The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Suggestions for forming an ITMS Chapter

1.     Reaching Out

  • Church bulletins, newsletters, bulletin boards.

  • Interfaith Church Councils.

  • Denominational Headquarters.

  • Religion editor of local newspaper(s).

  • Public access television.

  • Bookstores that sell Merton's books.

2.    Meetings

  • Days, evenings, weekends.

  • Once a month, every three months, twice a year.

  • Stay within announced hours of meetings.

  • Meet in church, home, public meeting rooms.

  • Keep "refreshments" very simple.

3.    Resources

  • Read aloud a book by Merton.
    No "homework" required, no purchase of book required (pass around at meeting). Stop for discussion when desired. No one is expected to have all the "answers" to group's questions.

  • Show DVD, "Merton: A Film Biography" or "Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton."

coverMerton - A Film Biography - DVD

by Paul Wilkes and Audrey Glynn.





Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton.

by Morgan Atkinson.




4.    Name

5.    Members

For further information about ITMS Chapters contact the ITMS Chapters Coordinator:

Michael A. Brennan
4537 N. Melvina
Chicago, IL 60630-3013