The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

ITMS 15th General Meeting

Conference Timetable


Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday


Thursday, June 15
 10:00 a.m.Registration begins
 2:00 p.m.Opening Sessions
- First Timers' Orientation
- ITMS Chapters Workshop
- Creating a Community of Merton Scholars
- Emerging Scholars
- Merton at St. Bonaventure
 3:30 p.m.General Session:
Robert Lax: In His Own Words
 6:30 p.m.Presidential Address: Michael W. Higgins
 7:00 p.m.Opening Dinner
 9:00 p.m.Night Prayer at Grotto

Friday, June 16
 7:30 a.m.Morning Meditation
 8:45 a.m.General Session:
Scott Russell Sanders: "Reading Merton in the Rain."
 10:30 a.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton and the Carmelite Tradition
- Merton at St. Bonaventure
- Merton and Inter-Religious Pilgrimage
- Workshop: The Enlightened Teacher: An Inquiry into a Contemplative Curriculum
- Performance: In Pursuit of Silence
- Prayer: Overshadowed by Mercy: Thomas Merton and Pope Francis on Experiencing and Sharing God's Mercy
 12:00 p.m.Eucharist
 12:00-1:30Lunch
 1:45 p.m.General Session:
M. Shawn Copeland: "The Watchmen and the Witnesses: Thomas Merton and Martin Luther King and the Exercise of the Prophetic."
 3:30 p.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton and Contemplative Life 
- Prophetic Voices
- Merton, Mercy and Wisdom
- Workshop: Merton and the Merciful Gaze as a Creative Act
- Performance: Merton at St. Bonaventure - Campus Walk
- Prayer: Merton's Love of the Natural World and His Sense of the Sacred: A Meditation
 5:15 p.m.Interfaith Vespers
 6:00 p.m.Dinner
 7:00 p.m.General Session:
Michael N. McGregor: "Harpo and the Clown of God:  The Seven-Storied Friendship of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax."
 8:30 p.m.Entertainment: James D'Angelo

Saturday, June 17
 7:30 a.m.Morning Meditation
 8:45 a.m.General Session:
Luke Timothy Johnson: "The Formation of Monastic Mercy in the Magnificat and Benedictus."
 10:30 a.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton: Revelation and Redemption
- Merton and Foolish Mercy
- Communication and Communion
- Workshop: Spirituality of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax through Movement and Music  
- Performance: . . .saturated with the dew of mercy. . .  Bernard, to his beloved son, Thomas
- Prayer: A Muslim/Christian Peace Pilgrimage with Thomas Merton  
 12:00 noonLunch
 1:30 p.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton and Merciful Praxis
- Merton and Formation for Mercy
- Merton, Mysticism and Mercy
- Workshop: Allowing Landscape to Nudge Us to Prayer: The Power of Place  
- Performance: In Pursuit of Silence
- Guided Prayer 
 3:15 p.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton and Literary Figures
- Merton and Artistic Expression
- Merton and Archaic Wisdom
- Workshop: Merton, the Catholic Peace Fellowship and Peacemaking as an Apostolic Work of Mercy
- Performance: Merton at St. Bonaventure - Campus Walk
- Performance: Merton's Death Seen from the Homegrounds
- Prayer: Sturgeon Bay Sunset: A Prayer Service of Silence, Music, and Words Inspired by Christopher Pramuk and Thomas Merton
 5:00 p.m.ITMS Town Meeting
 7:00 p.m.Conference Banquet
Presentation of "Louie" Awards

Sunday, June 18
 8:30 a.m.Eucharist 
 10:00 a.m.Celebrating 30 Years of ITMS


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