Norwich Julian retreat looks at goodness of God
Deepen your spiritual life at a two-day retreat focusing on the teaching of Julian of Norwich on October 11 and 12 in Norwich.
Many of us today are searching for more spiritual depth to our lives. Our search may well guide us to Zen, or New Age practices. In the middle ages, Julian of Norwich discovered that God was not angry or judgmental but overflowing with love, a God who lifts us up each time we fall, a God who is gentle with those who are weak or hurting, a God who gives hope to those who are desperate.
Her book, Revelations of Divine Love, is full of practical support which can enable us to be more fully aware that we are all children of a compassionate God. This two day retreat on October 11 and 12 invites us to share how we might develop our own prayer life, especially through intercession, meditation on Revelations and contemplation, allowing the truths of what we read, slowly and reflectively, to speak to us, helping us to deepen our spiritual lives.
The words and music for the worship during the retreat have been prepared by Sr Elizabeth Ruth Obbard, O.Carm, a former trustee of the Friends of Julian and well-known for her books on spirituality, including her most recent version of Julian’s sixteen Showings, enhanced by her own beautifully meditative line drawings, and fittingly dedicated to Sr Pamela, C.A.H. Copies of this recent publication are available for purchase in the Julian Centre throughout our retreat.
“Should I not tell you about the goodness of God because I am a woman?”, writes Julian. Happily for us, as for those who read or listened to her words since the Middle Ages, she did tell us about God’s goodness, in a male dominated and turbulent age, and we can be the more joyful for it.
This series of talks focuses on not only what we learn from Julian herself and her writing but also how this has shaped the lives of those who have read or heard her teaching and how it is still relevant today, in a world that presents each one of us with hard and, at times, painful decisions to make.
The retreat will be facilitated by Luke Penkett
Having been ordained and professed his life vows as a monk, Luke now lives as a solitary in Norwich where he works as the Honorary Librarian and Archivist at the Julian Centre. He has lectured and led Quiet Days, Retreats, and Labyrinth Walks in America, Canada, Europe, Russia and Africa. His publications include books on Augustine of Hippo,the Desert Fathers, and Orthodox spirituality and he is much sought after as a reviewerfor a number of journals, especially books about Julian. His most recent book, Touched by God’s Spirit, the publication of his doctoral thesis appeared earlier this year and his post-doctoral research focuses on Middle English devotional texts.
Date: Friday afternoon, 11th & Saturday, 12th October
Venue: St Julian’s Church, St Julian’s Alley, Norwich, NR1 1QT
Cost: the full two days £40, Just the Friday £25, Just the Saturday £20