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With Merton & Keating’s Roadmap, Where Do We Go from Here? – via Zoom
July 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm$5 – $35
Join us for a contemplative panel discussion with Ed Bacon, Vernon Dixon, Victor Kramer and David Rensberger. This inspiring event begins with a 20-minute Centering Prayer period. Then our panelists will share their thoughts on the timeless wisdom of Thomas Merton and Thomas Keating, drawing from their research and experiences. The panel’s dialogue will answer our questions and unveil where Merton and Keating direct our spiritual path forward.
Musical inspiration by Paul Reeves.
Moderated by Maggie Winfrey.
Thomas Merton inspired Ed to become the Episcopal priest he has been for almost four decades: where he taught his central passion: that Jesus embodied a Love-based life as opposed to a fear-based ideology. He has served at Mercer University and in churches in California, Mississippi, and Georgia. Author of 8 Habits of Love, he has been guest host for Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Series, where she named him “Soul Teacher” on her SuperSoul 100 List of voices elevating humanity. Ed serves on several boards, including Sr. Ilia Delio’s Center for Christogenesis. He and his wife live in Birmingham near their grandchildren. His website is www.Edbacon.co.
A scholar of American Studies, Victor is Professor Emeritus from Georgia State University. He has worked in religion and literature primarily researching Thomas Merton. He has written, edited, and compiled many books in extensive work with the International Thomas Merton Society. Victor edited Merton’s fourth volume of journals, Turning toward the World; and wrote Thomas Merton, Monk and Artist; as well as two oral histories about Merton and monasticism. He credits his wife Dewey for her invaluable, astute help A certified spiritual director, he gives retreats and days of reflection. He and his wife live in Decatur, Georgia.
Born 76 years ago and raised in Georgia, Vernon counseled patients in his Christian Psychiatric practice for 38 years. After a blessed 7-day Centering Prayer retreat with Fr Thomas Keating, he and his wife Mary Joyce began teaching Centering Prayer and Fr. Thomas’ wisdom to many. A commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer workshops, he has facilitated two Centering Prayer groups for 20 years. He and Mary Joyce have led Intensive/Post-Intensive five-day Centering Prayer retreats at the Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers for 15 years. They presently reside in Hiawassee, Georgia.
David Rensberger grew up Mennonite in Indiana. Professor of New Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta for 30 years, he continues to write and lead occasional workshops and retreats on the Bible and spirituality. Discovering mysticism in his late teens, Christian mysticism shortly after that, Thomas Merton 10 years later, and Centering Prayer in his late 40s, he is a vital member of the Atlanta chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. David and his wife Sharon have two grown daughters and belong to Atlanta Mennonite Church and Oakhurst Baptist Church.
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