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 is the celebration of centenary of Thomas Merton's birth in France on 31st January 1915. Events are being organised around the country and as details are finalised they will appear here.
Oakham Conference 2016
Our 2016 Residential Conference will be held at Oakham School from Friday 1st April
to Sunday 3rd April. The theme of the conference is:
Life is on our side
This phrase is taken from a letter of Thomas Merton to the poet Czeslaw Milosz.
Booking now open - Click here for more details and Booking Form.
John Dear Fiona Gardner
Centenary Celebrations 2015
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.
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 eplores it in the context of Jesus' challenging, paradoxical and and enigmatic command to become like small children. She demonstates how Merton's belief and Jesus' command can be understood as part of contemporary spirituality and spiritual practice.
Dates for your diary
Oakham Conference 1st-3rd April 2016
Selected Recent Publications
Returning to Reality
by Phillip M. Thompson
Thomas Merton's Wisdom for a Technological Age