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Gerald May Seminar


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Tenth Gerald May Seminar
with James Finley

April 24 - April 25, 2015

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville
 100 Welsh Park Drive, 
Rockville, MD 20850

Renowned leader of retreats and workshops throughout the US and Canada, Dr. Finley is a clinical psychologist and the author of Merton's Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7-9 pm
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm

Friday Lecture:
Turning to Thomas Merton As Our Guide in Contemplative Living

Well-known monk and author Thomas Merton continues to offer inspired guidance for contemplative living today. On Friday night, Finley will explore Merton’s spiritual teachings by drawing on his own experience of having Merton as his spiritual director at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Finley will look at Merton’s insights into living God’s oneness in each breath and heartbeat, in each passing moment of our lives. The evening will include a brief period of shared silent prayer and discussion of the themes presented.

The Spirituality of Healing

In the midst of a traumatized world, we cannot turn our backs on suffering. On Saturday, Finley will explore with us how, being grounded in God’s Presence, we become more tender-hearted and insightful as we seek healing for ourselves and others. In this retreat-like day, he will offer practical guidelines for prayer, meditation and daily living to help us work through our own suffering and also help those around us experience peace and wholeness in their lives. The day will include short periods of silent meditation and discussion of the themes presented.

James Finley, Ph.D. lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Thomas Merton was his spiritual director. Dr. Finley leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, attracting men and women from all religious traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life in the midst of today's busy world.  He is the author of Merton’s Palace of Nowhere; The Contemplative Heart; and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.

The Gerald May Seminar is offered in memory of the life and legacy of Jerry MayGerald (Jerry) May.  Jerry served on Shalem's staff for many years and was our Senior Fellow for Contemplative Theology and Psychology.  The Seminar is held every year to strengthen the great themes of contemplative understanding and practice that Jerry so valued.

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville is located at 100 Welsh Park Dr. Rockville, MD 20850.


A student discount is available—$20 for Friday evening and $50 for Saturday.  To receive the student discount, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .