Since 1993, The Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland has been at the forefront of exploring the life & writings of Merton and his impact on the contemporary world, with conferences, retreats and the publication of the Merton Journal.
The focus of the Society over 2015 was the celebration of centenary of Thomas Merton's birth in France on 31st January 1915.
Oakham Conference 2016
Our 2016 Residential Conference was held at Oakham School from Friday 1st April
to Sunday 3rd April. The theme of the conference was:
Life is on our side
This phrase is taken from a letter of Thomas Merton to the poet Czeslaw Milosz.
The keynote speakers were John Dear and Fiona Gardner
The Merton Collection
Over the years the Society has built up a comprehensive collection of books, journals and volumes of letters by Merton along with a wide range of critical commentaries on Merton's work as well as recordings of talks and conferences given by Merton. The collection is now housed at St Michael's Priory, Willen outside Milton Keynes, where it may be freely consulted by all.
See event below on 1st October
Dates for your diary
Come Lord Jesus: An Advent Retreat
3rd December 2016
led by Paul Pearson in Winchester
The day will start at 11am and end by 4pm. Paul Pearson was secretary of the Thomas Merton Society from its inception in 1993 until moving to America, where he is the director and archivist of the Thomas Merton Centre in Louisville, Kentucky.
A quiet day led by Esther de Waal in London
A quiet Day with Esther de Waal, Author and member of the TMS-GBI, on Saturday, January 14 2015, at St Katherine’s House, 2 Butcher Row, London (easily accessible via Limehouse Station on the Docklands Light Railway) 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS
Selected Recent Publications
The Only Mind Worth Having by Fiona Gardner
Thomas Merton and the Child Mind
With a forward by Rowan Williams
In The Only Mind Worth Having, Fiona Gardner takes Thomas Merton's belief that the child mind is 'The only mind worth having' and explores it in the context of Jesus' challenging, paradoxical and and enigmatic command to become like small children. She demonstrates how Merton's belief and Jesus' command can be understood as part of contemporary spirituality and spiritual practice.
Our Centenary Edition of The Merton Journal, Universal Vision, is an enlarged volume of 200 pages with contributors from across Europe. It explores Merton's profound legacy in a unique collection of essays and meditations; and it also includes some of Merton's own newly-discovered student articles from his time at Cambridge University in 1933-34.
All members receive copies of the Journal. Further copies are available for £8.99 +P&P. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Returning to Reality
by Phillip M. Thompson
Thomas Merton's Wisdom for a Technological Age