Location: Scarritt Bennett Center, International Room, Scarritt Hall
“Love is our true destiny.
We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.”
Since the publication of his spiritual journey, The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton is widely read by both folks with a spiritual quest and folks with a desire to put their faith to work in the world. How can this scholarly, reclusive monk, now dead almost 50 years, guide our quest to be faithful Christians, active in God’s world today? We will explore together some of his issues, the methods he used to address them, and his correspondence with other activists. Merton tied mysticism and justice together as a requirement of faith – how did his understanding of the faith lead him to this requirement. There will be time for group work, individual reflection, labyrinth walking, worship, and contemplative experiences. Come and search for your individual path together with others as we ponder the works of Thomas Merton.
Toby Gould is a retired United Methodist minister. Before retiring, he was Project Manager for Mission Studies for the General Board of Global Ministries. He oversaw the writing, editing and publishing of the resources for the studies. He has preached and led retreats and workshops in many churches nationwide and has spoken in many colleges and seminaries. Rev. Gould has served as pastor of churches in New York and Connecticut, most recently at Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, NY. He was Executive Secretary for Ministries with Persons with Handicapping Conditions for the General Board of Global Ministries, and wrote several books and articles in that field.
After graduating from Syracuse University and Garrett Theological Seminary, Rev. Gould continued his studies at Northwestern University, the University of Leiden, Holland, and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Following those years of study, Rev. Gould was an intern at the World Council of Churches with the Faith and Order Secretariat in Geneva. While in Geneva, Rev Gould helped staff the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC. His voluntary experience includes board leadership in the fields of education and health care. In 2015, Toby was elected to the three person Selectboard in Charlemont, MA.
Toby and Merri Gould live in a 200-year-old farm house in Charlemont, Massachusetts.They have a son and daughter and three wonderful grandchildren.
When: Sept 25-28, 2017
Cost: Commuter:$245 includes 9 meals, tuition and taxes; Resident: $325 includes 9 meals, 3 nights lodging, tuition and taxes