Thomas Merton NYC Reading & Discussion Group

We invite members to participate in exploration of Merton’s thought by focusing on some of his  individual writings together with other members.  This may serve to help clarify his thought and deepen our understanding of his ideas, as well as to enhance our own spiritual development as Christian disciples and contemplatives in action.  We will consider the spiritual, social and literary implications of his work and its potential impact on contemporary religious expression.

The group, open to members only, will be reading three books by Merton within our nine- month  Chapter “season”.  A single book will be read and discussed within a three-month period. Guided questions and supplementary reading will be provided to aid the participants in deepening their insights into Merton’s thought.  The group will probe questions designed to provide a more personal exploration of the selected texts and will participate in discussions led by a long-time Chapter member, experienced spiritual director and teacher.

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Bryon Gordon is a poet, spiritual director, and a retired educator of thirty years. He has been a member of Thomas Merton NYC for close to a decade. He lives in Manhattan with his beloved wife, Martia and his nimble ballerina daughter, Mara Estelle.

VENUE:  Corpus Christi Church Rectory, 529 West 121st Street, New York City
TIME:  6:30 p.m.  to 8:30 p.m.


2017-2018  Reading Group Book Selections

Fall 2017
New Seeds of Contemplation

Meeting Dates:  

Wednesday, October 18
Wednesday, November 15
Wednesday, December 6

Winter 2018
Seeds of Destruction

Meeting Dates:

Wednesday, January 17
Wednesday, February 7
Wednesday, March 14

Spring 2018
The Nonviolent Alternative

Meeting Dates:

Wednesday, April 11
Wednesday, May 16
Wednesday, June 13

NB: Meeting dates awaiting confirmation. Check back soon for updates, and also for links to sign up for the Reading Club, to reserve your place and receive guiding questions.