Thomas Merton was a well known writer and Trappist monk who once described himself as having made a transformation from the "innocent bystander" to a "guilty bystander," because we live in a world in which we are guilty simply because we are part of the human race and connected to one another. Never before has his thought about our moral responsibility been more timely and urgent. This conference will seek to engage an understanding of Merton's life and writing as it applies and guides us toward "moral reflection" in our professional work -- education, medicine, law, media, ministry, buisness, etc. The conference will be held at Bellarmine University on March 10-11, 2006. Proposals for papers or other projects can be submitted until April 30, 2005. Papers should be designed for 30 minute presentation (10-12 double spaced pages) and proposals should be limited to 500 words. Proposals are also invited for workshops (90 minutes) and for dramatic, poetic and musical reflections (45-90 minutes). We anticipate that the best papers will be selected for a book to be published following the conference.
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