how they found themselves in that … [Read more…]

Recap of March 8th Meeting

Last night’s meeting of the Grand Rapids chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society was amazing! Four new attendees. A robust discussion. People even stayed afterwards for a half hour talking to one another. No one wanted to leave. Group member (Bob Hudson) has a book about Thomas Merton coming out early next year published … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: March 8th

Our February meeting (on Wednesday the 8th) was another robust one. After watching the last 20-30 minutes of a movie about Merton’s life, we turned to the last chapter (“The General Dance”) from Merton’s book New Seeds of Contemplation – and that quickly became the springboard to discuss… …the need to focus on the moment… … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: February 8th

The next meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society, Grand Rapids Chapter, will be Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm in the Community Room at Baker Book House, which is near the corner of East Paris and 28th Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On that night, we will begin to study Thomas Merton’s book Contemplative Prayer, … [Read more…]

Recap of January 11th Meeting – Wow!

Last night’s meeting of the Grand Rapids Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society was fascinating. One of the best yet. Thank you! To start, we watched another 20-25 minutes of the DVD about Merton’s life titled Soul Searching. Then we finished discussing the chapters on prayer in New Seeds of Contemplation that Fr. Patrick … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: January 4

In the next meeting of the Thomas Merton Society of Grand Rapids we will discuss prayer – as Thomas Merton understood it, and as he wrote about it in his important and influential book New Seeds of Contemplation. If you don’t yet have a copy of New Seeds of Contemplation, you can buy one at … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: November 9

We had another outstanding meeting last Wednesday night (October 12th), with four new people joining us. Welcome Jim, Angel, Tim, and Christian! It was a fun time. We talked about the DVD The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton, and continued our discussion of New Seeds of Contemplation – a discussion that’s far … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: October 12

Our group has had such a wonderful time digging into Fr. Louis’ seminal book New Seeds of Contemplation that we will spend another meeting discussing it. We will gather together again on Wednesday, October 12, at 7pm, at Baker Book House near the corner of 28th Street and East Paris in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You … [Read more…]

Next Meeting: September 14

We will continue our robust discussion of Thomas Merton’s seminal work New Seeds of Contemplation at our next meeting, which will be Wednesday, September 14, at 7pm at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can buy a copy of New Seeds of Contemplation at Baker Book House. Right-click here to download the pdf … [Read more…]