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1/13/2009 Merton documentary focus of Linfield program

McMINNVILLE – Morgan Atkinson, an award-winning producer, will present his film, “Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton,” Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The documentary goes to the heart of Merton’s spiritual journal. Merton is an American writer, Trappist monk and one of the 20th century’s best known religious figures and spiritual masters. Atkinson spent years researching Merton’s work as well as interviewing his friends, scholars and authorities on the spiritual life. The film covers life at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton’s home for 27 years, and Merton’s path in New York City, Redwoods Monastery in California and Christ in the Desert Monastery in New Mexico. The film provides insight into one of the spiritual giants of modern times.

A question and answer session with Atkinson will follow the film.

Atkinson has worked as a communications professional for over 30 years. He established his own video production company in 1985 and produces both independent and commercial work. Atkinson writes, shoots and produces programs that examine issues of community and culture. He produced “Gethsemani,” a film exploring the Abbey of Gethsemani, one of the most well-known monasteries in the world. He is currently working on the production of a film biography of the life of John Howard Griffin, author of “Black Like Me.” Atkinson’s work has been featured on Kentucky’s PBS affiliate, in the Louisville Film & Video Festival and the National Educational Film & Video Festival. His award-winning documentaries include “A Way of Life,” a reflection on Kentucky’s passion for basketball, “Falls City,” a wry look at Louisville’s ill-fated Falls Fountain, and “A Change in Order,” an account of the societal changes that face the Ursuline Sisters in Louisville.

The program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion, established by friends and family in honor of Gordon G. Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion. The fund is used to underwrite an annual lecture under the auspices of the Linfield Religious Studies Department. For more information, call 503-883-2456.