Merton Interfaith and SDARJ to host social justice events March 18-19

Dr. Christopher Pramuk to speak
February 26, 2017

Dr. Christopher Pramuk, associate professor of theology at Xavier University and its Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice, will speak on social justice Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19. Pramuk is an esteemed Thomas Merton scholar, and his presentations will open hearts and minds, helping attendees build bridges across racial lines on a foundation of core spiritual values. These events are open to the public, at no charge. 

Pramuk’s March 18 topic is Solitude & Social Engagement: Lessons from Music & Merton. A lifelong musician, he will lead a shared music meditation and draw from his own experience of music and his study of Merton to explore the fluid boundaries between solitude, prayer and social engagement. 

This free event from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 18, is co-sponsored by and hosted at Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Hwy. (Route 9), Lewes. 

Pramuk’s March 19 topic is Racial Justice & the Imagination: Between What Is & What Is Possible. In his book “Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line,” he suggests that racism and racial injustice are symptoms of a profound poverty and captivity of imagination. Poets and prophets, artists and saints - including Abraham Joshua Heschel, Stevie Wonder, Thomas Merton, and Sr. Thea Bowman - invite people to stand courageously in the breach between what is and what is possible, daring them to imagine another possible future of cross-racial friendship and solidarity.

This free event is from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at St. Edmond Catholic Church, 407 King Charles Ave. (parish hall lower level), Rehoboth Beach.

The Thomas Merton Society Interfaith Chapter of Southern Delaware and the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice are presenting this program with co-sponsor Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware and support from St. Edmond Catholic Church.

No registration is required. Donations at the door are always appreciated.

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For further information about this event or the Merton Interfaith Chapter, contact George Beckerman at


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