The Night Spirit and the Dawn Air


‘How the valley awakes… Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and we do not understand... “Wisdom,” cries the dawn deacon, but we do not attend.’

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander by Thomas Merton

Conference papers presented at the Eighth General Meeting of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland
held at Oakham School, Oakham from 9th - 11th April, 2010.

Various conference papers from the Eighth General Meeting were subsequently published in editions of The Merton Journal.

Main Conference Addresses:

Paul Quenon, OCSO - "Conjectures: Postscript from Gethsemani."

Mary Grey - "Earthing our Spirituality: What role for contemplation roots in an age of planetary crisis?"

Margaret Silf - "The Night Spirit, the Dawn Air – Where Are They Now?"

 Concurrent Session Papers:


 William Apel - "Engaged Spirituality: Merton's 'Contemplative Life' and Bonhoeffer's ‘Life Together’."

Tony Bannon - "Technology and Change."

Nass Cannon - "Attending to the Presence of God: Thomas Merton & Le Point Vierge."

Fiona Gardner. - "Being in the Dark: Explorations in Purification and Renewal."

Gary Hall - "'Another Kind of Trifling': Merton and the Destructive Hyperactivity of Consumer Culture."

Daniel P. Horan, OFM - "Sparks of Haecceitas: A Scotist Reading of Thomas Merton."

Roger Lipsey - "'Let us walk along here, says my shadow': Thomas Merton, Doubter."

Paul M. Pearson - "'Let Mercy Fall Like Rain': Thomas Merton and the Ox Mountain Parable."

Gosia Poks - "Absence of Remembrance in the Ruins of Representation: Thomas Merton's Relevance for the Post-nuclear Age."

Jonathan Sozek - "Merton in Conversation with Charles Taylor's 'A Secular Age'."

Patrick Woodhouse - "Thomas Merton and Etty Hillesum: Twin Guides in a Post-modern Age."

Hebe Wellbourn and Sarah Bird - "Thomas Merton and the 'Point Vierge'."


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