Thomas Merton and the Way of Mercy
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Class Dates: July 7-9 – Thurs 2-3:30, Fri 9-4, Sat 9-4
The theme of mercy will serve as a lens through which we view Merton’s life and writings and consider how his experience of the God of mercy informed his spirituality, his witness to justice and non-violence, and his call to unity though dialogue and mutual understanding. Drawing on a broad selection of Merton’s writings across genres, including journals and letters, we will reflect on how Merton maps a pathway to mercy that is so urgently needed in our times.
Dr. Christine M. Bochen is Professor of Religious Studies, William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York. She is co-author of The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia; the editor of Courage for Truth, Learning to Love, and Thomas Merton: Essential Writings; and co-editor of Cold War Letters and Thomas Merton: A Life in Letters. Most recently, she edited The Way of Mercy (Orbis 2016), a selection of essays and reflections on mercy, that includes works by Pope Francis and writers such as Walter Kasper, Leonardo Boff, Dorothy Day, Jim Forest, Joan Chittester, and Thomas Merton.