In-person and online two-day retreat on Julian of Norwich
Fri 29 Oct at 2.00 pm - Sat 30 Oct at 4.00 pm
St Julian’s, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QD
Led by Revd Dr Emma Pennington, a canon from Canterbury Cathedral.
In this retreat we will delve deeply into Julian’s text and focus on four of her ‘Shewings of Divine Love’, which have the Biblical narrative of the Passion as their basis. Together they reveal how the cross is the ultimate showing of divine love, within suffering. We will have time to ponder what Julian says, how she interprets and expresses her revelation, where her late fourteenth-century context enlightens our understanding, and allow her words to lead us to that place of prayer and encounter of God for ourselves.
The in-person retreat will contain a mixture of presentation, plenary discussions for group questions and exploration of the themes raised, readings from Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich, one-to-one conversations over refreshments, led silence for reflection, simple liturgy written specially for the retreat, and time to read.
We very much hope to offer refreshments, but a decision will be made nearer the time in light of relevant COVID-19 guidance. The church and cell will be open early and late during the retreat for personal enjoyment of the space.
The online retreat will consist of each of the four talks professionally recorded from Canterbury, some additional live-streamed material from the in-person event, and some liturgical resources for personal use at home.
We suggest having a copy of Julian’s Revelations to hand to become more familiar with during times of quiet.