Thomas Merton Events
“Thomas Merton on Racism: A Spiritual Matrix for Engaging Social Justice” by Father George A. Kilcourse, Jr., noted Merton Scholar and Professor of Theology at Bellarmine University
Tuesday, May 10 (doors open at 6:00 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m.)
Father Kilcourse is a scholar in the fields of Thomas Merton studies, ecumenism, and religion and literature, and the former editor of and frequent contributor to The Merton Annual. In this lecture, he will explore Merton's diagnosis of the underlying spiritual issue involved in racism in the United States and Merton’s later attention to racism, pulling from a broad spectrum of perspectives: the Black Power movement and Malcolm; X; Native Americans and other indigenous people around the world; the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh; and The Holocaust.
$5 general admission/FREE to Frazier members and Bellarmine University students, staff, faculty. Limited seating. so reservations recommended. Click here to RSVP or purchase tickets.
Shining like the Sun: Stories from the Heart of Louisville
May 24, 2016 (doors open at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.)
The Frazier History Museum invites you to tell YOUR STORY about respect, compassion, forgiveness and faith-in-action. This MOTH style program is inspired by Thomas Merton’s inspirational writings and his famous epiphany:
It was in Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, when Thomas Merton was struck with his now famous revelation, “I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers … And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”
This evening storytelling program will draw from true, personal stories that directly correlate to the topics and values represented in Thomas Merton's works: respect; compassion; forgiveness; faith-in-action. Cash bar. $5 general admission/FREE to Frazier members and Bellarmine University students, staff, faculty. Limited seating, so reservations recommended.