Dr Michael Mawson - Speaking of God in the Midst of COVID-19: Insights from Julian of Norwich
What does it means to be Christian in response to COVID-19 and its devastating impact? How do we speak of God in the midst of the the widespread anxieties and fears caused by the pandemic? How do witness to God’s truth and justice in light of the deep inequities that the pandemic has helped unveil? In the fourteenth century, Julian of Norwich composed her Revelations of Divine Love in response to many of these same kinds of questions and challenges. This evening will therefore provide a chance to listen to and reflect on Julian’s theology of God’s abundant love. Dr Michael Mawson teaches theology and ethics at the United Theological College/ Charles Sturt University. He is from Aotearoa New Zealand and before moving to Sydney lived and taught in Aberdeen, Scotland. His current research and writing focuses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theology and ageing, postcolonial theologies and ecclesiology. This event is PEACEtalks: a quarterly event (held on a Thursday or Saturday evening) starting at 7pm hosted by Paddington Anglican Church aimed at serving the community by promoting and cultivating deep conversations about life, the world and everything. ‘PEACE’ stands for ‘political, ethical, artistic & cultural engagement’. Also on iTunes / Apple Podcasts by searching for PEACEtalks.
Julian of Norwich & biscuits with Vahni Capildeo and Jeremy Noel-Tod
The Writing Life
Writer Vahni Capildeo stayed with us in a virtual residency back in February and is joined in this week's episode by Jeremy Noel-Tod, editor, critic and Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of East Anglia. Together they discuss Vahni's work, the inspiration found in places like Norwich and Edinburgh, the influence of Julian of Norwich and much more besides - all while enjoying an imaginary afternoon tea at the Maid's Head Hotel. We recommend reading Lighthouse and Anchorage by Vahni before listening to this episode: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/lighthouse-and-anchorage-journal-entries/ Vahni stayed with us as part of the month-long Imagining the City event, which you can find out about here: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/imagining-the-city/ Hosted by Steph McKenna and Simon Jones Read Keeping A Writerly State of Mind: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/keeping-a-writerly-state-of-mind-two-reflections/ Read Five Everyday Writing Tips for any Writer: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/five-everyday-writing-tips-for-any-writer/ Did you know you can buy All Shall Be Well prints to help fund our work and remember Julian of Norwich? https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/buy-a-julian-of-norwich-screen-print/ Join our free Discord community and let us know your favourite biscuit: https://discord.gg/3G39dRW Music by Bennet Maples.
S2 Episode 27: Julian of Norwich with guest Jayan Koshy
Two Feminists Annotate the Beatified
Season 1 was devoted to early mothers of the church, and in season 2 of Two Feminist Annotate the beatified, Jordan and Luci are exploring the women central to the expansion of Christianity in the west. Join them to hear discussions of history, weird facts, and even some advice for today's Christian feminists who are trying to pick up where these awesome church mothers left off. If you're enjoying expanding your ideas about Jesus, feminism, progressive Christianity, bad ass Bible ladies, the Episcopal Church, or anything else we've been talking about, get in contact! Blog: twofeministblog.com Email: email@example.com Patreon: www.patreon.com/2FAB Twitter: @twofeminists Instagram: @twofeministsannotate Facebook: @TwoFeministsAnnotatetheBible Theme: Sunday Plans by Silent Partner
My Favourite Mystic 3: Carolyn Muessig on Julian of Norwich
My Favourite Mystic
AJ Langley speaks to Professor Carolyn Muessig (University of Calgary) about the fourteenth-century English mystic and anchorite Julian of Norwich. We discuss hope, Julian's faith in humanity and belief in a compassionate God, and the benefits of The Revelations of Divine Love as a teaching tool. Professor Carolyn Muessig is the Chair of Christian Thought in the Department of Classics and Religion, University of Calgary. She specializes in Medieval Christianity, with particular emphasis on its devotional dimensions and the contribution of female teachers and preachers in Western Europe. Among her publications are The Faces of Women in the Sermons of Jacques de Vitry and The Stigmata in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. She enjoys teaching undergraduates, MA and PhD students. She has supervised to completion over four dozen graduate students. She is presently assessing the activities of medieval and early modern female preachers. Professor Muessig is committed to bringing together diverse communities from within and outside academe to explore the significance of Christianity in art, history and culture.
Following on from our conversation with Matthew Fox, in this episode Anna Robinson leads us in a meditation that explores the spirituality of the remarkable 14th Century mystic Julian of Norwich. Anna gives us a short introduction to Julian and how she lived through a deadly global pandemic, suffered loss and yet still wholeheartedly pursued God, and received visions that Christians are still pondering nearly seven centuries later. Anna then uses a breathwork technique to help us to become present and more relaxed and then leads us in a lectio divina mediation based around some of Julian’s words. Anna then finishes with a short examen and closing prayer. Anna produces meditations like this each month. To access them simply sign up and make a small monthly donation to the work of nomad, either via Patreon or our own donation platform. Our supporters can also access Nomad Devotionals and Nomad Revisited, and the Nomad community - which manifests as Nomad Book Club and The Beloved Listener Lounge. You might also want to have a look at our blog, which we use to share the stories of the evolving faith of our podcast listeners. And if you're looking for other people to share this journey with, then register on our Listener Map and our Nomad Gathering Facebook page, and see if any other nomads are in your area.
Matthew Fox: Julian of Norwich - Prophets, Pandemics & Patriarchy (N240)
Matthew Fox is an American priest and spiritual theologian and an activist for gender and eco-justice. His work on creation spirituality and mysticism has given him the reputation of being one of the most challenging religious-spiritual teachers in America. It’s also got him into trouble with the Catholic Church, most notably for rubbing two popes up the wrong way, which eventually got him excommunicated. We speak with Matthew about his latest book Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic-And Beyond, and ask him what this 14th Century mystic can teach us about what it means to live well in the midst of a global pandemic and climate meltdown. Interview starts at 15m 47s Nomad can only host conversations like these because a small group of faithful listeners help us pay the bills. Our supporters gain access to the Nomad community - which manifests as Nomad Book Club and The Beloved Listener Lounge - and bonus episodes, such as Nomad Contemplations, Nomad Devotionals and Nomad Revisited. And you may find yourself the proud owner of a Beloved Listener mug! Head over to our Patreon page and our own members page to donate. You might also want to have a look at our blog, which we use to share the stories of the evolving faith of our podcast listeners. And if you're looking for other people to share this journey with, then register on our Listener Map and our Nomad Gathering Facebook page, and see if any other nomads are in your area.
Grace reads chapters 27-40 of Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love. These chapters include Julian's famous quote, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." But surprise! We often cut the first part of that quote out, which is about sin. In fact, this whole section of Julian's writing raises a lot of interesting questions about that tricky topic, which we explore together.