Grandparents concerned what future their grandchildren will inherit. A landscape photographer; a green builder; a micro-farmer and nature publisher; an ecology-minded poet; bird-lovers; activists and caregivers. We met every Thursday evening at Canio’s Books to discuss climate change. The course, designed by the Northwest Earth Institute (check out: http://www.nwei.org), provided thought-provoking readings and stimulating questions. We didn’t agree on every point, but all twelve of us feel passionately about the fate of our Earth, and our little corner of paradise on the east end of Long Island.
After working through thought-provoking articles on Global Warming and Powering a Bright Future, we met for a potluck supper at the net-zero home of one of our members. The great room was warm and toasty when we arrived, heated by the sun that very cold February evening, the house a quiet testament to the technology at hand that can help make a difference. The food was healthy and delicious. Some good cooks in this group! What’s more, we seem to have staying power, a “renewable” energy source, sustained by our being together.
We’ve begun a letter-writing campaign. Several members will join with Citizens Climate Action to lobby our representatives in Washington in June. Others are planning a regional climate summit, and a conference devoted to Long Island nature. Check out (www.longislandnature.org) Our individual efforts seem to increase in community. We look forward to doing more, and to hosting another Northwest Earth Institute course soon. Won’t you join us?
An enthusiastic group celebrated the 99th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth, January 31, with interesting discussion from all and helpful commentary from our facilitator, Eda Lorello, RCWP. Our focus on “Firewatch” was enriched by audio remarks of Anthony Padovano. After our meeting, we headed to Conca D’Oro for pizza and conversation.
This February, as we celebrate African American history, we might re-read Merton’s writings on race. His “Fourth & Walnut” experience from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander stands out as an ecstatic moment of unity with all humanity.
Our next meeting on March 28 will consider the following works: Vows of Conversation, Thoughts in Solitude, New Seeds of Contemplation and Hagia Sofia. These excerpts are all found in Laurence Cunningham’s Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master. Will you be joining us?
Need a great way to combat overwhelm? You’ve been agonizing over the heartbreaking images from the Philippines reeling after the disastrous typhoon. What to do? Take action. Join our next community discussion course on the environment. We won’t fix huge global problems in one meeting, but we can create change locally. So locally, change happens within our own, sometimes broken heart.
“Climate Change: Changing Course” offers us four sessions in which to share thoughts, concerns; raise questions and take action about climate change. There’s a lot we can do. Readings include essays by Andrew Revkin, Elizabeth Kolbert, Michael Pollan and Bill McKibben and more. The course, designed by The Northwest Earth Institute is the third in a series offered by the Cultural Cafe.
We’ll meet Thursday evenings, 4:30 to 6 p.m. January 9 through 30. A materials fee of $25. is requested. Will you join us? To register, call 631- 725-4926, or email: email@example.com. Make your New Year’s resolution to help heal Earth. It can happen!
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?
Published July 17, 2013
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.
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.