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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Give Peace a Chance: Peacemaking as common ground

Talk given by Jim Forest 10 March 2009 at Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia : “All we are saying,” sang the Beatles, “is give peace a chance.” We sing it still, not only with a fond memory of John Lennon, who wrote the song in 1969, but remembering all the people who made it […]

Does Erasmus have anything to teach us in the 21st century?

a talk given 10 March 2009 at Trinity Western University, in Langley, British Columbia, at the invitation of Kimberly Franklin,dean of the College of Teaching By Jim Forest My interest in Erasmus is long standing, though I’m not an Erasmus scholar. In fact, not being a Latinist, I can only read him in translation. Nonetheless […]

Thomas Merton: Peacemaker in a Divided Christendom

a talk given 7 and 14 March 2009 at conferences in Vancouver and Victoria of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada: Thomas Merton: Peacemaker in a Divided Christendom by Jim Forest One of the important contributions Merton made in his lifetime was taking an active role in dialogue with non-Catholic Christians, both Protestant and Orthodox. […]

Draft of a talk to be given 7 and 15 March 2009 at conferences in Vancouver and Victoria of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada: Thomas Merton: Peacemaker in a Divided Christendom by Jim Forest One of the important contributions Merton made in his lifetime was taking an active role in dialogue with non-Catholic Christians, […]

Draft of a talk to be given 7 and 15 March 2009 at conferences in Vancouver and Victoria of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada: Thomas Merton: Peacemaker in a Divided Christendom by Jim Forest One of the important contributions Merton made in his lifetime was taking an active role in dialogue with non-Catholic Christians, […]

Thomas Merton: Peacemaker in a Time of War

Draft of a lecture to be given at the Vancouver Public Library on 3 March 2009…. Thomas Merton: Peacemaker in a Time of War by Jim Forest Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the latest Indiana Jones film — Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull — was the glimpse it gave of the open-air nuclear […]

An Army that Sheds No Blood: Thomas Merton’s Response to War

This is a talk given March 6, 2009, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and March 14 in Victoria, British Columbia, at conferences arranged by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada. by Jim Forest One of Thomas Merton’s lesser known publications is a small booklet produced in Italy, the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, and issued by New […]

A Three-Letter Word

by Jim Forest There is no need to preach constantly on sin, to judge and to condemn. It is when a man is challenged with the real contents of the Gospel, with its Divine depth and wisdom, beauty and all embracing meaning, that he becomes ‘capable of repentance,’ for true repentance is precisely the discovery […]

Advent and Groundhog Day

by Nancy Forest-Flier The odd thing about Advent (I realize after have gone through forty-some of them) is that it’s a combination of the thrillingly unknown and the utterly predictable. It’s as exciting as the little paper doors and windows that our children open each day in the new Advent calendar; it’s as known and […]