Merton Book Club
Thomas Merton NYC
Book Reading & Discussion Group
The purposes of this group are twofold. Firstly, it is to provide clarification of Merton’s thought upon matters spiritual, social and literary. The second purpose is closely aligned in that with such close reading and discussion the participants may grow apostolic (contemplatives in action) and interiorly (Christian discipleship).
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.
Reading & Discussion Group Leader
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.
2017-2018 Reading Group Book Selections
New Seeds of Contemplation
Seeds of Destruction
The Nonviolent Alternative
(include picture of book covers and links for each)
Can we have a sign-up tab for those members interested in joining the book club - or perhaps just send an email to and include this link??