While I was on the pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy, this summer, I met a couple named Sharon and David Hoover, who travel throughout the country giving a play on Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton— please see details below. This play was held at Women Writing for (a) Change in Cincinnati, on Friday, September 20th. This event was part of the Non-Violence Alliance of Greater Cincinnati week of nonviolence Sept 14 – 22. It was an honor to help host this event and to shoot this video.
Inscape Ministeries Presents:
Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day – Pilgrims & Prophets for Peace Play
September 20th, 2019
The themes or titles of the parts of the play are:
Life and Death: Part 1
Conversion: Part 2
Prayer: Part 3
Unitive Vision: Part 4
Peace and Nonviolence: Part 5
Love and the Cosmic Dance: Part 6
Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day – Pilgrims & Prophets for Peace:
This play was performed at Women Writing for (a) Change on Friday, September 20th, 2019. The dramatic presentation is a Reader’s Theater style and brings to life two of the most important and inspiring spiritual teachers of the last century. We learn of their deepest struggles and intuitions about the meaning of death, about prayer, mystical experience, war and peace, and the way of universal compassion and nonviolent love.
Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day never physically met each other, although they very much knew of each other and read each other’s writings. In the last ten years of Merton’s life they frequently exchanged letters in which they shared their deepest concerns. In some ways, they lived parallel lives ultimately pointed in the same direction, toward inner and outer peacemaking. Thomas Merton lived the life of one seemingly withdrawn from the world, and Dorothy Day lived a life of activism. What we learn during this play is how much Merton was engaged in the world and what a contemplative Dorothy Day was.
About David and Sharon Hoover:
Sharon and David, from Albuquerque, NM, offer dramatic Reader’s Theatre presentations which provide contemplative opportunities to sit at the feet of saints to experience their human and holy personal stories. They are spiritual directors, retreat presenters, actors and story tellers. David holds a Masters degree from Franciscan School of Theology in Berkley, California, and Sharon a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, from the California Institute of Integral Counseling in San Francisco. Their presentations include a one-act monologue of Dorothy Day and one-act reader’s style theatre style plays on Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and St. Francis of Assisi. Their other offerings include storytelling, retreats and lectures on topics of spirituality, peace, justice and prayer.
Visit with them at www.inscapeministries.com