I am grateful to all who virtually attended the 15th Annual Thomas Merton Black History Month Lecture,” on February 21, 2021, and especially grateful to Dr. Paul Pearson and The Merton Center at Bellarmine University for the invitation. It’s description is as follows.
“Lead Me, Guide Me: The Gift of Black Catholics to the Universal Church” Through oral history, poetry, and sacred song, Dr. Pramuk explores the dynamics of faith in the witness of Black Catholics in the United States. Their gift is an enduring gift of wisdom, as Thomas Merton describes it, an “attunement of opposite tensions” born in the crucible of African American experience and the Psalmist’s faith that God can “make a way out of no way.”
The recording of the lecture [can be found here]. I hope you enjoy it, and please stick around for the vibrant Q and A after the lecture, moderated thoughtfully by Bellarmine University student Anne Pearson. I would welcome any feedback here in the comments section.