Simplicity of Life, Lessons for Sustainability

On Thursday, October 22, Dr. Marilyn Sunderman, RSM, will present “Thomas Merton on Simplicity of Life and Its Lessons for Sustainability” at 7 p.m. in the Viola George Auditorium at Harold Alfond Hall. This lecture is part of the fall 2015 Cultural Affairs Committee (CAC) Lecture Series, and is the second of two lectures co-sponsored by Saint Joseph’s Theology Department in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy in Maine.

The presentation will explore insights gleaned from the simple living Merton experienced as a monk and from his study of the writings of St. Bernard and the Shaker tradition. The lecture interfaces Merton's learnings with today's sustainability challenges.

Dr. Marilyn Sunderman, RSM, associate professor and chair of the Theology Department at Saint Joseph's College, has lectured nationally and internationally on the spiritual theology of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton.  She has published articles and reviews on Merton's writings in The Merton Seasonal, The Merton Annual, and The International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies.

For more information on this or any of the CAC Lecture Series events, contact Mike Connolly at 893-7939.