“I love beer, and by that very fact, the world” – the Humour of Thomas Merton

Date(s) - July 9, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Epiphany Chapel, Vancouver School of Theology

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Annual Thomas Merton Lecture with Dr. Paul Pearson

Thursday July 9:   6 pm Merton lecture reception

7 – 9 pm Merton Public Lecture – 1 hour plus questions & answers

This presentation will explore Merton sense of humor over the years from his pre-monastic cartoons published in the Columbia Jester, through his correspondence, journal entries and recordings, to the stories told by his friends and brothers. It is often said that a sense of humor is essential to the religious life and this often overlooked facet of Thomas Merton is an important part of his humanity which makes him so attractive and accessible to his readers as we walk, with him, the Road to Joy.

Paul M. Pearson is Director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky and Chief of Research for the Merton Legacy Trust. He is Resident Secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society, served as President for the 10th administration. He completed his Ph.D. at Heythrop College, London and his masters in Library and Information Science at University College, London. Paul edited Seeking Paradise: Thomas Merton and the Shakers (Orbis, 2011) and A Meeting of Angels: The Correspondence of Thomas Merton with Edward Deming and Faith Andrews, (Broadstone Books, 2008), and Thomas Merton on Christian Contemplation (New Directions, 2012).


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