The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

ITMS 15th General Meeting

Conference Timetable

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Thursday, June 15
 9:30 a.m.Trip to Cottage for Registered Participants
 10:00 a.m.Registration begins (Quick Center Lobby)
 12:00 p.m.Mass (University Chapel)
 2:00 p.m.Opening Sessions
- First Timers' Orientation (Swan Board Room)
- ITMS Chapters Workshop (Swan 109)
- Creating a Community of Merton Scholars (Swan 209)
- Emerging Scholars (Swan 203)
- Merton at St. Bonaventure (Rigas Theatre)
 3:00 p.m.Break
 3:30 p.m.General Session:
Robert Lax: In His Own Words (Rigas Theatre)
 6:30 p.m.Presidential Address: Michael W. Higgins (Rigas Theatre)
 7:00 p.m.Opening Dinner (Hickey Dining Hall)
 9:00 p.m.Night Prayer (Grotto)
 9:30 p.m.Social (Swan Patio)

Friday, June 16
 7-8:30 a.m.Breakfast (Hickey Dining Hall)
 7:30-8 a.m.Morning Meditation (University Chapel)
 8:45 a.m.General Session:
Scott Russell Sanders: "Reading Merton in the Rain." (Rigas Theatre)
 10:15 a.m.Break
 10:30 a.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton and the Carmelite Tradition (Swan 109)
- Merton at St. Bonaventure (Rigas Theatre)
- Merton and Inter-Religious Pilgrimage (Swan 209)
- Workshop: The Enlightened Teacher: An Inquiry into a Contemplative Curriculum (Swan 103)
- Performance: In Pursuit of Silence (Swan 203)
- Prayer: Overshadowed by Mercy: Thomas Merton and Pope Francis on Experiencing and Sharing God's Mercy (Ministry Center)
 12:00 p.m.Eucharist (Hickey Dining Hall)
 12-1:30 p.m.Lunch (Hickey Dining Hall)
 1:45 p.m.General Session:
M. Shawn Copeland: "The Watchmen and the Witnesses: Thomas Merton and Martin Luther King and the Exercise of the Prophetic." (Rigas Theatre)
 3:30 p.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton and Contemplative Life (Rigas Theatre)
- Prophetic Voices (Swan 109)
- Merton, Mercy and Wisdom (Swan 103)
- Workshop: Merton and the Merciful Gaze as a Creative Act (Swan 203)
- Performance: Merton at St. Bonaventure - Campus Walk (Meet at Library)
- Prayer: Merton's Love of the Natural World and His Sense of the Sacred: A Meditation (Swan 209)
 5:15 p.m.Ecumenical Vespers (University Chapel)
 6:00 p.m.Dinner (Hickey Dining Hall)
 7:00 p.m.General Session:
Michael N. McGregor: "Harpo and the Clown of God:  The Seven-Storied Friendship of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax." (Rigas Theatre)
 8:30 p.m.Concert: James D'Angelo and Scott Dispensa (Rigas Theatre)

Saturday, June 17
 7-8:30 a.m.Breakfast (Hickey Dining Hall)
 7:30 a.m.Silent Meditation (University Chapel)
 8:45 a.m.General Session:
Luke Timothy Johnson: "The Formation of Monastic Mercy in the Magnificat and Benedictus." (Rigas Theatre)
 10:15 a.m.Break
 10:30 a.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton: Revelation and Redemption (Swan 209)
- Merton and Foolish Mercy (Swan 109)
- Communication and Communion (Swan 203)
- Workshop: Spirituality of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax through Movement and Music (Rigas Theatre)
- Performance: . . .saturated with the dew of mercy. . .  Bernard, to his beloved son, Thomas (Trustees Room)
- Prayer: A Muslim/Christian Peace Pilgrimage with Thomas Merton (Ministry Center)
 12-1:30 p.m.Lunch (Hickey Dining Hall)
 1:30 p.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton and Merciful Praxis (Swan 103)
- Merton and Formation for Mercy (Rigas Theatre)
- Merton, Mysticism and Mercy (Swan 109)
- Workshop: Allowing Landscape to Nudge Us to Prayer: The Power of Place (Trustees Room)
- Performance: In Pursuit of Silence (Swan 203)
- Guided Prayer (Swan 209)
 2:45 p.m.Break
 3:15 p.m.Concurrent Sessions:
- Merton and Literary Figures (Swan 103)
- Merton and Artistic Expression (Swan 203)
- Merton and Archaic Wisdom (Swan 109)
- Workshop: Merton, the Catholic Peace Fellowship and Peacemaking as an Apostolic Work of Mercy (Trustees Room)
- Performance: Merton at St. Bonaventure - Campus Walk (Meet at Library)
- Performance: Merton's Death Seen from the Homegrounds (Rigas Theatre)
- Prayer: Sturgeon Bay Sunset: A Prayer Service of Silence, Music, and Words Inspired by Christopher Pramuk and Thomas Merton (Swan 209)
 5:00 p.m.ITMS Town Meeting (Rigas Theatre)
 7:00 p.m.Conference Banquet (Hickey Dining Hall)
Benediction: Presentation of "Louie" Awards (Hickey Dining Hall)

Sunday, June 18
 7-8:30 a.m.Breakfast (Hickey Dining Hall)
 8:30 a.m.Eucharist (University Chapel)
 9:45 a.m.Celebrating 30 Years of ITMS (Trustees Room)
 11:00 a.m.Conference Close

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