Julian of Norwich for Troubled Times

Thursday, May 9, 2019 9:30 AM

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In a time of violence   and conflict when the church focused on fear, suddenly there emerged a startling new voice, the first woman to write in English, speaking of God's abundant love. That voice was the 14th century mystic Julian of Norwich, England. Her counsel was sought by many people who traveled miles to speak with her. She was a spiritual guide with a strong sense that God's love was with people at a time when the church preached damnation and punishment.
 
Although we know little about Julian herself, her writing and reflections, which came as a vision out of a near-death experience, brought her consolation and deepened her spirituality. Her voice continues to speak across centuries. Through spending time with Julian's words, participants can discern how she speaks to our lives today. Through worship, prayer, presentations, individual reflection, small group sharing, music, movement and breath, there will be an opportunity to let Julian's wisdom enter our lives.

  

About the leader(s)

Paul Millin


Paul Millin is an experienced spiritual director at Christ Church United in Lowell, who has led Day Apart retreats, including labyrinth walks, Celtic Christianity, and Julian of Norwich.
 
 

Judith Thurlow


Rev. Dr. Judith Thurlow  is a retired United Church of Christ pastor having served a church in MA. She has been an adjunct professor in the Graduate Studies Department teaching Social Psychology in a Diverse Society at Plymouth State University, NH. She taught in the Seattle, WA and Chelmsford, MA school systems. She recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and is now a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Julian of Norwich continues to speak to Judith in surprising ways!