Screening and discussion of “The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton”
The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton
is the story of Merton in the last year of his life, embarking on his greatest journey. It’s a story of adventure and search that takes the viewer from his home at the Abbey of Gethsemani, across America in the turbulent year of 1968 and finally to Asia for meetings with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual seekers. The purpose of the journey? As always with Merton, he seeks a fuller union with God. He believed serving as a bridge between west and east was one way in which his call could be lived out. The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton celebrates the triumph of all that was gained by his journey, reflects on the tragedy of what was lost with his death and considers why Merton’s life and work challenge us today.
Each of us has a unique view through which we see the world. Shaped by our experiences, culture and familial identity, this view forms our beliefs, values and way of life. A New View Film Series seeks to promote understanding and foster respect for differences through the lenses of interfaith understanding, social justice and diversity and, civil discourse.
The series will take place every other month from September 2019-March 2020 at Butler University’s Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall (located adjacent to Robertson Hall). Doors open at 6:30 PM, film screening begins at 7:00 PM.
The Series is free and open to the public.