Thomas Merton Series



Thomas Merton: His Life and His Influence

A Discussion Series at St. John’s, Georgetown led by the Rt. Rev. Porter G. Taylor





February 5 – March 5 at 10:00 in the Chapel of the Carpenter (downstairs)

Feb. 5              Merton the man (Thomas Merton: Essential Writings, pp. 21-49)

Feb. 12            Contemplation and Identity (pp. 51-92)

Feb. 19            The East (pp. 167-186)

March 5           Community and Social Action (pp. 92-139)

Discussion Leader


Porter Taylor served as the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina from Sept. 18, 2004 – October 1, 2016. He grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, earning his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.A. in English from the University of South Carolina, and his Ph.D. in theology and literature from Emory University. He received his M.Div. from The School of Theology at Sewanee and served at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Before his call to the Holy and Sacred Order of Bishops, he served seven years as rector of St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. He is the author of To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Hope, Conversion, and Community, and From Anger to Zion: An Alphabet of Faith. He is married to Jo Taylor, an artist and research nurse. They have two children, Arthur & Marie.