Fiona Gardner is a writer, academic supervisor and spiritual director. She is co-editor of The Merton Journal, ex-chair of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland and an ITMS International adviser.
Her presentation is, ‘ “You are you” that is the most important thing….everything is in it somewhere’: Analysis of the correspondence from Thomas Merton to John Harris.
She writes, “Using discourse analysis and psychoanalytic theory the developing relationship in this correspondence is explored. Reflections on Merton’s style, sensitivity and capacity to share and elicit personal truths allows for the development of trust and emergence of deep meaning between the two men that still speaks to the contemporary reader.”