"All Shall Be Well:" The Gospel of Love According to Julian of Norwich
With Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.
Saturday, May 8, 2021; 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. US/EST
$35 (inquire about scholarships)
A Virtual Program Celebrating the Feast Day of Julian of Norwich
Startling, courageous, wise, consoling: such words aptly describe the book of “showings” left by an anchoress living in the later 14th century known to us as Julian of Norwich. An “unlettered” woman, as she described herself, she received 16 “revelations of divine love” in midlife, on May 8, 1373. These came during a period of great suffering and social unrest: the plague struck Norwich while Julian was a child, and as an adult she witnessed the violent suppression of a lay reform movement as well as the brutal suppression of the Peasants’ Revolt. Such tumultuous events established the context for the “revelations of divine love” that she received in midlife, visions by which she came to understand that “all shall be well, and all shall be well, and every manner of thing shall be well.” This virtual program will explore this foundation of Julian’s thought, illumining how she grounded this vision in ways that remain as compelling for us today as they were for her first readers. The deep wisdom her showings convey offers to illumine, encourage, and challenge us as we face the suffering and uncertainties of our own day.
During this program, we will explore her witness to God’s radically inclusive love and the compassion this calls us to embrace, for ourselves and others. Our probing of her visionary text will encourage us to see what it means that our lives are “oned” with God, and how we might live into her conviction that in every dimension of our lives “love is (God’s) meaning.”
Rev. Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D. is much in demand as a retreat leader and speaker on the convergence of spirituality and the arts, theology and mysticism. A scholar of historical theology whose academic work explores the intersection of theology and spirituality, he has lived with Julian’s visionary text for decades, devoting his energies to understanding her thought in his academic work as well as leading retreats on her spiritual wisdom across the United States and Europe, for those she called her “evencristen,” or fellow Christians. An oblate of Glastonbury Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near Boston, Burrows is also a poet and award-winning translator of German literature. His most recent volume of poems, The Chance of Home, was published in 2018 by Paraclete Press, and he wrote two further volumes of meditative poems with Jon M. Sweeney, inspired by the mystical writings of Meister Eckhart: Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart (2017) and Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets (2019). He currently lives in Camden, Maine. www.msburrows.com
This virtual program will be recorded and made available to registered participants.
*Photo credit: Mark S. Burrows
Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM|
Dr. Mark S. Burrows|