The Northern Ireland branch of the Thomas Merton Society is organising a short retreat at the Corrymeela retreat centre in Knocklayd on Saturday 19th February. Beginning at 10.30am and finishing by 3.30pm, it will include some time in silent reflection, discussion, sharing a meal and (weather permitting!) walking together.
Rev. Scott Peddie, minister at the Old Presbyterian Church in Templepatrick, is the founder of the Northern Ireland branch. He says:
I’ve been interested in Thomas Merton’s writings on contemplative prayer and ecumenical/inter-faith dialogue for several years now. As a result, I set up the NI Chapter of the Thomas Merton Society a few months ago in the hope that it would stimulate interest in these issues and draw together a wide-range of individuals from diverse backgrounds to explore their spiritual journey together. To date, we’ve had two meetings – the first in University Road Moravian Church in Belfast and the second at Bethlehem Abbey in Portglenone. Our membership is certainly diverse and contains a Moravian Minister, a Cistercian monk, me(!) and assorted Presbyterians, Catholics and even two Buddhists from Derry!
You’d be very welcome indeed to come along to our next meeting should you have a) the inclination, and b) the time! Our meetings are relaxed and very friendly and provide an opportunity for a break from the hectic pace of a daily life; you don’t need to know anything at all about Thomas Merton to join us!
For more information, Rev. Peddie’s contact details can be found here.