ITMS 14th General Meeting
The fourteenth General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society
Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky
The year 2015 marks the one hundredth anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth. His life and writings are not merely historically important, but offer a prophetic witness to a vision that points a way into the future. As Merton wrote in an untitled poem:
All theology is a kind of birthday
Each one who is born
Comes into the world as a question
For which old answers
Are not sufficient…
(In the Dark Before Dawn: New Selected Poems of Thomas Merton). The centenary offers an opportunity to consider how we too might set aside easy answers and wrestle with the urgent questions of our day. The Fourteenth General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society will focus particularly on ways in which Merton’s life and writings challenge us to continue his legacy through ever-deepening contemplation, compassion, and unity - a legacy in which deep prayer informs action, action on behalf of justice, and the embrace of the whole world. As Merton concludes that poem:
No one ever got born
All by himself: It takes more than one.
Has its own theology.