Vancouver School of Theology

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SP525 – Thomas Merton’s Advice for Peacemakers

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Weekend Course: July 12-14, 2018 (Thursday afternoon & evening; 9-3:30 Friday and Saturday)

Thomas Merton has been a source of inspiration, wisdom and sound advice for countless people, from Pope Francis to the Dali Lama. Peacemaking was a major concern for him. Jim Forest draws of his visits and intense correspondence with Merton during the last seven years of the monk’s life. The letters — to Forest, Dorothy Day, Dan Berrigan and others — remain helpful and timely, all the more so given the nerve-wracking period in which we now are living.

Jim Forest’s life carried him from the U.S. Navy to the Catholic Worker movement, from being a newspaper reporter to becoming a widely-read author, from teaching posts to prison cells, from western Christianity to the undivided church. His many books include biographies of Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and Daniel Berrigan.

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