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26 June 2009


The Julian Meetings - preview
I am grateful to Paul Millward (5 June) for writing of his discovery of Julian of Norwich

  • Thirty-six years ago, the Julian Meetings (JM) began in this country in answer to a need felt in various churches for groups to step back from busyness and to share silence
  • The purpose of JM is defined as fostering the practice and teaching of contemplative prayer within the Christian tradition

  • Several of those first members greatly valued mother Julian’s book, Revelations of Divine Love (issued as a Penguin Classic in 1966), and decided to call their new movement after her
  • Julian wrote movingly in words that still speak to us vividly today
  • ‘I saw that all the kind compassion and love a man may have for his fellow Christian is due to the fact that Christ is in him… He did not say, “you shall not be tempest‑tossed, you shall not be work‑weary, you shall not be discomforted”
  • But he said: “you shall not be overcome”

  • Beth Rowlands

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