‘The Monks of Tibhirine’ and the art of living together

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, Father Tuck Grinnell and I will begin hosting in the meeting room of St. Peter Catholic Church a 20-week series of one-hour discussions (covering a chapter per week) of my book, “The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria” (St. Martin’s Press, 2003), called the “Bible” for the French film “Of Gods and Men” that won much acclaim in 2010.

Anyone interested in the art of living harmoniously in community can learn something from the monks (themonksoftibhirine.net). Anyone interested in understanding better what is happening in the Muslim-Arab world today can learn something from the complex history of Algeria, its descent into Hell during the 1990s, and its recovery — without Western help.

Considering what is happening today, in the Muslim world and the world at large, regarding the role of religion in the life of society, I believe a thoughtful reflection on the story of the monks can be a rewarding experience. It certainly was for me. Please indicate your interest by contacting Father Tuck Grinnell at grinnellhorace@gmail.com. For additional information about the book, try jwk@copper.net.

John Kiser
Slate Mills

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