Jim Forest on Thomas Merton, Peacemaker
Dates: March 31st - April 3rd, 2017
Cost: $60 day only, $65 for overnight
Place: The Rush Center, Midfield, AL
Contact Mary's House
205-780-2020 or email
Thomas Merton is well known as a spiritual writer and explorer. Merton was also a person of conscience, deeply concerned about issues or racial justice and peace in a time when those issues were not front and center for many religious folks. Merton's forthright comments on American society, war culture, and racial injustice are still on the mark.
What can we learn from him about our war culture and about ourselves and our efforts to resist it?
Jim Forest was a member of the New York Catholic Worker, an editor of their newspaper, friend of Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. A life-long worker for peace, Jim is Secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship and has written many books, including All is Grace, a biography of Dorothy Day, Loving Our Enemies, on living the Beatitudes, and The Root of War is Fear: Thomas Merton's Advice to Peacemakers. Merton's “Letter to a Young Peacemaker” was written to Jim Forest.
The retreat will include talks by Jim, times of discussion, silence, and prayer.