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Centenary Celebration of Thomas Merton

Vanderbilt to host Thomas Merton Centenary Celebration Series of events to mark 100th birthday of influential spiritual leader NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jazz and poetry performances, a photography exhibition and workshop on contemplative leadership are all part of a Vanderbilt University centenary celebration of the legacy of Thomas Merton.   Merton, a Catholic monk, author, artist…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT


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Thomas Merton and the Awful Silence

“THOMAS MERTON AND THE AWFUL SILENCE” Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4 pm Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room G-20 Victor Judge, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Vanderbilt Divinity School   In a journal entry dated September 1, 1949, Thomas Merton wrote, “ If I am to be a saint—and there is nothing else that I can think of desiring to…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


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Merton and Tao

Merton and Tao: An Experimental Theatrical Piece based on Thomas Merton’s The Way of Chuang Tzu, conceived and directed by Bill Feehley Wednesday, Dec. 2,at 6:30 pm St. Augustine’s Episcopal chapel, 200 24th Ave, S.   This piece is a creative collaboration conceived by Bill Feehely, Nashville actor, performer and retired professor from Belmont University. Richard Gershman is an…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


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A Hidden Wholeness: Zen Photography of Thomas Merton

A HIDDEN WHOLENESS: THE ZENPHOTOGRAPHY OF THOMAS MERTON Exhibit open Thursday Dec. 4 at 3 pm through Feb. 26 Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room G-20   “Almost dizzying on aesthetic and intellectual levels . . . ” Steve Euvino, South Bend Tribune   A collection of thirty-five black and white images photographed at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Trappist, Kentucky…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


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Life at Gethsemani Abbey, Poetry of Thomas Merton and Paul Quenon

Life at Gethsemani Abbey: Poetry of Thomas Merton and Paul Quenon Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 pm Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room 124   Brother Paul Quenon has been a monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani for 57 years. He received his initial training as a Novice under Thomas Merton. Originally from West Virginia, Paul has retained a love for…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


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Merton’s Jazz and Memories of a Friend

MERTON’S JAZZ AND MEMORIES OF A FRIEND, BY DICK SISTO Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room 124   Dick Sisto (vibraphone and talking drum) Jeremy Allen (bass). Dick Sisto is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, author of The Jazz Vibraphone Book pub. by Hal Leonard and composer of the original music for the PBS DVD…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


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Workshop on Contemplative Leadership

WORKSHOP ON CONTEMPLATIVE LEADERSHIP Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9:30 am Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 122 Facilitator: Kat Baker, PhD Associate Director, Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions.   Using the wisdom of Thomas Merton, this workshop will explore the perspectives and practices of contemplative leadership. Questions to be considered include: What is contemplation and how does it center one’s…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


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Netflix and Chill/Date? An Interfaith Discussion on Navigating Values in Dating and Relationships

Title: Netflix and Chill/Date? An Interfaith Discussion on Navigating Values in Dating and Relationships On the evening of Wednesday, November 11, 2015 the Chaplain’s Office was delighted to be a sponsor and host of “Netflix and Chill/Date? An Interfaith Discussion on Navigating Values in Dating and Relationships.” As part of the annual Sex Ed. &…

Posted by on November 3, 2015 in News


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Samhain Night

While many will soon be celebrating the secular festivities of Halloween by dressing up in costumes and eating candy on the evening of Saturday, October 31. Samhain, pronounced “Sow-when,” is considered the highest holy festival for those who follow some of the various Pagan/Earth-Centered religious traditions of the modern day. During this time Wiccans, Druids,…

Posted by on October 23, 2015 in News, Project Dialogue


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IDEALS Survey coming to VU!

The Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) seeks to better understand student encounters with religious, spiritual, and worldview diversity across the spectrum of American higher education. As colleges and universities increasingly seek to engage religiously diverse students, actionable data and empirically-driven decision making are more important than ever before. IDEALS helps ensure that…

Posted by on October 22, 2015 in News