"Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic—and Beyond"
Part of a 6-month virtual series on Presenting the Mystics with Rev. Matthew Fox, with gratitude to our Community of Communities partners at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Center.
Once you have registered, you will receive a Zoom link for the retreat and a coupon for $5 off Dr. Rev. Fox’s book for this retreat when you purchase it from his website.
Julian of Norwich (1349-1415) was a profound thinker and the first woman to write a book in English. She lived through the worst pandemic in European history—the bubonic plague-- so she has much to teach us today as we live through the coronavirus. Instead of freaking out, she deepened her commitment to the creation spirituality lineage and insisted on the sacredness of nature and God-in-Nature and goodness as God. She developed a feminist theology 700 years before feminism. Her world-view is based on finding God as Mother in all elements of Divinity and in our own souls. Her emphasis on non-dualism and blending of the sensual and spiritual deconstructs patriarchy altogether. She empowers us to stand up to the matricide, the killing of Mother Earth through climate change and the oppression of the divine feminine and of women and girls going on in the world today. She deconstructs the patriarchal mindset and reconstructs a healthy balance of the sacred masculine and divine feminine. We will explore and discuss some of her rich teachings.
Facilitated by Rev. Matthew Fox, Ph.D.
Rev. Matthew Fox, is an author, theologian, and activist priest. He has been calling people of spirit and conscience into the Creation Spirituality lineage for over 50 years. His 39 books, lectures, retreats, and innovative education models have ignited an international movement to awaken people to be mystics, prophets, contemplative activists, who honor and defend the earth and work for justice. Matthew today is an Episcopal priest after having been expelled from the Dominican Order, to which he belonged for 34 years, by Cardinal Ratzinger for 1) being "a feminist theologian" and 2) "calling God 'Mother'" and 3) "working too closely with Native Americans." He tries his best to wear these badges of honor with humility.