The Next Thomas Merton Society Conference

The Eleventh General Meeting and Conference for 2016
Friday 1st April - Sunday 3rd April 2016 at Oakham School

"Life is on our side"

  CONFERENCE BOOKINGS OPEN

Conference Fees for 2016
Conferece programme
here (pdf)
Booking Form
Booking Form (pdf)

Residential rates
including registration, room and board

Booking before 1.2.2016 after 1.2.2016
TMS member rate
£220
£230
Non-member rate £240
£250

Day Visitors - Non-Residential

Friday £50 incl lunch and dinner    
Saturday £75 incl lunch and dinner
Sunday £25 incl lunch

 

All rooms are single rooms. If you have any mobility problems and  would prefer accommodation closer to the main conference facilities and/or on the ground floor please indicate on the form.
We are unable to provide overnight accommodation other than on the Friday and Saturday nights of the conference.

Payment to be made in £ by cheque. If you wish to pay by PayPal you will be sent details of how to do this on request..
A linited number of bursaries are available to help cover part of the conference fees for full-time students and those of limited means who are either UK or Ireland residents. Click here an application form.

TRAVEL details for Getting to Oakham click here

Making your booking
To reserve your place send your Booking Form and full payment, or £30 non-refundable deposit, cheques payable to “The Thomas Merton Society” to:

Liz Hanvey—TMS2016
15 Godwin Close
Winchester
S022 5JN

bookings can also be emailed to bookings@thomasmertonsociety.org.uk if you are overseas, details of how to make your Payment with PAYPAL will be sent out once your booking form is received

The following people will be presenting at the 2016 Conference........

Keynote Speakers

John Dear

John Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat leader, and author, he served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in New Mexico.

His many books include: 

THE NONVIOLENT LIFE; WALKING THE WAY; THOMAS MERTON PEACEMAKER; A PERSISTENT PEACE; TRANSFIGURATION;  YOU WILL BE MY WITNESSES;  LIVING PEACE;  THE QUESTIONS OF JESUS;  THE GOD OF PEACE; JESUS THE REBEL;  PEACE BEHIND BARS;  and DISARMING THE HEART
www.johndear.org
 

Fiona Gardner
Fiona Gardner is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a spiritual director and a writer. She is a previous chair of the TMSGBI and was co-editor of The Merton Journal. She is currently on the board of the International Thomas Merton Society and was a recipient of a Louie award in 2015.

She is the author of a number of books including 
                  Journeying Home,
                  The Four Steps of Love 
                  Precious Thoughts.

Her latest book is The Only Mind Worth Having, Thomas Merton and the Child Mind (due out in 2016).

www.fionagardner.co.uk

Concurrent  Papers and Workshops are to be given by

Lars Adolfsson
              The Joy of Community and Sacramental Friendship
William Apel
              This Yes to God: Merton’s Gospel of the Living Christ
Nass Cannon
              A Certain Victory: Thomas Merton and the Journey of Personhood
James G.R.Cronin
              The poetics of history: Thomas Merton’s use of the past to guide possible futures.
Larry Culliford
              Merton, Arasteh and Final Integration: Exploring Personal Pathways to Spiritual Growth and Maturity
Detlev Cuntz
             Thomas Merton and Paul Celan – Poetry after Auschwitz
Kathleen Deignan
             Life is  on our side: University Students Discover Contemplation
Peter Ellis
             ‘What is with me? What am I in?’
Phil Garrity
             What is Left When All is Lost?: Merton and Eckhart’s Apophatic Unknowing  as Entry into Divine Mercy
Gary Hall
             Siding with Life: the journal of Merton’s escaping
Daniel P. Horan
              Thomas Merton’s Model of ‘Ecological Conversion’ in the Age of Pope Francis
Susanne Jennings
             Living Comprehensibly: Thomas Merton and the Necessity of Silence
Gray Matthews
             This Heartbreaking Effort: Contemplative Critique & the Struggle to Express Life
Mark C. Meade
             Merton’s censored struggle with suicide
Andrew Nicoll
             The Oakham that Merton knew
Paul M Pearson
             In Silence: Merton’s Invitation to Victory
Sonia Petisco
             The seduction of the devine: Thomas Merton’s experience of love as self abandonment 
Jean Lamb
    Conference artist— presentation of the works in the show