Tags: Changing Climate Change, community-discussion course, environmental awareness, Northwest Earth Institute
Tags: book discussion, contemporary spirituality, Sag Harbor Merton Circle, thomas merton
Yes, Thomas Merton continues to attract and inspire folks from many paths, believers, non-believers and the rest of us in betweeners. After our sold-out screening of Thomas Merton: a film biography, the idea to form a reading group evolved. On Friday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. the book group will meet to discuss excerpts from Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master, The Essential Writings. All interested are welcome. We’ll work our way through this comprehensive anthology. Eda Lorello is our discussion facilitator. We plan to meet three more times in the coming year. Will you be joining us?
Thursday Afternoons in the Studio
with Sag Harbor Artists
The Master Artists Series expands the intimate experience of Canio’s events, moving from its traditional locale on Main Street right into the studios of prominent local artists. The triple-header features Sheila Isham, Whitney Hansen, and James McMullan. A special package price of $75 is available for these three studio visits. A single visit is $30. Space is limited. Call Canio’s to reserve. 631.725.4926.
Each visit includes an afternoon studio tour,
an opportunity to meet and talk with the artist,
enjoy a discussion of his or her work,
and a closing reception with light refreshments.
WHITNEY HANSEN Thursday, August 1, 4:00 p.m.
JAMES MCMULLAN Thursday, August 15, 4:00 p.m.
SHEILA ISHAM Thursday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.
Tags: 21st century contemplation, ecumenism, Merton centenary, Merton reading circle, Merton study group, thomas merton
All fired up after attending the 13th conference of the International Thomas Merton Society, we’re contemplating a local gathering of those interested in learning more about this fascinating 20th century Christian monk. Held at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield , CT, the conference brought together some 240 attendees. Presentations focused on Merton’s poetry, social conscience, ecumenism, philosophy, contemplative practice and more.
The idea to start a local study group came as we considered the wide interest in Merton’s life and work. Canio’s has already presented several workshops and programs on Merton which were all very well attended.
As 2015 marks the centenary of Merton’s birth, we’ve joined a campaign proposed by the ITMS to develop 100 new local chapters. We’ll meet periodically to read, question and discuss Merton’s work in a convivial atmosphere. Interested in learning more? Contact us for further details.
Tags: Earth Day, environmental awareness, essay contest, nature writing, Orion Magazine
Canio’s Cultural Cafe will celebrate Earth Day a few days early on Saturday, April 20 at 5
p.m. We’re calling for friends of the Earth to come read a short selection
of poetry or prose that expresses concern for the Earth. Read a work of
your own, or of some wonderful nature writer you greatly admire. If you
need ideas, pick up a copy of Orion magazine’s current issue in stock at
At our Earth Day read-in, we’ll announce an essay contest on a theme of
environmental awareness. Perhaps you’d like to participate in that, and we
hope you’ll tell others about it. One of the prizes will be a one-year gift subscription to the excellent nature and culture magazine, Orion, now in its 30th year.
Tags: nature essays, Orion Magazine, writing contest
Spring is somewhere out there even if temperatures are chilly and there’s snow in the forecast. Still we can dream about that garden we’d love to dig into. If you’re ready to dig into some new writing, get ready for our Earth Day essay contest, soon to be announced by Canio’s Cultural Cafe. We’re interested in creating awareness of our one precious Earth, and this essay contest is just one way we’ll be doing that this year. One of the prizes will be a gift subscription to Orion magazine, an elegant and eloquent periodical about nature and culture. Pick up the latest issue and be inspired! Stay tuned for contest details coming soon. On Saturday, April 20 we’ll announce the topic and invite you to speak up for Earth!
Tags: eastern spirituality, peace activist, spirituality workshops, thomas merton
Facilitator Eda Lorello led a packed workshop on a journey through the life and work of Thomas Merton. Using Anthony Padovano’s book, Becoming Who We Are, the group explored how Merton’s life experiences influenced his becoming a contemplative, a peace activist, and explorer of eastern spirituality.
“And the deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless. It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech, and it is beyond concept. Not that we discover a new unity. We discover an older unity. My dear brothers, we are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to discover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.”
– Thomas Merton, from an informal talk delivered at Calcutta, Oct. 1968 “The Asian Journal”