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It has been rescheduled for May 26 and 27



Spirituality and Community in a Time of Loss

Friday, March 10, 2023 at 7pm

Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace

1825 West 16th Ave. in Vancouver

By donation at the door

Doug Christie will examine the place of darkness in our lives and ask what it can mean for us to enter and inhabit this vast space of unknowing and discover there not simply bewilderment but something Thomas Merton called “the hidden ground of love.”


Saturday March 11, 10am – 3pm

Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace

1825 West 16th Ave. in Vancouver

Facilitator: Doug Christie

Registration: or 604-988-8836

Cost: $60

The Desert Within

What does it mean to enter the desert? To seek “the desert within”—that vast open space the Christian mystics experienced at the very ground of the soul where the human person encounters the divine? This retreat will draw upon the image of the desert (long important to both Jewish and Christian religious identities and central to the Christian mystical tradition) to consider what it might mean for us to incorporate silence, stillness, and solitude into our own spiritual practices. And to ask how such practices can help us recover a sense of hope and meaning in a world that too often feels devoid of both.

Douglas E. Christie, Ph.D., is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A long-time Merton scholar, Doug’s most recent book, The Insurmountable Darkness of Love: Mysticism, Loss and the Common Life (Oxford) was published in 2022. Doug is founding editor of the journal Spiritus.

Co-sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society of Canada ( and Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace (