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Gerald May Seminar with James Finley


 A short clip of James Finley speaking on Thomas Merton

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Finley explored Thomas Merton's spiritual teachings by drawing on his own experience of having Merton as his spiritual director in his Friday night lecture: Turning to Thomas Merton As Our Guide in Contemplative Living.

Coming soon; YouTube clips of the Saturday event on The Spirituality of Healing
In the midst of a traumatized world, we cannot turn our backs on suffering.  On Saturday, Finley explored with us how, being grounded in God's Presence, we become more tender-hearted and insightful as we seek healing for ourselves and others.

James Finley, Ph.D. lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Thomas Merton was his spiritual director. Dr. Finley leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, attracting men and women from all religious traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life in the midst of today's busy world.  He is the author of Merton’s Palace of Nowhere; The Contemplative Heart; and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.

The Gerald May Seminar is offered in memory of the life and legacy of Jerry MayGerald (Jerry) May.  Jerry served on Shalem's staff for many years and was our Senior Fellow for Contemplative Theology and Psychology.  The Seminar is held every year to strengthen the great themes of contemplative understanding and practice that Jerry so valued.

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