The Julian Circle

Artist: Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

A new, virtual program series with Rev. Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.

Wednesdays Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Dec. 1, 2021,
7-8:30 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CT; 5 p.m. MT; 4 p.m PT)
$60 for series
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Beginning this September, Mark S. Burrows will host three once-monthly “Julian Circle” meetings via Zoom on Wednesday evenings. Each gathering will focus on a different text from what Julian of Norwich simply called her “book” (variously entitled either Showings or Revelations of Divine Love), which will be announced in advance. As a internationally celebrated English mystic (born in 1342), Julian’s book is generally considered to be one of the most remarkable documents of medieval religious experience.

Mark will open each session with a reflection on the reading to set it in context and relate it to the wider scope of Julian’s thought. Then there will be an opportunity for focused conversation, first in small breakout groups and then in a closing plenary session. The intention is to explore the wisdom of Julian’s “showings,” which were rooted in her courageous and imaginative vision into the depths of divine love. Participants will be invited to do what Julian herself suggested was necessary: namely, to “perform” her “showings” by appropriating the insights she recorded in her writings. In each session, participants will be encouraged to enter into the transformative power of God’s love as Julian came to understand it, seeking to enter into the joy of what she called our “one-ing” with God and with one another. Registrants will receive a link from a program Mark led through Mercy by the Sea in May that offers an introduction to Julian’s thought.

Rev. Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D. is well-known for his virtual programs at Mercy by the Sea over the past year. A scholar of historical theology, and a much sought-after retreat leader, he has published widely in the areas of spirituality and mysticism, theology and the arts. He taught in graduate theological schools in the U.S. for 25 years before accepting a teaching position in religion and literature at a German university, where he taught from 2012 – 2020. An oblate of Glastonbury Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Hingham, MA, Mark is also a widely published poet and award-winning translator of German literature. His most recent collection of poems is entitled The Chance of Home (2018), and together with Jon M. Sweeney, he published two volumes of meditative poems inspired by the writings of Meister Eckhart: Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart (2017) and Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets (2019). Read more at

The Julian Circle series will offer closed captioning and each session will be recorded and sent to registered participants.

Sessions:  3
Dates:  9/29/2021 to 12/1/2021
Instructor:  Dr. Mark S. Burrows
$60.00   (Class Fee)
Note: Online registration has ended